Posts by Jackie Clark

  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    I love chutneys and relishes. Just so you all know.
    And my birthday is soonish.
    So.
    Just saying.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    This is such a lovely photo. Such halcyon days it recalls.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully,

    At some point in the future, not right now - I'm in the middle of doing my appraisal - I'll write a long and fluent post on ECE and how far down this track we already are. For the moment, I would just say that what Jolisa has done is important.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    And so it has. I never noticed that.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    So stylish x

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Kebabette,

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    I cannot even tell you how much I loved your photo. I teared up immediately on seeing it, mostly because my own grandad Jack was such a huge part of my life. He died when I was 21 (and it was his bequest of $1ooo that enabled me to go on my OE), my first death of someone I loved, and the first time I saw my mother grieve.
    I’ve looked at most of the photos of myself taken over the years, and I keep coming back to just one.
    This is my best friend Carol, and I, and our dear friend Sue. It was taken on the occasion of our Rangitoto College 7th form class reunion, which we organised ourselves. As most of you know, Carol died on August 22nd last year. I had loved her for 33 years, and she was an integral and vital part of my life for all those years. She was the person who had loved me the longest, and the best, for all of those years. She was my plan B. Her life and mine were so intertwined that her death has left me unsure of who exactly I am. She was, and I’m not being hyperbolic here, pretty much the biggest part of me. I’m slowly rediscovering my identity without her.
    What I like about this photo is the sheer love and affection we had for each other, and it also speaks to me of what friendship has been, in my life. I love my family, but I am not very close to them. They haven’t always understood me, nor my choices in life. It’s something I have always missed, and have sought to have with my friends, instead. And I have been very lucky whilst acknowledging that I work very hard to maintain my friendships. As someone said the other day, I seem to attract “women of worth”. I would like to think, instead, that I gravitate to people of great heart, and openness of spirit. Carol was the greatest of those women.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Web,

    My personal experience of the Internet began in 1994, I believe. Ian had a computer on which he played war games, and I was very disparaging. "I'd rather read a book" I opined. And then he came home with this thing, called the Internet and had us linked up with some company which I can't even remember the name of, and at some point that became iHug, or maybe we switched, I don't remember, and I haven't looked back. Back then there were chatrooms. HTML ones, in which conversations were excruciatingly slow. I used Ask Jeeves a lot but I seem to remember that there was this thing, and I can't remember the name of it, which was like a word cloud. I was fascinated by it. Then Java arrived on the scene, and chat became a lot easier. My most used chat forums at the time were on Delphi, and it was the first time I made friends online. That was succeeded by Xtrachat which was vile - there were many meet-ups of some really interesting and quite dire characters. And I started using messageboards very regularly. Public Address has remained the only one I still use (that and Trademe Pet and Animal forum. Don't judge me.) So my internet experience has gone from a very broad one - I think I belonged to about 7 chatroom forums at one time - to a very narrow one. Whilst the social interactions online in my every day life have moved in the same way and yet, at the same time, expanded my circles of friends, and acquaintances, in this really quite miraculous way. Astounding thing. Happy Birthday WWW.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Notes & Queries: Little CD in a Prospect…, in reply to Scooter Motoretta,

    There are so many things I want to say to you. There is a temptation to say things which I'm afraid will be wrong - patronising, insulting. I don't know you so I don't know how what I say will appear to you.
    So I'll start with this.
    I'm glad you are here, Scooter.
    (And I would never laugh at anyone sticking around because of their beloved animal companion. Animals show no judgement, listen when we need them to, and love us unconditionally . Well, that's only dogs, to be fair. Cats are choosy.)

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Dogs Love Cameras Too, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Breaks my heart.
    Meanwhile, this is what Ruby does to people she really loves.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Need,

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