in Australia it’s a public holiday – from my “research” it’s also a day off in the Netherlands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Monday). from what i know, it’s also a statutory federal holiday in Canada but most employers also “recognise” the day. Moreover in Great Britain, some parts “honour” it as a ban holiday.

it is also called Bright Monday or Renewal Monday (as Orthodox Christians also celebrate Bright, Renewal, or Pascha Week).

it’s supposedly a day of rest after Easter Sunday but i suspect partly due to the number of Greek immigrants – and partly due to have holidays spread-off “evenly” in Australia (that’s why the Queen’s Birthday is celebrated on different dates across states/territories not corresponding to the monarch’s actual birth).

i could be wrong as my Google search didn’t yield an “exact” answer. Does anybody know the actual origin?

although we use the metric system in Australia, i still mainly use the English (or Imperial, pick your poison) equivalents for height and weight. maybe IMHO it makes more “sense”, maybe it’s just a force of habit (as we use a “mixed” version in the Philippines. strangely, we’ve not committed to one nor the other), or maybe some kind of combination of these.

apparently, lb is short for the Latin libra which roughly translates to “pound weight” – this etymology is also the root of the currency.

i partly recall the jingle to fully “convert” the population to metric that’s why i remember these ratios: cm = in * 2.54; lbs = kg * 2.2…

i know the Aussie expression (it is Kiwi depending on whom you ask) of: yeah, nah, yeah can differ based on context and the actual variant used – in this case it indicates ambivalence.

it’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 12 years since i stopped work. don’t get me wrong – i was really glad to see them and i had seen some of them over the years but something was slightly different this time.

i had to reflect on it to figure out why. i don’t know if it was because my wife now worked for the same organisation, the place where we ate was just a stone’s throw away from our offices, they were “purely” social visits before, it was something else, or a combination of some of these factors. there were moments (admittedly, few and far in between) when the conversation was lightly peppered with “shop talk”.

this sounds like i’m nostalgic for work but i still recall it was a hardly a “bed of roses”. the core group is still around even after all these years (which is a testament to my former boss’ management skills). i think, to some extent, i miss the challenge – sure the team sometimes handled things differently, but our goal was, ultimately, to arrive at a singular mitigation strategy.

i guess i felt a little frustrated that stopping wasn’t really on my own terms and it wasn’t a conscious decision on my part: in short i didn’t have a choice.

i feel there were still things i could’ve “accomplished” and my contribution would’ve been much “greater”. Oh, well…

i knew i watched a lot of tennis – i’ve always tuned in to the AO. i thought i liked it because my maternal grandfather, my dad, my sister, my uncle, and my aunt played. my 1st cousin in America even was on the team for his university.

my son plays tennis but neither my wife nor me “encouraged” him to take up the sport. i used to believe that my affinity was primarily due to environment but his “innate” interest makes me think it has something to do with genetics.

usually i’m on my computer most of the time, but the frequency of “long” matches in this years AO has seriously cut into my daily routine – as i’m generally home-bound, it’s a bit more obvious. honestly, i’d rather watch than do other things.

i knew this year was “bad” because i used to just watch a bit and just occasionally checked the score but this year i watched some matches until the end. Maybe it was a bit more “compelling” this year – regardless, a sign i watched too much was when i noticed the players’ sock colours: some of the “next” generation ones sported “darker” shades, whereas the more “well established” ones wore the “traditional” white.

“tangentially”, it didn’t help my schedule that i also watched the SuperBowl (not just the half-time show but also the game – they show different ads in OZ) yesterday – even if it’s “unfashionable” to admit i sometimes do watch the sport.

i’ve always wondered about this but not until i had to use it in my code did i bother to find out the difference. apparently, it’s just a spelling thing: “grey” is the preferred British way; while some Americans use “gray”.

i was originally from the Philippines and the educational system there is heavily influenced by the Americans, and have migrated to Australia awhile back – hence the “worsening” of my confusion.

it took me awhile to resolve the “s” and “z” (pronounced here as “zed”.

my speech therapist says it’s another “obstacle” for me in learning to speak again as my accent is somewhat “Americanised” and most words are produced differently in Australian-English.

our parish priest of several years celebrated his farewell mass earlier because he’s been reassigned to PNG. this post isn’t about him but him ending his homily with a few quotes triggered my “tangentially-associative” memory.

i’m not terribly religious but had Augustinian priests for my primary and high school education. one of his quotes was deeply ingrained in me: “To sing is to pray twice”. i didn’t think i would be disturbed but a while back a contemporary personality effectively claimed that the quote was theirs and originated from them.

that was the first time i knew that a person “blatantly” appropriated someone else’s work – the interviewer didn’t challenge them. perhaps it was ignorance. perhaps they didn’t want the interviewee to be embarrassed.

my intent isn’t to shame anybody – in any case, i encourage everyone to share and spread individual’s words, works, ideas, or the like so that they are properly attributed. that said, let me qualify, some times somebody from another time or from a different part of the world may come up with a similar “thing” – the point is that their intent was never meant to “plaigarise”, it’s claiming something is theirs when they clearly know it’s not.

publicising something appears to be an “effective” remedy in dealing with or preventing its occurrence.

i was at my weekly neurophysio appointment yesterday for first time in 2020. since it was the session of the new year, she asked if i had any goals or specific plans for this year – honestly, nothing came to mind and i hadn’t really thought about it.

she reiterated that my daily exercise routine was meant to improve my stability and balance. and that “putting it together” in a regular walk outside might be beneficial for me. i wouldn’t impose on my wife as she is tired from work and does household chores. although i exercise everyday, the last thing i want to do is go out exercise and do more of it.

so it might be more practical to arrange an NDIS-funded carer to take me for a walk. i sometimes already do this indoors in our “long” hallway at home so you might be perplexed. i’m not very confident walking alone on uneven surfaces. i was given an “assignment” before to walk around our house – case in point, i only tried this once as aside from it was slow going my walker kept getting “stuck”.

she thought walking outside may be beneficial (she was even willing to write the NDIS a letter to support an increased funding for this activity). i did some digging and i think it’s prudent to arrange a “trial” first using my current plan before “committing”to it in full.