I hope that everyone had a good Christmas and are planning on have planned an enjoyable New Years Eve. Mine will be spent with my wonderful wife and a few friends. There will be drinking and eating and general merriment being made as we usher in a new year.
Let us go into this new year with an open heart. Let us try and continue to be grateful for what we have and not complain about what we don’t have. Let’s not look back on 2016 and compare it with 2017. The mantra should be that 2016 was not a great year. Let us strive to make 2017 more memorable, more entertaining, more adventurous and more loving that 2016 was. It is possible if we try.
To all the friends that you may or I may have parted ways with in 2016: Everything in life happens for a reason. Sometimes it is a need for space, sometimes we are not good for each other, other times life gets in the way and you may be gone from sight but far from forgotten. Ultimately we have to make sure we take care of number one. We all have varying degrees of love for the people we know, but there are some people who are more of an emotional drain that an addition. We need not feel bad about the decisions we make as this is the university of life. We are forever learning.
May we strive to continue to plan plan plan. This is the first step to achieving anything we want to. I hope that everyone plans on being a better person, husband, wife, child, grandchild, grandparent, father and mother in 2017. Let’s all strive to take better care of our health, which will take care of our wealth; let us also take better care of the world we live in. There is only one planet Earth, and some may not even get to see the beauty that some of us are fortunate enough to have been given.
If I did not get a chance to see you in 2016, I will hopefully make it up to you in 2017. Be safe on the roads, in the bars, at the dinner dances and at your homes this New Years Eve.
Tongs & Bibi
Hi guys! It has been a while since I last posted something, and that is because there is a lot that has been going on in my simpleton life. The project that I was working on in the Midlands came to an end (Finally after what felt like an eternity and after I was abandoned and left to deal with a few last minute things that had to be completed ALL by myself) and I was moved to another project in another part of Zimbabwe. In fact I am now doing a little project for the largest platinum mine in Zimbabwe. Of course this entailed me moving from the Midlands to Mashonaland West (Approximately 240km).
During this rather harrowing experience I realised that there are somethings that I can bring to the attention of people who are considering moving, to help them make the transition from old home to new home as painless as possible.
- If you can avoid it, don’t do it – Moving is NOT worth it. You will be stressed, you won’t sleep well for a few days, you will lose stuff (I lost the remote for the TV and I can’t find it three weeks later). Find a house, and live there forever. Alternatively make SHITLOADS of money so that when you move you first go stay in a local hotel for the night and the next day everything is set up for you… and nothing is lost (like a TV remote).
- Keep all your boxes and get more boxes – I used to wonder why TVs and other electronic goods came in boxes with all this kaylite in it. It’s not because they wanted to make sure that when you take the TV from the shop home it doesn’t get damaged. It’s so that if you go on any subsiquent trips with the TV it would be well protected and all the components would be safe (apart from the remote. The remote didn’t want to leave the old home). It makes life so much easier as it doesn’t take long to pack the TV, the TV is secure and I felt more comfortable watching the TV getting loaded onto the back of the truck in its box and with kaylite. Also if things are boxed, it is easier to pack the house up and to pack the truck up as well. It would be advisable to make friends with the local supermarket where you shop and to visit them regularly a few weeks prior to moving to get extra boxes which you can use for you other kitchen items that didn’t come in boxes.
- Don’t move at the end of the month – This one is pretty self explainatory. If you can avoid it, avoid it. It is not the time to do it. Unless you can’t avoid it of course. On the other hand end of the month will mean you may get to miss out on some bills as opposed to mid month. The best thing to do is get your shit in order so that you move when you want to move.
- Where possible organise and pay the transporter in advance, make sure you get a transporter with a vehicle in good condition and one that you can trust – It is pretty self explanatory. Get a truck that is in good condition, a truck driver who has an assistant so you don’t have to off/load the truck yourself.
- Move at a Godly Hour – Where possible, don’t move in the middle of the night. We arrived at our new home at midnight, and finished offloading around 2am. It was probably the most painful thing that I have experienced in a long time. This might be where the remote got lost.
I hope that these small pointers will help make your move less painful. As I (think I) said, the other option is to make enough money so that someone else move all your stuff for you and you simply arrive on location, or buy a caravan and you can live where ever you want.