About 6 months ago I “deactivated” my account because you can never really delete yourself or leave facebook permanently. I can’t say I was ever a huge user but it was an easy way to stay connected and do a bit of snooping…on occasion.

I do miss it sometimes, I have to find other ways to communicate with my friends but when I read this

Mark Zuckerberg is now richer than Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

The Facebook chairman added $US1.6 billion ($1.7 billion) to his fortune as the world’s biggest social network ended last week at a record high.

The surge elevated the 30-year-old’s net worth to $US33.3 billion, moving him past Mr Brin, 40, and Mr Page, 41, as well as Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos, 50, on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Mr Zuckerberg is No. 16 on the ranking. The Google founders are 17th and 18th. Mr Bezos occupies the 20th spot.

“He’s just getting started,” David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, said.

“He’s going to become the richest person on the planet.”

I knew I’d made the right choice. It all goes back to my old rationale- Why do those people deserve that kind of money? What have they invented that serves human beings and changes their lives in spectacular ways?

The average nurse improves more lives in more dramatic ways than any of those men…

and they will never be billionaires…or even millionaires.


good landlord: an oxymoron

Yesterday, I got the dreaded email from the estate agent managing my property in England. It said the tenants want to renew for 6 months.

Last year they renewed for one year…was there a problem? are they thinking about moving? new baby boy on the way?

After some follow up, relief….

Just had the tenant come back to me and apologised for confusion she does want 12 mths and she said loves the property and there are no issues

and I didn’t raise the rent!

I knew…

you knew….we all knew this move to New York had to hit a glitch at some point. It might have been more convenient if it had happened early on and not at the point when I have resigned my position AND….they have already hired a replacement.

Friday I started (undeniably a little late) checking into the progress on my NY nursing license-one of the single most important documents for any nurse, anywhere in the world. I was told by the slightly snotty woman on the phone that I had only filled out one of the 4 forms needed and that once I submitted ALLĀ documents it will still take 4-6 weeks to be processed.

*starts backpedaling*

The lady in New York that obviously holds great power in the issuing of nursing licenses said “it’s all on the website”, just type in nursing form 1 and nursing form 2, etc because everyone would know that….

So I printed out form one which is a 4 page application with sections such as- I am:

  • a US citizen
  • or twelve other choices

Yes, I’m sure that there are a few people who fit into one of the other categories but unless they have paid a huge amount of money for fake documents they are unlikely to be filling out this form.

Another section that gave me a giggle/gasp was 1 (one) space for the “elementary or primary school” I attended!

  • I am 56 years old so we are talking 35-50 years ago
  • I attended 3 schools from kindergarten to junior high school which is probably about average

They must have a lot of confidence in both my memory and family stability to expect me to provide the dates-day/month/year of my attendance.

I was more fortunate to work at the university where I graduated so the form for that was a piece of cake.

At any rate, I am currently looking at unemployment at the end of next week with my best case scenario that my employer agrees to keep me on for another 1-3 weeks (until my replacement arrives) despite my complete disinterest. My favorite scenario is 4-6 weeks of blissful relaxation (while digging deep into my savings account).

Too late for a career change?

The Rainbow Gathering really does attract a variety of people. Some like me, professionals with varying levels of inner hippie looking for camping and community. At the other end of the spectrum is the chronically unemployed and homeless who travel around chasing the next free campground.

In between is a group of creative, motivated people coping with the new economy by developing unique careers. Lots of musicians but also an assortment of poets, artists, craftsmen and performers.

I really liked this young woman’s performance at the Instant Soup Variety show…

Not exactly my 60′s image of hula hooping!

Over 9000 feet

I finally got around to downloading the very few photos I took on my trip. Selfishly, I prefer to soak it all up for myself. On this trip I did have several “wow” moments.

The stars….millions…literally millions of bright twinkling stars in a dark blue sky… amazing, jaw dropping, stunning.

We drove into the gathering on the “wrong” road…from the back and up over the mountain on a dirt road. This was the view from the top…

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