Favourite TV shows

5 August 2018
Recently, I was asked: “So what are your favourite TV show? And why?”
It is difficult to answer this kind of question. I watch a lot of TV shows. I sometimes download my favourite TV shows. Mostly, I get my favourite (and sometimes other) TV shows from other people.
I like TV shows the focus on police and investigation. I think the first one of these kinds of TV shows (which I started to watch) were NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Services. I also enjoy watching the two spin-off series: NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. I also like the modern Hawaii 5-0. Four other series that are related to police and investigation, that I also used to watch, are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber.
I am also a big superhero fan. And I like DC Television and Marvel Television series. It seems to me that there are currently more DC superheroes than Marvel superheroes on television. I like Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl series. I also like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I also enjoy the The Defenders-related series, which include The Defenders itself, as well as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Punisher.
The Law & Order-series are sometimes very scary and sad, but I do like it as well. The two spin-offs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (which is still showing) also include among my favourites. Shows that were created by the same creators are the series that are set in Chicago: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Justice. I like all four of these Chicago-series. It is unfortunate that Chicago Justice has been cancelled.
These are some of my favourite (current) TV shows. What are your favourite (current) shows?


Watching the final… In a restaurant

4 August 2018
I spent the morning in Mugg & Bean . I don’t have internet or DSTV Premium at home.
To watch rugby live in South Africa, even big matches, you either have to go to the stadium (if the match takes place in South Africa), or have DSTV Premium .
DSTV Premium is a rather expensive package to receive television channels – including most of the sporting channels. I do not really watch enough sport to make it reasonable to pay that amount, and I don’t really watch enough other television to get DSTV Premium either.
Anyway. Today I wanted to watch the SuperRugby 2018 final between The Lions and The Crusaders teams. It took place in New Zealand, at 9:30. At Mugg & Bean there is a TV that shows sport, and there are a nice wi-fi connection so I can connect to internet.
I am glad I had a distraction from the rugby, in the end. I am actually a Sharks fan. I support the Lions because I know a lot of people who support them, and because they actually play good rugby – and only when they do not play against the Sharks. Today’s result was a little bit of a well-predicted result. Not many people gave them a reasonable chance of winning. The Crusaders are, after all, a team that has an almost 100% winning record this year. At least, I can’t actually remember them losing a match this year (I can’t say that I actually follow rugby enough to be sure of those kind of statistics). So when they were 14 points behind at half time, I new I would be focused on doing anything on internet more than watching the match.
Unfortunately, the Lions lost. 37-18. It is sad. I expected and hope for a much closer match. But now, the SuperRugby2018 season is finished, and everyone everywhere will start talking about Springboks and New Zealand and Australia again.
Did you watch the rugby? What did you think of the match?

What would you do with R140million?

3 August 2018
I think just about every country has at least one lottery competition.
South Africa as well. And South Africa has a Lotto and a PowerBall competition. I don’t really play PowerBall. I like SportStake (a competition where a person can bet as little as R2 on 13 soccer match results; and I like to follow soccer).
Today the possible PowerBall pay-out is apparently a guaranteed R140million. So I bought myself two tickets. For R10 each. I’m not saying I am going to win anything.
I thought I will ask the question anyway… What would you do with R140million? What would I do with R140million?
I have heard that it is clever to not say anything about winning (or getting) a large amount of money at once.
I will do my best to stay silent about winning the money.
I have, however thought about sharing money like that with some people before. I will for sure give the first R40million to my nearest family members and some of my other near family members and friends. I will, of course, make them promise not to say where they got the money. At least for six months.
I will find a place to deposit the money somewhere where I can get a good interest rate. I am guessing a good interest rate is about 5% per year (it could be more; hopefully not less). At 5% per year, you could get about R215000 per month (if taxes are to be deducted).
If that is true, I could travel the world, work almost anywhere for no salary, and share a lot of money with many people.
I have never really dreamed of living in a R10million mansion. But I might buy that FerrariF40 I always dreamed about. A nice little R2million house won’t be too bad.
I also have a small business. At the moments it is more like a registered hobby. I would like to use that money to help build the business. I also have this dream to build this business into something that can help to other people jobs.
I would also like to use some of the money to travel a little. Firstly, I would like to travel in South Africa. I would also like to travel around the world. I always wanted to see places like New York City, Scotland, Ireland, Barcelona and Egypt. In South Africa, I have seen Table Mountain, but I won’t mind to actually stand on Table Mountain one day. And I would like to travel through Namakwaland when it is the flower season, as well as to go somewhere during snow-season, while it is snowing.
That is about as far as I can think to spend R140million.
If I do not win PowerBall tonight, and you were the winner, what would you do with that money? How will you spend of save it?

Talking about prayer

2 August 2018
I spoke at a venue this morning. About prayer. And specifically about the model prayer, the Lord’s PrayerMatthew 6- 9-13 1 .
This prayer starts with “Our Father”.
I always try to have a little bit of a conversation with this particular crowd I was speaking to. In this conversation this morning, we learned that Jesus want to teach us that we are not only praying on our own behalf. We always pray for others’ as well.
I do believe that when we are serious about praying, we have to realise that prayer is a meeting-“event” with a God that wants to change us, even if the change is just a little bit of change. In ChristianitThe Lord's Prayer words 8y, according to me, we believe that God wants to transform us to become more like Jesus. Every time we meet God in prayer, He will challenge us to change a little, to become more like Jesus.
In relation to the Lord’s Prayer, it seems that every time we pray, there has to be a little bit of our words and actions that will be different, so that it will make a difference in our relationships with other people.
The challenge to me, after today, is this: How does my own actions and words change after I meet God in prayer?

Where is our power? Where is Eskom?

1 August 2018

In South Africa, we have a power supplier that struggles to supply power. The name of the company is Eskom

Eskom logo & power lines 5
Eskom logo

Yesterday Eskom started load shedding again.
Load shedding is all about switching some parts of a cities’ or towns’ off so that power is saved. People are basically forced to save power. Sounds a little crazy, right? In South Africa, we are so used to this, that we don’t find it strange at all any more. It is become a “normal” part of our lives.
The schedule is usually for three hours at a time. At least in the area where I live.
BUT. In the area I live in, we do not only suffer power outages during load shedding times. We lose power for more or less any reason. Sometimes when the wind blows hard or five drops of rain fall, we have a power outage. When this happens, we can be without power for at least 3-4 hours at a time. We have these power outages at least two times in a month. Our municipality also seems unable to fix whatever causes these ouOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtages.
This is day one of my “one post a day” experiment. I did not really want to moan about something on my first post. Unfortunately it had to start this way. I hope I will not be complaining about some kind of lack of service provision for the rest of this month.

Blog a day in August

31 July 2018
I tried this before. In fact, I tried to do this just two months ago. I wanted to write one blog post every day, and publish these posts as soon as possible.
August is my favourite month of the year. I will write about the reason for that soon. That is why I am going to try to write one blog post every day for a month. Again.
I can write a post every day. I will be writing about any kind of topic that I think of. Sometimes I read a meme and it triggers an idea. I hope that happens throughout this coming month. Sometimes I hear a song and it triggers an idea, or I see a news story, and that triggers an idea to write about. I don’t have fixed topic I write about, although I do have some pet loves that I write about more than others. Those readers who have been following me for a while – if there are any – would have notices a long time ago that I do not have a fixed topic that I write about. I am all over the place when it comes to topics, really.
I do not, however, have reliable and available wifi spots. I use these, because my only alternative is mobile data, and that is to expensive. So I can’t publish my posts every day.
In any case. Join me on this ride of daily writing. Please follow me, comment on my posts, and share it if you want to and/or if you enjoy the writing.

31 July 2018: Introduction to August 2018 in my blogging evolution [Or: Blog a day in August]
01 August 2018: Where is our power? Where is Eskom?
02 August 2018: Talking about prayer

Father’s Day 2018… no father

Blog-a-day-June… Sunday, 17 June
Today is Father’s Day.
IMG_0270Today is the first Father’s Day after the death of my father.
So, in my home, there will be no Father’s Day “celebrations”.