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Ronan's report

Friday October 29th, 2010

It's been a busy time for me recently. This whole land-ownership certainly takes up time! This is the time of year when you have to prepare for winter - there's wood to be sourced and cut, grapes to be planted and my roof to be fixed. The days may be shorter and cooler, but that means no mosquitoes and you can actually find your way around in the forest. And I should be fishing more, and will be as soon as my wood is cut and stacked! I never thought I'd prioritise wood over fish, but we're expecting a long, hard winter here, and as soon as the weather turns, it's going to be much harder to prepare, and when it turns cold in Hungary it will be cold for 4 months. That means snow, frozen rivers and lakes, and down to -20C. It will be beautiful and Zander and Pike will be around, and November can be the best month for Asp (I certainly hope so, because they're not very active at the moment!). And who knows, maybe I try hunting!

As well as cabin living, I have a couple of major projects on the go at the moment. A language to learn. And there's a woman! Phew! But you know, I'm really enjoying this life in Hungary. I'm a bit different to most of the people here; I'm much more positive for a start. A good friend of mine, Deano, has a list of things on his bathroom wall, "Life's little lessons" or something like that. One that I really took to heart, is to be the most positive person you know. Man, that's a great lesson. Interestingly when you're positive, people around you start to be the same too.

Anyway, no Ray today, he's in BC. So here's the list!!

Sing in the shower.
Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
Leave the toilet seat in the down position.
Never refuse homemade brownies.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Plant a tree on your birthday.
Learn 3 clean jokes.
Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.
Compliment 3 people every day.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Keep it simple.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Floss your teeth.
Ask for a raise when you think you've earned it.
Overtip breakfast waitresses.
Be forgiving of yourself and others.
Say, "Thank you" a lot.
Say, "Please" a lot.
Avoid negative people.
Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.
Wear polished shoes.
Remember other people's birthdays.
Commit yourself to constant improvement.
Carry jumper cables in your truck.
Have a firm handshake.
Send lots of Valentine cards.
Sign them, "Someone who thinks you're terrific."
Look people in the eye.
Be the first to say hello.
Use the good silver.
Return all things you borrow.
Make new friends, but cherish the old ones.
Keep a few secrets.
Sing in a choir.
Plant flowers every spring.
Have a dog.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Stop blaming others.
Take responsibility for every area of your life.
Wave at kids on school busses.
Be there when people need you.
Feed a stranger's expired parking meter.
Don't expect life to be fair.
Never underestimate the power of love.
Drink champagne for no reason at all.
Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
Don't be afraid to say, "I made a mistake."
Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know."
Compliment even small improvements.
Keep your promises no matter what.
Marry for love.
Rekindle old friendships.
Count your blessings.
Call your mother.

Good advice methinks.

Cheers, Paul

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