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Horsies! - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 24th, 2011

02:47 pm - Horsies!

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I'd just like to say that my new mattress is awesome!

Also, we've now done the recycle/dump run for the move and things are looking a lot tidier around the place. The Youth of Today has a new bed with a trundler that is nearly big enough for him. This afternoon's mission - go through the old photo box and reduce. I find this hard to do, especially when you find things like:


All my old pony club and polocrosse ribbons!



It looks like a lot but really it isn't. I was lucky enough to be born into the days when you could have a horse in NZ even if you were poor (horse: $175, grazing: free, shoeing $20, 3 pony clubs within riding distance) and got taken under the wing of someone with a horse float, so I got to compete. I kept all the ribbons we won because I was proud of them.

Here's the horse I won most of them on:



tieke, this is the hairy-legged mongrel bred pony I talk about a lot - the one that would wade into blackberry bushes and eat the leaves while I picked the blackberries and ate them, and would go in any direction I pointed him in at whatever speed I told him to regardless of what was in the way.

Plz2b excusing the terrible position - no doubt bad_riding would tell me I shouldn't have been jumping that high with such a bad form, but fuckem, Casey and I jumped a lot higher than that and neither of us suffered unduly from it, in fact we had a ball because he loved it as much as I did and he was the perfect pony for someone like me. Also, his legs don't look hairy in this photo because I trimmed his feathers and beard off to make him more pretty. Yes those are size 3 hooves on a pony, and yes he's unshod in this photo as he mostly was.

Anyway, that's 14 year old me and my hairy little sub-$200 horse. We had a lot of fun together.

As a contrast, here's 41 year old me, taken by pombagira last night at Fidels:



I couldn't look less like a horse person if I tried..


Those ribbons have been sitting in a box for *cough* number of years now, and it's time I did something with them. While I'd like to make art by weaving them into a picture, the colours are somewhat loud for decor and at the moment I'm leaning towards making reusable shopping bags from them.

Suggestions welcome.

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From:awdrey_gore
Date:September 24th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
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We should all take pictures of our middle-aged faces to document that getting older is hardly as shocking and horrible as we've been led to believe. 41 is indeed an excellent age! :)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm noticing the aging in my face but it isn't freaky-scary like it's made out to be, it's just a natural progression and not really a big deal.

41 is awesome. I wish I had half this confidence at 21.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 24th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I recently added a photo of myself at ~27 to our PABX at work as my icon, just for laughs, which raised some eyebrows amongst the ladies...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
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...

bringing the weird since 1971? Or maybe a bit after..
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I hadn't noticed that until you helpfully pointed it out.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 24th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
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oh i hadn't noticed that either.. O.O
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From:pythia
Date:September 24th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
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Ponies! :D
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From:pombagira
Date:September 24th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
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also wheee nice fancy cameras.. *skips*
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From:tieke
Date:September 24th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
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Ooo, very cool photo. And congrats on winning!
One of these days I'll get around to scanning my horsey pics and putting them on the interweb.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
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I would like to see those!

(although if I scanned all of mine it'd be something of an epic post and I imagine yours would be too)
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 24th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
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doubtlss there's a photoshop filter to turn that paper back to white again...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
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Yeah I thought about that but pretty much everyone does that and they'd still be loud and not very go-with-the-decor-ey. I thought about trying to weave a landscape with them - I still may do that but I'm leaning towards the bags because they'd be useful as well as pretty.
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From:38
Date:September 25th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Your pony was so cute :)
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