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Ocean-Sirius
26-08-03, 20:42
I had a great time in Wales. The place where we stopped (Dolgoch Falls) was wonderfully isolated from towns. The nearest town was two miles away and it was so out of the way that you could take walks alone without worries that some druggie will raise hell with you. There was a beautiful waterfall a short walk from where we stayed. Walking in the forest alone is the stuff of fantasies for me, as I live in a populated conurbation. This obvioulsly means that any isolated space will be utilised by scum-from unruly young yobs to junkies.

Didn't get to do much hiking though, as many areas were closed off for councils to make them safer. We did however visit Aberdovey and Aberyswyth.

It was even so isolated that they left out boxes for donations. Where we live, even the most nice areas of natural beauty would see such boxes raided!I wanted to snorkel on the final day in Aberdovey but the red flag was flying...bummer. I was warned that I may not get a swim this year. Oh well...it's a poor substitute for open ocean but there's my local pool. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

There were only about six people staying where we were and there wasn't even a pub. My father was a little disappointed about that but I was alright passing my evenings with playing cards and listening to a few CDs I'd brought along. I am indecisive about music and it took me a while to decide what to take along with me. I couldn't pick between Meat Loaf and U2 but finally settled on Meat Loaf, as me and my mother like his music but only I like U2.

I spent many hours in evenings whilst they were watching TV listening mainly to trance, reading The Fortean Times (a paranormal mag). Downstairs-For some reason, our bedrooms were downstairs. As you know, I can spend many hours in solitude and it has no effect on me. A piece of music is very effective in helping keep me stimulated and in familiar surroundings will keep me in the same room. However, it cannot curb all of my activities. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif There were owls hooting at night and I love that sound...I like interesting noises in general http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

I saw TR:COL and I must say I was impressed! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif As my mother said, someone must've sat down and thought about it this time. It has a long way to go before it beats Indiana Jones or James Bond but there was enough action to keep me watching and stimulated. I would've loved one of those underwater vehicles and I have wanted to jetski myself for some years.

Speaking of which, I nearly went quad biking on holiday but unfortunately, you had to book in advance and it was only me with such a fantasy. I plan when I graduate in the future and when I can drive, to book a holiday for myself there so that I can indulge in adventure activities. I did go on a fun pony trek though with my mother. One thing I share in common with Lara Croft is my love of "strange transport." If it moves quickly and is odd, I really want to play. ;)

Seeing that Terry Sheridan guy reminded me of something that I did tell my mother. In the TR community, the fact that Lara never obsessively chased a partner, often works alone and has her sights more or less on just her goals eliminated much of the threat that people often feel from myself. I sometimes cannot help but think that maybe if Lara was "just like other women" that I would receive the same hostility here in the TR community as I get offline. Like me, Lara is content to let fate deliver those that share her life and like me, perhaps she feels she could only be compatible with one who likes to do different activities as she does. Also, she chases her goals to the end like myself. Characters like Lara Croft and Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid) are great comforts to me. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

I heard some good news on holiday-I am going to be an aunty! :-D I'm not a huge fan of children and cannot tolerate them for long periods but it's nice to know our family will continue somehow. I have no maternal instincts and although I think children are cute, I never get broody if I see a baby. I was told that I'd grow out of it but I'm an adult now...it's just like I was told I'd grow out of being alone and the myth that by adulthood, I'd have the same interest in boys as most girls. Guess what-I haven't changed a bit and you can't say it's cos I'm already a year into adulthood!

I have met the odd one or two people who share my feelings and views and to those who think it's odd for a woman to have no maternal instincts, I say this: Look at the bears who cannot look after their cubs and leave them to their own devices. What about the dogs who refuse to raise their pups? You see, it is a fact of nature and if papa bear could, I bet he'd have used contraception in such cases. ;) Humans are just arrogant apes and that still makes us animals.

Being an aunt will be good, as I know I can run from the child and that it leaves the house in two hours anyway. =) I couldn't hurt a child and I feel sick at whoever does. I have never dreamed of a family...not even as a small girl. I never even played families!

Maureen Errant
26-08-03, 21:22
Hi Ocean: I'ts good to see you again. Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Wales. I'd give just about anything to be able to visit the British Isles. Maybe if I quit smoking I can save up in a few years eh? Congratulations on becoming an Aunt. I'm an only child so I've never experienced this. Hope your nephew/niece will give you hours of joy. (until they become teenagers that is) hehehehehe :D

Maureen Errant
26-08-03, 21:25
O.M.G I just realized that I might have inadvertantly insulted a good percentage of the forum members with that last remark of mine. PLEASE ignore it as I really meant no offence whatsoever. (forehead on the ground, humbly groveling) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Ocean-Sirius
26-08-03, 21:45
I dunno about "hours" of joy, as I'm not a huge fan of kids. Couldn't hurt one but I couldn't put up with them for long either. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

SYS
26-08-03, 22:25
...a voice from the darkness.....

Welcome back, Ocean-Sirius! I'm glad to read that You had a great time! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

SYS "Whew! That girl has got one bad attitude."

Isabella
26-08-03, 22:39
Welcome back Ocean-Sirius http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
Congratulations!

Rommie
27-08-03, 02:35
Welcome back

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ELEN
27-08-03, 05:17
It's good enjoying your vacation time!!! Welcome back http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Annacia
27-08-03, 05:32
OK Ocean, This is WB #3, now just stick around ok????? :D

NatEcho
27-08-03, 14:20
Originally posted by Ocean-Sirius:
I dunno about "hours" of joy, as I'm not a huge fan of kids. Couldn't hurt one but I couldn't put up with them for long either. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif I worked at a kindergarden some time ago and sadly I have to say, that really killed my love for children in large groups... :( If there's any more than three or four and they run around screaming I just feel like leaving the area... :( I used to really like kids! I hope this changes soon 'cuz there really isn't anything like kids! They are amazing is so many ways. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Wellcome back! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

julialee
27-08-03, 15:25
Kids http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif Iv'e got three all under 6yrs.
If I could get in a time machine and go back I would :rolleyes: You would think that I had lernt from having one kid, :confused: Then two come along at the same time, You don't get mutch choice http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif

Ocean-Sirius
27-08-03, 16:04
Natecho-I can relate, however I did work with young kids for two weeks and enjoyed it. It is my age and growing determination that have made me not want 'em round me. Also, I have never had a maternal instinct even as a young child.

I am afraid I'm too selfish for kids and they're all about sacrifice. I couldn't hurt one but I couldn't live with one either. I want to live this life for myself and if I DID fall in love, for the partner I'd be sharing my life with. If it can't swim, climb and appreciate my need for privacy instnatly then it ain't takin' my time! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif Anyways, it's easy to bring a kid into the world...it's hard to raise it well and give it a happy childhood. My parents did a great job and anyone with the commitment to raising kids deserves a medal! :D