31 May 2012 – sounds cool but what does it mean??

Have been fascinated with this word MEME for a while. According to

an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation

Information around the web for the term MEME:

  • An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
  • A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
  • A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); memes are the cultural counterpart of genes.

To be honest, still does not make any sense to me (probably just stupid), will be most grateful if anyone can explain MEME in simple layman language the meaning of MEME! And how do you construct a sentence with the word MEME!! When did such a simple looking word become so complicated??

A posting where I have NO idea what it is about, not even the quote below. With this it is goodbye to the month of May and welcome Jun. Summer has now officially started. Memorial Day marks the start of summer while Labour Day marks the start of autumn.

It does not matter what MEME means as long as you all have a wonderful summer 🙂 🙂 🙂

Certainly almost everything we do and think is colored in some way by memes, but it is important to realize that not everything we experience is a meme. If I walk down the street and see a tree, the basic perception that’s going on is not memetic – Susan Blackmore

The Deer Hunter

29 May 2012 – Without Decoys!

Mon: app over an hour drive south of OSL towards Drammen is the peninsula between Oslofjord and Drammensfjord where the community of Hurum, a municipality in Buskerud county is located. The Old Norse form of the name was Húðrimar. The meaning of the first element (Húð) is unknown and the last element is the plural form of rimi which means ‘ridge’. 156 sq km(60 sq mi) in area with a pop of app 8,000+

First stop was Sand Gård, a farm where lamas grazed. For sale were fresh-baked buns and the biggest skolebrød/School Bread filled with rich vanilla cream or vanilla pudding is a special treat to include in children’s lunches or to prepare for a special school gathering. Delightful outing day for the family and even Olai enjoyed his avocado lunch with the fresh air and the change of scenery. Kayak on the lake paddling by peacefully…

With its rolling hills landscape, it is ideal for the deer hunters to sit on the higher grounds and wait patiently for their preys! Not being a hunter, thus unable to understand the sport of hunting but do agree with controlled and humane hunting, ie when the animals are counted and tagged and only a certain numbers of animals can be hunted every season. In that way, there is a balance with the food-chain in the wild!

Somewhere in this area B has bought deer hunting rights from Aug-Sep. Have not tasted Bambi yet but am told that it is tasty and not as gamely as reindeer. Looking forward to tasting it.

Some interesting overhead bridges, Bærum Rådhus/City Hall and Høvik Church by highway/E6 on the way home. Quite a contrast from the hunting grounds!!!

Balance is so important in our lives. In our busy world, we can give ourselves balance between thinking and feeling – Yakov Smirnoff

Jacob Aall

27 May 2012 – On the street where I am!

Jakob Aall ( 1773-1844) was a Norwegian historian and statesman, published entitled Present and Past, a redaction of his own numerous magazine articles on the history of the antiquities of Norway. Also a chain of restaurants and bar with that name in Bergen, Fredrikstad, Lillestrøm and two in OSL. Sorry, no ratings, have not been to any fo them! Considering that when living in this country from 1974-1985, can count the number of times on one hand where eating in a restaurant was concerned 🙂

Here in Majorstuen, Jacob Aalls gate is a street parallel to the main drag Kirkevien and a quiet charming residential area, well at least many parts of it! Starting with #1 not so interesting but as you walk on it gets greener. Like nummer does not mean the Like as in FB but you can still like the pix here! Means even numbers and for those who are just out of bed this Pentecost and Memorial Day weekend, even as in 2, 4, 6, etc 🙂 🙂

Wish there is a law here to do away with the beggars who are infesting OSL on the main streets corners, this was not so during my stay here in the 70s & 80s. Rather disturbing and an unbecoming sight. At least the Salvation Army was across the road with some life music to save their souls 🙂 🙂 🙂

Olai got his first portable swimming pool here and loves the water. Linn & family bought their first kayak and are cruising on Lake Murray/SC. Serene neighbourhood shop, green patches with the sunrays in between, little kid learning thrash-can etiquette is the only way to stroll down Lala Land on a blissful day in life’s journey 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Have a blissful and wonderful time on this Pentecost and Memorial Day Weekend!

I’m a believer in Ignorance is bliss – Julianna Margulies

26 May 2012 –

This is a repeat from 4yrs ago. After Linn & James took off, the mood to write somehow will not be from the heart. This too shall pass and life goes on.

A relief to know that they are both safe and sound, happily reuntied with the rest of their family in SC/USA. Seemed like quite an eventful journey, having to claimed and re-checked in luggage in BRU/Belgium as she wanted to catch up with AmyJ. 20mins together is better than no minutes. Her suitcase did not make it to IAD/Dulles in addition to flight delay there.

Thank goodness it was better service on UA from BRU to IAD/USA. Must have been tough, with yet another connection from IAD to CAE. All’s well that ends well, her suitcase was waiting for her in CAE upon arrival. Bless her for taking this journey to introduce James to her Norwegian family.

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12 Jul 2008 – Oslo/(C)Kristiania/Oslo

Oslo is derived from Old Norse. During the Middle Ages the name was initially spelled ‘Ásló’, later ‘Ósló’. The earlier spelling suggests that the first component ásrefers either to the Ekeberg ridge southeast of the town (ås in modern Norwegian), or to the Norse homonym meaning ‘god’ or ‘divinity’. The most likely interpretations would therefore be ‘the meadow beneath the ridge’ or ‘the meadow of the gods’.

A fire in 1624 destroyed much of the medieval city; the section now known as Gamlebyen/the old city: 1st-3rd pictures from top left) and the city was relocated. 4th picture: King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway renamed the city to Christiania. From the end of the 1800s, the name was also spelled Kristiania. An official decision was never made, so both forms were in use. The original name of Oslo was restored by 1925. Today it is…

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L&M’s Norwegian Family

24 May 2012 – Bye-bye for now Linn & James

Tomorrow they head home to SC/USA but am consoling myself that Sep is not that far away and here is Olai!! Has been a fantastic week with the weather on our side. Yesterday a shopping morning in Sandvika and photo moments in the area at Bærum Rådhus/City Hall designed by Magnus POULSSON

L&M are great-grand daughters of the renowned architect Magnus Poulsson (their paternal grandmother’s father) who designed Oslo & Bærum Rådhus + many well-known buildings in Norway.

Their paternal great great-grand father Dr John HALD was the first director of Ullevål University Hospital; great-grand father, director of Martina Hansen’s Hospital; grandfather, built up Tromsø’s Orthopedic department; father John HALD lV, a neuro-radiologist at Rikshospitalet. L&M will have much to learn about and from their extensive families.

Lunch with Ellen and the last time we sat out there for lunch was when John/L&M’s grandfather was still alive (6 Jun 2008). It was also a beautiful day like today and he said the most touching thing, ‘Amy, you know that we worked very hard to get this glorious weather to welcome you’… he died Aug 2008 age 85.

Shopping at IKEA on the way back to OSL and was caught in an awful traffic-jam. Poor James, he was so good and no complains from him in spite of the jam in a non-AC car. Appreciations to B for the use of his car.

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love – George Eliot

10 Months

23 May 2012 –  of James Life…

Today we celebrated James 10 months and he misses the company of his 4 siblings in the USA! Instead he had to put up with mormor and mormor’s friend Mette who crossed life’s journey paths in the 1980s!

Started another beautiful day with a walk to Baker Hansen where his mommy got a chocolate bun to celebrate baby’s 10 months. He got to enjoy whatever small bits (without the chocolate part!) he could get in his mouth 🙂

That blue chair is exactly the same chair his mommy sat on when she was the same age as James. The pix is in SIN and would have been fun to place the two pix next to each other.

Kept a box of toys from L&M’s childhood days and watching J&O playing with them is like rewinding back to the 1970s…

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities –

I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh, my God, what can I do?

My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad — can you tell?

My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass

Recap from 2008

22 May 2012 – Now

Nationaltheatret is under renovtion and the summer weather is teasing us with its early arrival.

But how long will that last?? Am just happy for Linn & James with this glorious blue sky when Norway is at her best! Banking and grocery shopping made easy with the sunshine when bringing a 10 months baby out!! As long as it will last during their stay, there will be no seasonal affective disorder/SAD 🙂

I am a contradictory mess but I see it as my prerogative to change my mood like the weather – Shirley Manson

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3 Jun 2008 – Oslo

It is amazing how the weather can effect people’s moods, especially when dark cold winters emerge. In the late 1970s, Åsgard Psychiatric Hospital in Tromsø where I gave music therapy was filled with people during the winter months. But then SAD was not known and only years later seasonal affective disorder, a mood disorder whose sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter was researched and diagnosed.

The sun with clear blue sky since my arrival convinced me again that Norwegians must be the true RA worshippers. Even the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl used the name of RA for his expeditions to show that papyrus boats were seafaring worthy on the Atlantic Ocean.

Nationaltheatret was opened 1899 near the vicinity of the Royal Palace and the City Hall, very central. The fountain behind the theatre has…

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