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Still in rehab – Now What?


From that point on I decided to change my confession from addict to, I am a born again Christian. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what that meant exactly, or what I was supposed to do with myself. The only thing that I was certain of was, that I was alive and going to be well. Things would never be the same again.

The therapists in the rehab suddenly became very concerned about my sudden change in attitude and new zeal for life. They even made me take drug tests as they were convinced that I was still on something. Somehow with all their experience, they could not comprehend that the saving power of Jesus had, saved me…

The next few days proved to be very interesting as the therapists found more issues with my approach to my old habits and the way forward. After all, I was cured…

As always.
Love and respect
G

Life Begins – The truth


Thirty years old, with nothing but a kit bag and what you could call a hectic past. I have something else, something very valuable and powerful enough to change everything.

You may ask yourself – What exactly is the truth? A question answered in a multitude of ways. This is mine…

Some other words for truth are: reality, certainty, genuine, legitimate, honest and loyal. It is no wonder that through history people have fervently pursued and tried to figure out what the truth is. Maybe, this is because we were all created to believe in something much bigger than ourselves and what we can see on this earth.

The Truth is a light that shines and illuminates every shadow that clouded or darkened your mind. It brings with it answers and clarity to questions that you could never with any certainty realize or understand without it.

In my case, I just stopped asking. I was completely sold out to the fact that there are just no answers outside of the here and now or what can be seen or felt. My way of dealing with this was quite simple. I became fully dependent on stimulating my body and soul. I ran from my meaningless existence intoxicating myself with anything I could get my hands on. This continued for a good decade of my life without taking a break, not even for a day. I became a good and faithful servant to the substances and activities that I called master. Don’t get me wrong. I really thought that I was on top of the my game. A tough guy, respected enough and maybe even feared by some. I thought that I was able to handle anyone and anything that came against me and somehow, I did. I suppose in a way, being emotionally anesthetized made it very difficult for me to get hurt. Or at least that is what I thought.

While at the height of this state, something truly amazing happened. The Truth found me and I realized that I had run out of places to hide from it. I realized that I had a problem that was far bigger than my ability to fix.

This is where my story begins…

Christmas Rock – South Africa


Hi Everyone!

I know it has been years. How are you all doing???

Here is a little post about a place called Christmas Rock on the East Coast of South Africa. Please go easy on me as I am a little “blog” rusty so, I hope that you like it.

PACK THE CAR WE ARE GOING TO THE SEA SIDE!

What a fantastic break! Definitely well worth the 1000 Kilometer drive from Johannesburg to the Eastern Cape. I find with small kids its best to drive at night as much as possible, have breakfast on the way and chill on the first day if possible 🙂

The Christmas Rock itself used to be a caravan park which closed down about 30 years ago. Probably because of it being very secluded and off the beaten track.  The people who owned stands there stuck around and built houses and it became the community it is today. Consisting of lots of friendly old people that have had way too much sun. The village is surrounded by nature reserve there is no room for the community to grow,  get taken over by holiday makers or become commercialized. This is awesome if you want to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. I simply loved it here.

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My son holding some Starfish and shells he found on rocks

The beaches go on for miles and miles with practically no people in sight. There are also scattered rocky parts that are filled with life and color. We even caught an Octopus!

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Christmas Rock Beach Sunset

It is quite incredible how standing on a quiet beach can give you some perspective.

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Stunning day on the beach lots of Shells in the sand.
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I told you that there were lots of shells
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Christmas Rock beach from up on the hill

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

South African Big Sky Panorama


Had a little fun with this one. The photos used to construct this “Big Sky Panorama” were taken on top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday with my trusty blogging camera and merged together using Photoshop CS4.

I would like to give Don Charisma a shout for always being an inspiration and I believe I got the whole Big Sky idea from his blog. Head over there for loads of brilliant images.

Hope you enjoy…

South African Big Sky Panorama, Taken with a Pentax Optio WG2
South African Big Sky Panorama, Taken with a Pentax Optio WG2

As with all the photos on TherandomG, I am happy to send you the unbranded original to use for any reason whatsoever. (this one is over 8000px wide, nice and big)

As always.
Love and Respect
G

South African Aquarium


I took my family and the trusty point and shoot Pentax to uShaka today. I love it here! So many colors and things to look at. Pity about the no flash rule inside the aquarium but I totally understand the havoc that constant camera flashing would cause with the ecosystems and creatures within Marine World.

Please excuse the quality of these photos, not the best lighting and no real opportunity to set up each shot to get the best effects. Just quick on the trot :point and shoot” fun stuff today.

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The entrance to uShaka Sea World, Pentax Optio WG2
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Dont you just love the colors of marine life under UV? Pentax Optio WG2
The coolest things ever, Huge! Pentax Optio WG2
The coolest things ever, Huge! Pentax Optio WG2
Love this door. Pentax Optio WG2
Love this door. Pentax Optio WG2
Supposed to be the most deadly fish. Pentax Optio WG2
Supposed to be the most deadly fish. Pentax Optio WG2
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More UV Magic Pentax Optio WG2
R20 for a single potato! Pentax Optio WG2
R20 for a single potato! Pentax Optio WG2

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

South African Rhino Poaching


Hi Friends.

Great to be on holiday and have some time to pick things up a bit on TherandomG. It is a rainy day here in Durban but my excited boys insisted on going for a walk along the promenade anyway. That is when we stumbled across this…

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This is Lucas standing next to his creation, a pretty nifty sand castle. Shot with a Pentax WG II
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Stop Poaching Rhino, shot with a Pentax WG II

Lucas comes down to the beach everyday and builds his display. I am hoping that he changes it up a little while I am here so I can take more photos of his work. It seems like a lot of labor just for the right to put a bucket on the floor and rely on tips from passers by. I really hope that people support him and he makes a decent living from this. I think it’s fantastic!

As for South African Rhino Poaching, I must admit that I am embarrassed and angry at the whole state of affairs regarding the demise of this awesome creature. I mean, the various initiatives and events dedicated to saving the Rhino must have generated millions by now and still we have lost 588 animals this year alone. What about the thousands of guys running around with guns that would probably shoot a poacher on site? Pity we can’t pay them some of these proceeds to go put a few heads on poles. That will show the bastards.

Lastly to all those that are dedicated to the conservation of the Rhino. TherandomG solutes you, I hope that this and surrounding governments actually catch a bit of a clue and exercise a little leadership and get you the support you need. I wonder what our army do all day long? Dangit, do we even have an army?

OK that’s it for this one.

As always.
Love and Respect.
G

Friday’s Word of the day


OK I am starting a Random G tradition here, in prep for tomorrows prayer meeting. A Quick verse for the day.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

If you can guess the verse reference you get the day off 🙂

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

A Blogging Camera for the South African – Pentax Optio WG2


Funny title I know, Google will probably like it a lot more than you do so let’s leave it at that. I have been wanting to do a post on my Pentax Optio WG2 for quite some time now. This camera definitely deserves a shout… Continue reading A Blogging Camera for the South African – Pentax Optio WG2

Pilgrims Rest – Old Car


Have you ever been to Pilgrims Rest in South Africa? It is like the final frontier. I mean, this place is like a museum! A small olden day mining town in the mountainous region of Mpumalanga, formally known as Eastern Transvaal.

Generally the going here is pretty tough and I can’t help but to wonder what it must have been like living during the gold rush that happened in these parts all those years back. Driving vehicles like this and using technology that, well, no – there was no tech back then. 🙂

Take a look at this car, it ran for 20 years or so. How did they get spares to service and maintain for such a long time before it finally gave in to the environment? I think that people must have been pretty tough and resourceful back then.

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Shot with a Pentax WG2 . Pilgrims Rest a fantastic place to spend a day if you are ever in the area.

As always.
Love and respect.
G