2009 | A look back...

It's always appropriate on the last day of any year to review the year that's been. We look back, although not for too long because we don't want to waste today, and consider the events that shaped us.

2009 was a year of beginnings for me. I was lucky enough, at the age of 34 to meet my father for the first time. Sadly, we lost my Grandfather - the magnificent man who raised me.

I thought I was going to die at one point in February and the children that Anna and I created passed some milestones. Jojo turned one and Sophie turned 3.

Over the year I wrote 60 blog posts, not many compared to other bloggers but that's ok. Strangely, the biggest day with the most readers was because I said something I shouldn't have.

On the work front, there were many highlights including a half hour video interview with Prime Minister John Key, something very special for race relations day and as a local Wellington show, we were first networked into Kapiti and Horowhenua and then given a nationwide spot.

Throughout the year, a lot of people have had their hand in the success of the show. My co-host Camille, our Boss Piney, Talent Manager Dallas, Promotions Manager Morgs and intern / producer Olivia.

The most important of all though is my wife Anna, she is my strongest supporter, my biggest critic, my conscience and my love. She's a bloody good broadcaster, producer, teacher and voice in her own right but never gets the chance because our kids (The two that wreck the house and the one she's still building) take up most of her time!

Here's to 09, thanks for the ride.

50 rules to live your life by...

These sorts of things get sent round in the email every now and then. More often than not, a quick delete will sort them out. We though, inspired by a 99th birthday of a bloke named Eric decided to seek out 99 rules to live your life by and take texts and calls to see what we came up with.

We got 50.

Some of these might be as old as the hills, some may be new. Some you may not agree with and some may be impossible to live by all the time. Some might even go against each other! All ideas are different though so you’re welcome to copy and paste these into an email and flick them on if that's your thing. If you do, please leave in that these rules were all suggested on December 18, 2009 by the listeners of Dave and Camille for breakfast on Classic Hits Wellington.

1. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
2. Check your texts before you send!
3. Life isn't always fair but it's still good.
4. Dance regularly.
5. Always let the wife think that she is winning an argument or else you are a dead man!
6. Keep work in its place, down where it should be.
7. Smile! Be happy! Eat Cake!
8. Respect your health, it can be taken away quickly.
9. Life is a journey not a destination.
10. Fart, it's better out than in.
11. Treat everyday like it's your last day, one day you'll be right.
12. Work hard and be good to your mother.
13. 13: Do not break wind in a lift unless you know the people.
14. Each day is a new day, so it's never too late to start again!
15. Put the toilet seat down!
16. Sing like no-one is listening.
17. When you hug your kids, let them be the ones to let go first. Let them decide how long they need to hug for.
18. Work is a four letter word.
19. Love like you've never been hurt before.
20. Remember the past, cherish the present and look forward to the future.
21. Always respect your elders and let your partner and kids how much u love them
22. Be grateful for what you already have, as tomorrow it could all go pear shaped.
23. We are here for a good time, not a long time!
24. Be honest and respectful.
25. Please and thank you will open any door.
26. Take time out for oneself to be refreshed each day.
27. Make progress not excuses.
28. Always blow on the pie!
29. Every day is a new page in your book of life, write great memories.
30. Don't eat yellow snow!
31. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift.
32. Laugh more and forgive, enjoy what you have, not what you want.
33. Do not be too quick to judge others.
34. Don't stress over the small stuff, treat those things as challenges.
35. Be generous to others. Their smile is a reward.
36. Spend time with others who are less fortunate than you and understand them before you make a judgement.
37. Never go to sleep on an argument.
38. Dance like no-one is watching.
39. Eat chocolate
40. Always wear clean underwear.
41. There is a silver lining in all situations.
42. Get tattoos with meaning, you will always remember that particular event even when you have dementia.
43. When you meet people, always wear a smile.
44. Smile and laugh every day.
45. Don't take a friends seconds!
46. Don't date men who eat food off your plate without being invited!
47. Always go to the toilet before a journey.
48. Always wake up positive you dont know how long you have on earth.
49. Shoot for the sky, when you fall, you will fall among the stars.
50. When you die, your gravestone has your name and the date you were born and the date you died. eg; Rose Jordan 1977 - 2020. It's the dash that's the important bit, nothing else matters but what you did between those two dates.

Respect for old technology

My wife wanted to buy a typewriter and to be fair, we all thought she was mad at first. The she explained how a typewriter differs from a PC and the problem is the screen.

Screens, no matter what they're attached to, suck you in and make you oblivious to what is around you.

Every tried talking to someone who is texting? On Facebook? Watching telly? We've all been the screen addict and we've all been half listened to by someone who thinks that what's on the screen is more important than the face to face contact being sought. As far as transgressions into rudeness go, this is on the lower end of the scale but it does happen a lot.

So she found an electric typewriter circa 1984 on Trade Me, brought it home, started using it and it crapped out after half a page. Through research we found that the ribbons are no longer available and Anna had a $40 doorstop. Bit of bad luck that.

Then, she posted a note on the noticeboard in New World asking for a typewriter and the next thing you know, the phone rings and a lady wants to sell off her typewriter that's been used a total of twice and here it is!

Note that it's totally mechanical, doesn't need power and is actually quite handsome!

Podcast | Bits of the Show

Ok, so my plan is to put together the audio for the Sunday show as a downloadable mp3 and eventually move onto itunes, sort out feed etc and make a proper podcast.

These aren't the best bits or the worst bits, more a snapshot of a week that wasn't too difficult to edit up! It's not completely pretty and I don't yet have the right access to our site for uploading the audio but we're working on it slowly.

Here's the first two weeks, enjoy!

Dave and Camille Weekly Podcast - Week ending November 30
The demise of the VCR, Dad's porn collection, noisy toys and charities.

Dave and Camille Weekly Podcast - Week ending December 6
Ali Williams, the Proclaimers, Tiger jokes, NZ's best movie and the edited Jason Alexander.

Note: On Monday, I'll post the unedited 11 minutes we got from Jason Alexander...

Podcast | The Good Men Project

Most men strive to be good men. Particularly when it comes to being a husband and Dad. None of us are perfect but we do what we can.

Through DIY Father, I got to talk to Tom Matlack from the Good Men Project. Real Stories from the Frontline of Modern Manhood.

Click here to listen to the interview... Or watch the trailer below.