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A Brief Post to bring things up-to-date

Dear Diary,

How is it that I think about updating my journal on such a regular basis, and yet I do not seem to do it nearly enough.... I think about it so often, that I actually forget that I didn’t update it at all... such has been the case recently. I'm startled, almost ashamed to see that there have been no updated for almost two weeks. So much for keeping it regular... where can I get some Metamucil for the mind? Bad image.. moving along.

I've downloaded xjournal. I only mention this because I hope it will pave the way for more regular updates. Now that I think about it, I have has just occurred to me why I do not update very regularly. I think it the same reason why I don’t email people regularly (particularly people overseas) - I always feel like I have to write an essay... and often I just do not have the time... so I end up not writing anything at all. I must master the art of writing short and mostly pointless entries, just like everyone else on here. Short, daily updates with the occasional, perhaps weekly lengthy babble. Or now. I guess I'm still finding my feet with this thing.

Makan left in the early hours of this morning to go back to Canberra. I saw him a couple of times during the last week, but don’t feel like I've spend enough 'casual' time with him while he was here. This is not a problem exclusive to him, but is something that happens whenever anyone comes here to visit. The weight of their impending departure always weights heavily on my mind... always... and thus makes things a little less comfortable.

In other news!!! - PM dumps Vanstone in frontbench reshuffle Shocking times indeed. I must confess that I always enjoyed Vanstone's leadership... as did everyone I work with. We are all professionals here, but I feel that Mr Andrews will face a bit of an uphill battle convincing the DIMA staff that he is the best leader for them... but in then this is politics, so it wont be us that he needs to convince. Either way, I'm very much looking forwarded to hearing his maiden speech (to us), which will pave the way for us to have an educated opinion of him.

The house - Things seem to move along in little 'explosions' of activity. We go up to have a look at the progress once every couple of weeks. Usually nothing will have changed (as was the case over the last 6 weeks, over the Christmas period), but every once in a while, they seem to do a hell of a lot in just a few days. It’s always a nice surprise. We signed the contact about 12 months ago, and it looks like it will be finished in 4 weeks. From what I can tell, there is not much left for them to do. They still need to cement the garage, pave the driveway, install the shower fittings, put in the hot-plate and clean up the site... there might be more, but I'm not an expert.

Realistically I think we will be moving in 6 weeks... it might be as soon as 3, but I'm not counting on it.

We are yet to organise the floor coverings (likely to be laminate-wood type stuff). We would have probable gone with an offer from Parrys Carpets in Malaga, were it not for the racist tirade that the crazy English salesman went on during the 'quotation' process. The man was a complete basket-case, and I have not seen such stupid/uneducated/selfish racism... basically since I left the UK. I felt physically ill for days because of that racist asshole... even now I feel the occasional bit of nausea just thinking about him... how does anyone become so stupid? As such, I beg you all not to EVER buy anything from Parrys Carpets in Malaga... the people that run the place do not deserve your business.

Last week Trace and I bought a lot of white (and brown) goods from The Good Guys. I think they have become my favourite electrical retailer, mainly due to the largely friendly staff, as well as the discounts that are achievable, with even a little bit of bartering. It’s hard to say how much money we actually saved, but there is no doubt that buying an entire home's worth of goods leads to a great bargaining position.

Tracy and I have been looking to buy a second car for some time now. The search began about 5 months ago, and may today come to a close. There are 4 cars listed for today's auction at Pickles. I'm hoping that the Fairmont will come through, though I will also be happy with one of the Futuras (with less km on the clock). I'm quietly confident that one will slip through the net and onto our laps today. I shall know within the hour... though depending on how long it takes me to finish this entry, I may know right now.. or now...

It’s Markus' 30th Birthday today. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed since we moved to Australia. He's had some pretty crap times, but I'm hopeful that now that he is in a different age bracket, he will use the opportunity to turn things around (which he already started doing) and get ALL aspects of his life going in the right direction. He's pulled himself together a lot over the last few years. I'm very thankful and proud of him for that, but I'm hopeful that I'll eventually be able to stop worrying about him in the long term. He has recently commented on the possibility of him moving back to Perth. I think that would be fantastic for him, and I will be encouraging this as much as I can. All he needs to do is find a job (not a problem for him, since he is a qualified pastry chef) and a place to stay (a little more difficult, since renting has become a lot harder in recent years) Either way, Happy Birthday Markus, you lovable Hermit you...

Speaking of Hermit, Markus has named his Wii Mii Character Hermit... and incidentally, his virtual representation of himself is by far the most accurate. I'm quite jealous, and so is everyone else.

I have said enough....

... or have I... I cant believe mr_lambi has lost his Driver's Licence. We all make mistakes, but I'm still quite surprised at him.

Take Care,

aussiepoida

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
haze
Jan. 23rd, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
You write many words. You are so wise.
aussiepoida
Jan. 23rd, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
And you write few words... you are wise, and yet, efficient!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 11th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
Parry's carpets
Thank you so much for the warning on Parrys Carpets. I had the pleasure of once opening my pet care business near the Parrys carpet centre in Belmont, and found that branch to be just as stupid about pets, as your guy was about race. They actually expressed concerns to council that agressive dogs from my business would damage the carpets in their showroom! Not only does my business not accept agressive dogs, it certianly would not allow them into a Parrys showroom. The power of the internet has meant that people can be warned about racist and "animalist" operators in our community and we can vote with our dollar!
aussiepoida
Apr. 20th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Re: Parry's carpets
Hello random caller,

I must say, I'm quite pleased that this journal entry sits so highly on the Google results list when searching for Parry's Carpets :P

I hate racists and people with big mouths about things they have no idea about.

Cheers

Peter
(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Hello Asshole
That crazy English salesperson happens to be a good friend of mine. Hes a very good sales man and a great bloke. Unfortunately for him he has spent 40 years of his life living in a city that has been taken over by Indians polish and Pakistanis. If you saw your homeland slowly turn to shit because of immigrants you too would have a sorted vision of these people.

As a whole Parry's carpets is one of the most highly respected companies in the industry.

So Mr pompas asshole please keep your mouth shut and your head out of the clouds.
aussiepoida
Aug. 13th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello Asshole
Dear Mr Anonymous,

Last time I checked, this was my journal. As such I'll say whatever I damn well please.

I was going to delete your comment, but thought that leaving it here so people can see two opposing opinions and make up their own minds.

The fact is that I quite liked the guy up until his racist tirade. If it wasn't for that, I probably would have purchased from him. A professional sales person would keep controversial opinions to himself. Its never good to insult the people that are trying to buy something from you.

Who knows, perhaps this man has changed in the last one and a half years since I wrote about our encounter with him. If he has, well done. I wont be going to find out.

I have expressed my opinion. You have expressed yours. Have a nice day.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Hello Asshole
Well as usualthe random sweedish guy has taken the middle ground and completely ignored the majority of my post. A great show from yourself.

As for deleting my comment go ahead as ive said what needed to be said. As for expressing your opinion it is that YOUR OPINION and what i have presented to you are FACTS. The sales person in question is a nice bloke and has NEVER gone on a racist tirade as you put it. All he has done is share HIS opinion. As your so quick to bleet about opinion and freedom of speech and sharing opinions here is MY opinion of you.

Your in a country that is plagued by immigrants and retarded self opinionated wankers. As far as im concerned your piss in a sea of piss just another opinionated low life that no one will ever listen to apart from...well yourself. Your blog is boring and uninformative and poorly written. Heres my suggestion. Get off the internet and go back to school one of the benefits of being in such a wonderful country is the education system. I suggest you take advantage of it.

Here is my point. Remove the comments made against the person in question and i will drop this. Leave the comments up and i will seek to have it force ably removed. What u have posted is a violation of live journal ToS and i will be contacting them if its not removed with in 48 Hours.

Have a nice day.

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