Thursday

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Always a good day.

Although very busy this morning and was only able to get back into regularly scheduled programming after lunch.

Pizza for dinner (it's Thursday) and finally a new episode of Discovery to watch (it's been *days* !! :) ).

Iori

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Tonight we went with EffanC to Iori for dinner.  We got the Ninja banquet and it was *huge*.  We were all pretty full by the end of it. 

Went to the Labor Club and had a drink afterwards then came home.

Whoops

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The little brother came over tonight (he came up for a meeting at the railway museum where they discussed if would be viable to resurrect the place) and I've stayed up wayyyy past my bed time doing a jigsaw with him.  Whoops.

Not very exciting

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Fairly quiet day.  Didn't get as much done as I'd hoped.  Needed to talk to someone about some work but they were in meetings and then left early.  

Tonight was the usual Monday night dinner, kitchen, washing, as well as backing up my computer, and then it's 8:30pm, so did jigsaw for an hour.  One of the shows I watched tonight was a special Dad had taped from Channel 7's Sunday Night in about 2009 on Airbus, or as they called it, Scarebus.  It was sensationalist ROT and some of the interview questions were horrendous - along the lines of "can you guarantee you'll never have a software fault again?"  Absolutely ridiculous.  I don't know how this classes as "news" television - it was utter garbage.

Took my number plates into Access Canberra today.  Only had to wait 33 minutes from walking in the door to being seen.  Hurrah.

Jason

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So another pretty quiet day today.  Just housework and jigsaw and food shopping.

Cooked tamarind chicken for dinner and watched some Discovery.

And then I totally needed a Jason Isaacs fix.  Looked through the dvd collection.  Considered Dragonheart but he just has a bit part in that.  Then The Patriot, but that was too long.  Next to that on the shelf was Peter Pan and I was sold.  Went downstairs to watch it while doing the jigsaw.  But you know you are captivated by a movie when you can't concentrate on your jigsaw for watching the movie.  Whoops.  

Saying Goodbye

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I bought my first car in January 1997.  It was a 1984 Ford Laser and I paid $5650 for it.  It was kidnapped and murdered in January 2001.  I was devastated.  

1984 Ford Laser

I bought my second car off my friend Cynthia in February 2001.  It was a 1989 Ford Laser and I paid $4300 for it.

1989 Ford Laser

I drove it a lot when I lived in Sydney, but not very much once I moved to Canberra ten years ago (except for a lot of trips to Sydney in it when Dad was dying and afterwards to help clear out the garage and house).

The last time I had it serviced, they said I'd need new tyres, but also they were having trouble sourcing parts.  There just weren't enough of those Lasers around anymore. 

This week I wanted to get it serviced before going to Sydney next week.  For some time recently the brakes had been quite squishy and I wanted to get them looked at.  But apparently it was going to need a new master brake cylinder and cost $600.  Considering how relatively little I've actually had to pay to maintain this car over the years I wouldn't have minded that cost.  But with new tyres it was going to be upwards of $1000.  Again, I'd be ok with that.  But.  If something more serious died it would be crunch time, and it would be sad to have spent all that money and not gotten any value out of it.  And given how little I drive it nowadays I had to make the hard call.  Keep it going or let it go.  In the end I decided to let it go.  With rego and insurance it's over $1000 a year just to have it sitting in the garage.  If necessary renting a car or getting taxis would probably not even come near that.  Rego is due in a month or two so now would be a good a time as any.

I took it out to get a few last photos.

1989 Ford Laser

And then yesterday morning I took it out to Queanbeyan to become an organ donor.

1989 Ford Laser

This was the final odometer reading.  I was so close to 250000km (Stu didn't want me doing even a final trip to Sydney in it).  And so close to having it for seventeen years.  And it was only a year off becoming a "classic" car!

Final odometer reading

This is what I got in return.  I'm tempted to keep it....

100 dollar note

Every time I look at the empty garage I get sad.  Goodbye little car..

Another Quiet Day

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Just to the club for a committee meeting.  A long one, so I got a lot done on the jigsaw I've been working on.  Then cleared out the fridges with Chris which made her feel a whole lot better heh.

Came home and fed a bunch of leftover green matter from the club fridges to the chickens, and an ingrate mud wasp (because I've left their nest near the back fence alone) stung me cause I was too close to their nest while I was flinging stuff over the fence.  Not happy Jan.  Think that nest will have to be abandoned.

Just Discovery tonight, and maybe a drink with Kit later (haven't seen her since new years).

Quiet Day

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Pretty quiet day today.  Did a bit of jigsaw.  Took a few things out to Lifeline and the Green Shed.  Unfortunately came back with almost as much.  Whoops.

Tonight we had leftovers and watched Discovery, Good Place, and War Horse, which I'd last seen on the plane to Europe in 2012..

Giving Up

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So I had a few things I really wanted to get done this break.  I partly did one of them, but most of the rest never happened.  Today I gave up and started a new jigsaw (just a little 2000 piece one). 

Then headed out with Chrissie to do some baby stuff shopping.  Only came home with three jigsaws.  Did one of them - a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower which is pretty cool and only cost $5. 

Tonight we got pizza (it's Thursday) and watched Star Trek.  Stu's turn to choose a movie tonight so we watched Slapstick.  Ok that's not the name of it, but that's mostly all it was.  Jackie Chan movie with a few cool been-there's but utterly ridiculous movie.  Just had to lookup the name - Skiptrace.  I like Slapstick better.

NBN. CLR.

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I was hoping NBN would rock my world.  I think it did.

I was hoping CLR would rock my world.  It didn't.

Ahem.

This morning I managed to finish scraping old sealant off the shower.  So now it's ready to be regrouted and resealed.  I also had a go at CLRing the shower screen glass.  It did nothing to clear off the lime scale.  Seriously nothing.  I tried the recommended CLR and water.  I tried straight CLR wiping it off after not long.  I tried CLR and scrubbing hard.  I tried straight CLR just leaving it to sit there for hours.  Nothing. Zip.  I'm convinced *nothing* is going to move the built up calcium deposits on the glass.  *sigh*.

In other news.

After lunch our NBN cut in!  Ok so it's just fibre to the node and the node is probably 500m away, but 25Mbps!!!!   That may not sound exciting for many of you, but given that our top speed currently is 2Mbps we're stoopidly excited!  Tonight we watched a movie on Stan (Bridesmaids - not bad)  - since Stan is a lot worse than Netflix.  For the most part it was awesome.  The whole internet did drop out at one point.  But then again, it's been doing that in the past few months anyway.  Could be Internode/iiNet/TPG/Whoever bought them out.  But if I can watch YouTube videos without having to pause to let them buffer, or watch videos that don't drop down to the lowest possible resolution, I'll be happy.

The only other thing I did today was translate the instructions for my model of Wartburg Castle, which I bought there nearly two years ago..

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