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Sunday, February 29th 2004

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Lost In Translation

We went with Mother to see the movie Lost in Translation.

It's the story of a guy who gets an acting job in Japan but he's not very good at it so he hangs out in bars instead. He meets a nice girl and decides that the best way to further their relationship is to touch her foot and sleep with another woman. However, this strategy proves less than successful. Meanwhile, his wife hassles him on the phone about carpet and shelves and he tells her he doesn't want to eat pasta any more.

We all liked it and Yuko said that it was an accurate representation of Japan. I thought so too despite the fact that it presented quite a few sterotypes. But the thing about Japan is that most of the stereotypes are accurate.

Black Bitches

The black bitches I mentioned on November 17th have been very noisy recently. Back then they were tiny. I took a look at them over Maria's fence today and they are significantly bigger now...

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Saturday, February 28th 2004

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Blue Mountains

We spontaneously decided to go to the Blue Mountains. Naturally, Yuko want to have lunch at the Hana Japanese restaurant at Leura. We are puzzled by the sign on the building (as seen in the following picture) which says "Pins and Noodles". This restaurant does not appear to exist. We suspect that it used to occupy the building and that when it was replaced by Hana they just didn't bother to remove the sign. The "Hana" sign is the small one on the far left of the wall...

Then, coffee at Bon Ton...

And down to a place called Gordon Falls where we'd never been before...

I noted this interesting rock formation and wondered how it formed...

Origami

In the evening Yuko went to a party for Keiko at the Origami restaurant. As it was going to be a big group of Japanese speaking Japanese all evening, I decided not to go. Instead I stayed home and ate fish and chips with Fifi out on the patio.

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Friday, February 27th 2004

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WARNING: This blog entry contains references to arson, murder, forbidden love, capital punishment, suicide and dismemberment which some readers may find interesting.

Japanese Story

Once upon a time, there was a young Japanese girl who had never been in love. One day, the house next to where she lived caught fire, and as the buildings were very close to each other, all the people in the houses and the local temple had to evacuate and assemble in the park nearby. There, the young girl met a monk who had evacuated from the temple and she fell in love with him. But of course, because he was a monk, she could not tell him of her feelings.

After that, it seemed there would be no opportunity for her to meet him again. So she decided that the only way she could meet him would be if there was another fire.

She set fire to her own house in the hope that she would meet the monk again when all the people evacuated their buildings.

Whether she met him again is not recorded. However, her deed was discovered and she was executed for her crime.

What a bummer!

Murder

I forgot to write yesterday about the murder...

Mother told us that the woman who lives across the road from Betty is now in jail on a charge of murder. She and her boyfriend have been charged but we don't know who was murdered. This is the same woman whose husband hanged himself in the garage about a year ago. So I guess things are not going too well in that family. Betty was very friendly with her and has often babysat for her. I don't know if this will change their relationship.

Of course, we're quite accustomed to the company of murderers:

  • Mother used to visit the women's prison in the seventies as part of her Toastmistress club activities. So she used to hang out with quite a few murderers while teaching them to do public speaking.

  • When I was a teenager one of our neighbours was also a murderer. He had killed his son-in-law in the very house he was living in when we knew him. I'm not sure why he wasn't in jail. I assume he'd already served his time.

  • And of course there was my High School Teacher who some have alleged murdered his wife (although he has not been charged).

Keiko

Yuko attended Keiko's farewell BBQ at Aspect just long enough to shoot a few pictures. Here is Keiko with her farewell gift...

Killing at Epitome

We went to Epitome for dinner. When we admired the fish tank, the waitress told us that they had put two yabbies in there and they had killed two of the fish! As we were leaving Helmut told us that the fish had cost $400 each. The yabbies remain in the tank but their pincers have been severed.

Meanwhile, Yuko dismembered a lobster.

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29/02/2004
5839 Days Ago
Have you considered an iPod Mini ? Steve thinks you should buy one. Your thoughts ?

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29/02/2004
5839 Days Ago
As I have said many times, size is very important and so of course, I have always been attracted to minis. I find the mini very attractive indeed. But conversely, what's inside is important too, and I don't think the mini has enough inside to satisfy me. I see it as Steve's bimbo offering. It might be fun for a quick fling, but I can't see myself in a long term relationship with a mini.

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29/02/2004
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Well then, Apple has truly failed with the iPod mini ... I'll have to do better next time!

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29/02/2004
5839 Days Ago
Don't feel too bad Steve. I'm sure you'll get your life back on track eventually.

And another thing...
I'm not satisfied with the iPod's heat tollerance and scratch resistance. Click on this pic and take a look for yourself...

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Thursday, February 26th 2004

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Holmes

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Bob

At 5pm Mother and I went up to Bob's flat again to finish off the ransacking. It only took an hour and I scored some more stuff. Some beer (for Yuko), tools and a candle. I also got some hose and tap fittings for Yuko (she's a gardener). Then Mother suggested that the three of us go to BB for dinner. So I called Yuko and she agreed.

BB

Mother shouted us at BB. However, it turns out that it's not called BB anymore. It's called De Malay. Anyway, it was adequate but I still think the food is below the standard it used to be when it was called 33. Mother then asked to be invited back to our place for coffee.

We invited Mother back to our place for coffee.

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27/02/2004
5841 Days Ago
Now I know why you are trying to spend all of your money!

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27/02/2004
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Really?
I haven't figured it out yet.

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Wednesday, February 25th 2004

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Translation

Keiko called in the morning to ask if was interested in some translation work. Of course I can't translate. I would just proofread and correct her Japanese to English translation as it needs a native speaker to do the final version.

Breakfast Debacle

We were a bit late leaving for breakfast and didn't get to Epitome until 10:30am. When we got there it was closed!

It was closed because of a power failure. In fact the whole block appeared to be in darkness. The newsagent was operating in the dark and other shops were using candles.

So we decided to go to Coffee Club at St. Leonards. Of course it was raining heavily making it a bit of a hassle, but it was good when we finally got some food.

Mother

Then I went to Mother's to help her with some of the documentation relating to her upcoming eye operation. They gave her a document containing important information for patients about to have eye surgery, but it's printed so that you need super-human eyesight to read it!

She advised me to accept Bob's offer of a large amount of money to be the handler of his affairs. I had not intended to accept, but she thinks I should as the alternative is for the money to rot in his bank account. He doesn't have much opportunity to spend it anymore.

Blog

I added some plagiarised weather info to this page. It will probably distract and iritate readers.

I can now also record each day's weather in a little box as part of the daily blog.

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Tuesday, February 24th 2004

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Well

I woke up feeling well. I just hope this is not a continuing alternating pattern of sick, well, sick, well...

Louise

Louise had to have some surgery so when it was finished I drove Mother over to pick her up.

Louise recovering
after surgery

Ransacking

Then we went to ransack Bob's flat...

Ransacking Bob's Flat

Actually Mother had already taken his TV, CD player and a clock radio so I missed out on those. She got her gardener to bring the stuff to her house in his truck a few days ago. Despite this, I scored some good stuff including a couple of white winter garments (one of which I gave to Yuko) and three pairs of shoes including one pair which is brand new...

The Booty

While we were there, some of the neighbours came in and looted some stuff too. One of them invited us into his flat for a cup of tea. I was shocked to see his place because it's just like Bob's except it's not a dump. It was nice enough to live in!

After the ransacking, I took Mother home and connected up her "new" TV to her VCR.

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Monday, February 23rd 2004

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Sick

I woke up feeling sick again! Not as bad as Saturday, but I was a bit surprised given that I felt fine all day yesterday. I stayed at home all day and was occasionally flat out.

By about 4pm I felt reasonable again, but I decided to postpone this afternoon's planned trip with Mother to clean out Bob's flat. We re-scheduled for tomorrow morning.

After not eating all day, I was hungry again by evening and was able to eat a normal diinner (Teri-yaki).

Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the day I started my first Job (better not say what year). It was engraving heart pacemaker cases with serial numbers etc. using a semi manual machine.

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Sunday, February 22nd 2004

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Epitome

I woke up feeling pretty normal again. After feeling like spewing yesterday, and hardly eating anything all day, I was quite hungry this morning. So I was gald to have eggs at Epitome.

Big Fish

We went to see Big Fish.

It's the story of a guy who exagerates the size of a fish he once caught. This leads him into becoming a compulsive liar. His son gets pissed off and exacts revenge by dumping him in the river.

Yuko understood everything.

Taiki

We went to Taiki at Lane Cove for dinner. It's only the third time we've been there. We sat at the counter although the sushi chef wasn't working there (he was cocealed in the kitchen).

The food was nice, but a waitress made an error which resulted in Yuko getting the wrong dish (a fillet of Salmon instead of the head of a dead fish). The waitress came to apologise, but Yuko smashed a glass on the counter.

Unfortunately we didn't have the camera.

House

Yesterday while I was sick Yuko took some pictures of the house to send to one of her friends. She posted them to the web using MSN8. The site is here. The text will look funny if you don't have Japanese fonts installed but the pictures should be ok.

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Saturday, February 21st 2004

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Sick

Last night I felt a bit queasy so I went to bed early. By morning, I felt slightly worse. It was like the feeling you get when you've eaten too much. However, I hadn't eaten much so this wasn't the cause.

I spent most of the day lying on the bed. The bedroom was reasonably cool so it was the best place to be. The queasy feeling came and went all day. By about 4pm I felt slightly better but recovery seemed a very slow process. I was able to eat a small dinner at 8.30pm.

Fortunately the predicted heat was short-lived as a cool change arrived in mid afternoon.

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Friday, February 20th 2004

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Hot

It's hot.

Beer

Yuko is drinking beer.

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We demand a more interesting blog.

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I could add that nothing much happened.

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Thursday, February 19th 2004

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Other Blogs

I stumbled of a couple of interesting blogs; This one and this one. I've added them to the Other Blogs page.

Naked Sushi Chef

Bob

When Bob was moved from the Hospital to the nursing home a couple of weeks ago he forgot to take his wallet. So it ended up in the custody of Hospital Security. So today I took Mother up there to pick it up. It was a bit of a hassle because it was hard to find a parking space close to the building (Mother can't walk very far) and all the disabled spaces were taken. Then we had to wait a long time because the security guys were issuing ID badges to about thirty medical students who were milling around the reception area making a lot of noise and occupying all the chairs. Also, Mother didn't really have the correct documentation. She had a receipt issued by the hospital but she should have also got a letter of authority from Bob to allow someone else to collect the wallet. However, we were a bit lucky and they let us have it without the letter.

Eye

Mother told me that she has to have an eye operation. It will probably be on March 4th.

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Wednesday, February 18th 2004

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Bob

I picked Mother up atr 10:30am to take her over to Narrabeen to see Bob who is now in a nursing home. We decided to have lunch at the Mona Vale Golf Club before going to the nursing home. Mother had been there before with Pam (my music teacher from the 1970's). It was a very nice place with a panoramic view of the golf course and the ocean. The menu was a bit limited but the food was adequate.

Then we went to the nursing home. It's not part of the big complex we visited on February 7th but it's in the same general area.

The place looks quite nice. However, it's really just like a hospital inside. Bob was in a room with four beds just like a ward in RNSH. However, two of the beds were unoccupied and the other occupant was not there during our visit, so we had the room to ourselves.

Bob is in a pretty bad state. He is basically confined to bed all the time and has to be on an oxygen machine.

During our visit I called Telstra to ask them to disconnect Bob's phone at his flat. Of course they had to speak to him to verify his identity. He had a lot of difficulty understanding the Telstra operator. Anyway we got it done which made Mother very happy.

We also got him to write a cheque for the first bill from the home which Mother had received in the mail.

The big problem she's had is that Bob refuses to give her power of attorney. This leads to a lot of hassle (like getting the phone disconnected) because she can't do things like that for him without his authority. And of course the problem is now compounded by the fact that he's so far away and has no phone!

So today, Bob agreed to give me power of attorney instead. He actually offered me a large amount of money if I would take over the task of looking after all his affairs! I said I'd think about it, but actually I couldn't do it. I actually think that there won't be much hassle once he settles in to a permanent nursing home so I wouldn't take his money.

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Girls' Talking

Yuko had said she'd be late, and she called me at about 8.40pm asking me pick her and Keiko up in the city. So I did. They had been engaged in "Girls' Talking" which is a puzzling ritual. We gave Keiko a lift home and then went home forgetting that Belinda was still at Artarmon. So then we had to go to Artarmon to get Belinda!

This is Keiko's last week at Aspect so we'll be having a party at a restaurant on Saturday night.

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Tuesday, February 17th 2004

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Fifi

I waited at home all day for Fifi again. Actually as Yuko was home in the morning I was able to go out for a walk and get some exercise, but other than that I was confined to the house. By the final hour of the eight hour window I was convinced that this would be yet another debacle and we would have to abuse Dell yet again.

However, at 4.20pm, Fifi arrived...

So in total, I only had to wait 23 hours 20 minutes and 22 business days instead of the advertised ten!

Fifi is quite sleek and doesn't look significantly bigger than Dixie which surprised me. I'm also quite impressed by the keyboard which has a nicer feel than most laptop keyboards. Normally find them unusable for any significant typing, but Fifi's is not bad.

Here are Fifi and Dixie side by side with the naked leg of a user in shot...

So after that I took Fifi out on the patio and started getting her into shape.

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Monday, February 16th 2004

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Burn in Hell Dell

Yuko called Dell and abused them. Then she called Bax Global and abused them... and they transfered her to Dell. So she called them again and abused them. Then Bax Global called back as a result of Yuko's call to Dell, unaware that Yuko had already abused them (Bax Global). The end result is that I have to stay home tomorrow to wait for Fifi between 9am and 5pm. This will be the third time I've waited for Fifi!

Japan

Yuko has decided to go to Japan with another man. Actually they won't go together, but they will meet over there. Fortunately, I don't mind.

See how nice I am!

TEJ

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Sunday, February 15th 2004

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Birthday

Happy birthday Belinda. Two today!

Manly

Yesterday Mother went to a movie with Jan and they went by ferry. This gave me the idea that a ferry ride would be nice on such a hot day. So I suggested to Yuko that we go to Manly.

We drove to Greenwich and cought the 2.16 ferry to the Quay. It was indeed a nice day for a ferry ride.

Then, we caught the Manly ferry to Manly (where else). Yuko ducked into a supermarket and bought some sliced chicken and cheese which we ate while sitting on the wall overlooking the ocean beach. There was a pleasant breeze blowing from the sea which canceled the heat.

After walking around a bit, we decided to go home. So we caught the ferry back to the Quay, but then came the a debacle...

There was no ferry to Greenwich because we'd missed the last one (5.50pm)! This was my fault because I'd left the timetable in the car. The only thing to do was to take the train back to St. Leonards. Well, the train from the Quay to Wynyard was ok. But then we discovered that there were no trains on the North Shore line. This was not because of the current train chaos in Sydney but simply because of scheduled track maintenance. Fortunately there were Cityrail busses to replace the trains. We jumped straight onto a bus without having to wait, and it was quite a nice, comfortable bus. We got to St. Leonards at 6.50pm and made bets on how long it would take us to walk back to the Greenwich wharf. Yuko said 35 minutes and I said 40 minutes. It actually took 50 minutes despite us taking a shortcut along a bush track for the final 0.8km.

By the time we reached Belinda we were quite hot and tired.

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St. Valentine's Day

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I gave Yuko a nice card for Valentine's day and scored three points immediately.

Yuko gave me a romantic hand-made card.

I was also sent a heart-shaped chocolate by another woman (Keiko). Fortunately, Yuko didn't mind. I haven't eaten it yet.

Epitome

It's been a few days since we've been to Epitome, so today we returned. Norman was there too! We hadn't seen him for a few months.

Movie

After considering outdoor activities, we decided that air conditioning would be nicer. So we went to see Master and Commander at Cremorne.

It's the story of an English guy with a speech impediment that makes him sound like a Kiwi. He wants to play guitar in a band called "Thirty Odd Foot of Sailcloth", but he only has a violin to practise with and a cellist instead of a bass player. So he vents his frustration by rubishing the French and then killing as many of them as possible.

It was ok, but Yuko didn't understand most of it and I didn't understand a significant amount of it.

Epitome (again)

Yes, twice in one day. It was a special day of course, so we went for dinner at Epitome. We sat out on the balcony and the weather was perfect...

It was a special set menu for Valentine's Day with several set courses, and a choice of three main courses. We both had steak. Yuko got a rose (one for every lady) and a heart-shaped chocolate.

Then as we were leaving Helmut gave her another, bigger, rose.

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Black Friday

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Fifi

We should have realised that arranging for Fifi to be delivered on Black Friday was a mistake. I waited... and waited... and waited...

At 5pm I called Dell and got through to a guy almost immediately. After I explainded the problem he put me on hold for 20 minutes. Then a woman came on the line. She was not even aware I had been put on hold. She thought my call had just come through to her. So I explained that I'd already explained my problem to some other guy. This time she didn't put me on hold; instead she put me back into the queue! I waited a few more minutes before giving up.

I think this is a job for Yuko. She's very good at abusing people over the phone.

Other Stuff

While waiting for Fifi I was very productive. As Norm had emailed me all the results for the first round of the club championship, I thought I'd better post them to the club web site. So I did. The first round is a bit tedious and it took a lot of work because I had to type all the players' names and pairings etc. Subsequent weeks will be much easier as it's just a matter of entering the game results.

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So this must be a result of Marie rubbing the tummy of that Krishna thingy she has in her house!

TEJ

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Thursday, February 12th 2004

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Fifi

Yuko called Dell about Fifi. They said Fifi will arrive tomorrow between 9am and 5pm.

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Wednesday, February 11th 2004

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Big Meeting

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It is of course well know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, today's lunch is the closest we're likely to get in the sense that we didn't have to pay. Therefore, it is worth recording...

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Then in the afternoon I assisted in teaching Yuko's ETT class with Jazz Chants, Classroom English and some pronunciation games.

Now because of all of the above, we were not home at 2pm to meet...

Fifi

... who apparently paid us a visit. When we got home I found the following note under the door...

That's got to be Fifi. But you'd think they would have told us she was coming!

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Tuesday, February 10th 2004

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Meeting in the morning.

Homework in the afternoon.

Decadence in the evening.

I've decided that my second favourite activity is the one I indulged in tonight. It involves a lobster and a bottle of red wine.

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11/02/2004
5858 Days Ago
How is Fifi?

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11/02/2004
5858 Days Ago
Poor Fifi!
No word yet.

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11/02/2004
5857 Days Ago
See Wednesday's blog for news of Fifi.

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Monday, February 9th 2004

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AMAC

Yuko and I went to observe the AMAC recruitment day. It was held at the Old Sydney Holiday Inn, a very nice hotel at The Rocks. They had 15 people applying. It began at 9am and it took until 12.45pm to get through all the "observable" stuff. After that they just had the written test and the individual interviews which we couldn't really observe, so we left.

The AMAC people were very nice, and Mr Watari was there too having just flown in from Japan yesterday.

Evening

I don't want to write about the evening...

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Sunday, February 8th 2004

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Beach

Balmoral for dinner. We bought Thai takeaway and took it down to the beach for a picnic. Unlike last time, when our picnic coincided with hurricane conditions, the weather was perfect. Just a nice breeze coming off the water.

TEJ

I rang Russell to ask him about advertising TEJ at TAFE. He said there would be no problem, so I'm going to mail him the flyers.

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Saturday, February 7th 2004

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Collaroy Debacle

Bob has received word from the Dept. of Verterans' Affairs that a spot in a nursing home is available at Collaroy. Mother spoke to them and they said that someone from the family should visit the home in advance to check it out and make sure it's suitable. She was told to call a particular number today (Saturday) to get the details and then to go over today. So she asked me to drive her over there. But when she called the number she only got an answering machine.

We decided to go anyway because we assumed we could speak to someone once we got there.

All three of us went and we decided to have lunch in that area and make an outing of it. We stopped at Warringah Mall and, after briefly getting lost in the car park, parked in a disabled space and found that we were right near the food court. Mother and I ate "Leb" while Yuko had a boring sandwich. It was adequate.

Then to the home...

It turned out to be a huge complex. There are about six nursing homes on the site, pluse a couple of retirement villages. This made it difficult to know where exactly Bob is supposed to be going. We visited the two most likely nursing homes but neither of them had any record of him. So we gave up and came home. However, Mother now has a phone number to call on Monday to get the info we were lacking today.

Cleaning

We began cleaning the house tonight (vaccuuming) in preparation for a visitor this coming week. I can't mention the name of the visitor.

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Friday, February 6th 2004

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Badminton

It was hot. Badminton was hard. Even the others suggested finishing before our time was up. I was playing better than usual, probably due to my recent exercise. The players were XXXXX XXXXXX and XXXXX XXXXXXXX

XXXX said he's seen Dorothy at the table tennis club. I said that I might see him there some time soon.

Pizza

Yuko was quite busy today and had to go to the kindergarten in the afternoon. So I suggested we go and eat pizza. However, she rejected my suggested venue and instead we went to our usual pizza venue (Capitanos) at North Sydney. It was a bit hard to park but we found a spot after a bit of searching.

Yuko said hello to the fisherman who works at the restaurant. She asked him if he'd "caught a fish". I said she should have asked if he'd "caught any fish". This lead to a discussion of countable/uncountable nouns and the merits of "fishes" as a plural form. Then she spotted a sign that said "Mind your step". This led to a discussion about the word "step" as it is used in this context. There's some good material for TEJ here.

Big Pond Music

As I'm technically a bigpond customer (a have a "spare" internet account with them for when the cable connection breaks), the sent me a spam with a link to their music download service. So I took a look at it. It's a bit like iTunes, but it's web based and I think you can only download WMA files. It's $1.49 per song and $15.00 per album. The selection of music may be a tad sparse at the moment as some searches for very well known artists turned up nothing.

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Thursday, February 5th 2004

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Gas

Yuko was a little late leaving for work in the afternoon so I offered to drive her to the city. It was lucky I did because she probably would not have made it by train. Just around that time a gas leak in Town Hall station caused the evacuation of all the stations in the city circle.

After dropping her, I went to Rockdale and had fish and chips on the foreshore of Botany Bay and watched the planes landing.

By the time I got home, I'd heard about the chaos in the city and I was wondering how Yuko would get home. However, the trains started running again at about 6pm and Yuko was able to catch a train from Town Hall.

Jazz Chants

Yuko gave me one task today... To make a CD of the Jazz Chants I found on the web. So I did.

Dell

Dell re-ordered yesterday. Those bastards should have done this a week ago. So now we're back where we were three weeks ago!

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6/02/2004
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That gas leak sucked ! I'm going to tell that try-hard Labor Union Headkicker type called Michael Costa that if he doesn't fix the trains I'm going to drive my car, which should have him very worried ... Whatever happened to Carl Scully ?

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Wednesday, February 4th 2004

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ETT

I went to Aspect at 4pm to assist Yuko with the ETT class. I did "Jazz Chants" and "Classroom English" with them for about an hour.

There are six students... I wonder if I can remember their names.... Madoko, Tomoko, Rina, Mio, Takako... err I'm not sure about that last one. And I've left one out.

Yuko also went to XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXX

Then we had dinner at Asuka.

Dell

Last night a woman called from Dell in Malaysia. She was responding to one of the emails I sent them last week. Her accent was so strong that I really couldn't understand much at all. However, it shouded like they are still trying to find (or about to start looking for) our original order. But as I said, I really could not understand most of what she was saying so I didn't feel like trying to explain the long and complicated story of what's happened so far.

So Yuko called Dell again today and they at least seemed to be familiar with our case. We may have achieved some fame withing the halls of Dell. I'm not too sure what they said to Yuko, but it again sounded like they are still holding out hope of finding the original machine. I was expecting that the replacement would be nearly here by now!

Wanted

Openminded couple for social activities. Must be dead ringers for Sean Connery and Lucy Lui. Send photos with application.

Note: Sean and Lucy are also welcome to apply.

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Tuesday, February 3rd 2004

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I'm too drunk to write the blog nowwww...

Nothing happened today anyway!

Maybe it did, but I don't remember.

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Monday, February 2nd 2004

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ETT

Yuko started work again today with her ETT course. She wants me to help as a part time English teacher so I went along today to meet the students. I just said hello and elicited some conversation from them and then left.

Then, I browsed the Chess Shop (which is very close to the school), and walked around the city a bit. Then I returned to St. Leonards on the train (before the peak) and waited for Yuko in the cafe there.

Election Win

I've just read in a glossy magazine that I won an election in December. Apparently I was re-elected Webmaster for North Sydney Chess Club during the election of office bearers at the AGM. Actually I didn't even know the election was being held and my campaign was therefore fairly low key (I didn't do anything).

BB Debacle

Mother invided us to BB for dinner. So we went, but discovered that it's closed on Mondays! So we went to the Korean BBQ at Eastwood instead. We just went there last week but it doesn't matter because we like it!

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Sunday, February 1st 2004

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And so, a new month in the lives of the Noswonkies begins...

Park

We went to Lane Cove National Park and had a simple picnic. Usually we park outside and walk in but today we drove in and went to a different area (area 9) which is deep inside the park. After eating and reading for a while, we practised throwing the baseball and the frisbee for a while.

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