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Sunday, October 31st 2004

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Tax

I usually leave my tax return until the last minute. However this year I decided to lodge it early. So I lodged it today, even though it's not due until tomorrow!

I claimed only one deduction, but it's a big one! I just hope they allow it. If they do, eTax predicts that I will get a very nice sized refund.

SBTS

In the late afternoon we drove over to...

...to see Sculpture By The Sea. Unlike last year's debacle, we took both our cameras and actually took some pictures!

Piece number 56 was a most interesting work...

After looking at artwork number 56 or rather, not looking at it, we overheard a group of women lamenting its absence, so I showed them what it was would have looked like had it not been absent...

One of them turned out to be a Japanese speaker and she engaged Yuko in conversation.

The following conversation took place...

Woman: Nihonjin desu ka?
Yuko: Yeah.
Woman: Aussie desu ka?

Very amusing indeed!

We didn't walk the full length and see all the works as we were too hungry. So we walked back to the shops looking for a place to eat. We found the Bungabar, a Mexican place in a street off the main street.

The Mexican food was spicy and nice. Yuko drank two bottles of beer while I stuck to soft drinks.

Horror

As today is Halloween, we were not surprised to encounter some horrific sights as we wandered the streets of Bondi...

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Saturday, October 30th 2004

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Bardeli's

Auction

A couple of weeks ago we looked through a house at Hunters Hill. The auction was today, so we went.

It turned out to be quite boring. There were about a dozen people and nobody was bidding. The only bidder was a phone bidder in Melbourne.

After a vendor's opening bid at 950, the lone bidder came in at 960 and made a couple more bids to finish at 980. This was significantly below Yuko's estimate of over 1.1 Million.

Yuko relaxes before the auction

Big Scan

Yuko has been organising our old photos. She asked me for the pictures from out first trip to Japan in 1994 as she wants to scan them. I think it's going to be a task of significant size.

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I choose to pike
1/11/2004
5639 Days Ago
I'll show my ignorance here, but re the scanning task, can't you just decline ? As in choose to pike ? Surely your time can be more productively wasted elsewhere, no ?

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Webslave
2/11/2004
5638 Days Ago
My part of the task is just to dig out the old photo albums. Yuko will do the scanning. So, as you so rightly point out, I can waste my time on other things.

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Friday, October 29th 2004

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Gardening

As I was leaving for work, Yuko was gardening while dressed in an unusual garb.

TT

Here is Cochlear TT in action...

The guy on the far left and the guy on the far right are yet to be beaten by Noswonky. They both have a tendency to hold an apple in the left hand while playing. Maybe I should try it too.

Package

When I got home there was a mysterious package outside our door.

It was from Mother and its contents need not concern the reader. However, when I told Yuko that it was there, she remembered that the doorbell had rung earlier but she had ignored it because she thought it was probably trick-or-treaters. So Yuko snubbed Mother!

Capitanos

For dinner we went to Capitanos at North Sydney.

Pizza
Pasta

Yuko said hello to her fishing friend who is a pizza chef there.

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Thursday, October 28th 2004

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I guess it had to happen. My colleague [Name Omitted] caught me taking the coffee picture today. Now he knows that I'm not like everyone else (people who don't take photographs of their coffee).

Umbrella

Mother PIKED!

The umbrella is still on the roof.

Racism

Yuko has a black 20 cent coin. She plans to try spending in a vending machine because she says:

"Machines are not racist."

A normal 20c coin is also shown for reference

Bridge

The weather was perfect today so rather than play table tennis at lunch time, I grabbed a kebab and went down to this little-known beach at the base of the Gladesville bridge.

Most people are unaware that this bridge holds the record as the largest concrete arch bridge in Gladesville.

BWM Drivers Can't Spell

Security

There was a security breach at Cochlear yesterday. Someone manipulated a lock and entered one of the buildings without authorisation. Fortunately he was quickly apprehended and removed from the premises.

So what did the security manager do? He emailed the 7Mb security video of the incident to everyone in the company!

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Not So Laughing Mole
28/10/2004
5643 Days Ago
Shares

I got sick of waiting for you to tell me when to buy a couple of Cochlear shares, so I bought some AAV ones instead. Groan.

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Webslave
28/10/2004
5643 Days Ago
You should have waited another couple of weeks. By then I may have some firm advice on Cochlear shares.

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Laughing Mole
28/10/2004
5643 Days Ago
Umberella

Perhaps you could ask the SES to remove the umberella. Mrs Mole's Mum had the neighbour's trampoline blown on to her roof yesterday, and the SES came and got it.

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Webslave
29/10/2004
5642 Days Ago
That's an interesting idea Mr. Mole. However I think it would be too humiliating.

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5/11/2004
5635 Days Ago
Let's celebrate the victory of all freedom loving people and congratulate the great leader of the free world.

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OBL
5/11/2004
5635 Days Ago
Allah is Great!

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28/10/2007
4548 Days Ago
coisa)!!! isso iria me ajudar muito na construcao do meu site...

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her first lesbian sex
5/12/2007
4510 Days Ago
I can't be bothered with anything these days. Basically not much noteworthy happening. I feel like an empty room. I've more or less been doing nothing.

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6/12/2007
4509 Days Ago
I've just been letting everything wash over me. I just don't have much to say right now, but what can I say? I can't be bothered with anything these days. Such is life. I haven't been up to much lately.

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31/12/2007
4484 Days Ago
Life begins at conception, at birth

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1/01/2008
4483 Days Ago
My life's been completely unremarkable recently. I haven't been up to anything. I just don't have much to say. I've just been letting everything pass me by. Shrug. I don't care.

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2/01/2008
4482 Days Ago
An integrated, segregated society is better

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3/01/2008
4482 Days Ago
Life begins at conception, begins at birth - Or come up with another stage and develop a different persuasive speech topic

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3/01/2008
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I haven't been up to much lately. Eh. I just don't have anything to say right now. I've pretty much been doing nothing worth mentioning. That's how it is. I haven't gotten anything done.

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Wednesday, October 27th 2004

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Blackout

At work we had a blackout which lasted for only a few seconds. But judging by the foul language which was let fly when it happened I think a few people lost their buffers. I lost about one minute of work myself.

Unfortunately, the power came back on so quickly that I didn't have time to take a picture.

Umbrella Story III

It was windy today. When I arrived home, Yuko told me that the wind had picked up our big umbrella and deposited it on the roof.

It usually sits in a hole in the middle of the outdoor table

Having an aversion to ladders, I left it up there.

Taiki

We took Mother to Taiki at Lane Cove for dinner.

Taiki food

I told Mother about our umbrella problem. I asked her if she would go up on the roof to get our umbrella. She agreed to do it if we invited her to our house for desert.

We invited Mother to our house for desert. She said she'll wait until tomorrow before scaling the roof. I said we would leave the ladder out for her and she needn't wake us, but to just go straight up.

Before leaving she tried on Yuko's purple thing.

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Tuesday, October 26th 2004

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That's my boss in the background.

Work

This is week seven of my tenure at Cochlear and things are starting to fall into place. There is still much to learn, but I think I have reached the point where I feel I know what I'm doing most of the time.

I'm certainly working hard, along with everyone else as we prepare for the FDA audit in two weeks' time. In that respect I joined the company at the worst possible time - everyone is running around like a bunch of headless chickens. But assuming we are allowed to continue in business after the audit, I'm hoping things will settle into a less hectic pattern.

Lizard

Walking up the bush track from my parking space (yes, I piked!), I always hear rustling as the animals scurry away on my approach. Today I was able to photograph one of them...

Computers

Since Dixie's battery died, Yuko has been less mobile, tied to the power supply in her office. However, recently she's been using Dixie in the living room and borrowing Fifi's power supply. Of course she needs to use two computers simultaneously...

Tonight I was merrily computing and about to upload the blog when Fifi suddenly complained of a low battery. Yuko had pulled the plug without my knowledge and I hadn't realised I was on battery power. So I went to watch TV and consume a poisonous substance instead.

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Monday, October 25th 2004

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Cycle

Shortly after arriving at work, I received an email from a blog reader asking if I had cycled to work. He went on to say that if I had not cycled then I was a piker! He even put piker in upper case and followed it with an exclamation mark like this...

PIKER!

Fortunately I was not a piker. Here is the proof of non-piking.

Chinese

Yuko made sizzling chilli prawns like we had at Darling Harbour on Saturday...

Damn nice!

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Sunday, October 24th 2004

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Dog

At Epitome, I found this dog on the chair at a nearby empty table. I gave it to the German waiter.

Later, I overheard a woman asking the watress about it. I said I had found it and given it to the waiter. She went inside to retreive it and we expected that she would return to thank us. If she had, we would have taken a picture, but she didn't. Ungrateful bitch!

Fish

The fish in the pond looked dead, but when Yuko poked it, it moved. We are still hopeful of a recovery.

Nothing

Nothing else happened. It rained and we stayed home rotting.

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Saturday, October 23rd 2004

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Astroboy

My hero Astroboy was featured in the Herald today. It was very exciting!

Reaper

While having breakfast at Epitome, I saw two people I recognised. First I saw the Grim Reaper apparently doing his weekly shopping. He was just in plain clothes and didn't look as grim as usual, but I recognised him because he was carrying a scythe.

He's in the middle in the brown tee-shirt and white shorts

The scythe

Then we saw Patrica. She was a customer at a nearby table. She looked tanned and healthy from her trip to Italy. Her belly was huge (the baby is due in November) and she was exposing it for all to see!

Fish

One fish is a bit sick, so Yuko moved it to "hospital".

Fish ambulance

A fish is admitted to the pond hospital

Yuko believes that the outside location will be a healthier environment for the poor sick fish.

Darling Harbour

In the evening we went to Darling Harbour to visit our favourite Chinese restaurant which is called Port.

Chicken
Prawns
Bar

We sat near the window with a view of the city

This fish was in the tank waiting to be eaten. He looks worried, but we didn't eat him!

After dinner we went to the IMAX Theatre ans saw Ocean Wonderland. More Fish (and sea mammals)! While waiting for the movie we sat on the board walk and I took a picture by holding the camera at arm's length...

Later in the evening, Yuko drank the beer Mother gave us yesterday... just as I predicted...

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Friday, October 22nd 2004

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Badminton

I played badminton today after a break of three or four weeks. There were only four players which meant no rests. The players were [Name Omitted], [Name Omitted] and [Name Omitted].

I noticed that [Name Omitted] was playing better than usual. Later I found an explanation for this.

Another player asked about the health of our fish and then, while claiming to be concerned about their health, said that their deaths were probably imminent!

Vault

An odd thing about my job is that I often find things that have been left on my desk with no explanation. Sometimes it's software or gadgets. Today I returned to my desk to find a Microvault. I guess it will come in handy.

A handy gadget.

Mother

We invited Mother to dinner at our house.

I created a tranquil atmosphere with the help of floating candles.

She brought us a gift which she claims someone threw over her fence. However, I'm skeptical about that. More likely it's left over from one of her drunken rampages.

Gift from Mother

Yuko will probably drink it later.

Mother asked for another lesson in how to use her mobile phone. She's had it for a couple of years now but she keeps forgetting how to use it. I gave her some instruction and told her to use the phone to call us after she got home. She succeeded.

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Thursday, October 21st 2004

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English at Work

Today I learned that we are not allowed to use contractions or conjugations in our written reports. I changed and instance of "didn't" to "did not" but I think restricting verbs to the infinitive is going to be a tad limiting.

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Wednesday, October 20th 2004

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Today's coffee picture was contributed by Yuko. Meanwhile...

More Coffee

After the coffee truck leaves in the morning, there's just machine-generated coffee for the rest of the day. To address this problem to some degree, today [Name Omitted] showed me how to use the cappucino feature of the coffee machine...

Froth the milk

Hit the button on the machine and let the coffee flow into the cup

Add chocolate

It's an improvement but the coffee from this machine is not up to the standard I expect.

Wasted Water

Yuko went walking and photographed the torrent of wasted runoff flowing into the harbour at Tambouring Bay.

It rained so much today that Yuko had to wear wet-weather gear indoors!

Rubber Chicken

Here's a picture of a rubber chicken.

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The Cycling Piker
20/10/2004
5651 Days Ago
"No cycle" this week is pissing me off also ! I feel like such a Piker not riding in the rain.

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The Piking Cyclist
20/10/2004
5651 Days Ago
You are!

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Laughing Mole
21/10/2004
5650 Days Ago
No doubt you're all aware that Wednesday was Ride To Work Day so I guess you feel doubley pikey if you didn't.

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Webslave
21/10/2004
5650 Days Ago
Indeed!

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Tuesday, October 19th 2004

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No Cycle

Still raining. Drove to work again. Look at the traffic!

Cycle

After work, I picked Freddy up from the doctor. He is ok. Meanwhile, Yuko prepared a space in the garage for Freddy and Sally. Prior to this, they were on the back patio in the rain.

Chopsticks

We went to Taiki at Lane Cove for dinner.

We observed the various techniques the other diners were using to hold chopsticks. I demonstrated the various techniques for the record and we assessed them as follows...

Barbarism

Barbarism

Barbarism

Barbarism

Barbarism

Elegance

News Flash - October 18, 11pm

Late this evening, a black fish was found dead in its tank. The carcass was being eaten by another fish.

Links between this incident an a death threat against the fish, received a few days ago, are being investigated.

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Monday, October 18th 2004

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No Cycle

I was almost going to cycle to work this morning (with Yuko's bike), but it was raining and Yuko said it would be too "slippy". So I took Mitsy instead.

Recently I've been parking in Blackman park, which cuts the driving time from 25 minutes of gridlock to about 8 minutes ending in this scenic setting.

But I then have a six minute walk up a steep bush track.

The only problem it that when it rains, my feet get wet.

Wet foot

But it's still better than the traffic!

Invention

Today at work I invented something. This invention could be critical to the future of the company. The prototype is constructed from a styrofoam cup. However, in mass production it could be made from environmentally sound materials.

But what shall I call it?

The "Noswonklear" or the "Cochwonky"?

No Cycle II

As it was still raining in the late afternoon, I decided not to pick Freddy up from the bike doctor. He will stay another night at least.

Addiction

Yuko has become addicted to cooking these...

But I don't mind.

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Sunday, October 17th 2004

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The Hack

Last night, I noticed another wireless network in my list of available networks in Windows. Interestingly, it's name is the same as the surname of our next-door neighbours (the ones who are flagrant flouters of the water restrictions). I tried connecting to it and found that I had an internet connection through Ozemail (our ISP is Optus).

Interesting! Maybe we don't need our cable modem anymore.

Doctor

After breakfast at Epitome, I put Freddy in the car and took him to the doctor.

The diagnosis was that he needs a transplant. He will be hospitalised overnight.

Reel

We went up to Kmart at Chatswood and bought a new hose reel. It is to replace the one that Father bolted to our wall about nine years ago. That one has rusted away, but the brackets are still sound.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to find one exaclty the same, so as to fit the brackets. Nevertheless we got a good appoximation and, as I have an aversion to physical work, Yuko attached it to the brackets with wire.

Very exciting!

Cycle

As Freddy is at the doctor until tomorrow, Yuko lent me her bike (Sally) and I went on an epic ride. First to Greenwich, where I was trapped in a deluge and was forced to take cover for an extended period. I then continued to St. Leonards, Artarmon and finally back to Lane Cove. There were several more episodes of moderate rain which forced me to find shelter. I found that Sally is much nicer than Freddy. Much more comfortable and easier to control. Maybe I will have to upgrade.

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Saturday, October 16th 2004

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Bardeli's

Just like the Sistine Chapel, Bardeli's has a painting on its ceiling...

Well, perhaps it's not quite like the Sistine.

The wall is also quite decorative.

Anyway, the weather was perfect and Bardeli's has nice eggs.

Houses

On the way back from Bardeli's, we saw a couple of houses open for inspection at Hunters Hill. So we stopped and looked through them.

I think I convinced Yuko not to buy either.

Mulberry Bush

Last night, Mother invited us to come back today and pick mulberries from her mulberry bush. Yuko chastised her for not offering us any mulberries during the last twelve years. Mother promised to make up for that oversight by offering us mulberries frequently from no on.

Mulberries. The black ones are for picking.

Mulberry Pickers

The Booty

Yuko turned them into a tasty jam-like substance.

Tasty jam-like substance

Carpentry

A few days ago out letterbox suffered a structural failure which may or may not have been the result of a deliberate act of violence...

Despite my aversion to carpentry, I performed some hammering and returned the letterbox to operational status.

The Ponytail Syndrome

As a young boy, I learned that ponytails are for pulling. I have never had reason to question that philosophy, so today when I saw a ponytail, I had no hesitation...

Cycle

In the afternoon, we cycled over to Longueville. It's a very flat suburb making it good for cycling. We rested at a stand.

Resting at a stand

However, on the way home, my bike got a flat tyre! Fortunately, we were not far from home so I didn't have too far to push it.

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Friday, October 15th 2004

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Death Threat

Avid readers would have noticed that a death threat was posted by an anonymous reader yesterday. Our fish have now been assigned bodyguards.

I think it's time I created a special section on this site to show all the threats of death, violence or prosecution directed against us.

Free Lunch

Our boss gave us an urgent task in the morning, which the four of us slaved over all morning. So then, he took us for a free lunch at La Kantina which is just a short walk down the road from Cochlear.

I didn't know this place existed. The grilled Barramundi was quite good and four of us ordered it. [Name Omitted] didn't know what barramundi was until today! Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera with me (I took the above picture later) so the barra was not documented.

We discussed the popularity of kidnapping in South America, the traitorous employees who leave Cochlear to join our competitors, and the upcoming visit of the F.D.A. auditors. Apparently a lot of those guys are ex-CIA and in some countries they conduct their audits with bodyguards. They probably won't need bodyguards in Sydney, but we may need to walk around with our lawyers to screen everything we say.

Incitement to Murder

In the evening, we went to Mother's house for dinner.

I told her about Chopstick Man's offer to teach her to use chopsticks. She rejected it.

We ate curry.

Curry, rice and Strawberry Wine

We then discussed cats. Yuko said there are still some cats which frequent our property. Mother then suggested that we run over them with our car until they are squashed flat and dead like Yuko did last time (although she denies it). We are still pondering this option.

Mother also asked me to print some more copies of a note that Mother uses to exact revenge on motorists who park illegally in disable parking spaces. She has a disabled parking authority, so whenever a disabled spot is occupied by a car not displaying the correct tag, she leaves a threatening note on it's windscreen.

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Thursday, October 14th 2004

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Today the Bizarro coffee truck came instead of the regular coffee truck. It was a different colour, a different shape, had different cups, and it was a different guy inside. But the coffee was the same!

Chlorine

Vito came again today and chlorinated our driveway. He claims this will prevent weeds from growing between the pavers. But it smells like a swimming pool!

Blackout Aftermath

Death Toll

The death toll from the power failure has been finalised at two. All the remaining fish survived the night in the pond and are now back in their tanks.

Ice Cream

Mother's ice cream did not survive. She claims it melted and re-froze making it "funny".

Cochlear

The power went off at Cochlear too. One of our computers no longer functions.

Mole

I received an email from Laughing Mole with the following picture attached. Thank you Mr. Mole.

The blackout from a Mole's perspective

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Anonymous
15/10/2004
5657 Days Ago
The poor fish will die soon. Very soon!

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Webslave
15/10/2004
5656 Days Ago
Another death threat?

I assume it's from the usual source.

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Wednesday, October 13th 2004

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Home Improvement

Vito (our gardener) came today. He cleaned out our guttering and made our side passage tidy.

Yuko also did some maintenance by repairing the cracked tiles on the back patio.

Blackout

When I got home from work, the power was off. I checked the circuit breakers, but they were all on.

Mother

Our phone is a nifty digital answering machine cordless gizmo, and so it doesn't work when the power is off. So I had to rummage around in the cupboard to find an old conventional handset. I then called Mother and she said that her power was also off. She was most concerned that her ice cream would melt! I told her I was disgusted that would even have ice cream in the house!

News

We turned on the radio and listened for news of what was going on. It emerged that there was a problem at two sub-stations at North Ryde and Hunters Hill which blacked out a bunch of suburbs on the North Shore.

The Noswonky house remained in darkness...

Fifi continued to operate on batteries.

Candles

As we are regular candle users anyway, it was no problem lighting up the room.

Fish

At about 8.30pm Yuko noticed that two of her fish were dead. Of course, this was because the air pumps were no longer producing bubbles.

We then gathered the fish from all the other tanks and put them all in the outside pond. It has a large surface area so the fish should be able to get enough air.

Cheese

We decided that perishable items in the fridge should be eaten, so I ate some cheese by candle-light.

It's now 9pm and the news on the radio is that the power will probably be off all night! I'm writing this using batteries but I can't upload it until the power comes back.

Postscript

The power came back on at 4:08am. The damage toll includes two dead fish. Note however, that as of 8am Thursday, Yuko has not yet recovered the remaining fish from the outside pond, so the final death toll can not be confirmed.

There was also a small incident involving some wax and a tablecloth.

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Laughing Mole
14/10/2004
5657 Days Ago
Blackout

There was a blackout in my world too. I took a photo to record the event, and emailed you a copy.

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Webslave
14/10/2004
5657 Days Ago
Thank you Mr. Mole. I will post your picture shortly. It looks like the candles in your world are a tad less efficient.

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Tuesday, October 12th 2004

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Cycle

I cycled to work for the first time today. The hardest part is the final uphill section ending right outside Cochlear. However, I made it without incident.

I think it was the hottest day so far this season, and it was particularly hot riding home. It makes the ride quite draining for an old guy, but I guess it will get easier. The forecast for tomorrow is 37C, so I might wimp out and revert to the air-conditioned car.

Cochlear

Today I took the most expensive taxi ride of my life. This came about when [Name Omitted] and I were sent on a mission by our boss.

Display

While waiting for our taxi [Name Omitted] and I perused the products on display in the reception area. As these are on public display, I can post the pictures here.

Cochlear Implant Device. This is what I mess around with every day.

Speech Processors

Reception

Taxi Ride

Then our taxi arrived. We had to go to Campbelltown to pick up some boxes from our archives, which are held by an archiving company there. It took almost an hour to get there.

The place turned out to be a big boring building and it took a bit of driving around to find it as it seemed to have no identifying signage.

Big Boring Building

The Boxes. I can't say what was in them.

On the way back, the taxi driver had to stop to fill up with LPG gas. While we were waiting, [Name Omitted] said that while LPG is economical, he doesn't like the idea of carrying around a big tank of gas. He said: "It's like carrying a big bomb around. It can blow up at any time." As we climbed back into the taxi I said "Any time???"

Fortunately, on this occasion the LPG tank did not explode and we made it back to Cochlear after about 2.5 hours. The meter said $235.

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Monday, October 11th 2004

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Cycle

Today at last, I found the elusive bike-racks at Cochlear. They're hidden is an exclusive underground carpark.

I might try cycling to work tomorrow. Unfortunately, the forecast says it's going to be pretty hot.

Unclaimed Monies

I got a letter from IAG (which is really NRMA) saying that they sent me some cheques and I haven't cashed them. How errant of me! I don't remember any cheques. I sold my IAG shares in the middle of last year, but I guess I'll just have to trust them.

Dancer

When I got home, Yuko had her iPod shaking the house, playing through the computer speakers. She was partying like a teenager...

Of course I called the police immediately to complain about the noise.

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Sunday, October 10th 2004

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Fair

When we got up to Lane Cove this morning, the road was blocked off and we realised that it's the day of the Lane Cove Fair. So after breakfast at Epitome, we walked around immersing ourselves in the village atmosphere.

Longueville Road

Tea Cups

The Town Cryer

Cars

My boyhood hero - Astroboy

The pet shop Unique Pets had a stall but they were just selling toy pets rather than real pets.

The Pet Shop Boy (The one Yuko buys her goldfish from)

The White Rabbit

An insurance nightmare?

Click the thumbnail below for a short video of the Wicked Witch harassing Yuko...

We bought some CDs including a three-CD set of Ella Fitzgerald. 75 tracks for $15. Here is an audio sample of Ella (an un-named singer starts the song).

Note: This is my first AudioBlog posting

While walking around the Fair, I held out my camera with one arm and took a picture, which Yuko liked so much that she insisted that I put it on our home page, which I did.

Dead Fish

When we got home, there was a dead goldfish in the bowl near the front door and the air pump was not producing bubbles.

Dead Fish

Yuko decided to transfer the remaining fish in the bowl to the other tank. She carried the bowl to the kitchen sink and attempted to extract the live fish. However, due to its wriggling she dropped it and it fell into a half-full cup of cold coffee which was sitting in the sink!

I was on the phone to Mother at that moment and when I saw the fish go into the coffee I screamed in horror, freaking Mother out.

Yuko quickly moved it to the other tank and it seemed ok, if I little surprised at its experience.

Cycle

In the afternoon I cycled over to Cochlear to see how long it would take and how tiring it would be. It took a surprising 25 minutes, which is not much faster than the 32 minutes it takes to walk, and about the same as the time it usually takes to drive! However, I was riding very conservatively. On the return trip I took a longer but flatter route, along River Road, which I think it more practical than going via Burns Bay.

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Saturday, October 9th 2004

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Turf Wars

While we were at Epitome, a weird looking French dude from a rival café ventured into the area occupied by Epitome's tables. The Epitome waiter yelled "Get off our turf!" and ripped the dude's moustache off. Then tried to hit on (sorry for the Americanism) the girl with the balloons who, as you can see in the picture, is re-attaching the moustache following the violent attack.

Chinese Mafia

Yuko when to a garage sale and came back looking like she'd joined the Chinese Mafia...

Or the Mexican Mafia...

Cycle

Late in the afternoon, we went cycling. Freddy was much healthier since returning from the doctor. We went down to Burns Bay and cycled around on the grass, and along a bush track on the far side of the bay.

The return trip involved some uphill sections which we both rated as impossible, and we had jump off and push. However, I did cycle up this final hill successfully...

Election

At about lunchtime, I took Mother to vote. We knew that the usual polling places in Riverview were not available this time, and we thought that the new polling place was somewhere close, but we didn't know where. So we drove around the local streets looking for signs of democracy at work.

We eventually found a polling place at Lane Cove primary school. I drove into the playground to get really close to the actual hall where voting was taking place. I parked illegally, hoping that by displaying Mother's disabled parking authority, nobody would question it. They didn't.

Here is my ballot paper with my actual vote cunningly concealed.

In the evening I watched the election coverage, looking forward to the excitement of a nail biter. However, by 7.30pm the result became clear.

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Friday, October 8th 2004

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Birds

By coincidence, Yuko and I each took a picture of a bird today.

Yuko's bird
Peter's bird

Badminton

I didn't play badminton today as I want to rest my arm a bit. Instead, at lunchtime I went to Lane Cove and did some shopping for tonight's birthday party.

Cochlear

An email from the Big Boss went out today listing improvements to be made to the floor of the building where I work. One item puzzled me. It said they are going to buy a Foosball Table. I must have led a very sheltered life because I had no idea what Foosball is. Neither did any of my co-workers. Of course, having consulted Google I now know what it is.

See: www.foosball.com

Happy Birthday Mother!

Today is Mother's birthday, so we had a party.

A huge amount of John Dory and strawberry wine was consumed.

Yuko drew some pictures on Mother's birthday card. The likenesses are remarkable!

Mother

The Noswonkys

And of course, there was a cake with an arbitrary number of candles.

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Thursday, October 7th 2004

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Jellyfish

Believe it or not... this is a jellyfish.

In the evening, Yuko ate it!

Believe it... or not.

Freddy

After work I came home to pick up Freddy and then took him to the doctor at Lane Cove. A preliminary diagnosis suggests that the illness is not serious. However, he will stay for two nights.

Election

There's an election coming which will decide Australia's future. The choice is between the radical conservative right-wing incumbent, who sent Australian troops to Iraq based on faulty information and without the sanction of the U.N. - and the anti-war socialist with a violent past, who won the debate with his opponent.

But before that, there's also an election in this country, where the choices are much clearer:

  • To vote above the line, or spend 30 minutes writing numbers in boxes?
  • To copy a How To Vote card handed to you outside the polling station, or to decide your preferences using your own brain?
  • To watch Kerry O'Brien, or Ray Martin?
  • Is it Time? - Or not quite Time?

These are the crucial questions that confront the people of Australia. I just hope the Party, Party, Party Party is contesting senate seats this time.

I am Noswonky, and I vote!

Goodie

My colleague [Name Omitted] gave me a Chinese goodie (although he is not Chinese).

The writing on the goodie has been translated by a Japanese reader. It's a U2 song.

Mother

Tomorrow is Mother's birthday, so Yuko painted one of her presents.

Mother has expressed a preference to come to the Noswonky home for her birthday. She has also placed an order for dinner: John Dory. I will purchase the noble fish tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 6th 2004

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Hanging

I hung the picture at my desk... as instructed...

Death House

In the evening Mother invited us to the Korean BBQ...

I thought civilisation had ended when they said there was no chicken! However, we got by with cow and cow.

During dinner we talked about the North Ryde Death House which has been in the news recently.

On the way home, I suggested that we go and gawk at it, and the other members of my party agreed. Of course, we have gawked at the death house before so I knew exactly how to find it. I took a picture which, because it was night time, just came out black. However, with some digital enhancement, the Death House can be seen...

Then we had dessert.

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Tuesday, October 5th 2004

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YAA

An order was placed for a pair of YAA Earrings, as seen on this site on Friday.

So today I made the purchase on behalf of the happy customer...

TT

Today at lunchtime, the TT room was mysteriously quiet. I think they must have all gone to a party without inviting me! Only one other player turned up. So I played four games with a player called Lan.

Strangely, there is also a player called Ping! However, other than Lan and Ping there is little similarity between Cochlear TT and CISRA TT.

The Ghost of Tele

Today at work, I was making a list of equipment in the lab, when I stumbled upon an item with a Telectronics part number! It freaked me out and caused me to scream uncontrollably.

Cycling

I went exploring at work to find a place to park my bike. I was unsuccessful in finding anything resembling a bike-rack. However, there's a lot of empty space on our floor where miscellaneous stuff is stored so I can probably just park it in amongst the stuff. I saw one bike parked there before.

Meanwhile, I haven't taken Freddy to the doctor yet.

Picture

Tonight Yuko gave me a picture of us which I have to hang near my desk at work. I also have to take a picture of it hanging.

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Anonymous
6/10/2004
5665 Days Ago
Maybe you could enter the "Sydney to the Gong Ride" and ride along with many other cycling comrades. When are you going to sell your car, anyway ?

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The Piker
6/10/2004
5665 Days Ago
^^^^^^^ That was from the Piker Whether I choose to go on the Sydney to the Gong I have decided yet. To pike or not to pike, that is the question ....

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Webslave
6/10/2004
5665 Days Ago
Sell Mitsy???? I'm shocked!!

As for the Gong Ride....
I choose to pike.

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The Piker
8/10/2004
5663 Days Ago
Good choice!

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Monday, October 4th 2004

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Being a public holiday, Epitome was crowded.

Cycle

After breakfast, Yuko bought a helmet and then we went cycling in the college. I've noticed that my bike (Freddy) has a problem with the gears. It doesn't change reliably to the lowest range. It tends to skip back up to the mid-range. I don't think I can attempt riding to work without the low gears as there are some significant hills along the route. I'll have to take Freddy to the doctor!

At first I thought this was a squash court, but I think it's too big.

After riding around in the College for a while, we rode up to Mother's house to show her Yuko's new bike. She guessed the price to withing one dollar!

Half Naked Chef

Later in the afternoon, Yuko went out on the patio half naked to mix shu-cream pastry.

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9/10/2004
5662 Days Ago
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Sunday, October 3rd 2004

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Bike 2

Today it was Yuko's turn to buy a bike. First I scanned the trading post on the web and made a few calls. However, none of the calls bore fruit for various reasons.

We ended up going to Renegade Cycles at Lane Cove.

Renegade Cycles - A Cyclist's Wonderland

Where Yuko bought a new bike - A Trek 3900.

She still needs to buy a helmet, so in the interim, she borrowed mine to go for a test ride in the College grounds.

I tried Yuko's bike too, and found it noticably nicer than mine. I now have cycle envy!

Of course we had to give the bikes names so they will be known as Freddy and Sally.

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Saturday, October 2nd 2004

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Today's coffee image is brought to you by Epitome

Epitome

Epitome was very quiet this morning, probably because of the rain. Mari (the waitress) said "Hello Dorothy." Yuko asked her if she knew my name and she didn't. So I told her that my name is Toto, which freaked her out.

Yuko also asked her about Helmut, as we haven't seen him for a long time. She said he's been sick and has been hospitalised for part of the time.

Bike

As I mentioned recently, we've been considering buying bikes. So today we did something towards that goal.

First, we went to the shop where we met Elvis last week. He was still there.

They had two bikes but they looked like garbage. We spoke to the salesman ([Name Omitted]) about them and he told us that the bikes were garbage.

We then went home and I went to the Trading Post web site and quickly located an ad for two mountain bikes at Longueville, which is very close. When I called, the guy said that one bike was sold but one remained, so we went over to take a look.

The Bike Seller

It was a Felt bicycle with no fancy stuff on it. However, it seemed in reasonably good condition, and it was the right size for me so I decided to buy it. I then stayed quiet while Yuko haggled the guy down to $140 (from $150).

We then went to K-Mart to get a helmet, air pump and lock. Yuko tried on the helmet as a fashion accessory.

Later, I went for a ride. When Yuko took this picture, I assumed she would frame it with the whole bike in shot, but she didn't. So the full length shot will not be published today.

I rode through the College grounds to get a feel for the machine and then rode up to Mother's house. She was very glad that I have reduced my greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ring

When we went to Keiko and Edwin's place for dinner a few weeks ago, they recommended the Japanese movie "The Ring" to us and lent us the video of "The Ring 2".

Tonight, we watched the American remake of "The Ring" which was on TV.

It's the story of video tape that kills people and a girl in a well who makes horses freak out.

It was adequate and moderately horrifying. I'd now like to see the Japanese original as I will have a better chance of understanding it.

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Friday, October 1st 2004

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Don't panic! It really is Mokador, but the guy in the coffee truck ran out of Mokador cups.

Rain and Badminton

It rained, and I played Badminton with [Name Omitted], [Name Omitted], [Name Omitted] and [Name Omitted]. After parking my car in the street outside Mac. Uni. I found walking to the gym to be a very unpleasant experience. The wind was cold and it was blowing the rain under my umbrella. Not only that, but my limbs were exposed, dressed as I was, in sporting attire.

The karate class which usually runs right next to our court was reduced to only

about 4 people, making it much quieter than usual.

Big Boss

I passed the Big Boss in the corridor today and he said "Hi Peter". However, he was wearing casual clothes and I didn't recognise him. So I just said "G'day" and moved on. It was only afterwards that I realised who he was.

YAA

Today, [Name Omitted] showed me some wares which are the products of the Cochlear Sponsored Young Achievers. It's a bunch of school kids who come to Cochlear once a week and run their own business. They make this stuff and sell it...

I took some pictures to show Yuko, as I thought the wares might suit her more than me. She may make a purchase.

Blog readers may click on the images below to see closeups and place orders through this site. After all, it is a "dot com". Each item is priced at $5.00.

Springer

It's 11:45pm and Yuko is watching the Jerry Springer Show again! I thought I'd weaned her. Damn!

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