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Tuesday, March 22 2005

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Rain

It rained.

Cochlear

There was cake at Cochlear... again. I declined to eat it because I had just eaten the brownie pictured above.

Birthday cake

However, later in the day my attitude changed, There were a couple of training sessions running and I was able to scavenge a left-over item as I passed one of the training rooms.

Meanwhile... a blog reader at Cochlear, having read about Laughing Mole's experience with his Cochlear share, told me about the Employee Share scheme. Under this scheme, employees were given a package of Cochlear shares each year. However, the scheme was abolished when I joined the company!

Then I said that I could still buy Cochlear shares on the ASX. The reader replied "You'd have to be an idiot to do that", and walked away laughing!

Rain

And it rained...

Rain at Lane Cove Plaza

When I took the picture above I was concentrating on the water flowing over the steps. It was only later that I noticed the fat dude in the background who appears to be looking at me. He probably thought I was taking his picture.

Bardeli's and the Pepper Boy

Because it was raining, we decided to go to Bardeli's. It's a good place to watch the weather while eating.

Climbing the hill to Bardeli's. Note Belinda in the background with a glowing number plate.

Yuko likes their garlic bread - very crunchy.

We were the only customers. Presumably, people stayed home because of the rain, while we did the opposite.

The Pepper Boy at Bardeli's is serious about his job. He brandished his grinder in front of us and we accepted his offer of pepper, lest he use the grinder on us.

The Pepper Boy

How much you tip a Pepper Boy is directly proportional to the size of his grinder.

The Pepper Boy brandishes his grinder

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Laughing Mole
23/03/2005
6147 Days Ago
Cochlear share price

I hope buying a Cochlear share didn't make me an idiot. So far it's increased by $3.46 since I bought it. All I need is another $53 increase to cover the brokerage and I'll be, er, laughing.

Camera

I got my camera back this week, fixed for free![1] The alchemist had quoted me an outrageous price to fix it - I said that was too much and asked for it to be returned with no repair. Only a week later,[2] a minion contacted me and said my camera was ready to pick up. When I arrived at the alchemist's repair stall, another minion handed over my camera together with an enormous bill. I explained that I hadn't authorised the repair, and all the minions went away into a huddle for ages. When they returned, they said that because it was their mistake, there would be no repair charge. Woohoo!

[1] Well, they did charge me a quotation fee, but I wasn't going to haggle over that.
[2] The alchemist had my camera for six or seven weeks, so an extra week to get it back to me was positively brisk.

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Laughing Mole
23/03/2005
6147 Days Ago
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23/03/2005
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24/03/2005
6147 Days Ago
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Webslave
29/03/2005
6142 Days Ago
Camera

I wonder if that's the same alchemist I had dealings with a few years ago...

I took my video camera to the alchemist. He quoted me an outrageous price to repair it. However, as the repair was still cheaper than buying a replacement, I agreed.
A couple of weeks later, a minion contacted me saying that my camera was ready to pick up. I went to the alchemist's repair stall and handed over a huge amount of money. They gave me back my camera with an itemised list of the rituals they had performed and the parts they had charged me for.
But when I got home, I discovered that the camera still had the same fault! I returned to the alchemist and he said...

"We forgot to fix it."

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