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Optus Takes Money

A few days ago Yuko noticed a debit on her credit card for over $400 by Optus. Her iPhone bill is normally the same every month – about $60. In this case, she didn’t even receive the bill – they just took the money.

So we went to the Optus shop to query it. They said it was due to excess internet charges and that the bill had been mailed two week earlier. We therefore asked them to resend the bill so we could see the detail. Today it arrived.

The bill (below) shows the data volume and dollar value on a per-day basis. It appears that on one particular day in April, the usage was higher than usual by a factor of about a hundred…

Of course this is just Yuko’s iPhone usage. She would normally be using our cable connection while at home. I suspect that when she puts the iPhone in the cradle connected to her laptop, it automatically tethers, and if our home wifi drops out briefly, perhaps the laptop switches over to the tethered iPhone connection. If that happened, Yuko might have been using the iPhone connection all day without realising it.

But even if this occurred, 1.3GB would still be an unusually high amount for Yuko to use in a single day. Our normal combined usage is no more than 15GB per month and most of that is probably mine rather than Yuko’s.

In the afternoon we visited our solicitor to discuss our respective demises. I am changing my will significantly as I no longer have any close family beyond Yuko. However, the main beneficiary will remain unaware of being the beneficiary until my demise.

When we came out, it was raining heavily and we had to protect ourselves agains the deluge…

Preparing to go into the rain

Rain seen from solititor's office


Wallowing in Cash

In the morning, I went to see my solicitor before work and he gave me three cheques representing the final distribution of Mother’s estate. Two of the cheques were for Jan and Lady MacBeth. He also charged me $7000 (plus GST) which he deducted from my cheque.

I then went to the bank where I deposited my cheque and also withdrew a huge amount of cash which I later spread out on the table to gawk at. Unfortunately, I will have to give this cash to Sam (the magnificent gardener) making me poor again.

Today at work we had our monthly team lunch. It was at a fancy restaurant with no ceiling. Our budget did not extend to the point of being able to see the menu, so we just had to eat whatever they gave us – which was a piece of dead animal. It was adequate…

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Cheque II

You can’t beat free money, and today I received just that from my solicitor. This is the first part of the distribution of Mother’s estate.

I expect the publishing of the image below will cause havoc, woe and mayhem. That’s because the last time I published a picture of a cheque on this blog, my employer sacked me and I had to initiate legal proceedings. Four years later, I’m still not sure what that was about!

The cheques for the other two beneficiaries will be available next week when other cheques clear. It will be very exciting to finally give them their money!

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Legal Matters

Today I had to visit my solicitor to sign some papers relating to Mother’s estate. To avoid the need to take time off work, I went to meet him at his office at 8.30am. I therefore had coffee at home first (above).

I usually leave for work early and drive across the Harbour Bridge at about 7.30am. But today I didn’t leave Lane Cove until about 8.45am. At that time the traffic is less than adequate. In fact it took me a while to even get out of Lane Cove. The picture below shows gridlock on Longueville Road – the bridge was also slow.

Gridlock in Lane Cove

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