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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


Gardener Repairs Car Wearing Funny Hat

A house is for sale just down the road from Mother’s house, so we went to have a look. It was strange house, looking like it was made from lego blocks, but very nice inside. The asking price is ‘over $1.9M’.

In the afternoon, Sam (the gardener who looks like Saddam Hussein)  came to Mother’s house to look at the work we want him to do. He was wearing a funny hat…

He also repaired Belinda. I piece of bodywork had been dangling off Belinda’s nose for months and Sam was able to push it back into place…

With regard to the garden work – he said he will come on Tuesday and Thursday with a moderate sized workforce and will charge me a huge amount of cash – so I hired him.

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The Magnificent Gardener


We have recently become dis-satisfied with out gardener. This is partly because:

  • He often claims he has worked longer than he actually has.
  • He can barely speak any English (and no Japanese)
  • He constantly nags Yuko to persuade her that we need more work done that we actually do.
  • He steals our stuff (gardening tools, manure etc.)

We therefore decided we need a magnificent gardener instead…

Yuko call the Magnificent Gardener and asked him to come and give us a quote. When he arrived, it wasn’t him, but his brother Sam. Sam quoted us for a fixed amount of gardening (not by the hour).

Although Sam bears a striking resemblance to Saddam Hussein, we decided to give him a try. He will come to garden next week.

Yuko with the brother of the Magnificent Gardener

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