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New Camera

Yuko wanted me to take her to the Optus Shop at Chatswood so that she could hurl abuse at them for charging her $432 for one day’s Internet usage. She hurls abuse best when I’m not there, so I left her at the shop and went browsing.

I decided to go looking for a camera to replace my dead IXUS. I had a particular model in mind – the IXUS 300 HS. This model is so new that most shops don’t have it yet, but I found one on display at Ted’s Cameras.

I took this picture in the shop with the display model…

I bought a black one.

Then I went to meet Yuko and she told me she had succeeded in persuading Optus to refund half of the money! She achieved this by hurling a tirade of abuse at them and accusing them of operating a scam. I’m glad I wasn’t there.

We then went to Firefly, followed by Red Chopstick where I played with my new camera…

New Black Camera

Red Chopstick

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Euro Scam

While splitting up the bill at Epitome, I managed to scam Yuko by passing off a 50 Euro cent coin as $1.

Later, we went to Chatswood and Yuko bought some meat at a Korean butcher shop. As we walked away, one of the staff came running after us saying ‘what’s this?’ Yuko had used the coin to pay for the meat and the Koreans were not falling for it. Yuko had to take it back and replace it with legal Australian currency.

But in the evening, at the Red Chopstick, she was able to dispose of the pesky coin by using it as part of the tip…

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Roof Maintenance

Today a dude came and climed onto our roof. It looked dangerous…

He was trying to sell us a product to keep leaves out of the gutters.

After he had measured the roof, he came back down and told us lots of stories about his escapades on other people’s roofs. He even had photos of stuff he’s see up there such as snakes and birds’ nests. Yuko kept asking him how much it would cost, but he just kept telling his adventure stories.

Eventually he wrote down some number. As I predicted, he tried to pressure us into agreeing to buy on the spot by offering a discount for deciding today. He said that he could offer this dicount today because they are doing a bunch of other houses in the area – which makes no sense.

Despited this obvious scam, the product looked good, and the price he quoted was much less that we had anticipated. So we bought it!

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