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Suzy Gets Dressed Up

At about 4pm it started raining. It was that kind of rain – with big drops – which often develops into hail. So I decided to dress Suzy up for the first time…

As it turned out there was no hail. I don’t know how much protection Suzy’s clothes would be if it did hail, but it’s probably better than being naked.

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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


Cousin Encounter

I was having breakfast at the Baker’s Oven, when it suddenly started raining heavily. I was forced to change tables to avoid being soaked. Under a bigger umbrella I was able to remain dry, but the rain continued until it was time for me to start work – and I had no umbrella. I skyped my co-workers to inform them of my situation, and sent updates as the situation developed. One member of my team said that I resembled a twitterer!

The cafe umbrella


After work I met Yuko at Aristocrat and ate an almond horseshoe thingy. We decided that I would visit Mother alone tonight.


When I arrived at the hospital, Mother was in conversation with a man in a suit! It was my cousin, who I haven’t seen for a few months. He asked me about my new job and we had a stimulating converstaion.

Mother and her nephew

Mother said that her operation has been scheduled for next Tuesday.

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April Fool’s Day… I don’t think I was fooled by anyone today, although I might be too foolish to know.

It rained and it was dark as I drove to work across the newly named ‘Macquarie Bridge’ (formerly the Sydney Harbour Bridge)….


In the evening, when I accessed YouTube, I noticed something strange…

Yes, a new viewing layout, just for fools like me. There was a link on the right to return to the old layout. Fortunately, this new layout appears to be a permanent feature and is not only available on April 1st. For example, here is an inverted Obama.

Inverted Yak

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For the third Wednesday in a row, I took a car to the doctor early in the morning. This time it was Mitsy again – to get the driver’s door handle fixed. It was raining, so after dropping Mitsy, I had to walk home in the rain…

Then I drove to work with Belinda…

Rain on the SHB


When I picked Mitsy up in the afternoon I took a picture of Bernie the car doctor performing a feat of strength…

Feats of strength - Bernie the car doctor

Feats of strength - Bernie the car doctor



Then I met Yuko at Aristocrat where I cooled off with iced coffee…

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When we returned to our car after breakfast, there was a torrent of water spewing out right near Belinda…



Because Belinda has not been washed for some time, Yuko wanted to ask this dude to direct the water onto Belinda. I vetoed this plan, but nevertheless it was very exciting…

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Rising Sea Levels

There can be no doudt that sea levels in Riverview are rising. If this trend continues, our house will have water views in a couple of years.

Formerly a park

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Today it rained…



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