Saturday, October 09, 2004

Seemed like a good idea

Idea, take a glass of red wine to bed and read for an hour before sleeping.

Practice, enter almost darkened room with hands full, place wine on spine of book, wine tips over, covers table, clock radio, phone, wall, carpet.

Result, allotted reading time spent cleaning.

Damage, (I am a first class cleaner), one old book with a couple of wine stained pages.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Body coporate committee work can be hard

We had some painting in the pool and some security updating done and the scaffold broke tiles on the floor of the pool. Names have been deleted to protect the guilty.

Dear M.

In case you think that H is the sole person who is concerned about the pool, she is not. She has the full support of all committee members and we are thankful for her efforts.

Another week or so and the pool will have been out of action for two months. In my wildest dreams I did not imagine that it would take this long to be sorted out. While there is some compensation to owners in the building in that we save a bit on heating the pool etc, there is none for tenants and this devalues our building and the rental figure owners can charge tenants. As was suggested to me, if I were a tenant, I would be asking for a rental reduction.

While I appreciate it is a difficult situation, further complicated by you just taking on the body corp manager role, I feel MICM has been deficient in their handling of the matter and not devoting sufficient resources to a speedy resolution.

The committee is somewhat powerless as all negotiations are through your office.

The matter needs to pursued with vigour. The responsible party needs to be defined and their insurance company pressured. It is not good enough to wait for them to get back tomorrow, which may be the day after and you get back to them the day after etc etc etc. The next day has now turned into many weeks.

While our original request was for the whole pool to be done, if a reputable company is offering a ten year warranty on a lesser option, then of course we would consider this. We do not need official body corp committee meetings to consider any details. We all check our emails daily and meet informally as required.

Personally, I would just like a refreshing swim followed by a relaxing spa. As a committee member I understand the issues. If I was just an owner, I would be furious with the body corp management company and the committee.

I hope that MICM can fulfil the role we pay it for and look after our building in a prompt and professional manner. The lack of resolution of the pool issue is indicating otherwise.


Andrew

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Guilty and heart transplant

My partner has this week off work, a holiday. Unfortunately I am working around 1pm till 10pm. I could have swapped my shift if I was caring and sharing person so that I was home in the evenings, but I didn't. I needed the Sunday off to see Pirates, see previous post. He would not be happy if I did not go. I also missed seeing a friend from the country off overseas and us dining with him at Crown Casino on Tuesday night and I will also miss a friend's birthday celebration on Friday night at the Balacalava Hotel.

Well, he should have reminded me about when his week off was. I might have been able to do something shift wise.

I am a bit tripped out tonight as our dear dyke friend in Sydney has had a heart transplant today, successful so far, and it is just so hard to believe how normal she was when we saw her a couple of months ago and now her life has been turned upside down.

Equinox

The spring equinox has passed now and a few things happen at our apartment at this time of the year.

Bugs and critters start coming in the open door and windows. There aren't fly screens which I don't like anyway. I figure they fly in the fly out again, not always true.

At this time of the year I start to concentrate more on tv as I am not distracted by the cars and trams travelling up and down St Kilda. It is very nice to be warm in the winter and sit and watch the traffic outside in the cold and wet. But now the trees have their leaves and they block the view of traffic and I can only see more static stuff, such as buildings, houses and trees. They don't quite hold your attention in the same way.

Lastly, the cold water storage on the roof warms a bit and instead of turning the hot on and adding cold, you can often just turn both on and the temperature will be correct. In a couple of weeks it will be turn the cold on and add the hot. I might add our hot water is not very hot as it is a regulation set safe temperature I believe.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

I am a pirate king...

Yep, good ole Pirates of Penzance. We saw a production by http://www.babirra.org.au/ Sunday afternoon at the Whitehorse Theatre, Nunawading. It was little disappointing, mainly because the sound quality was apalling. Although I knew the songs quite well, I could not really understand what was being sung. The voices sounded fine, just no power in them to fill the auditorium. There may have been some stage mikes, but the performers wern't miked and it showed. There was an orchestra, but they too suffered from the sound qualities of the venue. I don't think I have ever heard more dead sound in a performance. The actors were all good, lighting not bad and overall it was enjoyable enough.

I keep in mind that it was a $30 performance and not a $100 one at the concert hall.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Keeping your interest.... some sex

To misquote a Sinatra song, Of rent boys, I have known a few, and invariably they are interesting, clever, amusing, hard work, and great fun and I have never paid a sous for the pleasure of knowing them.

This guy I don't know but it ties back to a previous post, the bigger they are the harder they fall or the better looking when young, the harder ageing is for them. Turn back the clock to early 1990s and if you travelled on the number 5 tram along Dandenong Road, City to Malvern, you may have seen a cute young blonde guy, probably early twenties, who used to quite openly solicit on the tram. Naturally I took a lot of notice of his activities.

Forward to 2004 and travel on the same tram route, but in Wattletree Road, and you may see a grossly overweight, half man half woman, still with blonde hair but very long and lots of bling bling. What a sad ass.

If you think I am being unkind, I have observed that he is not a very nice person either.


DVD Player

Are we the last people in Australia to not have dvd player? Actually our computer has one, but since we don't have a normal dvd player, we don't have any dvds.

We have not hired a movie for years as we find enough on free to air tv usually and if there isn't something that interests us, there is usually something we have taped to watch.

But there is something about dvds I don't understand. Why to people buy movie dvds? I have a few favourite movies. My favourite I may have seen three or four times and may watch once more. But people have shelves lined with dvds. It is not like they are particularly cheap. Yep, if you have kiddies, I can understand them re watching stuff time after time. I can understand devoted Trekkie fans have a whole collection of episodes.

Picture this, a couple leaving the cinema. She says, that was fabulous movie. He says, did you really like it?. She says, loved it. He goes home, goes online to ezydvd and orders it. It arrives two days later. He presents it to her and they sit down and watch it again. It goes on the dvd shelf, is occasionally picked up and glanced at as they go through the collection trying to find something to watch. Sweetie, can't find anything that really appeals to me......I'll just pop down to the dvd shop and hire something. Two and a half hours later, that was a great movie.......we should buy it.

Is that how it works?

Roll on cheap hard drive recorders and movies on demand.