Monday, March 10, 2014

Helpful Neighbours

Jackie has a ripper tale about when husband put some eggs on to boil and then went out.

While it is a bit different, ABI Brother also had an experience of helpful neighbours. He was away, having taken Mother down to the Bellarine to visit Sister for a couple of days at Christmas. He returned home to find his power and gas switched off and food spoiled in his refrigerator.

Someone was walking past his place and he thought he smelt gas at Brother's house. He called 000 and the full emergency services responded, fire brigade, police, State Emergency Service volunteers and his gas company. 

It was ascertained that there was not a gas leak and no cause for alarm was found. However as a precaution, his gas and electricity was shut off. (Who ordered that?)

Brother took it in his stride. I would be mega pissed orf.

Brother with his acquired brain injury, ABI, is a strange specimen. He concerns himself with money down to the cent, yet has no compunction about spending $10,000 on a three week holiday following cricket in South Africa. He will lend Mother money, but she has to pay it back also to the cent, before he will lend her any more. Much of how he is now is a result of the rehabilitation by the Transport Accident Commission. I am not critical of them, because they did a marvellous job, but he is a bit strange at times. Before his accident, he had a mobile phone. That was more than a decade ago, yet he won't have one now. It will cost too much, he says.

For years he paid an ultra cheap broadband company for his internet, which  didn't really work, to the point where he did not really know how to use the internet. He now pays quite a high price to our big telco and has excellent service. He does seem to be able to email at least and do some internet things.

He will fly into Melbourne at 6pm on Sunday and we have realised it is a convenient time for us to pick him up and bring him back here where he will stay the night before catching the train home. I emailed his Cape Town hotel to tell him. Who knows if that will work. Who would have thought how difficult a nine hour time difference would be to make a phone call, but it has proved to be so. I expect Grace would endorse that last last sentence.

Then I realised it was Grand Pricks week and my work had changed. Instead of not working Sunday and Monday, I am now not working Thursday and Friday. R will have to go to the airport on his own to pick up ABI Brother. What seemed like a kind thing to do has gone wrong and all fallen to R to do.

Later: The airport pickup went well and ABI Brother had a great holiday in South Africa. His favourite  place was Cape Town.

23 comments:

  1. Where does the word " ripper" come from
    I love it

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    1. No idea John. I don't think you would here kids saying it, just people my age.

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  2. Hmm. I think I would be a touch peeved to find power turned off and spoiled food. Such a delightful welcome home. I hope that brother didn't have to pay to have the power turned back on - but wouldn't be surprised.

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    1. EC, no. It was just turned off at the mains.

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  3. Neighbours are essential, yes!!!

    I once lost my beloved dog in Bendigo and was distraught. My neighbours found the dog, put him in their backyard, fed him and watered him till I got back to Bendigo and wouldn't take a penny.

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    1. Very kind of them Hels and it is not something I would think of taking money for doing.

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  4. It's so interesting how our brains work and how we think. Some of us don't need brain injuries to be quirky, not that ABI Brother is quirky.

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    1. Ever fascinating Rubye. Some work well, some barely and many somewhere in between.

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  5. Brains are funny things. Some people bash their head their whole lives without anything going wrong, others have one accident and end up damaged for life. Some are lucky and rehabilitation works while others are vegetables in wheelchairs. Life is a lottery that's for sure. Glad ABI brother had a great holiday.
    Wouldn't you think that after testing and finding no gas leak the compaies responsible would turn the gas and power back on?

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    1. River, he was very close to never recovering. Modern medicine and rehab is miraculous. While he doesn't know, I reckon it was a neighbour who turned the electricity off.

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  6. Neighbours are very helpful but sometimes very nosy especially if you live in apartments.

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    1. Gosia, it can be a big problem, but less so in Australia. We have never experienced it. In fact the opposite now when we are living in an apartment.

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  7. Good neighbours can be such a blessing. My parents neighbours have helped them numerous times, especially after dad's surgery last fall!

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    1. That's great Keith. My mother has pretty good and helpful neighbours and always has, even though they have changed.

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  8. Glad your brother took the loss of gas in stride. I would have been annoyed... and grateful.

    So glad the pick-up went well and the trip was good.

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    1. Mitchell, as he has done many times before, R once again helped my family.

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  9. Some people are just getting strange with the age. They have other priorities. It's hard to spend 1 $ but a 100 $ is nothing. I think it's a little stingy to ask your mother to pay back until the last cent ! BTW if you want to comment on my comment, don't do this here, I never go back to a blog I have read. I would spend the whole day with visiting twice a blog ! I always answer per email.

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    1. Gattina, there is an English saying, penny wise and pound foolish and another, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. My mother would 'forget' to pay him back if he wasn't strict about it.

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  10. Grand Pricks weekend. Hahahaha!

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    1. Hate it Evol, and all it stands for and the traffic congestion while roads are shut down.

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  11. I have a hunky footballer as a neighbour Andrew, he can ask for help anytime :) It really is odd the way some people can spend big on certain things and squibble about the small things, I know a few people like that. I just spend.. fullstop.. we'll never be rich :)

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    1. AFL Grace?

      Yes, keep the economy going. It depends on types like us.

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    2. His brother is Nathan van Berlo captain of the Adelaide Crows.. Jay is an up and coming Fremantle Docker I think.. really nice young man.

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