Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Moths flying from my wallet

In some ways we have an expensive lifestyle, but in other ways we live quite cheaply. I rarely spend money on myself. Most of my big expenditure is on things R wants, which is fine. I need a good push to spend money.

The credit card received a good bash today and really it was also at R's urging. Apart from a ripped interior lining, there was nothing wrong with my old suitcase. It had wheels, an extendible handle and it had served me well and no reason to retire it. But how light this Antler suitcase is in Strandbags, reduced to half its usual price, strong, with four wheels and a combination lock. I had never really noticed how heavy my old case was. The salesperson did not say the new case would see me out, but I expect it will. I can afford $160 for a new suitcase, I suppose.

Antler is celebrating its 100th birthday.



But that was after spending nearly $600 on something that I have kind of wanted, and I now consider essential for travelling after lugging the heavy notebook and its transformer all over Europe and England, a top of the range Samsung tablet. I just casually enquired of the salesperson about a case for it, and looked at a few on a wall. I casually enquired about a plug in with a USB plug at the end. While I prevaricated, R stepped up and yes, he will have those as well. I had done my internet research and the tablet was a good price, just over $500, and the salesman discounted the case nicely and I am not sorry to have the $12 USB connecting plug.

But here I am, writing on the desktop computer which has been upgraded and repaired a couple of times and is probably like grandfather's axe, with the head and the handle replaced many times but it is still grandfather's axe.  The desktop case must be a decade old, at least.

Although R has a tablet and they are like using a large smart phone really, I am still on steep learning curve. Would you believe once I connected it to our wi-fi signal, after asking for permission, it downloaded all the apps I already have on my phone. These devices can be too damn smart at times.

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  1. I love new suitcases. Not that I've bought many, just the one recently for my trip to Fremantle and it turned out to be a bit too small. Now it is stashed up in the top of the wardrobe and will probably never see the light of day again.
    Woo-Hoo on the new tablet! So much lighter to cart around the world and yes, they are too smart, downloading every little thing. but at least now you don't have to go to all the trouble of individual downloads.

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    1. River, the case is smaller than my old one, but large enough I think. I am getting better at taking less when I travel.

      I am pretty happy with the tablet, but of course unless you by a keyboard to attach to them, they are slow for typing.

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  2. Your wonderment at the automatic downloading of Apps is like Rip Van Winkle waking up in the 21st Century after a century of snoozing!

    Arise, Rip Van Andrew!

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    1. Victor, I was telling someone at work about the matter, and he said, well, yes, that is what they do. I am not sure that I quite like all this connectivity and syncing. I've done my best to stop that happening in the past.

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  3. A light suitcase is good. The old type SO heavy.
    The Tablet sounds great, fantastic for many purposes..I'm sure you will enjoy. Is it a full sized one?

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    1. WA, I gotten rid of it now, but I think the old one must have been nearly 5kg. I think the tablet is the largest, 10.5 inches, which is an impressive statistic in my view!

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    2. that's almost as big as my laptop! (13 inches diagonally)

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    3. River, and it has a gorgeously bright display.

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  4. Good for you, I don't even have a suitcase when I went to France a few years back I borrowed one from my son in law to be.
    Merle............

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    1. I used to do that too Merle. Eventually I had to buy my own.

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  5. We have Antler cases and they are very light and four wheels are great for just rolling along instead of dragging but I preferred their old style outside pockets better. My new on is hard to get stuff in and out and I usually put my shoes in there. Have fun with the tablet. I get so frustrated with mine. I prefer my little MacBook laptop.

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    1. Diane, I did notice the ease in which the case can run away with its four wheels. It will get a try out when we visit Sydney. May I suggest you wear your shoes in future? Kidding. I guess you mean spare shoes. I have decided to never take spare shoes with me again. The tablet is great for some things, but composing a blog post is not one of them.

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  6. Andrew, tablet is a great device I use it mostly during my journeys aroun the Europe.. Great choice

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    1. Gosia, R used his as his only camera last year on hols, and the results were quite good. I need to use it now a bit so I know how it all works.

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  7. This dinosaur still has a desk-top. I really don't travel any more has been my excuse. Fear of the learning curve is also there...

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    1. EC, the desktop is my preferred device, but I think young people who haven't had much experience with them would not feel the same. Always we must be learning something.

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    2. I like the learning curve. The frustration, the anger, the throwing of things. It's all very therapeutic.

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    3. And keeps our ageing brains fit, River.

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  8. Travelling without staff means a person has to park, carry, open for inspection and unpack his own suitcase himself. The lighter, safer and more mobile the suitcase, the easier life becomes.

    Buying and packing suitcases is now a Noble Art. Money well spent, sir!

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    1. Travelling without staff Hels! You broke me up. Packing is something I need to work on. I continue to improve my shirt folding skill.

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    2. I am really an Edwardian, born by mistake in the wrong decade and in the wrong country. I blame my parents for the mix up.

      When the valet dropped his Lordship off at the Orient Express train or on board the RMS Mauretania ship, the valet did all the hauling. My favourite was actually a trunk in which his Lordship's clothes could hang nicely. See the wardrobe in http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/luxury-travel-and-louis-vuitton.html

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    3. I remember that post Hels, without revisiting it. I've often thought I would like to be a 1920s Berliner, but boating on the Serpentine wearing a boater hat would be nice.

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    4. Somewhere I have some packing advice which I will locate and email to you.

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    5. Received River. Not sure I would be up for the effort. Easier to just put on a shirt and R says, you can't go out wearing that when it is so creased. Give it to me. I will give it a quick iron.

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  9. Ha ha I got annoyed that I took my tablet in the end, it was just more weight. My luggage wasn't heavy at all, at just under 20kgs by the time I came home with extras, but I was well over it. I wish I could travel out of a carry on bag.

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    1. Fen, surely a tablet is better than a notebook, or laptop as we used to take. Note book, laptop or tablet, I can't be without something.

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    2. Yes definitely better than a laptop. I found my phone was more than enough.

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    3. Phones are pretty amazing, but I struggle with the size of the screen at times, like Twitter photos can't be enlarged by just moving your fingers on the screen. I think Flickr photos can be.

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  10. If you're Rip van Andrew that makes me 'old woman time' :) I have a slight problem understanding the technicalities of computers.. I take photos, write words and pray that I can get them together in a post :) P reckons I'm a nightmare when it comes to computers.. Cheeky bugger :) Your new suitcase sounds perfect, did you say what colour you got ?

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    1. Grace, I think my suitcase is black, so that will stand out on the carousel, non?

      You edit photos on the computer. All I have ever done with mine is occasionally but rarely crop.

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  11. I just bought a new suitcase last spring and I love it. It really does me well on international flights.

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    1. Keith, a good suitcase can be one less stress when you travel.

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  12. From one dinosaur to another ... I don't like it when electronic devices think they know what I want to do!! And I love how all the LOOOOONG suitcase warranties exclude airline damage!!

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    1. Red, I agree with your about devices. Most of the time such his more hindrance than help.

      Yes, I wonder how else a case will get damaged?

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