Dinner Friday night at a Japanese restaurant in Glenferrie Road Malvern with three dyke friends. I don't really like Japanese food but this was modern Japanese food adapted for Western tastes. It was really very good and the company excellent.
Dinner Sunday night at Malvern Vale Hotel with R, our Fijian Indian Friend and his visitor guest from Poland, the Brother Friends and the Brighton Antique Dealer. Very nice evening. BAD was full of news and gossip and history. Polish man was very nice and good fun. R won $90 on poker machines and so paid for my dinner.
Monday, post R's old phone to Hippie Niece as she broke hers. Tram to city, change to a tram to Carlton and attend Vic Roads for car registration business. No tram had air con. Warned of a 15 to 20 minute wait, but waited only just over 5 minutes. A tick for Vic Roads.
Back to town, collect R's yearly supply of contact lenses.
Attend Medicare office in Galleria for each of us to make a claim and lodge our bank account details so we won't have to again sit waiting for 42 minutes. R had a win with a very old doctor's bill, $64, but waiting for three quarters of an hour to be served is a disgrace. A very big fail to the Galleria Medicare office. Why is it not properly staffed?
We were hungry. Lunch at our favourite little restaurant in Centre Place was out of the question as a busking band had set up and it was far too noisy. Assuming the band had approval to be there, that would be a fail to City of Melbourne for approving a busking band at an inappropriate location. We lunched at the other end of Centre Place.
Tram home? Should be simple. No, there was a delay in the service because of a car stuck on the tram tracks, maybe an accident. We tram hopped, an air con 1 to Southbank Boulevard, then an air con 8 to Domain Interchange and then an air con 72 to our tram stop. The 72 may as well not had air con as it was jam packed with people and stinking hot. Yarra Trams, fail. What should have been no more than a 15 minute trip, took the time it would take to walk home, 30 minutes and if wasn't hot, we would have done so.
Which brought me to thinking about how many trams do not have air conditioning and how long before the trams will all will have air con. Our trains and buses all have air con. Let me look. I have the stats now but will save it for another day. Why? May as well do it now while the figures are to hand.
Air con trams: B, D, C, E class: 245
Non air con trams: Z, A class: 212
35 new E class to be delivered and once that is complete the figure will be around 280 trams with air con, 177 without. The newest tram without out air con is the A Class, the last built in 1986. Tram life is much longer than bus life, usually around 30 years. By that figure, the last non air con tram should be retired next year, 2016.
At the present rate, I will theoretically and more than likely be dead by the time Melbourne has all trams with air con. The joys of living in a first world country with first world problems.