Friday, May 13, 2016

Randomosity

Randomosity is a good name for a blog. Oh, it has been chosen already. No post ready, so ten minutes of writing.

I have six weeks of holiday booked in September/October. It was for a Mediterranean cruise and if you memory is good, a catch up with English rels in Spain. It was not to be.

Our travel agent worked out a cruising plan for us but I was not liking the plan or the cost. R called it at the end of the day and cancelled. He was not visiting places he wanted to see. There is a problem between us. R wants to see Greece and Italy. I don't want to. For a start the countries are respectively full of Greeks and Italians.  I want to see France, Spain and Portugal, and I really want to see Prague.

An Aussie who has been to the US a few times was recently sent straight back home by US immigration after flying to the US for an artistic feel good meeting. No reason was given. How very dare they. Maybe it was because he was born a black in Africa. Being an Australian passport holder should override all...........umm well, unless the Australians arrive on a speedboat.

So what to do for my booked holidays in September and October? R is worried that I will be bored. Please, when he was working I had long holidays just staying at home and amusing myself. Nevertheless, we have have booked a campervan for two weeks in October. We can pretty well do a full circuit of our state without staying in caravan parks and just plugging in to power points of friends and family in various parts of the states. Look out Pants and Ann O'Dyne. We may be stealing your electric. Promise we won't empty our caravan lavatory into yours.

I am not a suspicious person but today is Friday the 13th. I really don't like such an omen and I won't do anything important and be extra careful about things.

R's phone is digustingly  old and an embarrassment when he pulls it from his pocket. Ok, not so old, a Samsung 3, but we are now up to Samsung 7. Given I said I was going to pay for the majority of the new SMEG  appliances and I forgot about that, such being his March birthday present and he paid half for the SMEGs, I have bought him a new Samsung 7 phone which will be delivered in a week or so. Thanks for your help Fen. I am my own worst enemy, as I will hear words like 'this thing is effing useless. I don't understand how it works', but he will grow to love it.

35 comments:

  1. Andrew your holiday looks fantastic. Six weeks amazing much time to see a lot ofd places and landmarks in Europe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Gosia but a pity it is not going to happen.

      Delete
  2. You should write more ten minute posts off the cuff Andrew.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carol, are you saying I have been overwhelming you with photos? Maybe I can't take a compliment either.

      Delete
  3. Going away is always nice, and hope you find a lot to take in when you do. Greetings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We always do Blogoratti, we always do.

      Delete
  4. Love these random snippets. Echoing carol in cairns...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks EC. You are not grumpy with flu yet.

      Delete
  5. MargaretWhiteAngel would agree with me, you must visit Port Fairy. The photo ops are marvellous and would keep Sunday selections goings for months.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fairy Jah Teh? What are you trying to say?

      Delete
  6. At least you have chosen what you are going to do for your holiday. I do hope you enjoy it, and yes, go to Port Fairy for sure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Margaret, we are total novices at such a think as a campervan. You know about such things.

      Delete
  7. There are only 193 nations in the world, give or take a few imploding or splitting into two new nations. If you cross off a couple of the 193 because of civil war, cholera or bombs being dropped by external enemies, that still leaves enough places to see in an average human life time.

    I think three nations is my absolute maximum in one holiday. So France, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece and Italy are doable... just not all at once. My next three will be Algeria, Tunisia and Moroc.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hels, I am excited for you. Slightly terrifying but all three are equally fascinating. You will be safe? That is a loaded question.

      Delete
  8. That's a nice gift, for R. That's good of you, to update him. I'll apologize as an American for the Australia sent packing by the US. I wonder why they did that. A caravan, eh? Well have fun with that. You must tow at least one vehicle behind it, strap a motorbike to the back and plop a kayak or two up top, carry the peddle bikes on a rack up front, and be sure to take a satellite dish to string out for the television. I call them the "Great Whites". Our state campgrounds are overtaken with them and no longer is there a place for little tent campers among the Great Whites. The long rows of them, with the snake cable out, attached to long rows of satellite dishes. I think, "Really? Is what camping has become?"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Strayer, on the face of it, it is odd, but I expect there must be a reason behind the guy's non admittance. Much amusement at your 'great whites' description. Similar is happening here, but perhaps not quite to the extreme you describe.

      Delete
  9. I have the perfect solution. Let R see Greece and Italy while you see France, Spain, Portugal and Prague. Have a fabulous reunion when you both get home again. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. River, that is an interesting thought, but travel alone? I have never done that. I may have to in the future, but it is not something I would choose to do now. Dreaming on, our rendezvous could be the Ponte Vecchio.

      Delete
    2. 40 other people on a tour bus is hardly alone (*~*)

      Delete
    3. River, I mean without each other, as you well know. You did make me think how privileged I am to have someone to travel with.....but then at times it comes at a price.

      Delete
  10. Sad that you had to cancel the holiday. Do the Kimberleys. You're a nice partner to buy R a new phone. I want an iPhone 7, I doubt that my partner will buy me one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Diane, it was in a way that we cancelled and I expect made our travel agent who put some work into it rather cross, but you have to feel right about things. Should I email ToH and tell him how much more you would love him if he bought you an iPhone 7?

      Delete
  11. You know that I would love to see you and R in Larrikin's End.

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Goes without saying Pants that we would love to see you too. The itinerary is vague at this point. Two places I really want to see is Victoria's high country and the Grampians. No welcoming comment from Dragby yet.

      Delete
  12. A friend of mine - not a tech lover - took me as her personal 'expert' when she wanted to purchase her first smart phone. A certain huge telco (the one I always complain about) offered only one in her price range; a Samsung Galaxy (version number I no longer recall) so that's what she purchased.

    She has never mastered it and is forever asking me to 'fix it' when it is never actually broken but she is simply unable to work it. I dislike the phone. I never find it easy to use which sort of corroborates her difficulties, doesn't it?

    I didn't like Apple when I first turned to it; finding it strange and not seeming to be able to get it's 'intuitive' nature. Now I am completely converted and love their products.

    You may well be right. R might grow to like it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Victor, I have virtually no experience with iPhones and I am sure I would find them quite perplexing. I am sure R will like his phone. It is really only an improvement on what he has, not drastically different.

      Delete
  13. Hopefully you survived Friday 13th Andrew :) must say of all the cities we visited in Europe Rome was the least popular.. too crowded, filthy dirty, too many of those scary human statues that if you got too close would grab you in a vice-like grip until you took a photo and paid them.. seriously! I believe they're having a huge problem with, unsurprisingly, rats at the moment.. France and Prague would be a much better choice :) Good luck with the new phone R, just think of the super spontaneous photos you'll be able to take :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Grace, that is one tourist scam I had not heard of. Rats? Oh. R does take quite a few photos with his phone and I believe the camera in the 7 is very good.

      Delete
    2. Also beware of pickpockets, I've heard they're rife over there.

      Delete
    3. Oh yes River, and the thrust the baby to someone to catch and then your bag or pockets are picked.

      Delete
    4. That happened to a friend of ours in Rome.

      Delete
    5. River makes a good point, I'd forgotten the pickpockets.. supposedly bad in Paris also but we didn't find it so, might just have been lucky!

      Delete
    6. Grace, the helping the tourist with a ticket for The Metro is a big thing in Paris.

      Delete
  14. Well, you know where to come if you need assistance with the phone. Also recommend looking at some of the tips and tricks articles and videos. It has a lot of things that can be tinkered with. Much to my delight.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fen, indeed. While I know you have a 7 Edge, it had kind of slipped my mind. R doesn't do anything too complicated with his phone, a little FB, camera and texting. But it does need to work easily.

      Delete