Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Monday Malaise

I have felt a little queer this Monday. Stop right there! We had decided what to do today, last night, kind of. We discussed it. I became firmer about it this morning. Let me turn back the clock to two weeks ago.

Myer had Levi jeans on sale for $70, reduced from $100 but not in the style and size I wanted, black, 511s 32 32. I used to know the metric size for my jeans but Australia has gone backwards with metric measurement, thanks to the mighty US of A imperialism. Our jeans used to be marked in metric, as were our tyre pumps. I asked the dedicated Levi salesperson at our department store Myer, staff put in by other companies that have no real knowledge of the store, and cannot help with anything else. No, she said, we don't have that size. Let me check. Yes, there are some ready to be unpacked. Come back in a couple of days. Can I buy them online from Myer? Of course Sir. No, the internet said no. Not in my size. So Myer doesn't have any of the jeans in my size? In its vast empire around Australia.

While I was at work on Saturday, R was in town and checked on my behalf. Still my size was not there.

I went to Myer on Sunday while R was off selling soft drinks at The Block property of the tv show fame in St Kilda, as a fundraiser for his volunteer organisation. We met up after his shift for a sausage in bread from another  fundraiser stall. The area was crazily busy, but after our sausage, we found a good coffee place. The staff earlier at Myer were so helpful, but they only have the tools they can work with. The cute young man behind the counter checked, two pair available. Ah, he said, they must be in the delivery dock and may not be unpacked for two days. He then went off to look at shelves. I have no  complaint with the staff at Myer. They are always so helpful, when you can find one. He ran into the same Levi lass who a couple of weeks ago I saw. She told him what she told me a couple of weeks ago. That size is in the delivery dock, ready to be unpacked. I say, damn you Myer. It is not your staff that are wanting. It is your organisation.

With nothing planned this Monday I typed 'cheap Levi jeans Melbourne' into the mega search engine. Ok, DFO (direct factory outlet) at South Wharf and at Waterfront City.

We caught the tram to the DFO, I waved towards Ad Rad's apartment building just in case he was out on his balcony and watching passengers alighting from the City Circle tram.

Plan A was the Levi store at DFO, brunch and then home. Plan B was DFO, Waterfront City, brunch, Levi store, Would you believe that at the first DFO I bought the right jeans for $10 less than Myer had them on special, $60. I get annoyed as I know what a cheap price you people in the US pay for Levi jeans.

We had a nice brunch at the Boat Builders Yard.  The weather was divine. I savoured the hipster options, smashed avocado  or tatties with pulled pork, and chose the latter.

Once home, I spent an hour online and on the phone renewing our electricity contract. I have done something I have never done before, given a company the right to direct deduct from my bank account. What is your electricity tariff? 17.6 per kw/h is ours? Supply charge, the same,  per day. You really don't want to know about me downloading a csv file, then uploading it to another website, and then being full of knowledge, pressing points to the lass on the phone.  She eventually came through, and we now have a good deal.

I did not know there was a gay rainbow crossing in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.


Jim Stynes was an Aussie Rules football champion who died of cancer at a quite young age. This walking and cycling bridge is named after him.


I don't think I will ever see the Yarra River blue, but it is the river we have. Red is always good, hey. Do I see Queen Vic somewhere?


20 comments:

  1. Myer is busy blaming others for their downfall. Amazon, on-line shopping, the economy... And need to look at themselves.
    DFO complexes are cheap, but I find the overwhelming. I try and avoid them. As I do most shopping.
    Hope you have stopped feeling queer.

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    1. EC, of course the shop was at the furthest point from where we entered and the direction system sent us the longest way possible. I am not fond of them, but I can see why they are popular.

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  2. Pleased to hear your finally got the Levi's you wanted at a cheaper price. R seems to give a lot of his free time to doing voluntary work. Tell him I am full of admiration.

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    1. Marie, there are many benefits to R from his work, just not money.

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  3. I recently bought jeans at Talbots. (Women's shop) and they were on sale. Just $25.00 for curvy girl jeans. Which fit a curvy girl like me just fine.
    I tell people from other countries to come for a visit and bring empty suitcases. I am the best Sale Shopper I know, and if I can't find it for you cheap, then it is not worth having! Ha!
    Yes, R certainly does a lot of Charity work. That is really worthwhile!

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    1. Maribeth, as the saying goes, never pay full price. I couldn't believe how cheap clothes were in Macy's in NYC.

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  4. You were obviously desperately needing those jeans! Your persistence is admirable! :)

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    1. Lee, I was. I decided I needed more than one pair of jeans to wear.

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  5. I must admit, my jeans cost €6 from my supermarket. I'm such a cheapskate. re Electricity (and other) prices; I have no idea how much I pay. It's all done by direct debit, and the paper bills just go onto a pile 'unopened'.

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    1. Cro, it funny how people have different priorities for their spending. I've always been very careful with bills, especially after privatisation, which has worked for no one except overseas owned companies.

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  6. I'm glad you finally found your jeans, and cheaper too. the price here in Australia is horrendous, especially women's jeans, which I simply cannot find in my size. Because I'm short and round. Everything that fits around my belly and bum is far too long from waist to crotch.
    Anyway, enough about me. Why do your jeans need to be black? What's wrong with good old blue?

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    1. River, I never have to worry about what jeans to choose. I wear black, Levis and at the moment 511 slim. I did have an ok experience once buying jeans online from the US. Maybe have a look at that.

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  7. OMG ... "River" ... ditto me !! So bloody hard!!!

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    1. Lady J, there seems to be a gap in the market there.

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  8. You hit the nail on the head as far as Myer staff go, IF you can find one, they're pretty good, it's the finding that's difficult and annoying. We have a brand new DFO just opened out by the airport, not been yet, probably never will 😀

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    1. Grace, if you have never been to a DFO, you should go once just to confirm you don't like it.

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  9. My visited visited the States last year for work and one of her wishes were Levi Jeans. She asked if I wanted a pair and of course I said yes. A lot cheaper than in Europe or Australia!
    I pay 25,75 per kw/h, so it seems our Synergy supplier is more expensive than yours.

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    1. Sami, the price difference is unbelievable, and we are being ripped off in so many areas. If only it was so simple that the tariff you pay is an indicator of the total cost of your bill.

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  10. I don't know what I pay per hour for electricity. All I know is since they replaced the old meter with a smart meter its so much cheaper here. I keep thinking its a trick somehow and the monthly bill will skyrocket, but nope. The electric company and we have only one choice here said when they replaced the old meters some people might see their bills drop drastically if their old meter was not working right and I guess that was me. But I still feel the next bill will be outrageous like the electric costs used to be for me here. I'm happy your finally found your jeans!

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    1. Strayer, unless as you say it was defective, I can't understand why your power would be cheaper. Our smart meters allow for different pricing for peak and off peak use. I wonder if your has and you are mostly off peak.

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