Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spam and personal

Nice bit of spam, promoting the Australian Grand Prix, held here in Melbourne. We hate it. I hope it is held when we are cruising to New Zealand. Is this how low the GP has to go to promote the race? I marked it as spam.

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My work place superior called me last week, to inform me that she did not realise she did not have the authority to allocate me 33 weeks of leave. I am now reduced to 13 weeks, which does cover our NZ cruise, but not our holiday in England. While our new union delegate is good, he is quite inexperienced. I went straight to the top to seek advice. The advice was, we are looking for a test case in the courts about the 13 week limit, think about it and let us know whatever you decide, or try to negotiate with your manager, not your immediate superior. Given my leave was publicly posted on the leave roster, I think I have a rather strong case. 

The days are just passing by and I am quite happy to be not working but I am still lacking any kind of discipline to my life. How can I have discipline when so much is up in the air? Ok, an excuse.

It cost me $100 to join the University of the Third Age. Yet I can't seem to be enroll in a course because of uncertainty, partly caused by our NZ cruise and partly by a pending visit to Sydney to see West Side Story on the Harbour. I may have rushed into the U3A. While I was waiting for R to have his hair cut today, I was opposite an entrance to the Council of Adult Education. For the second time R's hair was cut by a new inexperienced Asian guy. Four times R told him to keep taking the bulk from his hair, but at the end. R was very unsatisfied, with not even a back of the neck shave. Twice in a row I have had the chatty suspect gay bloke cut my hair.

Mother day today. I thought we might have alternated Thursdays, especially as R gets stressed by Mother. I thought one week he would take her out and one week I would take her out. No, we do it together, with one of us sitting in the back seat of the car with a wheel of Mother's walker pressing into our cheek. R likes to have me around to be grumpy with.

While waiting for R while he did some shopping yesterday, I noticed this PO RK graffiti. Pro eating of pig meat? Pork on your fork? You need a good porking? Perhaps it just an unfortunate graffiti name tag. I don't mind a bit of pork, in one way or t'other. 


It seemed like a good idea at the time, to on Friday night to slip a note into a letter box to say I would be free at twelve on Saturday to help. Come Saturday after shopping, the time arrived and I was very nervous. They were all strangers to me. Nevertheless, it was a good thing to do. I did barrow work work that nearly killed me, then went to the broom, and then hand picking out stones. Everyone was so terribly nice. A snip from a larger photo, featuring moi.


Centre Place in Melbourne must be on tourist maps for some reason. While we like our local creperie in a grungy lane, I don't understand the tourist attraction. While I waited for R to have his bad haircut, I focused my phone amid the horror of a mess onto this. Not bad at all.

28 comments:

  1. I hope your leave can be sorted. Quickly. In your favour.
    I have yet to join U3A - which I have been meaning to do for ages. Thanks for the reminder.
    I like your community service - and the photo.

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    1. EC, the leave business is very stressful.

      Don't join U3A without looking at other similar services.

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  2. Your U3A is expensive, I only pay £10 a year. Hoping you sort out the leave situation quickly and I didn't have you down as a 'working bee'. All credit to you.

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    1. Marie, that is a large price difference. In some ways Australia can be expensive but to work out comparative income advantages is harder.

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    2. Marie, I am a shocking one for hearing gossip. While my motive for building volunteer work was ultraistic, I did learn plenty of goss.

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    3. Our U3A isn't that expensive either- I think it's about $50.00 from memory. Bummer about your leave- there's a lot of difference between 13 and 33 weeks.

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    4. Janine, $50 sounds pretty ok to me. The city one probably has higher overheads. I did rather rush into it.

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  3. I am often reminded of a line from Apollo 13 the movie about going to the moon. I will post a link to the youtube clip. It says - We just decided to go.

    And that is how you can have discipline - just decide on something you want to do or a challenge you want to set yourself, and then like Nike advertises, just do it. ;)

    I'm deciding to go out for my walk very shortly. It will be a long long one today. But the going was always a given. I just decided to do that this month. :)

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8CWqOEqo_g

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    2. Snoskred, what a romantic beginning to the Youtube clip. and on Valentine's Day.

      My problem is I like my lazy and indulgent lifestyle that I have so quickly adapted to.

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  4. Good luck with your leave.
    I'm still a bit unsettled as to what to do with my retirement time. I'm afraid I waste a lot of it.
    I think I need to set goals.

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    1. C'mon Maribeth. You are a high achiever.

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  5. More than one conundrum you are having to deal with, Andrew!

    How weird that is regarding your leave!! Unbelievable that such a thing can happen! I hope all works out in your favour!

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    1. Lee, so true and I feel a bit at sixes and sevens. At the end of the day, it is leave owed to me and there is vacant leave to cover it. I am going to press that point.

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  6. So good of you to help with cleaning up garden beds, you'll be out there planting flowers next!
    'Get some pork on your fork' has been a TV ad for some time, advertising the benefits of eating pork of course, perhaps that section of building is near a butcher shop?
    I hope your holidays continue as planned, surely they can't make you go back to work!

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    1. River, yes, I remember the ad, but no, no butcher shop in the centre of the city. I have to be tough and smart princess about my leave. I would like to do something for my fellow workers by being a test case, but I have to do what is right for me.

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  7. The racing disrupts everything to do with travel.
    Gosh, that must have been a bit of a shock regarding your leave, wouldn't sit well with me.

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    1. Margaret, I have never thought about it, but yes, I can see how it could disrupt things for you. Sorting out the leave is on the agenda for tomorrow.

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  8. 13 weeks instead of 33, and you suddenly find out after all the planning for 33? And it was posted at work? I'd be unhinged. How can you plan anything unsure about the leave? I wouldn't want loud noisy cars racing around this little town. I think I'd accidentally drop some roofing nails in a few spots.

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    1. Strayer, I am not happy and the uncertainty is stressful. I am not sure of the best way to go. The site of the race is so secure, no chance of dropping nails..........hmmm, maybe a drone could, but then I think the track would be checked all the time.

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  9. 13 and 33 are quite alike, apart from the first number 😀 good luck with that Andrew. I get the definite feeling that you are going to settle into retirement with no bother at all, like me you have a lot of family, and extended family, believe me there aren't enough hours sometimes!

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    1. Grace, your numerical humour does not amuse me. Family barbeque on Saturday, with four great nieces.

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  10. I would be very dismayed and upset to be told of a shorter leave; I hope you can get the longer time reinstated. I hope your supervisor at least apologized for the mistake! Good luck with that.

    A bad haircut affects me far more than it should; my condolences to R :)

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    1. Jenny, she did apologise profusely and she is a good stick, but why did she not know? Because she was not told.

      A bad haircut is annoying but it doesn't take long to recover. The key is not having another bad haircut.

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  11. Hope your leave is sorted out and doesn't affect future travel plans.
    Third age University is great, both my parents have attended in Portugal for over a decade and my Mom has founded one in her birth town too. It keeps them super busy.

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    1. Sami, it shouldn't affect paid for travel as I will be very firm. I just really don't want to go back to work. I remember you mentioning your parents involvement with U3A.

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  12. That is ridiculous! Her problem since she "didn't realize"...

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    1. Jackie, maybe she wasn't told? Still not sorted out.

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