Friday, May 24, 2019

Bits and falling over

Our refund arrived from Royal Brunei Airlines. We rather wish we had stuck with our booking with them. The Sultan has now put a 20 year moratorium on killing gays. Nice brand new 787 planes and probably fairly empty. R was puzzled as to why the refund money did not go into his bank account in the 3 to 5 workings days. It seems I paid and it went to my account. I am not so rich that I would not notice a couple of thousand dollars in my account. It went to my cancelled credit card. A visit to the bank has sorted it out. Might have been just as quick to do it by phone, but how nice and helpful was the woman at the bank. I rather like the ANZ Bank.

Nice helpful staff number one for the day.

Nice person number two was the lovely nurse at Port Melbourne Medical Centre who removed my biopsy stitches today. It was Mother Day for R so no car for me. I caught the 58 tram and then the 234 bus to Port Melbourne.

In spite of often being offered a seat on a tram, I feel guilty. I don't like standing, but there is no reason why I can't. I am not old enough to take a fall, instead I just fall over, tripped over my work shoes, like dear Jayne did at Our Great Southern Land via FB. Anyway, fell I did and grabbed hold of the chair in my bedroom, which fell down and put a black gouge mark on the wall. I went to Brian's Paint Spot in Windsor by tram to get some touch up paint, only to find it had closed and the building was undergoing renovation. I suppose it was only half an hour out of my day wasted.

I was going to walk 15 minutes to the big green hardware street in Port Melbourne to get some touch up paint. Instead I noticed a paint shop near the medical centre. Ah, this was where we bought mother's kitchen feature wall paper perhaps 15 years ago. The paint shop was as absolutely as helpful as he could be, all for the sale of a $10 tin of paint. There is no record of our paint colour at home in anything he looked at. I chose the what I thought was close. It is yet to be seen. We chatted on and on, and I learnt Brian of Brian's Paint Spot was offered $300,000 for the business by Coles supermarkets who will open a small store there. In about 1998 we took a paint sample to a paint shop in Surrey Hills. It was a green paint and they put it through their colour matching system and we ended up with pink paint. He laughed and knew the paint shop and the owner. He said to bring in a chip of paint and he could match it, using a spectrometer and instinct. He said if I went to the big green hardware shed, they would only do it by spectrometer and it was often wrong. He is looking to retire and has a good business to sell, with loyal locals and a contract for paint supply to Docklands Film Studios. We've alway favoured small paint shops in the past.

Really nice person number three for the day. I walked to the 109 tram line to get to the city.

Coffee outdoors at a new place in Elizabeth Street I have discovered and the owner greeted me like an old friend. It was my third visit. A plumber had arrived and said to the owner, when I change this live, someone will get wet. I was in the direct line of fire, so I quickly finished my coffee and bolted.

Then another woe last night. The belt loop on my dressing gown came away. One side has come twice and I have sewed it back on but his time it was the other side. My dressing gown is more than ten years old. Time for a new one. Clutching my small but heavy can of paint, I went into Target in town where they had their full range of winter dressing gowns, way too hot for here in the never too cold Highrise.

I couldn't be bothered walking up to Big W at QV, instead I went to the ever reliable Myer and found a light enough dressing gown, albeit at quite a price, but then I have never said to myself, I paid way too much for this item of clothing. I have regretted cheap clothing I have bought. It was an older bloke who served me, and I was at the counter for about 15 minutes while we chatted about retirement, trains, Hawksburn Station, England, walking and cycling, family and many other things. Interesting that both he and the paint bloke asked me retirement.

Really nice person number four for the day.

I was supposed to cook fried rice tonight for dinner, but R picked up on nuances and said we will have take away pizza. So many things went wrong, but so many nice people helped me along the way.

R was really nice person number five today, and even his Mother visit did not sour him today.

33 comments:

  1. Hooray for a day packed with really nice people. And a bigger hooray for having a resident really nice person.
    Himself is in need of a new dressing gown but has so far totally rejected all those on offer. David Jones came closed (at $150+).

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    1. PS: Glad you weren't hurt in the fall. Which I should have said first.

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    2. EC, I will know tomorrow morning if I really like my new gown when I wear it after it being washed and dried.

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  2. Thank goodness you weren't hurt in the fall, could have been nasty.
    Doesn't it just make for a better day when people chat when shopping and when people are lovely to you through out the day.
    Rarely wear a dressing gown, do have a towling long white one made in Australia, last of which was...$300.00 was the cost but it's way too bulky and hot.

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    1. Margaret, you are so right. I could have really hurt myself. Now I have a mental image of you parading around your house without a dressing gown on, like naked. Yes, those hotel style dressing gowns are way to thick and hot.

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    2. Those towelling ones are actually bathrobes and meant to be put on when getting out of the bath or shower, to soak up the water, instead of drying with a towel. You wrap yourself in the robe, then walk to the bedroom where you then dress.

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  3. If you got 10 good years out of your old dressy and if you know that cheap stuff falls apart rather quickly, then you didn't pay too much for the new one :)

    Cheap clothes mostly cost too much in the end.

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    1. Hels, I have a bit problem with cheap clothing. You just know someone is being exploited somewhere. Love your word, dressy.

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  4. On the whole most folk are nice...it's just we don't hear about them as much as we hear, constantly, of those who are not.

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    1. Lee, I find that to be the case and why shouldn't it be so.

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  5. I know I would notice $1,000 missing and also if $1,000 check would be balancing
    Coffee is on

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    1. Indeed Dora. It was actually $1800.

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  6. My dressing gown is an LLBean ancient old hoodie, size XL that shrouds me to the knees and needs a massive roll-up of sleeve but I absolutely adore it and makes me look kinda-sorta dressed if anyone comes knocking.

    I love days like you describe, don't happen often enough for me tho.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I am not sure of the LLBean word. Your hoodie sounds gorgeous, not! You were born with genetically short arms? I assumed you were in a fairly close knit community and people would be friendly.

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  7. Well, I only met one nice person yesterday; my neighbour José. He stopped his tractor, removed the piece of grass he was chewing, and we had almost an hour's conversation. No-one rushes here.

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    1. A French farmer, Cro. How old? How tall? You haven't shared a pissoir with him to notice anything? I like that about the French, that they are seldom in a hurry to do anything.

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  8. A thoroughly nice day from beginning to end :)
    Have you tried removing the black mark with a little kitchen detergent or spray'n'wipe plus a gentle scrubbing with a steelo pad? cheaper than repainting and you know if the new paint doesn't match closely enough you are going to have to repaint the whole wall, or even the whole room.

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    1. River, I did use an soft rubber eraser to try to clean the marks off. I can tell you know what are talking about with removing marks off walls. The new paint hasn't really matched, but it may do so as it ages. I am the only one to see the wall, aside from Household Management when he cleans about every fortnight.

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  9. There Really Are Good People In The World. How Refreshing. I Am Also Glad To See That You Were Uninjured During The Fall And Pleased With The Amount Of Your Walking These Days. Keep It Up You Dirty Bird And Enjoy The Weekend

    Cheers

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    1. Dirty Bird Padre? I love it when you talk rough to me.

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  10. Oh I'm glad I didn't miss the exchange above with Padre, made me lol my first for the weekend 😀😀 I agree though the world is full of nice people and a day when you come across so many of them is a good day 💙

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    1. Grace, I don't think Padre returns to read answers to comments. I don't know if he is gay. Do you?

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    2. Nevertheless, he is cool, a bit weird and I like him.

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    3. Not sure, don't think so but I do believe reading between the lines that he has had a bad relationship breakup. I like him too.

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    4. I thought the same, Grace. And his dog dying of course.

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  11. So glad that in the end you came up with so many nice people.

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    1. Yeah Maribeth. It was a stressful day in some ways, but a nice one too.

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  12. Doesn't it make a difference to the day when you come across helpful, pleasant people. Do you think it has something to do with our own attitude? Now that we are retired we have more time to listen to people who want to chat.

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    1. Marie, I think you might have that. The luxury of time.

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  13. Encountering nice people can make any day much better. Had had quite a lot of nice people to run into in one day. How'd you luck out like that?

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    1. Strayer, I really don't know. Perhaps I was being friendly. I have noticed smiling at people helps.

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  14. It's a great day when you meet such friendly and helpful people.

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    1. Sami, with your profession, I expect you see it from both sides.

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