Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Australia Day Holiday

This 27th? day of January was a strange day. It's a public holiday after Australia Day because Australia Day fell on a weekend. As a poor, rich, just ok self funded retiree, there are times when I would like to work and a public holiday is a good time to work where I was employed. It was either the day off with base pay if you weren't required to work, an extra day's pay if it was your normal day off and if you worked, double time plus one half. The workplace was quiet and it was easy money if you worked. I didn't really like this public holiday. Nothing was normal.

But perhaps this was not helped by being up at 6, not far from the time I normally rise, but R was out of bed by 6.30 instead of 9 to 9.30. Jo has been curious about sea cruising so Sister and Jo took a sampler cruise, departing our Station Pier at 4pm Friday and returning this Monday morning at 7am. We were up and prepared to collect them by car, have coffee and then drive them to Spencer Street Station to catch a train to Geelong, where Bone Doctor would pick them up.

Just before we showered Sister called and said that their book off time from the ship was 9.30 and they just wanted to get home and not to bother collecting them as they could get the tram to the station. After niceties, I said to her that we out of bed early for no reason. Yeah, ok Sister, here are the tram directions.

I must have made her feel guilty as she called back a bit later, indicating it would be great if we could collect her and Jo. The ETA dropped from 9.30 to 9.00.

R was fuming at being so manipulated. I said to him, well, do we have anything better to do?

R always likes to be early and so we were, hanging around from about 8.30 to 9.00 waiting for them to disembark. R was in a foul mood. I left him sitting in the hot sun while I stood in the shade. It was a really nice morning weather wise.

I called Sister and told her to indulge in civil disobedience and just walk of the ship, and she did. Both Sister and Jo enjoyed the cruise but said cruising was not really for them in the future, as it is not for me.

We were at the pier for coffee and a walk the day they left and a Norwegian cruise ship was in.


We had coffee with Sister and Jo at the bakery in Port Melbourne and we dropped them at the station to catch the 9.50 train to Geelong. Not so many trains to Geelong on a public holiday. Of course Sister had forgotten Jo's public transport card and had to buy a new one.

Back home by 10, and wondering what do we do now?  This is about the time we are showering and dressing to go out.

R was content to stay at home having a nap and battle with tv technology.

The Pakenham/Cranbourne/Frankston train lines have been shut down for a month but they reopened today. I thought I would take a little ride to see what I could see. I did see a little of interest after catching the tram to South Yarra Station and the express train to Caulfield and back. Thirteen train drivers were stood down this morning for refusing to drive trains over the new tracks as they thought they had insufficient training. Normally I would be supportive of comrades but I think they are wrong on this count. They saw a twelve minute instructional video and the driver of the train I travelled on drove very slowly on the new tracks between South Yarra and Hawksburn. The return journey was a bit faster. The bonus of driving slowly from South Yarra to Hawksburn was that the train was then late and time needed to be caught up. We zoomed along as an express train to Caulfield and my phone app recorded a top speed of 82 km/h, 81 on the return journey. If bright new copper wire is your thing, here is a photo. The work that has been done along the line has been amazing. 


Tram to South Yarra, express train to Caulfield, express train back and tram back home. I think I was out for about an hour. 

Yeah, kinda of a strange day.

30 comments:

  1. Cruising has never appealed to me. On my Antarctic trip we were in Ushuaia when a cruise ship pulled in (about 6 in the morning). The cruisers were wearing make-up, jewellery, dressy clothes - and name tags. Our scruffy lot looked like we were having a heap more fun.
    I am glad you had your mini ride, and hope that the day improved for R.

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    1. EC, yes R's humour did improve over the day and he did actually quite enjoy seeing Sister and Jo. Gosh, the people on Sister's cruise looked pretty rough. It was very cheap.

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  2. Ooo, I don't like having plans changed when my participation is required (let alone changed twice like you did). I tend to get a lot of exercise raising my eyebrows :)

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    1. Jenny, R was furious at me for changing things and being beholden to my sister. I don't really have issues with my sister. R does.

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  3. Boats are not for me ok when the ocean is very smooth but that doesn't always happen I like solid land.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, bit ships are so smooth, even in heavy seas. Just a little gently rocking at times.

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    2. Not always true. On the absolute worst day on my trip to Antarctica it took four injections to stop me puking.

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    3. EC, your trip was a few years ago now I think. I also think ship stability has improved since then. Or maybe we have just been lucky.

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  4. The train trip sounds great and in such a short time. Much more interesting than a cruise could ever be for me.

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    1. Cheryl, both are good for people watching, but I like the view out a train window more than a vast expanse of empty water.

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  5. I find cruising to be a delight as long as a] a person does not have a dicky stomach that turns upside down every time a wave hits and b] the ship has a ton of activities for the hours on board between island visits.

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    1. Hels, never had an issue with ships and waves. You have to be motivated to participate in ship activities. Our cruise on Danube was best where we kind of forced to participate and nothing was boring.

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  6. I LOVE cruising. It is my only real type of vacation. Someone cooks for me, cleans up after me, and all I need to do is get up each day and show up! I can read, write, sit in the sun or do anything else I want. Nothing is dictated. Oh, I so need a cruise! I really, really, do!

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    1. Mairbeth, I'll throw a streamer at you as you depart.

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  7. Seems you had rather an odd day, holidays can be like that sometimes.
    Cruise would't be for me, can't imagine standing in a line waiting to get a meal and heaps of other things..
    Well at least they tried it and know what it's about now.

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    1. Margaret, I can't say we really stood in lines to get food, but there was a lot of dodging around people at times. It's funny how I loved our Danube cruise, liked our Mediterranean cruise but really didn't like the New Zealand cruise.

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  8. We have "starter" cruise advertisements in the paper here on weekends usually, short trips from Adelaide to somewhere on the Eyre Peninsula and slightly longer ones to Melbourne and back and surprise, surprise! the prices were a bit less than I have in the bank. I gave them some serious thought before deciding I should save a few more years. Besides, I can't put Lola in the care of anyone else, she doesn't trust most people and is so darn picky.

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    1. River, yes pets used to be such a problem for us. You are content to sit with a book, you would not be running up a bar bill...........it could be a pretty cheap holiday for you. Cruises will only become cheaper, so in a couple of years, perhaps you should take one.

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  9. My son talk about taking us on a cruise. But I am not much of water person.
    Living in large city all those public transport train and buses would be mind boggling. But I am sure I could figure it out and get the hang of it

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    1. Dora, partly because where we live has good public transport, it costs a lot to live here. I've used public transport for most of my adult life, so it is very easy for me.

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  10. We did a couple of cruises back in 2008, I enjoyed them. I am very comfortable doing my own thing, and skipping formal night (no one died, I am not wearing a tie.)

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    1. Travel, it is the days at sea that get to me. I am fine if I can get off the ship each day and see something ashore. We've never become involved in the formal stuff. Like you, I won't wear a tie.

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  11. Yes, a strange day:)
    We've taken a few cruises. Some we've enjoyed, others not so much, especially if bad weather prevented us from getting into ports.

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    1. Sandra, we loved the Danube River cruise, liked the Mediterranean cruise but not the New Zealand cruise. Can I suggest if the cruise is very cheap, you are going to have rougher types on board.

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  12. A cruise seems intriguing, but if it turns out I wasn't enjoying myself, I would feel trapped. What am I going to do, swim to shore?

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    1. Kirk, that is why tasters such as Sister did are good. You get an idea of what a cruise is like.

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  13. After a slightly annoying start to the day you got to play with trains, your favourite thing Andrew 😉 I'm not understanding why the train drivers had to have special instruction? Poor R, hopefully he relaxed for the rest of the day 💙

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    1. Grace, I think it the drivers are overreacting, but the tradition was that they always had to be shown over new track work.

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  14. I know that feeling, making plans then being so drop dead tired that I try to cancel with folks, but then the guilt sets in. If I go ahead with the plans, because of guilt, often I ruin the good time by nodding off or spend my time trying to look interested when I'm fighting the urge to nod off. Anyhow, nice you got out for an hour. Writing this makes me need a nap.

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    1. Strayer, I agree. If you don't want to or feel up to something, don't do it. In other words, do it with good grace or not at all.

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