Thursday, October 26, 2017

Old man Opal update

My Senior's Card arrived in the post yesterday. It is too late to do anything by mail or internet to get my Sydney public transport Opal card converted to a Senior's Opal. I phoned the call centre and after ever so much button pushing, a very nice slightly Indian accented  lass was smart enough to get straight to the matter and not waffle on. The only thing I can do is go to Central Station when I am in Sydney and that office will change you card over to a Senior's and transfer you balance of money from your old Opal card. The fare on the airport train as a full fare payer and a concession holder is not so dramatically different as I thought.

I did ask how come my Senior's card will expire in 60 days and my partner's old card does not. That is because your wife is a pensioner and you are only as Senior. I've challenged over the wife assumption in the past, but I just did not have the energy today. When I picked up the car today from the panel shop, I was just a friend of R. It is so tiring to have to out yourself all day, every day.

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  1. Interesting how R is seen as your wife when it suits them, but you're not yet allowed to marry. When your Seniors Card expires, perhaps go in to Centrelink and tell them you are single.

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    1. River, yes they want us to take a role to suit their purposes.

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  2. Go with the flow its easier. I have the same problem with my name. Diane is my second name. I get sick of saying 'I'm known as Diane'

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    1. Diane, my name is the same. Andrew is my second name but family call me by my first name. It drives R crazy at times. Wise advice, thanks.

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    2. I'm wondering what your first name is now. I know a few people who prefer their middle name, my niece for example and a stepsisters son also.

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  3. Enjoy your holiday in Sydney Andrew.

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    1. We will Sami. I wonder who we might run into? Haha.

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  4. I am glad that your card arrived. And yesterday my partner told me that the senior's discounts in China are truly impressive. Entering a temple he was asked for his passport and when he produced it was told that as he was over 60 entry was free. And he had a similar experience later in the day at a museum.

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    1. EC, that is great for your partner. It happens in some countries and not in others, we have discovered.

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  5. Do you get the $2.50 all day travel it's pretty good.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, I will but no free travel on the weekend.

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    2. I love our free travel weekends and public holidays too, as well as Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. All free for seniors metro card holders.

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  6. People are so ready to assume...it happens all over...no matter what the situation.

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    1. Lee, I don't blame the individuals too much, but in large companies it should be taught to not make assumptions. And just remembering, I used the term partner, which should ring extra bells about assumptions. She went on to reply with, your wife. Why not reply with your partner and no sex needs to be identified.

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