Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pakenham Upper

It was forecast to be a cold and wet day Thursday, so Mother told R he need to come to take her out, but was I working on Sunday. I wasn't. So R got out of Mother Thursday and we both went Sunday.

I installed ABI Brother's new modem with not too much trouble. He is NBN connected and so it had to work for his phone too. I walked back into the living area and I heard Mother saying something about a carriage. She went outside to smoke and I asked my brother, what was that about a carriage? He replied, sorry, I wasn't really listening. It went over my head.

Which is exactly what I previously told R when he pondered how ABI Brother copes with Mother. He mostly just lets what she is gabbing on about go over his head.

We lunched at the takeaway/eat in cheap Scottish restaurant and decided we won't return. After our burgers and chips, R ordered apple pies and ice cream for all of us. Sorry, we have run out. We will have some ready in three minutes. After standing there for over ten minutes and seeing apple pies served to tables, he crossly asked for his money back. Cross maybe an understatement. He was furious. He recovered and we drove to see a newish area of Mother's town north and above where ABI Brother lives.

Wow, it is a hilly area and there are so many stone retaining walls, all using the same colourful stones. The housing is all less than ten years old, but of quite a high standard in many cases. I am not one who likes much of modern housing but there was some pretty classy looking architecture. We were above two lakes and what bliss to see two lads fishing in one of the lakes. The views were amazing, and evidently popular at night by a couple takeaway food containers strewn on the bank below. Shame, shame shame.

We could see distant coastal area where Ex Sis in Law lives, Westernport Bay and then French Island.

We dropped Mother at home and headed home. For the horror of last Sunday's travel on the freeway, this Sunday it was great. Now for some relaxing at home......no.

When nearly home, Hippie Niece called. Can we and my new root beau come and visit you, and Uncle R, we are broke, can you cook us a meal, otherwise it will be two minute noodles. No dearest niece. Uncle R is 70 years old and will not be cooking for you. As I said to her new lad, don't worry, the 'rich' old gay uncles will pay, and we did at our favourite Thai restaurant in town.

Hippie Niece had busted her money on drinks at Crown Casino the night before with her female friends. The somewhat more responsible lad's bank had taken out a wrong mortgage repayment from his account, so he was left with no funds. Their cheap city hotel was booked in advance at a cheap price and included car parking.

They came here by tram and we went into town by tram, of course. What idiot would want to drive into the city and suffer traffic and parking stress! The stop after we boarded the tram, ticket checkers boarded and honed straight in on him and Hippie Niece, leaving us two older gentlemen quite alone, that is we who did tap on when we boarded. He had a public transport card with credit on it but had not used it. Hippie Niece did not have a card at all. Changed hand bags, she said. Given they live in very outer areas of Melbourne, their lying arguments about being ignorant of the ticket system and the free tram zone might have some weight, but I doubt it. $242 fine for each of them. I feel sorry for them but also pleased that people were caught stealing, and that is what it is. The behaviour of the ticket checkers was impeccable and not having had my ticket checked and so not knowing I was staff of the same company, extra good.

It was a nice meal and quite fast. We are down $146 but as R says, shrouds don't have pockets. I quite liked Hippie Niece's new bloke. She with her two year old twins and he with high custody of his similarly aged daughters, and that they are quite similar in some ways, and of course I inappropriately asked Niece if the sex was good and she said it is, well, we have high hopes for Hippie Niece and this bloke and an ongoing relationship.


30 comments:

  1. Smiling at your question of Hippie Niece. I hope this new relationship is a goer for her. Good sex is an excellent start.

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    1. EC, she is flaky and fragile at times, but we really hope it works out well too.

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  2. It is times like those that I'm glad there is just me and my two furry mates!! lol

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    1. Lee, yes, but your younger life wasn't so simple either.

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    2. My life has never been simple, Andrew! lol

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    3. Well Lee, it is now.

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  3. Interesting read Andrew.
    You like to know the ins and outs of most things, good on you.
    Shame they got fined but if you do the wrong thing one must pay.

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    1. Margaret, I don't know why they thought they should not pay. We had spare cards with credit on them that they could have used.

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  4. Being broke AND getting fined? Yikes. But that's what happens when inspectors catch you. We don't seem to have inspectors here, ticket non-compliance is rife. On the trams at least, on the buses, the driver will catch you.
    Hippie niece's new man sounds like he might be okay for her.

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    1. River, there must be inspectors of some kind for your trams. Surely.... Here some bus drivers don't enforce ticket validation, and some do. Until they are fully protected in an enclosed space, I don't blame them for not insisting on validation.

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  5. You asked Niece if the sex was good?? Oh dear... what could she have said?

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    1. Hels, she simply said yes. We have a pretty frank connection with her.

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  6. $242 sounds quite harsh. In the UK they would probably have started a fight, and run off. No-one seems to pay for anything any more.

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    1. Cro, and I am not sure if that is correct. It sounds high to me too. We used to have escalating fines, 1st offence, $75, second offence more. I have seen some here run off and I have seen some effectively corralled when they were about to run.

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    2. Maybe it was not their first offense?

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  7. Never a dull moment when your neice is in town. Steep fine for non payment!

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    1. Marie, so true about that niece. Yes, I will check about the fine. It doesn't sound right to me.

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  8. Good sex with extra birth control for both of them.

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    1. Jah Teh, most certainly. If they do end up living together, four children of a similar age!

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  9. I was alone and in Germany. I bought my ticket at the machine and boarded the train. After about half an hour a Train Official came, looked at my ticket and began yelling at me (In German!) I tried to explain (In English) that I had bought my ticket and I did not understand.
    At the next stop he grabbed my arm and I was shown off the train. I was shaking!
    Seems I bought a regular ticket, but the seat I sat down in was in First Class. (I saw no signs to this)
    I was dragged to an office (in tears) where an older gentleman, sat down and spoke in swift German.
    (Still crying) I explained in English what I had done. I bought my ticket and sat down!
    He left and a woman entered who spoke English! She explained to me what had occurred.
    I explained that I was new to the area and still learning my way around.
    I also told her how scared the men had made me with their rough treatment.
    In the end, the woman explained the signage and I was allowed to leave.
    After that, I was ever so careful about taking trains in the city.

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    1. Really interesting Maribeth. We had friends in the 80s who made a genuine mistake with tickets when using Amsterdam trams and they were hauled off and detained at a police station and it took intervention of the Australian Embassy to free them.
      You were in first class carriage and you hadn't paid. While no fine, we travelled in the women's carriage in Kuala Lumpur. We realised our mistake and moved.

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    2. Had the man spoken at least a little English or myself a little more German, I certainly would have moved. It truly was a mistake due to a language barrier. Still, I was dressed in a nice skirt, shoes and topcoat, and certainly would not have broken the rules if I could have read them. (Why not have multiligual explanations?) I waas so embarrassed and to this day remember the fright.

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  10. Oh wow that's a shocker of a fine Andrew, hope you got them a 'stiff' drink with dinner 😉 😀

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    1. Grace, they did indeed have a drink with dinner. I've confirmed that the fine is $242.

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  11. Quite a steep fine. For two penniless souls that was tough! I'm sure they won't do it again.

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    1. Sami, I've often thought that fines should be adjusted to income. For some people $242 is nothing.

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  12. You seem to have a very comfortable relationship with your niece. Perhaps the fine was high if they had had a previous offense? I wouldn't know the first thing about tram rules; I'd probably be fined first thing :)

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    1. Jenny, she said she hadn't ever been caught before. I have confirmed that $242 is the standard fine for not producing a valid and validated card. The more you travel, the better you get at understanding different systems.

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  13. The weird thing about the Scottish restaurant is they now make meals "on demand" which slows down the process dramatically. When I go there, I'm not looking for "quality food", I'm looking for instant food. They've lost their raison d'etre in my view.

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    1. James, I so agree. You don't go there for healthy food. There are plenty of places to get that. I can barely taste the difference between one burger and another. In fact they don't have much taste at all.

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