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
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.