Thursday, August 29, 2019

My Wednesday

R was off doing volunteer work yesterday. I went into town to buy a new camera and I did. Very good service and price at digiDIRECT. Obviously more about the new camera later.

Mamasan at the Creperie in Centre Place almost kissed me, well held my hand as she asked where my friend was. I told her to make sure I don't depart without paying as R normally pays. Warm air was being blown from somewhere it was very pleasant sitting there and watching the passing parade.

I collected my suitcase from Strandbags, and aside from the already replaced wheel, the newly damaged one was replaced along with the two remaining wheels. It was repaired under warranty, but I am fairly sure the case the was out of warranty. Nevertheless, the wheels were clearly not fit for the purpose and should have been replaced. Good service by Strandbags.

I saw an incredibly handsome man in the street and I felt like asking him if the woman with him was his wife/girlfriend/partner and when he responded yes, I would say, lucky her and lick my lips.

A beggar asked me to buy him a cup of coffee. I had decided to engage with such people instead of just brushing them aside, but I forgot and told him no thank you. He disappeared and returned a short time later and asked for a dollar. I normally don't give money to beggars but I gave him $2. He said, sorry Sir. Drop the coin into may hand as my hands are very sweaty.  What his hands were like were absolutely filthy dirty. I asked, Why don't you wash your hands? Oh Sir, I am homeless and I have no bathroom, ignoring that around the city there are plenty of places to wash your hands with soap and water. Mentally unwell? Yes. Using dirty hands to engender sympathy or something like that, I reckon so.

On to QV shopping centre for some wine as the reserve for me at home was alarmingly low. How useful is it having a suitcase in the city when shopping! I put the wine and the new camera inside the case to take home on the tram.

At the ungodly hour of 9am today I must see my superannuation company to arrange a retirement income. Staff have assured me in the past that I will have a sufficient income in my retirement but oh, I am not sure and it worries me greatly. While we live quite cheaply, where we live is not a cheap place to live. There are benefits though. We barely need a car and it is used once or twice a week, once for a very short journey. I suppose it is a First World Problem for a Fat Old Rich White Man.

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  1. Looking forward to seeing your photos from the new camera. I had two encounters with men asking for money this week with quite different outcomes. Will blog about it sometime..

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    1. Maire, sounds interesting. I was harrassed again today in town.

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  2. Happy Snapping My Man - Wheel On

    Cheers

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  3. A lovely snippet from your Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your camera.
    I am heading out to do my volunteer shift in a minute. I also take in food donations to the nearby homeless centre. Not only the staff but the clients now recognise me, and greet me when they see me in other parts of town. Which has raised some eyebrows. Tough.

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    1. EC, that is an interesting one about being recognised. Your city is just that bit too small I guess.

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  4. I am missing my grandchildren now, although I was halfway through WW Class today when my throat began to ache. I needed to stop on my way home, but fell into a deep nap after lunch.
    A new camera! How wonderful. What brand/type did you get?
    We have no mortgage here, but as we live in the middle of nowhere, our living expenses (mainly gas for the car and oil for heating) are moderately high. Will be glad when I can move south closer to the grands.

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    1. Maribeth, I am sure you are missing your grands. Hope the sore throat came to nothing. I'll mention the camera details later. Heating and cooling cost so much, but we have to have them.

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  5. Superannuation, retirement income and benefits :) It is a great time in life, with half price tram tickets, half price cinema tickets on Tuesday mornings, annual excursions to Ballarat or Bendigo etc etc

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    1. Hels, yes, there are a lot of benefits but most will come when I am 67.

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  6. Never heard of Superannuation. Sure hope R enjoyed his volunteering time.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, both workers and the government contribute to superannuation to give people an income when they retire, above the old age pension.

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  7. I didn't have to see anyone regarding my super income for retirement. In the information book we received when signing up, at the back, there are several tear out forms for various things and one of them is a transition to retirement form which I filled out and sent. Letters came back letting me know all was in place and correct and since then I've been getting the minimum 4% each fortnight.

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    1. River, you are smart and did well with the transition to retirement form. I had quite a number of decisions to make and needed help with. All worked out now with just paperwork to complete.

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  8. I get an enormous sum of $960 a fortnight and have just paid the house insurance, direct debit Council rates, phone and cat food. I've been very careful with the meagre mother inheritance, one new cooker and today Kogan had a special on computer chairs so I will soon be sitting on 5 wheels instead of balancing on 3.

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    1. Jah Teh, $960 is not a huge amount but almost adequate if you don't rent. A new chair, how exciting.

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  9. I live way out in the country and desperately need my car; even so it only gets used twice a week for short trips to the shops.

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    1. Cro, you are fit. How far is it to the shops? Don't you have to drive Lady M to the station at times?

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  10. I worried too before retiring whether we would be ok financially. All the years of paying into super has enabled us to pay all our bills and live simply but comfortably on a monthly super pension payment.I'm sure it'll be the same for you.

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    1. Cheryl, with your husband's former job in mind, I understand. It is all much the same for me, except there is only me who needs the income.

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  11. It sounds like to car will last as long as you want to drive. I am down to driving about 1,000 miles a year, my car will outlive me. Jay starts retirement in January, four more years for me.

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    1. Travel, is that a nice way of saying it will be our last car? You are probably right. What's that? 1600 km? Very low mileage. You are approaching and interesting time in your life with one of you retiring. Are you prepared for it or just see how it goes?

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  12. At least he warned you not to touch his hands. I've had two beggers at my door this week alone. Well three, because the last was a pair of women. The first was an older woman. Both parties wanted cans and bottles for return, as the return rate is now $.10 per can. Neither party were homeless, just pounding pavement for extra dollars. I had a few for the first, none for the second set. I just drink water and coffee. Can't wait to see what camera you bought. I hope your retirement income will be secure and provide well for you. I love your stories and want you to prosper and have no worries at all, if that were possible.

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    1. Aww, Strayer, that is so sweet. Our state doesn't have a bottle/can return scheme, yet. It is out of step with the rest of the country.

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  13. great to hear you have a new camera so I am expecting new photos

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    1. Gosia, I hope they turn out well.

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  14. Sounds like a lovely day, except for that one dirty hands part.

    I never give money to those folks because I know they really rake in the cash and some of them are not homeless at all, they go home to better homes than I do.

    There is only one fellow who I would give anything to, he is a local guy who most of us refer to as Jesus, because he looks quite like him. I'll buy an iced coffee when I am out because I am sure to see him in my travels and I will give it to him because I know he likes it.

    Some months back there was a rumor that he was hit by a car and had died. I cannot tell you how happy I was to find out this rumor was not true. But I had believed it for two months and I had not seen him for all that time - lucky for me someone told me before I did see him, I can't think what my reaction would have been but I expect many tears which he would have found somewhat strange. I don't think he realises how much he actually means to a lot of us.

    So for me, Jesus was raised from the dead in 2019. It made me cry like a little girl who found something she thought she'd lost forever.

    But now, if I go into town and do not see him, I begin to worry that something has happened.

    This is probably something I should post on my own blog, but it is here now. :)

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    1. Snoskred, it is strange how we can become interested in someone for no real reason. Sometimes I think it is just familiarity. But so many who are on the streets are transient and I expect here many head north during winter. Well, probably where you are too.

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