Friday, July 23, 2021

A note to bro

Dear Tradie Brother,

in spite of you being very tipsy (drunk) thanks for your call. That you are helping someone to learn to walk again is a great thing and you have clearly made great progress with him. I am not sure about your wisdom of when being suspended from work because of our lockdown and that you are doing it voluntarily is wise, that is unofficially, but I admire you for the effort.

You do need to call your ex wife, our Ex Sis in Law. She is having a rough time with wild and untrue allegations being cast at her at work by one person who she has gone out of her way to help and now with lockdown, she can't take her longed for holiday in Queensland. She spoke to our mother a few days ago and was in tears. I had an online chat with her Wednesday and R did Monday night and I hope we gave her some comfort. You do the same.

Ah, you wanted a printed timetable for a train. Good luck with that. Use Google, or an public transport app. C'mon, if you can post videos using your phone to Facebook, you can do anything on your phone. As I said to you, you will be disadvantaged if you don't get up to speed with the internet. It is laziness on your part. You need to learn about apps etc. Timetable printed out for the Stony Point line enclosed.

Nevertheless your train trip sounded great, from Baxter to Stony Point, about 25 minutes each way I guess. My memory is now hazy but I think our late friend David drove us there once. Let me have a look on Street View... I can't recognise it now. There was a building to the left and outside there was a lone piper playing a mournful tune. I suspect he is the same piper who I once saw playing outside The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda. 

I think your trip was on a VLine Sprinter train car. I don't think I have have travelled on one and I think they are powered diesel electric trains with each carriage having its own motors. Diesel electric means diesel engines power electric generators to run electric motors to propel the train. I really should check this about Sprinters, so don't take me at my word.

I remember once at Frankston Market when your ex wife had her caravan selling pofferjes? There was a train engine with the name (Sir) Harold Clapp parked near by, named after the early 1900s train engineer, and the locomotive pulled a couple of carriages from Frankston to Stony Point. I don't know if it is the same engine, but at the end of Wiki is mention of the first diesel electric train with his name.

About ten minutes walk from us in Domain Road near Punt Road is the home where he lived. It has blue plaque outside telling of his achievements.

Yeah, so we haven't travelled on the train to Stony Point but we will. We must do the historic Mornington train too. Maybe you would like to join us. Let's make it a family event with your daughters, partners and their children.

Cheers Bro. 

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  1. I love the sound of a family train trip.
    And your concern for your family and extended family.

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    1. EC, such a trip would be good, although I prefer to watch steam trains rather than ride on them.

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    2. I echo EC.
      Take special care.

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    3. Thanks Sandra 😎

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  2. The ex wife drama sounds horrid. Its awful when you help someone then they turn on you. And no vacation. I feel for her.

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    1. Strayer, it isn't nice at all. The holiday is just postponed I think but the north of Australia will be getting warmer and warmer in a few weeks.

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  3. A family event sounds good but you will have to wait until your lockdown is over and make sure everyone participating is vaccinated.

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    1. River, I know Ex Sis in Law has had one shot at least. I've had two. R has his second next week. I am not sure about the rest.

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  4. "In spite of you being very tipsy...

    I suspect this post is what you would have said to him on the phone had he been sober.

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    1. Kirk, I did say some of it over the phone but I am not sure how much he will remember.

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  5. Seems you are a little cross with your brother.
    No good of being too upset about not being able to go for a holiday - x sister in law - she is only upsetting herself. At least she is alive. No, I'm not heartless.
    Just discovered it's robot day again :)

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    1. Not really Margaret, although I was annoyed about his attitude to the tv programme Ms Represented. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/ms-represented-with-annabel-crabb

      Robot day for me yesterday.

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  6. I feel for ex-sis inlaw. I had something similar happen to me. In the end it was discovered that the woman making the claims, set me up, as she didn't like the job I was doing. At the least, I was vindicated.
    Oh, a train trip! I love them!

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    1. Nice to be vindicated Maribeth. I was looking at a map today and I had not realised how close you are to NYC!

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  7. I always need my motion sickness pills on those sprinter trains, such a mix master journey.

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    1. That's interesting. I have not experienced them and I must do so soon.

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  8. How horrible for ex wife, not fun being accused of something you haven't done, thank goodness it was cleared up. I wonder if people aren't starting to crack up under the strain of all these lockdowns! Stern words to Tradie Brother Andrew, is he older brother or younger?

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    1. It is awful Grace. It is not resolved. She has now been accused of stealing money. No one is happy about lockdown and people do complain and we hear about mental health issues, but really, we are a bit used to it. Nevertheless, this one seems harder. Youngest brother, about seven years my junior.

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  9. Honestly I don't know what to comment, We don't have a big family so we prefer friends. Friends you choose, family you inherit.

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    1. Gattina, we have quite a large family but very few friends now.

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