Monday, October 18, 2021

Monday Musings

You may have noticed my new blog header photo but it is off centre. What a trial it was to make the photo right. I finally thought I had it right but as you can see, it is off centre. I'll sort it tomorrow, manana. 

I was sitting in the nearby Little Sandy Desert on Sunday and I looked at my blog on my phone. 


The phone shows you a phone friendly version of your blog, but you can switch to desktop view and I did so and suddenly realised the header photo is left margin justified, so if it is too wide it won't centre. More pixel botheration and I will get there.

R bought some hair gel Saturday and we both successfully glued down our hair this Sunday. From the coming Friday hairdressers will be open again. We'll be queueing and then again at a car wash. 

From the end of this week we can travel over Greater Melbourne. Half an hour after the announcement, Ex Sis in Law was on the phone, asking if we would like to join them for lunch somewhere on the Mornington Peninsular. Seeing Mother should be the priority, but we need some fun time. The new car will have a new experience, travelling at 100 km/h. I know R hates freeway driving so in spite of the pain it will cause me, I will drive. I may even push the car to 105. 

R asked why Ex Sis in Law and her husband why were they so keen to see us? I replied, they have disobeyed lockdown rules and seen everyone else. We will be a novelty. 

By the end of this month Victoria will reach 80% double vaccinated. Mother is having her first jab this week. The government forecast is 94% double vaccinated I think before Christmas. It will be impossible for anyone to function in society here if they are not double vaccinated. Nevertheless the tick to show for admittance to anywhere can quite easily be faked. I expect tech will catch up. It is a government certificate and faking one should have a high penalty, as I have heard is happening in the US where one woman with fake vaxx certificate was fined over US$20,000. So it should be.

I easily installed the double vaccinated tick to my Service Victoria phone app. I can check in to anywhere using the QR code and show anyone who is checking the tick. R's phone was harder. I did ask him if Medicare was linked to his MyGov account and he said yes, but it wasn't. Hours of frustration and very bad words by him towards our Premier and Chief Health Officer before I discovered his Medicare was not linked and that is why he couldn't get the tick to his app. Sorted eventually and he is very happy. 

I limit the podcasts I listen to, to a manageable number. Robyn Annear is long time local historian and author. I have her book A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wreckers Melbourne. She has made some podcasts, about local matters but they would be interesting to anyone. I've just finished her third podcast and all three have been brilliant. They are essentially about quirky things she has discovered in old newspapers when researching, saving them and then thoroughly investigating the stories. An elephant weighed down with a stone in the late 1800's to retrieve the body of a drowned boy from a waterhole in inner Melbourne. What a story, stretching all the way to an elephant in the beer garden of a pub in Adelaide. 

After four weeks of R not being needed at his volunteer job, he is back on duty tomorrow, Monday morning. Wow, a morning to myself! What shall I do? Probably sit too long in the seat I am now sitting in. Such is life. 

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  1. I don't remember the name Robyn Annear, but now is the time to expand to new writers. The mind shrivelled a bit, in lockdown.

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    1. I hope you have looked her up Hels and now remember her. The book I mentioned was terrific.

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  2. Enjoy your trip to the Mornington Peninsula - which is lovely anyway but will be especially nice this trip. I hope the drive doesn't aggravate your pain.
    I hope to get my hair cut this week. I really hope it.
    So far we cannot link our vaccination certificate to our check in app. Soon I hope.

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    1. EC, plans have changed. More later. Of course every state and territory must reinvent the wheel for the Covid tick. I hope you curls add to the pile on the hair salon's floor.

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  3. Men are so luck6 when it comes to hair styling. Walk up barber ‘shops’ are everywhere, yes you do have to wait at times (or so the males in my life have told me) and the banter is often for all to hear and take park in- not so for women. Hairdressers are like bff….they are there to be confided in. So we wait for appts and treasure the time to get a load off our chests….as well as inches off our manes
    My cert linked instantly- The Golfer ( he who knows all things techy) couldn’t fathom it out. Didn’t like it when I suggested ‘read the b….manual’. Yes medicare wasn’t linked

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    1. Cathy, and then at some point something changes and your hairdresser BFF either leaves you or you leave him or her. Then you are terrified of running into them somewhere. I decided some years ago to not be loyal to a hairdresser.
      Lol about The Golfer. At least R considers me the tech expert.

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  4. When I was younger freeway driving didn't bother me. But now as I age, going fast is very little attraction to me. Once in while a freeway I have seen 70miles or 112 K.
    Congrads on those who got the vax. I wish I could say the same about my area.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, is that allowed? There are only a couple of freeways in our state where we can travel at 110 km/h.

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  5. Wave as you drive past the Cranbourne Road exit! I did a double take there for a second. I couldn't work out why you had to go to the carwash after the hairdresser - surely they wash your hair! I have my certificate on my phone as well. Champing at the bit to get out but softly softly does it. I hope you enjoyed your morning isolation. Where does R volunteer?

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    1. Caro, we turn off onto the Cranbourne Road exit. R's volunteer job is kind of council funded and government funded. He takes people out for shopping and medical appointments in a supplied car. He really likes it, but some of his clients are younger that he is.

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  6. your off centre header looks fine to me and I probably won't notice any difference once you fix it. I always scroll the post section slightly left to suit my eyes anyway.

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    1. River, I kind of thought that myself and I wonder if I should bother.

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  7. I'd like to know how to get my certificate onto my phone, I have a paper one, but still. I'll get the super whiz kid daughter to help me with it.

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    1. Yes, ask No One to sort it for you. It is knowledge you would acquire on your own and never need to use again.

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  8. Ah! To on your own for a few hours, won't that be nice, no offense ment to R. It is good to be by oneself occassionaly and in your case probably long over due.
    I'm pleased R can go out and do his work.
    Enjoy your drive..
    Your new header is off centre but it does look ok. It appears you might have to make is smaller, the same size as your pale blue/grey...you find what size in your 'theme' I think.

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    1. Margaret, we do give each other space but generally we quite like each other's company.

      The layout suggested shrinking the photo to 736 pixels, and I tried that but I did not like it.

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  9. Oh, yes, I work very hard on my own blog trying to get the pictures and the text to look just right on the computer screen. But every now and then I check to see how it looks on the phone, and it's inevitably never the way I want it. For that matter, even on the computer, if I set the "zoom" to a different number, THAT throws the whole thing off!

    Please tell me it's 105 only because you use the metric system over there. I can't imagine driving 105 miles an hour. I'm afraid my old car would fly apart before I got to my destination.

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    1. Kirk, there is a good reason why WordPress users feel superior. They seem to have much more flexibility with things like photo placement and my own problem. You aren't a daily poster and don't churn stuff out like I do. You take more time and more care, but even so you still find it is not appearing correctly on all devices.

      Yes, km/h not mph. I have foolishly taken a car up to 97 mph when I was young.

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  10. Having bad-mouthed the Premier and the Chief Medical Officer, I trust that R hung his head in shame and apologised for his bad language and his bad mistake regarding the app. Please tell him that there are many ways of expressing anger or frustration using the English language and one does not need to resort to swearing which is rather ungentlemanly in my view.

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    1. I agree about using bad language YP. There is a time and a place to use bad language and I well know them all. However in R's defence, he does try and does know tech things. Should you move into to the current world and use a smart mobile telephone, I would expect you might be saying fuckin' Boris often enough, if you don't already do so silently.

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    2. The crude description of Johnson you suggest is far too mild for my liking.

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  11. Most places in the USA used paper cards, - low tech - low security. Mine now has three lines completed. The good side of your lock downs, is a very low death rate by comparison to other parts of the world.

    Changing the subject, the Washington DC subway system announced late yesterday that they are taking the newest of their rolling stock, nearly 60% of their cars out of service for axel inspections, after a derailment in a tunnel last week.https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/10/17/metro-suspend-trains-safety-ntsb/. The manufacturer declined to bid on the contract for the next batch of replacement cars.

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    1. TP, there are more secure systems that our electronic system in the world.
      Thanks for the the link. This kind of thing seems to be happening around the world, new trains with multiple faults in England, Toronto's newish street cars. Something is rotten somewhere.

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  12. That Header Photo Takes The Cake - What A Shot - Stay Healthy And All The Best With Mom's First Jab - Homemade Soup Might Be The Winning Ticket

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Padre. I'm sure Mother will be fine.

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  13. "R bought some hair gel Saturday and we both successfully glued down our hair this Sunday."

    OMG still laughing, best line of the day.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, that is effectively what we are doing. It keeps the hair together in all but the highest wind.

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  14. That podcast sounds very unusual. I'll have to check it out! I'm listening to an Australian podcast now called "The Night Driver." It's OK but it's kind of slow-moving, I think.

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    1. Steve, I used to listen to some of those crime podcasts and at least one led to a new coroner's inquest, but I did tire of them after a few.

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