The Bucket list

I made a face book post to start a bucket list.
I will add things to it as I think “hell yer I want to do that”and see what I’ve got in 6 months .
So the first thing and these will be in total random order , is
to get to new york for 3 things, The Chrylser building,a piece of new york slice and visit Wooster Street Social Club.
I will edit this post and add my next item when I think of it ,so I’ll keep you posted 🙂

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Oh I hear you Man !!!!

I would like to share a small rant I received on my Face Book feed the other day now normally I would just have a giggle but the more I read of this the more I kept thinking “hell yer” so please read on and spare a thought for this mans frustration that I am sure we have all felt at some stage with a Government department .
Dear Mr. Minister,
I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and knows that I bought a television set and golf clubs from them back in 1997,and on what date?
For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have in my Medicare information, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 40 years. It is also on my driver’s licence, on the last eight passports I’ve ever had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off planes over the past 30 years. It’s also on all those insufferable census forms that I’ve filled out every 5 years since 1966. Also… would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Audrey, my father’s name is Jack, and I’d be absolutely f***ing astounded if that ever changed between now and when I drop dead!!!… ******! What do you people do with all this information we keep having to provide?? I apologize, Mr. Minister. But I’m really ****** off this morning. Between you and me, I’ve had enough of all this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my f***ing address!! What the hell is going on with your mob? Have you got a gang of mindless Neanderthal ****** working there! And another thing, look at my damn picture… Do I look like Bin Laden? I can’t even grow a beard for God’s sakes. I just want to go to New Zealand and see my new granddaughter. (Yes, my son interbred with a Kiwi girl). And would someone please tell me, why would you give a ****** whether or not I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? In the unlikely event I ever got the urge to do something weird to a sheep or a horse, believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell anyone! Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the city, and get another f***ing copy of my birth certificate – and to part with another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN INFORMATION! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot, to assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day?? Nooooo.. that ‘d be too f***ing easy and makes far too much sense. You would much prefer to have us running all over the place like chickens with our f***ing heads cut off, and then having to find some ‘high-society’ wanker to confirm that it’s really me in the goddamn photo! You know the photo… the one where we’re not allowed to smile?! …. you f***ing morons.
Signed – An Irate Australian Citizen.
P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone in ‘high-society’ to confirm that it’s me? Well, my family has been in this country since before 1850! In 1856, one of my forefathers took up arms with Peter Lalor. (You do remember the Eureka Stockade!!)
I have also served in both the CMF and regular Army for something over 30 years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security clearances. I’m also a personal friend of the president of the RSL.. and Lt General Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year.
However, your rules require that I have to get someone “important” to verify who I am; You know… someone like my doctor – WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN F***ING PAKISTAN!!!….. a country where they either assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers – and are suspended from the Commonwealth for not having the “right sort of government”.
You are all f***ing idiots!

The Penisula Hot Springs Adventure

I was lucky enough to have received a voucher for a massage at the hot springs , yes very lucky indeed.
So last month I went and I am here to tell you that it was heaven ,it kind of reminded me of Bali with the smell on incense in the air .
I changed in to my robe provided by the hot springs and waited in a lounge room with herbal tea on the table and calming music flowing through the air .
A lovely lady named Sara came and collected me and took me to a room where I laid out on the massage table and relaxed ,then the heaven began.
I had a full body massage and I did not know just how sore I was.
She used a smooth rock on my back and I can not even put into words just how fantastic it felt.
The down side, my hour went so fast I could have stayed all day.
So a huge shout out to my beautiful daughter who bought me the voucher and an equally huge shout out for the lovely Sara who was ,good at her job, made me feel important and gave me a great massage , Thank you Sara .
I was also lucky enough to have a small amount left over so that I may return and enjoy a dip in the mineral springs water. I am looking forward to that.
So if you have not yet tried the Peninsula Hot Springs then you are missing out my friends click on this link and check them out for your self, I for one can not wait to go back I might even make it a regular visit.
http://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/

JB HIFI The good the bad and the ugly

Our local stores are 30 minute drive from our house, there are 2 stores in the same suburb so, my son decided to phone JB HI FI at store, lets call it (store A)(The ugly ) .
He was on the phone for at least 10 minutes when I asked what he was waiting for ? He told me he was waiting to speak to someone in the computer dept. So he asked me to phone (store B)(the good) while he was waiting .I did so was answered in 30 seconds asked if they price matched ,was told yes if the opposition store had stock of the item and was a local based store .
End of call all within One minute. My son still on hold, finally after 25 minutes on hold, the girl who answered in the first place came back on so he asked her the same question I had asked and got the same answer but with and added “we will beat any price”.
So off we went, now store A is closest so we went there asked to buy the product x 2 and to do the price match. We were then told that they would not do it , I calmly explained about our phone call confirming that they would indeed do a price match and he again said no its lower that cost ? he then told me how JB are in dire financial trouble and I again confirmed what the girl had told us over the phone , he said with a snicker”there is no girl that works in this department” I said it was the girl who answered the phone who had told us, she did work in the store and would know store policy?”He then said I will go speak to the manager but I can tell you now it will be no. I thanked him and told him that would be nice.
I watched him walk out the back of the store so we waited and waited, while waiting i noticed a man enter the store looking around headed out the back and 30 seconds later came out with a case and left ( I am thinking manager) then 5 minutes later the guy came back and said no we wont do it,its that simple don’t care what you were told over the phone we are not going to do it.
With that we left got in the car drove one k to store B where we walked in spoke to the same guy I had spoken to on the phone , he checked stock with the local opposition and with in 5 minutes we were in the car on our way home .
I got home and sent two Emails one to complain re: the service received at store A and one to compliment re:Store B on the great service received there .
I received 2 emails back,one said re complaint , the other said re compliment , both stated the following (the Bad)
Dear Customer,

Currently most in-stock orders are received within 5 business days.

If you have an enquiry regarding a delayed or missing order outside this timeframe you can now have your nearest store attend to your issue quickly.

Go to http://www.jbhifi.com.au/contact-us and select the “Where is my online order?” option. Complete the action form and your nominated store will respond.

Your nearest store is able to ensure that any delayed goods or missing orders can be addressed accordingly by even providing for in-store pickup or emergency despatch from store. Your nearest store can also deal with any delivery errors and organise refunds and exchanges just like any regular store purchase from any JB Hi-Fi store.

In order for us to allocate and prioritise any other enquiries we recommend that you also go to http://www.jbhifi.com.au/contact-us and select the appropriate query or feedback option.

Regards,

JB Hi-Fi Online Support

Clearly nothing to do with either of my emails to them and that is all I have heard from them.So of course I now know how they feel about me and my business. I would like them to know that even though I am a nothing little person to them I can spread the word more than they thought I could ,so I ask that when I publish this post and the link goes on Facebook that you all like and share on your wall and try to reach as many people as possible so I can link it to JB HI FI and just show them how far word of mouth can spread and that we the small consumer will no longer be treated like we are not worthy.
I thank you for your support 🙂

Grand mother, Baby whispererererere, Oh Yer !!!

I was delighted to get to spend a week with my beautiful Daughter and grand children a couple of weeks ago. I was the baby sitter for my daughter(the maid of honor) to go on the hens night and my son-in-law to go on the bucks night. All was great the older two were happy to chill out on the couch after dinner and watch a movie popcorn on lap. The baby would not come at the bottle at all we had tried prior to her mothers evening out and even bought some alternative bottles,but on the night no matter what I did and I tied a lot of things even put the bottle under my arm so that she was “in the position” but try as I might she just would not take that bottle. What to do? A crying baby, correction a hungry crying baby so I did what any grand mother worth her salt would do I comforted her and simply squirted the milk in her mouth little by little until she went to sleep and slept all night . I am the whisperer,
During the night my grand daughter came wandering into my room and climbed in with me at some point around 2am her mother rolled in, closely followed by her father with snoring closely following.
At some early hour my grand son arose and with his sister not in her bed everyone else still sleeping and an uncle out cold on the couch ,thus making turning on the TV as an option out of the question, he did what any five year old would do , he headed back to his room and began to crow like a rooster so that some people would wake up , Logical ? very
I got up said good morning Told him to go right ahead and turn on the TV and I then went back to bed.
Eventually we all made our way to the lounge and that’s when the adventures of hens and bucks began to come out, funny stuff consisting of a broken foot, denial of entry to the booked venue for being to drunk (the bride to be) the boat cruise of the harbor having to tie up to a random wharf because the power went out, verious other small mishaps, a good night was had by all with the bride eventually be allowed entry.
So next week I shall make the plane train and automobile journey again to baby sit for the Wedding that will be closer to home this time so I can drive to the reception and get the baby filled up .
But get to spend some more time with those little faces that make my day 🙂

My Annual birthday Blog

Hi every one ,Yes its my Birthday again they seem to be coming around quicker every year . Today I am sick so will by default actually have the birthday I am always hoping to have, yes I have no choice but to just stay home and not have to go out for dinner as is always expected .
I know, but at the end of the day it is my birthday and the fact that I would rather just stay at home and do nothing should be an easy thing to let me have, but it is not, as every one seems to think you should want to go out . So this year I win I feel like shit but I win .
Here is another accidental good thing some how yesterday my phone got clicked into the silent mode so when I woke up this morning I had 5 missed call that had started at 9 am ,how lucky is that ? I got to seep in by default Ha !
So now on to the presents, I have received a gift certificate to the Peninsula hot springs for a 60 minute massage OMG!!! I can hardly wait for that ,lunch delivered to my lap and some gifts are still to come as i am going to Sydney I will get their present when I get there, and Mum will hold on to hers until I am well enough to go and do the expected out to dinner thing .
See you can only delay it there is no avoiding it .
It is now only lunch time although I do not expect anything else to happen today, you just never know !!!!! So thanks to every one for their lovely wishes and kind messages until next year Hip Hip Hooray xoxo

To cheap airline or not to Cheap airline???

Ok so I would have to say that getting a return flight to Sydney for the poultry price of $88 can not be anything else but fantastic.

There are some who say “oh I would rather pay the extra and go on a better air line”
but lets just see what you get for that, sometimes over $200.00 extra and also sometimes the one way price ?

Cheapy ,no complimentary snack or drink, cold or hot but able to purchase if you require.
Expensive, a small muffin or biscuit and a cold mini can of soft drink or a tea/coffee
Hmmm!!! so I can buy a mini can of drink and a muffin prior to boarding for, and lets go extreme as in bought at the over inflated airport price for $5.
Now that would take my cheap flight to $89 still pretty good .
I would have to get over 40 cans and muffins on the expensive flight to make up the difference in the prices .

I know I can eat but highly doubt that I could consume that amount in the one hour 10 minute flight . I’m sorry but no matter how you look at it you just can not argue with an $88 flight compared to $345 flight.
Takes the same time to get there,same safety regulations,same licensed pilots,same airports,
but I now have a couple extra hundred dollars to spoil my grand children with when I get there.

its a no brainer 🙂

What’s your definition of a Holiday?

I have had many holidays and have never wondered what should a Holiday be.
Until last years trip to Bali. My first overseas trip, at the age of 50 and have got to give a shout out at this point to my brother and sister-in-law who very generously booked my flights as my birthday pressy ,I know they must really love me hey!

Any way I have been used to packing up the car the kids the tent the gear or a self contained building of some sort and heading off in to the wild blue yonder for our holiday but after my Bali trip I must admit that my past holidays have only been part time . Holiday from work ! check, but still had to perform the every day duties of home life such as,the washing,the cooking,the cleaning so in theory, part time holiday . So if this is you for gods sake take a whole holiday and do it now !!!!!

So the kids and I ,well the girls I went to Bali.

I arrived to the wonderful smells of Incense and the bong of traditional music, we then got a taxi where someone drove us to our hotel, then the porters carried our bags to our room. The next morning we dressed and went down to the pool and ocean side hotel restaurant where someone poured my coffee and had a pre cut up fruit or cooked breakfast awaiting my decision .
Then some sight seeing and to an other restaurant for lunch where they cooked and brought my food and drinks to my table.
Then a bit of shopping and a massage , some poolside time where the towel hut man brought me a towel and the man in the bar ,in the pool made my drinks,then to another restaurant where they cooked and brought my dinner Then a driver drove us back to the hotel .
I hope you are getting the picture here “a driver drove” someone cooked ” someone carried”someone massaged”someone brought towels”someone made drinks”and so the definition of a real Holiday is that you have a holiday from everything in your life, not just work but from your home work as well.
My UK trip last year was a Holiday , that is now 2 holidays I have had and intend to only have whole real holidays from here on in ,no more part time holidays for me.
If you have not had a real whole holiday as yet then do your self a favor and do it, you will not believe how good it is.
I hope to try a cruise one day as I think they would be the same ,yes that’s my next mission to do a cruise but with people my own age I think 🙂

Will keep you informed on that quest as it progresses!

Chronological Order, Yer right !!

Ok so I would dearly love to continue my blog on my travels in Chronological order, however that is just not going to happen because my brain simply dose not work that way.
So today i will take to Blarney Castle and the township of Blarney. It is as you imagine a hot tourist spot with not only the castle but the Blarney Woolen Mills that sell not only clothes and

jumpers and all things woolen but also jewellery, crafts,fine Belleek Irish China superb linens and much much more. Well worth a visit .
The township its self is quite delightful with the main street wrapping around the town square, that is all grass. It is not hard to picture what was happening here many years ago when Royalty lived in the Castle and the town folks gathered in the square.
Then there is of course the Castle and its well know Blarney stone.
I was very excited to visit the castle and as we had stayed in the caravan park the night before we were well rested and eager to explore.
We arrived and parked and paid our entry and went through into the grounds for our 5 minute walk up to the castle, we had walked for about 3 minutes when the skies opened up and it poured we made a dash back to retrieve our umbrellas from the van and continued our quest ,It is something you must see for your self because no matter how much I try to explain you just have to see it .
We arrived at the low side of the castle and it loomed above us as we got closer.We were on the dungeon side and went in to explore I was quite over come by an eerie feeling and i have only taken two steps in side when i turn and get the hell out ,it was very claustrophobic but I thought I owed it to all the poor souls that had suffered in this space so many centuries ago and so I try again ,nope there is no way i can go in there the feeling just got more intense so I am out of there and around the corner to the main entrance .
We climbed and explored and slowly wound our way towards the top and the higher we got the narrower the stairwells got until at last we made the roof and OMG its freaking high I immediately freak out grab the rail on my left and the wall to my right and inched my way towards the Blarney stone telling those folks stuck behind me to suck it up they would get there eventually .At the stone
Yarni lays on her back leans over and is dropped down buy the attendants holding her shoulders so she dose not plummet 80 feet to her death below and kisses the blarney stone then we are on our way back down after i finally make it to the going down side ,I reached the ground and realise I forgot to look at the view from the top, DOH!!!
We then take off to explore the grounds and Bam just like that Yarni is on her butt on the ground , now remember that down pour I was telling you about earlier,mud all over her butt .So after a little more exploring we decide to hit the road a little wet a little muddy and a little cold, now you can imagine our thoughts when we find that the van will not start ,I put the blame squarely on that Bloody Blarney stone and the kiss.Well I guess if we had not left the lights on it might of helped some what .The rest is pretty predictable, good Samaritan jump start, greatfull grovelling and away we went . onward to our next adventure ……………….
Until then xo

Oh Really Mum ,In this Day and Age ?

I do not know any other way to say this but to come right out and say it ,My mother is a Homophobic.

I am surprised that it has taken so long for me to notices this. In fact it was after Australian Idol when Anthony Callea came in to the spot light , Oh she loved him ,was asking every one to buy her his CD ” oh he has the voice of an angle” she would say “I just love him”,so you can imagine our shock when one day as she was doing the Oh Anthony thing I casually mentioned that he was seeing the guy from home and away , she gave me a death stare demanded to know what I meant . I explained what I meant and she turned on him instantly I will not repeat what she had to say you can simply live without knowing .

Now I know its wrong but every now and then we drop a comment knowing she will head off on a rant and we do purely for our own entertainment.

But every now and then she will come out with a pearl all on her own like the other day she said ” There is a shortage of good men and it because all those homosexuals have taken them all ” I burst out laughing, I could not believe she actually believed that . It has to be her age she is 82, oh god I hope its her age and the generation she grew up in.
The other bad and this is a baddy is that she is ever so happy to voice her opinion like shes is trying to announce it to all those around her and it has been very embarrassing.

Well that”s all I am going to give that subject, now in an unrelated event I thought I would just add this foot note, that is more about her age than anything else and that’s “the fart and run” she will be looking in the dairy department or in an Isle of the supermarket and she will just take off, I think what the hell is she doing then the smell hits and every one around me looks at me !!!! Oh I could go on and on about the little things that come with being 80 but I will share that another day 🙂