May 2007 -

Just a place for my old thoughts

Come on down homeowners...
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 12:54 am

Just a very quick note to say that, as of 2:45pm today, we are now officially Queensland homeowners.


Thursday, 31 May 2007 12:58 am

Congratulations to you both on the new purchase :) Your Queensland Citizenship certificates are currently being printed on the back of a fourex carton and will be mailed to you shortly.

JT and Jason
Friday, 1 June 2007 11:26 am

Congratulations!!! When's the house-warming?

Saturday, 2 June 2007 3:37 am

In about a month's time, when we actually move in ... :)

Starting the day with a giggle...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 6:02 pm

An oldy but a goody...

Flight logs

Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane but only a high school diploma to fix one. Reassuring for those who fly routinely in their jobs.

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, and document their repairs on the form. The pilots then review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had a fatal accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

And the best one last....
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget

Bloody nearly almost
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:26 am

Well the house is almost ours. Between the bank, the vendor and our solicitor we have had the world conspiring to stop it from happening but it looks like we may finally end up owning a little piece of Bulimba.

I do get the distinct feeling that Deb is still not sure about the place but in 24 hours that will be academic.

On the weekend front we spent Saturday out shopping for bathroom fittings. We have at least ordered the vanity and basins, selected our taps and decided on a bath. I just have to find a painter who can start on the property as soon as possible.

Sunday we went to the Manly Boathouse Jazz and Seafood festival. When you find yourself sitting in the dappled shade, drinking champagne and eating fresh king prawns on a Sunday afternoon you know it is a good day.

Won-ton Noodles, houses and musings...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 10:08 pm

They say every cloud has a silver lining. My cloud is that Deb got a call last night from the agent saying the vendor needs a two weeks to settle. Seems our issues with banks/brokers and solicitors is actually par for the course in Queensland. In comparison our exit from Victoria was a dream. Deb has all the bitter details on her Shadowcat section but needless to say we didn't want to push the point with the vendor because we are not actually sure our bank will actually be ready by this Friday.

And the bright side you ask? We, as strange as this may seem I have been missing being able to have Won-ton noodle soup in Brisbane. Not that I haven't tried a few but they have, so far, been based on what I assume is packet chicken soup. It usually hits the table with that strange green tinge that chicken potato chips have. Needless to say I have been missing the Chinese eatery in Melbourne that we used to go to on weekends. Hell, I was even missing the 'Think Asia' chain of food court places that turned out a reasonable won-ton noodle soup. I had tried the chicken ramen that seems to be available from the 2 million Japanese curry places here in Brisbane but it just wasn't the same.

So, to make a short story long, I was in the eatery downstairs yesterday lamenting my inability to find noodle soup and ordered steamed rice, Mongolian beef and chicken & almonds. As they handed me my order I happened to glance up and hidden behind a banner was one of those colour, back lit, photo boards you get in Chinese places. And on that board was...Won-ton Noodle Soup. Well, I had already ordered so I couldn't change my mind but I went home last night with the intention of returning today and giving it a go.

11am seemed to drag past until finally lunch was here and off I went. Other than being a little worried when I watched the cook drop a handful of frozen won-tons into a bowl and throw it in the microwave I have to say that I was not disappointed. The eatery even had a spot with chili and soya sauce to give the soup a kick.

So, while it still doesn't compete with my favorite place in Melbourne I have to say that I have finally found decent won-ton noodle soup in Brisbane.

And my musing...???

I find it interesting that, given how long this site has now been running, that I still read Deb's posts because she often puts stuff in there that she has overlooked telling me.

There was an old joke that you could tell you are a yuppie when your dinners during the week include 5 star restaurant and a vending machine.

I guess you could add when you find stuff out by reading your Partners blog.

Sometimes it's interesting being me...

Thursday, 24 May 2007 7:13 pm

Have you guys tried Asian House? Just round the corner from Brunswick St. Went there last Sunday with da girl and they had a tasty salt and pepper fried tofu and a mean fish and tofu hotpot. AND not only do they have big serves but they do doggy bags. Yum yum.

The long weekend and the house
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 4:05 am

It was a very nice long weekend spent up at Serena's place. We finally managed to see Mark, Leah & the girls which was great given how slack I have been about seeing them.

And it looks like we are really going to buy a house even though Suncorp seem to be doing everything in their power to stop us.

F&*KING Finally!!!
Wednesday, 2 May 2007 1:26 am

Now, I am not taken to swearing very often, and don't think I have ever done so on this site. But FUCKING FINALLY we have our finance approved.

After stressing about this for a week, calling the broker on a daily basis, and placing two other applications with other banks we finally got the word that approval came through today.

Turns out that our broker finally got in touch with the Suncorp Broker Manager. Suncorp has apparently assigned them to another area but after our broker called them and said 'Hi, we are taking a few million dollars worth of business to another bank', they brought the guy back.

So, within 20 minutes he had looked at our application and approved it on the spot.

Deb let the Solicitor, Agent and Owner know we were good to go before she phoned me. Sweet.