A Travellerspoint blog

December 2011

Has it been...two months already? My bad. We are not dead.

Just in case you thought we were.

Where to begin? So much has happened since I lost posted that I'm going to list it out in bullets and try to bust through them all for you. It might not be in chronological order so bear with me.

Uncle Denny and Daphne's wedding - Was a beautiful ceremony held at Gunabul (George and Kirstyn's place) and had a great time. Everyone looked dapper and was nice to just chill with all the fam together.

G-$ and entourage arriving - Aww man was it wonderful to see Biggy G. It's been a few years since I've really had some time to just chill with Granny and play cards and doing a little cooking, hadn't realized how much I missed it. I think everyone in her entourage had a nice time. Aunt Bean and Uncle Michael we big hits with the kids, especially little Olive, though she took to Granny pretty well too. It almost felt like the times with the Aussie's would come visit Granny's in the summer except in the reverse. Bummer that Julie and I never made it up to the reef like we'd hoped. Having a full time job kind of sucks. But I think she'll be back in a few years with a bit more time to spend.

Abattoir - My job is basically just a doing a small part in the assembly line that is Gympie's largest employer, Nolan's Meats Pty Ltd. Nolan's is an abattoir, which is a slaughterhouse. The place goes through about 200-250 heads of cattle a day and I work in the boning room. This means that all I ever see is half a side of beef and it gets sliced into the various cuts that then goes out to the butchers for finishing. If you've ever seen footage of a large scale operation of an abattoir then you know where I work. I've went once up to see the slaughter floor and it was enough for me. Although I obviously condone the practice of it, I still don't want to be watching it everyday. It's not a job for everyone because it is very hard work. I didn't realize just how out of shape being a man of leisure had made me until I worked my first full week and was buggered all weekend. It doesn't help that we have rotating rosters meaning that one week I work 12p to 9p and then the next is 4a to 1p. A two day weekend isn't quite long enough to bounce back. Even though it is only temporary and I highly doubt I will be using the skills I'm acquiring ever again, I am working towards mastering all the different cuts so that I will be able to look at a cow and know how to slice each cut. It feels good to go from looking at a hunk meat and having no clue if it is a good cut or not to being able to tell from a glance what part of the cow it came from and whether it is premium or not. It's a work in progress but give me another month and I'll have it down. Also there are some pretty cool people there, not many but a few.

Brisbane 2High festival and motorbike incident - So there was a cool little hipster music festival in Brisbane and Julie and I went to it. Saw an Amy Winehouse impersonator, literally everywhere. At the festival, at dinner, at the drug deal. She just kept popping up. The festival was at the Powerhouse which was the actual old Power station converted into a concert venue. It's in a huge park right on the river it was a great day. Saw no less then 10 different weddings going on at the park. Then as we were leaving to head back to Gymps I came around a corner that I thought led onto the highway but in fact was only a road that led to the actual on-ramp and since I was speeding up to highway speeds by the time I realized that it ended at a T and I had to cut left else I would have slammed into the median and in doing so I pulled out in front of a motorbike that hit us on the driver's side. He fell off his bike and left a dent in the poor Corolla. It's been a few weeks and still not sure what's going to happen with insurance and all that.

Oz-giving - We had a faux thanksgiving when G-$ was here. Food was good company was good though the timing on the turkey was a bit off.

Alex's ordeal - So my poor macbook's hard drive died. The only Apple store within driving distance is in a shopping mall in one of Brisbane's burbs. I work all weekdays so I went down on the first Saturday I could. Get there and they ask if I have an appointment. I'm all like "What?" and they're all like, "due to our high number of customers we have set up appointments to speak with our genius staff." so I make an appointment...for Tuesday at 4:30p. It was a mornings week so on Tuesday I wake at 2:45a, work my 9 hours then hop in the car and drive 2 hours for my 'appointment' am there for 15 minutes they tell me the hard drive is rooted as well as the battery. I leave Alex with them and then get a call later that night telling me that for some reason there is corrosion on the interior of the machine and asking me if I still want them to repair it. I decide that even if it only gives me a few extra months of life spending $300 is still better than buying a new machine. Then Friday I do the same thing to go and collect it. Only there is some issue with the receipt and they want to change me the full $450 even though when I dropped it off I was told that they wouldn't charge me for the labor or the fixing of the chipped plastic because "it shouldn't do that." Well it took them a good 30 mins before I was asked to come up to the register and I was all set to tell them I would not pay full price because I had decided before I ever took it in that if I had to spend more than $300 than I wasn't going to fix it. Instead she gives me a smile and says, "Merry Christmas! It's all free today!" Me, "Excuse me?" Her, "Yep I want to apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in the store again soon." Me, "Thanks! Best Christmas present yet!" So even though I lost everything on my hard drive at least I got a new hard drive a new battery and all new housing on the computer fo free!

Well it's Christmas Eve here. Sorry this isn't more in depth but it just takes so much time to type out everything that goes on. It's not quite as hot as I would like but even if it is raining and 16 degrees I will be getting in the pool tomorrow just to say I've went swimming on Christmas!

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