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Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by diesel, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Good post Tim, as usual.
    Thanks for the support.
    We're not going to see you down this way in the short term.
    I found a site, I thought for ABC, with a contact box to ask questions about activity restrictions. I put that particular case of boating on the lake to them as a question but have had no response. Can't even find the site again. A simple definition could be that taking a boat to the ramp is not an essential journey and thus not permitted.
    Spoke with Peter yesterday and we've waved the workshop's rent until some time in the future when things are a bit more stable. In a technical sense, some say he could still work alone after standing down his several staff. He has casuals (part time workers), permanent part timers, and fully permanent staff, one of whom has been there since I was at work many years ago. (20? perhaps) The technical hitch is that while it seems sole traders can still operate, as now we have formally retired, he's the sole director of Smart Upholstery Pty Ltd, and an employee of his own company and not a sole trader. He's seeking clarification on that. People have of course immediately stopped enquiring about work at his place and he doesn't know if he's able to finish work in progress, one in particular for large university in Canberra; a project into which he has put a large amount of capital (well into the five digit numbers). There is no guarantee he can get reimbursement until the job is completed.
    BUT THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS IN SIMILAR AND EVEN WORSE SITUATIONS.
    He's tough and resilient, but will that be enough?
    Losing that rent income is losing part of our planned ongoing superannuation fund.
    His eldest daughter, who has worked part time with after school care for youngsters is doing a uni course to become a primary school teacher. Natasha expects to be stood down soon. Her part time work helps fund her uni course. His wife Leanne is a paralegal and highly skilled in the world of conveyancing. Her boss indicates that buying and selling houses will stop completely soon as will real estate developments which is her forte'. She also will be out of a job.
    Of course he is deeply concerned about their future.
    Noel
    Whinging on behalf of someone else for a change.
     
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  2. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Agreed Jeff.
    I recall saying when this issue first surfaced; there's no way Australia will be exempted. Surely the powers to be are more intelligent and up with facts than dumb bums like me. In part its spread is due to the intense efforts put in by some who seriously promote the so-called global economy. It has a price to be paid and this is it at the moment.
    Why can't it happen again?
    It's beyond my imagination that there could be a need to close beaches because of the stupidity of Australian people.
    I think today and almost wrote 'beginning to think' as it's already happened; Australians have become a rude, selfish and even worse, a population of objectors to any form of discipline or regulation.
    Some might say 'a bunch of bastards' but not me.
    Noel
    Firing up. Don't stand in front
     
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  3. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Quandary:
    Have you thought of the ambiguity of the personal spacial regulations?
    I feel there's two issues.
    1. No more than two people to a four square metre area at any time is fine.
    2. 1.5 metres spacing between people at all time is also fine.
    But if you drew a four square metre area on the ground, four people can conform to the 1.5m spacing and at the same time break the other law. Or am I stupid?
    I raised this at our Men's Shed which has now forced it to shut down. A group of four go there to play cards. On my measurements, their space, including the round table and chairs, fits inside the 4sq m condition but breaks the other severely.
    Got any clues?
    Noel
     
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  4. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Noel, I have given up trying to fathom the reasoning behind a lot of the confusing information being presented to the masses. There is a total lack of consistency when it comes to reporting, from both the media and elected officials. People like Alan Jones who are broadcasting utter garbage and lies need to be gagged and it needs to be done post haste.

    Jeff
     
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  5. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Mr Jones, and I use it with naught but sarcasm, should be removed from the air. I wouldn't lower my little dignity to listen to him. I used to think John Laws was pretty bad at times but he wasn't a patch on Jones. The epitome of egotism, these shock jocks seemingly confuse their position with that of God.
    I read a couple of years ago that he was paid $11 million a year.
    That's in round figures, not far short of $250,000 a week.
    Noel
     
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  6. blair

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    ha ha "good target practice for navy and air force" they would probably miss anyway! because they will have bureacrats controlling how the weapons are aimed.
    If the media get caught doing any corona b------t hype they should be fined. It does seem like a nasty virus that takes out compromised people will be tough for people losing work over it that live from week to week on their wage.
     
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  7. Rod Bender

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    I am rather happy with the position I am in now. I have enough food for a couple weeks and now I just go shopping to keep the amount of food I have constant. I sorted out a few issues with my CPAP pump (sleep apnea) and also got my cats into the vet to sort some issues.

    My work with AgVic has come to an end for a couple months at least. I still have another job and have a busy week coming up with them. Then that will stop for a while. I am looking forward to completing this work as there may be some issues that bring it to a halt.

    Financially I am not too bad off....haven't checked my super yet!!! I am not rolling in money but have enough to get by. My car is due for a service but that will have to wait. Because I am not too bad off, how enourmous this situation is has not sunk in yet. I feel for the majority of people who have an uncertain future.

    Last but not least, I received my yearly blood test results this week. Everything is ok. I spoke to my doctor about Covid-19. Will we stop it here I asked...no! On saying that, it wasn't a good question as reality is, the virus will continue on its merry way. But we can can limit its impact. Anyway, I told her about my immune system strenghening program! :cool: She said it will help. If you get the virus, it is up to your immune system to fight it off. My white cell counts were looking rather good!:rolleyes:
    Take care all!
    Cheers
    Team Bender
    Now you will have to excuse me as I need to have some lemon juice!
     
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  8. Old fisho

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    I have to take daily blood pressures and send them weekly to the cardiologist's nurse. The other day one went much higher than usual and my normal issue is far too low, rather than high. She was on the phone quickly to find what I had done, not done, eaten or otherwise but we found no real explanations. I asked about potentials around this virus. Her personal attitude was that living here in a low density population, with most visitors being told not to come to the south coast, we are better placed than many others. She made sure I understood that her statements have no medical grounding, even as a nurse; they are only her thoughts. However, looking at other countries that took early positions about separating people gives me the impression that they have been more successful in containing the bug than others, compared to ourselves perhaps, and definitely USA, could have moved much faster. But seriously, unless some of you guys are specialist in the world of epidemics and pandemics, how can any of us have provable opinions about any part of it.
    Noel
     
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  9. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    In the words of Clint Eastwood, Noel, opinions are like a***holes, everybody has one. Some are based on fact, some are being expressed through emotion and others are being voiced by those who live under a rock or in a different universe. They all make up what I like to refer as the forum of life where people have a say as opposed to the alternative of suppressed freedom of expression as seen in totalitarian run countries, China being a classic example where speaking out could very well see a person disappear for a long time, if not forever.

    I like to think that my opinions are based on fact researched from reputable sources and not just something plucked off the net and for me to believe what I research, I'm looking for peer reviewed information, not just individual opinions expressed by unqualified contributors. Alongside my PC I have a list of Murdoch owned media that I refuse to go anywhere near due to the blatant lies and bullsh!t being presented, but in saying that, King Rupert and his minions do have a right to an opinion no matter how outlandish that may be....the forum of life.:rolleyes:

    Jeff
     
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  10. Rod Bender

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  11. Old fisho

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    the carp seem quite unstressed by it Jim.
    Perhaps you shouldn't advertise your need to destress
    Noel
     
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  12. blair

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    fishing is usually good for your health so...….
     
  13. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Into this world which has darkened a bit recently, a little light of humour must be encouraged to enter.
    Noel
    Just keep posting
     
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    Went into KMart today to get some stuff for my cat. I could not believe the amount of people in there. I asked one of the staff if they had a sale on...no. Later I thought it may have something to do with mother's day.

    Onwards from there to get petrol. The place I go has driveway service. It has been rather slow when I have been there before but was busy today. Next stop...tackle store as it was 'in my way'! Looking to see if the latest freshwater fishing magazine had arrived.

    It hadn't arrived but I had a bit of a play with a Wilson rod and Shimano combo. A Stella to be exact! And to be more exact, a combined total of close to $1600! It is still there! :cool: Whilst I was there, someone came in and bought 2 Yeti flasks. When I arrived my mate was sorting out a couple orders which had been paid for. From what I could see each order included a couple Yeti cups.

    Last stop was IGA for shopping and a coffee. Shelves are stocked somewhat better now but I dare say some items will be hard to get.

    Looking at the amount of people out, one would think that people here are now more confident. Myself, I have reduced the times I go out but if I do venture past a tackle store, then I am going in! :cool:

    Part of the reason for my reduced outings is also to save money on fuel. I really need to have a look at my spending. This Covid 19 thing has highlighted some issues that I need to address and hopefully some good may come out of it for me to ease the doom and gloom.
    Cheers
    Jim
     
  16. Old fisho

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    Diary of a quarantinee, version something or other
    Not a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the last issue, mainly because there's been no rain.
    My Boss seems to have a mind set lately that my fishing days are over. I generally accept the rules and regulations put in place around the home but will disagree strongly with this theory. It simply won't work while I can still stand.
    I doubtless mentioned I'm doing a remake of the DVDs put together from our first trip around OZ. What a job. While the original effort was on two discs, this lot has four. Each disc has four chapters, or menus, depending on the program you use. Each of those has close to 200 images and comment pages. 4 X 4=16. That's easy but 16 X 200 = 3200. Adding captions and comments to each of those after sorting has involved about three weeks. The last menu was completed yesterday. Now an edit of it all is needed to correct typos and stuff. That leaves only the selection of background music to do before the actual disc creation. Perhaps another week might see it done. The message here is that I have not noticed the passing of lockdown time. The grey matter has been continually running at high concentration levels rather than stagnating.
    While it was due in late March, I received two days ago, a certifying letter from Rajeev, my cardiac bloke, to advise RMS that I am legally qualified to drive, unrestricted, for another year. I was partly expecting to have it cancelled. Know one bloke that was ecstatic to put it mildly. I had spoken with RMS and they were happy to accept that the delay was unavoidable at present and they would not have disqualified me.
    Unlike our good friend Mr Bender, I have not frequented tackle shops, nor have I bought anything for my cat. I don't have one. That reminds me. Teacher was working with some young primary kids. She asked one, 'If I gave you three apples, then gave you another, How many would you have'? The little girl said 'Four'. 'Excellent' said teacher. Asking another child the same question about lollies, and another about ice creams, she got correct answers each time. Little Johnny was asked if he was given three kittens, then another, how many would he have 'Five' said the little bloke quickly. Teacher was shocked. She said, 'I'll ask you once more. If I gave you three kittens, then another, how many would you Have'? 'Five' repeated Johnny. 'If we add three and one, the answer is always four. How can you have five Johnny?' 'Easy Miss,' he replied. 'I've already got a bloody kitten'.
    Isolation addles some brains.
    When I bought a new rod some months ago, which has been formally christened with a fish, I had not been near a tackle shop for about two years. Methinks there's enough here to start a shop of my own.
    Trying to avoid serious domestic issues, I'm going to dig out my neoprene waders and go to part of the lake I know I can wade. There's not many such places that are accessible without a boat, and throw some SPs around before I forget how. It's about four minutes drive away. That has presented no objections to date. Got to start somewhere. When asked why French men always kissed a ladies hand, he replied, 'You've got to start somewhere'.
    We have a glorious morning here. Hope you guys have a good one now this is finished.
    Noel
    How do you spell 'stir crazy'?
     
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    Looks like TBX members are keeping busy I know I am , think I will go and do some silicone spray on braid casting experiments down at the oval first then on water. Might have to sneak down to BCF as well I think I need another curado k.
     
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    So now we've got Berejiklian and Palaszczuk going head to head over the Qld border closure.

    It's all very well for Gladys to carry on about it, tourists from up here wont be flooding into NSW, but you can guarantee as soon as the border is opened Qld will be inundated with the hordes of southern nomads that come north every year.

    Do we need them?

    NO FREAKING WAY!!!

    Rant over, carry on.

    Jeff
     
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