Day 38 of retirement working

June 29, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 22nd June:

What a miserable cold rainy day. We had a real run on car batteries for about 5 hours round midday. The first cold snap of the season has brought out the weak car batteries. Good for business but not so for the drivers.

We had two call outs so the bosses sent me out so they could do all the shop fittings. I was a bit nervous but all good. One jump-start and one battery change over. My 2nd and 3rd call outs so I’m almost an old hand now…..

Sunday 23rd June:

Another cold wet rainy day. Worked from 10:00am to 3:00pm. We had a few more battery changes today but not as many as yesterday.

Monday 24th June:

What a crappy day (Good for business with flat batteries) . I drove the car to work this morning as it was bucketing down. I had three call outs today. One jump-start and two battery changes.

The second one was an old guy who needed his battery changed by 11:00am as he had to take his wife out.

I had him all fixed by 10:30am and he was very pleased. When I arrived back in the office the old guy had called the boss and thanked him for my good work in getting him and his wife mobile. It made my day…….

Tuesday 25th June:

Wednesday 26th June:

My two days off. Spent grocery shopping, cleaning, a beach walk and resting up as the weather has been cold and wet.

Friday 27th June:

Guy work late tonight getting ready for the end of financial year on Sunday.

I had my first “difficult” battery change today. A little Peugeot where the battery was half under the windscreen. We (Craig (One of the two bosses) and me) had to take out the air intake, which made it easier.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

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Day 31 of retirement working

June 22, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 15th June:

Guy off to a night of Mahjong with the girls.

I have a bit of a flu so a quiet night and early to bed.

Sunday 16th June:

Got the man flu well and truly. And you all know how sick we blokes get……

Monday 17th June:

Off to work this morning flu and all. I worked through it knowing that I have the next two days off to recover.

This last week at work I have been promoted to a battery changer (replacing batteries in cars & vans). About 80% of the changes are pretty straightforward. But the rest are down right challenging by being under seats, in the boot, under the windscreen and encased in cables. But I’m learning fast and the guys are only too happy to pass on their tips and tricks.

We had a beautiful olive green Maserati come in the other day. The battery is hidden away in the side of the boot. Needless to say the boss did this one.

I also have just completed my first week of work striving to meet my service targets. The targets are set by the boss and are very achievable and not outrageous. I managed to meet my targets and received gift cards that can be used for fuel, food, etc.

It’s a great incentive program they have for the employees that can be achieved with some good old hard work and customer service.

Tuesday 18th June:

Guy is enjoying her second week at work and I’m home with the man flu on my day off.

Wednesday 19th June:

Feeling much better today (day off) with the man flu. It is a cold, wet miserable day so did some cleaning round the house with lots of rests in between.

We got a letter from John (Pom friend back on Marinduque) keeping us up to date with the entire goings on back on the island.

Both Gerald (Marinduque Adventures tour company http://marinduqueadventures.com/ ) and John (Both expat Poms) stay in touch with us which is great as we do miss our island life just a little bit………..

Thursday 20th June:

Off to the Dee Why RSL for dinner tonight. Great food and lots of it. Next time we will order the small serving. Guy stayed on with the girls and played Bingo.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 24 of retirement working

June 15, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 8th June:

Guy off to a night of Mahjong with the girls.

Sunday 9th June:

After work (3:00pm) Guy picked me up and we drove into the city to pick up Jason and Mike who are over for the long weekend. Back to Dee Why and as it was Mike’s birthday last Thursday we just had to have a cake to celebrate.

A very nice Mango cheesecake was the order of the day.

Monday 10th June:

I dropped Jordan off at work at 10:00am after a driving lesson starting at 9:00am.

Back home and the boys and us walked to Dee Why beach for brunch. Being a fine sunny day and a public holiday the cafes were packed. We finally found one with a table for four and had the best eggs Benedict ever.

After brunch we went for a walk down to the baths and round the rocks to enjoy the sunshine. It was cool but nice out of the breeze in the sun.

Back home and after an afternoon rest we dropped Jas and Mike at the airport at 6:00pm for their 8:00pm flight back to Adelaide.

Tuesday 11th June:

Guy’s first day at work today and my “Saturday” (Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s off). I put the washing out on the balcony in the sunshine to dry, vacuumed and did a run to Aldi for some supplies.

After a leisurely lunch I went for a walk down to the beach, as it is a glorious day.

Guy had a great first day at work. The job is what she expected and some and all her old work practices came flooding back.

I cooked up our first lamb roast in 3.5 years with carrots and potatoes and man it was good.

Wednesday 12th June:

Guy and I are now well and truly back into work mode once again. We have started ironing work cloths once again (After 3.4 years of no ironing).

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 18 of retirement working

June 9, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Sunday 2nd June:

Cold wet and windy. Winter is here. Give me hot and humid any day.

Tuesday 4th June:

My day off and Guy’s second last (Off to work next week) so we headed into the city (On the bus) for one of our all time favorite meals, Peking Duck.

Once in the city we caught up with Naty a friend of Guy’s. We had a Chai Latte and a chat with Naty before we headed across the road to meet with Guy’s financial adviser.

We had a good chat to him about maximizing our super whilst we are back working in AUS.

Then off to B.B. King for the best Peking Duck in the world.  And man it was good as it has been over three years since our last duck.

To finish off a great day I cleaned the bathroom……

Wednesday 5th June:

Our last full day together today as Guy has weekends off (She starts work next week) and I work (I have Tuesday & Wednesday off).

We started the day with a drive across town to see my sister Lyn before she heads back home to WA. After a cup of tea and a chat with her we made our way to the mall for a few supplies.

Do you know how hard it is to get a “GOOD” can opener and a simple radio alarm clock? We finally found a good can opener and a clock radio alarm that wasn’t an iPod surround sound stereo system.

We enjoyed our favorite Laksa for lunch and back home.

The mighty Mazda got a wash and vacuum before being tucked away in the garage.

Friday 7th June:

Guy has been having trouble with the tooth she had patched up in the Philippines before we left. So today she did the rounds of the local dentists and found one who would see her straight away.

Turns out the tooth had a bit of infection under it and it is slowly decaying. So she had it removed. She’s a bit sore tonight but it will all be good once healed up.

I spoke to Jas (Son) as he and Mike arrived in Sydney today from Adelaide. They are staying in the city till Sunday when they come to stay with us for a night, then back to Adelaide on Monday night.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 10 of retirement working

June 1, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 25th May:

Workday for me (8:00am to 3:00pm). Guy off to Mahjong at 3:30pm just down the road.

Monday 27th May:

Why I love my job………

Today a little old German man came in the shop (Battery World) with a bucket and a towel in it. He unwrapped the beautiful old German brass clock.

It was a cube with a clock, barometer dial, temperature dial and humidity dial that all folded out.

The clock needed a battery and he couldn’t find one anywhere and we were his last resort. When he showed us the battery nobody had ever seen one let alone us having one on the shelf.

So I dug out an old box of very old batteries and started looking.

Stuck to a bit of old cardboard I found a battery that fitted but was too short. The little old man pulled out some brass washers just for this purpose and we fitted the battery and the clock worked.

The battery cost – $5.00….

To see the pleasure on this old man’s face to have his clock working again…. Priceless……

When I left work today the boss gave me a contract document for the job. I’ll have a look at it over my days off but it all looks good so far.

Tuesday 28th May:

My day off as I now work Thursday to Monday and have Tuesday and Wednesday off as my weekend.

I had another job interview for 9:00am at a business down by Warringah Mall (4km away). The interview went well but the job isn’t for me. I’ll be staying at Battery World in Brookvale.

Guy and I then made our way to Mosman to see her new work place and drop off her employment forms. A stop in Dee Why for a haircut for me and some groceries for a quiet evening.

Wednesday 29th May:

My second day off (Sunday for me).

This morning we headed across to the other side of the city to St Peters to visit my sister Lyn who has arrived for her daughter’s (Petrina & Benji) engagement party next Saturday night.

After a cup of tea and a catch up we made our way back across the city to pick up Jordan after midday (Short day at school) and a few supplies for dinner.

Carly (Jordan’s GF) joined us for dinner and she and Jordan cooked us beef stroganoff which was very nice.

Rest of the week:

Work for me and Guy relaxed before she is off to work on Tuesday the 11th of June.

On Saturday (June 1st) night we headed across town for my niece’s engagement party. My sister was there along with her other kids Jackie (Sydney), Mel (WA) & Bronte (WA). It was great to see them all at Petrina and Benji’s party.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy