Day 66 of retirement working

July 27, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 13th July:

Guy off to play Bingo with the girls. No Mahjong today.

Sunday 14th July:

Guy out with the girls for lunch at one of her friends’ house. Needless to say we had some very yummy “leftovers” for dinner to night.

Tuesday 16th July:

Got all the housework done in the morning. Then walked to Dee Why for a nice long leisurely lunch with Ben and Samantha.

They are expecting a new addition to the family any time so was great to see them before the new bub arrives.

Then off shopping for a particular fry pan to cook my Lamb roasts in. I tried four stores but they didn’t have any. They knew what I was after but they didn’t stock them any more. Aaahhhhh……

Wednesday 17th July:

Up and off to find my frying pan. First stop was “The Good Guys” and they had the pan I was after so Lamb roast is on the menu tonight.

Washed the Mighty Mazda after lunch and gave her a vacuum.

We all enjoyed a lamb roast with roast veggies for dinner……

Friday 19th July:

I had a pleasant surprise today at work. These three guys came in to buy a battery for a car.

As I was doing the hard sell one of them recognized me for a time gone by. It was Phil A who I used to work with at Civica many years ago. After a quick catch-up I sold them a battery so all good.

Saturday 20th July:

Guy played Bingo with the girls today. I had a busy day at work with 4 call outs. Kept me out and about most of the day.

After finishing work at 3:00pm I meet Guy at the hairdressers (Local Filipino place) for a haircut.

Tuesday 23rd July:

My Saturday today. Busy day with a drop into work to see Gareth who arrived back after 6 weeks away in Britain for a holiday. Then off to pick up Jordan from school at 11:30am as he finished his year 12 trials today.

We took the long way home as Jordan drove to get more hours in his logbook.

After a trip to the supermarket for some supplies I spent the afternoon organizing my battery changing tool kit for work. Tools are supplied at work but I have decided to have my own kit as I am doing more call outs now.

With my own tool kit I know that I will have all the tools I need for call outs and battery changes at the shop. Ooohhh and I painted the tools “Pink”. That way I will see if anybody else has “borrowed” them……..

Wednesday 24th July:

My Sunday today. I spent the morning doing house cleaning. Guy and I have agreed that I will do the house cleaning (Bathroom, vacuuming, etc.) and she does the washing, ironing. Works for us both.

At midday Jordan drove over to a mate’s place for the afternoon for some more time on his log book. Once back I went for my afternoon walk to the beach but it was too cold and windy so walked through the back streets via a Hearing Centre.

They were offering a free hearing test so I had my ears tested as I know they are not too good after all the years of heavy equipment blasting in my younger days.

The test did show some degradation so going back in two weeks for a detailed test. I do suffer from Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears) so will see what transpires from the detailed test.

Friday 26th July:

Guy went to her dentist this morning to get plaster casts to replace the tooth she lost last month.  It will be some kind of strong pliable plastic with no metal parts made to grip the two adjacent teeth and false tooth in between.  Could be interesting as this will be her first denture.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 52 of retirement working

July 13, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Sunday 7th July:

Guy had a relaxing day getting her nails done in the morning. She then walked to the rock pool in the rocks’ at Dee Why and found a sunny warm spot to read for a few hours.

I worked…..

Monday 8th July:

I had my first 24-volt truck battery change today. The batteries were under the tray in a rather awkward position but I managed to get it all done and the two 12-volt batteries connected back up in series.

I had a couple of callouts as well. But now have the next two days off so all good.

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th July:

My weekend days. I spent the first day doing housework so I could relax on the second day.

On Wednesday I went for a drive over to Lane Cove and caught up with one of my old climbing friend Tony. I haven’t seen him for a few years so it was great to catch up for a bit of a chinwag.

Back home and off for a leisurely walk along the beach. It was a very “crisp” afternoon but great for a walk. I managed to lose one of my thongs so it is now out there somewhere all by its lonesome where somebody will see it and wonder where the other one is……

I cooked up a big pot of spaghetti sauce for dinner for us all.

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th July:

Work and more work for us both.

I had my first difficult European vehicle battery change today. It was a VW passenger van where the battery is up under the windscreen on the passenger side. After much twisting and turning I got the old battery out and the new one in and all sorted, much to the delight of the lady and her kids.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 45 of retirement working

July 6, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 29th June:

Rained pretty much all day. Not good for the weekend and start of the school holidays but great for Battery World business.

We had a steady stream of vehicles coming in all day for battery replacements and people bringing in dead batteries for a replacement.

I had a strange one today. I changed the battery in a Holden Statesman which all went fine. We use a battery saver that we connect up to the car so you don’t loose all your radio, clock and other electronic settings.

Then it wouldn’t start. So I got the boss and he closed all the doors and locked them with the remote. Then he reopened them and the car started fine.

Apparently Holden’s do this every now and then. The Immobilizer gets confused with the battery change and the locking and unlocking resets the Immobilizer. A few nervous moments for me but all good.

Sunday 30th June:

Had my first experience today with a European car (BMW) battery change today. The aussie and Japanese cars are pretty easy but the European cars can be a nightmare. It’s like they built this great exotic car but forgot to put in a battery so jam it wherever it will go when they discover they need to power all this gadgetry.

I had to drive out to the car (Call out) and jump start it, then the guy followed me back to the shop as we prefer to do the battery change in the shop as it can be a finicky job. The BMW today had the battery in under the boot next to the spare tire in the rear right mudguard. After so much grunting and groaning I got it all done and another happy customer and a happy battery changed concurred with it.

Monday 1st July:

At work today the boss received the results of our “mystery shopper” who dropped in on us last week. Battery World sends out mystery shoppers to evaluate the shop and the customer service of one of the staff.

We got hit last week and I was the staff member selected. Well we got a 96.8% rating (149 out of 154 points) for my customer service in dealing with the mystery shopper. From what I remember it was a woman who wanted her car battery tested and then wanted info on a camera battery options and charger. I spent about 20 minutes with her going through all the options.

So very happy with my customer service results and so is the boss.

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd July:

My weekend days spent doing the shopping, cleaning the house, washing the Mighty Mazda and a couple of long walks along the beach.

Thursday 4th July:

Back to work today (My Monday). As I am getting more confident on doing “Call Outs” the boss is sending me out more and more. Today I had three callouts. One was to change a battery and the others were jump-starts.

I also dropped off some batteries to one of our account customers which is a Mercedes repair shop. The shop is immaculate inside. All neat, clean and tidy round these flash Mercedes.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy