Not the slug stamping, although I prefer snails and the shell gives some purchase.....but Out Sopurcing!
Since when did it take 6 companies to do the job of One?
Seems a common problem that no one talk to anyone or knows anything and demarcation rules!
So very pleased you won't be climbing ladders so you there fore won't need a crash helmet or trampoline.
One would think the installer would have noted the serial number? Hmm? Guess . Not!
Recently changed power meters here. We added solar panels but the meters were changing anyway - But - they weren't in stock and we needed to wait.
'Oh, till the new ones come in..'
"which might be how long?"
'Oh - someone will ring and let you know'
Do you think that all these fragmented dealing are a result of every company having shares in the phone providing telco?
Reply #3801. Oct 10 11, 6:45 PM
|I'm sure they all have phone shares. They all have free numbers for new business, but local rate numbers for service. Other companies have premium rate numbers for everything - even for making payments. |
Don't we get a lot of practice at eye-rolling? :D
Reply #3802. Oct 10 11, 7:22 PM
That we do Lesley! There appears to be any number of concepts that need to be viewed from all angles - eye rolling greatly assists with this! :D
I wish it would also add my missing vowels that keep dripping into the ether.
Reply #3803. Oct 10 11, 7:34 PM
|I get far more practice at being unladylike! |
Reply #3804. Oct 10 11, 7:39 PM
My eyes are rolling. Stepping on slugs, preference for snails 'cos of the crunch. You are both giving roadkill a bad name. I've never heard of such waste! |
Reply #3805. Oct 10 11, 7:41 PM
|Didn't the "Ask Sid" campaign involve a giant slug or two? Or did I imagine it? Perhaps I should take up drinking again! |
Reply #3806. Oct 11 11, 4:29 AM
no Lesley drinking might let your guard slip against Merv lol. Hope you are still merv free|
Reply #3807. Oct 11 11, 4:48 AM
|Did I imagine Sid the Slug then? |
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A young gentleman caller this morning has restored my heating. When I requested the visit, I told the woman who booked it that you could fry an egg on the pump.
He said that the pump had packed up, and rang a colleague to find him the nearest plumbing supplies shop, and to authorise a new pump. The shop is three or four miles away, and the round trip, to swap the dead pump for a new one, took just over half an hour.
He said that my observation about the pump would have been a good clue - IF she'd bothered to tell him - and he could have had a new pump on the van.
Do they usually pass information on to you?
If she had taken the trouble to pass on half a dozen words, he might have found a better use for the time he spent dashing off for supplies - like being half an hour nearer to his next job, and half an hour closer to home.
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Had an Alexander lesson, and did a few errands. Went to the Post Office, and told them I hadn't had a peep out of Merv since last Tuesday. That's a whole peaceful week. Could he have given up?
Bought Jonathan a little pressie to mark his graduation, did a bit of food shopping, and bought an iron. I have an iron that belonged to my mother, who died in 1996, and another that we packed and brought with us in 1986. Jonathan wanted to iron something on Friday, but was nervous about what might fall out of either iron onto his white shirt, so he didn't bother. I've got a nice new one now! I wonder if I can remember how they work?
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An older gentleman caller waited till it was dark to ring the doorbell and ask if I had the papers.
No, you don't need them. You can have them delivered.
"No, I can't!"
Yes you can. I was piddling about for ages getting last week's through the letterbox, and didn't trigger the alarm.
"That's because they didn't land on the floor."
If I couldn't get them to land on the floor, the soppy kids who deliver them certainly aren't going to...
... but I didn't finish my sentence. He made a large, expansive and dismissive gesture, said forget it, turned round and walked back down the path.
How sad is that?
Reply #3808. Oct 11 11, 3:08 PM
An 'Alexander' lesson. What is that, Lesley? All that springs to mind is that you have developed an interest in short, charismatic, murderous Macedonians.|
Sounds as though the slug trailed it's way to your door again; need some salt? :)
Reply #3809. Oct 11 11, 6:37 PM
Are you confusing Brian the Snail?|
Only recall Sid the Snake....
How annoying for the heating restoration gentleman. Nothing like cold calling when it comes to assessing a job. I'm sure it's meant to add interest to an otherwise mundane day. Can't possibly pass on useful information!
Had similar intervention here this week regarding fitting a new lis to the recycle bin - the original having recycled itself during a previous pick-up.
Only took a month and the work order was for new bin - but the contractor only had a lid - so he left.
Then the new bin arrived but the work order stated 'replace lid'.
We could have all been occupied for weeks more!
A brand new iron! How very swish to indulge for Jonathon's visits.
Along with your new microwave and boiler you must feel like you've moved house!
Large expansive gesture? Pity it was never going to be a hug..... :(
Reply #3810. Oct 11 11, 7:16 PM
|This one isn't a Macedonian. Mr Alexander was an actor - or rather an acTOR - who achieved fame and fortune by declaiming - er - stuff. He lost his voice, and worked out that his throat was closed because of his lousy posture. After that, he did a load of research into it. Alexander (Technique) lessons are supposed to restore free, natural posture. I'm sure it's doing me good! |
Thank you, the offer of salt must be the best offer I've had all week. He was looking quite small and dejected today, which may be why he gave up so easily. I would like to take you up on it please if he comes back.
Reply #3811. Oct 11 11, 7:16 PM
|I am just confused. Privatisation campaigns featuring slugs? No, I must have imagined it. |
I told Jonathan I'd bought an iron, and he texted back - I could see him fluttering his eyelashes - "Iron for you or me?" so I offered to get him one too, as long as he didn't mind it being pink. He doesn't mind pink.
Pity for him it wasn't going to be a hug. I'd have run away if I thought for one moment that it might turn into one! Help!
Reply #3812. Oct 11 11, 7:22 PM
I don't remember a slug, just loads of annoying people telling Sid. It was a very good buy though although we're all paying for it since with much higher bills.|
It would be fun if Merv got a blog here as well, although like many people I know I can't mention it as they'd recognise themselves here, and even more so if I also used their actual names. Maybe I could write a new one as him, I've heard so much I feel I probably could have a go.
Reply #3813. Oct 11 11, 8:14 PM
I'm sure the 'Jonathan Hug' would be an awful pain...:)|
I have an iron that I really hate! I bought it because the 'good' one died. Now, I can't press a front without the iron getting hung up in the rest of the garment!
Reply #3814. Oct 11 11, 8:52 PM
|I must have imagined the slug - I must have been thinking of the anti-salt campaign, or Kenneth Baker on Spitting Image. |
And I was anticipating pain if Merv's gesture had translate to a hug. Ugh. A Jonathan hug would have been rather nice. :) Must learn to write what I mean, not what I'm thinking.
Reply #3815. Oct 12 11, 11:39 AM
Happens to the best of us|
Reply #3816. Oct 12 11, 12:05 PM
I'm surprised you're posting today, what with a new iron in your possession. :)|
Reply #3817. Oct 12 11, 12:17 PM
Lesley's new iron is one of the really flash and upmarket retro types. You know, actually made of iron and incredibly economical. To power up you simply plonk it on top of an AGA plate, wait 'til its sizzling hot and then, presto, off you go with your ironing. It's fun, easy to use, great for strengthening the wrists, and easy to throw at Mervs and other unwanted guests.|
Reply #3818. Oct 12 11, 12:47 PM
trojan, how do you know what sort of iron she has? Are you there? Are you Merv? *cue Rod-Serling-inspired music* :)|
Reply #3819. Oct 12 11, 1:12 PM
Cut 'Rod Serling inspired music,' light up cigarette, draw deeply and inhale, cough and splutter....drop dead....cue sympathy music, provoke tears with sad life story. Close up on terribly sincere ether type tributes (Ooh...so sad...hugs)and stuff. Wait a 'Mo, enough of that; yes Tiepolo, Merv is my alter ego, sent from afar, (including totally free of charge Darth Vader helmet, crippled being, rechargeable light sabre and Iron Cross 1st class). But even the 'force' could not have known that he would turn to the dark side....to the side of freebie news rags, and thus become such a pest...a now eliminated pest.|
Excues me. They are playing my favourite romantic ditty, 'Resurrecting Hitler' on the wind up radio. :)
Reply #3820. Oct 12 11, 1:58 PM
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