Sunday, July 27, 2008

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My first week

The ice has been broken, and I have just completed my first week as a taxi driver.

Did I enjoy it? Well, I was a bit nervous at first, but as soon as I had my first job, things started to get easier, and I did start to enjoy it.

Is it what I was expecting? I have driven cabs before here, but for a different company who are more established, so it wasn't as busy as I was expecting, but from what I have been told from other drivers, it's a quiet time. Our customer base should be expanding in the next month, as more clients are being signed up.

My hours are already changing too; I'll be working Tuesday to Saturday to see how that works out. Allot of our drivers work Mon to Friday, and then have the weekend off, so there are not too many cars on the road on Saturday, so that should mean more work for the few cars that are out there.

So a three day weekend this weekend then I start again on Tuesday.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

The holiday is over

My 5 month holiday is finally over. After moving back to NZ in March & being out of work for so long, I finally start my taxi driving job tomorrow morning.

It's been a long road, having to re-qualify for my P(passenger) Endorsement, completing exams, driving tests, waiting for legal documentation to be sent from Perth, and arguing with the NZ benefit system (don't get me started on that), I received my approved license last week, and am ready (I think) to begin my new job.

So, if you're in the Christchurch region & need a taxi, call Green Cabs on 0508 447 336 and request cab number 415.

I'll let you know how I get on, and stay tuned for posts on my taxi driving experiences.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

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Friday funny

Check out this video clip, it's hysterical. Take note of the guy on the left, who's trying hard not to laugh, but in the end cannot contain himself. I hope it does not put you off air travel.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Light Beer

Dandy Lions

Assaulted Peanut


Tap Dancers


Whole Milk

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Training wheels

Today I had my first training with Green Cabs, the taxi company I am waiting to start driving for.

I was picked up this morning by the owner of the cab that I will be driving; then with myself driving we slowly made our way across town where we met up with man who was running the training session.

I was shown how to operate the vehicle, as it is an electric powered Hybrid vehicle (Toyota Prius), and also how to use the computer system from which the taxi job dispatch & meter are operated. It's all very interesting & flash.

We also went out to the Christchurch International Airport to learn how things work out there. I still have to go & get my airport access & ID card, but I can't do that until I get my official taxi license in the mail, which should be here tomorrow.

So it was a fun day of learning, and I am feeling a little weary, but I am looking forward to starting my Taxi work, next week if all goes well.

If you're interested in finding out more about Green Cabs, just click here to visit their website.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The handy man in me

I wouldn't exactly call myself a handyman around the home. I can change light bulbs, do the washing up after meals & I'm good at programming TV's & video's, and I would even consider myself a bit of a computer wizz; but when it comes to using a hammer & nails & putting things together, you would probably be better off getting the experts in.

Over the last few weeks we have bought a few household items that require DIY assembly. We bought a bedside cabinet for Jo, which I managed to put together in about an hour, once I figured it out & found the correct size screwdriver.

Mum then bought a new TV entertainment center. That was a little trickier to work out & took me about 2 and a half hours to complete.

Both these items are still standing properly, as you can see, so I must have done something right.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Friday funny

Ok, so I'm a day late for the Friday funny, but it doesn't really matter, because no matter what day it is, it's still funny.

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?' ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: MY name is Susan!

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory? WITNESS: I forget. ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? ____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo? WITNESS: We both do. ATTORNEY: Voodoo? WITNESS: We do. ATTORNEY: You do? WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty.

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Are you kidding me?

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time? WITNESS: Uh.... use your imagination!

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Are you kidding me? Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? ____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? WITNESS: Now whose death do you suppose terminated it?

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard. ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? WITNESS: Guess.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people? WITNESS: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. Would you like to rephrase that?

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to? WITNESS: Oral.

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m. ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him! ____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample? WITNESS: Huh....are you qualified to ask that question?

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor? WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practising law.

Hope you had a good laugh.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

IPhone on demand

It would seem that the new Apple 3G iPhone is in hot demand.

Here in NZ people have been queuing up outside an Auckland Vodafone shop since Tuesday according to this onenews article.

Kiwis eager to be the first in the world to buy Apple's new-generation iPhone have begun queuing up in freezing temperatures.

Four people with deck chairs, sleeping bags and a small tent started queueing on Tuesday night outside an Vodafone Auckland shop.

Now while I might be keen to get my hands on one of these one day, I don't have that sort of money to spend on one now, and I certainly would not be queueing outside a shop in the freezing temperatures for 3 days. Would you?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You can bank on security

Yesterday I heard a news story about the National Bank here in NZ implementing a security dress code for customers using their branches.

They have announced that they are banning Hoodies (hooded jumpers), beanies & balaclava's, and helmets to be worn inside their branches. Anyone caught wearing these items inside the bank, will be asked to remove it so that their face is visible.

I think it is a great idea to improve security & to reduce the robbery rate. I wonder how long it will take for the other banks to follow suit.
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Saturday, July 5, 2008

A white Christmas......not quite

Living in New Zealand, you're bound to see snow somewhere; and even though I grew up here, I never actually saw a snowfall. Now while I have been skiing at the ski fields, I've never actually physically seen the white stuff fall from the sky like rain.

Today we were expecting rain in the afternoon, but we were all pleasantly suprized when it started snowing. It was light at first, but gradually got heavier and covered both cars & turned our green lawn whiter than white.

According to the Metservice weather forecast, the entire country copped something out of the wintry blast. The temperature here in Christchurch dropped from 7 deg C at 2pm to 2 deg C by 3pm.

Now the snowflakes have turned into rain, & the white blanket of crisp snow is turning into a slippery, sludgy mess.

The photo in this post is one of a few that I took during the snowstorm; to view more photo's, CLICK HERE to go to my Facebook page.

So why did I title this post "White Christmas....not quite? Well I've always wanted a white Christmas, it's just the wrong time of year for those of us in the southern hemisphere.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

First steps

Little Chloe just took her first couple of steps. Just 2 steps between mummy & daddy. Very exciting.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's all good

You may or may not know that Jo is 20 weeks pregnant with our second baby. Yesterday we had our Anatomy scan of our little baby to check that everything is where it should be and also to determine the baby's gender.

The good news is that everything is all good, AND we are having a little boy. I never thought I'd be a little boy's dad. Am I happy about it? Absolutely!

Here is the image of the anatomy scan.

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