Category Archives: Grumpy

Ive Had a Run of Bad Luck with my Car lately

My story started two weeks ago.

My car engine decided to stop while I was in transit.
I had enough forward momentum to get off the main road, and up a side street. After stopping, I got out,  lifted the hood. wiggled a few wires, looked to see if all the electrical connections were still in their correct location, jumped back behind the steering wheel, and as if by magic, the car fired up.

So I started to drive up the road, but only traveled a very short distance, and the motor stopped again.
This time I got my phone out and called the RACV, 20 minutes later, I had a chap looking under the hood for me. He found a break in the wire that goes to the coil pack, which accounted for me getting the motor started earlier, by wiggling a wire or two.

Oh well, had to wait for a tow truck to arrive this time.
In the meantime, I phoned my mechanic, who told me it was OK to bring it to him.
When I went into the office to book my vehicle in, the tow truck driver took off, and left me stranded at the mechanics.
I’m not happy about that.

The mechanic I use employees 5 mechanics in his workshop, and is always very busy.
I waited 4 days to get my car back.

Two days later, a nice large pool of water under the car.
I thought it might have been the overflow from the air conditioner, but I lifted the bonnet just to be safe. Sure enough, the radiator water level was down.

Back to the mechanic yet again:
This time the water pump was thee culprit, another day passes and I’m back on the road.

The saga continues:
A few days later, I have an oil leak from the engine valley cover gasket. dropping oil on my garage floor.
Back to my mechanic, got the valley gasket replaced, and all is good once again.

I haven’t finished my run of bad luck:
A couple more days go by, and I find another oil leak, from somewhere under the car. I’m not certain were its dripping from, so it looks like another trip to my mechanic is looming.

P.S. I think its time to put mt old car up for adoption, its been trouble free for just over 200,000 kilometers, so I really can’t complain, (BUT WHATS THE FUN IN THAT haha.)

Anyway, Safe driving, and I hope you get a laugh out of my misfortune.
I Might go and buy a lotto ticket, want to go halves?

My Website has been offline for Five Days.

Why cant things go right for me the first time.

We changed our service provider twic,e in less than a week, and reset the name servers accordingly, then something went wrong.
My Blog was no longer visible, I contacted our domain name provider, and they said all was right their end.

It has taken us 5 days to convince them, my site isn’t view-able online.

My Website small snapshot above

They finally accepted what we were saying, after my domain name was parked, and it was pointing to the wrong server.
They kindly reset their end, and guess what” IT WAS STILL WRONG.

More emails and more frustration, they had another look at it, and did something their end, and my site was correctly pointing to their Parked Domain Page. WooHoo

So we pointed the name servers once again to my site, it this time it took only a few minutes and my site was correctly propagating on the Internet, and I’m now back online, after 5 days of waiting. (I wonder if I should be GRUMPY)

Anyway I convinced the other half to pop a link from his website to mine.

Feel free to comment below.

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Australian Census Missed the Date Letter

I just received an Australian Census Missed the Date Letter.

What the….


Now it seems this onlibne system has another major hiccup. (How many of you are in the same boat as me.?)

On Census night, I filled in the online form using one of the supplied codes.
I didn’t log out of the Census website, and log back into it with the secondary resident code.
Why would you need to? The first form allows for multiple people, but it now seems the system doesn’t recognize that.

So now what happens?

  • Do I get another follow up letter, asking me to complete the Census.
  • Do I ignore it, knowing its already been done?
  • Should I simply fill it out and and say nothing?
  • Perhaps I should simply wait for the fine and then point out I have already completed my obligation and laugh at all this bureaucratic nonsense?
Australian Census Reminder Letter
Small Extract of my Australian Census Reminder Letter

The funny part about all of this, is I really didn’t want to fill the form in anyway, and in a quirk of fate, my original thought about this new cattle muster OOOPPPS  I mean Census, seems to be correct.
You are now all carrying a hidden micro chip with you, its called a failed Australia Card. (All possible information about you shared between government agency’s)
Now, do I have an official record about my private life, with an addendum on it saying late Census form filler? haha.

As another side note:
I know of a couple, who are still waiting for the original pin numbers, so they can complete the Compulsory Australian Census Form.
Do they get a fine, for not completing the Census on the night?

So many decisions, Its really a big mess that someone should loose there highly paid government position for. (Do you agree?)

Or am I being paranoid and a cynic at the same time?

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Well: the 2016 Australian Census has been already been hacked

Australian 2016 Census hacked?

Or was it?

According to our Minister, Michael McCormack, who is in charge of the Census (Flop) I mean Slight Hiccup said due to a ddos attack from another friendly country. or was it a foreign government hacking agency? The online form was taken down for a short time.

Well whoever they were, they proved what I already thought about this New Online Census System.

I’m not against using the internet as a way of gathering information, BUT I AM AGAINST THE NEW INFORMATION RETENTION Law that has been put in place by the Australian government. I’m sure I didn’t vote for this change in the recent elections.

This Minor hack, or ddos that inconvenienced all our Australian Populous, stands as a warning as to how insecure, any database connected to the internet, really is.

Australian Census Online Form
Australian Census Online Form

Australian Census Online Form

Personally I didn’t like the new questions that were added in the Census form, nor do I believe the Australian Government intentions with what they will do with all the information gathered. and why signal out Torres Island indigenous people in this online form. And why is the Government interested in my father and mothers nationality?

Why not ask: What type of toilet paper I use, and how often I need to re-supply the cupboard with it, and while were on a roll (ha ha), which grocery chain I buy the paper from, and how much I pay for it.

I mean, what is the next set of questions on the Census going to entail.
What may seem irrelevant today, will eventually add up to a complete dossier on you. your lifestyle and family habits.

What happens if, and when, a question is added along the lines of:
Health: Do you or your family suffer from this disease, or have had these symptoms in the past.
To me, its like a hidden agenda, supplying information for the Australia Card, Or should I say Drivers License!

Information is now going to be shared more readily, amongst the various government departments.
Our freedom is slowly being taken away a small piece at a time.

Read what the has to say about it.

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Call Me Grumpy if you like.

Now Picture This:

Here I’m driving along, in lightly falling drizzle, on a long straight stretch of multi lane freeway, with nothing behind me.


I’m happily plodding along at 90km an hour, 20km below the posted 110 speed limit, when I come up behind a car in both lanes of the freeway, blocking my path, I normally don’t worry about this, as one of the cars will obviously go faster, allowing me to overtake the other. NO! that was not the case this time, BOTH sat on 70km an hour, and neither sped up, or slowed down for several kilometres, effectively blocking me, and the traffic that was starting to bank up behind me.

NOW COME ON, REALLY: Have these guys ever heard of keeping to the left hand lane, unless overtaking. I Don’t think so.

Sitting on 70km in a 110 zone blocking both lanes, is not what I think is a good thing, I know both drivers can argue they were not breaking the law, try TELLING THE TRUCKIE BEHIND ME THAT. I’m sure he didn’t mind sitting well below speed limit, waiting for me to pass these wonderful, and very safe Australian Drivers.

Eventually the driver in front of me must have woken up from his power nap, and did slowly pull away, leaving a big enough gap for me to pull into the left lane,

P.S. THE TRUCKIE that was following me, did get mighty close to the rear of this guy’s car, and the car driver moved into my lane very fast.

So here I am, expecting to have to wait my turn for the traffic buildup to pass, so I can get around this guy.

That was not to be the case, it seems the vehicles overtaking him at speed, must have somehow kicked his accelerator down, and he left me in his dust. (He was moving into the distncequite fast)

So I happily got back up to my comfortable 90km, and not slowing any vehicles behind me. I really would like to know what the Truck driver was thinking:

  • Caravan going too slow, and should move over
  • OR,….
  • BLOODY CAR DRIVER, I’ll Run You Off the Road . haha
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