Sunday, April 29, 2012

Instagram - frugalbastard

Just joined Instagram as it's supposed to be a great way to share photos, especially on Facebook. User name is "frugalbastard" if you want to follow. Now that I'm mobile I'll be uploading more photos than before.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Telemarketer's Question Answered Promptly

Got a call from a telemarketer yesterday - a public holiday. After going back and forth with "Hello?" a couple of times she asked me, "Can I speak to the owner of this phone number?"
This struck me as a very strange request and rather impersonal so I responded with, "No" and hung up.
If you don't even know who you're calling just make sure it's not me. Sounded dodgy like they were going to ask to change my phone service provider or similar.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Was shopping with the missus this afternoon in an Asian shop and noticed a blend of tea called "Traditional Gunpowder". I jokingly said that you wouldn't want to try to take that through immigration to New York. It reminded me of a recent article whereby a toy grenade caused suspicion at 2 World Financial Center in NYC and led to the building being evacuated. The cashier rang up our purchases and how much should the bill come to? Give yourself a pat on the back if you thought $9.11.

Coincidence? Bit weird? Yes.

Lack of Respect or Lack of Self Respect?

Disappointing meeting in a car park with a stranger today. The missus and I were walking back to our car when a reasonably well dressed women went out of her way to approach us.
"Would you have three dollars that you could give me?" she asked.
"No, sorry." I said.
As she walked off she said, quite loudly, "That was f$%#ing rude."
So the missus and I yelled back with, "Yes, you were. Why do you just expect us to give you money? Do you know us?"
Her retort was, "Go back home." Obviously directed at my wife.

Unfortunately all I could think of in return was, "Go back to jail" when I really should have said that I obviously pay her Centrelink benefits so why should I be expected to give her money as well. It wasn't as if she looked homeless but she certainly sounded like a smoker/drinker.

Was it a lack of respect or lack of self respect? The nerve of some people. She fully expected us to give her the money and was shocked when we refused.