The Chaplain’s Pen

Pilot BL-G21-7M G-2exIt was a chaplain who introduced me to this pen.  She uses it to write chaplainly things, sermons and such.

If you are writing plenty, you might want something which is pleasurable to use.  Plus anything which can improve my “is that scribbling Dale?” handwritting, is a blessing.

So the Pilot BL-G21-7M G-2ex is a large barrelled pen with a rubberised grip.  The ink is an acid free gel which is delivered via a 0.7mm ball.

Back in June, the chaplain mentioned that the pens were no longer available.

I do love a challenge.

So some Googling later, I found sell these G-2ex pens over the internet.  For good measure I ordered a box of Pilot BLS-G2 Refills.  So a short time later we each had a supply of pens and refills.

Now if I could only stop losing my pens.

Updated 12 JAN 2018:
Pilotonline has closed down.
Mega Office Supplies is my new source.

20 things about me–10 years on.

A new start10 years ago, I wrote one of these “look at me / self-indulgent wankery” articles, because everyone else in the blogosphere was writing them.

Yes, this blog has been around 10 years.

So here’s a new list of 20 things about me.

  1. Completed a “Spontaneity” course at Impro Melbourne.
    Many benefits to doing Improv, it’s FUN, is the main reason.
  2. Enjoy traveling on “C” Roads.
  3. Grief? Yes, I could tell you some stories.
  4. Loath reviews, especially comedy reviews.
  5. Text messaging? Not healthy for close relationships.
  6. Fine stationary is a passion.
  7. Volunteering is a big part of my life.
  8. Didn’t take up opportunities when they were offered.
    which meant I missed out on some great things ….
    I need to say “Yes” more often.
  9. Favorite TV series: Life On Mars.
  10. Health and Safety will be something I’ll be doing much more of in 2016.
  11. In 2015, I saw 1 comedy/theatre show per week.
  12. Met some of my idols.
    Rod Quantock was a pleasure to meet.
  13. “As a goal in life, you could do worse in life than try to be kinder”.
  14. Writing. Looking forward to the Creative Writing course (Jan 2016).
  15. Made, and lost, a couple of good friends.
  16. Karma, I believe in it.
  17. Single.
  18. SAMBA. Simple application, never updated, causes issues. Loath it.
  19. Moved back to Melbourne from Darwin.
  20. People I work with? The Best! The employer, not so much.

The original list, with updates is below the <more> line

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4 is the number of Melbourne Bike Share Bicycles I needed to get home last night.

Melbourne Bike Share and friends Bicycle 1: Federation Square
Bicycle had a buckled rear wheel, which I didn’t notice until I was powering along in third gear.

Bicycle 2: Coventry Street
Misaligned handle bars, so I was steering on an angle.

Bicycle 3: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Bike would “”skip”” a gear.  Not a big problem unless you’re powering along in 3rd gear and it skips on you.

Bicycle 4: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
This one got me all the way home.

Aside from last nights problems, I’ve had a fairly good run with Melbourne Bike Share bicycles.  By my estimate and experiences so far, I reckon about 1 in 5 bicycles are faulty.

$30 dollars, 3 months.

Walking Shoes

The Sam Vimes “Boots” Theory of Economic Injustice runs thus:
At the time of Men at Arms, Samuel Vimes earned thirty-eight dollars a month as a Captain of the Watch, plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots, the sort that would last years and years, cost fifty dollars. This was beyond his pocket and the most he could hope for was an affordable pair of boots costing ten dollars, which might with luck last a year or so before he would need to resort to makeshift cardboard insoles so as to prolong the moment of shelling out another ten dollars.
Therefore over a period of ten years, he might have paid out a hundred dollars on boots, twice as much as the man who could afford fifty dollars up front ten years before. And he would still have wet feet.
Without any special rancour, Vimes stretched this theory to explain why Sybil Ramkin lived twice as comfortably as he did by spending about half as much every month.

I had a sister-in-law who shared the same, very sensible, opinion.
(these shoes lasted about 400 kilometres of walking)

Saturday Link Roundup – Weimaraner Edition.

“Dad, why am I in the shower?” Beautiful Nikki
My beautiful weimaraner, who sadly passed over in September 2012.

The “Firsts” (SaraRenee Photos&Design)
The “Firsts” are the elite and select group of Weims that drew us in, blinded us with the ways of Weims,…

If you give a Weim an inch … (SaraRenee Photos&Design)
As Weim owners, we’re always talkingtalkingtalking about how if you give a Weim an inch, they’ll take over

An online compendium for Weimaraner enthusiasts

Rescue organisations
Australian Weimaraner Rescue
Weimaraner Rescue Of The North (USA)
Weimaraner Rescue Of The South (USA)

"For your tomorrow, we gave our today"

Shrine of Remembrance Family Explorer Trail picture

Update 2014:
While the 2013 Holiday program has ended, there are other Shrine activities on.  See here for details.


Is the quotation which springs to my mind when I visit the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance.  As school holidays are nearly upon us, The Shrine of Remembrance reminds me that they are running a school holiday program.

Spring into Anzac School Holiday Program- Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

Spring into the spirit of Anzac and learn about Australian military history with the Shrine’s new Family Trail, full of educational and inspiring activities for families to do together.

Explore the Shrine’s building, gardens and memorials, discover the wartime jobs for men and women, and find out about the role fulfilled by animals during times of conflict. Families will have the opportunity to participate in a short commemorative ceremony featuring the Ray of Light.

All families who complete the spring school holiday program will receive a goody bag, Anzac biscuits and entry into a prize draw to win a $500 RACV Resorts voucher.

The Shrine of Remembrance would like to acknowledge the support of the RACV as competition sponsor for the spring school holiday program.

When:  Daily, Saturday 21 September – Sunday 6 October 2013, 10am – 4pm

Where: Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre.

Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Program length: 45-60 minutes

Suitable for: Ages 6-12

For more information : What’s on at The Shrine

Finding a “Bag Bag” these days.

rationell-variera-plastic-bag-dispenser__81809_PE207131_S4“Bag Bag” plastic bag holders were a 1990’s thing.  Essentially a “Bag “Bag” was a cloth bag with openings at the top and the bottom.  You put bags in the top, and draw them out the bottom as you need them.

Now Ikea has a “Rationell Variera Plastic Bag Dispenser”, but they’re only available in white and pink.  I like a bit of colour so white was out.  But since my manliness lately has taken a bit of a hit with pink-ish bed sheets, and then my hi-visibility pink phone cover, do you think I’d be silly enough to select pink this time around?

Not on your nelly.

So I kept looking.  Coles/Kmart/Woolworths etc. didn’t have them.

I was walking past the local “asian” bargain shop.  You know the kind of places, crammed full of “stuff” at dirt cheap prices…

After much searching, I found some.  In blue and *cough* pink.

Of course I went for the blue.

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