Wow. Did the world wake up on the wrong side of bed today? E and I got up this morning expecting to have a lovely time together at Community Chapel . John Dickson was going to be speaking, good times.
First surprise of the day: X pooping in his litter tray! He had decided that the floor was his preferred toilet, so it was very pleasant to find a present in the right place. Day’s looking good.
Then things decided to get weird. We walked out to the car, only to discover one of the back windows smashed (pictures) and the interior of the car in a mess… There go our plans for the day. Call the cops. Quick inventory of what’s gone. “What was taken?” I hear you ask. Let me answer first with what wasn’t taken: car stereo, CDs, tools. What was taken: Old Nokia 6110 (with no SIM card), prescription sun glasses, bluetooth handsfree kit.
Cops come round. Mid taking a statement have to run off for a “medical emergency”. Promise to come back later and send round the fingerprint squad. We’re both feeling ok, although slightly down about how the day has begun.
I head inside to look into auto glass repairers.
First call: o’brien. “Can fix it today maybe, tomorrow at latest. $413. Oh hang on, you’re getting quotes from other people? I’ll check with my supervisor. It’s your lucky day, we can do it for only $293”.
Second call: Access Glass. Only had a mobile number as contact, it went through to a fax line.
Edwina comes in to tell me that the toilet is blocked again… No longer flushing properly. Anything else going to go wrong?
Third call: Action Windscreens. Again only a mobile number for contact, however this time it was answered straight away by a friendly sounding chap called David. Can repair today if he can get the part, if not tomorrow at latest. $198.
We go with the third guy. Waiting on the fingerprint squad before we get the window fixed.
What to do about the toilet? Last time it got blocked I called a plumber. He had a nifty compressed air powered plunger that cleared it (at least temporarily). Charged me $150 for the privilege. I’ve decided to find my own nifty compressed air plunger – after a bit of searching I not only found one but found somewhere that stocks it in Sydney. At $50, I’ll try it first thanks. Waiting on the fingerprint squad so the window can be fixed so I can drive the car to get the plunger.
So now I need new sunnies. Unfortunately, prescription sunnies don’t come cheap. Off to look into how much it costs to get private health cover (which might help pay for new glasses). Since we already have ambulance cover with NIB, I check out what they offer first. As it happens, our ambulance cover was just renewed, and in the post with the notice we got a flyer for Dental Plus Cover. That looks pretty much perfect, save for the waiting periods, time to call NIB see if we can wrangle ourselves a no waiting time policy.
After the usual rigmarole of automated voice attendants (this one wasn’t too bad) I get to speak to a lovely young lady who through the course of our conversation tells me it’s her birthday today! Happy birthday NIB call center lady. We want dental plus but no waiting, etc, etc. Unfortunately the reply is no-can-do for waiving the waiting period on extras only cove. This is where it all goes weird again. What you could do says my new best friend (in that “I’m telling you this but I’m not telling you this” voice) is sign up for Basic Saver cover. Because it’s hospital + extras I can then waive the waiting period on extras and you can buy your new sunnies straight away. If you were to then drop down to Dental Plus cover (*wink* *wink*) there’s nothing we could do about it. Weird. But I like it. We sign up.
Fingerprint guys appear! They dust the car, CDs and fuse box cover. We’re the third they’ve been to this morning, all exactly the same deal (rear window smashes, GPS units taken). Are we glad to know we’re not alone? Not really.
Hm… need to do number 2s, Hungry Jacks across the road it is 🙂
What else can Wednesday throw at us?
Update: For those that care, Kleer Drain Instant Drain Opener worked. Yay!