Farewell, Old Friend

The year was 2005, driving around in my 1994 Toyota Corolla Seca. I drove past this used car dealer in Preston and dropped in to have a look at some potential new cars. I saw this bright Red 2003 Volkswagen Golf in the centre of the lot. I remember it was late afternoon and it had been raining all day. I had a quick look at it, sat in it, but that was it. The dealer was about to close. Weeks past, then months and when went back past the same place and it was closed. There was nothing there any more and I was sad. I couldn’t stop thinking about this little red golf I had seen. I started seeing more VW’s on the road too. Taunting me, teasing me, like I was never going to own one.

About 6 months had passed and I started looking for cars again. I remember a work colleague at the time said they had got their car from Bayford Group. So I looked them up and went for a visit. It was a Sunday and I didn’t know they were all closed on Sundays. So I went back the next weekend to have a closer look. Guess what I found? THE SAME CAR! The exact same Red Golf I had saw over half a year ago. It hadn’t been sold yet. Like it was waiting for me to find it again. I took it for a test drive and also took some other models for a drive too. A Mark V Golf, it was nice, but it had way to many km’s for the price they wanted. I went back the following week with my parents. We all took it for a spin and all loved it. So I bit the bullet and got it that very day! I was so happy! It was like after seeing it for that very first time, it was meant to be. It was only 4 years old. 16,500 on the clock. Basically brand new.

My Car & I spent so much time together. Travelling to the beach. Ballarat for several gig road trips. Late night kebab runs with Stef. Most of it was amazing. Some of it, not so much. Car accidents, towing due to gearbox, running out of fuel due to a faulty gauge (that’s my excuse & I stick by it LOL). I am very lucky to have people in my life that have been there to help when the car broke down. My mechanic has been an absolute legend. Getting me back on the road quickly & (mostly) painlessly. Letting me pay a big repair bill over a few weeks. Not many places will let you do that. I will forever be grateful to him & his crew.

It’s been 10 years of love and heartache, mostly love. 10 years of getting me where I need to go. 10 years and 100,000+ km’s of being my chariot. 10 years of my life I was happy to spend with you.

But, sadly, it is time to move on. Time to get a car that is not only nice and new, but financially reliable. Tomorrow, I hand over your keys and pick up my brand new Hyundai i30. It’s white, it’s got leather seats, it’s got all the new car warranty and bonuses you expect. Capped priced servicing, road side assistance. Even my car insurance covers towing. A new chariot I can hopefully call my friend for another 10 years. I hope you find a new home where someone will love you as much as I have. I am both sad and happy. Stef and I have already given the new car a name. My Golf was red, so we called it Ruby. The i30 is White, so we have called it Snowy.

It’s so hard to say farewell to something that has been part of your life for that long. But it is for the best.

Ruby, I will miss you :'(

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A Victory For myki Users & People That Lose Things

Since the introduction of myki to Victoria’s Public Transport system back in 2008, it has been riddled with problems and has had it’s fare (pun intended) share of controversy. Personally I have never really had any issues with the system. I mainly commute using the Bus/Tram network, so I’ve avoided those “crazy queues” at the gates of a train station. That was until last week…

On my registered myki account I currently have eight cards. My girlfriend Stef and myself share the registered account. Mostly because it is easier to keep track on spending & balances etc with just the one log-in. Unfortunately, over time we have lost cards and Stef had lost her myki last week. So now, we only have one active card left on our account. Stef got a new card, gave me the number to register it, but I couldn’t. Apparently you can only have a total of eight cards on a registered account. So I finally decided to fill out the forms required to transfer all balances to the remaining active card and cancel/archive the seven inactive cards. After about a week, I get this email stating that I can only have eight cards in total. This includes archived cards. I was stuck. Couldn’t do anything. I was told I had to create a new myki registration account to enable more cards. Now that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

Just think you are a family of five. You have all five myki cards registered to the one account. Each of these cards have an expiry. Since you activated them at the same time, they will all expire on the same date. You apply to replace all five expired cards, yet you can only register three of these because of the eight card limit. It’s just not right.

It pushed me to make a formal complaint. After a quick response yesterday, it was passed onto the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Advocate. The Advocate is the last resort before you go to the PTV Ombudsmen. After a quick discussion with the lovely lady from the PTV Advocate’s office and outlining several examples on how the system. She agreed and said something needs to change. We discussed how it could be improved and she escalated the case to include the following:

I understand that you have raised your complaint with PTV but you are not satisfied with the outcome of that complaint.
My understanding of your complaint is that:

  • you have 8 myki cards registered to your myki account, and 7 of those cards have been lost
  • you hold possession of one registered myki card number 30*********7161 (current active card)
  • you contacted PTV to request for the remaining balances on the lost cards to be transferred to the current active card, you have completed application forms for the balance transfers
  • you also requested to added additional myki cards to your registered account, however PTV advised you that you could not add more than 8 cards to your online account
  • PTV suggested for you to create a new registered account to register the new card
  • you are dissatisfied with the solution offered by PTV as it would require you to monitor two card cards and two separate accounts

You have advised that to resolve your complaint, you would like PTV to:

  • allow you to add a new myki card to your existing online myki account

Today I received a response from the PTV Advocate. Within 24hrs. I was impressed. I was even more impressed when I read the details of the email.

In response to your complaint, I referred to and assessed the information provided by both you and PTV to conduct an investigation into your case. After reviewing all relevant information, I can advise the following:

  • PTV’s business improvement team has scheduled an IT change to remove myki cards that reflect a ‘refunded’ or ‘expired’ status from registered customer’s active myki card lists
  • once a myki card reflects a ‘refunded’ or ‘expired’ status, it will free up additional space on registered customer accounts, allowing customers to add additional cards to their accounts
  • the IT change is scheduled for deployment on 23 May 2015. This is the earliest date available due to other business improvement changes taking priority
  • as you have requested for a balance transfer of your 7 lost cards to your current myki card number 30*********7161, those cards will reflect a ‘refunded’ status once the transfers are processed. Post 23 May 2015, you will be able to add new myki cards to your registered account
  • unfortunately, PTV cannot offer an alternative solution prior to the scheduled IT change
  • PTV sincerely regrets that you are impacted by this issue, and apologises for the inconvenience caused.

The evidence that I referred to when conducting my investigation consisted of reference to an IT change scheduled for May 2015.

My view of the complaint
I have considered your comments and the information you provided and the evidence sourced from PTV. Based on this information, I believe a reasonable way of resolving the complaint would be to outline that PTV has a fix in place to allow registered customer’s to add new myki cards to their registered account – as detailed above.

victory

VICTORY! I am so happy and pleased with the response. Not only is this going to assist myself because we’re always losing myki’s, but is going to benefit every Public Transport & myki user in the state! I am interested to know if you have had this same issue with the card limit? Or perhaps you don’t lose things lol. So for now, we wait. I will post a follow up at the end of May. Let’s just hope they process the change on time.

I would be interested to hear if others have had the same issue with the card limit. Did you try to do something about it? What response did you get? Feel free to discuss in the comments 🙂

Happy Travels!

Stop this planet, I want to get off!

I have not done one of these rants in a while, and at the moment I am pretty pissed off with society.

So here we go

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Our city is getting worse & worse!

All I see on the news is people getting stabbed, king hit, beaten to a pulp, raped, even killed.

What is wrong with our society that lets this go on and on and continue to happen? Seriously?

Like on the weekend for instance. This guy was just driving along, minding his own business when a youth deliberately threw a tennis ball at his windscreen.

The guy pulled over (big mistake) to tell the kid off, to most likely tell him “I could of had an accident, maybe even ran off the road and hit a tree”.

The youth then proceeded to attack him, then his mates came out, and the poor bloke is now in hospital with stab wounds.

OVER A FUCKING TENNIS BALL?!?! WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!?!

Next I hear a guy was in the city on the weekend, and these guys started to say “you did you throw pizza at my girlfriend for?”

First of all, the guy didn’t even have a girlfriend, and secondly, what pizza? Obviously looking for trouble.

The guys mate came in for some support, to work out what the problem was, then these guys attacked him, king hit him, and now he is in hospital. In a serious condition. In an induced coma. A FUCKING COMA?! Over a fake girlfriend and invisible pizza?

THEN there is the story on the TV tonight about “Teen Girls On Display” wearing tight outfits, 3 sizes too small, wearing what looked like sparkly briefs as “shorts”.

They say the parents are POWERLESS???? Uhhhh WHAT?!?! Have you heard of a fucking lock? Keeping an actual eye on your children?

When I was 18-20 & went out, a girl that wore tight jeans, or a nice dress with just a tiny bit of flesh was sexy as. These girls think it is sexy? They think they are hot? It is vulgar!! Maybe if they were a porn star it would be okay. But no, once again, this needs to stop.

How can society just go by and let all of this shit happen? How is it that when I was going out in the city, this shit was never even heard of! It is actually turning me off wanting to go out in the city.

If this sort of disgusting and unacceptable behavior continues. Bars will suffer, they will close, and then our reputation for having a wide selection of Bars will cease to exist.

What adds to all of this is my brother told me of a photo he saw, with a cop, holding a beer bong, in full uniform. Yes, a Police Officer. A role model. The protector of our society. Holding a fucking beer bong. How is this acceptable? It gives all the people that do all of these despicable acts the impression that law enforcement don’t give a shit.

THAT is by far the worst.

(her comes the slightly amusing part)

With all these super hero movies out these days, I am surprised that some one has not become a masked vigilante . A Batman, an Iron Man, a Captain Melbourne (his outfit would suck tho)

Something needs to be done, or I will try to find another planet to live, because this one is pretty fucked right now.

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Virgin Sucks! Is it time for me to finally move over to Tel$tra?

I have had it up to here with the shit reception I have been having over the past few years.

I was with 3 Mobile, switched to Virgin 10 months ago hoping for an improvement. Still shit. So maybe its time I give in to my hate for Tel$tra so I can finally get the reception & coverage that I deserve.

As a result of my pent up frustrations, It is time, again, to contact my “service” provider & hope they give in to my wishes. If not, then it’s off to the TIO for a second time around to get out of my contract.

Bonus is that I may get an update to an iPhone 4S out of it…

My email to Virgin Mobile

In December 2010, I moved from 3 Mobile to Virgin mobile after issues with cellular connectivity & the lack of reception I was having at home & abroad.
Currently I am still having the same issues with your network. At home I have zero reception, if not worse than what it was with 3 mobile.
To put it in perspective, in order to receive phone calls at home I have a Telstra prepaid mobile that I use to divert calls to. That way I can actually carry a conversation longer than 30 seconds without it dropping out and having to call my friend back.
Even when I am at work on St Kilda road in Melbourne’s CBD I have trouble hearing my friends & subsequently end up calling them back from my works land line.
In almost 10 months, I have not seen any improvement.
I have already contacted the TIO to seek advice on this matter, hence my email to you.
I have an iPhone 4, iOS 5, non-jailbreak (not that it makes a difference)

The only reason I chose Virgin back in December was because you had the best offer at the time. In addition, being that you are on the Optus network, I was under the impression that the coverage would improve. This is not the case, and now I am stuck with a provider that is failing to provide me with the service that I require.

I wish to move my service over to Telstra where I know I will get the coverage that I deserve.

Happy Moomba 27th Birthday Fireworks Extravaganza!

Ok, so apologies for the EPIC title!! Well nah not really!

On March 14 1985 I entered this world as a bouncing baby boy, and it was that time of year again to celebrate such a momentous occasion!

Although the actual birthday gift receiving part of the day was rather non eventful. Except for Stef who got me tickets to the MSO on the previous Saturday evening and was treating me to Moomba. My brother didn’t really get me anything, but then again we have an agreement that if I don’t get him anything for his birthday (24-feb) then I would not expect anything in return. My parents didn’t get me anything either, this came as quite a disappointing surprise. In saying that, they have been absolutely amazing in assisting me get back on track with life so I guess that’s their present.

Stef and I were going to meet several people at federation square to explore the Moomba Festival. I can honestly say that I cannot recall the last time I went to Moomba, it was most likely as a child.

On the way to the city, we picked up Stef’s friend June. Stef & June have not seen each other in almost 15 years!! It was great to see that they still get along, a true friend ship has no distance or time limit and this was one of them. We made our way to the closest train station and headed to Federation Square to meet up with Stef’s other friend Coral and my mate Ash.

It took some time for everyone to arrive, but before we knew it we were on our way exploring the rides and making our way through the crowds. We stumbled upon dodgem cars! Now the last time I was on dodgem cars was way back in 2005 when I worked at the Melbourne Show doing catering! So it was a ‘no brainer’ that dodgem car action had to be had! Ash got into one car, June & Coral in another and then myself in the third car. Stef decided it would be wise of her to video the event (youtube) however I think she was silently scared! hehe
It was great fun!! Going around and around and around in circles trying as hard as I can to HIT the other cars as hard as I can!!

Before we knew it, the fun was over and we decided to venture deeper into the festival to track down some decent carnie noms. Whilst we were wandering and dodging people that were not paying attention, Stef suddenly decided she wanted me to win a plushie for her. But not just any plushie, a giant cuddly bear. This thought continued on and on throughput the day with Stef saying “IWANNABEAR” it was totes cute, however neither of us wanted to waste the money on trying to win one, then fail, so we gave it a pass. However still continuing to say IWANNABEAR all day haha.

We found a spot to eat and got ourselves some cheese kransky snags, they were mighty delicious and mighty expensive!! Two snags and some drinks cost me close to 25bux!!! That is REDICULOUS!!!
Whilst we were eating Stef called her other friend Ioanna to see where she was so she could meet up with us. Not long and she was here and we ventured down the river and then across to the other side.

Apart from Stef and Myself, it was the first time that each of the people on my birthday adventure had met. To our delight everyone was getting along just fine! No awkwardness or getting singled out, it was great!

We wondered around to the other side of the river where there were yet more carnie attractions and rides and yes… bears… IWANNABEAR!!!
June pointed out the giant drop ride and said “lets do that!”. I basically said, fat chance in getting me on that ride, Ash had done it before and was not up for it again and with Stef’s fear of heights, it was highly unlikely for her to go on it! However, June pulled the “I have not seen you in 15yrs” card and dragged Stef onto the ride along with Ioanna and Coral. There really is not much to this ride, it goes up in the air, waits, then drops. I could hear Stef’s loud high pitched scream as the ride fell to the bottom. You may just be able to hear it on this video (youtube) Ioanna left not long after this ride, she had to get home and prepare for her trip to China!!

After that we meandered our way through the crowds again and found ourselves at the live stage. The music was really strange, but also groovy. I forget the name but it was basically bollywood music live in concert. Ash decided that it was getting chilly, and as he lives opposite Flinder St Station, he decided to make a quick trip home for a jacket. I asked him for one as I did not listen to my mother in the morning “Take a jacket, it will get cold tonight” “Nah mum, she’ll be right” YEAH!? Famous last words they were!!! Ash returned after about half hour and was empty handed, oh well looks like I have learnt my lesson!

We decided it was time for a drink or two. So we made our way back around and accross the river again to Transport Bar. We grabbed a table, some brews, and chatted away. June told us that she was a doctor, we all thought this was awesome! None of us had ever known a doctor before!! June had studied overseas pretty much her entire life and got her Doctorate overseas too. She had awesome pics of injuries etc. It was rather a interesting conversation!! IWANNABEAR

The time was ticking closer and closer to 9:15 and that meant FIREWORKS!!! We hot footed it down to the river, then looked to the opposite side and saw all this empty space in front of the rowing sheds. So we hot footed it again across the bridge to the other side and managed to grab a nice spot on the grass. We parked our arses and waited, waited, waited then BANG!! the fireworks had started!
THIS WAS SOO AWESOME!!!! I had NEVER had fireworks on my BIRTHDAY before! and to spend it with friends and my amazing girlfriend Stef was even better! Fireworks NEVER dissapoint and this was no exception! it was a truly beautiful spectacle!! but as always, it came to and end…

As Ash’s apartment is so close by, he suggested we chill at his for a bit after. He broke out the Rock Band, and we got to rocking it out! I was cracking the shits hard core because I was not able to get the timing right. Apparently it is a lot more sensitive than guitar hero… We all had our shots at singing, guitar, bass and drums and it was getting late. June, Stef and I had to make sure we caught the train before they stopped service for the night. So we said farewell and made our way to the station and discovered that we had some time to kill. I said to Stef lets do that photo booth thing!! The first booth stole my money!! So we tried the second one and managed to get three photo’s taken. you can see them here one, two, three.

Before we knew it we were on our way back to drop June off then on our way home. I asked Stef “Have you ever had a kebab before?” She replied “what’s that?!”
I think you know what happend next, we stopped and got some kebab late night noms and then chilled watching half of Finding Nemo and then crashed.

I would have to say that it would be one of my best birthdays yet. You don’t need to get crunk or “fucked up” to have a great birthday! This was truly special and AWESOME!!

Thanks June, Ash, Coral and Ioanna for joining me and helping me celebrate!
And OF COURSE Stef!!! xoxo

 

IWANNABEAR!!!!!!!

The Birthday Song

Stef wrote me a song for my birthday!!!

I never thought that this would be,
A good equation together you & me,
I could go on about how much I think,
That this can’t be true,
But I know it’s real,
‘Cause I’m here with you

I never want this to end,
And you should know, you’re my best friend,
I could go on about how much I think,
That this could not be
But I know it’s real,
‘Cause you’re here with me

Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
And I hope that
All your wildest dreams come true

Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Grant, I just want to tell you so much,
I love you
And I hope that this present
Isn’t too cheap for you

It was such a beautiful thing to do, no one has ever written me a song! I was so moved I cried for a bit. Truly the best present that anyone could wish for!

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & My Birthday Part 1

On Saturday Stef took me to the Melbourne Town Hall to experience the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) play songs & scores by the incredible John Williams at the Star Wars And Beyond concert.

I have never been to see the MSO before! Stef went to see them about a month ago when they had the free concerts at the Myer Music Bowl. Unfortunately I was working for every single one of these free concerts so I could not attend. Stef bought me a ticket for my birthday (14/03) It was an amazing present, and also one of the many “firsts” that Stef and I find ourselves doing.

Our seats were right up in the back row. Yeah, it might sound like they were shit seats, however its better acoustically to sit at a distance from an orchestra. They opened with the Olympic Fanfare & Theme which was written for the LA Olympic Games. Next was JAWS!!! Those two famous notes! Duhhh Duh, Duuuhhhh Duh!! OH it was amazing! It sent chills down my spine!! Up next was the Lost In Space theme. I never watched this show, so these scores didn’t really have much of an impact on me.

One of my favourite movies of all time Jurassic Park was next on the play list! Oh it was soo cool! Every part of this score was amazing!!

I could literally go on and describe every song, but i would be here for ever doing so. Soooo here is a quick list of the rest of the songs.

Memoirs of a Geisha: Sayuri’s Theme
JFK: Theme
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Hedwig’s Theme
Far and Away: Suite
Catch Me If You Can: Closing In
Superman: March
Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Excerpts
Schindler’s List: Main Theme

This one was awesome because the 1st char violinist stood up and did the solo section of the entire song. It was truly beautiful!!

The Phantom Menace: Suite
Star Wars Suite: Princess Leia’s Theme
The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial March
The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda’s Theme
Throne Room and Finale (credits) from Star Wars

Star Wars OF COURSE was truly awe inspiring!! I absolutely love these movies, and hearing the amazing work of John Williams played live was pure bliss, absolute BLISS. I closed my eyes at several points throughput these scores and was in heaven. What I liked best about this was the fact they played them, pretty much, without interruption. With exception of the stupid bitch sitting next to us with her FUCKING PHONE RINGING!!! RAAAGGGEEE!! Then she had it on and recording or something. The light was in the corner of my eye. Stef could see that i was getting irritated, and so was she, so Stef asked her to put her phone away. “but i didnt make any noises” Stef: “Its the light, its annoying the shit out of me” Perfect!! That was just awesome, thanks for that Stef!

With exception of that the MSO was truly AMAZING!! They even did an encore with the E.T. score from the bicycle chase! I definitely want to see the MSO again! If you would like to, check out their ‘what’s on’ calendar here

Sunday was next on my birthday weekend of awesomeness. I was meeting all the crew at the Templestowe Hotel for some afternoon drinks. It was supposed to be great weather, and they have an awesome section outside, however in true Melbourne style, the black clouds came in and the heavens opened. oh well there was plenty of room inside for us to chill.

Stef was quite nervous, because she is not really used to doing the “group” thing. She is more used to 1 or 2 people at a time. We got there and we got our drinks and chatted away. It wasn’t so bad, I thought Stef got along quite well with my mates! Especially that my mate Gordon went to primary school with her for one year 15 years ago!! We were only there for a few hours, chatted, drank, played pool, drank, chatted, drank. Was awesome to introduce my amazing girlfriend to my group of mates. I think they all liked her.

Mum got some take out bbq chicken and chips for dinner, we watched some tv and then Stef and I retired to my room for some….. Jurassic Park movie action. (what did you think i was going to say??? tisk tisk)
This movie is awesome, and was made so much better that we had heard the John Williams score for it live by the MSO!! We both were live tweeting like crazy and loving it! im sure the twitter universe was also loving getting flooded by the both of us!!

Before we knew it it was midnight and my birthday had arrived!!

Stef gave me a kiss and told me how much she loved me!! SQUEEEEE

When we kissed she told me that my kisses were out of this world.
I said “would you like to go to mars?”
Stef: “huh?”
Me: “i would like to take you out of this world again” and i kissed her again
Stef: “i dont want to go to mars”
Me: “then where would you like to go”
Stef: “the moon, its closer”
I burst out laughing, it was so cute the way she said it. I even made up a little song on the spot, the melody started out ok but then i just started to ramble!!

if i could take you to the moon
i would take you right now
we would fly there and sit in the dust
we would watch the earth come up
and maybe play some golf, then search for the flag
the one the americans left behind
thats not actually there
coz they never went
and its all fake
so we will be the first

You can sort of see where i went of towards the end, but i thought it was mildly amusing!

She is truly amazing, and I am very lucky to have her in my life. Not only is she my loving girlfriend, but she is also my best friend. I love you so much! and I am lucky to get a midnight kiss on my birthday!! She was feeling bad because she has not gotten me a card or anything. All I can ask for, is her to spend the day with me and my birthday is complete. I’m not one for material possessions, words and the expression of how one feels its way more valuable to me.

Time to stop rambling, got to sleep so my birthday can continue in the morning!

Good Night!

Happy Birthday Mum!!

Today is my Mum’s Birthday!

I wished her a happy birthday this morning, however I did not have a card or a present to give to her as I’m poor due to being sick and not working.
However I did manage to scrape together enough change from my car to get her a card on the way home, I even had enough to get her a ‘quick pick’ for tonight’s lotto draw!!

Message on the Envelope

To The MOST Awesome
Mum In The WORLD!!
THATS YOU!! 🙂

Here is the message that i wrote on the card

Dear Mum,

Thank you for everything you do for me. You have been there for me every step of the way. Especially thru the last eight months or so, as I get myself back up on my feet. I definately could not of gotten to where I am today without both yours and Dad’s support. Although I may not show it all the time, I do truly appreciate everything you do for me.

Happy Birthday Mum!!

Much Love

Grant 🙂 xoxo

Both of my parents have helped me thru some very difficult times, basically since 1st of July 2010. To name a few: Got fired, struggled to find work, Dad got me onto a recruitment agency thru his work, my Girlfriend of 5 and a half years left me, they took me to Vietnam for three weeks, and have helped me out financially numerous times!!
I honestly cannot be more thankful for both of their support whist I pick myself back up and get on with my life!
Not to mention my other family and friends too!
And my awesome girlfriend and best friend Stef!!

There is also a message on the card that I got, it is as follows

For A very Special Mother

This brings a special thank you for the love you show all year, and the thoughtful things you do that make you so dear…
And this also comes to tell you today that you are loved so very much – far more than words can say.

Happy Birthday

I Love You Lots Mum!! I hope you have had a great day, and we all enjoy dinner tonight with the family!!

Love,

Grant xoxo

Cabbies….

man, cabbies suck monkeys bawls.

seriously, if you have your ‘im free to pick up a fare’ light on. fucking pick up a fair!!

is it honestly that hard?!

if you do not wish to pick up a fare that is not heading into the city then TURN YOUR FUCKING LIGHT OFF!!!

i had 4 cabs go past me before one would stop. by then i was furious and said the same thing as above.

he said they are just heading to the city. uhhh isnt it like a law that a cabbie cannot refuse a fair.

fuck you, i have cash, i have directions, its like a short detour on your trip back to the city to pick up some drunk pricks that will most likely puke in your precious cab.

end rant……. that is all

Nicholas Marshall – 1993-2010

A family friend of ours sadly lost their son in a tragic suicide, Nick was only
17.

My parents have known the family since they were about my age. They would constantly fly up to Surfers to visit them.
Dad has always had a strong relationship with Nick and he will miss him dearly.

Unfortunately I never really got the chance to know Nick. However the times I did see him he was always the daredevil type, always playing around, joking and laughing. He loved to be the centre of attention.

I remeber one time when we were all up in surfers. We went to sea world, and just for fun he would trip or fall on purpose just to get a laugh.

I don’t know what had changed with him, and I probably never will. I will always remember him as the kid that wanted to be a stunt man.

This is a tragic loss and my thoughts are with the family.

My parents flew up today for the funeral, unfortunatly I was unable to make it.

Rest In Peace Nick, you will be missed by all that loved and knew you.