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( May. 14th, 2011 05:18 pm)
Been meaning to post some pictures of the kids for ages, but a request from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] kaths has gotten me off my arse. 16 pics below the cut... )
It's starting to seem like every few years I'll have a panic about my car, only to find that no, the universe likes my car, and just wants to keep testing my love for it.

Last few weeks, I've been doing the running around just getting a couple of prices on fixing it up so it's legally drive-able in NSW. Got a quote in Canberra on fixing up the structural rust - the stuff I was really concerned about as being super expensive. It was a quarter what I'd imagined, and still half what I'd hoped for. Then I got a quote in Cooma, which was almost an eighth my original figure.

And that's kind of what I've suddenly discovered - if you want your old car fixed up at very reasonable prices, get it done in Cooma. The quotes for the upholstery and basic mechanical work are also really reasonable. My four weekends of Santa work, for three hours each of the days, will pay for most of it.

But the best thing? If I wanted to I could use the money we'd already budgeted for yearly basic car maintenance, and we'd still have over half of it left.

So my eventual goal of letting MaybeZoe tool around in my car in 20 years time is still on!
dalekboy: (Amazing Orgasms)
( Sep. 22nd, 2009 10:34 am)
* April and Andy visited on the weekend. Yay!

* My car indicator continues to play up. Boo!

* Sharon and I got to go see Up on Sunday. It was good and didn't stupidly pander to the 3D. Yay!

* Sharon's grandpa died Sunday night. He was an awesome old bloke. Boo!

More under cut, some TMI... )
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( Nov. 27th, 2008 08:55 pm)
Various photos from the last few months beneath the cut One shot with some fairly inoffensive nudity. )
A brief post for the many, many people who said we couldn't travel to remote places with Lex.

Post-Melbourne trip, my son, at 8 weeks, has seen more of the country than most of the people who offered me this advice, and we aren't home yet. Interestingly we have discovered travelling with him so far inland is no different than travelling with him from Canberra to Melbourne was.

10,000 years ago we all used to be nomads, yet somehow we managed.

And I have the Belwood!

A quick selection of pictures of places he's been, below the cut.Read more... )
dalekboy: (travel)
( Apr. 11th, 2008 11:11 am)
I am heading to Melbourne for a few days... maybe a week... it's variable. Finalising a few things with the sale of the Noble Park house, last catch-up with a few people before Lex turns our lives upside down, last face-to-face with my suppliers for a while, etc.

If I fail to catch up with you while I'm in town, please don't take it personally. Actually, if you're that bloody sensitive, do take it personally and then learn to get over yourself :P

In other news, after 20 years of driving, I seem to have suddenly developed the trick of flooding the engine every bloody time I start the car! I'm utterly consistent, too. No idea what I've suddenly started doing differently. So if I have trouble starting the car when I'm with you, it's not the car, it's me :)

Danny go whoosh now...

dalekboy: (Default)
( Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:33 pm)
Woke up at 6, wrote and got latest story up, faffed around and did a small amount of stuff, then went off to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] oothoona. We had decided to get together and have a yak, and today was the day.

I don't write about everyone I meet up with, but Oothoona is an exceptional person. Clever, funny, compassionate, thoughtful and gorgeous. Met up at 2 and was expecting to talk for an hour or two, given I was feeling tired - we finished up the chat at around 6:30-ish. Could easily have chatted the night away, very easy to talk to.

Had a party to go to tonight, but I'm a wee bit tired, it's bucketing down, and most importantly, the wiper that got replaced recently jammed on the way home. I was able to unjam it, but don't fancy driving the car in the rain until I've had a look to see if I can fix it or bodge something up. Would actually like to go to the party, though I'd probably only last an hour before I wanted to crash, but buggered driver's side wiper + heavy rain = no go.

But, had a fantastic afternoon with someone I would love to chat to and hang with lots more. Yay!
dalekboy: (Default)
( Sep. 7th, 2007 02:33 pm)
Haven't gone far, but that's ok. Here's just a few pics taken so far. 4 800x600 pics below cut Read more... )
dalekboy: (travel)
( Aug. 27th, 2007 02:57 pm)
So, today for the second time this year, I told someone in all seriousness that they needed to get away from the job they hate and cross the Nullarbor with me.

"I'm going next week, come with me!"

In both cases I figured the person would actually benefit from it. Away from home for about a week, out of contact for good chunks of it, seeing the size and scope of what's out there... Being reminded that there are different, more rewarding, and often more interesting ways to live. You don't have to want to do them, but knowing they exist changes your perspective. To have the freedom to think about what's going on in your life without all the niggling reminders, distractions and doubts that try to convince you that you really can't leave that job and/or life you hate.

Everyone one should do a long slow trip to somewhere in Australia. It opens your mind in interesting new directions if you let it. Though not everybody should do it with me. Some wouldn't cope with me, some I would kill before we got halfway across.

So now, because it's much in my mind (Three days! Eeep!) I present the "Do the Nullabor with Danny" poll! )
dalekboy: (travel)
( Aug. 25th, 2007 10:07 pm)
Okay, some quick and dirty dates for those who are interested... Actual days may vary depending on tiredness, good days, etc. Read more... )For any of the friends I hope to catch up with on this trip, no presents please. Anything given to me would just take up valuable space and may get damaged, so your present to me can be saving me the grief. The trip is my present to myself, and seeing people will be a big part of that.
dalekboy: (travel)
( Aug. 20th, 2007 11:23 pm)
...it's not really just a car.
dalekboy: (travel)
( Aug. 20th, 2007 02:32 pm)
So, it's been a nuts day. Painter arrived first thing to deal with the damage from a leak we had a while back. However, unlike we'd been told, he wasn't going to just touch up the damaged area over the kitchen table, he was going to paint the entire ceiling of the kitchen and lounge area. So much moving of crap had to take place in a very short space of time. That knocked me around a fair bit.

Then I had to take my car down to the mechanic's for roadworthy looksee and a major service. And brain-damaged cripple-old-man had to walk an hour to get home. Think that didn't take a toll?

And I've just had a call from the mechanic...Read more... )
dalekboy: (Travel 2)
( Jun. 21st, 2007 01:17 pm)
Getting away from me being a miserable bugger, another 12 pictures (700k)! These aren't as cool though. Read more... )
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( Jun. 18th, 2007 11:35 am)
More pictures! These ones relate to this post and this one. Though some of the pics I put up next will also relate to the second post as well.

14 pictures (815k) below the cut. One with a recently dead bunny, one with nudity, but you've all seen my bum by now... )
dalekboy: (travel)
( May. 25th, 2007 07:12 pm)
A handful of pics from the trip. Some more interesting ones to follow! These pics cover the posts "To Southern Cross" & "To Kalgoorlie". Thumbnails below cut )


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