Saturday, 11 July 2015

Nice oddities

Sorry, no pictures but important none the less. This last week saw me getting stuff fixed, and I was in for some surprises.

Surprise 1. My smart phone was going flat at an alarming rate so I took it to Battery World Tamworth, expecting to have to shell out for a new battery at sixty or seventy dollars. The young man at the counter took out the battery and tested it, to announce that the battery was fine. He then showed me how to open up the apps to see what was running in the background and how to turn them off and on. That young man saved me a new battery and the inconvenience of the battery going flat always at an inconvenient time.

Surprise 2. The new (second hand) 4 wheel drive I bought to pull the caravan (trailer) was using about 2 litres (a quart) of coolant every 5,000 Km (3,000 miles). I took it to a radiator specialist in Tweed Heads South for a pressure test, expecting a leaky hose at least, or a cracked head at worst. Within five minutes I had the truck back. The problem was a faulty radiator cap. All-up cost? $15.

Surprise 3. Two years ago when we bought the caravan, we also bought a 12 to 240V inverter. A few days ago, it decided to not work, and to announce its demise, it continued to emit an ear-splitting squark when it was plugged in. I took it to Jaycar at South Tweed, where it was replaced by a new inverter, free of charge. What I did not know was that it had a two year warranty, and completely unknowingly, its warranty was due to run out on the following day. I guess that was luck, but because it had been bought at a different franchise, strictly speaking, I should have had to return it to the shop where it was purchased. Unfortunately, that shop is now about 1,200 km away. I'd say Human nature is not all bad, in fact this week has convinced me that honesty and generosity are alive and well... at least here in the north. Having a great time on the road, wish you were here!

6 comments:

  1. what a wonderful day you had- serendipity or just plain good ol' karma! Cheers and I'm still working on those perfect environmentalists!

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  2. Wow! Amazing luck. And what a stroke of good fortune with that inverter. I have found parts usually fail on the day AFTER the warranty runs out!

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  3. ~~ Dear author of the riveting political thriller "Cull" ~~ while penning this epic, did you not consider the issue of apps running in the background and their impact on battery life? Lucky that Harry and Yuri must have!
    XXOO




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  4. Hey, Pops, have EYE gotta lotta poetry for you, brudda, in our 22ish blogs.

    God bless

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  5. Hey, Pops, have EYE gotta lotta poetry for you, brudda, in our 22ish blogs.

    God bless

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