01 June, 2015

Hobie 16

Hobie 16
In 1980 Chris Knight, MD of SSB was advertising for sale, his Hobie Cat for 13k. I wanted this catamaran very much; but could not afford to buy it at the time. This item stayed on my bucket list for over 30 years!


I was sailing a Yamaha Seahopper at the time. It was fast but it hasn't got a trapeze. So I looked for a dinghy which goes faster and has a trapeze like the Hobie and I found it.

17 May, 2015

A collapsible multi purpose trailer

Recently I bought a collapsible garden trailer which came with a fishing kayak sold on Trademe, a buy/sell NZ web site. The seller delivered the kayak using this. I met him at the half way point, Pokeno. Due to minor injuries, neither of us is able to load/unload this kayak (35 kg) on to our roof racks by ourself. This trailer is the perfect solution to a common problem, back injuries.

The collapsing feature could be very important if we use this trailer only occasionally (autumn trees pruning). However I discovered that in spite of its excellent design it wasn't a simple operation to fold it up and store it in my garage. The product does not come with any instruction booklet or links to a web site. It was a great big, heavy jig saw puzzle. that weighs over 200 kg.

14 May, 2015

Beware of men in white dust coats

One day as I was driving my car, a Mitsubishi Challenger 4x4, I saw a red light blinking on the dash. So I pulled in at the Mitsubishi agent, Dallas Motors on Victoria street to find out whether there is anything wrong. Three men wearing white dust coats worked on my car immediately. I was watching them because one of them had a computer which he plugged into my car and looking at the monitor as he turned the dials. The end result, the idiot light stopped blinking on the dash. I was given an invoice for $75 which I paid and then I went home [happy] with the quick instant service.

On closer look at the invoice at home, I found that the itemised items included labour and material used. I became unhappy because it cost me so much money to replace just one brake-light bulb. Being a blogger, I post about my experience and forgot about it. A few weeks later, I received a call at home. The manager of Dallas Motors asked me politely to remove my post about his shop. Apparently my post has cost him customers. He offered to refund me the money but I declined to accept. I told him that I will not remove my blog; but he is free to sue me in court if he is unhappy.

Two years later Dallas Motors in Hamilton closed down shop. I am smiling now because I am driving a Nissan! There was nothing wrong with the Challenger; it was a good car; but the service was lousy.

08 May, 2015

Physiotherapy/ acupuncture experience

I had a pain in the back near the lumbar region. It became quite severe recently and Christine suggested that I try a wheat pack to relieve the pain. I used it early in the morning and whenever I felt pain. It worked! For a more permanent cure, I registered with a GP at the Avalon medical centre near my house, asking for a full medical check. My GP recommended that I see a physiotherapist. He took some urine and blood samples and that was it. The result will be known next week. He offered to give me some pain killer. I declined because it will only remove the symptoms; but the pain will still be there. I will not feel it, that's all. I do not believe in pain killers or any medicine of that kind.


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