Melbourne

Saturday 20th January, 2007.

Mobile broadband: The Telstra shop in the city turned out, so far, to be reasonably helpful in my request for the upgrade. The unit I require was still not available, but they are endeavouring to chase one up for me. I am now waiting for a phone call to let me know they have one, the delay is apparently to do with a Xmas stock-take with the manufacturers.

The free subscription I receive to the caravan magazine has been helpful already with stories about the brake controller I have installed in the car. I have been hearing for a while now that there is a problem with the unit, but I haven’t been able to find what the problem is. The latest issue carried a story about the problem and it just happens that I have been experiencing the same problem recently. The unit turns on the brake lights on the car intermittently while the car is just sitting. I don’t know how long it has been happening, but we have only noticed it in the past few months. The story goes that if one returns the unit to any retailer they will replace it with a new one. I returned mine to where I purchased it and surprise has it that they actually knew about the problem so there will hopefully be no problems getting a replacement. I have left the unit with the company and am waiting for another phone call when the new unit turns up.

Other dramas have been happening with the car, as is only expected with the travel we do, when I took the car in for a usual service. I requested they check the brakes as I knew the pads were down somewhat. The check revealed that I really needed what turned out to be an almost complete replacement of brakes all round, meaning pads, rotors and callipers. Over $1000.00 later and the brakes do seem to be a lot better, but one will tell more when they are fully bedded in, and so they aught to be at that cost.

Other than this all has been rather quiet, with Linda doing her usual baby-sitting we haven’t had much of a chance to much else.

I did get a visit from Matt (2) who is at present in Melbourne, from England, for a short work related trip. He intended to surprise us, but Narrelle inadvertently posted the news on her new web site (blog) and gave us the address to check it out. We will get to see him some more as it seems that he will be here for a few weeks, much to Narrelle’s disgust.