pools pros n cons

Pools, to have or not have

A company I once worked for rented a house in a tropical region near an airport [but not near a bar?!?!] for a bunch of transients working in ZOCA. This particular property had won awards for its gardens for a couple of years, and was presentable, but not luxurious as is the wont of the tropical zone. But. The responsiblity of looking after it was horrendous.

Firstly the garden- had to get a maintenance guy in as taking a mower on a plane is not a priority whenPool tropical_resize just passing through.

Secondly, a bunch of transients that were mainly international transients from a cold cold climate would have no idea of how to maintain a classic backyard ozzie pool. Ever. Yes they were bachelor of science graduates, I know.  Sure, there were chemicals in a small amount and some vague instructions. But no delegation or as some would say, No Handover Notes…

Thirdly, as mentioned, the people staying there and the ones passing through it, including myself, may have to stay out on a rig for more than a few weeks, leaving the pool unattended for up to say two weeks.

In the tropical sun…

Just imagine when you have returned to this place either from the rig or from down south, and looking out the back window over the backyard. You have a beer in one hand and a ciggie in the other cos you do both inside back in the day, saying ‘sure would love a swim!’

And you like the nice manicured lawn in place of the old kidney shaped pool out the back that has appeared since last you were there, home away from home.


Yes, a monstrous, gloopy yes, soupy even or maybe a stand on-able algal bloom, just sitting there in the backyard ready to invade next doors tame, cool, chemically ridden backyard pool.

The bill for cleaning up of the pool and surrounds was also – Horrendous.

That is why I do not entertain or think of having a place with a pool. Algae. Bloody trees and the Sticks and f$@@!$g leaves that have to be fished out. Mosquitos. Birds and associated shit all around the place. A shed full of chemicals and instructions and broken cleaning equipment. Water bills. Child proof fences. Clean up and clean out the beer fridge, empty the ashtrays, pick up the butts and the stubby tops…List can go on.

And other associated downers like SHRIEKING minors splashing the laid back relaxed beer imbibers into a cby the pool a_resizeold water caused heart attacks. The empties and old food left to pick up the next day after the visitors have thanked you, or not, for a ‘wonderful’ time. Cold water as the heater was not working. Hmm.

And now you are wondering what brought this rant on I bet!

Well, some old couple are refusing to sell up their home of thirty two years for a big bunch of money- they are older than you think and what the hell are they going to do with all that money, enough to buy a few meters of a cruise liner and not just a cabin! While I checked the address out on google earth, I see a few backyard pools. I see what looks like a throng dressed person lying in one? Oh yeah, maybe there might be some nudies too I reckon to mysealf and start an unoffical search  that brought up many hundreds of blue backyard pools with NO ONE else in them. The shadows bring to mind that it is only about lunchtime or morning so where are all the sun worshippers and swimmers? Then I can see it aint a weegen, Friday 31 January 2014, so close though, and mid summer.

What about the weather- it has to Be Nice For A Party By The Pool. Really? Just build one inside as well. Oh my. No thanks.

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wet twice in two months

In regards to speedsailing

I have driven about 2000 kilometers since I got home from the last job, just to go speedsailing. But I have been Marvined!

There was a short sail with the new speed board at Shallow Inlet, Sandy Point the first week, then about half an hour the other week at Swan Bay near Queenscliff with my Big board. There has been a trip the other side of a nearby lake where a 4WD track tried to take the engine out of the van, a few other side trips to check a site out- and was warned that Hollands Landing is CRAP- I do not think so, not so much if there is two parties along for a sail either side of the channel! The salty water is slowly getr rid of vegetation either side of the east end of the channel- better wind!

In between these two dates July 24 and October 13, there was a geologically inclined oriented field trip to the southern Sydney basin, to see the Hawkesbury SST and coal outcrops along the coast. Just so happened to drag some boards and sails along. They did not get wet, but I sure enjoyed the trip, especially the SeaBridge at Coalcliff, north ofseabridge Coalcliff NSW Wollongong- was going to see the gas fields around Camden, but, ran out of time- kids…

The price of diesel is cheap- I mean to go to the movies- that’s fifteen bucks for an hour and a half or maybe two.

The van gets 10 liters per 100 kilometers. About. At $1.20-1.50 a liter- thats about 15 bucks an hour driving.

Cheaper than going to the movies. If you like driving… I must!

If I cannot do more than 3 hours on the water per month I may as well sell all my newly bought speedsailing gear! Any Offers? There would be about twenty grands’ worth to get rid of (well- to replace If I Lost the gear!), some a bit worn, some with the price stickers nearly coming off… some with great memories and some with none yet!

Nah, joking. Just wish my favourite spot was so much closer! If I was fitter I would probably get out there what ever the wind was doing [might need an old racing board to satisfy that itch] and- might be persuaded to get a SUP board too.

So I am just doing it anyway- with MS I may not have too many years left to get out and fly across the water and enjoy one of my favourite hobbies.  If I can just stay upright more often it would be so much more fun too! There has been too much time In the water than On the water the last few years…

To get to 30 knots consistently is a goal, to reach 40 knots would be fantastic, to get even better means more and more time on the water. I should get a holiday place or a time-share closer to Sandy at some stage- or whenever the prodigies leave home for good. One day! Any old how, should stop whining and go cook up a barby hamburger with the WeberQ for the non vegan and me.

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currently, the dessadisfaxion report

It just irritates me…

Just a rant or ponderings of the current times, probably repeating myself!

Absolutely– why oh why not just use YES, or I AGREE. Using that word by itself and repetitively too these days really infuriates me. It is never used with anything else like it should! RHHG!! And when friends etc use it, oh…

Fraccing for energy– under good regulation, I have no problems with it. The nay sayers are not up with the geology or engineering, that’s what experts can comment on. Shut-The-Gate people- where is all of your energy for your life styles coming from anyway? I don’t think you are making DIY power packs at home and charging them with a hand crank… How the hell are you making your way to meetings and protests and how do farm products make it to market? Sheesh.

Solar power– the present Oz goverment does not the idea! What the hell? Surely they must have been lobbied by large energy suppliers [ that are,oh dear, losing some money!?] Surely it makes so much good sense that if on our own we can make electricity and save it by battery (new and upcoming?) to supply our own power teh community avoids brown outs if forced to cut coal energy use?

Wind Energy– another field the Oz Gov does not like cos it is Ugly! And Noisy? Yeah, so what about the kilometer wide holes in the ground we are left with from coal mining- are they gunna fill that up to get rid of the Ugliness? Nup. [‘they’ the miners or govs]

NBN in Oz– FTTP for broadband internet use at home is the obvious and best way to go, because to me, it is a little extra money,work and time. Every body will be happier, until a new breakthrough comes along of course. Singapore and Korea cannot have it all wrong the last few years- Oz is supposedly a first world country afterall.

Highways in Oz– the Princes Hwy Gippsland thru to NSW and probably to Sydney. Admittedly, not an expert on construction or the politics of it. But I do think that with all the space we have, getting rid of single lanes and building dual carriageways would pay off down later in many ways- less accidents, less time on the road etc etc. And it is nice country to drive through! And something else- why not move closer to place of work rather than travel on a packed roadway? And and and…

Public transport- I am in favour of public transport paid out of taxpayers money- what would a little bit more tax cost you?

Politics in Oz– a leader is down, long live the next… Until we don’t like it. A change at the moment looks fool hardy, but the pollies don’t get it.  Nor the peple or media.

Taxes– In my opinion, I love a good road for the ambulance to get me when I need it in order to get me to a hospital for treatment by well trained medicos. If I never use it, so what? Like insurance, a ‘free’ health system paid for by ‘everybody’ will cost less overall- like buying groceries in bulk as well- got to be cheaper over time. Sooo- I don’t like the mantra at the moment that “the Oz Gov owes a fair bit, but taxes will be cut- Vote For Us!”. So where does that lead us? I don’t see the very well paid helping out- they will try to pay less if they can cos they are allowed! And another thing- I reckon nearly everyone in Oz probably has a large LED flatscreen TV and a near new car (like less than ten years old) in the drive way… people cannot afford a bit more tax? I think we can if society in Oz wants to keep up with some of the Jones’s overseas!

Drugs– apparently the authorities do ‘know who-what-when’ on the ICE problem and lesser proscribed substances problem but not how to stop it. Or not enough guts. Great, like when someone says to me when I am down the street- “See that guy? well…”.  Rggh.

Housing– many years ago- a quarter acre house block [20x50m] was big enough for shelter and a small veggie patch with maybe a few chickens or a sheep (for the cooler/freeezer), enough for a family. Houses now are built nearly on top of each other! Why not build upwards? Just live on top of each other and save space for parks. [or roads?]

Trumptime. I reckon the US is on a losing streak there, from what the news reports and what I can understand…

Refugees- let them in or let the russians (ie they support the syrian regime…) have their way to cause an economic problem for the rest of the world… Just because there is no energy resources in some countries in the MidEast whereby a solution like an invasion would help the people there, is no excuse. Anymore. Some places are still not recovering after that tactic was tried. And just acquiring an acerage by force is not helpful either, look at you putin, shame!

ISIS- yech. I do agree with Abbootts slogan- well he would have one, like ‘they’re extremists.

Where I am at. Dunno. Not overly happy, not depressed, leaning both socialist and capitalist, what ya gunna do? I like freedom to travel, to vote, to pay taxes for health roads and defence, to enjoy what prosperity I have and try to share and/or leave some of it for society and descendents, to rant…

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July 2015- hottest ever…?

July 2015- hottest ever…? Nooo- I don’t think so, not down here.

According to a facebook blog- The Earth Story– the month of July 2015 was pretty hot. Around the world that is. Or maybe just USA? The info came from the NASA Goddard Institute page about El Nino and what is going on in the Pacific Ocean and the California drought.[ 1 sept- coldest winter in 26 yrs]

Well, as you can see below, my backyard temperature recordings starts July 2010. And not being a statistician (yet), I cannot see that July ’15 Hotness in my backyard. Yet. Watch this space, I may do it today- if my show-box-tax-receipts-stocktake or SF reading do not take up too much time after parent teacher interviews and Mr Taxi duties allow…

anyway- here is five years of mi-av-max temp plottedfive years temps


Can you see that “the average” or “mean”(?) is about 8°C- ie from min to max about with +/- 2° as a quick visual. Or over six years from -4° to 21°C, I still think it is about 8°C!. (The 2010 ’26°’ is an aberration- surely-  my new toy probably still inside?- but not editing it out now!! ). There are many ways to get the average/mean- I would have it easy as about 8°, but is it rising, like, is this year, 2015, hotter than the others?

This is the BOM climate statistics site for my area- July mean daily is 13.8°C!BOM stats July 2015


Last years, July mean 14.8°C…BOM stats July 2014


These are the backyard recordings- not edited at all- three instruments in that time, the last four years better protection from the sun- not that that matters in July!

jul 2010 temp


July 2011


jul 2012 temp


jul 2013 temp

July 2013

jul 2014 temp

July 2014

jul 2015 temp

July 2015



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