Weekend Sundries: April 30 – May 1, 2022

‘Initially headed north through the Flinders Ranges and took a punt with the forecast of rain. I lost. In Marree it poured rain and both the  Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks closed. Nonetheless took the opportunity to fly over Lake Eyre and was rewarded with spectacular views due to the rain. With little prospect of the desert tracks  opening I headed south on the bitumen and added 800km to the trip. I hate riding the highway but no alternative this time. The coffee, food and service on our major inland routes isn’t particularly good. I can confirm that the cheap labour is back, backpackers and ‘skilled migrants’ in most facilities. I also encountered three Russian motorcyclists. In short, the consensus was that the west can’t hurt Putin or Russia. They’ll simply endure the consequences.
The weather has thankfully turned cooler and tomorrow heading into the eastern Macdonnell Ranges.’
Not Gunnamatta
Queenscliff (Victoria) Pier, mood shots, sunrise, various dates late April 2022
‘I’m getting worried by your LSD consumption’
‘Found an old photo in the missus computer of when I was a marine engineer early seventies. PNG, Lae, Rabaul, islands near Solomon’s.  It was a wild place. Some island natives would trade from a rope off the anchored ship to their canoes then paddle off without paying.’
‘This is what I have been harping on about. Forced to get rid of my containers by the panel beater who leaves his junk everywhere, and all on the strata is on his side..’
Anyone with additions for the weekend sundries can beam them to…….
….I am out much of today and will get to them later this eve…


  1. Hill Billy 55MEMBER

    Thanks. Great photos of our land of flooding rains. Love the Sunrise/sets too.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Got into big trouble when working alone north of that area when I forgot to inform Melbourne tracking base of my travel plans and intended time of next destination.

  2. The Travelling PhantomMEMBER

    What a great work Des, well done and safe trip 👏 👍
    Also is that baked beans from Ermo’s stash?

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Ermo’s surplus leftovers, he like them in ham sauce to refine his wind instrument.

  3. I promised myself I’d take a month of the booze this year, so here’s the question. Since I’ve been sick for the last week and haven’t had any, can I count last week, or would that be cheating? what do you guys think?\
    btw great pics Desmo, it’s such a beautiful part of Australia.

    • The Travelling PhantomMEMBER

      If you didn’t ingest any alcohol due to sickness or whatever other reason, the end result still is you haven’t had any.

      • I disagree. He promised the withdrawal to himself, not to his doctor. It’s easy not to drink when you cannot or not having cravings. Unfortunately, four more weeks without alcohol for him on top the first one.

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      So if I need to abstain from relations for a month for a stupid irrelevant reason and I’ve just caught the clap before starting so need a week’s worth of antibiotics and no poon, does that week count as a week off or do I need 4 more from the recovery point?

    • The Wizz of Ozz

      No mate it takes 3 months to get the shape of the ol grey matter right after you stop drinking you got remember we’re the only country on earth that changed way we speak because of alcohol addiction

  4. Hill Billy 55MEMBER

    According to the Realestate.com.au info this makes the third week of sales in QLD down between 5% and 10%. Looks like the interest rates and SYD/MELB dip are taking their toll north of the border too. This dip is against prior week’s reported sales and same time last year, so its starting to look as if its significant.

  5. UpperWestsideMEMBER

    So how much candy is too much candy?
    D3 is heading back to NY at sparrow farht tomorrow with AUD100 worth of lollies. This follows on from D2, then D1 who were here 6 and 4 weeks ago respectively (they tag teamed it) and who had similar sugar hauls. When it comes to candy they know how to sweat a dollar
    It’s 3/4 of D3’s suitcase. We were all over Sydney today and there is an national shortage of banana lollies (which are considered more valuable than bitcoin by the NYC teenage schoolgirl set”) which I am surprised has not become an election issue.
    Neutral Bay Pendle Hill, Cambelltown – all out .Finally found them at Woolies in the Corso, after a nice steak on the terrace at the Ivanhoe.
    For all the doom and gloom ,Australia , even in the rain, is a wonderful place to be, I dread hading back to NYC.

    Ps. how in hell do I get trades, service people etc to even return my calls?
    I have a leaking roof ( totally new only 6 years ago), a destroyed bathroom ( new 4 years ago) courtesy of the roof,
    a brick front fence that needs some work, and a dead possum in a gutter thats too high for my ladder (or age).
    plus I want to spend a small fortune on heating and cooling for a 1890’s heritage listed place
    Hipages.com is a total bust, any ideas?

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      U Westie
      1 Idea. Sounds like you live nearby, so I can come and get the possum out of the gutter for you, this is the clincher, ‘for free’!

      • UpperWestsideMEMBER

        Boom thanks for the offer, proves you are the stand up guy that your postings suggest.
        Thankfully the lawyer, who lives next door ( and for which we share a common wall and a common gutter) climbed out on his roof and dealt with the possum. I am still looking for tradies though, esp a brickie to deal with my front wall.
        I think we are pretty close, geographically, I was thinking we should do a Macrobusiness subscribers meet and greet at a Northern Beaches pub/bar. I am in Aus from maybe the next 2 weeks max. Thoughts?

        • boomengineeringMEMBER

          Sounds good, there are a few MBers living on the N Beaches Hixtar, hareeba Jason, and some close by, C3PO and etc in North Balgowlah .
          Btw worked in the Empire State building early 90s.
          My email is on website welcome to contact.

    • How funny my wife’s candy train runs in the opposite direction.
      No trip back to the US is safe from requests to bring kilos of proper US candy back to Australia. There’s definitely a black market for the real deal US candy within the local International school community, and they’re picky, they can spot the “fake” (not made in the US ) from a mile away, nothing but shame for the Dad that’d didn’t understand “made in Mexico” is not the real deal.
      I forget what they wanted (just not a candy guy) Snickers bars were always high on the list but even the humble Jolly Rancher was a valuable currency

      • UpperWestsideMEMBER

        I personally wouldn’t be bringing US candy to Aus, thats a bit like taking your kids finger paintings to the MOMA.
        But I get the kids looking for tradeables. The items my kids think are important are Musk Sticks, bananas, blackcurrant Fruit Pastilles, some of the Cadbury Chocolate range, Australian or New Zealand made Milo (offing kilo’s of the stuff) . Violet Crumble Bars and of course Vegemite! Plus Caramello Koalas for their baby sitting clientele.

        Oh and Allen’s Snakes/Pythons. My kids have every year since they were like 3 flown to the States with a pack of snakes each – “snakes on a plane” – sugar high, annoy the other passengers, sugar crash , sleep, LAX in that order.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      I have customers asking me to refer Roofers to them all the time. Increasingly so over the last several years.
      I’ve got one nice old lady customer at Rydalmere who has been taken for a ride a couple of times by different roofing contractors spending 10s of thousands of dollars on their sub par work.

      A flat section of roof built out the back of her 60s built house as a Reno in the 80s got reroofed poorly and leaks all over the sides and misses the gutter and they won’t sort it out for her.
      So she want me (I’ve been doing he plumbing for 10 years) to re flash and re gutter the brand new roof!
      Said work is 8 to10m up and I don’t want to do that stuff anymore.
      Usually you can do all that work from ladders or reaching over the edge of the roof from on top but I’m to old for that stuff now I tell her.
      I’m happy to pay for a scaffold to be erected she says.
      That’d be 90% of what I’d have to charge for the job I say.
      I can’t get anyone else and I want you to do it.
      The Gentrification of Sydney’s suburbs definitely has been producing a trade shortage in Sydney.
      I have trouble finding young subbies who are good on the shovel. I subbied to heaps of other plumbers when I was younger before I built up a reliable client/Referal base.
      But nowadays the few young blokes who are around have got enough of their own work.
      I’ve also noticed heaps less people shopping my quotes and just telling me to do the job.
      I have been creeping up my prices as a result.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Remember that little old lady story you mentioned before. Sad state of affairs.
        Btw this ship I worked on tied the ropes to the coconut trees.

        • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

          That one with the photos the other week was my 90 year old Gladesville customer

      • Camden HavenMEMBER

        Make hay while the sun shines.

        32klm walk today on Camino French way

      • UpperWestsideMEMBER

        Ermo, I have similar issues.I think I have found my water leak ( flashing/sarking around a light well , instead of being shaped was simply split and stuck with tape under the lightwell flashing, any water on the sarking runs down till it hits the lightwell and then down the well tube into the house). If I look at my new roof I can see a gazillion really basic mistakes, my fault for not being here when they did the work. This place is 1890’s heritage listed and I had to replace the old Marsailles tiles with new terracotta, which are crap as they are all sightly misshapen and thus can leak a little water in the insane downpours of recent times.

        Good tradies who know how to do top notch work are worth their weigh in gold

    • Grand Funk RailroadMEMBER

      I use them as wallpapers too – I seem to collect quite a lot of them

      A friend from the UK keeps telling me to make them Non Financial Tokens. I havent got around to it yet