[hahs_63-68] Re: LEAF BLOWERS

Touché  Des. GG.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Des Cannon 
  To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 8:28 PM
  Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: LEAF BLOWERS

  This latest comment reminds me that Harley Davidson engineers recently won a 
prestigious award.


  For being the first engineers for working out a way to convert fossil fuels 
in to noise without producing horsepower!




  From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Geoff Goodfellow
  Sent: Friday, 16 March 2012 8:19 PM
  To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [hahs_63-68] LEAF BLOWERS


  Des, you are excused.  You live on a rural property away from neighbours and 
have a legitimate reason to defend yourself from pesky bees, not move leaves 
from your place to the next door property or into the council drainage system.  
Tony, keep Des on the list.  And to any engineers among our cohort - is there 
any way they could invent quiet leaf blowers, trail bikes and jet skis?



    ----- Original Message ----- 

    From: Des Cannon 

    To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

    Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY


    I confess. I have a leaf blower. But I use it to blow bees out of bee boxes 
full of honey!!!




    From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Graham
    Sent: Friday, 16 March 2012 2:25 PM
    To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY



    Fully in agreement. Phones being so intrusive, even texting while having a 
conversation with someone.
    If you want to make a point, if  in a conversation with someone and they 
take or make a text, or make or take a  phone call, walk away from them 
immediately..they won't do it again.
    Same as a  shop person taking a phone call, I just walk out.

    Les and Geoff  i do use a mobile but I still haven't texted anyone, though 
the day will come.

    For more on texting see attachment.





    Geoffrey W Graham

    Mobile 0412 725 470 Ph 03 5446 3739

    PO Box 36 EAGLEHAWK VIC 3556

    Email  geoffrey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx





    From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Les Fussell
    Sent: Friday, 16 March 2012 12:25 PM
    To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY

    Hi Geoff,


    I had a mobile phone for work, but never ever put it on my stationary or 
business card.  Only a few close people who I wanted to contact fairly 
regularly had the number, and I mainly used to call work while I was commuting 
down from Gosford to issue instructions for the day - hands free of course.  
The other thing is that I did not want people to call me when I wasn't work - I 
had already put in enough hours.


    My wife has one but it is usually turned off.  We do find it useful when we 
are overseas, doing different things.  We don't call but text each other to 
stay in contact or suggest where to meet up.  Calling is too prohibitive- the 
global roaming thing.


    I always have found phones and particularly mobiles very interrupting as 
people, when they ring, expect you to drop everything and talk to them. At 
work, if I was in the middle of talking with someone, I never picked up the 
phone, but let it go through to the answering service.  Why should the caller 
have priority over the person you were already talking to?


    Have fun with that strange device.






    From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Geoff Goodfellow
    Sent: Friday, 16 March 2012 11:10 AM
    To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [hahs_63-68] A SAD DAY


    Greetings gents and thanks to Tony for setting up this snappy system.  I 
didn't report in initially because I thought Tony only needed a sample response 
to see if it worked, but now I am worried someone may get disqualified from the 
zone relay because I was a slackarse. Sorry about that.


    And while speaking about technology, today was a very sad one for me.  For 
the first 61 years and 188 days of my life I have survived without a mobile 
phone, but today I actually went into the post office and bought one.  I'd only 
ever bought stamps at the post office before, but now a bloody phone.  I was 
issued with a mobile phone at work and just tossed it in the top drawer with 
the stapler and paper clips.  Every quarter the council would get the bill and 
my phone had zero calls out and and zero calls completed.  I think the bean 
counters thought Telecom kept making clerical errors.  Apparently I needed a 
phone so the general manager could contact me 24/7, but he seemed to have 
trouble contacting me late at night with a problem to solve when the phone was 
switched off in my top drawer at work and I was tucked up safely in bed.  OHS 
rules insisted we all had to have a mobile phone when we went out into the 
field in case we were raped, robbed or fell down a wombat hole but 
unfortunately that never happened to me in 40 years of doing the job which was 
a good thing because if I was out near Wombeyan Caves or Canyonbloodyleigh 
there was no mobile reception anyway.  Anyhoo my good wife Barbara insisted I 
buy one for while we are travelling because she plans to visit lots of churches 
and museums in Italy and France these next few weeks and she may need need to 
contact me to organise lunch or something while I am out and about enjoying a 
cool libation at a friendly taverna or climbing up a hill somewhere 
interesting. You guessed it, I am not a church and museum kind of bloke so we 
sometimes go our own ways in strange towns. 


    I wonder if 61 one years and 188 days of holding off buying a mobile phone 
is a record among our cohort?  I have always thought they were as annoying as a 
leaf blower or a jet ski, but times change I guess.  However, I am adamant - I 
am not ever, ever buying a leaf blower or a jet ski - arguably the world's most 
noisy, annoying and useless inventions.  If any of you openly admit to owning 
either I will personally ask Tony to take you off this email list.


    Now Richard I will keep an eye out for a Vietnamese restaurant in Italy.  
There will be one there.  The most popular restaurant up in the Arctic Circle 
town of Rovenemi in Finland is Vietnamese and I recall one of the most 
memorable (for the right reasons) lunches we have ever had travelling was a a 
lovely little eatery in Brno in the Czech Republic run by a young couple of 
Laotians.  They are probably in France too, given the French connection with 
Vietnam, but I guess there is no point saying ciao there.


    And Chris how did you enjoy Wombeyan Caves?  Yes I did write a yarn a few 
years ago about that rather notorious road.  Fancy it finding its way to their 
kitchen wall. Must be a slow news kind of place to put that shit on their wall.


    Richard I'll keep my eye out for Dudley Good , but probably won't put the 
house on it.  Like mobile phones I am not sure if I would know how to fill in a 
TAB docket - is it still called the TAB?




    Geoff Goodfellow

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