It’s been a pretty busy Saturday. The house we are renting is up for sale, (for an insane price on the premise that if a taller house is built on the site it will have city glimpses) which means open houses. I gather people actually show up for these, but that may be because the pictures used are from the last time it was sold, 3 years ago, when it was in much better condition. The current owners bought on the hope of tearing the house down and building, renting while they got everything organised. As a result there has been zero maintenance done, except where the tenants have thrown a hissy fit (that would be us). Anyway, the city glimpses is garbage- I have a city glimpse if I lean forward at my desk and crane my neck, but should the people across the road and down three doors decide to build one story higher those views will be gone. Anyway, we worked out today the house probably has termites too, so not a great buy. Anyway, the early morning is spent tidying up so it is semi presentable- no dirty dishes, no laundry lying around, that kind of thing.
Once that was completed, off to the mower shop to put the mower in for a service. I was feeling pretty bitter about this- it is a 2nd hand mower and we basically going to pay what it cost us all over again for the service. But then I saw the price of new mowers. So far it’s still cheaper to stick with the old one. And we have a mower shop in the neighborhood.
Then on to the post office, to post the printer someone bought from us on ebay. Packaging that up was an interesting exercise.
Then on to Lifeline Bookfest. This is a semi annual (held the week around Australia Day and the week around the Queen’s Birthday) 2nd hand booksale and it is HUGE. Biggest 2nd booksale in the Southern Hemisphere. It has gotten more organised over the years, and I have noticed that the prices have gone up. It used to be that the quality in the unpriced(cheapest) section was reasonable, but now it is not so great.
Anyway, I have a Kindle (electronic book) so was not anticipating spending much. We had a budget of $50, which will generally buy a lot of books. It has been a few years since I went on the morning of the first day of the sale, and I remember why now. It was packed. People use shopping trolleys- the big, deep, wire shopping trolleys to transport their books, and they fill them! Not me, I have never rented one of the shopping trolleys. I rely on the fact I have to transport the books home to act as a brake on the book buying. Anyway, one of the things about going the first morning is that certain sections ( science fiction) get picked over pretty quickly, but there are often books that are no longer in print in that section. Today there was a pile of science fiction short story magazines dating from the 1970’s to now. Someone obviously just got rid of their collection. They had Fantasy and Science Fiction, which I once subscribed to, Analog, and Asimov’s science fiction. A lot of the short stories in those magazines have never been published anywhere else. We spent upwards of half an hour trying to find key authors and blew past out budget (even with most of the magazines priced at $1 or $2). And to be honest, if we had stuck t solely those magazines, we might not have done so, but we also bought a puzzle and I found a couple other books I wanted.
Then we had to wait in a queue for about 30 minutes to pay. Standing behind a fairly vacuous gen Y chick and her boyfriend. I had to listen to her conversation with her friend behind us for half an hour- not brilliant. At one point she made fun of a romance anthology ” Outback Grooms” – obviously too cheesy for her NIcholas Sparks, John Grisham reading self. I too have been known to pick up John Grishams and Dick Francis novels from this sale – it is a cheap way to gain such books. I just think someone who reads Nicholas SParks doesn’t have much of a romance mockery leg to stand on.
Then, after lunch, we drove the mini sewing machine we sold on eBay down to Logan. It’s a small purple sewing machine- pretty darn awesome. Then we went to Ikea. Ikea was really crowded. Maybe people getting ready for uni, or more likely replacement items for flooded homes. We were so good at Ikea, we only left with the items we went for- light bulbs.
I actually did half an hour on the stationery bike at a decent pace. I have to start training in earnest, have just signed on to do a Triathlon in May.