Day 56 Fruit Picking -
I was on my way to work this morning when Greg rang me and told to just go straight into the shed and do his job (packing the boxes and generally keen things running along), as he was out picking Pineapples again. Although its good to go in there for a few hours sometimes, spending a whole entire day in there is worse than picking, for sure.
Never the less I did spend the whole working day in there, until I knocked off an hour early at 2:30pm. I needed to go and sort my Queensland Driving licence and do other things in Caloundra, and to avoid a repeat of yesterday I decided to just go early. Lucky Greg is a really great boss, and had no problem with my request for an early day.
First I went down to the surf shop at Dicky Beach I had been to yesterday, looking at the boards in the sale. Having cleaned my JS Nitro up (and taken off the fins and leggie) I took it in and spoke to the same guy as yesterday. I have decided to sell it via the shop (costing $50, but should be worth it for a quick sale!) for $295. Considering all the use I got out of it, and the extra damage I did to it, selling it for about $50 than I bough it (as far as I remember) is pretty good.
However the most exciting bit is when it has sold, I will buy a brand new JS board from the same place, I'm so stoked!
Long story short is its about $250 cheaper than usual in the sale, and after selling mine I am getting a new board for the balance of about $200. Plus the new one (which I paid a $50 deposit on to reserve until mine sells) is exactly the sort of size and shape I have been contemplating progressing to for a while now. I just can't wait to get a call from the shop saying mine is sold and I can buy the new one!
Having done that I headed off to the transport office, on the other side of town. Before I got there though, I was pulled over by the rozzers! I had seen him in a turning and that he had followed the same direction as me. As a result I was being über conservative in my driving, but he still pulled me over. Having got absolutely no idea what I had done wrong and never been pulled over before, absolutely well and truly s***ting it doesn't even get close to how nervous I was. He came over and with no explanation asked for my licence and who owned the car etc, then went back to his car and checked up on all the details. He came back, breathalyser me (at 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon?!) and then said 'no worries mate, have a good afternoon' and left me to it?!
Having spoken to Fenella about it, we think he saw a young guy with a hat on back to front and white sunglasses, and thought he would check up on me..
Anyway, eventually I got to the transport office. I spoke to a very nice woman who helped me do all the paper work etc needed to transfer my UK licence to a Queensland one (just about 3 pages of paperwork formalities and a photo taken), charged me $60 for the privilege and I was away 20 minutes later all sorted.
On the way home I stopped in to see Russell at the car garage, and gave him the details on my Queensland licence to complete the paper work to put the car in my ownership. He said all was going well, and I could pick it up Thursday arvo - perfect!
Ironically there was another bloke in there, who was looking at the same car. He had seen it a few hours before me, but not bought it, I came in after and make an offer, pipping him to the post! It obviously paid to be decisive on that day, or the other bloke would be getting it on Thursday!
When I got home I helped Mark do a bit more work on the raft, then helped make dinner etc. After dinner I spoke to Ed and Alison Parker on Skype which was really nice, they both seem to be well and good which is great.
(Photo - the raft, work in progress.)