Going to Kathmandu.

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My daughter was hit by a $105.- bill for being two days late paying a parking fine. As if life is not tough enough. She had paid the fine but not the extra $105.- for being 2 days late. She  received a letter her license was cancelled. Why is the punishment so severe? She works part time for Docs. (Department of Community Services). We paid the fine for her, direct into the consolidated revenue account in order to get her license reinstated promptly. You would think that the Government would do things in time. No; she will have to wait till she gets notified by official letter by snail mail. Her job is very trying. She looks after pre-teen children that have been removed from families through all sorts of combinations, but mainly abuse. She sometimes has a 24 hr shift whereby she sleeps over at the place that she works at. Often the work involves the police when children escape or other traumatic events are happening. A very stressful job!

We thought of getting a break ourselves. Helvi had noticed a flyer that seemed to have floated around our letter-box even though we araldited a sign on our letter-box; NO JUNK MAIL.  Some other owners have added PLEASE after the ‘no junk mail’. We did not go that far which might explain why we still get flyers. Even though real adventures are the domain of the knickerbockers wearing youths including stout wenches, both with huge backpacks clambering to mountain tops, our adventures are taken somewhat calmer.

The flyer advertised all sorts of items relating to the outdoors. The shop was called ‘Kathmandu’.  Kathmandu we can do, even at this stage. We both strapped ourselves into the Peugeot with a somewhat reckless demeanour. I gave our neighbours of The Body Corporate a brave shout of deviance, before heading off to Kathmandu. There ain’t nothing we can’t do! The day was going to be hot with predictions of over 30C. No matter, we put the temperature inside on 19C and pressed the ‘automatic’ button on the Peugeot’s air-con. No sea too rough, etc.

It took us 40 minutes to get to a huge shopping mall at Campbelltown. It has been extended and is now so big it has it’s own climate. When we arrived there was a small thunderstorm with some hail near the David Jones outlet. Just perfect for us as we had prepared ourselves for any eventuality wearing RMW boots and trousers with leather belts. Both of us also wore sturdy hats, sunglasses and reinforced wallets. The Kathmandu shop was next to a shop named ‘Bras N Things’. I am curious what the N Things are.

We soon found the advertised item. They were trousers with an insect repellent ‘infused’ into the material the trousers were made off. Can you imagine? No more mozzies or ticks snooping around the legs or conjugal departments!  And…

good for over 70 washings! Reduced from $179 to just $79! I tried one medium pair, after urgings from Helvi. I hate trying on clothes. The taking off shoes and then getting the obstinate toes hooked onto the trousers, both with taking the old ones off and trying the new ones on, is just too much of an adventure at my age. The medium pair were too short and  too much of a Dr Livingstone look. A larger size was perfect. They have enormous multi storey pockets in which to keep passports, wallets and even a tablet for selfie taking. I can zip the legs off as well, making them into long shorts.

What an adventure the day turned out to be. We also bought two huge fillets of Barramundi. We wolfed one down after arriving back home. Tonight we will have the other one

Kathmandu here we come!

 

 

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25 Responses to “Going to Kathmandu.”

  1. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I’m glad you began with your daughter’s horrible experience with government so we could get all the mean feelings expelled first. Then came your adventure with “Kathmandu” to lighten the atmosphere. It has been my experience to always buy bigger—you can grow into them.. Happy traveling.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Governments are pretty ruthless. Some months back they billed us for having overpaid us in pension entitlements in 2013. No specification of why or how this happened. No, just a letter demanding payment…or else!

      Yes, bigger is better. Helvi reckons I look ‘dapper’ in my Kathmandu pants. I am not sure what that means. I was hoping for a more ‘rugged’ description. You know, a kind of polar-necked Edmondson type or even Schwarzenegger, but ‘dapper’?

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Well, nothing wrong with being dashing or debonair, Gerard. Peggy, who draws mosquitos to her like honey draws bees, would probably love those pants. –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Mozzies are not the worst in Australia. Flies are. I don’t understand it. We go to Bali, high density living, lots of chickens, animals walking about. No flies. Flyscreens are totally absent. All homes and restaurants are open to the outside, windows are almost totally absent as well. No flies and mozzies are rare.

        Australia is a low density country, no cows or chickens walking about the streets. Regular rubbish collections and streets being kept free of rubbish…but…the flies. My god, the flies!. A split second opening of the fly screens and hordes get in. One reason even though Australia is seen as an outdoor country, not all that many actually live outside or sit in the garden. It is the flies!
        I ate three flies so far an it is only 11am!

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  2. Master of Something Yet Says:

    I’ve made multiple trips to Kathmandu (but only one to the actual city). I’m like a walking advertisement for the company when I travel. But they have good sales. I’m glad your trip was a success.

    I will rail until I die against the injustice that whenever the government requires money, they are militant in obtaining it but in the rare circumstances they are required to pay a citizen, one might have to include it in one’s will, it takes so long to arrive.

    Your daughter is one of the special people in our society doing a job that many of us could never do. She deserves better treatment from the government she serves.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, she is doing a good job but needs a break. Too stressful, understaffed and badly funded. As always, lots of money for wars, casinos and ‘Royal Commissions’ plus $ 80.000.000 for a Same Sex Marriage (SSM)plebiscite that are totally unnecessary.

      Yes, Kathmandu is a good shop. I feel like getting a pocket knife and a compass next.
      Thank you for your kind reply!

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  3. Carrie Rubin Says:

    That’s terrible about your daughter losing her license, and with such an important job too. I’m sure she relies heavily on her car. It’s crazy how bureaucracy can be so crippling. Guess that’s a universal thing no matter where we live.

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  4. gerard oosterman Says:

    No mercy ever from any government. And never a telephone available for re-dress or explanation.

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    • auntyuta Says:

      This is inhuman. I go along with all the comments and your replies, dear Gerard. Maybe your daughter’s experiences would make a newspaper story? Is she as a government employee allowed to make public comments?

      I do not understand how such a horrible treatment could come about by people in the department who should know better. Are people just machines or what?

      Luckily she has good parents, able to help out when needed. In that way she’s extremely fortunate!🙂

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        It is just revenue raising Aunty Uta. They claim it as an administrative amount. I had a claim over a sixty cent overdue payment on the Toll-way account, even though there is no toll that costs 60cents. I have a fascility that allows my account to be automatically debited whever there is no money in my Toll account. The M5 toll-way is free after you first pay for it and then claim a credit. Very complicated procedure which hardly ever gets advertised. Any way, I protested over the sixty cent and they waved it!
        The good news is that my daughter’s license has been re-instated. Hoorah!
        Thank you Uta. You are one of my best Aunts yet.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        I am glad to be your aunt!🙂 🙂

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  5. rod Says:

    I hope you enjoy your trip.

    I have similar problems with our daughter, constant demands for council tax accompanied by threats of court action if she doesn’t pay up. The problem is the council demanding money with menaces is the same one which has control of her money, which goes into a social work account. Why don’t they just pay themselves and have done?
    She is not empowered to pay it.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I can never work out the complexities of bureaucracies. They are run by MBA degree masters, who then, in order to justify enormous salaries twist and turn to make things so complicated it is beyond comprehension of normal people.

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  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I like that shopping trip. It was quick and not too stressful. What ever you ate sounds like fish but I’m not sure since I’ve never heard of it. But it must have been good with your descriptive words of “:wolfing it down.”

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Barramundi is a great fish that comes in fillets. We love fish, especially H.
      I sometimes sneak in a T-bone when H is not looking. Often she will put an unhealthy item back on the shop’s shelf. We both have low blood pressure and I seem to have a need for liver. I love lambs fry cut in small pieces and fried with some bacon.
      I could have it for breakfast!

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  7. Andrew Says:

    Perhaps two letters were missing Gerard and it is Brass Nothings. We like Patagonia. Don’t know Kathmandu. I have been to the real Kathmandu a few times but many years ago. I saw my first tiger in Nepal. You should go.

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  8. elizabeth2560 Says:

    I thought it was going to be a story about going to the real Kathmandu, and I thought you must be a lot fitter than me. And then the rest of the story confirmed that as you were able to sanely navigate Campbelltown!
    (That is where my mother lived so i am familiar with the territory).

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Hello Elizabeth.

      I visited Campbelltown around the late 1950’s when Civil & Civic started to build homes there. Now it is a large city with lots of traffic lights and a huge shopping emporium. Lots of people busily shopping and texting.

      I stole a cigar once in Campbelltown. We were visiting a Dutchman living there. He offered me a cigar but I declined. Afterwards, when he went to the bathroom, I changed my mind and took the cigar out of his cigar box.

      After a while he took a cigar out of the box and noticed one was missing. I felt so silly, so stupid. I admitted I took it and showed him the cigar. I did not give it back though.

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  9. Intricate Knot Says:

    Please update us as to how well your new trousers keep away insects. What a fantastic item!

    I’m so sorry to hear what your daughter went through. Sad to say, I believe most of us have a government horror story of one kind or another. It’s the illogical and complete bureaucracy that gets to most of us, and for the most part, the different divisions all seem terribly out-of-touch with the every day difficulties we all face. Your daughter handles a very tough, and as you say, stressful job. Good for her for hanging in there and for doing something so positive and necessary in this world. She sounds like a wonderful person.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Hi IK,
      I have worn the trousers now for a few days and am happy to report that no living things have been found inside or outside.
      Our daughter is doing a great job in a really important area of care. She has her license back after lots of hanging on the phone waiting to speak to a ‘real’ person. To speak to real living people is getting rarer. Most time is taken up by pushing phone buttons directing one to yet another division or department.
      She is planning to do creative writing. She sure has experienced a lot of what goes on.

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      • Intricate Knot Says:

        Good for her! I’m sure it must be difficult emotionally to deal with that sort of sadness on such a regular basis. Creative writing is a fantastic outlet. If she starts a blog, please be sure to let us know!

        Good to hear on the trousers, too. Thanks, Gerard!

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