The rain, glorious rain

 

 

!cid_B39359ED-0A74-4D2D-B20B-21CE39AA684EWhat is it about rain that is so uplifting? Does it soothe the world or at least calms it? You know the patter on the metal roof or the drip drip echo in the down-pipes has a melody. Listen carefully and soon it begets a rhythm all by itself. It is music. With heat so relenting, who wants sunshine? Yet, this is what many desire away from sun and warmth. The millions dreaming of lying in the sun, baking away. So depressing. My dad hated beach and its abrasive sand and stark sun beating down, scorching bodies. I must have inherited the same gene. People living in the tropics always seek shade and so do I. Most fortunately, we both share this need to escape from sun’s glaring stare.

I took time off to get quotes for air conditioning. There are many variants of cooling and heating houses. The mind boggles. Choices have to be made. One can have models that are bolted on the wall. They can blow hot air during winter and cold in summer. Other types do the same but done through ducts that are fixed above the ceilings. They are more efficient and can do the whole house instead of just one room. Another choice is to get the temperature regulated by using both gas and electricity. Then the latest, having all this done through ‘inverter’ technology.

An Inverter is used to control the speed of the compressor motor, so as to continuously regulate the temperature. The DC Inverter units have a variable-frequency drive that comprises an adjustable electrical inverter to control the speed of the electromotor, which means the compressor and the cooling / heating output.”

So, you can see where my thoughts have been lately. I try and get Helvi on site by giving her some literature given to me to study by the installers of air conditioners, but she declines to get involved or enthusiastic about technical stuff, especially the ‘variable- frequency driver..’  The proliferation of ‘choice’ is what seems to become more and more embedded in what we buy. A new oven now comes with so many buttons, so many options, people end up not using the ovens. Some are forced to go and eat out or take out meals. I see now so many running through the main street with pizza boxes or plastic bags with square boxes towering on top of each other. You can smell the Black-Bean beef, the Szechuan chicken and boiled rice, if not the foot-long bun with Frankfurter trying to escape lubricated by the tom-sauce.

Someone stole my ‘Apple’ account and even gave me a ‘Cloud’ address based in Moscow. I could not download e-mails. Not a disaster but I frightened they would steal money next. I went ‘on line’ and changed the Apple account. It was again forced in having to decide on so may options and choices. A nightmare. How do we cope?

You can now make transactions by tapping cards here and there. My brother’s car opens up by waving his hand near the door. I don’t really like those choices of tapping and waving. It feels idiotic.

My sister in law is a hard-core traditionalist and insists on always making her transactions in real person by first insisting on seeing the real person teller at the bank and making withdrawals and then go to the Post office to pay her bills to a real person. I too used to do this. I must confess of having failed the traditionalists and pay ‘on-line.’ I haven’t used the tapping card mechanism at Aldi. I always pay cash because it is quicker. I sometimes can’t contain myself and shuffle impatiently when a shopper seems to take forever tapping and putting in numbers over and over again. I yawn loudly or sigh loud. It is especially annoying when this card tapper is also guilty of buying rubbish pre-digested processed food or worse, lots of Coke or Corn-fruity loops.

Normally, I am easy-going.

 

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23 Responses to “The rain, glorious rain”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Stay cool!

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  2. bkpyett Says:

    I share your love of the rain! It makes life worth living. Good luck finding the right air conditioner/ heater. Too many choices makes life too complicated. We have a Toshiba inverter attached to the wall. It’s cheap to run, but this summer we’ve hardly used it as we’ve let you have the successive hot days.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Barbara. It is hard to get a quote. They are all busy. We use the downstairs lounge-dining-kitchen as much as we do the upstairs office. Then the bedroom gets cold in winter or hot in summer. We never had air conditioner. I heard the Daikin sell a good unit.
      The internet is wonderful to read up about it.

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  3. bkpyett Says:

    Love your photo of outdoor play!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, those modern kids!

      We used to play with marbles or steal lead from underneath window-sills to sell as scrap. Make bombs from match-heads and lay them on the tram-rails in The Hague. Throw thistle heads on ladies coats. Wrapped dog poo in nice little parcels and wait for people’s curiosity to get the better of them, and pick them up.

      Much healthier.

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    I know you are easy going, Gerard. But some things can really annoy you no end. Right?
    With soaring temperatures we have been sweating a lot these past few weeks. Yes, the rain is a welcome relief.
    I wonder whether we should be contemplating to look around for some suitable air-conditioning in our house. I always said, I do not want any air-conditioning. But that was when we had seldom more than a couple of days with temperatures around 40C.
    Peter still says, we do not need any air-conditioning. Maybe he’s right. So far we manage to survive without it. But I must say it makes me feel quite weary when the very hot days just go on and on.
    One of our neighbours had to replace her air-conditioning recently. Apparently her old one did not work any more. For the new one, I believe, she did pay about $2000. I wonder, is it worth it?

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  5. Yvonne Says:

    Uta, life is too short to suffer through this increasing heat we seem to be experiencing. I’ve got a reverse cycle airconditioner, and use it on the cold winter days and the hot summer ones. You can set the temperature to a reasonable level, not icy cold or overwhelmingly hot like we experience in some shops! Just do it. 🙂

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  6. leggypeggy Says:

    I don’t like tapping and waving either, but I do love our evaporative cooling system. Good luck.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You can also withdraw money by tapping at ATMs. without actually putting a card in the slot.
      I wonder if we will finally just go through life just tapping at posts and machines.?
      People will politely ask; how’z your tapping today, Gerard?

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  7. Big M Says:

    Yes, Gerard, I’m both cranky and buggered from insomnia that comes from excessive heat. I recently found the original contract for our house. The original owner had specified double insulation in the upstairs rooms, to prevent the heat. This, of course, wasn’t done, with the builder skipping all the way to the bank. Our bedroom has one of those metal boxes mounted in the wall, and sounds like a cement mixer disgorging its effluent.

    Anyhoo, off to the central tablelands for the weekend. My Dad died late last year, so we are striving to cheer up my step mum with some excursions and jobs around the farm. It’s forecast for 41 to 42!!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Can you trace the builder and put him in with the licensing board? Sorry to hear about your dad, Big M.
      Be careful with the jobs anywhere with a forecast of over 40C. I would take your step-mum to a nice pub and order a dish with potato wedges, sour cream and sweet chillie and chill out with a couple of schooners. Say hello to B. from G&H

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      • Big M Says:

        Thanks,,Gez,,the builder went bankrupt soon after this house. Bankruptcy seems to be the liferaft of the unscrupulous.

        Dad had survived bowel,cancer, but knew he had an aortic aneurysm which ruptured, resulting in a quick death, with a small period of pain. My step mother,still lives on 25 acres, so my step siblings and I are trying to help keep her there, but think it mqy be too much for her. We will let her make that decision.

        Bernadette says hello to you and Helvi.

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  8. jennypellett Says:

    Nothing like a bit of a rant and some cooling rain to get the equilibrium in check. I’m like your sister. I prefer to speak to a real person at my bank even though they all seem hell bent in showing me how to use the machine on the wall to pay cheques in. I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Helvi is the same, refuses a world point blanc, that forces tapping and waving bank cards about.
      She too just will go to the bank and talk to a teller. What about those scanning machines at the big check-outs and that inane message afterwards “Thank you for shopping at Woolworth, followed by, the Fresh Food people.”
      Get F*^#d

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  9. shoreacres Says:

    I’m a bit late, and that’ll serve me right. It seems your rain is over, and the heat’s returned. It must be terrible, because it’s even being reported here in the States. In the meantime, our New England states are dealing with blizzard conditions, and perhaps more snow this weekend. All of the weather geeks were greatly excited, though, because there was an abundance of thunder snow for them to observe. I must say, I’ve only experienced that a couple of times, but there’s something about thunder in the midst of snow that just doesn’t seem right.

    On the other hand, at least you get rain and cool at the same time!

    I find I’m being forced into an online bank account, too. Well, unless I want to pay ten dollars per month for the benefit of receiving a paper statement. There’s no use moaning, I suppose. And it’s clear that whether I’m banking online or not, I’m equally hackable, so there we are.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You are never too late, Linda. Your articles are so well crafted and exquisitely drawn, I stand in awe.

      The heat is now almost unbearable. Some areas 47c. Here in Bowral at 1.30PM it was 41c.
      Now it is 38c and all I can do is listlessly move about. I was hoping to vacuum the dog hairs but the battery went flat. I did half the lounge and one set of stairs.

      Right now I halved two large peppers and sliced some potatoes which will get cooked outside. It is too hot inside to add cooking heat as well.

      I don’t know what else I can add. The brain is on stand-by. Probably kicks back in after about 10pm when the house will have a more bearable 29C.

      I don’t mind on-line paying bills. It somehow makes me feel connected. A bit like years ago when being part of the Peter Stuyvesant generation was very much desired .

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