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Same shit, different day..

Random thoughts, gripes and observances from my day job in mail/parcel delivery.
I won’t state the name of the company I work for because they disapprove of their employees discussing work online. I’m writing this with great difficulty, not because of any emotional/ethical issue but because I’m home off-work due to a recurring physical problem generated by the work I do.
RSI (repetitive strain injury) of the elbow, resulting in bursitis making it very painful to do anything with my right arm. It’s happened before and as such I could feel this one coming on a few weeks ago. It has now got to a stage where I cannot do my job and a doctor’s appointment and subsequent time of rest is required.
Typing this is a slow and laborious task using only my left hand..
Sorting mail is the culprit in my case. In my job you are required to sort anything up to 1000 letters, 300 magazines, and 100 parcels per day into delivery order before taking them out and delivering them. I do this delivery on a motorcycle.

The delivery side of my job is pretty good as a general rule. There are of course a few infuriating exceptions, as I assume there would be with most jobs.
So with that in mind, here’s a gripe list of sorts, and some reasoning as to why it is so..


Mail boxes:
First of all, NO MAILBOX, NO DELIVERY. Don’t expect the delivery person to take your mail to your door. Ain’t gonna happen. Your neighbours have all got mailboxes, You get a mailbox!
And while you’re at it, GET A DECENT SIZE ONE. Tiny little mailboxes are useless. It needs to be big enough to take an A4 size envelope without having to fold it. It needs to be big enough that we can get shoebox size parcel into it.
The mailbox on the left is too small, its crap. The one on the right as cavernous and good..

Also a mailbox is NOT a garden ornament! It needs to serve a purpose. No point on having an arty-farty mailbox with an entry slot that you cant fit any mail into…. Have a think before you buy!
DO NOT put your new mailbox in the middle of the lawn or surround it with gardens/flowers/roses/cacti… If you do, you can expect me to ride the motorcycle across said lawn/garden to get to it.. I’m not getting off the bike every day to deliver your mail..

JUNK MAIL AND PAPERS:
Please clear your mailbox every day, Its bloody hard to get your mail into your crappy small mailbox when its full of papers and shit!
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DOGS:
So you have a dog, that’s great, so do I.
If you have a dog on your property I WILL NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY to deliver any parcels or mail that don’t fit into your mailbox. You will get a card in your mailbox stating that you can come and get your parcel. I’m sure your dog as lovely and placid when you’re in control of it, but when you’re not home, rest assured it is a rabid snarly beast that hates everyone…
If your dog can get to the mailbox, I will go straight past and no mail will be delivered to you.
“But my dog won’t hurt you” – I’ve lost count of how many people have said that to me. I also have the bite scars to prove it..

SIGNATURE REQUIRED PARCELS:
If a parcel requires your signature I will come to the nearest door from the road or driveway and knock, or ring the bell if you have one. You have 30 seconds or so to answer the door or alert me that you are home. I haven’t got all day to wait while you finish your phone call/lunch/porn video etc. If I get no response to the knock/bell I will head back to the bike and start writing out a card. Writing out a collection card is a pain in the ass, I would much rather deliver the parcel so I don’t have to carry the damn thing around for the rest of the day.
If your doors/windows are open, I can hear the tv going, and I know someone is home, I’m still going to write out a card if you don’t come to the door.
I’m not going to walk around your house looking for you.
Answer the friggin door!

RECYCLING:
You put your recycling out every week. Good on you.
DON’T PUT IT ALL AROUND THE MAILBOX!
Put it somewhere away from your mailbox. How am i supposed to deliver your mail if I cannot get anywhere near your mailbox?
That hairy thing on top of your shoulders.. Use it…
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Basically, spare a thought for those trying to deliver your stuff. If you have a decent sized mailbox, that we can get to, without being attacked, your stuff will be delivered as soon as we get it. We won’t have to roll or fold it to get it into your mailbox.
Life will be simple and pleasant… 🙂








Fishing stuff

As the last gasps of summer zoom by I realise I’ve had reasonable success with the rods this season..
Mohaka is now my new favourite beach.
I took a mate who’d never been there to see the beach. I warned him beforehand that it was purely an exploratory mission and not to expect anything spectacular. You see I’ve been going there for years, and while at times it has produced a few fish, there have also been many blank trips. The first trip was nothing special with both of us landing small Smoothhounds and not a lot else. Jase liked the look of the place so a return trip was planned for a few weeks later.
So we duly arrived again and set up camp, intending to do an over-nighter. The sea was ok, a bit murky with some chop on the surface. Sporadic rain. Not rough by any means, quite fishable but not flat calm and gin clear.
At this time of year (late autumn) the summer species like Snapper are normally starting to disappear. However if you do get a snapper in autumn, its likely to be a big one as the big fish tend to come close to shore in Spring and Autumn. During the mid summer they are usually smaller “shoalies” in the 30-40cm range.
As it turned out we got both. The small fish were still there and we landed a few but we also got couple of big ones as well.
The holy-grail of Snapper fishing is the 20lb fish. Thats about 9kg for you youngsters. Some go for a lifetime without catching a fish of that size. I’ve been fishing for over 50 years and I’m still waiting.
So it was an epic scene to see my mate jason catch his first 20 pounder and even better to get it on video. We’d got a couple of decent fish hours before that, with Jase landing a 3.5kg fish and me nabbing a 5.1kg model a short time later. We were already stoked to have those fish in the bin and considered anything else caught that trip would just be a bonus. But towards the end of the day Jase’s rod bent over nicely and the weight foretold of something special.
Watch the video!

Jason’s first 20lb Snapper

Other trips have gone better than expected as well. Earlier in the season I landed a couple of nice Moki. Another local trip yielded an 18lb Smoothhound. Numerous smaller Snapper and just last weekend a nice 4.6kg Snapper. So all in all its been a very successful season at Mohaka and other local beaches, long may it continue.
Check out this assortment of images.

Solar Power for the van

I’ve been experimenting to see what would be required in the way of power needs, to run my Vantage 82 litre fridge/freezer on solar power. The specs suggest that a 200w panel and a 20amp MPPT controller coupled with a 150ah deep cycle battery should do.
So now I have a 260w panel mounted on the roof tray. Its hinged on one side so that I can tilt it, or just lift it up to get underneath it for whatever reason.

This panel is feeding a Tracer AN Series 20amp MPPT Controller which feeds a pair of 85ah deep cycle batteries wired in parallel.

The setup seems to be holding its own against the 6amp consumption of the fridge-freezer at 14.1v. I’ve yet to try it on a cloudy day. Its hot and sunny this week.