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    Did my Coles shop online. At checkout-“enter cake for a free mud cake”

    Type in cake.

    Sorry offer not available.

    Fuck you even more than usual, Coles.

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        I’m sure they’re making a note here, huge success!

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            Aperture Science: We do what we must …Because we can

            spoiler

            ❤️

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          ?

          I provided them with my feedback directly, if that’s what you’re trying to get at.

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            It’s a line from the videogame Portal, was pretty much all over the internet… what seems like quite a long time ago now… oh god it came out in 2007, that was a fundamentally different world.

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      Being disabled and having to shop with them for delivery means I can’t boycott, so I was wondering whether I should at least try to screw them out of a free chocolate cake. But then by accepting that sop they might think there was some kind of goodwill between us… I didn’t take the offer.

      Now you say it’s not even available.

      Edit: Wait, if you want some cake then fuckem, take it. Check whether the offer period is over, and if it isn’t take note that their discount codes are case sensitive. I remember the word ‘cake’ was all caps

      If not then they’ve given out as many as they have or are willing to which is a jerk move

      They better be honouring the Flybuys

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        Now I’m wondering if it’s possible to grocery shop online or buy by phone and get delivery without colesworth.

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          I wish Aldi did delivery. IGA is $$$$. I have a disability/chronic illness, hence delivery from colesworth. Plus trying to avoid get sick from all the illnesss going around.

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            It sucks how a lot of the people that have lower incomes and are more vulnerable have fewer means to avoid the price gouging

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          I think during the lockdowns the local IGA may have done it by phone, and they may have implemented online shop by now.

          But to be honest IGA items and prices are bougie, I need one stop cheap homebrand basics and I specifically go for Coles because I can routinely get $2-4 delivery slots.

          Edit: Cat food is also a big decider for where I shop because of Melbcat’s food intolerances. I’ve found that by luck the duopolies both have a flavour of homebrand cat food she can eat, and if those are out of stock there’s still pricier name brands there that are ok. From experience IGA have less of a selection and generally just stock a few popular brands which contain her (very common) allergens.

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      Was this a two for one deal? Like, if you bought one cake you got two?

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        Nah it’s just a ‘free cake with your order’ deal if you spend over a certain amount, we got this too.

        We got our cake though.

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    This had our nine year old in fits of giggles. It has brought joy to our house. I hope it brightens your day also.

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    Nothing like a methhead screaming to remind you the city is a shithole hey.

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    Interviews went ok. I’m so fucking tired though. Seems lots of us couldn’t sleep because of the wind.

    I could honestly crash now till tomorrow.

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    I’m feeling a little better this morning, which hopefully stays that way. I don’t feel throwing up level sick, but my cough is worse than yesterday (although that’s possibly just because I only woke up not long ago and it’s cold). And my nose is all blocked up from my sleep. I still think I’m going to bail from the rest of the trip, I just want to go home and rest.

    In more positive news, today is my 1st Lemmy cake day!

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    Man I don’t miss morning train rides 😔

    In other news, have an interview and 2 “recruiter touch base regarding a role” calls today.

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    Mickey says hello and hopes you all have a nice Tuesday, despite the bad weather. He says you all need to make sure you treat yourself and be really kind to yourself. Have a nice warm coffee or tea, or buy that little treat you’ve been eyeing off.

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      The clouds were rolling past so fast they looked like a parallax scrolling background in and SNES game

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    Terrible sleep last night (yeah we got the wind as well) blends into a terrible day (left the basket of washing outside because I’m a moron) into a terrible work day (people doing stuff they shouldn’t) and tomorrow my little one is having surgery and gotta drive to Launceston and be there at 7am. It’s a 2 hour drive. I’m considering seeing if I can get a last minute deal for a room.

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      and tomorrow my little one is having surgery and gotta drive to Launceston and be there at 7am.

      Good luck to your little one!

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        Thank you. Should all be good. They know what they’re doing (I say to convince her and myself)

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          They know what they’re doing

          Oh Deffo! This is why they get paid the big bucks.

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    Landlords threatening to sell if they can’t be slumlords, water wet, yadda yadda

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      The whole reporting on it is hilarious. Pathetic attempt to cry and stomp their feet to have their cake and eat it. In the end they’ll just suck it up by raising rents higher…

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    I’m finally back home and I’ve walked into a fucking shit show. There’s 5 cops out the front of my house, 3 staff from my organisation and my bedroom is 33°

    Seriously, what the fuck.

    (The new YP moved in on Thursday while I was away. I’d hazard a guess that’s why it’s a shitshow)

    Update: I spoke with the program coordinator and it seems that this is just how lead tenant will be from now on. She said that PCU (the people who match kids to houses, essentially) has new leadership or something, and the new leader wants to shut down, or minimise the use of resi placements. Apparently she no longer gets to exercise as much discretion as she once could in which referrals are accepted. Apparently the new YP had been referred before but wasn’t accepted, but has been re-referred and the coordinator was pressured into accepting.

    She also said that she thinks this new YP will be kicked out of the program eventually, but that she doesn’t get a say in the matter and knows the cost of that is likely that I won’t cope well. Those were her words.

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      my bedroom is 33°

      This is genuinely impressive considering how cold it is outside. Hope you get things under control and stay safe

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        Honestly… Yeah. That’s over double what it is outside! I’d guess it’s been on for days and he’s just had his door or window open

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          That’s a mindfuck when you’re already sick. “Am I feverish or is this room just on fire??”

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            Yeah. I was wondering if it was just a case of feeling warm after coming in from the cold or if I’d gotten a bad fever

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          Happy cake day! Wow, wonder what the heating bill is gonna be like lol

          (Being pedantic) Also, temperature doesn’t “start” at 0°C, so it’s not “double” what it is outside. 0 C is still ~ 273 Kelvin.

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      Far out. Nooo. I’m so sorry you went from being sick on your trip to coming back to this guy…

      Do you have a complaints process? From experience complaints tend to go into ‘the round file’ (ie. the bin) and I know this is a lot to put on you. But if you’re up to it try to put in complaints as often as you can for as long as you can stand getting the runaround.

      Also whether you decide to complain or not (sometimes reporting leads to backlash) it it might be a smart move to buy a cheap A4 notebook and make a note of the times and dates of any incidents. Guy swears at you or damages something or clogs the toilet? Write down a quick summary, time and date. Cops show up? What happened, time and date - plus cops names and their station if possible. Unnecessarily high bill from something he’s done? Time and date. Something of yours goes missing? You know what to do.

      Documenting sucks and feels useless but it creates a paper trail demonstrating a pattern of behaviour that might get him kicked out sooner, lay the foundations for an IVO if one is ever needed (touch wood it isn’t), or may hopefully protect you from liability for something stupid he’s done. I am so sorry you’re having to deal with this especially at your young age.

       

      Ps. Definitely get the lockable toolbox for out of sight under your bed and bike chain it to the frame. Grab yourself a lanyard to keep keys on you and lock your bedroom door even just to go to the toilet.

      Also - you probably know this already, and may have already been doing this in the old place. But since this kid sounds like a problem it might be cautious to not leave your own personal toiletries in a shared bathroom in case they get used up, stolen or messed with. Maybe buy a wash bag or a beach bag to keep your own toiletries in, leave them in your room and carry to the bathroom as you need them.

      A few generic “shared” things in the bathroom as window dressing are all I would leave out around a person like this. (A bare minimum amount of basic things you don’t care about like a cheap bottle of hand soap, a few homebrand bar soaps and the cheapest brand TP.)

      It might be a good idea to close or block the duct in your room if possible (so the new kid can’t cook you alive), and use an electric blanket or space heater to set your own comfortable temperature.

      Also it’s not a bad idea to keep snacks and water in your room, lock yourself in there especially when sus characters are around, pick up solitary hobbies or be away all the time, and if you can afford it take meals while you’re out.

      Edit: Perhaps your hospo job allows free or discounted employee meals? So you can work all the time and eat cheaply while avoiding this dude and saving up an emergency fund. If he asks, you’re still broke. Invent a vague debt repayment that gets taken out of your bank account to explain where all your money is going, idk.

      Grab your clothes as soon as they’re done washing. A clothes airer rack to dry your clothes in your room is invaluable.

      Ps. Sorry if this sounds like a lecture. It really isn’t meant to be. I’ve just lived with and dealt with people like this. A lot.

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        Yeah, there is a complaint process (there’s several, actually). The program coordinator said she’s issued a 1st warning, but there’s a total of 3 warnings before there’s a strike. Any subsequent warnings automatically become a strike, and 3 strikes = being kicked out. If something like this happens again, I will complain. The program coordinator seems to think he’s probably going to be kicked out eventually, so that’s a nice sign…

        Fortunately our bathrooms and toilets aren’t shared (seriously I went through almost 6 years of that, and never again.), so I don’t need to worry too much about toiletries going missing. Our utilities are included in our rent, and the bills don’t actually get sent here, they go straight to the head office. But I imagine if the 24/7 heating keeps happening, we’ll probably get a conversation about electricity usage.

        Unfortunately I don’t think we can close the ducts we have in our rooms, they’re the older style 4 panel ones that are shaped like a cross and have 4 panels in each corner that can be adjusted to different directions that forms a square. Doing some Google, apparently they’re sometimes magnetic, and magnetic vent covers are a thing, but they look more plastic like to me, so it may be a case of needing to duct tape some cardboard to it. I actually did buy a heater from Kmart because my last one clogged up with dust and I couldn’t get it out without tearing it down, couriers please were meant to deliver it almost a week ago, but just kinda decided they didn’t want to. You probably know how they are.

        I am actually considering buying a couple of appliances for my room. Kmart sell kettles and toasters for 7 bucks, and a 2nd hand bar fridge is only like $50 on gumtree or the marketplace, but I don’t know whether I should go to that extreme yet. It feels possibly overkill.

        Theft and drug use wise, the program coordinator still hasn’t actually filled me in on the details and seems pretty set on keeping that a state secret. I found out through the lead tenant that moved out. Although it will probably affect me, she keeps talking about confidentiality. I can see that aspect, but it seems relevant and important for me to know what I need to expect, so I’m rather displeased about that

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          3 strikes = being kicked out

          Thank goodness. But sus out how safe it’ll be to complain first. Sometimes it’ll get back to the idiot you’re dealing with and aggravate them, then you’re left with them taking it out on you.

          Fortunately our bathrooms and toilets aren’t shared

          That’s good, I was going to suggest a kettle for your room but thought that you’d have to keep refilling a container of water in the kitchen and it would raise questions. Bathroom sink might be an option if you’re desperate and it’s frequently disinfected?

          Have a think about the bar fridge I guess. Extra fridges do consume extra electricity. But if utilities are being paid for, you have the money to buy it, it’ll make this crap time safer/more comfortable and your fridge space needs aren’t large… it might be good to have one already when you eventually move out on your own. That’s one less thing you have to buy immediately upon moving. It also means you could hold off on getting a full size fridge until you measure the dimensions in the new place. The one thing I’d consider though is if the energy efficiency might be bad or have become outdated by the time you leave. (Is that a thing?) Could just sell it on once you’re the utility account holder.

          Edit: If you’re allowed to take home food from work/can get any cheap large meals that also provides somewhere to keep leftovers for the next day.

          Yeah… confidentiality is important but some of these things you really would want to know upfront.

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          Mate, all I can say is you’re a far stronger person than I am - you are dealing with some of the shittiest living situations and still thinking through it logically despite being sick as well. It’s so shit that you had to come back to this. I apologise for not remembering, but when do you get to finally get to leave the system/age out? It’s within a year… I hope?? 😬

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            I turn 18 in March, but because of transitions and such, I can stay here until I’m 19 if it leads to a better outcome, which seems likely at the moment

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              Okay, at least you have some options. You seem optimistic that this new dropkick will be booted fairly soon but until he is it sounds like you have to go through more crap. I really wish you didn’t have to but you can always vent in the DT whenever you need to…

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      What the!!! What a way to end a holiday. Probably a good thing you came back when you did. Not just because of being sickish.

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        Yeah… It seems this may be the new normal. The cops are here for some shady characters the new kid decided to bring over who have warrants out for them. And I guess nobody’s told him why we don’t use the ducted yet

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          I’m really sorry for what you have to go through right now. I know a bit of what it’s like to have little to no control over your living situation, while others make all the decisions that affect you.

          Best thing you can do is be polite so as not to give the wrong impression, but keep your boundaries as strong as you can.

          Keep pressing whoever you have to, for some details as to what can be expected of this new person.

          Hang in there. I know it’s hard to imagine sometimes, but things will get better.

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      That sounds like… fun. Keep your wits about you Baku, and stay safe. It’s shit that someone like that can threaten your home environment because those at the top have forgotten why they went into the sector to begin with.

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      Try earplugs. I didn’t hear anything despite being on top of a hill in the sticks. Very windy now tho

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    Mr Woof really wants to go on a walk right now. I’ve tried showing him the incoming band of rain on the weather radar and he still doesn’t seem to understand why it’s a bad idea and that we will go later.

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      Did Mr Woof finally realise what was to come?

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        He was oblivious when the rain hit, but now that it has passed we have squeezed in a walk which made him happy. It’s getting dim again so it may have been just in time.

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    I feel very, very strongly about not wanting to get out of bed this morning. Desperately want to wfh…

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        I don’t want to imagine what it’s like on the roads right now. And I’ve been just bone tired… Pulled the pin and asked to wfh and got it. Crisis averted. As much as I like going in to meet people I’m very much grateful for the option of not rushing off half asleep and being able to ease my way back in. We’ll just discuss what we need to on Teams.

        Only downside is I dont have a second monitor after giving back my old one to my former workplace… not enough to get me out today :|

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          It was busier than usual.

          In one suburb it was bin day, saw several bins lying on the road blocking a lane with rubbish strewn everywhere.

          The regular daily 6am trip was otherwise completely normal.

          Are you otherwise feeling ok this morning?

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            Definitely better now that I’ve had sustenance and some green tea and been able to take it slow. The sound of the wind is distracting but I think wfh was a great idea today rather than piling everything on in one go

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              Wonderful to hear, looks like the Japan trip was great for you.

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    I finished writing a new short story and even made the cover myself!

    Tasmania, 1877. After a decade of hunting escaped convicts and bushrangers, Constable Charlie Harris has kept the peace in the quiet farming town of Ross, where the biggest crimes are drunken punch-ons. Then he captures Tommy Oliver, a member of a notorious bushranger gang, who offers him a deal he can’t refuse: passage to the mainland in exchange for revealing the identity and location of the gang’s enigmatic leader, Hannibal. Wanted for a string of burglaries and murders, Hannibal and the gang have eluded capture for years, and they won’t sit back and let Tommy Oliver give up their leader, and that puts the town of Ross and its constable squarely in their sights… Can Ross hold out until reinforcements arrive to take Tommy Oliver to Launceston, or will Constable Harris be forced to choose between his oath to protect the town and his word to protect a bushranger’s life?

    Releasing in the next couple of weeks :-)

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      That sounds awesome!

      I don’t know about the words punch ons though. I’d use drunken brawls or fisty-cuffs or drunken biffs but you are the writer and you do a might fine job.

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          Fair enough! I think “punch-ons” is a fairly new word though, often meaning everyone in. The old school term was “a bar-room brawl” or one on one “a bit of a biff” or nothing serious “fisty-cuffs”.

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            It’s surely a newer word. I do like fisticuffs, but doesn’t quite suit the gruffness of ole Constable Harris.

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              I love how the aussie lingo has 99 words to describe a fight 😂

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            Spelled ‘fisticuffs’ I think. Punch-on is perfectly respectable slang though. If you want REALLY old slang, try ‘wigs on the green’ for a brawl. As a phrase survived here in Aus a lot longer than its place of origin.