Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sold the Falcon

Well, my Ford has been sold off.

Sold it for $300, which represents about a $2,500 loss but I'm still kinda happy about it. For one, it's gone and second, the chap that bought it wanted a registered chassy he could put his engine and stuff into. So it worked out well for both.

I've decided to try and build a trailer to go with the Lego truck I bought a while back. Not sure what kind of budget I'm willing to commit to yet, but it seems like I really ought to be saving money for this whole financial disaster thing the news keeps talking about.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fire! Near work.

Had an interesting event today - the petrol station down the orad from where I work went up in flames. I have a few pics, I'll get them up tomorrow.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Four weeks and counting

Well, things look pretty sweet with the new place. The cogs are all falling onto place and we have a tentative move-in date.

We have plenty of boxes to chuck all our junk into. The main things I need to focus on are selling off some of my old stuff (like the Ford) in order to generate a bit of cash and to clear up some room.

Not quite sure yet if we'll be renting a truck or using a trailer, either way it's a lot of picking things up and putting them down. Which is pretty much what I used to do for work anyway.

On the to-do list, I need to verify that my trailer socket on the Corsair works properly so that I can chuck a trailer on there.

Other than that, not much to report.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fresh Car

Okay, this weekend I picked up a new cage to cart my sorry backside around in. It's not the motorbike I wanted, but it'll keep me dry this coming winter.

It's a Ford Corsair and I'm happy I managed to get three out of four. It's a sedan, it's a 5-speed manual and it has a towball. The only one I missed out on is that it isn't rear wheel drive.

Oh well. Let's see if this Ford lasts me longer than my last Ford. The big red Falcon died after only a few months. Actually, this one gave me a bit of an initial scare since it died 500 meters from the car yard. Luckily it was just out of gas and a quick trip to the servo with a jerry can got it up and running again.

First thing tomorrow, drop it off at the mechanic for a service and inspection.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Inexorably closer

Well, the house that we are buying is now listed as "sold" on the real estate agent's website so I guess it's full steam ahead.

We've done some financial jumping around and gotten all the bits sorted. There are still a few loose ends to tidy up and all our remaining junk to box up but it is coming together.

The motorbike project is on hold until further notice since I have to get a fresh car. As stated before, I'm sticking to my guns - manual, 5 speed with a towball. All other considerations secondary (apart from the obvious of it being licensed, running and so on). I'm not even fussed about the number of doors or even if it's a wagon.

Seen some interesting stuff on Gumtree and Craigslist, though CL is a little quiet in Perth as not as many people over here are aware of it. It's more popular over east.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Finally - an update!

Well, I managed to get up off my backside and made an update to my main site.

I've uploaded a photo gallery with some of my less bad photos on it. None of them are award-winning or even particularly good, but hopefully it'll give me a baseline to improve from.

Trying to get more into writing, not very successful thus far. On the plus side, I've stopped ordering stuff on-line, which means there is less chance of things getting lost in the mail during the upcoming move.

Not sure when we'll be moving, the uncertainty is the most annoying part. We've moved plenty of times before so it isn't as traumatic as it can be for some people. Probably helps that I can't wait to get out of this place. Anyway, boxing is going nicely, still have more stuff to pack than stuff which is packed, so we're aways away still.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Car died

Car is now officially dead.

It has some problem in the engine that requires the engine to be pulled apart to determine the problem. And if the problem can be fixed, then it'd be fairly easy to fix since the engine is, you know, already apart.

However, it'd be a few hundred dollars in labour in order to pull the engine apart just to find out what was wrong and then a couple more to put it together again. And it might even need a complete new engine.

So I figure I'll cut my losses and see if I can sell it off for a few hundred. With the criteria outlined in the previous post, I'll be looking for a fresh car this weekend.

Oh well, win some, lose some.

In other news, I got my latest Lego package from Europe. Just gotta put it together. Also, our cat might have been kicked or clipped by a car - she's limping around and not letting anyone get close.

And work sucks, but you already knew that...