Category Archives: Daily Adventures

The car is gone!

Yay!  We’ve finally sold our car.  Well, I guess it’s a compromise between getting a good price, and selling the car at all.  We didn’t have very many calls for it, and only had 3 people really interested in it.

It was much harder than I thought – I thought that people would want to snap up what I thought was a bargain, but no…  in the end we needed the money more, so we sold on the bottom end of the Redbook bracket.  Oh well, I guess we’re happy that we got more than a dealer would’ve given us, and we now cut our costs from advertising, insurance, running costs, etc.

If only we can direct that money towards a swing holiday east to Sydney or MLX but I don’t think we can this time round *sigh*


My first 240V electric shock

Well, last night, Su and I sat down on the couch to watch Idol, possibly some ARIA and an episode of Prison Break.  All seemed OK except for some reason my Media Center box was playing up again and this time refused to emit any sound from the SPDIF interface.  So I had to poke around behind the TV (where I hide my Media Center box).  All OK.  Anyways, in the process, I realised that my (standalone) DVD player did not power on anymore.  The power cable runs from the back of my Yamaha receiver.  So I decided, OK, I’ll just feel around and make sure the connection is pushed in properly.

Next thing I knew, there was a big shock going from my right hand behind the receiver, though my chest, to my thumb and palm of my left hand which was holding the front of the receiver.  I pulled away immediately, but whoa! it was a shock!  My hand felt a bit wierd, no burns, but stinging.  I’ve had small shocks before (static, and once from our vacuum cleaner), but this was the largest yet.

Afterwards, I felt really “awake”! Either from the adrenaline, the shock of what happened, or the “shock” itself!  Do I need to go for a medical checkup?  Hmm..  I haven’t gained any superpowers though 😦  Luckily I’m still alive.  I would’ve thought that our Clipsal breaker would have kicked in, but it didn’t.  Wierd.

Puppy School!

Puppy School!  Wow haven’t been to one of these before.  We brought our mini schnauzer, Django, to his first puppy school on Wednesday.  Actually, the whole family went.  We heard that it’s really training for the owners, not the dog, so it was important that we all went, including the kids.

To make things more busy, we organised Django to have his 12 week immunisation shot just before class too.

Anyways, it was all good.  It’s so awkward how these things start, introducing yourself and your dog, etc.  There must be a better way 🙂  Django was really good throughout, not terrorising other dogs, but still being confident.

Well, looking forward to the next one.  Only problem is that it clashes with lindyhop dancing class 😦 *sigh*

First wedding DJ experience

Well, it was our friends Miranda and Mike’s wedding on Saturday, and I was lucky enough to be asked to DJ the night!

I spent all week preparing since I knew this was going to be quite a different experience than DJ’ing a swing night.  I got all my music in order (lots of 80s stuff, as requested by the bridge and groom).  No BPMs though, I was going to go more by the feel!

It all went quite well. I did have 1 technical hiccup though, damn my portable CD player for not working as a backup!  Only 2-3 minutes of music downtime 😦

But one major difference for me was the in between song thing.  On a swing night, the song finishes, and I find I can wait up to quite a few seconds until putting on the next song if I want – since people usually take their partners off the floor and get ready to ask for another dance, etc.

However, on Sat night, when one song finishes, everyone is just standing there, like waiting!  I didn’t do any realtime mixing between songs, so it was like “Oh! People are just waiting on the dance floor – I better put on the next tune right away!”.  Hmmm..  Maybe it’s a symptom of not having a partner dance.

Anyway, it all seemed OK in the end, floor had dancers for nearly the whole evening and even one of their friends, a DJ, said well done at the end.  All over now!  Note to self – have a backup CD player working next time!