Bathrooms and Decisions

“You’re only a billion years old, please don’t retire,” Michael said, sounding desperate as he begged his boss, God herself, to not bring an end to the entire universe. She looked sheepish for a moment, but only a moment before she turned around. He flew after her as she walked along the cloud, hoping to catch her eyes and see a glimpse of sanity left in them.

Pieces of fluffy clouds floated as she walked, swirling in the air to create a halo effect that would have looked beautiful if it wasn’t for the impending doom he felt. He opened his mouth to speak and accidentally choked on a cloud puff, feeling his brain cry out from the sudden cold. God kept walking as he paused midair, trying to catch his breath.

Michael hated it when that happened. The room they were in was entirely made up of clouds, and it had become an everyday nuisance for centuries. He was grateful when God decided to leave through the gigantic, white double doors at the end of the room. He flew through the door after her and into the open space that was her personal bathroom. 

God spoke as she surveyed the area. “Add to your list that we need to brainstorm some bath tub conversion ideas.” Sydney and the rest of Australia, for all its dangerous fauna, didn’t seem like it had a bad collection of animals to Michael anymore. He shouldn’t have pushed her. If he hadn’t pressured her to come up with new animals, she wouldn’t have quit. He shouldn’t have shut down her suggestion to use some rejected drafts to populate the Earth this year or remind her that Australia’s wildlife had been a consequence of doing so previously. Michael took a moment to survey the bathroom to calm himself.

Cloud steps led down from the doors and opened up into a giant, diamond-tiled bath. Crystal blue water sparkled in the sunlight. The sound of rushing water coming from the many fountains that served as taps at each end of the pool was instantly calming. Above them, the stars twinkled. It was beautiful. The perfect open-air bathing room without a care for the plumbing repairs or suffocating shower walls that humans had to deal with. He couldn’t possibly imagine what renovations a room like this could need. 

God picked up a towel hanging from the sink by the door. She looked perfectly relaxed as she waded into the water. It was infuriating. “I’ll also add that we need the bathtub cut out for elderly people then,” he grumbled under his breath, “if you’re too old to continue working.”

The air dropped a few degrees. It was his only sign that he was approaching a fine line. He stumbled back a little bit from the irritable presence oozing off his boss. Keeping his gaze glued to the paper, he quickly jotted down his notes without any further words. 

She might have been retiring, but she was still his boss… until the Universe ended.

Gossiping Air Conditioning

In the quiet oasis of Bayside’s library, a usually hushed refuge has descended into chaos. The air conditioning system had somehow transformed into a gossip-monger, sharing whispers and secrets pulled from the rich stories housed in the library, creating a whirlpool of distraction among the library-goers. Enter the HVAC heroes, the trio known for providing the premier air conditioning unit repairs near Black Rock and beyond.

Upon entering, the system greeted them with a buzz of excited whispers, offering a tantalising preview of the latest mystery novels and even throwing in unsolicited self-help advice. Blizz couldn’t help but laugh, urging the system to keep the juiciest plot twists secret. Furn chimed in, praising the system for becoming Bayside’s most well-read air conditioner, absorbing tales from romance to high-seas adventure.

Navigating through the library with a mission to restore peace, it was Sol who carried the conversation with the mischievous system. “You’ve become a storyteller, breathing life into tales with your whispers,” they noted, encouraging it to channel its newfound passion more constructively. They led a heartfelt negotiation, balancing the system’s desire to share tales with the need to maintain the library’s cherished quiet.

With a mutual understanding reached, the HVAC heroes crafted a solution. They worked their magic to ensure the system’s whispers became a calming, almost musical hum that inspired rather than distracted, providing a gentle auditory backdrop to the world of books, a sound that now harmonised perfectly with the rustling of pages and the quiet contemplations of readers.

As they wrapped up their successful mission, the library had transformed. It retained its silent charm, but with a new magical undertone, where whispers told stories in hushed, gentle notes, nurturing the imagination of every visitor. The heroes had turned a gossip-mongering nuisance into a silent guardian of tales, offering a soothing, inspiring atmosphere, once again showcasing the importance of professional Bayside air conditioning repair businesses.

With this endeavour, the HVAC heroes proved, yet again, that they were guardians of harmony, turning nuisances into sources of joy, one successful mission at a time.

Mysterious Boat Latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was walking the cliffs near my house this morning, and I made a shocking discovery – a small fishing boat, completely abandoned and beached gently in a small cove, miraculously unharmed by the rocks. I scrambled down to investigate it, pulling it further onto the sand so it wouldn’t be washed back out with the already-receding tide. It was abandoned – thankfully – and didn’t look anything like the crime scene I was concerned it would be.

         I scoured it for clues – where had it come from? Who owned it?

         I couldn’t find any contact information, so I investigated all of the fixtures and fittings. Clearly it had been well-loved before it was whisked away by the tides – someone had spent a lot of time making custom stainless steel marine fabrication. Melbourne work, by the looks of the quality. I let out a low whistle as I admired the fishing rod holders, and the impressively-mounted snapper racks.

         ‘I wonder if you ever caught anything,’ I laughed to myself, at the clearly un-stained steel. ‘Doesn’t look like it.’

         I moved to the front of the boat, hopping back onto the beach, sinking to one knee in the wet sand. As I struggled free, I noticed the high quality boat latch installation and let out another whistle – when had I started whistling? I frowned at myself. Too much solo walking, maybe. Even this inner monologue was new, I realised with a start.

         Shaking free of my own existential crisis, I stood back and surveyed the boat, trying to decide what to do. I eventually realised there was nothing I could do – I’d even left my phone back up at my house, so calling for help wasn’t an option.

         ‘Oh well,’ I shrugged. ‘A nice distraction at least.’

         I trudged back up the cliff face, passing by a distressed looking man in a captain’s hat.

         ‘Have you seen a boat around here,’ he asked, reaching out a hand to stop me. ‘I can’t remember where I parked it.’

The Steel Square

For about ten minutes now I have wanted to own a very specific object. Now, this object is not particularly expensive, nor is it hard to get, however, I have never thought about owning this object before. That is because until my friend showed me his circular steel beam, I have never wanted to own a steel beam myself.

However, now I’m about to run to the shops and find the best steel beams Melbourne has to offer so that they can fashion me a similar one. The main difference? I want mine to be a square, not a circle. I think it will be a great decoration for my bedroom. I know exactly where to put it. I’ll lean it against the wall in my bedroom, right next to my desk. It’ll be perfect for hanging things like clothes, or maybe even pictures or ribbons from.

I am a little bit concerned that my friend thinks I’m copying him, and I guess in some ways I am. However, I think the best word to use is ‘inspired’. His steel beam inspired me to want to get my own, and if anything it’s a sign of his brilliance that he was able to inspire someone else to do something. I just hope he takes it that way and not in a bad way, since if he thinks I’m copying him I’ll never hear the end of it.

I’m even going to the same Melbourne structural steel fabrication store that he went to. I’m not sure what the staff members are going to think about that. They’re very friendly and professional, but most of their projects are for residential steel rather than for hobbyists like my friend and myself. Ultimately, since they are experts in their field, they’re going to be able to craft the best square steel beam I could ever ask for. I know I’ve only wanted one for ten minutes, but I’m truly so excited about getting one!

Finding Out Secrets

When Julie walked into the hardware store, she was shocked. She couldn’t believe her husband, Jack, had risked his life by driving through a dangerous storm just to get to a store that was completely ordinary. Julie knew for a fact that it wasn’t special because she had been to plenty of hardware stores in her time. In fact, Julie noted that this hardware store in Cheltenham looked exactly the same as the Hampton hardware store she had visited with Jack a few weeks ago. Julie was not impressed.

Deciding to investigate further, Julie approached a shop assistant who was innocently stacking shelves. The shop assistant didn’t notice Julie standing there at first. She was so enthralled in the job at hand that it appeared as if no one else in the world existed. Peculiar. Julie politely cleared her throat to grab the shop assistant’s attention. Turning towards the sound, the shop assistant looked immediately stunned at the site of the pregnant woman standing before her. Julie could see the wheels turning in the shop assistant’s mind, as the shop assistant put two and two together. Unsure what to say, Julie stood there silent and waited for the shop assistant to make the first move.

“Hi there,” the shop assistant began. “What can I help you with today? You look like you’re in the market for plumbing supplies sold in Cheltenham. Is that correct?” Stumped by the shop assistant’s helpfulness, Julie found herself stumbling on her words. Julie explained how she was actually there to get a better understanding of why her husband wanted to visit this store so badly during a terrifying storm. Julie said she wanted to know why her husband would leave her, his pregnant wife, just to be here. When he knew that she needs him both now and after the baby is born. After Julie was finished oversharing, she looked up and noticed the shop assistant crying.

Elbows And Biceps

I am doing a research project on the types of surgeries performed in Melbourne. As I hope to become a leading surgeon one day, I need to put in a big effort in all my research projects. My university has a theoretical and practical component to it and to graduate with top marks, I need to get at least an average of ninety per cent in both components across the several years of study that I have to complete. To say I haven’t had much of a social life is an understatement.

The first topic in my research project is the elbow arthroplasty. An elbow arthroplasty involves replacing the surfaces of the elbow joint with an implant and it can be performed as a total procedure or a single side procedure. If every surface of the joint is replaced, this is called a total elbow arthroplasty. In contrast, when a patient only requires a replacement of one side of the elbow, this is known as a hemiarthroplasty.

Getting the terminology right is vital if I want to do well in my research project, which is why I’m taking this time to explain what it all is in my own words. When you’re able to effectively explain a topic to others, it is a clear indication that you understand the topic itself. That is what I’m doing here.

The next topic in my research project is the distal biceps tendon repair. Performed in Melbourne, this type of surgery helps to repair a patient’s torn distal biceps. This is achieved by performing a small cut just below the elbow, identifying the torn tendon and attaching it back to the appropriate spot on the radius bone. This type of repair surgery is best suited to recent and minor torn tendons. If a patient has severely torn their tendon or it has been torn for a longer period of time, they may require a tendon reconstruction instead.

Eye Test Tantrum

‘Oh, come on Margaret,’ I growled, yanking my eight-year-old by her surprisingly strong arm.

‘No,’ she pouted, digging her heels in. ‘I don’t want to!’

‘Everybody needs their eyes checked sometimes!’ I pleaded with her in my nicest fake-happy voice. Especially when they bump into walls as often as you do.

         ‘Jenny says they hurt!’ she huffed, ripping her arm out of my grasp and folding it under the other one in a pitch-perfect tantrum pose. I sighed and rubbed my temples for calm.

‘Jenny? Which Jenny?’

‘My friend Jenny!’ she yelled at me, with an honest-to-God foot stamp.

My mind raced back through the last few years of birthday party invites, frowning as I recalled at least three Jenny’s.

‘Look,’ I shook my head, dispelling the Jenny’s from my brain. I took a knee next to her, and gently placed my hand over hers. ‘I don’t know what Jenny has told you about the Bayside eye doctor, but I promise you she’s a lovely woman. She really does just want to make you see as good as you possibly can.’

I brushed a strand of hair behind her ear and smiled at her, ignoring the impulse to throw her over my shoulder.

‘What if it hurts?’ she whispered to me, all traces of childish bravado gone in an instant.

‘Well,’ I said, rubbing her shoulders. ‘Then you just tell her, and she’ll stop straight away.’

‘You promise?’ Margaret blinked at me with big, wet eyes.

‘Of course I promise!’ I laughed. ‘I promise, it’s just a standard eye test for children. Local to Bayside, she’s the best in the business.’

Slowly, Margaret sniffed back her tears and a small smile appeared at the corners of her mouth. ‘Thanks, Mummy,’ she said meekly.

‘You’re welcome,’ I said, drawing her into a big hug. We stayed like that for a few moments.

‘Can we get ice-cream after?’ Margaret whispered in my ear. ‘Because I was so scared?’

My eyes widened.

‘Oh, you little—’

Checking The NBN

I am the owner of an office building in Melbourne. I bought the building for my business as I didn’t want to pay rent to someone else when I could be just paying off my own mortgage. I am obsessed with making money and will do everything I can to make as much as I can.

Many people would assume that means skimping out on expenses and choosing the cheapest products and services possible. That is not the case. Often I opt for the most expensive products and services for my business, because it benefits myself in the long run. As my dad always said “you spend rubbish, you get rubbish.” That’s a motto to live by.

My employees also really appreciate that I pay a decent amount of money for the highest quality products because it makes their lives easier when they’re working. For example, I spared no expense on the data cable installation within my office building a few weeks ago. That was the best thing I could do for office productivity. I want everything to be smooth running and seamless. If I had spent only a small amount of money on the data cable technician then I may have not gotten good quality products. You have to “spend money to make money,” which is exactly what my dad also used to say. My dad said a lot of intelligent things and he’s part of the reason I’m such a successful businessman. 

The next investment I’m going to make is getting the NBN installation contractors servicing Melbourne businesses to come and assess the quality of the last NBN installation in this building. The person who owned the building before me didn’t share the same values of investing in important infrastructure, products and services. I need to rectify the mistakes of the old owner so that my business can thrive in the future. I am in the business of making money, after all.

Architecture Job Search

I feel really sorry for my friend. She’s just finished six years of study to become an architect and now she’s really struggling to get a job. It’s such a competitive industry and it’s really hard to break into if you haven’t got experience under your belt. But, how do you get experience when no one wants to give you a chance? It’s an impossible challenge and it sets young people up for failure (like a lot of things these days). 

Back in the old days, people would be able to just walk straight up to the top commercial architecture firms and say they were looking for a job. It was that simple. If you looked the part, seemed eager and wanted work, you got work. Nowadays, you need to have five years of experience by the time you graduate just to get an interview. My poor friend – I feel so disheartened for her. It would be so hard to be in her position. 

I work in a different industry to my friend, one that is also really hard to get into but not as hard as beginning work as an architect. One of the main issues with trying to get a job as an architect is that it’s so competitive. Seriously, my friend is up against candidates that have worked or interned at the most established residential architects Brighton has to offer. Yes she’s done six years of study and she’s incredibly talented, but when you have on your resume that all you have done is study and someone else has on their resume that they worked at the best residential architecture firm in Brighton, it’s kind of hard to compete.

I hope my friend is able to get her foot in the door somehow, somewhere. She’s worked so hard and she deserves recognition for her work. I’ll let you guys know how she goes.

Sailing The Seas

The next thing I need to do in order to prepare mine and my wife’s boat for our trip up the coast is to get the snapper racks checked over. If we need new snapper racks then I want to know now because I don’t want any of them breaking and then my wife and I are unable to feed ourselves when out in the middle of nowhere. I think I might purchase new stainless steel snapper racks from Melbourne before we leave just so I know for sure that my wife and I will be able to catch fish. My wife and I are much better fishers than we used to be (thankfully). We wouldn’t have been able to travel by ourselves in a boat for weeks on end if that wasn’t the case. 

I’m really looking forward to seeing where our travels will take us. We have a destination in mind, likely somewhere on the Queensland coast that is a happy medium between a beach holiday and a rainforest holiday. Doesn’t that sound incredible? We’re about to be living the dream without a care in the world and I am so looking forward to spending every moment with my beautiful wife. She is my world and even after all these years I am more in love with her than ever. I am so thankful that I get to spend every day with her doing what we love together. Sailing the high seas might not sound appealing for most people, but it’s the best thing that could ever happen to me.

I’m glad I got a professional boat catch installation performed on our boat last week. As I said in my last blog post, I don’t want my wife and I to drift away when we’re supposed to be in a harbour somewhere. I want to wake up every morning and know exactly where we are.