I went to Prahran today to visit the Chapel Street Bazaar.  I wanted an old phone.  One that doesn’t require power, so that I have a land-line phone during a blackout.  I particularly wanted one with a dial on the front, like the one we used to have when I was little.  Having checked local op-shops and coming up empty, the Bazaar was the only place I could think of that was sure to have one.  I found one, and in my favourite colour- green!  In fact it was exactly what I wanted!  Of course it cost way more than I was hoping (but not more than I expected) however it came with a three-month warranty, so I could take it back if it didn’t work.  Happy with that, I purchased it.


No need to take it back, it works!!  Yay!!  And the cats should find it difficult sliding the phone off the hook like they did with my other one.

On my way to the Bazaar, I walked past Swinburne University.  My eye was caught by their sign.  My first thought upon seeing it was ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe they teach design there and they went with that!’  The design itself is not bad, it just reads badly. logoI don’t know how long they’ve had this design, but really ‘SWIN .  .  . BUR . . . NE’?  Swin burnie?  We are the students who say “Ne!” I bet the designer demanded to be paid with a shrubbery.

I do know a little bit about what I’m talking about, as I did study design at . . . eh-hm . . . Swin  bur  ne.  (Oh dear)




Does anyone use Stickies much?

I opened the app recently and found a note left for me.   I’m not sure who wrote it, but have my suspicions.  The  note was created in 2005!  I clearly have not found a use for them,  since.

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It’s orange, might wanna get that checked

While walking down the ramp at the station, it starts to rain.  The guy in front of me sensibly decides to put his hood up.

He has no where to put his can of drink, so he puts it between his legs.

As he lifts his arms to pull up his hood, the can tips.

Orange fanta spews forth from between his legs.

I normally don’t laugh out loud at people on the street, but a snort escaped!


Good on YOU, Mr. Train Driver man!

Sitting on a train that had come to a stop just outside of Greensborough station.

After a few minutes an announcement is heard.  “Sorry for the delay.  There is some trouble with the signals.  It will only be a few minutes.  At least the air conditioning is working, and you have a comfortable seat.”

I had to smile at that.  After a 20 minute wait, we finally pull into Greensborough.  Passengers disembark, and new ones embark.  Another announcement:

“Even if you think you’re the most important person in the world, you’re not.  This is what happens when we have a signal failure at Greensborough.  It’s 1oo years old.  Thought you’d be used to it by now, but apparently you’re not.”

I nearly applauded.


Sometimes the best music is none at all

It was a beautiful mild sunny day today.  I was sitting at the station, enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air.  It was all spoiled by having to listen to ‘Waiting for a star to fall’!  Why do they have to play music absolutely everywhere now?  Surely there are enough portable devices out there, cheaply available, that if we want to listen to music we can, and it could be music of our own choice.


Welcome to the new Conundrum

Welcome to the WordPress version of The Crystal Conundrum.

I decided to give WordPress a go, as I’ve been impressed with the functionality of my friend, Miztres‘ blog.

This blog is still under construction, but I have imported all my previous posts from blogger.  Just gotta figure out how to add all my links, etc.

It’s been a happy couple of days in the Crystal world.   Here’s some good things that happened, in no particular order.

  • My phone line was fixed.
  • I got a letter from the bank saying my interest rates had gone down again!  WooHoo
  • I found out my Personal Trainer, who I’ve always thought was the best, really is the best!  She won Best Personal Trainer in all the YMCAs in all of Victoria.
  • I started a new gym program.
  • It has rained!!
  • Isaac hasn’t vomited all week.
  • I got to see new episodes of Futurama.
  • Got to have lunch & good conversation with a friend.
  • Caught up with an old friend on the phone.

There you go.  There’s probably  more, but my tea is nearly cooked.  Just for fun, go here.

Soupy Twist!