March 2023

Window Tinting Secret

Something strange has been going on at work lately. It all started about a month ago when the boss of the company hired professional window tinters to come and darken up the glass surrounding the conference room. On its own, this wouldn’t have been too strange, but it was more the fact that he also had a new lock put on the door, along with a facial-recognition device. What is going on in there that requires such extreme levels of secrecy? Most workplaces would just get frosted window tinting for the conference room and call it a day.

I’ve been in contact with the window tinting company that did the installation to ask if they have any information, but they are claiming that it is confidential and that their contracts prevent them from being able to speak on the subject. Of course, that just made me even more suspicious. The boss hasn’t let anybody into the conference room since the tinted window installation was completed. What could he be doing in there?

If the commercial window tinting business from Melbourne won’t give me any answers, I’m going to have to find them myself. Thankfully, I studied investigative journalism at university for six months before I got bored and dropped out, so I know a thing or two about digging up the dirt. My internship as a gravedigger also helped with that particular skill. I’ll get to the bottom of this, even if it’s the last thing I do. 

At the start of any good investigation, it is essential to outline the primary questions you want to be answered, so here are mine. One: what is going on in the conference room? Two: why is the boss so secretive about it? And three: why was the window tinting business sworn to secrecy about the whole thing? If I can find the answers to these three questions, I will be satisfied that my investigation is complete. Now, I’d better get back to work selling these toasters – I’m a bit behind today due to spending my morning blogging.

Fixing dripping tap









Living on my own for the first time, I felt a sense of independence and freedom. But as with anything new, there were challenges that I had to face. One day, as I was washing dishes in my kitchen sink, I noticed that the tap was leaking.


At first, I tried to ignore it, but the dripping sound became increasingly annoying. I knew that I couldn’t afford to hire a plumber, so I decided to fix it myself. I had no idea where to start, so I searched online for tips on how to fix a leaky tap.


I learned that I would need a few tools and some plumbing supplies, so I searched for a hardware store near me. I decided to go to the highest rated hardware store Bayside had with parking right out the front. When I arrived at the store, the staff member greeted me with a smile and helped me find the parts I needed. They even gave me some advice on how to replace the tap.


With the supplies in hand, I went home and got to work. I turned off the water supply and removed the old tap. It was a bit tricky, but with the right tools and some patience, I was able to remove it without damaging the sink.


Next, I installed the new tap and connected it to the water supply. I turned the water back on and tested the tap. To my relief, there were no leaks! I was ecstatic that I had fixed the tap on my own.


Looking back on that experience, I realised that it wasn’t just about fixing the tap, but it was also about gaining confidence in my ability to take care of my own space. I’m confident that with the best plumbing supplies Cheltenham has available, I’ll be able to fix any future water leakage. Every time I use my tap, I am reminded of the sense of accomplishment that came from fixing it myself. I know my dad would be proud of me. He was a huge advocate for DIY repairs.

The Steel Rejects










It’s really hard being a discarded piece of steel, sometimes. I’m not quite sure what was wrong with me, but one moment it was looking like I’d be on my way to some big construction project to fulfil my purpose in life. Perhaps I would be part of a skyscraper or a warehouse! The next moment, the foreman looked me over and decided that I was better off in the scrap heap.

I don’t hold it against him, of course. Nor do I hold it against the metalworker who created me. They’re the best steel suppliers Melbourne has to offer – if they decide that I’m not good enough to be used in a construction project, I trust their instincts. It is hard, though. All my life, I’ve imagined the incredible places I could have gone and all the purposes I could have served. I had my whole life ahead of me, only for it to be taken away in a moment. Now I sit in the scrap heap, watching as other pieces of steel get to go on and fulfil my dreams. 

At least it’s not lonely here. After all, plenty of steel gets discarded, so I have lots of friends. Me and my buddies, discarded by Melbourne’s best steel fabricators, left to rust in the dirt. I guess it sounds pretty depressing when you put it like that. It’s not all bad, though. We play a lot of I Spy, although the answer is almost always some variation of ‘steel’ or ‘metal’. We also get to eavesdrop on the workers, and there’s plenty of gossip to go around, so that’s kind of fun. I’ve also considered starting a Goblins and Grottos game with the other pieces of discarded steel, but it might be difficult since we don’t have any dice. Or arms, now that I think about it.

You might be wondering how I could possibly be writing on the internet if I don’t have any arms. To be honest, it’s probably best if you don’t think about it too much.

Mornington Peninsula home

I’ve always been a career driven woman. This has definitely had some trade-offs, but I remind myself that I chose this life so I could build a life of luxury. Living on the Mornington Peninsula is something that I have always dreamed of. There’s something about living by water that really appeals to me. It’s the perfect combination of sun rays gently hugged by a soft breeze that makes me feel at total ease. Ever since I first went to the Mornington Peninsula, I knew I wanted to spend my life here. 

Four years ago I engaged the highest rated custom home designers on the Mornington Peninsula to create my dream home.

I wanted a property that would be a true reflection of my success, and that’s exactly what I got. The house was stunning, with panoramic views of the ocean, and all the luxuries I could possibly desire. I spent many happy years in that house, enjoying the sunshine, the sea breeze, and the privacy that it afforded me.

As time went on, I began to realise that my beautiful home needed regular maintenance. Living near the sea can be tough on a property, and I didn’t want to risk any damage or deterioration. After speaking to a few experts in the building industry, I knew I had to get annual home maintenance checks. It was honestly the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve been able to rectify so many potential problems with my home before they got worse. Plus, the company I was getting to do the checks really had a great level of expertise and professionalism. They took care of everything, from cleaning the gutters to checking the roofing tiles, and they always completed the work to the highest standards. I had complete peace of mind knowing that my home was in good hands, and that it would continue to provide me with years of pleasure and relaxation.

Having a luxury property on the Mornington Peninsula was a dream come true for me, and maintaining it has been just as important as building it in the first place.

Delivery driver duties










People sometimes think of delivery drivers as dumb or lazy people. I’m here to prove that I’m just the opposite. I’m a delivery driver who loves their work and is always looking for ways to improve. I chose this profession because I love greeting the locals and delivering their much desired packages. It’s a pretty cruisy job for the most part. Things can get tricky if someone leaves out a unit number, or if an address has changed, but on the whole it’s pretty easy. 

Despite the job being easy as it is, I believe there’s nothing wrong with finding ways to make my job easier. I carry so many packages each day that it is absolutely essential that I maintain a high level of organisation. There’s a specific route we need to drive when doing our deliveries, and if we accidentally miss a package’s location, it can throw everything out of whack. Plus, you also get a very disappointed recipient who is peeved they did not receive their package. 

I recently discovered how to use half canopies for my deliveries. I was talking to a fellow delivery driver and they told me they’ve been using half canopies for the last five years. Since using the half canopy, they’ve never had a confused or forgotten parcel ever again. I was amazed because even the best of us can confuse or forget a parcel. Within minutes of the conversation I was totally sold. I knew I had to get one.

I did my research and found a company that also specialises in making custom aluminium ute trays. Melbourne has plenty of ute tray manufacturers, but few specialise in making custom designs. Since I’m a delivery driver, my trays have a few nuanced features that are required, as opposed to a tradesman. 

I met with the team later that week and we had a good chat about what I was planning to use my half canopy for. They had a design, and the final product mocked up in no time. I couldn’t have been happier by the end result.

Excellence in Conveyancing












Excellence. What does it really mean? To be excellent is to be divine, some old philosopher may have said. Excellence can be found in many places and no places at all. Excellence is about perspective, so it both simultaneously exists everywhere and nowhere. Does that make sense? From a certain point of view, it makes excellent sense. Perhaps from your point of view, it makes no sense.

My first experience with excellence came in the form of a top rated conveyancer for Brighton property. So excellent was their excellence that it was even in their name. They were excellent, and they knew it. I’d just bought a house in the Brighton area, and they provided simply excellent service as my conveyancer of choice. They knew a thing or two about housing law and explained all my contracts to me in a way that I could understand the finer details. When I used my previous conveyancer near Elwood, excellent was not the word I would have chosen to describe the experience. Perhaps very good, but not excellent. 

How do you know excellence? There’s an old saying about knowing something when you see it. That’s sort of how excellence works. It can’t really be described, but when you experience it, you will know. Perhaps you will experience excellence at your local cafe or at a business offering the best deals on furniture around. Maybe, like me, you will experience excellence while searching for your dream home. 

There’s also the possibility that you know exactly what I am talking about; that you have already experienced true excellence in your life. In that case, congratulations. You are one of the lucky few who have seen the divine. But the truth is that there is another level above excellence. Still, I am searching for it. The elusive beast that is perfection. Is it even attainable in our imperfect, human state? I do not know. If there is a conveyancing lawyer out there who has reached perfection, I do not know of them.

I needed support











It can be tough living alone as a person with a disability. Managing everyday tasks without help can be extra challenging, and sometimes off putting. In the last year, I’ve really noticed the impact my mental health is having on my ability to function day to day. Going out and socialising has always been a struggle for me, but now I’m starting to feel a lot more isolated.

I’m very fortunate to have friends who are supportive and understanding of my condition. Most people would probably be happy to abandon our friendship because sometimes I can be hard work or very distant. My friends understand that I do not behave like this intentionally. They’re also very sympathetic to my situation. The other day, my friend recommended that I look into getting a homecare provider. In the past I was hesitant about doing this because it felt like I was giving up, but I knew it was time to give it a try. I found an NDIS provider specialising in positive behaviour support in Adelaide. I had never really heard of positive behaviour support before, but the name really resonated with me. I continued my research and discovered that positive behaviour support is all about understanding and addressing the root that causes problematic behaviour. For so long I’ve had many therapists try to manage my symptoms. While this helped to a degree, it was incredibly frustrating to not be able to understand why I behave how I do.

This provider was regarded as the best NDIS provider near me and I can honestly see why. They were prompt with answering my call, and were efficient when setting up my initial consultation with their support worker. The support worker was lovely too. She really made an effort to understand me and understand my struggles. Based on the information I gave her, she was able to create a great care plan. This care plan included regular visits from a support worker who could help me with daily tasks, as well as provide me with emotional support and guidance when needed.

Online product video









Being a small business owner can be tough. You need to be a forward thinker and be willing to accept that sometimes things don’t always go to plan. A lot of the business landscape has changed over the last few years. People are changing how they engage with businesses and where they buy their products. I realised a lot of my competitors were starting to shift their products online, and that if I didn’t make the same move I was going to get left behind.

I spent hours of each day doing competitor research and getting my online store setup. The more research I did, I discovered that I was going to have to do more than simply set up an online store. I needed to build an online presence. I decided to hire a video production team. Melbourne is no stranger to creatives, so I was sure I’d be able to find a great team of video specialists in no time.

I had a rough idea of what I wanted the videos to be. I wanted a few brand videos, as well as videos to showcase my products. Most of my competitors only display photos of their products. I decided that I was going to one up them and display my products by utilising top quality marketing video production. We have so much great tech nowadays, and so many experts who know what they’re doing, there’s really no excuse to not have good video content.

By letting the video team take care of the creative and production side of things, it meant I could draw my focus to the things I’m good at. Businesses don’t run themselves. You need someone who can overseas the day to day and think with the future in mind. I might not be a creative person, but I definitely know how to stay on top of trends and make my business thrive.

I’m really excited to see the result of these videos. I’m confident they will help improve the retention of visitors on my website, as well as help drive engagement on social media.

Baseball shoulder injury

I’ve been playing baseball for the past fifteen years, ever since I was a kid. It’s always been my favourite sport, and I’ve been fortunate enough to play on a team every weekend. I love being on the field, feeling the adrenaline pumping through my veins, and the thrill of competition.

For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing some pain in my shoulder. As the pitcher, I’m constantly using my arm, throwing pitch after pitch, and I guess all the wear and tear has finally caught up with me. The pain got worse, and I knew I needed to see a doctor. After a visit to an orthopaedic specialist, I found out that these were signs I need a shoulder arthroscopy.

I was nervous about the procedure, but I knew it was necessary to get me back on the field. The surgery was scheduled for a few weeks later, and I spent that time researching everything I could about the procedure and the recovery process. I was determined to come back stronger than ever and continue playing the sport I love.

The day of the surgery was nerve-wracking, but I knew I was in the hands of the best shoulder surgeon Melbourne has ever seen. The waiting room was packed with people, and I could hear the sound of medical equipment buzzing from behind the doors. When it was finally my turn, I was prepped for surgery and put under anaesthesia. I remember waking up groggy, but relieved that the surgery was over.

The recovery process was long and difficult. I had to keep my arm in a sling for several weeks and couldn’t play baseball for months. It was frustrating, but I knew that I needed to take it slow and let my body heal.

Finally, after several months, I was able to start playing again. I still feel a little bit of pain from time to time, but I know how to manage it, and I’m grateful to be able to continue playing the sport that I love.

Buying All Houses









There’s something I have to get off my chest. One of my old friends from university has been very successful in his career. Well, that’s quite an understatement, actually. He started a business that is now worth billions of dollars, and his personal wealth is almost just as impressive. Ted is very generous with his money, but there’s one thing about him that really bothers me. See, back in university, we were both really into this anime called MiniMon – short for miniature monsters. In MiniMon, there’s a whole world of creatures that you can capture and make your pets, and the story is about a boy, Charcoal, who wants to catch them all. It seems that Ted has taken that ideology and carried it with him into the real world, except with housing instead of cute monsters.

Basically, Ted has been going around to every real estate agent and conveyancer he can find, buying up all the houses he can get his hands on. It all started with a conveyancing firm in Caulfield, with Ted buying his first house, before turning into a full-on obsession. He is determined to own every property in Victoria one day. I’ve tried to explain that we are currently going through a massive housing crisis, with people being forced to live on the streets, but he won’t listen to reason. As someone who lives in Victoria, I can see this becoming a real problem in no time. What happens when Ted wants to buy my house? Last I heard, he was speaking to a conveyancing firm based near Prahran, finalising his latest house purchases.

It won’t be long before conservative newspapers start writing stories about Ted and his ‘entrepreneurial spirit’. About how his grit, determination and hard work led to him making the smart investment in 47 houses. Never mind the fact that his business makes obscene profits through cheap labour in other countries. It just doesn’t sit right with me. I feel like I should cut off my friendship with Ted because this all just feels so unethical, but then again, he did buy me that $10,000 watch the other day…

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