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Earl Rose writes off Ooskus Fish & Chips My Life 23 AUG 2012

Remember I noted that Monday morning’s Die Burger carried two local stories of interest in its pages regarding events over the past weekend?

Well the first had to do with Chantelle’s 80 year old great uncle Hubert Montgomery who got knighted by the Spanish monarchy for his lifelong contributions and commitment to the sport of weightlifting. However, this played second fiddle to the front page story, which if you are already not quite a fan of the guy, makes for quite a good chuckle.

So at more or less 03:00am last Sunday morning, an allegedly completely drunk out of his mind Earl Rose, a professional rugby player who hasn’t been playing all that much rugby this season, managed to come racing at full tilt down Sir Lowry’s road in his fancy sponsored black BMW, with his wife Amor seated beside him.

Unfortunately for him, he opted not to hit the breaks as he came to the end of the road, a t-junction mind you, and instead raced head first into the unfortunate beloved Ooskus Fish & Chips shop, a Gordon’s Bay establishment that has been around for 38 years mind you. (In other words, its not as if this t-junction with a shop at the opposite side of it just cropped up overnight!)

Also, note that the luckless Mr. Rose was shirtless at the time.

Classy.

Needless to say, the owners of Ooskus are less than impressed, and undoubtedly, their insurance as well. After all, I think it is just short of a year ago now, when poor old Ooskus’ kitchen burnt out thanks to a fiery accident. So luck is definitely not on their side.

It is however on Mr. and Mrs. Rose’s side though. If you look at the damage the crash caused, they’re pretty lucky to have walked away from this unscathed!

(Chantelle grabbed these snaps on Sunday morning on her way to work).

Good news though. Ooskus is trading from the owner’s home which sits next door to the devastated shop, and from the look of things, repairs to the main shop are already well underway.

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Little Mini Disasters My Life 09 JAN 2012

Sigh, so many little negative things to start the year off with, so I may as well list them here, why not?

The first not so lekker thing is of course the creché being closed for a month and only reopening in the middle of January, meaning that Jessica is now staying over with the Montgomery Clan back in Bellville. Sure it’s nice to get a mini break from the little carpet crawler, but to be very honest, two weeks is far, far too long to be away from my bubbly little girl, and after the second evening without seeing her, it was simply too much! I miss my Jessie!! :(

Another little negative start to the year is the official looking piece of post that arrived and which was addressed to me, one which when Chantelle saw it, she laughed, and then handed over to me with an evil grin. It turns out that the section of the N2 leading up to the Sir Lowry’s road turn-off after the Broadlands turn-off is not really the N2 after all. Speed limit is 80 km/h, not 102 km/h as my little Getz was travelling. Bam, R200 fine right there! (Luckily it was only a 102 km/h on that stretch. Normally that’s a 120 km/h piece for me and pretty much everyone else on the road!)

Ugh, and my training shoes finally went and gave in – I managed to walk them completely through with all my road training, so much so that I could poke my finger pretty much through the bottom of the shoe and tickle the underside of my foot! So another purchase that needed to be made – thankfully though Power running shoes aren’t exactly the most expensive on the shelves! :)

Sigh, not monetary this one, but probably the most depressing of them all, my weight completely exploded over the two and a bit weeks that I was on holiday, completely knocking off all the gains I had finally started to make and putting me well, well back behind step 1 even. Sigh, definitely not very happy about that one!

Linked to this is the next negative little thing to hit, namely my knees. I played one morning of badminton at the Church with the folks and friends during my break, and all of a sudden my knees can’t recover and I’m struggling with them each time I sit down or get up now. Sigh, not cool, not cool.

Now for pretty much the biggest negative wave to hit us at the start of the year – in short, Chantelle’s eyes are pretty much buggered. We’ve gotten two opinions now from two different optometrists, but the diagnosis is the same. Her eyes which are a lot poorer than mine and also suffer from astigmatism, are now rejecting contact lenses and the blood vessels that are growing into her eye to try and increase oxygen flow are overtaking everything. With the rapidly deteriorating sight combined with her already poor eyesight makes spectacle wear cumbersome and not really practical, and with contact lenses out of the picture, both optometrists suggest we start speaking to people regarding Lasik surgery to try and correct the problem.

And that as we all know, that costs pretty much over the R20,000 mark, and is NOT covered by medical aid, so will have to come out of our funds somehow.

So I guess it is just as well that the guy hasn’t been available yet to come around and take my bonus money so that he can redo our kitchen cupboards such that we can finally have bought a dishwasher for the house. Oh well, such is life.

Sigh, surely these are far too many little negative niggles to start the year off with? O.o

Speeding Fine Reduced My Life 15 JUN 2011

If you cast your mind all the way back to March, you might remember my letter faxed off to the traffic department in the hopes of getting my big speeding fine reduced.

Well if you can’t remember, I don’t blame you – I had forgotten about it too.

However, last week I received some post which served to remind me about it all over again. And although not quite the reduction I would have liked, the person in charge of this sort of thing was kind enough to knock R220 off the original R600 fine, meaning I now only owe the traffic department R380.

Better than nothing I suppose, but definitely worth the effort of churning out a single letter! :)

Hmm, STILL a little speedier than I thought...

In an Effort to Reduce My Speeding Fine My Life 29 MAR 2011

I might have mentioned that during this period where I’m the most broke I have ever been, I had the displeasure of receiving a whopping R600 speeding fine for an infringement caught way back in December, over the period when Jessica was still fighting for survival in the NetCare NICU in Kuilsriver.

Needless to say, I haven’t received a speeding fine in absolute years, and feel that there are enough external factors to allow for a possible reduction in my fine – in other words, here is the letter I faxed back to the Traffic Department on 021 406 8734 in the hopes of getting my fine squashed: Continue reading