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Friday, August 20, 2010

I got this from a friend

I got this from a friend in an email but I liked it so much I wanted to post it here. Wish I could take credit for writing it.

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn't spend during each day  
would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:

The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, it’s over, the game is over!

It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?

Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?

Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?


Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it.


Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time....WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderfully beautiful day.

Start spending.


I am all clear

So I spent six hours of my life today in the emergency room at the PA Hospital here in Brisbane. They examined you based on how sick you appeared to be so it took them three hours to even call my name. Once I was seen the doctor asked me questions about my leg/stomach pain and did some muscle tests. Then he took some blood samples and urine samples. He said he thought it was a muscle tear in the muscle that goes from my upper thigh/groin to my lower abdomen but he wouldn't know until my test results came back.

It was three more hours laster and finally he came back and told me that I had a fairly severe muscle tear but not bad enough for surgery. Unfortunately it is the muscle that I use to walk everyday (and I do a lot of walking at work) so it wont heal quickly (it has been over a month already) but all I can do from this point is manage the pain with medicine and hope for the best. It really sucks that I still hurt and there is nothing they can do.

The good news is that this isn't anything that is going to kill me or force me to have surgery or go home. I also wasn't charged for the visit to the emergency room other than wasting six hours of my life there haha. Well I am not dying anytime soon so there ya go :)

No worries. Yall take care,Tyler

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Work/Life/Various Updates

Now that I am back from New Zealand visiting my family (had a great time seeing them again) Now I am back working at my new job I figured I would update yall. My new job is pretty good. At first I started out on the "benches" sorting,labeling and packing clothing and accessories orders to be shipped out to stores all over Australia. But, now I have been reassigned to "runner" duty. I do a lot of jobs all at once now. There is 14 work stations each with a minimum of 2 people on them. They are constantly unpacking stock and breaking down the cardboard boxes that the stock comes in. So, one of my jobs is to take all the rubbish to the bin and throw it away.

That is a job that never ends! 14 work stations and one of me. So as you can imagine I stay busy just dealing with the rubbish! Not only do I do that but I also move stock around and reorganize so they always have priority stock at the front of the line to do. I label boxes and build new cardboard ones for them to use. I also just do general cleaning and whatever else they need. There is 4 to 5 "bench controllers" or floor managers plus 2 managers above them. So, I am going a million miles an hour being pulled in 1000 directions all day!

I am on my feet all day not stopping. There is an upside to all this though, it makes me day go really really quickly and unlike the people who work on the benches who have "targets" to hit in the number of units they process etc. I have guaranteed work hours because they always need a runner even if it is slow and I am pretty much guaranteed five day work week which is not true of every casual worker there and working 7:30-3:30 close to home isn't a bad gig. I don't have any of that pressure I just make sure everything is clean and in order and running smoothly and I get the same amount of money. So it is a fast job and I have to multi task all day but overall I do like it! At least I am getting a paycheck and not unemployed anymore!

Also today at work we had an unexpected 45 minute break. Near the end of the day the fire alarm went off and everyone had to be evacuated. We were told it wasn't a drill. But, there was no smoke and no fire so no one was really freaking out or anything. They ended up giving us all the all clear and I  still don't know why it went off. By the time we were cleared to go back inside our day was over :) 

Other than that, I have a big to do list tomorrow. At the top of that list I actually have to go to the hospital. I have been having some severe unexplained leg/stomach pains that haven't been going away. I went to the doctor here and she couldn't figure out what was wrong so she referred me to the hospital. I hope it isn't anything too serious and I can still work and travel etc. I will keep yall updated for sure. I am still among the living don't worry :)

Ben and I also saw that new movie (it just came out here) The Expendables. It had a huge all star cast with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham,Terry Crews,Mickey Rourke,Stone Cold Steve Austin, Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts brother)Jet Li and a few others. Our very own California Govenator Arnold Schwarzenegger ( I was surprised to see him in the movie due to him currently holding public office) and Bruce Willis both had very funny cameos. It was your typical shoot em up action movie but it was pretty good. I enjoyed the action/fight scenes and it kept us occupied for 2 hours and we got cheap tickets. I would give it a 3/5 stars. So all in all a good night. 

Well thats all for now yall take care,Tyler

Monday, August 16, 2010

mountain picture nz

Economy Class Hell

I really just felt this deserved a blog entry all on its own. I wanted to tell you about my flight from hell back home to Brisbane from New Zealand. Considering I have flown probably over 100 times in my life and this was the first time I have ever been sat next to children I guess I should consider myself lucky.

That being said, I told you I thought economy class from Sydney to Brisbane on the train was hell, that was a cake walk compared to this! I was the 2nd person on the plane to board (just random luck) I go to my seat and then I see a family coming towards me. A father,mother and 3 kids. 2 little boys and a girl. I am secretly they wont sit next to me but no such luck. :(

I flew on an airline that shall remain nameless but lets just say it starts with J and ends with Star lol. I didn't have much option for any kind of upgrades with them considering they charge for everything! Before they even sat down the mother said to me "I apologise in advance" I knew I was in for it then lol. The 2 bros were 6 and 8 and sat next to me. The little girl was 4 and next to her parents in the row in front of me. Directly behind me was some hooligans who would NOT get their freakin knees out of my back! There was also a baby in the row across from me. I was surrounded and just had no luck! :(

About half way thru the flight the 2 boys were driving me nuts going crazy and their parents weren't doing much to stop it. My ipod was totally dead and I had no book to read. It was impossible to sleep and I was going nuts! I decided to listen to the radio that was pre programmed on the plane and it was crap. There was nothing good on except a comedy channel that kept me occupied for about a half hour of the 4 hour flight. By that point I would have been happy to skydive out of that plane into the ocean and swim to freakin Australia lol.

I had a crappy flight but it got me thinking. The airline did their job getting me there in one piece so I am thankful for that. I am also sure that some of my readers have young children and have to fly. I understand you can never have a childless flight but in all seriousness I know how these greedy airlines put more and more fees on us these days. Taxes,baggage, security fees... all of it. Well if they could GUARANTEE me that I would have a seat on the plane not in the vicinity of a child and/or baby or crazy person  I would totally pay extra for that. I would pay up to like 40 dollars extra for the comfort of having a peaceful flight and I am sure others would too, so if there is an airline executives reading my blog. HINT HINT! lol. I just thank God I was not on a long haul flight a la Sydney to LA.

Ok rant over. I am just congested and a little sick and cranky ( I am sure I caught something from those kids on the plane lol). Anyway yall take care,Tyler

NZ Round Two

After I finally got to New Zealand I was not able to get transport directly from Christ Church to Franz Joseph. So I was finally able to book a really scenic train ride from Christ Church to Arthur's Pass. From there I was supposed to take a bus to Franz Joseph. I wasn't looking forward to all of this at all because this whole train/bus journey was after I had basically been on a train for 23+ hours and had to rebook my flights and spend all that money due to me forgetting my passport. I was just SO over it! Not to mention when I finally did land in Christ Church after all that travel I ended up having to sleep in the airport under the hertz rent a car desk. On the ground. Ya it sucked lol.

Well the good news was that my parent surprised me and met me in Arthur's Pass! Which meant that I didn't have to take yet another bus journey to meet my family. I was happily surprised to see them for sure! Exhausted and frustrated from all my travels but happy. Honestly though the train ride from Christ Church to Arthur's Pass really was super scenic and really amazing. I have pictures on Facebook and I will put some up here. Not to mention I got to sit next to a really cool British girl who shared my love of travel so the time went fast!

Once I finally met up with my parents we drove from Arthur's Pass to Franz Joseph and my parents and brother walked on the glacier in Franz Joseph ( I didn't because I have hurt my leg) lucky for me I have already been to New Zealand and done most of this. So it was a bummer not to be able to do everything with my family but it was just good to see them and be there even if I couldn't join in on everything. From Franz Joseph we drove to Wanaka and stayed there for a while which was nice. From there we drove to Cardrona and my family skied for a day while I at inside where it was warm haha. It was quite cold and windy there and apparently we left just in time because a lot of people got stranded on the mountain! From there we drove to Arrowtown (close to Queens Town). We drove into Queens Town for the day and tooled around.

The BEST part for me was the ever amazing Ferg Burger! Only the best burger joint in all of the southern hemisphere. I LOVE that place and I was SO excited to go back! My parents and brother liked it too :) It is open 21 hours a day 7 days a week! If you ever get to Queens Town you MUST go to Ferg Burger. But sadly for the rest of us there is only one of them. The owner refuses to franchise :( After our time in Queens Town  we drove back to Christ Church and spent the night there. The next day my family left to go back home and I flew back here to Brisbane on the flight from hell, which I will tell you all about in my next blog.

I guess that is it really,Ty

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Saga of the Forgotten Passport

Wow what a mess! I am going to try and remember everything that has happened over the past few days and give it to yall in a coherent manner haha. Basically the plan was for me to leave Brisbane on the 8th of August and travel by train to meet my mom and little brother in a town about half way between Brisbane and Sydney (where we were all going to fly to New Zealand).

That part of the plan went without a hitch. What I didn't account for was that I got a new job recently and I had to use my passport for them to verify my work visa etc. So I took it out of its normal spot and forgot to replace it! So that meant I got all the way to Sydney with no passport!!!! :( Which meant I had to re-book a train BACK to Brisbane the very next morning! So after spending 23 hours total time on the train there and back I finally arrived back in Brisbane.

Well all of my flights were non refundable so I lost all those flights plus I lost a day of time with my family but, I finally did get to Christchurch 1 day ( and a lot of money spent) later. I landed in Christchurch and I knew they wouldn't be there. So I had to take a train to a town called Graymouth. Then I bus from Graymouth to Franz Joseph where they were.

I really was marathon traveling for them! By the time it was all said and done I had spent almost a grand and over 40 hours of my time just because I forgot my passport! I can promise you I will never ever do that again! But, actually the train ride from Christchurch to Graymouth was actually really scenic and totally worth the money. I loved that train ride and met a really cool British girl who was my seat mate and that helped pass the time quickly (it was a 4 hour train journey).

Once we got to Graymouth I only had 30 minutes to get on my bus to Franz Joseph so I was rushing to get my bags and get on the bus! But, who do I see there? my family! My parents and my little brother were waiting there at the train station for me and I didn't even know it! So it was a happy (but expensive) reunion for me. After 9 months getting to see (most) of my family again. Jason is still back home in Texas.

So now we have all gotten here in one piece and had a good time. I have a bum leg so I can't do a lot of the activities but luckily for me I have already been to New Zealand and seen and done most all of it so I really am not missing anything. It is still good just to be with my family and they seem to be having a lot of fun which is good!  I can not wait until later today in Queens Town I get another Ferg Burger! mmmmmm

So I guess that's it for now. Yall take care.-Tyler

P.S. It is MUCH colder here than it is in sunny Brisbane and I miss the warm! Its about  30 degrees colder here than it is back in QLD :(


Friday, August 06, 2010

Tomorrow is the day!

I will see my family for the first time in 9 months tomorrow :) I take a train at the butt crack of dawn from Brisbane to Taree. Its about an 8 hour train ride and once I get there my mom and bro are picking me up. From there we will drive close to four hours down to Sydney and spend the night near the airport. I will be seeing a friend from Sydney tomorrow night before we leave so that will be all good.  Tomorrow we will get up and take our flights to NZ and spend our week there!

What else? I worked 3 days at my new job and they are cool with me leaving for a week so that is good! The job is gonna be ok its just repetitive and boring. But the hours seem to go fast as we stay busy! The people seem nice and I am learning more and more about the job. They have a finger print scanner to clock in and out for your shift!

I am still having some leg/stomach pain but I am gonna get all that checked out for sure soon and its not gonna kill me ( I hope) so such is life. Anyway things are pretty good and I will enjoy my week in NZ then be back here in Brisbane and back to work! It will be interesting to see if my family has changed any in 9 months or if they think I have. I still dont have the Aussie accent but, I do speak "Aussie" which may be weird for them.  I also also used to left hand driving now haha.

Talk to yall in week,Tyler

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

First day at my new job

Today Ben and I started our new job. There is more too it but basically we sort and count and label stock in the Rip Curl Distribution Centre. We even get a discount in their retail stores! The factory is laid out real nice and everyone seems great. It will be a good place to work but they do set "performance goals" for us. and we work on a roster so as we get better we get more shifts. It will take a little but but, the job isn't hard and I am sure we will get quicker and quicker. Also, its only Monday-Friday which is great and once we get good enough we can be working five times a week instead of just three.

The best part is they were cool with me leaving for a week to see my family which is awesome because my family is here and I am going to see them in 3 days! We will have fun and it will be good to see them again. So, after a week with family its back to work :)

Oh ya one last thing, today I was shopping at Coles (local grocery store) and the girl at check out, her name was Tyler. Just like mine haha. I had always thought Tyler was a total male name and never had met a girl named Tyler until now. Imagine if we married haha! Confusing! Anyway just thought I would mention it.

So life is finally getting back on track now! Have a good one,Tyler

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I got a new job!

So luckily today Ben and I both got new jobs! The same job :) we start tomorrow at 7:30am. I can only hope it goes well. I am sure it will. I am real excited finally get some more money coming in. The only rough thing for me is that I am leaving to see my family on Saturday. That means I will only be working for 3 days before I go away with my family for a week. But, they have flown thousands of miles just to see ME! I did also tell the people at this job went I interviewed so I can only hope they didnt "forget".

Anyway, my family is here and safe and I will see them here this weekend in Australia. Then we will go for 1 week to New Zealand and after that they will fly home and I will fly back to Oz and (hopefully) still have a job! Well thats all for now. Take care and good on ya :) -Ty