Some discount…

14 06 2007

OK, I fail to see how this is a discount…

My parents took their passports in to be renewed today. I’d helped them fill in the electronic forms and printed them out for them (yes, you have to *print* out an electronic form… mmm… good to see our tax dollars at work…). Anyhow, the form said that if you’re over 75, you get a Seniors discount. Well, they’re both over 75 so we checked that box on the form.

My Mum just called to say that the full price of a 10 year passport renewal for an adult is $193, and the Seniors discount – wait for it – is 50% for a 5 year renewal!! Which means that if they renew for 10 years (as they did) there’s no discount at all. The ‘discount’ is related to the renewal time. I can guarantee that by the time 5 years is up, the price will have gone up too, so they’d be paying even more if they renewed for 5 then renewed again for another 5.

Ever the optimist, my Mum renewed their passports for 10 years. And paid full price.

I guess if you’re 95, you would probably only take the 5 year renewal option… and therefore get a ‘discount’. So much for our government helping its senior citizens with a decent discount. It’s not even a discount, for heaven’s sake! Sheesh!

Awesome voice!

14 06 2007

The latest PC Guru newsletter had a link to this 4-minute YouTube video of a contestant on “Britain’s Got Talent”. Absolutely awesome… it brought tears to *my* eyes.

If you can’t see it, click here:

BBQ Rules

14 06 2007

Paula (on one of my discussion lists) posted these barbecue rules the other day. It’s easily found on the internet so I don’t know who to acknowledge. But thanks for sharing it, Paula. So true, so true…

We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Therefore, it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it’s the only type of cooking a ‘real’ man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:

More routine….
(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:

More routine….
(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:
(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.” And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women….