You can tell it’s footy finals time — this rather impressive tribute of sugary drinks was at the Oakleigh South
Safeway Woolies this week.
Somehow I’ve won the tipping in Tony’s competition for the second year in a row.
I think this might mean I get to present the perpetual trophy to myself.
PS. The term “sportball” is a mildly mocking word for organised sport, in particular football — less derisive than “footbrawl”. I note in Canada it’s an actual sport aimed at children.
A shout-out to a good shop which doesn’t have a web site of its own:
About once every decade I buy a belt.
They last that long — I get them from a place in Elsternwick called
Stockdale Stockade Leather (552 Glen Huntly Road), which I’m amazed is still in business because their stuff is so resilient — they must get a lot of repeat business.
It looks rather like their belts are made in the shop — the front section is where they’re displayed, and further back it looks more like a workshop than a shop.
I went in today for a couple of belts. I don’t remember how much they cost last time, but now they’re $45, which is not unreasonable for quality that lasts. Another customer was in there praising their belts too.
I hope they’re still around in a decade when I need another.
Update 31/8/2014: I’ve somehow been getting this shop’s name wrong for years, thinking it was Stockdale not Stockade… and therefore not finding its web site. It does have one.
This is near the entrance to one of the local supermarkets.
I understand what it is — it wraps your umbrella in plastic — I just don’t understand why such a thing is needed.
While it’s nice to see them catering for pedestrians (since I’d assume few people coming from a parked car would bother with an umbrella), I have yet to see anybody actually use it.
Seems to me if you arrive with a wet umbrella, shaking it out before you come in is a better way of dealing with it. The dispenser is only at one of the two entrances in any case.
In fact, in a place where plastic bags are plentiful, I would have thought anybody arriving with an umbrella that they felt was so wet they had to wrap it up, would have had plenty of options without a special dispenser having to be provided.
Maybe I’m missing something.
Is it just me, or are shop receipts getting longer?
Yesterday in Target I bought two items (I’ve blurred the details because one is a gift for someone).
The receipt was longer than my arm.
On the bright side, on the back are about a dozen different Shop-a-docket offers.
I always thought it was the beginning of the end for Dick Smith Electronics when they stopped selling… well, electronics, and got into consumer goods like kettles and fridges.
Now JB Hifi might be going the same way, with their JB Hifi Home operation, which has moved into some of their stores, and sells stuff online.