Half Framed

The slab was poured two weeks ago last Thursday and the frame started last Thursday.  The whole house is supposed to be finished by the end of June which means we’ll probably move in during July.

So by the end of this week the frame should be finished and the tiling done the week after.

The former company is now officially in liquidation.  The good thing about that is that we have now been able to lodge a claim through the Federal Governments GEERS process which has been established to protect the rights of workers whose companies fold.   I should get at least part payment back of what my entitlements were.
I want to also mention the disaster in Japan and hope that life can begin to get back to as normal as possible for all of those affected.   Whilst I still worry about the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant I think the more remarkable thing is that the plants withstood both the earthquake and the tsunami.    The pity is that it is setting back the argument for nuclear power for all the wrong reasons.  

I read this week about the use of Thorium as a fuel instead of uranium which has a lot of advantages – cleaner, less waste, shorter half life, etc.   Why aren’t we hearing more about that.
I’ve so far refrained to comment on our Prime Minister’s Carbon Tax but I need to say something.  Firstly, I wrote to my local member here in Latrobe, Laura Smyth, asking if she was comfortable with the Prime Minister lying about not introducing a carbon tax and then lying about lying.   Needless to say I got no response.

It’s a pity that this is another issue that won’t be discussed on it’s merits.  Firstly, it’s about taxing carbon dioxide emissions, not carbon.  Secondly, if no one is going to be any worse off when it’s introduced as the government is now saying, why introduce it in the first place.   Thirdly, if nuclear power is off the Agenda, then we will likely be exporting more coal, particularly to Japan in the short term.  How does, taxing us in Australia, prevent global warming.  If all of those things sound disjointed and poorly argued, you’re absolutely right.  But then so is the whole global warming, climate change crap.


Long Awaited Update

I know I posted yesterday but posts have been few and far between this year.  Why?   Just busy and being in front of a computer all day at work means I have little desire to switch it on at home.   But time for an update.

We have bought a block of land and will be building a house at some stage in the next year.  The uncertainty is related to the time scale on the property settlement which whilst we were told it would be August now looks like being closer to the end of the year.   You can follow that journey of you wish at Destination 3977.  If you drop by there please leave a comment :).

At work the year started with me being given more responsibilities until Friday when they were all taken away from me.  Nothing to do with work performance – more to do with a person not actually taking the time to understand what was actually being done.

On an entirely different note (if you care to read it that way) I have never been one for empire building and nor have I been one to run to a boss and whinge, so I don’t have a lot of respect for people who do.   In fact, rather than not a lot of respect, I have none at all.  I also have no respect for people who point the blame elsewhere rather than take responsibilities for their own shortcomings.

Son number one will find out in the next few weeks where his next posting will be.  Of course, as most soldiers do, he is hoping it will be overseas.   I’m happy if it’s not but recognise that he wants to do the job he was trained for.

Son number two has his bed at my place now, but only sleeps in it a couple of nights a week.

Daughter number one is in Europe and in fact by the time this post appears on the blog will be in Paris.  She’s on a 10 week grand tour with a girlfriend and has so far visited England, Ireland and Scotland.

Daughter number two had her fifth diaphragmatic hernia operation a couple of months ago and is recovering very well. 

Mum has had a polyp removed from her bowel and will get the results in the next week or so.  She will be 80 next month.