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Engagement Costume Party
jawapro
Tue 21/07/2015 06:21 PM


 

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So my mate Jason is getting married – and he’s asked me to be one of his groomsmen. I wasn’t even sure I’d get an invite to the wedding, so shows how much I know.


Anyway – because both Jason and Amy are somewhat rather odd, they decided to hold a costume engagement party – a Disney costume party.


Basically the rules were to come as anything Disney owns (traditional Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Muppets etc).


Jason is the guy in the middle dressed as Flynn Rider from Tangled.


Jason’s best man is Thor (Grant) and the rest of us are Jason’s Good-Enough guys: Joe (Robin Hood), Ben (Lone Ranger), and myself (Animal from the Muppets).

 

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This is Tim as Emperor Kuzco  from the Emperor’s new Groove.




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Club Run
jawapro
Sat 18/07/2015 10:58 PM


 

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Finally catching up with some blog posts!

A few weekends ago I went on a local club run with the 4wd club. As Oscar is still sitting around waiting for some attention to fix his overheating – this meant scoring a ride with someone else.


Initially I was travelling with Gav from work (seen above stuck in the puddle) in his new-to-him GU patrol. He bought this as a toy so he doesn’t damage his main bus.

Well anyway – everything was going fine – even after Gav got towed out by Justin (in the foreground above) – until we got to the next puddle.

 

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Here’s Trout demonstrating that anyone can get bogged if they try hard enough.

When helping someone else connect a winch cable, I took a slight misstep, and the bank gave way, and suddenly I was sitting in the puddle myself!

Now for context, there was still ice floating in these puddles - the first cars through had broken the ice – but they hadn’t warmed things up much!

So for a while I ran along with the convoy on foot taking photos and waiting for my cloths to dry out and warm up slightly. I didn’t really want to get Gav’s Patrol filthy so soon after he got it.

Eventually Justin and Lani (GQ Patrol in first pic) took pitty on me and let me jump in their bus. They said the seats were stuffed and needed replacing soon anyway. Thanks guys!

Unfortunately I can’t say I repaid Justin very well – at one point Lani and I were getting into his rig at the same time, and his side step broke off under our combined weight (mostly mine)!

He’d known the steps were pretty rotten already (rust) so it wasn’t a surprise – but might be the last time he gives me a lift...
 
 

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Well – that was a little deeper than expected!

Awesome day trip - regardless of my incidents. Next time I get stuck in a puddle, I'd rather be in a car though.




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Fitbitz
jawapro
Fri 17/07/2015 12:17 AM


 
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Brand names can be funny things.

There are some supposedly 'cool' brandnames that would turn me off entirely. I’d never buy anything with Beats Audio or Skullcandy etc and my opinion of Apple is well known. On the other hand, I am a fan of GoPros. Brandnames carry weight, wether good or negative.

One brandname that’s quite popular at the moment is Fitbit. 

A Fitbit is basically just a pedometer, aka a step counter. It tells you how many steps you’ve taken on a given day. The Fitbit is a little smarter than the cheap ones, and can be accessed by an app on your phone, but it’s still a step counter when you get down to it.

I got one for my Birthday, and was getting a fair bit of use out of it. Having something record your steps is an incentive to keep walking - which is always a good thing. 

Anyway - much as I was enjoying mine, I wasn’t entirely sure that the Fitbit brand deserved all the hype and premium price point - until mine went through the wash.

It was my own fault - I was rushing one evening and forgot it was still in my pocket.

After it’s trip through the machine, it was very clean - but rather useless. 

I left it for a day in rice trying to dry it out - but it would only start up when connected to the charger and didn’t have any battery life at all.

So as it was my fault, I figured that was that. But the troubleshooting guide said that if the rice trick didn’t work, to contact Fitbit for advice, so I did.

To my great surprise, the Fitbit support team got back to me and said they’d replace it if I could get them the receipt.

Even though it was my own daft fault - they’d give me a new one!

As it was a gift from my folks, I asked if they still had the receipt. Unfortunately my Mum’s got a thing about keeping her inbox empty and had deleted it, but she did manage to track down the paper delivery docket (why you’d keep that and delete the email I’m not sure). Once again Fitbit surprised me by accepting the docket as evidence - and they sent me the new unit.

Now this means two things:

1: the actual device costs Fitbit very little compared to the retail price

2: Fitbit support rocks.

So I’m once again counting my steps - and I’ve decided the Fitbit is one brand I’m happy to support.

 


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Mangamuka Gorge in NZ
jawapro
Sat 27/06/2015 09:41 PM


  
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It’s only taken me about 6 months, but I’ve finally uploaded the video from Mangamuka Gorge in New Zealand.

I’ve spend the video up (2x) to make the video shorter – I really wasn’t pushing hard at all (which is good as I met a cop).

Check out the video here:




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Spared no expense....
jawapro
Fri 26/06/2015 09:58 PM


 
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Well - apparently $7 jaffle toasters are worth about what you spend on them... not a lot.

I felt like jaffles the other night, and I don’t have a convenient fireplace to make proper ones - and Kmart had cheap toasters.

A week later and I was using it again - and it tripped the safety fuse. 

Don’t trust it anymore - but I guess I got my money’s worth.




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