From time to time I post about really good service at a shop. Today I took my chainsaw down to Lynfield Chainsaws and Mowers. It wasn’t starting correctly.

The guy there found the problem, fixed AND then sharpened a chain all for $20!

AT the Stihl shop, they charge over $20 just for the sharpen, and it would have been over $50 for them to look at the saw. And they would have taken several days to do it.

So for buying new and servicing of chainsaws, mower, leaf blowers and all that kind of stuff, go to them, they’re in New Lynn, Auckland:  http://www.lynfieldmowersallpower.co.nz/

Rental WOF

Recently, there have been calls for all houses that are rented out in NZ to be subject to a rental warrant of fitness.  This would mean all rental properties would have to comply with a checklist of items around safety, insulation etc.

I reckon this will be about as effective as the dog micro-chipping laws:

Some years ago girl got badly bitten on the face, the government said”We will fix that” and introduced a law requiring all dogs to be micro-chipped. All good owners do so. All ratbag owners don’t. Result? As many dog bites as before, costs up on all good dog owners.

Rental WOF? All good owners will get them, ratbag owners won’t. Result? As many crappy houses for rent as there are now. Costs up for all good landlords (99.55 of them).

Further results? Tenants rents go up to pay for the new compliance which actually results in the people who are supposedly being helped paying more rent i.e. harmed.

So all the do-gooder out there calling for a rental WOF, you might want to think about that.

Also, what about owners of houses living in them?  Why are they not part of this?  Do their needs not matter?  Or are they not considered to be as disadvantaged as the poor down-trodden renters?

Come and Work for the Council

Saw this ad on FB:
Auckland Council

Launch your career with us! Graduate and intern opportunities available – apply now.

Home – Auckland Council Careers
careers.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Here was my comment:

Yes, if you have no ambition, like the idea of going to ‘work’, putting your voicemail on and putting your feet up, this is the job for you.
 
If you like the idea of stopping others from doing anything, and contributing nothing yourself, you’ll fit right in here.
 
If you are lethargic, low on energy and basically unemployable, we’ll have you. If you don’t fit this criteria, come and work here for 5 years and you will! We’ll train you in every aspect of our non-caring, non-helping and don’t-give-a-rats culture.
 
Why work for some private outfit that will have you running around like a blue ar*ed fly, come work for us and have a nice peaceful life. Where time spent dealing with pesky customers is kept to a minimum.
 
No selling required. No initiative required (in fact this is actively discouraged). No performance targets. No budgeting required (we have unlimited funds thanks to the ratepayers – we’ll just get more next year). And the best bit is your not accountable to anyone, for anything.
 
Oh and there’s plenty of time for hobbies whilst at work. So if you like to surf the internet, or endlessly do your nails, our relaxed workplace allows you to have this ‘personal’ time. After all, we can just employ 3 others, and all 4 of you can do 1 job. We’re at an all time staffing level high, and going for broke!
 
So come and ‘work’ for us, bring your friends and family, we’ll have a ‘job’ for them too, nudge nudge, wink, wink.

The World Runs to the Tune of Early Risers

I hate getting up early.  I feel tired for the rest of the day.  And it’s not like I can just go to bed earlier.  If I go to bed too early then I can’t get to sleep, so I toss and turn and in fact end up getting to sleep later than I would have if I just went at the time I like.

But of course if you have kids, you have to be up early to get them off to school.  And if you work, you have to be up early to join every other poor bastard to get to work.

Here is a talk about how to go about things if you’re someone who is a late riser:

I found it very good, but am still perplexed as to how to go about this on the days I take the kids to school.

 

Awesome Documentary

Just watched this, and I think it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.

It’s abut a dutch designer who wants to create a mobile phone that is created using fair labour and sustainable environmental practices.

For me, one of the most important parts was when the main guy who set up and ran this company, basically hit a wall and had to seek medical help.

This is actually very common for CEOs in startup organisations, but we hardly hear anything about it.  The loneliness and stress you have when you are driving a business, doing everything from top to bottom is really really underappreciated.  Some people can do it, but many can’t.

You basically just burn out.  And I’m saying this because of course, I’ve experienced this myself.

It was also interesting to hear how when you create a business, it becomes something you can’t stop.  You have customers who want products and services, you have contracts with employees and suppliers and all sorts of others, that you can’t just end.  You can’t just stand up one day, say “I don’t want to do this anymore” and walk out.

Anyway, it’s interesting, enjoy.

You’re a Total Loser!

These kinds of stories crop up quite frequently:  Link
 

‘I made millions from my lounge’

 

Is the headline on the front page of the Herald.  Which makes you click on it…

And then once you click on it, you get this headline:

Founder of cosmetic brand ZOEVA turned her eBay store into a multi-million dollar venture

 

Which is of course, less click-baity, but still drags you in…

But what we never hear about is the millions of others who have tried something very similar and failed i.e. made no money and probably lost a bit.
 
Closer to home on programmes such as Country Calendar, we only hear about farmers who make lots of money, whilst restoring their wetlands, home-schooling their 6 kids and putting on BBQs for the locals.  Not to mention developing an award winning garden, having their 3 generations of family over (who of course farmed the land before they did) and also having the local school kids over for day trips.
 
We don’t hear about the ones who bought herds and expanded their dairy farms just before the milk price crash and they then went out into the middle of a field and blew their brains out. Which happens quite often, but as I said, we just don’t hear about it.
 
And why is this important? Because these success stories tend to make us feel like failures. If we only have a normal job, or a small business that doesn’t make much money or perhaps we took a risk with something but lost out, or we’re up to our eyeballs in debt, then we look at this lady who seemingly started up a webiste and then started raking in the money.
 
Of course it’s much harder than that.  But it’s presented in these news stories like a really easy thing to do.   They don’t mention the thousands of hours of work put in, and of course the essential ingredient, a huge dollop of luck!

And the inference is that if we haven’t or can’t do the same thing, then were a collossal loser.

We also see this kind of thing in various other areas like: People who have lost a lot of weight, people who are very good looking, pictures of ultra expensive houses (cars and every other material item) and so on.

And so maybe it’s a reminder not to compare ourselves with others.  But it’s damned hard not to do that.  And the journalists and retailers know this.  In fact our whole economy is based on it.

Mike McDonald Gets 4 Years

So it wasn’t 6 years as previously indicated to me, it is in fact 4 years in jail (Mt Eden Correctional Facility) that he has been sentenced to.

So apparently he will be eligible for parole in 1/3 of that, with time served counting.

Here’s a link to the Herald article about it: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11767588

This is what he did:

McDonald had been a registered tax agent since 2002. Between 2007 and 2013, he failed to pay client tax money to Inland Revenue, and filed about 250 false GST and income tax returns either to get money from IRD or to keep client funds. McDonald also made false entries in one client’s financial statements to conceal his offending.

Mike McDonald May be Getting 6 Years!

Well I spoke to someone today who told me the sentence indication Mike McDonald got was 6 years!  This is much longer than I would have thought.  Good job of course.

We’ll have to wait until December 15th 2016 to find out exactly what the sentence is, but it may well be 6 years with some conditions added like a minimum non-parole period.

So he wont’ be in jail for 6 years – they never serve the full term, but will be for 2 or 3 or so.  Which is still pretty decent.