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/
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?
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Here was my comment:
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.
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.
‘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…
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.
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.
The GDP growth of NZ is being driven by population growth, when you take that away, we’re not really growing the economy at all.
And productivity has grown in quite some time now. So we continue to be a low wage economy:
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.