Housemates Changing of the Guard  

rm_MustangD6644 52M
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4/23/2006 4:15 pm

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4/26/2006 1:28 am

Housemates Changing of the Guard


I spent the weekend helping to move a new housemate in and an existing housemate out. This means that now I have finished my first full rotation of housemates, with both of the guys becoming apart of my life for six months each, although they started here a month apart.

The Kiwi guy [late 20's] who just moved out is the one I am going to miss the most. Mind you I learnt a lot from the Canadian guy [early 20's] who I had had here as well, but he deserves a separate post.

Kiwi and I had got to the point where we were in tune with each other and getting along really well.

We would have a chat and we were both enjoying him quizzing me on the trivia questions on the inside of his beer bottle lids. For the record my results are running at about 55%, but when we first started with the questions I was up at 95% which absolutely floored him.

He is no slouch intellectually either, given he is a design and production engineer.

I think that he really enjoyed being able to discuss aspects of his work and the like. We had some really in depth conversations about all sorts of engineering and design matters, something which I think he had not had the opportunity to do for quite a while.

We had one particularly funny conversation during the hot weather, designing a home built mouse "trap" using items around the house. Perhaps trap is not quite the correct word here as it would have been more like a mouse guillotine. We never made it, which is probably just as well for Sally's sake as this device would have been lethal. We were having plenty of laughs designing it though.

Last night while we were having some dinner at Maccas [McDonald's] while moving his stuff to his new place, we discussed the Gallipoli campaign after seeing a documentary the night before. This led to a discussion on the Turkish use of sea mines and the problems of laying and the more difficult job of clearing them, which is literally impossible under fire. In this conversation he was asking the questions as I have the broader and deeper knowledge of matters military.

While having a "Flurry" each for dessert, we then began a conversation over the unusual spoon that comes with the "Flurry". Because he had got up to get them, while I found another table [our first had been taken], I did not see the spoon used to stir and mix the ice cream and sprinkled treats like M and M's or nuts etc. The conversation then developed around the technicalities involved in the design, prototyping and production of the spoon, particularly given that it is long thin and hollow. I am wondering how many of you will now stop and have a think about that spoon the next time you have a "Flurry".

We have also discussed at various times Lego, Meccano, Rain water tanks made from plastic, Computer Aided Design, animals particularly Sally always barking at him, hehehehe, women and shock horror, even relationships with said women.

I think by now you will have a full understanding as to why Im going to miss my Kiwi housemate.

We are going to keep in touch, but its never going to be quite the same as yelling down the hallway to each other; "Hey Dude".

Mustang

TTigerAtty 62M

4/23/2006 4:56 pm

Mustang, are you an engineer? Sounds like you may be a mechanical engineer or a thermoplastics engineer? Just curious. I studied mechanical engineering long ago and got my first job out of school as a manager in a production plant for a Fortune 500 company.


rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
4/23/2006 6:49 pm

Interesting observation TT. I am trade qualified as a Carpenter, and have spent the past 10 years working more as a Cabinetmaker/Installer installing Built In Wardrobes, Bookcases, Home Offices and Kitchens etc. My father was Civil Engineer and his father was a Shop Fitter [a specialized cabinetmaker]. My maternal grandfather who passed away three years ago at 94, was a Shop Engineer, making all sorts of manufacturing equipment. I guess you would have to say that is where my aptitude comes from. If people are interested, then I may write a post detailing my skillsets.

Mustang


TTigerAtty 62M

4/25/2006 8:00 am

I could tell that you had technical/engineering aptitudes from your posts! You gotta salute the technical, trades and engineering people of this world. They are the builders, the inventers and the people who move our world ahead, hopefully always for the better!


rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
4/26/2006 1:28 am

True TT. I can take all sorts of things and turn them into useful items. It is always harder to make something of value than it is to destroy it, and not everyone possesses the capability to do that.

Mustang


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