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Very Important Poll Results - in now! - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 27th, 2013

08:48 am - Very Important Poll Results - in now!

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So it turns out our recycling wasn't collected because the truck goes past at 6:30am and the generic pamphlet on the council website says 'must be out by 8am'. I put ours out at 7am. *sigh* So I guess this means this fortnight's recycling will go in the landfill. At least now we know?

Oh, and we're not allowed to put it out before 8pm the night before either. I'm still waiting to hear back about whether putting a rock on the lid to stop it blowing open will make them not pick it up (since they insist the lid be closed or they won't pick it up and we must also face it in a particular direction - in our case into the wind - or they won't pick it up). This stuff really annoys me, so Dr Wheel has stepped up and offered to deal with the rubbish so that I don't tear my hair out and turn into one of those people who writes Strongly Worded Letters to the Wellingtonian.

He is a nice man. <3


Turns out 24 people answered the questions in my poll, and there was a clear winner among those as to what constitutes normal Saturday morning behaviour. I'm sure you'll be shocked to know that it was sleeping in.

16 of the 24 respondents do this regularly.
18 of the 24 respondents think 'normal people' do this regularly.

In terms of their own behaviour, the next most popular was 'none of the above' with 5 votes, followed by 'walking in the green belt' with 4. Only one person takes their dog to the beach on a Saturday, and nobody goes to Saturday morning sports.

However, it is interesting to note that my friends clearly do not see themselves as normal, as the voting for What Normal People Do Regularly turned out quite differently (apart from the sleeping in thing). My friends seem to think that normal behaviour constitutes (in descending order of likelihood):

Walking in the green belt - 8 votes
Taking the dog to the beach - 7 votes
Saturday morning sports - 6 votes
None of the above - 6 votes.

Now, I know that a lot of the respondents are not Wellingtonians. In fact, just over half of the respondents are not from Wellington. However, I think it's probably safe to say that this idea of 'what normal people do' is more of a perception than a reality. OK I know this is a small and self-selected group of people who read my LJ and therefore not necessarily representative of the wider population, but I think it's pretty telling that a whole lot of people are making the assumption that the behaviours listed are things that other people do and that that behaviour is 'normal'. It makes me wonder if Mr Ponter (he of the original statement) is also assuming that that's what normal people do, and that in reality the only thing most of us really have in common is wanting to sleep in sometimes.

VOTE FOR ME, I WILL BRING IN MANDATORY SLEEP-INS!

*ahem*


Except, I can't sleep in. Lately I've been waking up between 3:30am and 5am. This morning I managed to go back to sleep till 5:30 which was quite nice, but usually I'm ready to be up and at 'em long before the sun. It's not as if I'm waking up tired and being all BLAHUGHGRUMBLEWTFTIMEISIT, I am *awake* and ready to get up and full of pep and stuff. Which is damned annoying because nobody else is, and it'd be mean to start prodding Dr Wheel at that hour and going ENTERTAIN ME! So instead I fidget till a more reasonable hour, which I have deemed to be 5:30. And then I get up and mooch around till everyone else starts to move.

I am glad daylight savings starts this weekend. At least then I'll be getting up at 6:30, right?

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From:dianavilliers
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I bungee cord my recycling bin shut and it still gets collected. It only gets the sticker when I put it out on the wrong week - I don't make enough recycling to put it out every week, and I forget where I am in the cycle.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I just heard back from a bloke called Merv who informed me that if I can lift the rock on there, the driver can lift it off. O.o

So we'll see how that goes then.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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We don't have bags, we have a wheelie bin. Which is already full while our household is busy creating another fortnight's worth of recycling.

We also have a shed. And I have a very deep seated and justified horror of allowing any amount of rubbish to pile up in it.

My solution? Let someone else deal with it or I will become insufferable. This in itself is a huge step for me in terms of trust.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 27th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
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We have a (small) wheelie bin too which gets emptied every week for the princely sum of $40 per year*, however it takes us 2 -3 weeks to fill it, and then I have to remember to get it out by 7:30am when I'm not leaving home to catch a bus to work. Ah the problems of rich middle class white folk!

* UHCC took the radical step of abandoning recycling altogether and told us we could choose one of three contractors to do the job instead at our own expense. I naturally chose the cheapest, knowing the rate at which we generate recyclable rubbish.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 26th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
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ohh i have been waking at 3am of late.. but that is due to somebody else in the house busy coughing a lung out.. O.o or if i am wearing earplugs cause of the aformetione lung coughing, i wake at 3.30 cause my ears are so painful it wakes me...also o.O

hopefully lung coughing will get better soon.. *crosses fingers*

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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
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We could have 3am internet Skype chats. Except you'd be all BLERGH and I'd be all BOUNCEBOUNCE and it could end up being not such a good idea.

Also, I have your CD of hippie music that I finally remembered to put in my bag. So plz2b remembering to remind me to actually give it to you.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 26th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
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hooray hippy music.. *grins*
will see you later on at fidels..

*squee*
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From:didotwite
Date:September 27th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
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has any smartass suggested that if you're up at 5, you can meet the rubbish dudes whenever they come?

for the first time since i was 10, we have to contract our own rubbish collection. turns out the cheapest quote is $30/month, and, restrictions contracts blargh. We decided to get ourselves the bins and just take it to the landfill every month or so. they have recycling on-site too. yay trip to the dump!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
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One has now. ;-)

Although, it's still not my idea of a fun way to start my morning, eh? ;-)

I do wonder if doing it ourselves would work out better, but Dr Wheel has volunteered to deal with it so we'll see how that goes.
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From:meathiel
Date:September 27th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
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I couldn't vote for taking the dog to the beach because
a) I have no dog
b) the sea is 500 km away ... :-(
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
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;-( It's true, I don't have a dog any more either, and when I had one I did take her to the beach occasionally. It's about the only reason I'd go to the beach actually.

(our water is *cold*)
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From:siobhan63
Date:September 27th, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
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Daylight savings time only ends here on Nov. 3 and I can't wait - it is so dark in the morning I find it harder and harder to get up.

We have those wheelie bins for recycling too, but the city doesn't care if you have excess recycling - as long as you put it out in clear plastic recycling bags or some other recyclable container (e.g. a cardboard box). Not the same for garbage - if we have excess garbage (e.g. too much for the wheelie bin) you have to buy a tag ($3.00) to put on a garbage bag, one per excess bag.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Turns out our recycling is done by independent contractors in some kind of self-funding arrangement. So our rates don't pay for it, which means they can be wankers about leaving your stuff behind and you have no comeback whatsoever.

Although, I hear there are alternatives that you can pay $40 a year for, and if they are going to leave it regularly, it might be worth getting the other lot in.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:September 27th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I think "normal" must be code in this case for dull, respectable, conservative people...

Mostly I came here today to tell you I *finally* downloaded and played DA Legacy; finished it last night. And wow - your Regalia of Weisshaupt is even more fabulous now that I've seen the original in action. Also, it is just a very swish outfit for my rogue Hawke to wear. I wish I had more adventures for her to wear it in, I just have Mark of the Assassin (another new download for me) and Act 3 left.

Also, it now makes sense that when I complimented someone on her version of this costume at DragonCon, and I said "I really like your Hawke", she said, "It's a Warden actually." And I was all confused and apologetic since I hadn't played the DLC yet. But in retrospect, I think she should have been more gracious, since most of us would have put the outfit on our Hawkes...

Also, Hawke's Key is ludicrous.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Aww, thanks! And yeah, it's a pretty snazzy outfit. ;-)

That Hawke vs Warden thing can be confusing. The Regalia of Weisshaupt set is just for Hawke, but apart from the mage set it looks just like the new Grey Warden uniform. The mage set, for some reason, has been made the same as the rogue Grey Warden instead of the mage one (which doesn't have the breastplate or tassets).

So my outfit is Hawke, but you can only tell because I carry a staff instead of daggers - Hawke is the only mage that gets a breastplate. I think it's a bit unfair to snipe someone for making that mistake, especially if they aren't intimately familiar with the fandom.

Meanwhile, I kept my RoW on my Hawke till I got the Champion armour, (ie through MoA) and the Champion set is pretty damn snazzy-looking too.

Hawke's Key is ridiculous no matter what class you play. I just can't bring myself to make it.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:September 27th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
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There are three cans that we put out: Garbage, recycling, and compost. The garbage is always collected very early, around 6 AM. The compost is collected later in the morning, usually around 8 AM. But the recycling? Could be very early morning to early evening, or anything in between. It's annoying. We never know when they're going to grab it.

As far as typical Staurday mornings, my schedule changes so much there's no such thing as typical. Tomorrow I get up at 4 Am for a final long run before my marathon, and enxt Saturday I'm going to be waking up in a motel in Portland.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
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They take green waste? That's pretty cool. We have to take that stuff to the landfill ourselves.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:September 27th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Compost pickup started in places like California, being as we're one of the tree hugging regions of the US, but I believe that's the norm all over the US o' A now, for there to be a compost pickup of green wastes.
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