Christmas rush well under way
Swamped with ‘once in a lifetime’ sales
If you didn’t already know, Christmas was fast approaching, the incessant, over-loud TV advertisements and the ever-larger bundles of junk mail appearing in the letterbox would tell you.
This year they seem to have started earlier than usual, somewhere about Labour Weekend.
As if we haven’t already been overwhelmed with the ‘‘ once in a lifetime’’ sales and bargains for most of the year!
There are times when I am tempted to hide somewhere till January is over, but by then they would be starting to sell hot cross buns and Easter eggs!
On the day I started to write this, a Sunday, it was raining, and rather than get wet by walking around the lagoon, we stretched our legs around the Canopies at 7.30am.
There was not much foot traffic, of course, but I was intrigued to notice two instances of people using the rubbish bins to dump their domestic rubbish.
Both men were well-dressed, not young, and had pretty high-quality cars, so one would have thought they could afford the council bags or, at least, Gordie’s cheaper ones. Why do people do that, I wonder? I can understand folks whose income is at the lowest level resorting to that method of disposing of their rubbish, even if I don’t condone it.
The two men reminded me of those who, when using public recreation facilities such as the Aotea Lagoon, drop whatever is in their hands where they are rather than walk the few metres to the rubbish bins supplied.
Such people obviously don’t think, whereas the two men under the Canopies were patently aware of what they were doing and why.
They all need an injection of pride in our city, and maybe a degree of social conscience.
The advent of Grey Power Electricity has resulted in many new members to our organisation and we welcome them on board.
Those who have signed up with Grey Power Electricity report savings of up to $60 a month.
We have also received our first invoice. What a refreshing change.
Unlike other companies’ billing, this invoice shows exactly where every part of your money goes – the line’s daily charge, the line’s variable charge, metering rate, and so on.
Interestingly, the largest single part of the bill was taken up with the Wellington Lines variable charge, which is the part Grey Power Electricity has no control over, of course.
Grey Power has been asking for such transparency in invoicing for years.
It is good that someone has taken this up and provided it. Now for a bouquet or two. Our November Grey Power meeting, as our last for the year, was a social event.
Our enjoyment was much enhanced by the generosity of local business proprietors, who provided prizes and gifts for our volunteers, those good people who spend much time on the phone to maintain contact with members or on committee duties.
Our thanks go to Porirua New World, North City Paper Plus and the Porirua City Council nursery.
Your contribution to our afternoon’s fun was much appreciated.
Our thanks also to the Porirua Club, which continues to offer its rooms to our organisation for our monthly meetings; and to the council, for use of the Pataka meeting room for our committee meetings.
We wish you all a safe, happy and stressfree holiday season and look forward to seeing some of you in February, when we resume our regular meetings.