Wednesday, 31 December 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD !



Today would have been Dads' 92nd birthday. He has been gone, but not forgotten for the past 12 years.

Born in Casino NSW, his father Julian died when he was 3 months old and his mother Clara took the family and moved to her fathers hotel at Tabulam. Incidentally, Julian & Clara were first cousins. Sounds unheard of these days, but in 1894 I guess it wasn't considered odd as it would be these days.

When he left school he worked with the 'travelling picture shows' (remember that Australian movie - "The Picture Show Man" ?) That took him to the Lyric Theatre in Tenterfield where he was the projectionist.

He was also an honorary bearer for the Tenterfield Ambulance, and when WWII broke out he joined the RAAF as a Medical Orderley. He served at Darwin during the bombing, a base in west QLD with Special 'Z' forces, Rathmines flying boat squadron at Lake Macquarie, Temora in west NSW to name just a few.

I can remember one night when he came home from his customary beer at the local, with an exciting bit of news. He and the local Beaudesert taxi driver (I think his surname was Radke) had been talking about their service during the war. Dad mentioned that when he was in Darwin, he was the orderley who took delivery of the first Japanese POW to arrive on Australian soil for transport to the RAAF Hospital because he was badly wounded. Imagine his surprise when Mr Radke said that he and his Army mates had loaded that same prisoner onto the Catalina flying boat! I think that probably prompted another round!

Dad left the RAAF after the war and worked in small Ambulance stations in country areas before moving to Beaudesert where he met Mum. They were married in Sep 54. Dad stayed with the Ambulance until his retirement in about 1983.

He passed away on the 23 Dec 96 after an apparent allergic reaction to a changed medication he was taking.

This photo that I have put in here is taken when Dad was about 3 years old, sitting on the steps of the Tabulam Hotel and playing with his favourite toy, an ambulance. It is quite fitting considering his lifetime career was in that field.

Love to all

Jordy

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Moving right along..................

Welllll....

received the official 'OK' email today, saying that our transfer to Newcastle has been approved! We just have to negotiate the exact dates.

AT LAST! sometimes I think the waiting is the worst.

We r all organized for Christmas, looking forward to 5 days off now, having a cuppla drinks and giving out some gifts to my wonderful family!

Although the for sale sign is up, the house is 'not quite' on the market yet. We have to wait for the contracts to be drawn up before it can be properly advertised. Our solicitor is on a break over the festive season and back in early January so we have a little time to just veg out before we have to keep the place looking like a Beverly Hills display home!!

For my overseas friends, I am on Facebook now, so check out the weird and wonderful goings on of the Jordans. Search for Pete Jordan; u cant miss my bald head, goatee and 2 earrings on my photo! Seems a bit odd perhaps that I have this blog AND a facebook page, but facebook is much more informal and has easier interaction between friends than a blog. Besides, not everyone has a facebook account.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

The House is on the Market !!



Yes......

Kim & I have been working our proverbial butts off getting the joint up to scratch. We were surprised actually, as it didn't need that much work. The major jobs were to paint the gutters, the trusses underneath the pergola and the laundry. All in all the major jobs only took 1 week.

We have cleaned the place from top to bottom and it's looking very spick and span I must say. We have had some nice rain, so I fertilized the grass and so the lawns are looking great!

We had our first inspection the other day; had some excellent and very positive feedback about how great the place looks and how we presented it. We are not expecting to sell it on the first inspection though! The people who took a look are from Broken Hill and were in town for 2 days to house hunt. They apparently looked at 40 houses in that time! Hell, you wouldn't remember one from the other!

I'm not sure if the whole selling and moving thing that is about to occur has sunk in yet. We are still a little dazed about the Centre closing and the fact that in 6 months we could be living about 700 kms further north in a different house with a beautiful beach within a 30 minute drive! It all seem a little surreal at times. I guess we have just been too busy to really sit and think about it but, every now and then we will just look at each other and say 'Shit, this is happening!'

Anyway, the family is well, which is the main thing.

Just thought I would add some photos I took of the place that will be appearing (I hope) on the Real Estate Site.

Love to all

Jordy

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Well………

Kim, Rhiannan and I returned from a wonderful south coast holiday about 3 weeks ago. A wonderful relaxing week in the sun and surf and sand……………

The next day after arriving home, I received a phone call from our Centre Manager about a meeting for all staff on Monday the 17th Nov with the Assistant Commissioner for Police.

To cut a long story short, the wonderful management of NSW Police Communications and ourPolice Minister (who hasn’t been in the job long enough to learn the rank structure) have decided that in the interest of managing public monies, our Operations Centre is to close by June 2009 !!

We were given 2 weeks to decide our entire future and whether or not we want a voluntary redundancy,redeployment to another govt job or transfer within the Communications Group.

We had an inkling that this was to occur when vacant positions were not being advertised as early as Sep this year.

Kim and I have decided to take a transfer to Newcastle Police Comms. Although the Newcastle Centre may have only 3-4 year lifespan, there is much more opportunity up there than what Wagga has to offer. Not only that, but Lachlan and Rhiannan will come with us and there is also heaps of opportunity for them also.

Unfortunately, Kasey has moved out with her boyfriend only 1 month ago, and will have to see out the lease. She has indicated that she would love to come with us but we will have to wait and see what pans out.

You see, the plan is that ALL Police Comms Centres as we know them will close in the future, and that 2 new Super Centres will be purpose built. One is to be situated at Prospect in Sydneys west, and the other at Tuggerah Lakes, just south of Newcastle. So you see why the Newcastle Centre may only have a 3-4 year lifespan, but at least we will be positioned in that area whatever happens.

There are also many other options with NSW Police (or other Govt departments) in the Newcastle area. Kim and I have been really really stressed and upset, not sleeping, vomiting etc etc, BUT – at the same time we have this sixth sense that this may be a good change, albeit a forced one. The kids always said that they would never stay in Wagga, and Kim and I always said that once they left there was nothing for us here and we might enjoy a sea change. Of course we had no idea where we may have ended up, so I guess that Newcastle and surrounds is as good as any.

The NSW Police will pay all associated costs with selling, buying and removals, so that is somewhat of a big bonus.

Although this has been a shocking thing to happen, we are treating it as an opportunity; one door closes and another opens. If we dwell on the negative, then we will get nowhere. We have weighed up the positives of such a move, and actually think that there may be more plusses up there than what we currently have in Wagga……….beautiful beaches, bikini girls (wooo hoooo!), wineries, mountains (Barrington Tops), shopping (god, there go the girls!), entertainment, my brother who lives only 20 mins north at Medowie, 45 mins flying time to QLD (cheap fares from Williamtown Airport) to see the rest of my family, heaps of places for parental escape weekends, so much closer to Sydney and Kims mum & dad – etc etc…..

We’re busy as hell at the moment catching up on all those odd jobs round the house that were left undone over the years; there is actually not that many. Hopefully the timing will be perfect, we will sell here, find a place up there and have a door to door removal.

Cross your fingers for us


Love to all


Jordy