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13 April 2015 @ 10:07 pm
I don't think that's supposed to happen  
Just as I was getting out of the shower tonight the shower head fell off, landing where I had been standing seconds earlier. It's snapped clean off the arm and is going to need to be replaced. It looks like being the year for plumbing; earlier this year I had to replace a large rubber seal on my toilet cistern which had sprung a leak - and there I was blaming the cats at first, thinking someone had peed on the floor.

Picked up my new phone on Saturday and I'm still fiddling with it. It took until tonight for me to work out how to use a custom text notification - for the last three years I've had Benedict Cumberbatch saying "It's a text alert, it means I've got a text" (from Scandal in Belgravia) and after that, a little chirpy sound or bell chime just didn't cut it. Now Benny has been restored to his rightful place and all is good. :-)

Also discovered that the little app I used to use on my old phone to transfer photos, music etc between phone and PC is no longer available, and the replacement apps aren't quite the same. However I can stick a USB cord into this new phone and plug it straight into the computer, and move stuff around that way. Not as efficient as the wireless program I used to use but it does the job.

The annual renewal for the RACQ is sitting on my desk at the moment and I'm in two minds about paying it. This is the Royal Automobile Club of Qld, which offers roadside assistance to stranded members and help getting the vehicles going again. When your shoulders have packed it in, it's really important to have someone strong who can shift wheel nuts that have been tightened with a hydraulic gun, so I need this membership - but now my insurance company offers it as part of the service, to customers who have had their insurance for at least a year. What to do? What if I let the RACQ lapse, but later want to change insurance companies? I'm a gold member of RACQ due to years of membership (transferred from the equivalent NSW society when I moved up here) and I don't want to lose that. But it goes against the grain to pay for something that I can get for free....
Current Mood: confusedconfused
a honeyed wine at night: leafy drinkmoonlightmead on April 13th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Showers! We have just got ours repaired after - wait for it - two months (luckily, we have a bath), and I am in heaven. Showers are important! Best of luck with that.

On membership - my dad recently broke down and called the AA out. He has been a member since he learned to drive, so that's something like fifty years. Because of that, when they came out to rescue him, as well as the standard choices, they also offered him a hire car with three days' free hire on it. He asked 'Well, I am away for a week, can I pay the extra four days and keep it all weel?' and instead of making a fuss about 'I don't know, sir, that's not in the small print', they said 'sure thing'. It's the first time he's really had a bonus for sticking with something, and it made him very happy. Better not to break down, really, but finally, a perk!
miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:18 am (UTC)
Two months without a functioning shower would drive me nuts - all that hair-washing in the basin. Yuck! Luckily I have another shower in the downstairs bathroom

Nice to see that the ability to make a decision outside of the ticky-box choices still exists,and that the AA has some flexibility. And good to see your dad getting some sort of reward for his loyalty.
mrua7mrua7 on April 13th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
Understand about paying for something you already get with your insurance, The question is, which is the superior service? If RACQ is way better, then it's worth it just to keep it.

miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:36 am (UTC)
I've just been going through the benefits attached to RACQ membership, and it looks as though it is worthwhile keeping it. And if I switch to their insurance as well I can get a couple of things for free that I usually pay for, such as No-Claim-Bonus protection and hire car when my car is in the workshop. I need to investigate this further!
mrua7mrua7 on April 14th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
So this might be good after all! Yay!
entropy_houseentropy_house on April 13th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to 'make new friends, but keep the old- one is silver, the other gold'.

And in this case, you literally ARE a gold member with RACQ.

Have you considered asking the insurance company if they would give you any discount/consideration because you prefer to keep the RACQ that you already have?

The worst they can do is say no, and you won't be taking advantage of a freebie, which might not last anyway if you change insurers.
miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:38 am (UTC)
Actually, I had asked Allianz about a discount when they first introduced the roadside service, but their response was that it was free to policyholders as an additional extra so you can't opt-out for a discount on your policy. Good thinking though.
ali15son: pic#123120205ali15son on April 13th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
your new phone just reminded me of when i swapped mine which was quite recently ...i swapped to the new nokia lumia and my phone text on my old phone used to be bodie saying "i'm on my way" from the episode DIAG and now that i have swapped phones this new phone does not allow for text alerts being personal , but i will find a way of getting my bodie back on to my phone if it's the last thing that i do x
miwahni: Pros Phonemiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
I had to drag and drop my soundfile into the Notifications folder on my phone, via USB hookup. I imagine it would be pretty straightforward if you are using a Windows PC, to hook up to a Windows based phone. Good luck with that!
byslantedlight: BD Gangplank (empty_mirrors)byslantedlight on April 13th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh no for broken showers - hope it's quickly fixable (I hate being with a shower, even for a day, so I feel lots of pain for you...)

And hmmn - as MLM says, do you get the same level of cover for the included-with-insurance cover and your Special Gold cover? Cos if the Special Gold cover really is special, then is it worth paying for those extras, even if your insurance offers cover? I actually stopped paying a roadside cover company (well, I tried - it took them three years to stop taking money out of my bank account without my permission, even when I'd not been a member for two years before that...) because my bank includes roadside cover. I have to keep an eye on the bank, cos now and then they "update" the cover to include different things, and it got a bit fiddly one year when I'd obviously kept more up to date with the updates they were sending out than they had, but it's worked out okay so far (*touch wood*). But if I had a Special Gold status, which added free Smarties for every breakdown (or whatever) then I might stick with that... *g*

I love the sound of your text alert! I have Pros for my ringtone (except it keeps turning itself off whenever it updates) and Torchwood for my alarm, and now I'm definitely eyeing up your Sherlock text alert... *g*
miwahni: Sherlock Phonemiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
I do have a second shower, luckily, so it's not such a drama, just a damn (expensive, no doubt!) nuisance.

There are a lot of extras that come with the RACQ membership and I've just discovered a couple that make me think about actually swapping my insurance over to them as well, instead of cancelling the roadside assistance. I need to do a bit more research first though. I remember the trouble you had, getting the payments stopped after your cancellation. Not fun!

For a couple of years my text alert was Ianto's "Mobiles! Landlines! Tin cans with bits of string!" rant, which really turned heads. *g* But I love my Sherlock soundbite. I had a Pros ringtone for a while, too, back when I had my Motorola Razr. I loved that phone! It was the saddest day when I dropped it and broke the screen. Bought another through ebay but it wasn't quite the same.
My ringtone for the last few years was the Sherlock "welcome to London" music but currently it's The Proclaimers' "500 Miles". And every time it rings I can see David tennant and the Dr Who crew vid in my mind.

byslantedlight: TW JackIanto kiss (immobulus_icons)byslantedlight on April 14th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
For a couple of years my text alert was Ianto's "Mobiles! Landlines! Tin cans with bits of string!" rant, which really turned heads.
That's what I use! It's my alarm - and yeah, it does make people... smile. *g*
miwahni: Torchwood j i kiss2miwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Snap! It's brilliant, isn't it. Although the reaction I got was more like puzzled looks than smiles *g*. I love it though.
Strike while the irony is hot: [FANDOM] PROS BODIE SHOWERdraycevixen on April 13th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)

I' m really sorry to hear about the shower but glad you were actually standing under it when it happened.

Perhaps the insurance company would give you a break for not using theirs? It seems worth asking at least, particularly if you qualify for extra services with your current roadside assistance.
miwahni: Pros Capri too sexymiwahni on April 14th, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
Actually I was really lucky, having literally only just stepped out. Half a second earlier and it would have hit me. Heh, maybe that would be a good thing, knock some sense into me.

I did ask Allianz about a discount for not using their roadside cover but they pointed out that it wasn't an opt-out option but a free addition to the policy so no discount applies. However I'm now considering changing my insurance, just need to do a bit more research.
(Grinning at your icon - Bodie in the shower, again?!)
Strike while the irony is hot: [FANDOM] PROS BODIE SHOWERdraycevixen on April 14th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you realized I meant to type "weren't." *g*

Bodie in the shower IS a must. :D
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on April 14th, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well I WAS wondering if you wanted to see me unconscious and bleeding on the floor *g*.