After joining St John Ambulance Glebe Division less than a year ago I have found myself growing to love the wonderful family there more and more. We have good times, we work ourselves off our feet until we want to all go to sleep on eachother’s shoulders and even though we do this voluntarily we always keep coming back for more.
You can imagine my surprise and delight when last week during our awards presentation I was called up to receive the 2010 proficiency award. It is the first award that I have received that has not only given me a plaque but also has my name engraved on the trophy which sits in the trophy cabinet at the Glebe divisional hall.
I would like to thank Brian and Josh (our Divisional Commander and 2IC respectively) for giving me this award and colouring me tickled pink and I look forward to many many more war stories this year.
While we are here I would like to mention that I am now writing both a blog and a twitter account for St John Ambulance Glebe Division, you can check out the Official SJAGlebe Blog here or follow us (me) on twitter @SJAGlebe.
We are always looking for new members so if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing you can follow the blog on Facebook as well.
… or as I more formally know it, writing how-to articles for the heck of it. After recently purchasing a brand new MacBook pro and having a couple of weeks of evil issues I managed to find a dirty little work around to an issue (I won’t go into that here but if you are interested you can take a look here).
No sooner had I posted it that I re-read on the Apple forums and realised that a patch for the issue had been released not a couple of hours before. I first thought “bah what a waste of my time” but then I reflected and actually came up with a different view.
In fact I had not wasted my time, I had exercised my mind by coming up with a creative solution to combat a problem I had been having then documented that to hopefully assist others. So rather than looking at this as a FAIL I decided to look at it as a WIN!
So I just wanted to share, sometimes we do things and they seem like they were pointless but often it is not the result but the journey that gets us there that counts the most.
Sadly it comes down to the very simple, sometimes it is just the stupidity of the human brain and not AutoCorrect that causes funnies.
Case and point:
If you are looking to buy your first place I have some VALUABLE advice for you today… Well, as I mentioned recently I have been house hunting and looking for my first apartment that I can call my own. I had the contract signed and was ready to roll however found out that the bank didn’t agree with the value of the place I had selected to call my home.
So sadly I am back to square one again, back out and hunting for a new place. However I can safely say that I learned a valuable lesson through this experience. No matter how sure you are that a bank will give you finance until you have that unconditional piece of paper saying they will do not let a cooling period elapse on a contract, if you need to get it extended. We were 110% sure I would get the loan however in the end the bank valuation was the kicker… 30K below the bid to be precise.
So… lesson learned here (thankfully with no penalty to me, or very little) if you need to extend your cooling off period you can, all you have to do is ask. I was just lucky I had many good advisers around me.