# Adrian Tritschler's stuffMy website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

## End of lease day

Sunday, Apr 16, 2000

I got to Kay & Burton’s office at 9:30 am since the letter from them stated that the keys must be returned by 10 am. Discovered that the office isn’t open on a Sunday until 10:00 am, so I had breakfast first and then dropped keys and papers off at 10:45 am. Justin – the agent – is on the desk and states that the final inspection will be done tomorrow – monday – and that my bond should probably then be deposited into my account on Monday or Tuesday.

## How to end a lease?

Thursday, Mar 16, 2000

## My flat inspected and valued

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2000

The valuer from Kay & Burton arrived on time and only took about three minutes to go over the place. He is completely amazed at the huge gaping cracks in the brick wall and shakes his head when I explain the endless phone calls to Kay & Burton and no-show of their maintenance people. He says he will get them to contact me to fix it. He comments that there must be something basically wrong with the building for a crack that bad to be there – I suspect that ever since the Richmond Plaza’s three storey concrete car park was built right up to the property boundary, its weight has been pushing the ground down and twisting our old block of flats.

## My flat to be inspected and valued

Monday, Feb 14, 2000

A phone call today from Kay & Burton’s sales department. They want to arrange a time to view the property I’m renting to do a valuation for the owner. We agree on Wednesday, 8:30 am.

## Not moving downstairs

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2000

I rang Kay & Burton today to ask about my rental application for flat 4/42 downstairs since Justin – the agent – hasn’t called me back. Apparently it has already been let, no reason was provided why unsuccessful applicants didn’t get told. I asked why Justin hadn’t called me when he had said that he would and was told “all I know is that the property has been let”.

## Rent day

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2000

## Garage door remote control, part 7

Friday, Dec 24, 1999

Still trying to get a working remote control for the garage, at 3 pm I attempted to call Kay and Burton to find that they’ve shut down for Christmas. I guess it’s no action till next year.

## Garage door remote control, part 6

Thursday, Dec 23, 1999

I took the new garage door remote control back in to Kay & Burton and recited the whole story again. Spoke to Peter, the maintenance manager, who contacted the Body Corporate and got me a different code (1,2,3, 10,11,12 on, 4-9 off). When I got home this doesn’t work either, nor does the reverse of it, or the reverse of 1,7,9. I climbed over the fence and took the cover off the receiver and it appears to be set to 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12 on, but nothing happens when I set the transmitter to those numbers.

## Garage door remote control, part 5

Wednesday, Dec 22, 1999

I called in at Kay & Burton to pick up the replacement garage door remote control this morning then, discovered when I get to work and go to put the battery in it that no one has bothered to set the combination! Call Peter, the maintenance manager … again. He expresses dismay at the continued stuff-ups and isn’t sure what the combination is since people have been fiddling with the old remote.

## Garage door remote control, part 4

Tuesday, Dec 21, 1999

I got to Kay & Burton at 8:30 am to pick up the new garage remote control that was to be dropped off yesterday … surprise surprise, it wasn’t there. After much ringing around it turns out that the locksmith didn’t bring it over yesterday as promised because, “It is only a small item and it wasn’t convenient for him to come here.” I’m promised that it will be here today and available tomorrow morning.

## Garage door remote control, part 3

Friday, Dec 17, 1999

First thing in the morning I attempted to phone Peter at Kay & Burton again since he didn’t call back on Wednesday, the receptionist won’t take a message but gives me his mobile number. I then called Peter, he will call me back. At approximately 2 pm Peter calls back; “Damian” has the garage remote control and will be bringing it from Campbellfield to Kay & Burton and I should be able to pick it up tomorrow, but to call first.

## Garage door remote control, part 2

Tuesday, Dec 7, 1999

Called in at at 9 am to Kay & Burton to drop off the broken garage remote control along with a problem report stating that it doesn’t work, that a new battery didn’t help, and that since the side gate has been broken – and reported – since January I can’t get into the garage. The girl on the desk reads this then asks me to try a new battery! I point to the line stating “A new battery didn’t help” and she promises to get the maintenance manager to look at it.

## Garage door remote failed

Monday, Dec 6, 1999

After a couple of weeks of requiring two or three taps on the button I got home today to find that the remote control for the garage has stopped working entirely. I went out and bought a new battery but still no difference.

## Rent day

Tuesday, Nov 30, 1999

## Yay, partial repairs

Saturday, Sep 25, 1999

Absolutely bloody amazing, I got home this afternoon to find that the Body Corporate or real estate managers had actually got around to replacing the light bulbs in the hallway of the flats. It only took four months to fix after I first reported it! Pity that absolutely everything else I’ve reported as broken has been ignored.

## No repairs today

Tuesday, Aug 24, 1999

Surprise, surprise, the maintenance people who said yesterday that they’d be here today didn’t turn up. Nor did they ring, leave any message, or attempt to arrange any other date to look at the place. So much for their message from Tuesday.

# …The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

# …The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.