11.Apr.2008 : Garage Sale.
Today we had the first Garage Sale. We advertised two days before on the dumpsters up and down the street. Although we’d put 9 am on the ad – the door bell started ringing at 8am. When I went out there at nine, there was 50+ people crammed up against the gate wanting to come in. It was Mad. The dealers had of coursed pushed their way to the front.
We let in a few at a time. You aren’t going to sell anything significant at a garage sale here – mostly it’s housemaids, drivers, gardeners, etc. Dealers will snap up computer stuff even if (especially if) they have no idea what it is. I had LOT of that. I took great delight in explaining in detail what each piece of esoteric computer equipment that I’ve bought and never used was.
“Oh yes, this is a PCMCIA card that will allow you to connect a 2.5 inch IDE hard drive to your laptop.”
We set up boxes of 1 Dhs, 5 Dhs, 10 Dhs and 20 Dhs items, and a table of some of the more expensive items Meg had to sale. It was a bit manic for a while but eventually settled down and took about 400 dhs from the sale. Beware – I had a friend who made about 400 dhs from her sale, and lost an 800 dhs pair of sun glasses.
We’ll have one more before Meg leaves on the 4th, I think – and then I’ll have to have some sort of fire sale (probably involving an actual fire) after I get back from Singapore Melbourne of the rest and the furniture that hasn’t sold.
15.Apr.2008 : Freight Quotes.
I’ve had my three quotes and as expected, Door to Port was just about the Ek maximum, and Door to Door was well in excess. Actual quotes range from 19,000 (FrightWorks) up to 35,000 (Some one reputable).
The next step is to send the three quotes into HR. They will e-mail back, copy the finance department, and setup the processes so that when the selected company (Allied Pickfords) bills Emirates for the 18,500 Dhs, Ek will pay. At the same time I will need to go to Allied and pay the rest – just after we move. By this time I won’t have a credit card or bank to get the money from, so it will have to come from Oz.
It seems the full cargo allowance for pilots is available from 5 years in the company. The actual amount is depending on your home port country. Australia is 18,500. the Gulf would be 6,000.
Early in May, Meg and the kids are passengering home to Melbourne for the last time. On the 3rd, I’m operating EK404 DXB-SIN-MEL. You’d think it would be a simple thing to get their tickets changed to a one day stopover in Singapore, but it’s not. It’s not the two sectors, it’s not the day stopover with associated charges, it’s changing a ticket after it’s issued. They offered I could use the ticket DXB-SIN and purchase a Cat C SIN-MEL for each of them. How generous! From previous experience, the ticket can be changed (after all, it’s just an e-ticket) but it requires line manager approval – I’ve asked Patricia – she’s looking into it, but I’m not hopeful.
P.S: I’m still waiting for the letter from HR to Mashreqbank that will allow me to pay out my loan early without penalty – I’m about to escalate.
Next Week : I write a letter to Sir Maurice Flanagan. Why not.
Blog series: Leaving Emirates
- Leaving Emirates #1 The Blog
- Leaving Emirates #2 Resignation
- Leaving Emirates #4 HR Briefing
- Leaving Emirates #3 The Paperwork
- Leaving Emirates #5 School Fees and SmashWreckBank
- Leaving Emirates #6 Goodbye Email
- Leaving Emirates #7 Well Wishers
- Leaving Emirates #8 Becoming a Flight Risk; Losing my ID
- Leaving Emirates #9 The Accommodation Frustration.
- Leaving Emirates #10 Emirates, the Pilot-Less Airline.
- Leaving Emirates #11 Fright Worx
- Leaving Emirates #12 Staff (don’t get to) Travel
- Leaving Emirates #13 Staff Travel’s 45 day rule.
- Leaving Emirates #14 Selling Your Life.
- Leaving Emirates #15 Freight Backwarders
- Leaving Emirates #16 SmashWreckBank
- Leaving Emirates #17 ID90 (not nearly) Freight
- Leaving Emirates #18 Staff Travel Revolutions
- Leaving Emirates #20 Provident Fund
- Leaving Emirates #21 Stuff to Take, Stuff to Sell
- Leaving Emirates #22 Sir Maurice Flanagan
- Leaving Emirates #23 Certificate of Good Conduct
- Leaving Emirates #24 I am now Car-Less
- Leaving Emirates #25 Last Roster
- Leaving Emirates #26 Cars and Visas
- Leaving Emirates #27 The Final Paycheck
- Leaving Emirates #29 Right Back Into It.
- Leaving Emirates #30 A Lost Day
- Leaving Emirates #19 Return of the Mashreqbank
- Leaving Emirates #28 A Busy Day in Melbourne