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August 31st, 2006

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hot and bothered by rising pump prices? Australian brothels are offering clients discounts based on their gas bills.

Brothel owners claim the system works much the same way as supermarkets which offer shoppers discounted gas prices by presenting their grocery bills when they fill up their tanks.

"If you come in and spend time with one of our lovely ladies, we'll give you a discount of 20 cents a liter," Kerry, manager of Sydney brothel The Site, told Reuters Wednesday.

There is no link between brothels, petrol providers or supermarkets but brothels like The Site and Madame Kerry's say the system is simple.

Once you've filled up your car, bring your receipt to the brothel and they'll discount the price of your visit.

The bill for a full 50-liter tank at 126.9 cents per liter comes to A$63.45 ($48.22). With the offered 20c a liter discount, the petrol bill would have instead come to A$53.45.

That A$10 difference is taken off the A$150 cost of a 30-minute session with one of the brothel's "service providers."

The Site has taken out cut-out newspaper ads offering the service.

"We're getting more media exposure, if you want to put it that way, than basically bums on beds," Kerry said.

Brothels are legal across most of Australia, but states have strict laws against soliciting and running brothels in residential areas, and near churches or schools.

Aug. 31st, 2006

Got a call from the roofing guy this morning.

Him: "Hey, I'm at your house, and I'm confused. I don't remember looking at your house before, and these shingles don't look that old."

Me: "Well, you had to be at the house because you left the quote in my mailbox."

Him: "Yeah, I know, I just don't remember it. It looks like you have three-tab architectural shingles on your front porch..."

Me: "Uh-- I don't have a front porch. It's torn off and being rebuilt."

Him: "What's your address again? Oh Jeez, I'm on the wrong street."

I am amused.
Anyone want a futon mattress?

It's gonna get tossed otherwise.

dysesthesias

Difficulty concensomething today. Brain is full.

Went for walk. Helped a little, got me out of cube farm. Not enough. Analyzing code, originally written in assembly, translated to C, minimal comments. Sucks wads. Nonstandard use of terminology is misleading.

Brain keeps traveling to Big Broken Box™, thinking about projects that need to be done, how to do them. Need to update CAD drawings ASAP, need to plan other projects, need to clean several different rooms at once. Thrashing, squirrel dance, panic. Too much. Need small, slow. Sleepy.

Suppose too much caffiene.

Still thinking of a Halloween-ish party. Probably a small one, since the house is still not gonna be exactly prime, and I don't want to freak the pets out too much.

(Aside: I love the radio station I listen to online.)
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A friend with weed is better
A friend with breasts and all the rest
A friend who's dressed in leather
-- Placebo, Pure Morning


Of course, if it's a Halloween-ish party, it must be a costume party. And a costume party needs a theme.

So far, I'm torn between two:

 

Ultragoth (think goth, thenm take it as far as you can)
2(25.0%)
Zombies vs. Strippers (pick one or the other)
6(75.0%)


I'm leaning more toward the second one, as I think the costumes would be easier for most folk.

This is all bearing on my ability to have a house in near-complete condition in the next several weeks. And unfortunately I won't have a hot tub.

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