I got rejected from a bus service for having a $20 note. The driver had no change to give me, which is fair enough. Hop cards are the way to go and unfortunately for me I lost my card the other day. But there was no need for the driver to be rude and raise her voice. It was an unnecessary embarrassment I didn't need in the morning.
To the three firemen from Remuera Fire Station a huge thank you for replacing my smoke alarms. You were friendly, helpful and very efficient. A wonderful service.
A quick response to Ron: I'm with Rosemary. For years I couldn't figure out how to dial the name after the 0800, because there are multiple letters for each number key on a phone, so how do you select the right letter? When texting one presses the key multiple times to get the required letter (for non-smart mobiles), but this doesn't work when making a phone call. I asked many people but no one could tell me. I've finally found out, though haven't tried it, that as long as the desired letter is one of those associated with a key, you only need to press the key once. Yes, simple, but only if you know how. I suspect most people seeing those 0800 call names don't know how to dial them.
A big shout-out to the folks at the Refuse and Recycling Centre in Hamilton. What a pleasure it was to see the tight operation they run there, offering reused goods for sale at a good price. We purchased a lawnmower which was given the once-over before selling - it goes like a charm. From a Kiwi who has just returned home, it's wonderful to see common sense at its finest.
I'm worried about the number of "homeless" in the Auckland CBD. Last night at Britomart I walked past a group of teenagers sitting with a cap for money. But one had a Kathmandu jacket! I don't own one. Are they homeless or looking for easy cash?
I've just returned from another overseas trip and was once again blown away by the efficiency at Auckland Airport. It's really quick going through customs and the bags are already out on the carousel when you get there. In some places around the world you have to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before the carousel even starts moving. Best airport ever.