Yesterday Barrie bought a second hand Renault Koleos, at auction! and, he is very proud and excited as he entered a totally new, predominantly boys’ world.
This boys’ world is totally different from the young parents’ one, the other totally new world that both of us entered two weeks ago. The mind boggles when entering a joint like “Babies-R-Us”.
It all happened when Greg, Barrie’s eldest son, visited us at the end of January to be with his father when the latter turned 70. As Greg and his family, Angie and baby son Jack are moving to Perth at the end of March, Greg used his time here to prepare for their arrival. So off we went to Babyland, Baby Target and the earlier mentioned Babies-R-Us. Initially Barrie and I walked like lost souls through mini items with adult price tags.
As Greg had a shopping list longer than my weekly supermarkt one we spent a fun time amazing ourselves about the organic foods, the accessories and matching bits and pieces for a year one old. No wonder a child costs from 0 – 18 years upto $1,000,000!
After Ange had approved the cot that we had choosen – Greg sent her the pictures through his phone and within 10 minutes Wingrave had given approval – we went home to take the measurements. When Greg and Baz went back the following day, the sales were over and the favourite cot was $250 more expensive, consequently no cot was bought. Less than a week later another sale was on and Barrie and I found and bought a similar one.
Talking amongst ourselves we all agreed that it would be very helpful as The Family, upon arrival in Perth, had their own car: they will have enough to organise in way of Medicare Cards, enrolling at Town of Cambridge, fixing up appointments with GP, potential employers not to mention toddler meeting places. Therefore Barrie “offered” to look around for a car. No, for an SUV. – really any excuse to do car orientated things with Gary.
Last Monday Barrie and Gary left for the car auction, a wholesale place and John Hughes car yard in Vic Park. After it appeared that Barrie was unable to get the price down on a Kia he had spotted at JH, he & Gary decided to make a bid on the Renault. Consequently, on Tuesday Barrie went back to the auction place to register himself and yesterday he successfully made a bid on the Renault; today we are picking the car up.
Summarizing – since 30 January we are now confident grand parents on a mission in any baby shop while Barrie is scheduling visits to the Manheim’s car auction place to pick up run around cars for a very low price …..
At Manheim’ Auction, Barrie is now registered client 951
Needless to say that I registered for the Babies-R-Us VIP Club Membership