Monthly Archive for July, 2013

What is that? Oh right, SUN!

Well, it must be said, as late as it came, it certainly made an entrance….Summer that is.

That’s right, we are finally right into Summer and it’s in full effect. 32 degrees C. today, with a high of around 37 expected tomorrow. Like, what the hell are those temperatures all about? Not that I’m complaining, by no means, I am simply astounded, not to mention delirious lying in a pool of my own sweat created by the lack of air conditioning.

Anyway, enough about that. Not much been happening really. Well, a bit. Ina’s sister was here last weekend with her new boyfriend Mark, who is very nice. We had a pretty funky weekend with a few parties, one of them being at Schokoladen, and the other famously held at Hans’ garden house. A great weekend and great times all around.

Suzie is here this weekend to play a gig at White Trash tonight continuing on with her European tour from there onto Paris on Tuesday night La Feline and onwards from there. Really nice to be able to catch up what seems to be relatively frequently of late. I guess it is a lucky break getting out of Melbourne at this time of year, I haven’t checked what the weather there is like, but it can usually be pretty shitty.

So, we (Ina & I) were thinking about buying a place in Prenzlauer Berg that we really liked the look of. But it turns out that we just don’t feel it to be right, there’s some kind of bad vibe about the whole place now after having such a bad communication experience with the seller. I should say now, it is a private sale, whereby the owner is selling the property direct. And dealing directly with the owner has been such a horrible experience for us that we really just lost interest. Sad but true. All this means that Ina I will keep on searching. It is only a matter of time.

I’ve been a little bit disappointed at work lately. There are many reasons why, but nevertheless, it is very demotivating. And that is a very dangerous place to be. I always try my best to keep my team motivated, and I know of many ways in which to do this. It can be as simple as bringing an ice-cream for everyone. The fact that you are an attentive manager is one of the most important aspects of management I find. You build relationships with your employees. Don’t get me wrong – they don’t have to be your best friend, but you have to be someone they would be comfortable inviting to their own home. But most importantly, vice-versa. That feeling of equality is something that should not be underestimated. Elitism rarely gets anyone anywhere. You can be in a superior position without having to play the elitist card I believe, who knows though, I could also be wrong. It may depend on the size of team you have, but I would like to think otherwise……and will until proven otherwise.

Anyways, what else. not a lot really. Busy, busy, busy. The air-conditioning saga is ongoing in Sydney, as is the refinancing of the loan…..maybe I didn’t mention that though. But otherwise, all is rolling along just fine.

Check this out anyhow, Suzie’s new video: