19 January 2008

A fine Saturday morning

A girl just backed her Mitsubishi Lancer GLX into my father's car. Doh.
Friday doodle

A doodle of a tree-lined ravine. Colleen 2B Pencil. 11cm x 11cm.

18 January 2008

I saw an eagle or a hawk of some sort on the roof of the house of the South African ambassador today. The bird of prey had landed momentarily and was soon aloft.
What a glorious day! The sun's shiny. No sign of rain at all.

17 January 2008

Something Sneaky This Way Comes

It had happened a few times. There was a request for quotation called by a certain organisation on a certain online system.* This organisation was bound to abide by a certain set of rules. So, I had placed a bid. Some time later, the quotation period ended and the results was not announced. Another quotation was called immediately after. It was announced that there was some internal problems and the quotation had to be recalled. Suspicious eh?

Well, it was much later when I heard of the true situation as related by another supplier. The organisation or the people who had called for the quote was in cahoots with a certain supplier or friend. In the first instance, the favoured supplier learned to their dismay that it had not won. Instead, another supplier had won. (In one of the cases, I had the lowest prices.) So, the organisation voided that 'tender' and called for another citing 'internal problems' to ensure that its favoured supplier would win.

Injustice? This had happened a few times. I guessed this was not an uncommon means of doing business around here. These organisations were bound by certain rules due to their affiliation and they had found means to means to get around it. It would be close to impossible to gather proof. All there was was hearsay.

*Note that I am not naming any organisations or systems. They shall remain nameless. I will remain vague here.
Wow! It's already Thursday!

I ran a brisk 2 km before slowing for a slow jog last night.

I do need more exercise.

15 January 2008

Hmm.. I have been invited to a dialogue session with the Water Reclamation Department, Reticulation Division. This should be interesting.
A parking dispute between two tenants in the building threatened to blow up. Fortunately, it was settled in an amicable way.

It didn't help when one of the parties involved had a volatile person while the other had someone with an attitude.

It was a strange afternoon. The grey billowing clouds had cast a gloomy hue upon the urban landscape of faceless concrete structures and in the midst of the heavy, relentless sheets of falling rain, I saw a white police sub-compact and an ambulance outside. I was informed that a man, while running in the pouring rain, had hit his head against a section of a 20-foot container, opening a bloody gash.

14 January 2008