Quick Update

Stuck in Citrusdal…

Cable Car Station
Cable Car Station
  • Week of 12 to 18 September.
  • You probably want to read the end of last week’s post before you read this post.
  • Monday, rainy morning, woke up at the Wolfkop campsite and packed up, Gerhard helped try and jump start the car, when we realised the jump starting plan was not going to work I phoned Audi Assist – who suggested I phone Outsurance, who after a while phoned me back and said I get a free roadside assist service – only, on this day they can’t help me and suggested I talk to Audi Assist who took a long time to finally find a tow truck service, waiting and more waiting, when the tow truck service arrived hours later, just before dark, the tow truck broke down… at this point I was already feeling a bit fatigued on all kinds of levels – a bit sunburn, bugs eating me alive, nothing to eat or drink really, ex girlfriend stresses from the previous evening, two long painful useless call centre phone conversations, a phone battery that’s rapidly running out and no way to charge it (although Paul did not seem too bothered by charging his phone on the dead car battery which also stressed me out) and it was getting dark – ok, back to the story – then we realised that there was a small bridge on the way to the car which the truck could maybe cross, but would not be able to cross again with the car loaded, so then the tow truck driver tried to help us jump start the car with a truck battery which we carried to the car, when this failed we phoned the event organisers who then drove out and also tried to help us jump start the car, by this time it’s pretty cold and dark, next they phoned the local mechanic who kindly also drove out to come help us, he discovered that the fuel pump was not working – all of this after a car service less than a week back, at this point we gave up and they gave us a lift to the Citrusdal Country Lodge who kindly took us in at a very late hour and give us a place to sleep.
  • “Whose Indiana Jones ringtone is that?”

  • Tuesday, had an extended breakfast with Paul at the Citrusdal Country Lodge, managed to get a lift back to my car about 20km away which was able to start again after Marius went out to fix it, settled up the bill at the garage, road trip to Stellebosch with a Nick Cave soundtrack – we managed to have a bit of a laugh about the whole ordeal – next level adventure in camping discomfort, dropped Paul off in Stellenbosch, catch up chat with JM at the Akker, drove home and had a 12h sleep.
  • Big thank you to Anja, Marius and Hannchen.
  • Lessons of the week, always ask the locals first, call centres are useless, the Citrusdal hotel is cool – great value. Wolfkop was a very cool party. I’ll go again, I think.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, iOS 10 upgrade day, eNetworks tour of our office, catch up Myog with Michael, Octotel City Bowl community information evening in Vredehoek, which went well, some notes and photo processing.
  • I listened to the TimF Chris Sacca podcast again.
  • Thursday, walked to the office, did some reading about switches, lunch with Dan, Charlotte and Joseph, sunset promenade walk, dinner with Dan, Charlotte and Michael at Beluga – found some new inspiration for the aquaponics hobby.
  • I think my weekly blog really keeps me sane – and offers some perspective.
  • We’re turning Cape Town into a construction site it seems.
  • In other news, it seems Telkom have gone quiet after their ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) letter regarding Octotel being the largest Open Access FTTH network in Cape Town.
  • Friday, rainy day, office, office move number 5 for Octotel – we are now on the 5th floor, fetched Mia, a late lunch at W Cafe, drove to Cape Town, tried to watch a movie at the Waterfront but the lame NuMetro app UX mislead us into thinking a movie was showing which was not, gelato, we spent a healthy amount of time in Exclusive Books.
  • A very cute girl moved into office space on the 8th floor. Meh, just in time for our move to another floor.
  • Really fun filled weekend, adventures around Cape Town…
  • Saturday, took Mia to robotics class, had a beer at The Woodstock Brewery while watching the SA vs NZ rugby, fetched Mia, Hout Bay Market with Dan and Charlotte, we went to pet some dogs at DARG (animal rescue) in Hout Bay – good fun, but one of the dogs managed to bite me – not ideal, we drove to Cape Point and hiked up to the lighthouse, drove to Kalk Bay and had dinner at Live Bait – very cool how the waves crash right onto the side of the building while you eat, time well spent.
  • Sunday, up early – Mia woke me up to go hiking, Mia packed a snack box, drove to Kirstenbosch, Skeleton Gorge hike with Fred, Caley, Dan, Charlotte and six kids, perfect weather, Mia loved it – I had no idea she was such a keen hiker, we stopped at the beach while the girls caught tadpoles, walked to the cable car station, had the best beer ever after a 5 hour hike, down the cable car – good fun, we managed to fit 9 people in a 7 seater Uber back to Kirstenbosch, sing along to… the Shrek / All Star song and Guardians From The Galaxy soundtrack, William’s (13yo) best songs ever – Don’t Stop Me Now / Queen and Sympathy For The Devil / The Rolling Stones – good choices, Mia and I stopped for a pizza at Posticino, we watched The Count of Monte Cristo with a healthy dose of dark chocolate – Mia liked it, time well spent – thanks Dan, Fred.
  • “My favourite breakfast desert is pancakes.” — Mia

  • Hmm. Need to do more hiking. Maybe find a girlfriend in her twenties and get a seven seater car. I might be a bit over outdoor parties for a while.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.