Monday, January 05, 2009

Robbed yet again

Seems like this week is shaping up to be a bad one. First, I get called a liar when I told the truth. Then I get told that if it is the truth, we should hide it because we don't want anyone to know as it might make us look bad.

And now we have been robbed. Again.

I have lost count of the number of robberies and thefts we have suffered. It seems that one can no longer leave a car parked around our area without running the risk of the window being broken and anything valuable inside stolen.

Last time the robbery cost me a lot, because the fellow stole my prescription sunglasses. Not that there were any use to him, of course - and the frames were ten years old. The glass was new, but made for my ageing eyesight and totally useless to anyone else. And I don't wear dark glasses to look cool; I wear them because I have to. So we had to pay up to get a new window for the car, and a new pair of prescription sun glasses.

This time at least there was nothing in the car to take...but we still have to replace the glass. Tough to have to keep spending to clean up the damage left by lazy b*s whose life style is to steal what others work to earn. (As we have very little material things worth stealing, the damage done in the break-in to the house costs more than the stolen goods!)

My poor husband has been working over 5 months without pay, (and there won't be any back pay, so he really is donating his services for free). Why? Because he believes in service. He believes his lifetime of knowledge should not be wasted when he can help the youth of this country and the university he helped to found.

Of course, it would be easy enough, one would think, to actually pay him. The University wants to do so, in fact. Is trying to do so. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, employing anyone over 65 is a terrible risk - why, think of all the truly awful things that can happen - and so there are some forms to fill in, and permission to be sought from government bureaucracy. Five plus months later, we are still waiting. (Though, doubtless the bureaucrats collect their salaries every month while they debate his qualifications.)

In the past year, my husband has written and had published half a dozen or more scientific papers. He has spoken at international meetings. He has guided students on expeditions. He has been asked by people abroad to stand for a major UN post. And meantime, the bureaucrats here asked for his university scrolls, just to make sure he is qualified for employment. Er, did they really think the university once employed someone without a decent degree as their Deputy Vice Chancellor??

Of course, they don't put the politicians through these hoops before they pay them, even when they are over 65*. I wonder why not?
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*The present PM is 69, older than my husband.
The last PM was 78 or so when he retired.

11 comments:

Satima Flavell said...

A good and very understandable rant, Glenda. Life seems bloody unfair sometimes, and the nicer the people, the more they suffer, it seems. I feel for you with all the robberies. It's sickeneing that so many people would rather steal than work - and so often they are just stealing to buy drugs.

And for them not paying your husband - that's shameful. Funny how pollies and burocrats get things all their way but seem to give very little back.

karenmiller said...

I feel sick on your behalf, I truly do. Oh, how I wish you could that leave that bloody country. You deserve so much better than this.

Hugs and hugs and lots of love.

Glenda Larke said...

Hmmm, Karen - I remember being robbed at the con in Melbourne too; worse, by someone I trusted...

karenmiller said...

Really?!?!?!?!?!?!? That's horrible!!!!! I got food poisoning in Melbourne at the last Worldcon. Wanna be my food taster in 2010? *g*

Seriously, the whole thing sucks. Things have to turn around soon.

Imagine me said...

What rotten luck. And I'm continually infuriated by ageism which is rampant everywhere I think. On the other hand house prices are way down here. Might be a good time to make a move.

Jo said...

Unfortunately there are thieves and criminals of all kinds (including politicians) wherever you go. It does seem that some countries are worse off than others though and Malaysia seems to be one of them.

I do hope things get turned around for you and your husband soon Glenda, it must be quite a struggle. Just as well you write isn't it? At least you are bringing some shekels into the household.

Glenda Larke said...

Wish the shekels were greater...

Really, Helen? Even in W.A.?

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Imagine me said...

I deleted my previous comment because it was a little ranty. But yes to both house prices, which have fallen to a 20 year low according to yesterday's paper, and ageism, which although illegal, is alive and well everywhere, I suspect, due to stereotypes which are so rarely questioned.

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gynie said...

i'm sorry you've been robbed.

And about people working late we have the same problem in France. The law is not very cool about this, and so searchers have to go in other countries to get some work. And also i guess many workers union are afraid that retirement might not be that easy if we are allowed to work later. Strange things all about this, as we need to work , and when french people are getting older, like in all the wolrd anyway ! that means we'll have to work later on one day or another. May be is it an oversimple way to think about it, but i feel strange about old people having to prove things in this century.