Thursday, 24 October 2013

Friday 25/10/13- Zombies, Weak Coffee, & This Week's Wristwatches.

It's now Friday, October 25th, 4:53pm here in Melbourne. I've decided to add more to the titles of these posts to differentiate them a little more from each other, and to give a hint as to what they'll contain. These weekly watch posts seem to still be evolving, I suppose.


Last Sunday
The Teeritz clan headed out to the Melbourne Showgrounds on a wholesome family outing. We saw a Batgirl, a Stormtrooper and a few zombies, among other things.
We were at the Armageddon Expo 2013.
I switched back to my Sinn 103 St Sa chrono;

Apologies for the blurry pic. Autofocus chose the zombie instead of the watch. And don't believe what you see on "The Walking Dead". This guy moved pretty quick...for a dead man.
Here's a clearer pic that I took once we got home;
My son bought himself a few Batman comics and a wooden katana/ Samurai sword, my daughter bought a little music box featuring the cat from Studio Ghibli's anime, "Kiki's Delivery Service". I picked up a couple of items. When we got home, I switched over to the Omega Seamaster 300 on the TrueBond NATO strap;
I love the steampunk world that was created for the console game "Bioshock Infinite". Incredible amount of detail that's gone into it. My daughter bought me that shell casing next to the dogtag. Cost her a whole buck.
Always been a fan of "The Rocketeer" comics from the Eighties and Nineties. They were about a fellow named Cliff Secord, who finds an experimental jet-pack in the late 1930s and gets into all sorts of mayhem with it, often dragging his girlfriend, Betty, into these shenanigans.
The artist, Dave Stevens, was painstaking with the amount of detail and shading that he'd put into his artwork. As a result, each issue's release was usually delayed. Sadly, Stevens died about five years ago at the age of 52 after a long battle with leukemia.
The 1950s pin-up queen, Bettie Page was the model for Stevens' renderings of Secord's girlfriend Betty, and Page herself had remarked that there had been a renewed interest in her after the Rocketeer comics were released.
The book I picked up was a commemorative volume of Rocketeer stories done by other comic artists. Very nicely done, too.
Okay, thrillseekers, what's wrong with this picture?
I'll tell ya what's wrong. There's no friggin' coffee machine in it! The Ascaso machine of ours was overdue for a service. It had water leaking from the steam nozzle, the rubber seals had perished, the temperature gauge wasn't working. So off it went for servicing.
"It should be ready in a week", the lady said.
"A week?! My wife and I will kill each other in a week!"
And so, out came the caffettiera.
It produces an okay cup of coffee, no doubt, although it does taste 'thin' compared to what you get from an espresso machine. Still, we thought, it wouldn't kill us to detox a little. I got back from the coffee machine repairers and did a little more of my databases assignment. Still had the Omega on.
Worked on the last seven questions of my databases assignment. Answered six of those questions over three hours. Then spent over an hour finding the answer to question seven. But I finally got it finished and submitted. That's another module of this library course done and dusted. Felt good. Switched over to the Omega Railmaster to bring closure to it all.
Later that evening, I took a few pics to mess around with my camera. I still haven't sat down to try to master the ISO settings and what-not. I think this picture turned out okay, but I'm certain that those of you who know your way around a camera could produce finer results. I positioned the watch on a book trolley next to a lamp in the lounge room.

f 3.9 at 1/15th of a second shutter speed.
Still messing with the camera. This picture below was taken with an aperture setting of f 3.5 at 1/400th of a second shutter speed on an overcast afternoon. Don't know if I like it. I'll have to do a course in digital photography one of these days.

Got a message on the answering machine late yesterday afternoon saying the coffee machine was fixed and ready for collection. Dropped the kids off to school, came back home and had a cup of tea while I planned whatever else I had to do this morning.
Although I love my coffee, I do indeed like a cup of tea. Normally reserved for the evenings, but I just felt like something warm to drink and Earl Grey is my preferred leaf.
Got home, plugged the machine back in and flicked it on.
Back where it belongs. I positioned a cup under the gun to see if the machine would leak as it warmed up. It didn't, which was a good sign. Those brass bits in front of the machine are the parts that were replaced. This machine has definitely taken a beating since it was serviced in May last year.
The light in the middle means the machine is switched on, the one on the right means that the machine is hot enough and ready to go, and the light on the left means the steamer is on and ready. What the hell was I waiting for?
Four minutes later...
Long time no see, latte. And after the first sip, balance was restored in the Universe.
Our son has been doing well in his first year of secondary school, so we thought we'd get him a little treat. He'll soon be beating up The Joker's goons with reckless abandon.
And so, that's another exciting week wrapped up. 
Thanks for reading!



  1. Busy week.
    The first watch looks very much like a Tossot watch I gave my son a few years ago.
    The joys of autofocus. I seldom used auto with film and generally do not with my digital cameras, but the phone camera is a different story. That is if one can call the crappy camera on a phone a camera.
    Nice OM-2.
    I never read much Rocketeer. I did enjoy the movie. How much the movie corresponds to the comics I would not know.
    And please email a cup of coffee. I'm do for some.
    Have a great week end.

  2. Your photos are always well-composed and interesting! Practice can only mean betterment (:

    The Rocketeer comics I've always wanted to pick up, but so far I've only seen the film. Can't miss anything with a Bettie Page clone in it :D

  3. @ Bill M, Tissot make a fine range of watches. The Rocketeer movie was pretty good, and stayed reasonably faithful to the comics.

    @ Ted, Thank-you. Photo composition is half the battle. And Dave Stevens did nice drawings of Betty, although he gave her a Nineties body (fit and toned), considering she was a character set in the Thirties.

  4. The thing I like most about this post is the watch. Such a beautiful piece. Not that I would expect any less from you!
    Second most favourite? Well, it would have to be the the unexpected appearance of Bettie Page along with The Rocketeer. Mind you, Bettie didn't have to be fit and toned to be attractive.
    Thirdly, it would have to be that brilliant coffee machine. That's a machine of class and style.

  5. You have induced a serious case of coffee making envy. Looks delicious!

  6. Your Friday watch postings are having an effect - making me more conscious about such things at the other end of the globe :-)
    Yesterday's school run (bike) was rainy, so changed my (cheap, thirties) Zentra for the '68 Omega.
    May even get to taking pics and blogging about that too. Whatever next :-)

  7. @ Scott K, thank you, sir. Yes, Bettie Page was the real deal. And this machine has been churning out black gold since I got it serviced.

    @ Dwayne, I'll have a cup waiting for you if you ever make it to these golden shores.

    @ RobertG, glad to be of service. And don't get a '30s wristwatch wet. The last time that watch was waterproof, World War II had just ended. You heard it here first ;-)