Sunday, 2 February 2014

What Happened to All the Beautiful People?

For reasons still eluding me, my son's school year started a day later than everybody else’s. Which meant that we could spend some time together during the first day of school and his last day of school holidays. We chose to spend it at the swimming pool.
It was an interesting day at the swimming pool. Affairs were not even half as full as they used to be just the week before, during school holidays; the main participants were the parents of little kids and their kids. Actually, they were the only participants.
The sight of parents with little kids wearing nothing but swimming attire on, and only parents with little kids with nothing but swimming attire on, proved quite insightful. With perhaps just one or two exceptions, all said parents – yours truly included – were wide and overweight. What do I mean by wide?
Normally, when one goes to the beach or to the swimming pool, one is surrounded by beautiful people. They are the type of people that like to parade around in their swimming attire while the rest of us stick to hiding places, and they are the ones that attract the eye. Yet at the swimming pool the other day there were no such creatures; the glamorous stick insects were gone, replaced by parents.
And thus it occurred to me. What is it that turns the formerly attractive twenty something year olds into these thirty year old tanks? Having kids. So, what did happen to all the beautiful people? They became parents.
Yes, I realise many of those bloated people I have seen do recover with time. Just the same, I am sure this recovery process is much harder with little kids around. In other words, label this post's insight under “one other thing they do not tell you about having children of your own”.

P.S. If there is one thing I took with me these school holidays, it’s extra weight around the stomach.

Image by marsmett talahassee, Creative Commons licence


The Wondering Moshe said...

Hey, sorry I am using your blog as means of communication... After 2 years in Israel I am coming down for a visit. I am looking for a pre-paid service, with good amount of talk and data. Boost and Aldi came up.
Anything you can recommend? Thanks...

Moshe Reuveni said...

No problemo.
Two disclaimers to start with:
1. I never looked at Boost.
2. I don't know what device you have in mind, so take it into account. Telstra and Optus have their unique frequencies etc.

I can recommend Aldi and Amaysim based on extensive personal experience.
Aldi uses the Telstra 3G network (now second to Telstra's 4G network), which means you get coverage almost everywhere. As far as I know they did not have nano SIMs in case you're planning on using a newer iPhone/iPad. I don't know whether they allow tethering or not. The bad thing about them is their policy allows them to disconnect you if you use more than 400MB a day, which isn't all that much. Customer service is also non existent. You activate the service through the web, where they're supposed to run a check on you (god knows what's going in the background there).
Amaysim uses the Optus 3G network (no access to 4G). They can provide all types of SIM cards and they allow you to use as much data as you want. Their customer service is also better, although last time I used it I was forced to chat with them online.
Both let you buy data packages. Last I remember, Aldi gives 2GB a month for $15, whereas Amaysim charges $10 for 1GB and $20 for 2.5GB. Both count usage in 1MB increments, but Amaysim lets you access social networks (Facebook, Twitter) free of charge. That is, until you open attachments... Call charges are similar.
Amaysim activation is similar to Aldi's. Both have apps to allow you to monitor usage, although Amaysim's data updates in real time and Aldi's on a daily basis.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Me Again Moshe said...

Great, thank you. I have Galaxy S3 and frequencies match and don't need 4G at this stage. Also don't care much about social networks.
I did check Amaysim as I remembered you had praised them, but it's not a real pre-paid but auto renewal.
Looks like I am arriving on Saturday and going to Aldi store to pick up my sim.
Thanks again and for the record, I really don't know what happened to all the beautiful people :-)

Moshe Reuveni said...

Yeah, I'd do the same if I were you for the reception.
I do suggest you get someone to get the SIM and activate it for you in advance, as it could take a day before it actually works. And you will need the Internet, or at least a phone, to get it activated.