My brother and his partner, recent emigres from Sin City, are living with us for a bit until they get a place in Melbourne. This means we have the use of a ute. A UTE, people!! When your usual vehicle is a Suzuki Swift, access to a tradeymobile opens up a whole new world of large object acquisition potentialities.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a Persian carpet off ebay (got it cheap because the seller wrote that it was a Perigen carpet, but that's not the point) and because we wanted to buy a pear tree from the nursery on the way home, we took the ute to Mont Albert to pick it up.
Imagine our feelings when we discovered it was Hard Rubbish weekend over there in Mont Albert.
Before we even got to the Perigen Rug Warehouse we spotted the first pile of preciouses abandoned by the feckless and wasteful Liberal Party voters of M.A. Dorian leapt out of the cab and snatched up a wheelchair off the nature strip and chucked it in the back. "Wheelchairs are very expensive these days" he explained, hastily throwing the ute into gear and accelerating past the party of vultures of semi-professional appearance loading stuff into a Hiace van a couple of elm trees further along the street. Next we got two rolls of garden hose. Then two rather nice picture frames (which I've since used to frame some pictures found in the bin on a separate occasion.) Then we got several rolls of Gutter Guard, five perfectly good hanging basket frames, two boxes of multi-coloured vinyl floor tiles which we're going to lay in the hallway - representing a massive saving of $2000 on the quote I got from a floor coverings place a couple of weeks previously.
It's probably just as well I don't have a ute every day.