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Stupid Questions - and things you were afraid to ask

Discussion in 'LORD' started by pipsqeek, May 19, 2006.

  1. Celestial-Todd

    Celestial-Todd The Incredible Bulk

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    See that's the thing though.... yeah, I lived in Merrylands for 24 years without any issues at all. Whereas I know people who moved into "high class" suburbs and have been mugged, beaten up or had their houses broken into within the first year.

    Funnily enough, the IT guy at the site I'm currently on lives close to the estate I'm looking at and said it's actually "really good". It's a gated estate and is seperated from the main part of Plumpton by bush. My main concern is why 3 houses are all up sale at the same time there... either it's because the area IS bad or (as suggested by someone else), they are owned by people who bought "up" and now can't afford the repayments
     
  2. JonBonJovi

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    If it's the estate I'm thinking of most of the places that come up for sale are recently built or bought by people who buy out of their league. The estate is a good one and is fine. I grew up in Mt.Druitt and nothing ever really happened in the 15 yrs we were there we got broken into once. I know people who live in the what is considered scum parts of Mt. Druitt and they never got broken into or anything.
     
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    I have a house in Greystanes. I have a good friend who moved to Plumpton and they have a REALLY nice house and have had no dramas there for the past 5+ years. She is a morning exerciser and likes to walk alone for 45 minutes early in the morning before getting ready for work. She is not in a gated estate- she lives in the area near the firestation. Sure you can still be unlucky. Another friend was mugged in Wenty just 3 minutes from her house on the way home from the bus station.

    On the other hand, remember the old property truism: location, location, location. You can improve a crappier house over time (you wouldn't believe what I started with!!) but you have little to no control over the locational factors which influence its value. At the end of the day, its a tough call. If you're not willing to do a lot of work on the place yourself then might be better to go for the better house.

    On the other hand, you'd be surprised just how much value you can put on a place with a simple paint job and everyone can do that... Tiling isn't that hard either. Do get any plumbing or electrical work done by a licensed tradesman- its not that hard either but there are insurance factors to consider.
     
  4. Rick

    Rick Senior User

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    Gated suburbs are epic.. it's like some sort of Roman fort.
     
  5. TheDenimRager

    TheDenimRager Hats make things better.

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    I've read that open plan places are going to, in the end, depreciate a fair bit in value and that its seen as a bit of a short-term fad...

    I always feel uneasy in gated estates, and I think its because its always so far to shops, transport, beer :)p), etc.
     
  6. Celestial-Todd

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    I grew up in a very old style house, so open plan houses still take some getting used to. One thing I do like about this place is that the kitchen and eatery is open planned, but there is a wall between there and the lounge-room. So it's basically the best of both worlds haha (Jess has already lived in open plan houses)
     
  7. mattt

    mattt Yes.

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    I cannot stand open plan living. If you are sitting watching TV and someone is in the kitchen or the dining area making noise, it is very annoying.

    Real Estate in Townsville is ridiculous. For a 3 bedroom place in a 'decent' suburb is 400k+. But there are a lot around 1m, 1.5m at the moment. Russell Crowe bought a place up here recently.
     
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    Winmar Pillock of society

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    Clearly it's all fucked. Just fucked.
     
  9. Rick

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    I'm seriously considering applying for a Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology Major, or a Psychology Social Science degree at Uni next year. The Arts degree is appealing becuase of the option of so many minor options (i.e. politics etc). I'm applying to do this through the army sponsorship program becuase i want to work in the Psych Corps. Basically, does anyone have any experience with either of those degrees? Opinions?
     
  10. StephenSLR

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    If you really have your heart set on that job and that degree will get you that job - go for it.

    Just in case you do the degree and change your mind later, find out what can this degree offer you in terms of alternative employment?

    I did an engineering degree and have never worked as a proper engineer, I've worked in engineering companies in related jobs though.

    I don't think I will ever want to be a true engineer and that was probably why I spent quite a bit of time unemployed but the degree did eventually get my foot into the door of the industry. At the time of doing the degree I wanted my mind stimulated in that way and it served its purpose.

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    Toby Cheesegrater Of Chastity

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    Steven - exactly what degree did you do and at what university, if you don't mind my asking?
     
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    What legal grounds do you fall under if you beat up a housemate of a friend (woman) who is being abused (verbally mostly; but not limited to).
     
  13. StephenSLR

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    Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) University of Technology Sydney.

    It was a sandwich course meaning you did 6 months study then 6 months work.

    Work wasn't exactly easy to find in mech. eng. I was really pissed off at that.

    I completed most of it without the relevant work experience and studied quite a bit of it part time and on the dole when I should have been working.

    I ended up aborting the course to return 7 years later to complete the last few subjects and thesis part time and that meant work during the week, classes at night, completing assignments/thesis all weekend.

    I found it a very demanding course, many of those that enrolled opted (dropped) out after the first semester (6 months), there were guys opting out all the way along, one friend left short of his final thesis and is now a pastor.

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    Can you rephrase this? :err: Its unclear.
     
  15. StephenSLR

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    Not much, you will be committing an assault.

    If you are there at the time of the attack, you are allowed under self defence laws to protect yourself or others with a defence of up to equal force as the attack (unless you have no choice to use greater force to save yourself) and only while you are under immediate and imminent threat, not after the fact and not after the immediate threat has ceased. If the attacker hits then stops you have no grounds for self defence.

    Some of you may remember an exceptional case, a few years back a police officer whose nieces (?) were being abused by a relative, went to the place of this molester, shot him dead, put the gun on the front path of the house then called the cops while he wait there for them to pick him up. After the courts finished with him they let him off on grounds of his mental state/distress after hearing the news.

    Best to let your friend report the abuse or get out of the relationship.

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    Toby Cheesegrater Of Chastity

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    Thanks for that... just been weighing up my options on degrees/employment opportunities etc.
     
  17. StephenSLR

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    Right now there is a big demand for technically skilled people.

    Unlike many doing Mech eng. when I was studying my friends in Civil eng all had jobs through uni and it's been pretty good for them since.

    Mech eng is still a bit of a niche market as there are so many facets to it and employers want you to have experience in their particular field.

    Check out the job ads see what is in demand and what salaries they are asking but best to talk to some of the job agents and see what they forecast.

    A few years back IT was quite big then it all flopped so beware of trends.

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    Toby Cheesegrater Of Chastity

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    Yeah well I've been thinking about scooting off to Wollongong to do Civil Engineering there. Currently I'm doing the ANU Engineering degree (there's only one) which is what they call "Systems Engineering", supposedly a kind of generalist degree but you can't specialize in anything like you can at just about every other uni that has an engineering faculty. That said, I'm still undecided about whether or not to move, mainly cause I haven't yet looked enough into what you just said.
     
  19. StephenSLR

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    Find out how it is in your area, maybe in Canberra employers are happy with the ANU engineering degrees.

    Many jobs take into consideration that you have the aptitude and capacity to learn, they will specialise you. A degree really is just a foot in the door for a lot of people.

    However, there definitely are some companies that want to see you have a particular interest in their field and have demonstrated it at uni.

    Find out what aspect of Civil eng you like, design, construction, civil works, etc. then talk to employers and see what their expectations of you are.

    Also, get the best marks you can.

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    I've taken a look at that course and if you truly want to do Civil Engineering make plans to transfer into a proper Civ. eng. course a.s.a.p.

    That course is aimed at a different type of engineer altogether, you may even have trouble gaining Civil engineering work with that degree as I found out when I targeted Civil Eng. companies with my degree.

    You'd be able to claim exemptions on subjects you've studied so don't fear that you've wasted your time or it's too late to change.

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