Movember 2009

November 17th, 2009 by Mike

During the month of November I am growing a moustache. Not because it’s fashionable, but to raise money for prostate cancer research and men’s depression.

The Movember campaign has been running each year since 2004. Considering one in nine Australian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, it’s a pretty worthy cause.

Movember 2009

Movember 2009

If you’d like to donate to support the cause you can do so from my donation page. You can also rate my mo’ and see my progress to date.

Ikea bed slats woes

September 4th, 2009 by Mike

Last year after moving out of my parents’ home I decided to ‘splash out’ and get a queen-sized bed and a nice latex mattress. Since Ikea is nearby it made sense to give them a go.

I ended up purchasing a Ramberg bed, which was curiously discontinued not too long after I bought it. I was also going to buy the mattress from Ikea but they were out of stock, so I had to go somewhere else for it (and sleep on slats and a foam mattress for a week or so).

When purchasing certain beds from Ikea, they  have to be bought in pieces – the actual bed frame, the mid-beam and the slats. I bought the cheapest slats, called Sultan Lade, which were $50 each (I needed two sets since I had a queen-sized bed). Interestingly these are the only slats not covered by Ikea’s 25 year warranty.

One of the slats broke very soon after purchase and another one broke just recently, prompting me to go out and get all-new slats. I wasn’t sure which ones I could use (there’s quite a range), especially since my bed frame was discontinued, so it was hard to research. Eventually I went out and got some Sultan Lillåker curved slats for $100 (I only needed one set thankfully, as one set contains two ‘rolls’ of slats).

The slats fit into the bed frame without any problems, but within minutes I discovered that the slats would slip off the mid-beam very easily.

I tried stuffing some padding in between the outside of the frame and the slats to force them to stay on the mid-beam. All this accomplished was that the slats fell off the mid-beam instead! I tried getting some twine and tying the slats tightly around the mid beam. This appeared to work for a day but the slats did still eventually fall off the mid beam. I also tried tightening the frame as much as possible.

The only other thing I can think of trying is to get a thin, strong piece of wood to place on top of the mid beam to effectively widen it.  I’m not sure if this will work or not, but I will update this post with the result!

Edit: Due to some strange circumstances, I never got around to trying out the ‘plank of wood’ idea. It turned out that during the construction of the bed frame, we failed to put in the screws as per these instructions:IKEA Ramberg Bedframe - Step 8Luckily I found the original screws (from over a year ago)! After pushing and holding the sides in while screwing these screws into the frame to stop it from sagging out, the slats no longer slip off 🙂

Volunteering for the City2Surf

August 10th, 2009 by Mike

Today, along with some other people from church, I volunteered to help out with the water tables for the City2Surf.

We had to get up at 6am to get there around 7:30am (picking some people up on the way). It was quite cold but not too bad for August. It was a nice sunny day too, which made things more bearable.

At our designated station (about 5km from the finish) we set up tables and filled them with plastic cups. We filled up the cups with tap water using jugs dipped into lined garbage bins that were filled up with hoses. We then layered cardboard over the cups to make a second level of drinks. Some tables had three levels.

The police were running up and down the course ensuring that it was free from vehicles. It was just as well, because one car had managed to find its way onto the course after the race started. The police quickly found him and got him to turn around just in time before the first runner came down our street!

For the next two or three hours after the race started I was basically standing in one spot holding out cups of water to the runners. It was a bit of a strain on the shoulders and lower back (as we were leaning over the table) but it was fun seeing the runners that were dressed in crazy outfits.

Apparently there were 75,000 runners this year, making it the world’s largest running event. Pretty cool! As volunteers we also got a special t-shirt, which was cool too 🙂 It was pretty fun but a lot of hard work.