Some days are really worth bottling.
On Thursday I had my car booked in with Wade at Kenny's Auto Repairs for a service and a rego check.
I dropped it in early and told Wade that there was no rush and I'd pick it up later in the afternoon.
Got a call about 12 to say that it was ready to go. Wade had the old ute running like a dream.
On my way home, I decided to call into ABC Tyres to book in to get a slow leaking tyre repaired.
Guess what? They did it then and there. Amazing service.
Then driving up Chaston Street, I thought I'd treat myself to a coffee from Fast Lane and swung in and placed my order.
I was informed that there would be no charge for my coffee, because a previous customer had kindly done a 'pay it forward'.
What a day. I'd scored a hat trick. Could my day get any better? Well, you wouldn't believe it, but it did.
I had accidentally scratched the bonnet of my friend's car the previous day - fairly new car, and she wasn't impressed.
I took it to Auto Panel Repairs in Urana Street to get them to have a look.
Craig, the boss, took one look, came out with his magic buffer, and hey presto, no more scratch, and no charge.
In these days of COVID, we have plenty to whinge about, fair enough.
But yesterday reminded me why Wagga is such a great place - great local businesses and great local people.
Why would you live anywhere else?
First there was the incompetence of the federal government in addressing the climate emergency: "I don't hold a hose mate."
Then there was the incompetence of the vaccine stroll-out: "this is not a race."
Now we have seen more incompetence from a government that failed to recognise the economy depends on people just doing their jobs - which they can't if they're at home isolating because of COVID-19.
So Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, by putting business first and opening up too soon, have shot business (and the rest of us) in the foot.
To quote John Stanford of the Australia Institute, "business can't work if people can't work".
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His article "Healthy humans drive the economy" in The Conversation is illuminating.
Our national security, economy and society depends on looking after people first.
This means dealing with the pandemic and global heating with long-term planning, ensuring food, pharmaceuticals and all vital supply chains and manufacturing are geared up to supply the necessities for people.
Vaccines, rapid antigen tests, nurses, ambos, aged care workers, firefighters, emergency services workers - these are all just some of the areas where this government has failed us.
We shouldn't be surprised, when they don't value the role of government in developing long-term policies in the public interest, instead prioritising the interests of big business.
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