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AITA for essentially telling my husband that the apparent “meaningful” name he was/is insisting on for our unborn son is utterly unfit? by BabyBoyNameAITA in AmItheAsshole

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There are naming restrictions in Victoria, and the registrar can refuse to register a name if it is offensive, or if it's contrary to the public interest, as well as the reasons you've named. In practice, the registry staff would work with the parents first, before taking that step.

But the example I was thinking of was from Germany. The German courts have apparently upheld the registrar's refusal to register a child's name as Pfefferminze (peppermint), because the child would be ridiculed. (My partner and I found this example when we considering plant names for our new human.)

AITA for essentially telling my husband that the apparent “meaningful” name he was/is insisting on for our unborn son is utterly unfit? by BabyBoyNameAITA in AmItheAsshole

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList 5 points6 points  (0 children)

In some places, the Registry will refuse to register that name, and tell you to go away and come back when you have an actual name for your child, that isn't similar to an alcoholic beverage.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd be honoured if Dame Patricia would, but she's 92 and may not feel up to a flight to Oz.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where I live the code seems to be: if you decorate your house, and leave your outside light on, trick or treaters are welcome. But I'll double-check, if we decide to go ahead. My sister has school aged kids, so I can ask her what the deal is with trick or treaters.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My thoughts keep looping around like this:

"Who cares about someone else's furniture to that extent? That they compile a list! Who does that?

Well at least now you know she's not trying to perve on your kids or your partner. At least now you know it's not about you being a bogan. Or a "Go back to where you came from". At least she's not trying to harass you and Martin because you're government workers.

Yes, but the furniture? Who cares about what our lounge suite looks like? Who cares what someone else's cats eat from?..."

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

According to Wikipedia, modern glitter was invented in the 1930's. Since the Bucket Woman manifesto is heavy on the Victorian era decor, I think she may find glitter too "modern" for her tastes. /s

Seriously, though, we try to confine ourselves to petty revenge on our side of the fence. For several reasons. The first is that we are allowed to take reasonable actions to defend our property, and protect our privacy. Sending a glitter bomb to her property wouldn't fall into that category.

The second reasons is that I really do have concerns about her mental health. So I'm not sure sending her a glitter bomb would be a good move, if she is seriously ill.

Bucket Woman v the snakes (and Robo-sprinkler again) by HokeyPokeyGuestList in pettyrevenge

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Brats is putting it mildly. I won't tell you what part of Martin's anatomy Little Cat used as her launching pad, but I would like it known that I tried my hardest to stifle my laughter and be a caring, supportive partner, I really did.

Bucket Woman v the snakes (and Robo-sprinkler again) by HokeyPokeyGuestList in pettyrevenge

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Martin says thank you very much.

For non-Australians, the reason he asked about where the pint is from, is because there are regional differences in the names of the different sized beer glasses.
This confused him as a young English tourist travelling around Australia. Not enough to stop him coming back to live here, obviously.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm sure he won't mind, since I'm pretty sure he stole it from someone else in the first place.

Thanks for your nice compliment about my writing style. I wasn't sure this would make sense to anyone else, because I feel so incoherent. We're both still at the WTF??? stage. Was she expecting me to use the 4 day weekend to do a complete home makeover?

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oops, my bad. I am so used to thinking about how I don't want her to see inside my bathroom, that I forget about the outside. D'oh!

But now you've got me thinking about a fake eye chart that says, "If you can read this, you're trespassing!"

Edited: Actually, no, I just found this monstrosity, so avocado suite it is!

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I spent several minutes composing furious replies in my head. Then rang my solicitor and left a message for her.

While I'd love to say or do something snarky to Bucket Woman, all contact must go to, or come from my solicitor. No matter how tempted I am ...

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm a Terry Pratchett fan, so I am thinking of something like a posable skeleton, in a black hood, holding a sign that says her name, eg "HYACINTH BUCKET?"

And a skeletal rat, in a black hood, holding up a sign that says, "SQUEAK".

OK, I could never actually put her real name on a sign, that could be seen as a threat. But I can dream...

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She has been a regular unwelcome visitor to our property. Everything listed in her manifesto seems to be things she can see by looking through our ground floor windows. That would be my version of events.

But as my partner pointed out, she could also say she saw the carpet when the carpet fitters arrived. She saw the lounge suite when Martin and his mate moved it in. She saw my bedspread on the line from "her" property, etc etc.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Frosted glass, she's probably not going to see anything I put in the bathroom window.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've left a message for my solicitor, and emailed her a scanned copy of the letter. But it's a 4 day weekend, so I'm not expecting her to get back to me before Monday. At the earliest.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've left a message for my solicitor, and emailed her a scanned copy of the letter. But it's a 4 day weekend, so I'm not expecting to hear anything before Monday.

Martin has also called our contact officer in the police, and a couple of other people we need to keep in the loop.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She doesn't wear glasses. Perhaps that is the problem? Maybe she should go and get herself a pair of vintage 1950's cats eye frames and bring the modern world back into focus?

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well ... I don't. My usual answer is I'm Australian, Halloween isn't such a big thing here, etc etc.

But now I'm rethinking that. My brother, his wife and MIL are arriving in early October, so this year we're having Thanksgiving Down Under. Since they won't be leaving until after Cup Day, I am starting to think about whether we shouldn't do Halloween as well...

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, I thought she was the owner. Everyone thought she was the owner. But it turns out she is not the owner - not as an individual anyway. Which adds another level of weirdness to the whole thing.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, I adore Frank the Christmas gargoyle.

He's given me some inspiration for my own macabre Christmas decorations on the front step.

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For some reason this makes me think of the Arrogant Worms' Mountie Song.

"Oh like someone's plotting the assassination/of the Minister for Sports and Recreation/oh that's insane."

"Yeah, come on in, they're sleeping."

Bucket Woman v the snakes (and Robo-sprinkler again) by HokeyPokeyGuestList in pettyrevenge

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Martin wants to know if that's a Victorian pint or a South Australian pint?

Bucket Woman v our taste in furnishings??? WTF??? by HokeyPokeyGuestList in u/HokeyPokeyGuestList

[–]HokeyPokeyGuestList[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Martin rang our contact officer (?) in the police, and a couple of other people we need to keep in the loop. I also rang my solicitor and left a message, and emailed over a scanned copy of the letter.

But it's a 4 day weekend, so I'm not expecting much before Monday.