Battling through Sydney's terrible weather to go visit a maritime museum along with tangents on shady removalists and learning how world records work.
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Battling through Sydney's terrible weather to go visit a maritime museum along with tangents on shady removalists and learning how world records work.
Note: Georgie is mistaken, Rory can clean jerk ~42kg, but deadlift 80kg.
Toast & Roast:
And welcome back to another episode of Toast & Roast. I am your co host Geoff. And as always, I'm here with Georgie.
How’s it going Georgie.
It’s very rainy.
It is very rainy. Floods.
Oh yeah, yeah, did you go somewhere?
There’s a part of the road, which is kind of like too dipped on the left, and it's just like a massive puddle and you can see all the cars like swishing water, and some cars actually changed lane to avoid going that deep into the water. And then I was like, haha, suckers, I'm electric car biatch.
Wait so, what does, what happens if, yeah, what happens in your car?
Nothing, because there's no exhaust, no water—nowhere for the water to go. So I can actually be quite submerged. There has been pictures of Tesla's going like 90% submerged into water and coming out perfectly fine.
What about the people inside?
Yeah, perfectly fine.
But it is not recommended that people do this even in a Tesla. Like because obviously the car is not watertight. And like it can leak in some places. It's just harder than an exhaust pipe straight to engine.
Yeah. You remember how like, many episodes ago I mentioned that dodgy person who bought Nick’s car?
Bought who a car?
Oh, bought Nick’s car, right.
Yeah. So there was a weird problem with Nick's car that only kind of happened when it rained. So if the car wasn’t undercover, and it was just outside on the street or something, and it rained, there was—it was like, it leaked somewhere. And so the whole back, I think behind the passenger seat. The whole inside of the car, like, get a puddle at the bottom. And it's all like wet.
Oh my god.
And I think we had it checked out before we sold the car. And they couldn't, they couldn’t find it. Like the seal for the door was fine.
The window was fine. But we had, we had a laugh because the guy was like dodgy trying to you know, say you didn't sell the car for any money and all this shit. And so we were laughing after he got the car, be like, wait until he parks it outside in the rain.
Sucker. Yeah, nice little retribution. But no, today we went out to the Maritime Museum. And one of our, one of my friends has an art exhibition set up at the Maritime Museum.
So I went out there. I had never been, so we walked around, there is a photography contest winners exhibition going on as well. Animal photography. Some pretty cool stuff. So walked around—oh, they you get to go on like warships. So went on the one on this warship called the HMAS vampire. Spoiler, the ship doesn't look anything like a vampire. If you thought that was gonna be a thing. And they even sai—they have a sailboat. Like you can, they just take people out in the harbour, thing is, it was bloody raining the entire time. So it's like you do you want to sail a boat out into these waters in this rain. So yeah, that was that was really interesting. I had never been before so—
Is it free or do you have to pay to go inside?
I think it’s $25 an adult to go into the Maritime Museum. But the, I think the exhibits the art exhibit that my friend, my friend’s art exhibit was free to go into.
So you could go either way. Plus we have those vouchers.
Design disco vouchers. It was basically a free entry, government paid for it so well the government paid for it but we—
Did you just say design disco. Dine and Discover.
The Dine and Disco. You can only go to discos with this with this voucher. But yeah, technically we paid for it because it's our tax money. Maybe.
Nah shh, don't tell anyone, well, actually, yeah.
It's always like yeah, the government's paying for it. But like really, you're paying for it. I don't know where the—unless the government is printing more money than they get from the citizens in which case the government is paying for it. Ish. I don't know how politics works, how governments work.
I don't know how money is printed either, so—
Yeah I don't know—
I don’t think you can just print it though.
Yeah, yeah, you shouldn't. I mean, does that gif meme of that old man that's just like churning money. Have you seen it?
No I haven't.
But yeah, it was a... GIF. Money churning... But essentially, yeah that's... money. Oh, this guy. This is this is the Brrr guy. See it?
Brrr... anyway, so—
That's not how money works, as far as I know.
Yeah. I think that's a pop—like a politician or what, Jer—Jerome Powell, apparently seems like he prints a lot of money. So that's a, that's a meme. The... why are we looking at some stomach churning imagery?
Because you wrote the word churn.
Yeah, let's ignore that. So yeah, we're not there. Even though it's bloody raining. And but you know what? It's fine. Although public transport all that, all of it’s gone to shit.
Wait. Did you, you drove though? But—
I did drive. We tried to go public transport first. But things are so delayed. And I was like, You know what? I'm not gonna risk on the way home standing waiting for a train. So...
In the rain. So shit as well. I got on a bus for the first time like earlier this week, “for the first time”...
For the first time ever getting on a bus!
Yeah, I'm just too good.
Step aside plebs.
Yeah, I'm too good for public transport. Like, first time in a while. I keep saying that. I wrote a tweet the other day. About like, we went to Tassie. And I was like, “travelled for the first time”. And I think I forgot to add the context. I read it back. And I was like, I hope people understand what I mean. Anyway. The bus was fine. Actually.
Why were you on a bus?
I had to go and get my piercings checked out. And I have to go to Darlinghurst. So I got to get on a bus. And they changed the bus routes in my area. And I was like, ah, but it's not too bad. But still, and then, there were all the train—I think Nick was gonna have like a catch up with some of his work, coworkers. But they called it off because no one could like really get on a train because it was a train strike.
Oh, yeah. Apparently it wasn't a strike. Did you hear about that?
All of all of the train drivers and bus drivers and whatever operators actually went to work, but the management shut the trains and stuff down and told them they can't drive.
Oh, what the hell? So they just, they still had to go to work. But they just sat there and did nothing.
Exactly. There's like photos posted on the... I don't know, what's it called the Roads...
Union or whatever. On the Twitter. They were just like, yeah, just FYI. Everybody went to work, but got told they couldn't drive. And then they have pictures of them just sitting around in like the rec room.
Like, not doing shit.
What's the public's response to this? Because I'm sure people were like, not not about the trains being down but being like, oh, how can you treat people like this?
Oh, yeah, I don't know. The, the whole thing is that the the... story here is that media has taken this as a strike, but it's not a strike. So it's like pushing propaganda, some kind of political message. Scott Morrison went on some radio show and also called it a strike, you know.
Of course he did.
So. So yeah, but they're like, this is like some weird ass orchestrated like something that looks like a strike, but it's not. So, but I didn't read too much into it. I was like, does one side of story there's also the publicised one, I don't really give a shit who's right or wrong. But of course, this is how much I care about the news. And all I know is that someone's fucking our shit up and they should stop. Won't go into what's happening in the news currently, because we’re that kind of podcast.
That's sort of off limits for us.
Yeah. But yeah, you're moving right now in this rain.
Not right now. It would be funny if I actually was. “Everybody, it's cold outside.”
Georgie, the weather woman?
Yeah, nope. Actually. Yeah, no. I was gonna say I think like when I was a kid, I was very curious about what it would be like to be like a weather reporter. But the ones that stand in front of the green screen and point at shit. I mean—nope.
I mean, there's also the weather reporters that are in helicopters and stuff, right?
Oh, wait, no, those are cool, I'll do that. Yes.
I'm doing circles around the harbour. And it looks like we’re about to crash.
I wonder if people do that anymore.
What makes you think they don't?
Don’t know. They have blue screens now? Green screens.
Yeah, they do that for traffic. You want to report traffic conditions in the helicopter? “Everybody's on Parramatta Road. As usual. I should probably quit my job.”
Yeah, the... so in How I Met Your Mother. I'm Robin Scherbatsky, one of the characters, she's a news caster. But at one point, she actually started reporting the news. So she wasn't reporting the weather. At one point. I think she was a helicopter. But she did the fluff pieces of news. So she'd be like in the community like talking to like—
Yeah, I remember.
“This is the oldest, oldest horse and cart driver” or whatever. And I like the she's trying to be a serious journalist. But they're getting her to do all these fluff pieces. Like, “this kid is stuck inside a gumball machine or whatever”. Yeah.
Yeah. How's moving? And how’s like—
Yeah, we booked, we booked a removalist to move like the major pieces of furniture and appliances.
How did you find this removalist?
They’re local actually. We went and looked—did you have a shitty experience with like removalists or something?
Okay. All right. So so we went looked at a couple of different companies that seemed to—
...service—well, yeah, we just did our research, you know. So one of them serviced like all of Australia, and I think they were called, like, Hire A Mover. Like worst, like when you type in, “Hire A Mover” into like any search engine. The results are like, appalling. Because why did you pick such a—I mean, not your fault. But why did you pick such a generic like, company name?
I'm a professional picker upper.
So hire a picker-upper.
We came across another one. I don't want to name them because it's just kind of, you know—
We’re not that kind of podcast.
Name and shame? Yeah, no, not hating on them, but we’re—that's not, that's not important. But I read the reviews. They have the testimonials on their website, which of course, they're going to tell you all the good testimonials. Right. But then Nick was like, can you just go look, look into this a little bit. And he said, they seem to have positive reviews on Google. And I went and looked around, but then I found they had really terrible reviews on Product Review. I don't know if Product Review is like—
...Australian. Is that site Australian?
Yeah I don’t know... Product... Review.
Feel like it’s not. ... .com.au, is Australian. Okay.
Yeah. Okay. All right, then. Well, yeah, they were on this site. And that's, there was shocking reviews, like the average was like two and a half stars. But one of them mentioned, like don't use this company, because they had a terrible experience with them. And what happened was, the service was quite unprofessional. They turned up and—they did a TLDR for their review and said, basically, some of my belongings were stolen, including, including a PS5, I'll get back to the PS5 in a sec. And they work laptop stolen. And they had taken a video of all of their belongings before these people came. So they knew that it was stolen, because they had proof that it was there before they arrived, and that it was gone once they left. And they had left like a bag that had the work laptop, originally in it, they left a bag of just like cables and peripherals and shit. Yeah, was super dodgy. But with the PS5, they said, when they noticed the PS5. I think they asked the person like, can I buy this off you? How much can I?
Yeah, it was super dodgy. And then they kept asking about it. I guess. It seemed like they kept asking about it over the course of the process. And yeah, I guess in the end, they stole it and but they kept pestering the person. “Can I buy it off you?” And the person was like, nah look, it's like it's valuable. This was around the time when it was hard to get right.
So yeah, but yeah, super dodgy. But we ended up going with some, someone local, because we saw, there's like a Facebook group for people who live in this area. And they recommend this local removalist who are like family owned and stuff. And I was like, looking at their website, and they have like an Instagram where they, you know, share some of like how they work and stuff, and they just seem more trustworthy, right, as opposed to going with like, some really large scale operation that probably doesn't actually give a shit about people. But yeah, so you're, you had a shitty experience.
Oh, man, it wasn't that bad. The, the removalist had like, injured themself midway, moving our stuff. I don't know, it's some kind of muscles, muscle spasm, or sprain or whatever. So he was operating at suboptimal speeds. And we still got charged like the full price, even though it probably took like an extra hour or something, because the person was too slow, essentially. Um, and that was pretty much like the extent of my bad experience sort of like, not in not really in good faith you kind of botched yourself. And now we're expected to pay full price. Yes, I'm just salty. I'm just salty. But yeah, uh, well, actually, back to something that happened today. We, we parked at The Star. And—
Worst. Sorry, I'm just—you used to work in Pyrmont, right? Yeah. So did I. I used to work in Pyrmont—
Yeah, I used to work in Pyrmont.
Yeah. I hate that place.
I never drove into work. So, parked in The Star. And I was told you could you could actually validate your parking at the Maritime Museum, and you could park all day for $15. And instead of 30, or 20, or 30, whatever. So that's cool. So I go and get it validated the Maritime. And I come I come back to The Star. And I put it in. And actually the lady of the Maritime Museum said that specifically, sometimes it doesn't work. So get help when you when you go, and, to the machine if it doesn't have the $15. So I went in the machine. And lo and behold, it said $30 and not $15. So Dorinda and I go on a bit of a journey, we ask someone about it. They're like, oh, you should ask someone at the desk. We go upstairs. We're like, what the hell's the desk? We're in a casino? We asked a security guard, security guard says some kind of club, and they were like, like host club, and like, I don't want to get a host club, Jesus. I didn't even know they had one here. Well, it turns out, he was talking about the Star Club. So you go to the Star Club desk. And they're like, “We don't know anything about this. This is, this—tou can't validate your parking outside of The Star, like, we're the ones who validate validate parking”. So after like standing there for like five to like 5, 10 minutes or whatever. Finally, so like one of them calls down to... I think they call the people who run the ticket machine, like the pay the pay machine. And they and they said—
The secure parking or whatever.
Yeah, the kiosk thing, right? And they said, oh, yeah, yeah, you press help on the, on the, on the machine itself.
Oh like literally.
Literally call help? Oh, my god. Put the ticket in. We press “call help”. And I said, oh, my validate, my ticket, my ticket’s been validated but it’s still showing $30. And immediately the person on the line says, “oh, it's the Maritime Museum ticket?” I'm like, “yeah”. Like, clearly happens all the time. Because then they like, okay, so take the—cancel, take the ticket out, and then you, and then I'm not gonna explain the rest of the process because you could probably hack this. I don't know. I feel like they should... not... maybe not get it validated at first at first anyways, so—
So they have a bug in their system basically, where they can't read your ticket properly. And this just keeps happening. So you just told by the person at the Maritime Museum that you need to press the Help button.
It seems that way, happens all the time. You press the Help button and then the person on the other end and it's just sort of like, takes a look at your ticket thing and says all must be the Maritime thing. So we went on like a bit of a journey. I think like that, that probably took us like 15 minutes and I was like, is was this better or worse than waiting for a train? Because I feel like we were trying to make up time. But we actually made no time we actually lost time. But we also went and got ice cream. So that's probably also another reason why we like extended the amount of time we're out there in the rain walking is pretty bad. But overall, pretty good. We had lunch at Lotus, have you been to Lotus?
Ah, where is that? I feel like I've seen the sign. But I don't think I've actually been there.
There's one in Barangaroo. There’s one at The Galeries?
Yeah, that's where I've seen I think in The Galeries, but I haven't been there. Oh, wait, hang on. Wait, what kind of cuisine is it?
It's Chinese. We have Peking duck, essentially.
I'm just, I'm wondering, did they do take away? I feel like maybe ages ago, I got take away from them.
I don't know if they did take away. But I think everyone does take away these days. Yeah.
But in any case, so yeah, that was pretty much the day outing. And yeah, pretty good. We don't do very many of these. Because of obviously covid. So it's nice to go check out this Maritime Museum.
Well, the mask mandate was like, removed yesterday.
Yeah. Haven't noticed? Have you been to like—
I just wear a mask anytime?
Yeah, cuz, like, yeah, right now I live above a shopping centre. And yesterday, it seemed a lot of people on board with the removal of... how am I phrasing this? Basically people were quite keen on.
Not wearing a mask. There's still some people wearing masks. But I mean, people seem to be behaving and still, like social distancing and stuff. So.
Yeah, my dad was like, make sure you keep social distancing. And I'm like, yeah, I mean, I didn't really, socially, I didn't really—what's the opposite of distance?
I didn't, I didn't really enjoy being back close to people in the first place. Like, I preferred keeping 1.5 metres from most people, even before pandemic hit. Seemed like, I don't want to be close to these to anybody. So seems pretty normal. So yeah.
You guys book. You guys interviewed removalists?
Well, actually, the one guy, like, from the one with a bad review, he called Nick. And—
Whoa, whoa, you are calling—people in previews are calling you?
No no, as in, sorry, the guy who like owns the removalist company called Nick, because Nick filled in a form on their website. I think he also called the guy back, I can't remember. But basically, the guy followed up with his email, but also had Nick's phone number from like, another method of communication. But Nick talked to him. And he seemed like, I wouldn't say he was very pushy. But he was, I guess, slightly pushy, in that he kept alluding to “yeah, let me know when you want to book” and things like that. Just his language.
Yeah. And yeah, he he rang me again, because he was following up with his email form submission. And Nick was like, yeah, I talked to you earlier. And the guy was like, oh, yeah. Just call me back if you want to book we have like, insurance and all of this. And that. So anyway, the reason we’re, like, I forgot was gonna say, but basically, we're not moving very far. We're just moving like two blocks away. So we’re only gonna get them to move like the furniture. And the appliances. You know, I'm not I'm not, you know, deadlifting a washing machine here. In fact, how much I don't even know how much they weigh.
Shit... they weigh so much. I don't know. I think it's one thing to deadlift, a washing machine. It is another to then move it to a different location. You know?
Sort of like you could lift it, but I don't know about moving it.
Yeah. And it's like, deadlifting in the gym. It's like you have a bar and then there's like heavy plates on the side, right? Like I remember I was carrying our microwave, which is probably only a couple of kilos, right? I was carrying it and I was like, Why is this so heavy and awkward, is because it's an awkward shape, right? Yeah, sure, I can hold two dumbbells which have like handles on them.
But carrying a big box, a big metal box is like something else.
I feel like there was this strongest man competition where they—
Oh do they pull a car and stuff?
They have these massive wheels but like, I guess yeah, pulling a car. I vaguely remember them like taping some kind of like, like maybe like a washing machine on either side. But dude, this guy's pulling two cars?
Yeah, he is. He's pulling these two cars and yeah, I can imagine, you know, taping some washing machines on the side of a bar. Like, strongest man in the world like lifting that shit.
...lifting washing machines.
Oh, wow. I will be very surprised if there is a result for this.
Oh, look at that. They’re tossing washing machines. A washing machine throwing competition. Oh my god. That's hilarious.
The things you find.
Yeah, I knew there was something.
Holy shit. It's like, um, what’s that, the Olympic thing. Shotput. It's like shotput with a washing machine.
Can—it's like, are there like Olympic standard shopping, washing machine that you you have to use for these throws. World record. “New World Record washing machine throw”. There you have it. You can, you can break world records by throwing washing machines.
So even the world record thing is like, I don't think there's actually a lot of limitation to what you can have a Guinness World Record for. I think it just has to be like something like measurable.
Okay, yeah. Okay. “How do you get a world record?” I reckon, yeah. It sounds something like you just need an official from the Guinness World Records.
Yeah and they just supervise.
Yeah. “To become a record holder requires determination”, blah, blah, blah. “Before applying for an existing record, check the current information. But it's suggesting a new record idea, we recommend that you spend some time searching our current records to see what may already have been achieved in the area of expertise. Every newly approved record idea has to be significantly different from existing records and demonstrate completely new skill”. Throwing a washing machine doesn't seem like a completely new skill. You're just throwing a different thing.
Yeah, but I guess so? Okay, so, I follow this woman on Instagram, who is like, so you know what a kettlebell is right? It's like that—
Oh kettlebell, yeah.
Yeah. So she has the world record. For doing there's a certain exercise, called a Turkish get-up where you're like on the floor and you like... I don't know how to explain this movement. But it is called a Turkish get-up. So it sounds very odd. But you're on the floor with the kettlebell and you want to come up to a standing position in a safe manner. With this kettlebell over one, like over one shoulder, essentially. And she holds the world record for the most weight lifted by a woman in this specific movement in one hour.
And yeah, so she held the world record, like a year ago or something and then she beat it like six months later. So what she did was, she did, I think she used a heavier kettlebell or she might have done more repetitions. And absolutely no offense to her whatsoever. I just thought it was, when I first heard about it, I thought it was a little unusual to have such a specific record for doing a certain movement with a certain amount of weight, such that the amount of volume that you lift in that hour with that amount of weight with that exercise is the most that anyone’s ever done. So I think the washing machine one is like—
It sounds like you could probably do the same thing with like, a push up. But the amount of weight on your back when you're doing a push up. Like, this person, this person has done a push up—
With like 200 kilos.
200 kilos, and that's the world record. But yeah, “longest span of Grand Slams single titles by a tennis player”. “Heaviest weightlifting, 63 kilos clean and jerk”.
Actually, can you open that one?
Most pull ups in 24 hours.
So this 63 kilos clean and jerk, so that's the one I think that's the one that you like, you rack the, rack the weight up to your shoulders and then you think you push it up, I can't remember.
Okay. Looks like they're gonna kill themself.
Yeah, but there is—so that’s, is it 63 kilos on the bar or is the person 63 kilos on it?
Oh, and she weighs 63.
147 kilos in pounds. For all of you people out there.
324 pounds. Oh, there it is.
So like, I guess with, I guess with strength, right, you're stronger if like proportionally you can lift more weight, right? So like, I weigh like 54 kilos. So if I lifted double my weight, it's 108. Whereas, like, Nick is a bigger person, right? So he could, like probably lift, like he can lift 108 kilos, like, easily. But that's not double his body weight. So if I did that, it would be more impressive. But the reason I wanted to look at this one is, I just got curious because there is a girl who is eight years old, and she's a power lifter. And I think she can clean jerk like—
What, an eight year old?
Yep yep. Her name's Rory van Ulft. R, o, you can look her up if you want. You can even just type like “eight year old powerlifter”. Rory, U, L.
Interesting, oh my god. I don’t know, is this, is this counted as, is this really? Like? I don't know. I don't want to tell people how to parent.
Wait wait before you go into—
It's always really bad when you have to start with something like that.
Yeah no but—
It’s the same thing as show girls right. Like—
I don't know what you talking about.
You know, like, yeah, the the, the pageant moms you know, the—
Okay no no no, this is different.
...and your children.
Now we could go to that, like a bit. But like, if you read about this girl named Rory. So yeah, she's eight years old. And she could like clean jerk fucking 80 kilos and she only weighs, like 20 something. Right? So it's very impressive. I think she started doing gymnastics when she was like, five or something. And then she wanted to do... I don't think she wanted to, but she got introduced to like lifting for strength. And then, you know, obviously, it's just like she and her parents received some criticism of like, is this safe and stuff, and doctors have actually said like this. It seems like it's not safe. It seems like there should be something wrong with it. But it's actually no harm. If you're lifting weights safely, it doesn't matter that you are like a kid. So—
So yeah. And I mean, what she does is obviously impressive, because she's so strong, but she's like, tiny. She’s a little girl, right? And like, it's, I guess it's so easy for people to be like, yeah, so but I think she herself said she prefers gymnastics, but she has fun like, lifting weights. So her parents aren’t like actually making her do this. She's actually like, enjoying it. As far as like the media will tell you, I guess.
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