I rocked up at the Jetstar terminal yesterday for my flight to Sydney and then my flight to Malaysia later today.
With a bag chockers with yacht parts and instruments and a carry-on backpack with even more, I thought I'd be smart and pre purchase another 15kg/extra bag.
There is no 316 S/S tubing in Borneo I've been told, so I wrapped up a 2m length figuring it was no longer than a fishing rod and showed my smiley face at the counter.
I'm planning on mounting an instrument pod on a new arch above the compass on Australis so 2m would have been fine.
Unfortunately the woman behind the counter pointed at a sign behind me with a black line across it just above head height ....and yes...my new instrument pod arch was 130mm too long
I put on my most distressed face and turned back to the counter when she said, 'Its should be fine though'
The heavens opened, a celestial ray of light filled the terminal and the angels sang
Until she went on to add, 'I don't mind processing the rest of your bags if you want to cut a bit off the end'
I explained to a rather confused face, that it was 2mm S/S tubing and unfortunately I had left my angle grinder in my washbag back at the house.
Clutching at straws I asked if she perhaps had a hacksaw in her handbag she could lend me?
So my tube remains in Cairns and I'll have to live with 314 tube in Borneo but I guess that at least, unlike the last monarch of the House of York, I won't be losing my kingdom over it