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  1. snifter

    Best suburb for familys?

    I didn't work to begin with. My husband worked from very soon after we arrived (has laptop, can work anywhere sort of thing) and we decided I'd focus on the home, school and all the other things to get us going. I've been here over 5 years now so I don't think my job hunting is really relevant to todays job market. Plus I've not worked full time since arriving here, I've stayed part time so we don't have to use OSHC and it was what we wanted. I've been in the same job for a fair few years now. My husband has been in employment since we arrived, changed jobs a couple of times and is very happy in his current role. If you are an electrician don't you have to get certified or some such to be able to work here? I'd factor that in to and the time/cost of getting set up. If you don't have a job I'd think you could still secure a rental so long as you can provide the deposit, bond and show proof of decent savings so the landlord knows you have funds to pay for the house. Look in to this and see if it could be possible.
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    Best suburb for familys?

    That could be anywhere. Honestly, Adelaide sprawls for miles and you can live north, south, east or west. Your commute could end up being 10 minutes or 70. You just don't know till you are here and it begins to fall into place in terms of work, areas you like and can afford, commute times, schools and so on. I'd say your starting point should be what you can reasonably afford and work out from there. Work out the costs to migrate, the flights, visa costs, shipping, short term rental to give you time to find something a bit longer term perhaps, deposit and bond for a rental etc, funds for a car and drivers licence, insurance etc and then ensure you have savings to support yourselves for at least 3 months if not more. 6 months would be even better. You'll have bills, shopping and so much more to pay out for too. Once you have crunched the numbers, work out what you can realistically afford to rent to begin with bearing in mind you could be a few months without work and so the dream of a house with pool near the beach may be something you need to work towards rather than having from the off. Then research if you prefer coastal or inland and investigate those options. FWIW you don't have to live in a suburb right along the coast, you can also look a few suburbs inland also and still be at a beach within 10 minutes drive. What sort of lifestyle do you have now as that probably won't change too much once here. If you are active out doorsy people there, chances are you will be here. If you are stay at home bods there, you probably will be here. Moving the other side of the world doesn't automatically mean your own lifestyle will change drastically or become amazingly better overnight. It can be a slog to get to where you want to be and may mean a tough ride to start till things fall into place. If you like the coast, look along it, if you don't mind being a bit more inland, look there. I'm not going to suggest specific areas as honestly, I like what I like but others would disagree with me. I know where I would and wouldn't live in and around Adelaide but my preferences are not for everyone nor theirs mine.
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    Price of schooling

    This is always worth a read to get your head round how it all works https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school/enrolling-in-primary-school The fee you are asking about is actually a materials and services charge and there is a minimum set amount schools charge. However, be aware many schools can and do charge a little more than this. Schools in less affluent areas are probably not going to charge more than the minimum. As you move into more affluent areas you'll probably find some schools charging a bit more. I don't know what the basic rate these days is but I do know our school charges $430 which is a fair chunk more than the basic set amount. Its reflected in the facilities and materials they have on site. Far more available than at the primary school ours went to when we first arrived where we paid the minimum amount. Also we are in a more affluent area and of things like fundraising done by parents/school tends to occur far more than it did at our previous primary and it shows in the improvements the school is able to make and the materials it is able to offer etc. Far superior to the first school in those respects for sure. As it is in every other area also tbh. AFAIK (unless its changed in the last few years) you don't have to pay the fees again should you change to a new school mid year. We moved mid year and had paid the fees at the start of the year at the first school. Our new primary said no fees to pay if we moved over as you only pay them the once each year. Seems like it works all round and is a fair system that way. FWIW you can probably find the charge of school fees in the annual handbook of whatever school you are reading up on. Their websites should have a Parent Handbook or some such and thats where I found the school fee charge, not listed directly on the school website. As for other costs, there will be things like school trips/camps, sports events (ie if your child participates in a school sports team there is a charge for that), optional individual music lessons on school site, swim week and things like the school canteen if you make use of it (we do packed lunch daily as hate the canteen). Also school uniform, backpack and perhaps an iPad or tablet if your school has a programme and you wish your child to have their own device rather than using the school ones. Can't think of anything else really. Pretty much same as what you would have there. High school materials and services charge is more again but you've a few years before you get to that. Your one year old won't factor in at present as too young for kindy yet. You are looking at daycare for him if you do need something. That is a whole other thing and costs for that will vary of course.
  4. For painter and decorator I found the following https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list# You will find the skills list info then on page 5 of that list. Its alphabetical order, under P. The linked number will take you to this info https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/CAA1323ED28F85A5CA257B95007BE8FF?opendocument Check the TRA link also. You need to get your head round this https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list and this https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/recent-changes In all honesty, if you really cannot work out if you perhaps eligible or unsure for what visa or the skills test, application or anything else, you are best to run your case past a reputable migration agent and ask them to assess you case. They should offer a free initial consult and can tell you if you'd qualify for a visa. If you do but really cannot work out how to apply on your own, you are probably in need of their services to help you obtain the visa so be prepared for their fees and other costs. Please ensure you use a reputable MARA agent. There are some iffy ones about who will take your money but you may well not end up with a visa. Do some homework on what a MARA agent is and where they are based and how to recognise one and the best one to use. The visa process has changed in recent years and the skills list also and I am not really familiar with the process anymore.
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    Areas around Golden Grove

    I don't know Golden Grove at all tbh. I had a quick look on the map and its quite far up (at least to me). Going on realestate.com.au the suburb itself seems to be chock full of the newer build larger properties with fairly hefty price tags. And some more reasonably priced smaller slightly older houses too. It does seem to be a little close-ish to areas that are a lot less price wise. I doubt that would affect your daily living but you might want to research surrounding suburbs, facilities, shops/malls etc to make sure it suits your needs. I'd suggest renting somewhere in the short term and getting your bearings and checking out what appeals. You also mention Burnside, Belair and Craigburn Farm. All of those tend to be rather pricey also and vary greatly in terms of what sort of property. Belair is up in the foothills and you can drop down the hill and be into the CBD pretty easily. Same as you could from Golden Grove I'd imagine. Just the landscape would be very different. Burnside is more eastern and lovely but pricey again. Craigburn Farm is up past Belair and is mostly newer build houses. I find it rather meh around that estate personally (I'd quite possibly not like Golden Grove for similar reasons looking at whats on the market round there) but different folks and all that School wise, if you are opting for a state school, then you'd need to live in the zone if high school and possibly for some primary schools. So no point wanting to go to a school in Burnside area if living in Craigburn Farm. If you are looking at private schools then you can of course send them anywhere. I'd not want to be too far away from school though if you also have a commute to work, unless its on the way and you can drop off easily. Else you are going to be trying to get through rush hour traffic one way to then go back the other for work. Or you could use the school bus I guess but that doesn't suit everyone. I had another look at the map and Golden Grove is a few KM's more into the CBD than we have coming up from the south in the foothills. I make it about 5-7 minutes more travel time, perhaps 10-15 in rush hour??
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    Book club

    Hello and welcome. We did try a couple of years back to see if a book club could get going but a couple who had expressed an interest never jumped in and those of us that did meet up, I don't think there were enough of us to keep it going. Personally for me, while I'd love to get back into another book club, at present I have so little free time I don't know if I could fit one in. Or have time to read the books. I'm not too far from you though so could probably meet up locally.
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    Buying first home in Adelaide

    I'd suggest talking to your bank or banks or broker to discuss how much you could borrow etc first and see if you can get pre approval and how much for. Then once you have that in place, begin your property search and see what appeals. You may find a new build house and land deal preferable, or to buy a pre existing house somewhere. We opted to buy pre exisiting house rather than build our own or buy a house and land package. More so that we don't like a lot of the new build styles and prefer older buildings and also as we wanted a larger block and often new builds are narrow blocks or 2 floor builds on small blocks with tiny back yards.
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    Advice needed

    Thanks for stopping by with an update Its good to hear its fallen into place for you and you are finding your feet. Grange is a nice area and you sound like you are going well. Glad to hear you've been able to lodge for PR also. It does help in so many ways if you decide or prefer to stay longer term thats for sure. Its a good time of year to check out the Botanic Gardens if you want to experience a bit more of an autumnal/winter feel that you may be more accustomed too. Mind you, we've had a fair bit of damp weather to give us that winterly feel for sure. https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/mount-lofty-botanic-garden We always like to got for a day visit up there in autumn and see all the leaves fall. They planted a lot of non natives that we would see in Europe and the UK and as someone who loves the seasons, autumn especially, I always enjoy a day kicking through the leaves and wandering the trails.
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    painting and decorating

    It will depend on why you want to go to Aus and what skills/qualifications you have and other things. So to start, do you want this to be a short term or longer term move? As in something like a working holiday visa for a year or a visa to allow you to stay longer term (eg a PR or temp residence visa of some type for say 4 years). Secondly, what is your profession. Because before you even get going, if you want a more permanent long term move to Aus, if your profession isn't on the list, then chances are, there isn't much to be done to get you further. I would suggest you have a look at the Aus Gov visa info as a starting point, read up on the visa types and see which one you could consider https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder Edited to add - I just noticed your title was Painting and decorating so am guessing you are one?
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    Moving back to the UK

    I can understand your wanting to go back. Sounds like you've had a rough time of it and if you are not happy here and would rather be in the UK and can make that happen, go for it.
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    Adelaide Suburb Maps

    Hello and welcome Interesting to see as I don't follow that sort of thing anymore having lived here for a number of years now. I didn't use anything like homely when I was researching our move and did most of my exploring and so on once here and we knew our budget and what appealed to us in the longer term. We used the first 3-4 months or so to figure out what best suited our family for the longer term and bought a house after 7 months here. I'd keep in mind things like the homely ratings, while they can be a helpful indicator to a point, much will come down to personal preference of location, budget, schools, commute to work times and much more. As much as I like some of the highly rated suburbs that show up on that map, the cost of living in them is very high and well out of the price range of affordability for lots of people. Also, your maps don't cover the more southernly and northerly suburbs as you mentioned. Its worth noting, many migrants settle well outside the areas shown on your maps. Many want to settle close to a beach and the city beach suburbs are pricey but those further out along the coast are more affordable. For parents with school aged kids, many will need to explore school options and again, many of those suburbs will have zoned primary schools (as demand for places has increased in recent times so more primaries in in demand areas are now zoned) and all will have zoned high schools. Of course, private schools are not zoned.
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    Resident Return Visa

    I don't recall the ins and outs of the RRV but if your PR partner visa has expired and you've only ever validated and not actually taken up residence in Australia within the timeframe they give you, you may well have to prove you've strong ties to Aus and explain your plans and why you've not made the move already. If they grant a RRV it may be for a year, perhaps 6 months. Its been a while since I did any reading on partner visas and the RRV granted off shore so don't know the current usual practice. If you apply now but don't plan on making the move till July 2020 it may well not be extended for long enough to allow you to make the move. I don't recall there is any validation time on it, just they extend the visa for X amount of time and its then a use or or lose it type situation. Also visa rules change often and what is valid now, may not be in 6 months time. TBH I'd run your case past a decent migration agent so you know what is what.
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    Hiya, new on here 🖐️🖐️

    Hello and welcome Could probably find work in a kindy or nursery though not sure what the pay would be like. With regard to the primary teaching, that may well depend. Year 7 primary will be moving into high school in 2022. So the job market will change quite considerably in terms of primary positions before and after that. For example, year 7 primary teachers can move across to teach Y7 in high school as I understand it, but many may not want to teach in high school. And if they are in permanent posts, they may well bump down a year or two into Y6 or 5 and teach there instead. And then those on temp and short term contracts (ie the one year contract posts) in those groups may well find themselves on the outer to accommodate permanent staff. I had this conversation with a current primary school teacher who is on (a renewed) one year contract for the last few years. And who said in the years now leading up to the change, permanent posts don't seem to be coming up and they worry for their job (well they worry every year tbf as its never certain the yearly contract will be renewed, depends on so many factors each year) come 2022 or even finding a new one at primary level in the year groups they prefer to teach in (reception/Y1/Y2/Y3) due to the knock on effect if Y7 (permanent) teachers opt to remain in primary teaching other year levels. https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites-and-facilities/year-7-high-school If your wife has specialist skills she may well find private schools better as most of those already start Y7 into high school and have done so for a fair few years now. So their system is already set up and has hopefully ironed out the issues and balanced their workforce better. FWIW, the teaching posts for the following school year (starting Jan each year) are usually advertised June/July time the previous year IIRC. Maybe into August also but the teachers I know seem to all be applying/looking for posts from about June and are avidly doing their CV's and so on and applying for everything they can in hope of making interviews. Those in one year posts often have to wait till the end of the year to see if their post will be renewed and quite a lot often are (for example at my kids school most of the one year contract teachers have been there a number of years now). However, the attraction of newly qualified teachers and therefore their cheaper salaries is not to be underestimated. If its temp relief work then its a case of doing the rounds to all the schools and handing out the CV and it'll go into the pile with all the rest. As to if work then comes your way.... I know some who have built up good working relationships with certain schools/areas and who get called on first before the teacher goes to the CV relief teacher pile and contacts any of those. Country towns may be places to find permanent or year contracts as many people don't want to take up those posts. As Curly above, I prefer the southern suburbs but there are some nice northern ones not far north from the CBD. I'd not go much further north than that though personally. Also eastern and western suburbs are good, depending on your wants/needs. We started off in Glenelg for 7 months. About as city beachside as you can get in terms of location. While it was nice and the beach was handy, plus its helped by being on the tram line and having Jetty Rd, Moseley Sq and the marina etc, it really wasn't for us in the longer term, at least not with kids and a budget that we got more house for our $$ slightly further out. We are between 10-15 minutes to beaches, can be out into the Adelaide Hills within a few minutes of leaving our house and on the expressway in minutes also. Aussies do seem to love their certificates so anything you can get to help the fork lift driving etc one you are here is possibly a good thing. I'd expect you can read up online about what Aus certification is good to have for prospective employers and the like.
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    Where to rent

    Starting out in Aldinga with a 19 year old would be too far out for me personally. Even with a train route from Seaford its still a 15 minute bus ride from Aldinga to Seaford train station. Plus then the train time into the CBD. Or wherever else you happen to need to go (uni; Adelaide or Flinders say or Tafe for example). https://adelaidemetro.com.au/routes/SEAFRD However, it may suit all of your family down to the ground. I've no clue as to your personal wants/preferences/social activities etc, just going on what I know of and take from Aldinga and how it appeals, or rather doesn't appeal to me to live in. People live there happily of course, but it really is not for me and even less so factoring in kids/teens. I'd suggest looking a bit closer to the city at least to begin with. Then take your time researching areas, seeing what appeals, looking carefully at schools for your 11 year old (keep in mind high school won't be far away), commute to where your work may be based or tend to take you. If you are a decorator then you could well be travelling a reasonable distance from your home so may want to base yourself somewhat more central to Adelaide itself and not in one of the outer lying small towns or far out suburbs. When we moved over we spent 7 months living in Glenelg and used that time to explore, find areas we liked that suited out lifestyles and what we hoped to get out of living here etc. Plus schools for primary and then in future high schools played a big part. We ruled out early on we didn't want beach side suburbs or anywhere on the flat around Adelaide. So we looked to the east, the Hills and the southern hills suburbs mostly. And settled in one of those, about 15 minutes into the southern foothills from where we had been living. Its like being in another world tbh it is so different from the flat city suburb living of Glenelg. Beaches are an easy 15 minute drive away from us now. Plus we are a short drive from the train line into the CBD. And also its about a 30 minute commute by car to the CBD in non rush hour. Can add on an extra 10-15 in rush hour depending on where exactly we are going and what time in rush hour we are in. Can be down at Westfield Marion for mall shopping within 12 minutes or so. And good access to hospitals, GP, dentists, local shops and so on. And up here we are surrounded by amazing wildlife, huge gum trees and open countryside not far from our door. Koalas, roos and even echidnas are often sighted. Sometimes in our garden But still close to everything thanks to the car and train Once it comes to buying a house, your budget will dictate where you can afford to buy. Obviously closer to the CBD or the city beaches and its a fair whack more on the price. You can get more for your money as you move further out north and south but not all of those areas are going to appeal for you to live in the long term.
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    Passport renew

    I'd look at the information for the country you need to renew for and follow their advice.
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    Adelaide Oval

    Agree with Curly. The train line makes getting into the CBD easy as anything and Adelaide Oval is an easy walk across the bridge from the train station. We go to the footy and cricket often at Adelaide Oval. Only downside with taking the train in is getting out on it again. If there is a big crowd leaving Adelaide Oval at the end of a game, it can be a while to get across the footbridge and be able to board a train. But if you are happy being in the crowd and don'd mind a bit of a wait if the train is full or you need to wait for the next one, its all good. Personally I prefer to drive in, park in North Adelaide and walk over from there (about a 10 minute walk). Makes getting out in the car again easy also as I scoot out of North Adelaide round the CBD/parklands on Park Tce and then out down South Rd.
  17. Hi. I don't think you'll find anyone but you never know. Its probably easier just to get it shipped direct to yourself. If you are not overly fussed about the frame you could always have it removed and ship the picture only and get it reframed here. I've done that with a number of pictures that we took out of frames and shipped.
  18. You would need to find out if whatever you are looking for is on the skills list. https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
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    Son wants to move

    I don't think you are able to sponsor anymore. TBH unless he is able to qualify for a skilled visa chances are his chances of migrating are very slim. He should start off by checking if he is eligible for any of these visas https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder The skills list does change and much will depend on his line of work, qualifications and experience in that role. Did he ever hold a visa for Australia back when you applied and gained one? I'd suggest he also contact a reputable registered migration agent if he does have a skill/job on the list and see what they suggest re his chances. Many should offer an initial free consult to assess the case.
  20. snifter


    I've changed hairdressers a few times since arriving here. I've only recently found someone who cuts my hair how I like but as I was to get a pixie cut next I am seeking out someone who does lots of short styles as I don't feel confident in my current hairdressers short hair cutting skills. If its just a trim I am after (no re style whatsoever, just ends off sort of thing) I go to Just Cuts on a walk in and its about $30 for a trim. As I have longer hair and its easy to trim its not a bad option. If I want an actual restyle or anything more than a trim I go elsewhere.
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    Pregnancy in the UK vs Aus

    I recall a couple of migrants who had their babies after moving here. All had good access to all the usual facilities, medical professionals etc as they did in the UK. Don't forget there is medicare here and you are entitled to maternity care. You'd not be left high and dry here in terms of pregnancy care and you don't need to have private cover (unless your visa type lists it as being mandatory or you cannot access medicare on the visa). https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/medicare-during-pregnancy https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+services/womens+health+services/pregnancy+services As to the heat, I'd think it may really only be an issue if you were heavily pregnant in the hottest part of the summer or we had a long heatwave. And don't forget, if you have a home with air con of some kind then its only when outside the heat could be an issue. None of us really want to be outdoors in 40C so you would not be alone if you opted to be indoors as much as possible those days. If you don't have a visa yet, then before you can think about anything else. You are asking which someone may have found better in terms of UK or Aus to give birth but tbh I think that can really be answered. Everyone is going to have a different experience of giving birth, no two are alike. In the UK you can have the postcode lottery aspect play its part. Or have a truly terrible experience giving birth in terms of standards of care etc as you could here. Or have a great experience there or here. It will depend on you, where you give birth, how it unfolds, the staff on shift, what time of day or the day of the week you happen to labour on and so much more. So I'd not try to even think of it in terms of where is better as you really cannot know. Both are first world countries with good systems in place. My only thing I would say in terms of having a baby away from your family. Often our Mum's play an important part to expectant Mum's and this should not be denied, ignored or overlooked. Hormones rage and many women, especially those having their first baby often experience a huge desire to be close to their own Mum or be able to have them and their family around while pregnant and when baby is very small. Don't discount this. It wasn't what I felt but then I'd long left home, lived away from my family overseas for many years and was a fair way from them while I was pregnant and it never really bothered me in the least, but it does make a huge difference to many it seems. I've read of no end of newish migrants posting about being pregnant with their first (or even second or third) and having a huge desire to return to the UK to be with their family. Then consider that if you did want to be near your family or had the baby in the UK before moving, would you then be ok with leaving sometime soon after.
  22. @ljbaby and @megleeds18 May be worthwhile to drop the OP a PM if you are interested.
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    Cancelling return flight

    For example, Emirates have this info re cancelling https://www.emirates.com/au/english/help/faq/193443/can-i-get-a-refund-if-i-cancel-my-online-booking
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    Cancelling return flight

    I"d check with the airline policy. They usually have their T&C's on their website. Cancellation fees are usually in there somewhere and could be a fair whack. Depends on the small print. If you don't turn up for a flight, you don't turn up. I'd expect you'd lose the cost of the ticket as unless you read the T&C's and see if they require medical letter etc for genuine reason to miss making the flight, you are liable for the costs AFAIK.
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    Outdoor pool in November???

    The idea of having a place with a pool is often appealing. I can understand why new arrivals are keen to experience the Aussie dream as it were. I don't know if pools are the norm here as much as they used to be though. Not in the sub divided new builds as they often hardly have any backyard space and what there is is more an entertaining area undercover or open with table, chairs etc set outside. If you were already coming round to not having a place with a pool and you recognise there are genuine reasons to perhaps hold off to start with that's a good thing. You'll work it out over time and hopefully if you do then decide you are sticking around and can find a rental or house you love and want to buy with a pool in an area you like and want to settle in the longer term then that may well work out well. Personally, I love the idea of one, don't like the work involved for upkeep and maintenance for how much actual use it would get. Happy to make use of FIL's as and when we are that way on a nice summers day but we love the beach of an evening for a dip. We did put in an offer on a house with an above ground fibreglass pool with decking and fencing all round when we were buying here. Hubby is from here and was adamant he didn't want a pool as didn't want the hassle of it all. He had discounted every house up till then if it had a pool I loved this house however, he liked it also so he was happy to put in an offer on it. Our plan had we bought the house had been to use the pool for a summer and see if we thought it was worthwhile keeping for a while longer and if not to then get it removed and have the extra yard space. We were both leaning toward taking it out had we bought the house. Thankfully we didn't get that house. Even I'm glad now we didn't Kids love when the sprinklers go on on a hot day and have fun water fights with super soakers so have other ways to cool off out in the yard

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