To Blog or not To Blog
Various rantings, thoughts and points of view from a 29 yr old father living in Canberra.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Burning the candle...
At the moment, every second weekend, I have a fairly big one, and I am starting to pay for it.
Friday night was excellent! Finally met up with the bloggers that I have been reading for a while and managed to down a few too many Blondes. As Mel has suggested, we should definitely make it a regular thing.
I realised, however, that once everyone had left, and my head was still blurry, that there is bugger-all to do for a 29 year old to do in Civic on a Friday night. I wandered around the nightclubs, rolled my eyes at the multiple pizza vendors, stuck my head into a few pubs (unable to find any friends) and gave up and went home.
I ended up talking to the cabbie about the ridiculousness of 19 yr old girls wearing singlets and skimpy outfits on a -2 degrees evening and the sorry state of the cricket....
..which takes me to Saturday night which was partaken in Sydney with an old friend of mine. We had some very nice Vietnamese in Crows Nest and strolled around with an ice-cream afterwards.
When we got back to his place we each had a nip of Jim Beams' 'Small Batch'. Now this stuff is potent. We had only small servings, but it must have taken us about an hour to get through it.
We moaned about the state of the Ashes and talked about all sorts of crap. It's definitely good to catch up.
On Sunday, we went to the local train station at Woolstonecraft where there is a little cafe that serves crepes on occassional Sunday mornings. So we ordered our breakfast, sat on a blanket and ate our crepes and read the paper. The sun was beating down and for 9.30 in the morning it was getting damn warm. Makes me dislike Canberra winters even more cause we still have another month or more before we can be comfortable in the fact that winter is really gone..
Then I drove back to Canberra that morning, and was in a bit of a rush cause my Indoor Soccer semi-final was on that afternoon. I managed to get home with about 15 minutes to spare and that was just enough time to change and get in the car to get there.
We had a good win though in probably our best game of the season and now we play the final next Sunday to win the classy 'Premiers' jumper and jug of beer!
And today? I'm buggered. I'm sore. I'm sick. I decided to stay home from work cause my glands are swollen and sore. My throat feels like it has razor blades in it and the aches in my body are telling me to go and lie down (soooooon).
But there we go, I guess I've only got myself to blame....oh...and the crappy Australian batters..
Thursday, August 25, 2005
How to pick me out...
It's on! The blogger/online lurker/offline lurker/part-time commenter/bored net geek Meetup is on tomorrow night.
Wig n' Pen at around 7.00 to 7.30, depending on how prompt or bored you are! I'll try to make it there closer to 7 I reckon so I can try and get a table for us.
We have Teej, Zoe, Ampersand Duck, Steev, Dean, Michelle and hopefully more will show on the night!
I might leave the orange balloon at home, but I will look something a little more like this:
I'll be bussing from Woden to Civic at some stage in the afternoon after work, so I might be a little primed for the event before hand.
If anyone is interested in a pre-meetup for a bit of food, let me know and maybe we can grab a kebab (or does that come later in the night?) or something..
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
The urge to write is there, but the time to do it is not.
My work goes in ebbs and flows so sometimes I have shitloads to do and sometimes I don't. You can tell these cycles by my blogging habits.
I rarely blog at home, and much prefer to be paid for it. (It's my previous public service culture ingrained in me).
I am preparing a big blog entry before this Fridays meetup. Unfortunately all of this preparation is occuring inside my head and knowing me it will not actually get out onto the page.
So here's the gist.
Voting on facial hair and a proposal for dinner before drinks on Friday.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
1 in 27,489,578
That's how much chance you have of winning the $22 Million Dollars offered in Powerball tonight.
In other words.
FUCK ALL CHANCE!
Won't stop me buying a ticket though..
Gee's I'm a sucker...
Bring on the sun...
Not much urge to write lately, and I haven't had much time at work, but I wanted to write about the counselling session the other day.
It went ok. No huge blinding lights, or 'light bulb' moments, but it went smoothly and I felt comfortable enough talking to the lady.
Most of the hour (or so) was taken up by me talking, which I guess is understandable being it was the first session. Maybe the more I talk, the more things will become clearer. I don't know really. I felt like I have talked myself out with so many people that I really don't know if telling one more person, even if they are a professional, will make any difference. But I remain optimistic that it will be a positive experience.
I have another appointment in 2 weeks....
Meanwhile, just 9 days till the next Blogger meetup. Will YOU be there?
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I don't think I need to do a long Title just because it seems to be the 'in' thing to do.
Snow? In August? Who'd have thunk it?
It's bitingly cold out there, and here I am sitting at my desk looking out through the bamboo to the wind, cold and ice that has taken over our land.
But meh, who cares. It's winter. It's Canberra. What else should I expect?
I've been in a mood. Yes, you heard me. A mood. I don't quite know how to put a genre on this mood, but maybe I don't need to. I have just been feeling so 'Meh', and 'Blah' and 'Groan' that I haven't felt like doing much of anything. Pity I don't have that luxury and whilst the public servants all stop doing 'important' stuff, (Thanks Enny from newly discovered blog, The Enny Pen), I must continue to code this agent, and fix this script library and do generally boring-arse crap.
I feel down I guess, but I think it's more than that. It's a cumulation of a few things that I have been avoiding thinking about that are now reaching the frontal lobe of my brain (or whatever..Mr Brain Surgeon), and deciding that I must deal with this shit now or I will never be happy.
I'm going to a counsellor on Monday. I'm excited/nervous/anxious/scared/annoyed about this. Yeah, work that out. I know I can't.
I just want my head to be clear and clean and open and ready to face the future. But I can't face the future until I work out what the fuck is in my head and swirling around me.
I dunno if this makes sense to anyone reading this, but I think it's time that I start to use this place as a bit of a dump for my brain. Not that I don't have friends for that sort of thing, but I daresay some of them may be sick of it.
Is it hard to 'Be Happy?' (tm)
Maybe it's not.
If it is, it shouldn't be, Dammit.
Blog-Meet update: August 26th. Wig n' Pen. It's on. I'll bring the balloons.
Monday, August 08, 2005
This picture is a bloggers dream.
Hell Pizza in sunny New Zealnd has erected Billboards around Auckland and Wellington that say, "Hell: Too Good For Some Evil Bastards".
It's times like that that I am proud to call those Kiwi's our cousins.
Although...it was just a couple of months ago that the same company were offering a free boogie board and a "holiday that could last a lifetime" to Bali. The the winner returned with a picture of Schapelle Corby that got an extra 500 bucks!
But I say, if a pizza making company can get global exposure over a billboard, then good on 'em.
I should have listened to Yellster..
Yes. They did sell like hotcakes ('Pandemonium' according to the Ticketek lady), and yes I was pissed off when I couldn't buy floor tickets this morning, but thanks to Eballs we scored Floor tickets to the second show.
Yes! Second show! They announced a show on the Friday night (December 2nd) which is much better for me anyway, and I will be in the pit baby..the PIT!
We will have to get there earlish though cause they have a barricade in the pit which separates the front and the back. And as I know from previous experience, nothing beats being in that AA section!
The support act is the Kaiser Chiefs, from Leeds who have been featured on JJJ lately. I will have to look into their music a bit before the gig, but what I've heard so far, I like, including that love song 'Everyday I Love You Less and Less' :)
Friday, August 05, 2005
The charismatic Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are coming to Australia with 3 gigs on the East coast in November/December.
I was pissed off last time they were here and I didn't see them, so I am determined that I will not miss them this time around.
I missed the pre-sale this week, but tickets go on sale on Monday!
But, I need some feedback from you, the reader.
They have announced 4 dates.
Nov 28 - Brisbane
Dec 1 - Sydney
Dec 4 - Perth
Dec 6 - Melbourne
Now, do we think that because of the space between shows, that they will add extra shows to whichever gigs sell-out quickly? The December 1st gig is on a Thursday in Sydney and I am 95% sure that it will sell-out quick next week and they will then add another show on either the 2nd or 3rd of December in Sydney.
But, do I risk it? If I miss out on tickets on Monday morning for the standing section and they don't add shows, I will be majorly pissed off! (again)
What do we reckon?
And...I know I'm not gay, but damn he's one sexy man...
Monday, August 01, 2005
Ok...dammit....Let's try this again...
Canberra Blogger Meetup?
It's been months since the last one that I managed to fuck up and not get to.
I'll put a date out there and let's see what we can do...
Friday - August 26th - Wig n' Pen.
What do we think?
Did that bin just flash me?
Ok...it's not that old, but it's older than I was on Friday!
Hey hey everyone.
Hope you had as good a weekend as I did.
Cake...Parramatta Eels Car Mats...Homer Rubiks Cube....beer.....a nice hotel room...
Needless to say, it was fun and one of my rare nights out in Canberra was actually pretty good.
I mean, I can't say that I rate Canberra nightlife very highly, but then again I am now an old 29yr old. Did I mention old?
Mooseheads basement was pretty cool. Never been down there before. Trotted over to 'ICBM' for some grooving action and then tested out 'Toast', but the $15 ticket fee turned us off going in there.
But we headed back to King O'Malleys for a little to see a band that we thought were doing Karaoke, but no...the singer was just shit.
Canberra put the weather on over the weekend though and the beautiful sun made we wish that that it was October and not still 2 months worth of cold snaps away.
Slats - The Michael Slater Story.
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