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I felt the Force. It was sorta squishy.

Yesterday I shot up to Sydney for a day trip with my eldest son who has a recent fascination with Star Wars.

I think that this is an awesome thing because the Star Wars movies were an obsession of mine when I was a kid and I still love them today.

The Powerhouse Museum has been showing a Star Wars exhibition for the last 6 months or so.

There’s a collection of models, costumes and kids activities on show and it was very entertaining! I wish there were things like this when I was younger.

I took quite a few snaps of the models and puppets used in the movie.

Did you know that Chewbacca was a runty wookiee?

Did you know that Wookiee is spelt with 2 e’s?

Did you that that they used real buildings in Tunisia for some of the Tatooine scenes?

Too bad the exhibition closes at the Powerhouse this weekend, but if you’ve heading to Melbourne, it’ll be there for 5 months from June!

It was nice to have a father/son day. Especially when we could talk about superheroes, aliens and cartoons all day!

There’s something wonderful about having a child grow up to share similar interests. Not that they’re not allowed to have their own interests of course, but I love that we can communicate about these things so well and it takes me back to my childhood.

Fortunately he also follows the Eels and Brumbies :)

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Right. So Where Was I?

Fuck. It’s nearly the end of March already.

You realise that when the 1st of April hits, we are 1/4 of the way through 2009 already?

And THEN, we will hit a new decade. The Naughties will be gone. We’ll be into the Ten’s. That just sounds weird.

And THEN we’ll be into the 20’s, and when people refer to the 20’s, how will we know if they’re talking about the 1920’s or the 2020’s?

….

Life is like a snowball.

It rolls, and rolls and rolls, accumulating more snow, sticks, shit and stuff on it’s way, but then eventually it hits the bottom of the hill, or a tree, or just melts cause of the friction (or change of season) and then what? You have a massive broken snowball.

Great analogy, I know.

As you may have noticed, blogging has taken a back seat in my life lately. Firstly, my motiviation for posting has been non existent, but also I have been busy with that snowball of life and…..

… I have discovered Twitter. I mean, yeah, I’ve known about for ages, but I just thought it was a poor substitute for facebook. (which ironically now looks very much like twitter)

As it turns out it is a marvellous way to stalk celebrities and personalities that seem to have a need to ‘tweet’ everything they are doing.

This has particularly been useful with Stephen Fry, Jimmy Fallon, Lily Allen, Drew BarrymoreSteve Buscemi, Gina Riley, John CleeseChris Cornell, The Grates and Kevin Smith. Not to mention that the whole Triple J clan has joined up as well.

There’s a feeling of harmonious warmth when you see celebrities ‘tweeting’ each other, but also tweeting back to you like you were best mates or something.

I mean, just today, Steve Buscemi sent me a direct message telling me to “kick the shit out of a public bathroom for St. Patricks Day”. I mean how fucking cool is that?

The funny thing is, I think that everyone on Twitter realises that this is a fad. It will not last forever. Something bigger, faster and more exciting will come along and just like Myspace and just like blogs and just like Facebook, the participation rate will slide into oblivion and everyone will start using the ‘new’ thing.

But hey, it’s fun to jump on these bandwagons at the height of popularity, otherwise what else can you brag about with friends (I have 5000 friends. How many do you have??)

Besides, I am now officially a cripple and my Indoor Soccer career is over, so what else am I supposed to do?

Oh yeah, I broke my foot on Sunday afternoon.

Picture this.

I’m running to get the ball, with the usual vigour that I reserve for team sports, and I get my foot around the ball just as somewhere else reaches for it from another direction.

My ankle gives way and I roll onto the outside of my foot.

Suddenly a distinct sound permeates through the air;

“CRACK!”

I proceed to collapse onto the floor in pain, wondering why my (often) rolled ankle made that noise.

As I hobble off the court, I notice what appears to be a golf ball slowly rising up from the little toe side of my right foot.

I poke it. OUCH! Hmm. That can’t be good.

Although I would normally just hobble my way through a week with a sprained ankle, I have never seen swelling in my foot from a sprain!

It didn’t take too much convincing from LaLa to get me down to the ER to check it out.

The doctors were even excited enough to show me the X-Ray (all on computer now by the way. No x-ray boxes, although the nurse still referred to the monitor as an ‘X-Ray Box’).

There we go. An avulsion fracture of the 5th metatarsal. Awesome.

For those who don’t follow the link, imagine a tendon pulling away a section of the bone. That’s what an avulsion fracture is.

The doctor asked me, “Are you an elite athlete?”.

Well, it was flattering to be asked, but after LaLa and I chortled heartily, I replied “No.”

I shouldn’t require a pin put in it. Probably just a cast and a walking boot (classy!) for 4-6 weeks.

….

So here I am. At home. Blogging, facebooking, twittering, watching Entourage, playing Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, practicing songs for my band and trying to keep myself busy as my foot starts to heal.

So, where was I?


Se7en Things

Just for the hell of it:

Seven Things You Will Find In Your Room

Clothes (on the floor)
Shoes (under the bed)
An array of Graphic Novels and books on my side table
A fan, that hasn’t been turned on for a few weeks
Toe Clippers
A 34cm TV that isn’t even plugged in
LaLa

Seven Relationship Questions
  1. Do you like anyone? Um. Yes.
  2. Does someone like you? Um. I think so :)
  3. Last kiss? Earlier today?
  4. Been led on? Oh yeah. Damn Teases.
  5. Been cheated on? Ummm. I don’t think so? (do guys always say that?)
  6. Want a relationship? In one thanks!
  7. Wanna get married? Again? Yeah…one day.
Seven Things You Can’t Live Without

LaLa
Kids
Music/iPod
Laptop
Triple J
My Bass Guitar
My sisters

Seven Things On Your Mind

What to wear when I see Lily?
I really need to send back that broken PVR
…and that stupid aerial that doesn’t work properly
Will the band have rehearsed enough before the wedding?
Holidays. Soon. Phew…
Footy Season soon. Yes!
Bed.

Seven Other Things: Do You…
  1. Believe in God? Nope, unless he’s Michael Slater.
  2. Had a dream come true? Yup!
  3. Read the newspaper? Yeah, mostly for the sport.
  4. Apparently there’s a question missing here. Sweet!
  5. Have a best friend? Several.
  6. Hold grudges? Not really.
  7. Wish on stars? Yeah. Does that make me ghey?
Seven Have-You-Ever
  1. Fallen in love? Of course!
  2. Kissed someone of the same sex? Um…yes.
  3. Hooked up with someone who had a gf/bf? Nope.
  4. Been to a bonfire? Yeah! Loved them when I was a kid
  5. Ran away from home? Nah. We lived too far from anything when I was a kid.
  6. Played strip poker? Yeah.  With 4 guys. Fun.
  7. Pulled an all nighter? Many times. But never for study.
Seven Thing In the Last 24 Hours Have You?
  1. Cried? Nope.
  2. Had fun? Yeah.
  3. Been hugged? Yes!
  4. Felt stupid? No.
  5. Talked to an ex? Yes.
  6. Missed someone? Yup. Get home from the gym LaLa!
  7. Listened to music? Yes!
Seven Artists/Bands You Really Like at the Moment

Lily Allen
Still Flyin’
Empire of the Sun
Little Birdy
Bon Iver
Glasvegas
The Whitest Boy Alive

Seven Songs Right Now

Still Flyin’Good Thing It’s A Ghost Town Around Here
Little BirdyBrother
GlasvegasGeraldine
The Whitest Boy Alive1517
Josh PykeThe Summer
The GratesMilk Eyes
LadyhawkeMy Delirium

Seven Movies You Love

Zack & Miri Make a Porno – Go see it. Kevin Smith is back. This is funny and well written and just cool.
Slumdog Millionaire - You’ve heard all the raving. It’s worth it. Go see it!
Sin City – I’ve got the collectors edition with the graphic novel. Lurve it!
The Breakfast Club – Same thing! New collectors edition to watch. Woot!
Pulp Fiction – Quite simply, my favourite movie of all time.
The Dark Knight – If you haven’t seen it yet? Now’s the time.  Best Comic Book ever… (until The Watchmen?)
Se7en – Not just because it fits in with this meme. It’s a tops movie. David Fincher at his best (will he ever get that good again?)


Nineteen Twenty who?

It was 1990.

I was 13 (and a half) years old.

A few mates and I got a leave pass from the parents and I went to my first ever concert.

It was at Bruce Stadium (aka ‘The Palace’ or now ‘AIS Arena’). It’s a big venue, which was more likely to host Canberra Cannons games.

The band was 1927. A band that was hugely successful in the late 80’s and early 90’s with catchy rocky pop songs.

I don’t really remember a lot of the concert apart from screaming my lungs out to ‘Compulsory Hero’ and ‘If I Could’, but my lack of memory doesn’t distort the fact that it started me on my concert listening journey.

Now fast forward 19 years.

It’s 2009.

I’m 32 (and a half) years old.

A few mates and I are playing a gig tonight. We are supporting…. 1927!

Yup, Eric Weideman will be there belting out their greatest hits. Some with a band, and some solo.

This has all come about so quick and we are still training up our new drummer.

This will be his first gig with us. We’re only doing a 45 minute set, so it should be pretty easy.

I am itching to play again. It’s been about 2 months since our last gig and I am missing the playing (and the extra cash!). We have a wedding gig next month which we are frantically trying to rehearse for, but this gig should go a long way towards making sure we are ready for that.

Wish us luck!


Telecommunications can suck my balls

If you’ve ever had problems connecting a phone, the internet or something that involves WIRES, you’ll be able to sympathise with this little story….

Here’s the ish:

  • I am sick of using Virgin Broadband for out Internet connection. It was suckful enough when only I was using it, and now that LaLa and I share it, it’s becoming turtle-like for our facebooking, you-tubing ways.
  • I’m on a 2 year contract with Virgin, that runs out in August…
  • I’ve decided that I am going to escape that contract (no WAY am I paying anything man) and wanted to hook up with TPG’s 50Gb/$50 plan.
  • Being the tech nerd that I am, I realised I needed a phone line first, so I called the evil Tel$tra and requested a new connection on their HomeLine Budget plan.
  • “Sure!”, they said as they welcomed my custom and dragged $59 out of me for a connection fee (to flick a switch) and told me that it would be activated in 3 to 5 days.
  • That Friday, I was told it was connected, but alas. No dial tone.
  • I called Telstra again and mentioned this lack of dial tone and they said, “Are you sure your phone works?”.  “Yes, I am sure”, I replied. “Ok, there must be a fault with the connection. We will send out a technician by Tuesday or Wednesday to have a look at it”
  • That was yesterday, and after the Telstra dude locked his keys in his car and had a poke around, he informs us that there is no phone line into the house at all, only Transact. He also informs us that it will cost like 1000 bucks to install a new line into the house. Friendly guy. Crap response.
  • In the meantime, I was trying to jump the gun on this connection malarky and had called TPG about signing up to their plan and the wheels were in motion baby.
  • *SCREEEECH* The brakes went on. I called Telstra and told them I would not like a connection anymore, kthxbye. The lady reckoned a new line would probably cost $299, but buggered if I’m paying that on a rental, and I wasn’t about to hit up our 70 sumpy year old landlord.
  • More waiting on hold and I cancelled the installation with TPG.
  • Ok. Back to square one and that little doovy looking Virgin Modem.
  • Fine. I will use Transact then. They’re bloody expensive, but we figured, we could get Phone, Subscription TV and 35Gb of Internet a month for around $118 a month. Not too bad, when shared.
  • I had not yet called Transact to order this, but I got a lovely courtesy call from a Telstra lady this arvo saying, “So, about the fault in your phone line at your house, the technicians will be back to fix it on Monday.” WTF? I told her what the technicians told me and that I didn’t think that was possible unless a whole new line was put in. She was adamant that it would be done as it was a Telstra fault and a lead-in cable was just needed to be installed and I would not pay anything. WTF??
  • So, now I am wondering whether or not I sign up with Transact, or wait for Telstra to do  something on Monday.  I would rather get ADSL 2+ if possible, but I don’t mind the Transact deal I was going to get anyway!
  • Maybe this is a way of getting the phone line hooked up with Telstra for free and then I can pick whichever provider I want!

I dunno. I confused.

Watch this space!


Bring the Heat. It’s Hottest 100 Time!

Ok dudes, it’s 2009. Bring this shit on.

I’ve been awol for the last few weeks, but that’s because when you’re driving around QLD and relaxing on beaches and in pools and stuffing your face in Sizzler, you don’t really feel like opening a laptop up, let alone post something!

But hey, I have been quite the slack-arse bastard on this blog lately. It’s like I have something else to do with my evenings or sumpy. (see. I even say sumpy, like someone else I know)

Anyway, it’s the time of the year where it gets hot, and not just because of the 30+ degree days we are getting.

IT’S HOTTEST 100 TIME!

And not only that my fine feathered friends.

It’s BIG DAY OUT TIME on Friday.

The biggest weekend of the year.

Thanks to a lovely old friend, I will be checking out The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, The Grates, Cog, Pendulum, Quan and MANY more at the Sydney Big Day Out on Friday.

Follow that up with a kick-arse long weekend and the Hottest 100 countdown on Australia Day and what is there not to love?

Of course, I live in constant hope that I will one day win the Hottest 100 prize, which is again a double pass to EVERY Triple J sponsored gig in 2009.

Cripes indeed. LaLa doesn’t want to become a gig widow, but man, it would be the best prize EVAH!

So of course I had the annual challenging task of weeding down my favourite songs to 10 to vote for.

I was even organised enough to get my initial cut down to 100 songs before culling to 20 and then to the final 10.

Yes, 10 songs and here they are!

Artist Song
Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris Dance Wiv Me It’s funky, it’s catchy and I can’t stop moving to it. I sing reeeeally badly to this song :)
Herd , The The King Is Dead The Herd didn’t disappoint with their album this year. I lova them live. Pity they’re not at the BDO
Josh Pyke The Lighthouse Song I can’t not pick a song from this lonesome crooner. He just knows how to push my sentimental buttons
Kings Of Leon Sex On Fire Come on. You know you love this song. Yeah, it’s been played to death, but it’s still a tops tune.
Living End, The Moment In The Sun The best on the album in my opinion. Rocky, HIllbilly, whatever you call it, it’s just great music.
Metallica The Day That Never Comes 2008 is the year that Metallica came back. 17 years in ‘Load/Reload/St. Crapper’ land is enough. Give 8 minutes of ballsy metal any day.
MGMT Kids This is one of those songs that I seriously remember where I was when I first heard it. I haven’t had a song like that since ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’
Presets , The This Boy’s In Love This song seriously infects your body if you play it loud enough. Amazing AMAZING song. Oh yeah, and this will get close to winning the thing I reckon.
Cog Bird Of Feather Cog’s album this year was so damn good, but I had to pick a favourite. This was played to death back in June, but I still love it. Wanna hear them play it on Friday!

There we go. My 10 favourite, and I think that all of them will be in the countdown, which is rare.

Maybe I’m just too mainstream for my own good now!

What will be top 5?

It’s almost too easy this year.

Presets, MGMT and Kings of Leon are all shoe-ins, but which songs?

I have a feeling that Kings of Leon will take out the top spot because of the mainstream commercial following they got this year. ‘Sex on Fire’ or ‘Use Somebody’?

Presets might have too many songs in the hunt to take the top spot, but MGMT with ‘Electric Feel’ will probably make the Top 5 I reckon.

There will be a LOT of multiple entries this year, but as long as we get a good smattering of Aussie stuff, I’ll always be happy.

So, have a great Aussie weekend, enjoy the cricket/music/sun or whatever you’re up to.

Oi.


99 Things Meme

Well, it’s officially the silly season. Christmas parties are done. Work is on skeleton staff. Stupid annoying scrooge clients are getting my goat for stupid issues and my gout is about to play up as I down lots of Christmas beer cheer.

So, what better time to do a Meme!

99 Things are below that I have done, want to do, or don’t want to!

Just for the hell of it. You do too?

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Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog. (Yup! Maybe once or twice..)

2. Slept under the stars. (on a trampoline of all places!)

3. Played in a band. (..and still going strong)

4. Visited Hawaii. (Yes Please!!)

5. Watched a meteor shower. (Do they ever even happen any more?)

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world. (Am I too old now? I can take my kids!)

8. Climbed a mountain. (Does Mt. Kosciusko count?)

9. Held a praying mantis. (We used to find them in our pool when I was a kid. They are freaky man)

10. Sang a solo. (With a band or not? I think I’ve done both anyway..)

11. Bungee jumped. (One day I’d love to. I chickened out at the Gold Coast once)

12. Visited Paris. (For sure! But when??)

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. (I remember seeing a storm whilst on the Fairstar. Mind you, I was 15 and had other things on my mind..)

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (Does Bass Guitar count?)

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning. (I’ve had a couple of dodgy Chinese dinners here and there.)

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (I saw it from across the water and went Ooh and Aah. That’s all my budget would allow)

18. Grown your own vegetables. (Yes! In my garden right now getting a good soak!)

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. (Would love to! Do her eyes really follow you everywhere?)

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight. (Yeah, I think so, but not with the big fluffy feathers flying everywhere…or with half-naked girls)

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not (physically) ill. (Ha. Me? Never! Hee hee hee)

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb. (Nom nom nom. Oh…a real one? yeah, that too)

26. Gone skinny dipping. (2006. Cancun, Mexico. Enough said!)

27. Run a marathon. (2005. Canberra Marathon. Since then I have run a total of about 5 kilometres)

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice. (Would love to! As long as water is not flooding the streets)

29. Seen a total eclipse. (Yeah, I have seen a couple I reckon. Pity you can’t actually LOOK at it..)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Duh.)

31. Hit a home run. (Not yet. I would like to, but what are the chances. I could hardly hit the ball in the batting cages!)

32. Been on a cruise. (Yes! This year and in 1991. The South Pacific beckons again!)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. (I wanted to, but again, finances did not allow.)

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (One day I will get to Hungary/Germany/Serbia, but haven’t yet..)

35. Seen an Amish community. (I had a chance to go when I was in D.C. but wasn’t that interested)

36. Taught yourself a new language. (Would love to learn Spanish one day!)

37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied. (Money doesn’t necessarily satisfy, but I can’t say that I am that wanting)

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person. (Not yet…I wanna get one of those ‘holding up’ photos)

39. Gone rock climbing. (Yup. Is fun!)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person. (One day!)

41. Sung Karaoke. (They don’t call me the Karaoke king for nothing! I am a whore for that stuff)

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt. (Huh? nah)

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa. (Would LOVE LOVE to. As long as I wasn’t attacked, kidnapped or killed by a hippo)

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. (Hells yes! Have even hit golf balls into the water in the pitch dark)

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.  (One day…when i am king..)

48. Gone deep sea fishing. (Would like to see what those freaky looking deep sea fish look like!)

49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person. (How am I going to afford all this??)

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Seriously! yeah, I wanna do this..)

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling. (Haven’t scuba’d yet, but snorkelled in New Caledonia just a few months ago!)

52. Kissed in the rain. (Sure. It’s wet..)

53. Played in the mud. (With the kids. It’s messy!)

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre. (I saw Rain Man and Twins. It was most memorable..)

55. Been in a movie. (Just waiting to find out if my application to NIDA is successful :))

56. Visited the Great Wall of China. (This would be great. I wanna ride on it)

57. Started a business. (Thought about it, but probably won’t happen..)

58. Taken a martial arts class. (Tae-Kwon-Do and Karate. Probably one lesson of each. I sucked)

59. Visited Russia. (Maybe, but it’s not at the top of my list..)

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies. (This is American isn’t it?)

62. Gone whale watching. (Not Yet, but I have seen some anyway!)

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood. (I keep wimping out. I hate needles, but I will do this next year!)

65. Gone sky diving. (YES! I’d love to do this before I die)

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp. (I think this would be amazing to do. When I get to Europe hopefully I will)

67. Bounced a cheque.  (Cheque’s? Who uses them any more?)

68. Flown in a helicopter. (Yeah! My cousin used to fly choppers in the Blue Mountains. It was awesome. Door off and everything!)

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. (I have a Mickey Mouse soft toy with a Michael t-shirt on it. Is cute. Oh yeah, and I keep lots of shildhood crap..)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial. (Sure have. Anzac Day 2006. Dawn. It was beautiful)

71. Eaten Caviar. (Is good!)

72. Pieced a quilt. (Not my bag..)

73. Stood in Times Square. (Yeah, I did and nearly got run over. That place is crazy..)

74. Toured the Everglades. (Would like to, but again, no money to get to Florida :()

75. Been fired from a job.  (Not yet, but blogging at work might assist in getting there..)

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London. (Would like to one day..)

77. Broken a bone. (Yeah, broke my thumb playing cricket. Ow.)

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.  (nah. Bikes freak me out a bit, but I have ridden a trail bike)

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. (I wish I had in 2006, but I’ll get another chance…won’t I?)

80. Published a book. (Just putting the finishing touches on my memoirs now..)

81. Visited the Vatican.  (meh.)

82. Bought a brand new car. (Yeah, leased a Honda Odyssey in 2005.  I am still broke because of it!)

83. Walked in Jerusalem.  (I’ll pass thanks.)

84. Had your picture in the newspaper. (I was front page baby! Canberra Times when I was in the school band. Ha!)

85. Read the entire Bible. (I can’t even finish Slash’s Biography! No thanks.)

86. Visited the White House. (Sure have.  It was pretty dull.)

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (Fish! Trout is yum!)

88. Had chickenpox. (Yeah, and I missed a party because of it. It sucked)

89. Saved someone’s life.  (Well, a bunch of us nearly drowned on a Yr. 9 school canoeing trip, but didn’t actually save anyone..)

90. Sat on a jury. (Pick me! Pick me! My sister has been, but not me. No fair!)

91. Met someone famous. (Billy Connolly in Brisbane, The real Patch Adams in DC. Oh and I walked past Kurt Russell in NYC, plus various sporting personalities)

92. Joined a book club.  (I’ll leave that to LaLa to do.)

93. Lost a loved one. (Who hasn’t? Unfortunately)

94. Had a baby. (Well, not me personally, but I do have a few..)

95. Seen the Alamo in person. (Whatevs. Damn American Meme’s)

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.  (Isn’t it full of salt? How do you swim??)

97. Been involved in a law suit. (not…yet…)

98. Owned a cell phone. (Duh. It’s 2008 isn’t it?)

99. Been stung by a bee. (I was riding my bike and I flicked past a tree branch and then my neck was like WTF?? Youch.)

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There we go. Some stimulating reading for all of you….

That’s it. I probably won’t blog again till 2009, so here’s hoping you all have a great Christmas and New Years.

I know I will!

I’ll be back with the Hottest 100 votes in January! I can see you all waiting with baited breath..

See ya!


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