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2009 MeMe

It’s the last day of work for the year, of which there is only a few days to go, so it’s time for a self-indulgent meme to fill out my blog. I had been working on a deep, thought provoking post to round out the year, but…oh well.

I stole this idea from Trish’s blog. She’s about to do it too, so go check it out!


1. What did you do in 2009  that you’d never done before?

I went to 4 weddings this year. That’s just ridiculous. Marriage seems to be the new black.

I prefer yellow.

If it’s done anything, it’s reinforced to me that my next wedding will be in Vegas.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Pfffttt…resolutions. I didn’t make any really, but there are probably some things I could look at…improving about myself. LaLa might have some suggestions…

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My best mate, Tim, finally popped one out and he’s a cutie alright. Another mate (also Tim) is next, and he’ll be getting double trouble!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Fortunately no. It may have been a year with 4 weddings, but luckily, no funeral.

5. What countries did you visit?

I wish! The furthest I travelled to was Hervey Bay, unless you count roaming the world of Azeroth.

But next year? Look out Europe!

6. What would you like to have in 2010/2011 that you lacked in 2008/2009?

Financial security would be nice. I  feel like I am getting closer to this, but it’s something that I have been lacking for a long time.

I would also like some inner peace and closure on the past..

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

July 30. Not only was it my birthday, but it was also the last day of work at my old job and the day before we moved into our new place. It was a crazy time of year and somehow we got through it.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Moving house (again!). It may not seem like it, but moving, cleaning, organising and settling in a new place was a big task for me (and us) this year. I would also rate getting a new job as a big achievement. It’s been an invigorating change.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not doing the things that I had planned to do around the house. Pergola’s, gardens, garages, painting. So many things that I wanted to do, but as yet have done nothing. Need to get my finger out of my arse in 2010.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

My stupid ankles and feet. The first half of the year was marred by a broken foot. This was caused by a rolled ankle whilst playing indoor soccer. That inevitably lead to an early retirement from the game. However, I now play outdoor soccer! I have ankle braces and everything.

Fast forward to a week ago where I rolled my ankle..again….on some uneven concrete on the way back from the supermarket! Stupid ankles.

Oh, and the gout licks the bag as well.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

PS3. Hands down. It’s the most awesome purchase I have made in years.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Gadgets and networking and hard drives. I spend too much on these things and am still to build a good home media storage centre. That will come as soon as I get to the markets in 2010. The PS3 sucked a bit of money too, but everyone needs the Guitar Hero drum kit, yes?

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Parramatta Eels. What a season they had. Not only did they come back from the death to make the semi-finals, they almost went all the way. Late September, into October was a sporting emotional roller-coaster, but there were some great memories, the best being taking my 2 sons to the Preliminary Final against the Bulldogs and experiencing the best rugby league crowd of all time. Amazing.

14. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Lisztomania by Phoenix. It was probably the song of the year for me. Phoenix at their best. It’s so damn happy!

Watch this:

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

Happier! I feel more settled and I think LaLa and I are getting more comfortable with each other and what it’s like to live together!

b) thinner or fatter?

Hmmm…probably about the same, but I am fitter. Been going to the gym pretty consistently for the last couple of months. It’s nice to be able to see some muscle development and also get back into running/riding again.

c) richer or poorer?

Richer. The joys of contracting. I am actually saving the most money I ever have in my life….only to spend it. It’s a novelty to have some savings though.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

More time with family. As the kids get older I want to try and maintain a connection with them that goes beyond just being Dad. It feels like it could be a losing battle as they get closer to teen-dom, but I’ve gotta keep trying. Also, I have probably seen my family (cousins/aunts/Mum/Dad/sisters) less than I’d like. Hard to fit in time sometimes.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Facebook games! I have been stupidly addicted to some of those lame-arse facebook games (you know the ones) and I admittedly spend way too much time on them. I really should pick up a book, do a puzzle, play board games or just talk…more.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Well, I will be spending Christmas at both LaLa’s family and then my sisters’ places. Swedish dinner and then Christmas Brunch and then dinner with Mum, Dad, kids, nephews and LaLa. Boxing Day will be a big day with my Hungarian cousin and Aunts from Sydney.

Did you know there’s a Hungarian convention on in Canberra after Christmas? Well now you know.

19. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Already in love….but I did go a little mushy for Lily Allen.

20. What was your favorite TV program?

Confession Time.

This year has seen LaLa and I watching a lot of ‘Gossip Girl’ (yes, I know what you’re thinking), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (good voyeuristic fun!) and Masterchef. Masterchef was probably the revelation of the start of the year. We both got into that and it helped me to inspire a renewed interest in cooking.

Otherwise I really love Flight of the Conchords and Entourage, which I am trying to catch up with. Season 4 and 5 for Christmas please!

21. What was the best book you read?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson. LaLa’s dad got me into this earlier in the year and it was a book that has pulled me back into reading this year. I have read this one and the sequel (…who Played With Fire) and enjoyed both. LaLa will attest to the fact that I don’t read very fast, but the fact that I have read at least 2 books this year is a feat in itself.

22. What was your favorite film of this year?

It came last week when I saw Avatar in 3D at Dendy. First 3D in forever, and although the pain in the bridge of nose was getting unbearable, the imagery and environment that James Cameron created for that movie is unbelievable. Story is probably only so-so, but the performances by the cast and the camera-work is worth the extra dollars for the 3D effect. Go see it!

Highly recommended is also ‘The Hangover’. Has to be one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen in many years and one of those ones that you know will become a classic over the years..

…hehehe…’Fat Jesus..’

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned the big boring 33. We went bowling! It was very nice to just spend it with friends and also had some pizza at Firestone with the family..

I got a kick-arse mixmaster. Red. It goes faster.

24. What kept you sane?

LaLa. This especially helps when my kids make me insane. She has a way of bring reason to any argument. Unless she’s wrong 😛

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

As previously mentioned, I think my crush on Lily Allen was a standout. It coincided with the fact that she say about 2 metres away whilst singing and recording an acoustic live set at the Triple J studios. One of my highlights of the year.

26. Who did you miss?

My mate Tim has been trekking around Australia in a winnebago with his wife and newborn son. I have missed hanging out with him. Missed watching the footy together, and missed our regular lunch catchups. Hurry back mofo!

27. Who was the best new person you met?

My new workmates. Although my new place of work is a sausage-fest (as opposed to a clam factory), it’s been great to find new people to chat with, new opinions to shoot down and new people to give shit to on coffee breaks, which ironically I have found now involves getting a coffee.

Also, another of LaLa’s friends that I can (hopefully) add to my ever-growing list of inherited friends is Mireille. Check out her awesome food blog here! She has excellent taste in music. Perhaps I will share my performance of ‘Ice Ice Baby’ for you one day.


So there we go. My year in a nutshell. I do have another, more angsty, thoughtful and retrospective post about 2009 in drafts, but it may not see the light of day.

I’d prefer to just use point form!

  • Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
  • Get nice and drunk on New Years and utilise the extra couple of days of recovery time well.
  • If you’re staying home, relax and enjoy, if you’re travelling, be safe and take your time.
  • When the Naughties are over and the Tennies arrive, take a fresh look and dive head-first into the new decade with positivity and passion. It’s the only way to be.
  • Thanks for reading 🙂

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?


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.)


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!

4 The Love of a MeMe

Aly did it, and it’s been a while since I did one.

So here goes, It’s like a MeMe about stuff where you can only say 4 things.

I think people have given up on really inventing interesting MeMe’s any more 🙂

4 Things I did 10 years ago (1998):

1. Got Married. Crikey. That’s bloody scary. 10 years?
2. Had my first child. See a connection there?
3. Worked in my first IT job. They were called MicroHelp. Dumb company name or what?
4. Moved into a little ex-govvy house and learnt how to ‘play house’. I’m still learning.

4 Things I did 5 years ago (2003):

1. Owned my first home. (although bought it a couple of years previous)
2. Watched a little too much WWE Wrestling.
3. Quit working in the Public Service after 3 1/2 yrs and moved into a private IT company. (big mistake?)
4. Witnessed the dark dark day of January 13, when Canberra went up in smoke.

4 Things I did yesterday:

1. Took my sons to rugby training. It’s pretty funny watching him trying to do passing drills.
2. We made our own pizzas…. which my youngest then proceeded to pull all the green bits off of.
3. I watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Damn. That is a fun movie.
4. I had lunch with my sister. Well, actually watched her eat cause I’d already finished mine…

4 TV shows I love to watch:

1. The Simpsons/South Park/Family Guy/American Dad/Drawn Together
2. Rugby League/Cricket/Football (all types)
3. The Chaser (anyone wanna go to the Variety Hour with me?)
4. Gordon Ramsey. He is the fucking bullocks. As he would say…

4 Things I love to do:

1. Snuggle with my LaLa.
2. Play and spend time with my kids.
3. Drink/Play Pool/Watch Sport
4. Blog/Surf the nets/Play silly online puter games.

Well that took a good 20 minutes out of my work day. Score!

Really, 4 things are just not enough. Hence my slashes (/)!


8 things that keep me from my work..

I thought I would just steal this meme from other blogs I have seen it at recently cause I don’t want to do work…

8 things I am passionate about:
The Kids
The Parramatta Eels
Triple J
Not being stupid
Sport in general especially where an Aussie is involved
Mexican Food.

8 things I want to do before I die:
Visit all 7 Continents
Watch Liverpool play at Anfield before it is ripped down
See the Eels win a premiership live
Watch all my kids grow up happy and healthy (and for me to not outlive them)
Live near the coast
Go to Disneyland (not Euro!)
Sky Dive
Scuba Dive at the Great Barrier Reef
8 things I say often:
Fuck + That/You/It/No/Yeah/ing Hell/ed Up/a Duck
I Love You
Oi! Stop Fight back there!

8 books I’ve read recently:
(I have read pretty much nothing this year, so recently will have to cover a few years)
Lee Child – Killing Floor
Matthew Reilly – Temple
Matthew Reilly – Area 7
Matthew Reilly – Contest
Matthew Reilly – Ice Station
Dan Brown – Digital Fortress
Ricky Ponting Diary 2006
Lord of the Ring Trilogy

8 songs I could listen to over and over:
Jeremy – Pearl Jam
Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
Love Rears It’s Ugly Head – Living Colour
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
November Rain – Guns n’ Roses
Vicarious – Tool
One – Metallica
All I Need – Air

But if I were doing a triple (j) CD set, I’d include:
Black – Pearl Jam
Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
Know Your Enemy – Rage Against The Machine
Don’t Get Around Much Any More – Harry Connick Jr.
Battery – Metallica
Mr. Wendel – Arrested Development
Staying Alive – Bee Gees
Faded – Ben Harper
The Star Wars Theme
No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley
Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
Love Song – The Cure
… …
Ok…this could take too long. I’m only up to ‘C’
One day i should actually make a triple box set…

8 things that attract me to my friends:
An ear
A shoulder
A bar fridge
A trailer
A mosh buddy
A sporting partner
Their favourite football team.

Ha…there we go. That blew about an hour!

No tags. Just do. If ya wanna. But only at work 🙂

LaLa’s Interview

5 Questions have been put forward.

I’m up to the challenge!


1. If you were in a beauty pageant what would your talent be and how would you demonstrate it?

Well, if they let 30 yr old balding white guys into a pageant, I’m sure I’d just be there for jocular value (Thanks Peter), but my talents? Burping the alphabet probably.

Can’t you see it now? Me, dressed in a flowing…suit. Centre Stage.

*BURR–A–P* *BURRR—B—P*…..etc…

2. In your wild “yoof” (or perhaps even now) did you have a pulling outfit and what did it consist of?

I always fancied my jeans and flanney combo in the early 90’s, but I don’t think it worked so well as a ‘pulling’ outfit.

3. If you were a piece of furniture, what would you be and why?

I am a hammock. I am easy-going, sorta soft and I swing in the breeze.

However, I also break if put under too much pressure, or a fat person lies on me.

4. If you won 10 million dollars (or pounds) in the Lotto, what would be the first five things you would do with your money?

1. I would ask all of my friends and family to pick one thing that they want. Anything. Pay off their house, buy a car, buy them lunch. Whatever. But they only get one thing.

2. This will be mine:

3. I buy a share in one of these in Bora Bora:

4. I quit my job and just do things I have always wanted to do. (make music, DJ, watch sport, sleep)

5. Set up funds for my kids and invest 3 Million and live off the interest for the rest of the my life.

5. Best drunk story?

Well, I dunno if it’s the best one, but it’s definitely the messiest.

21st Birthday. Not the big family one (which had it’s own dramas), but I had a Mexican themed party at my place. People got dressed up and we drank tequila, ate a crap load of mexican food and had to infamous sambuca challenges.

Well, after I sculled a beer from the 1/4 yard glass that I was given for my birthday, I was well on the way to a big night. Many tequila shots later I was lying, half-paralytic on the floor when the ‘Sambuca Challenge’ call went out. I jumped up, sculled the dreaded Black Galliano crap (I prefer Opal Nero!), and proceeded to pass out somewhere before crawling into bed, not before making the ensuite bathroom black, as well as the pillow that I slept on for the rest of the night.

A 21st to remember….or not.

Sunday Free Association

I have been meaning to do this for a while.

Unconscious Mutterings posts new words every Sunday and then it’s up to you to associate those words however you’d like…

So, here goes…..

  1. Compulsion :: Obssession
  2. Spiritual :: God
  3. Spray :: Toilet
  4. Compatibility :: Test
  5. Pursuit :: Trivial
  6. Fake :: Tits
  7. Mobile :: Phones are expensive…
  8. Ceremony :: Wedding
  9. Ribbons :: Presents
  10. Mozart :: Waltz

Well, that really doesn’t reveal anything deep, but anyway. Good bit of blog fodder!

Other tidbits –

  • I slept nearly 12 hours last night. It was the best thing. I needed it after the shite week I’ve had.
  • Why can’t the government do anything about petrol stations/oil companies when it’s so obvious to the world that the prices go up and down every weekend. Tuesday is the cheapest day. Thursday or Friday is the most expensive. Explain why bastardos!
  • Borders is the best store around. It’s a pity it’s American. 3 box sets for the price of 2 at the moment!
  • Check out Aurelius’ Blog and then check out the site he recommends. It’s Amazing. Hours of entertainment. Watch it while you can, because once it’s discovered, I bet it will be gone.
  • Tim Tams are the best food group ever invented.

That’ll do.

This week will be better, because I have lots to look forward to at the end of the week 🙂

Ok, Aly, You asked for it!

Dearest Aly has kindly invited fellow bloggers to write about those things that no-one else knows about…

But this is really mean. It’s like giving away secrets that you don’t want others to know!

Ok Ok…I’ll play..

  • I sometimes often occasionally talk, discuss yell or sing something at myself (or other mythical invisible creatures) while I’m driving alone.
  • I am too competitive for my own good. When I’m playing indoor soccer I ALWAYS want to win, even if it’s just a fun kick-around game. I am the same at board games.
  • I make myself cry sometimes, just because it’s good lubricant for the eyes….or I watch a sad movie and let the tears flow. Shit. Am I actually a man?
  • I smile when I see that someone that I like has linked me on their blog, or added me as a contact in Flickr or commented on my blog. Yes. Dorky Smile.
  • I wish I could remember lines from jokes/tv shows/movies/conversations. I have a really bad memory for actually remembering what I have heard, but I am ok at remembering doing things. Maybe I really am male.
  • Strike that male thing. I still like to do the ‘Star Light Star Bright’ thing with the first star of the night. I remember doing it as a young nipper. I just do it in my head now so no-one knows…
  • I secretly hope certain people will fail so that I look good. But usually only people I don’t like anyway.

Ok…that’s more than enough. I really should shut up now.

YOUR turn! 🙂

Shower in under 4 minutes? Try these!

A’la Hudson Hawk, Peter Garrett has come out in the paper today with a list of his favourite 10 under 4 minute shower songs….

I am bloody impressed at his list, so here’s my thoughts and then my own list…

Garrett’s Shower Singing Guide

1. Friday On My Mind: The Easybeats (length 2:47, litres 25)
Garrett Says – “This one speaks for itself.”
Mick Says – “Damn, I could hardly wash my armpits in 2:47, but good song!”

2. Rain: Dragon (length 3:39, litres 33)
Garrett Says – “We need more of it.”
Mick Says – “Cute, Pete. Singing about rain in the shower. Why don’t we just sing ‘Singing in the Rain’?”

3. Cigarettes Will Kill You: Ben Lee (length 3:50, litres 35)
Garrett Says – “The line ‘I wish everyone was wrong’ kind of sums up where the climate change debate is at.”
Mick Says – “Does everything you say have to be political. I don’t know if singing Ben Lee in the morning is a good thing…”

4. Roll On: The Living End (length 3:08, litres 28)
Garrett Says – “Loud and raucous with a social conscience.”
Mick Says – “Good choice. I might slip as I am dancing in the shower though. Need a warning on this one..”

5. To Her Door: Paul Kelly (length 3:18, litres 30)
Garrett Says – “A classic from an artist who captures Australia better than most.”
Mick Says – “Oooh. One of my favourite old Aussie songs. Worth 30 litres.”

6. Success: The Winnie Coopers (length 3:19, litres 30)
Garrett Says – “Fantastic home-grown hip-hop.”
Mick Says – “I wonder if Pete listens to JJJ. Nice choice and a top band.”

7. Everyday Formula: Regurgitator (length 2:11, litres 20)
Garrett Says – “One of the finest Aussie bands of recent years, and clever songwriters.”
Mick Says – “Ok, this list is officially complete with the Gurge included. I reckon I have sung this song in the shower before….but probably about 7 times in a row..”

8. Don’t Panic: Coldplay (length 2:17, litres 21)
Garrett Says – “We certainly do live in a beautiful world.”
Mick Says – “Hmmm…Coldplay? That’s a bit slow for a morning song, but only 21 litres. Score!”

9. Desire: U2 (length 2:59, litres 27)
Garrett Says – “Passionate rock from one of the world’s great bands.”
Mick Says – “I always repeat the ‘Desiiiiiiiiiiire’ but too much. I think if I sang it, it would end up being 6 minutes long…”

10. Straight Lines: Silverchair (length 4:18, litres 39)
Garrett Says – “This one’s just over four minutes, but you can use that time to start brushing your teeth.”
Mick Says – “Clever Pete, but cheating. Are you in cahoots with Daniel Johns?”

Nice. 8 out of the 10 are Aussie songs too.

But what about these?

1. Flithy/Gorgeous: Scissor Sisters (length 3:52, litres 36)
Mick Says – “If you can get that Bass line in your head and think about transforming yourself to gorgeous. It’ll work :)”

2. Don’t Go Now: Ratcat (length 3:12, litres 29)
Mick Says – “Short, catchy, easy to remember the lyrics. Bring back RATCAT!”

3. People of the Sun: Rage Against the Machine (length 2:30, litres 23)
Mick Says – “If you can actually understand those freaking lyrics. Perfect for firing yourself up in the morning…”

4. From The Sea: Eskimo Joe (length 3:23, litres 31)
Mick Says – “C’mon. You know the words! It’s about water too. Catchy as hell..”

5. La: Old Man River (length 3:20, litres 30)
Mick Says – “If you could get a whole group in your shower to sing the La bits, you’ll enjoy the shower more…”

6. Short Memory: Midnight Oil (length 3:53, litres 36)
Mick Says – “Pete was modest in not including one of his own. It’s short enough…worth the 36 litres. “

7. Animal: Pearl Jam (length 2:49, litres 25)
Mick Says – “Short. To the point. Angry and easy to remember. Perfect for those showers when you are running late for work. Shit. I am now..”

8. M+M’s: Blink 182 (length 2:39, litres 24)
Mick Says – “Fast and catchy. Gotta love this old Blink stuff. And if you move enough in the shower, you don’t even need to wash yourself!”

9. Mr. Brownstone: Guns N’ Roses (length 3:48, litres 35)
Mick Says – “Oh, I am sure you ALL know the words. We’ve all danced to this before. Get into it!”

10. Burn Down the Parliament: The Herd (length 3.54, litres 36)
Mick Says – “Just make sure Pete is out of there, then burn away. Bit of Hiphop will make the shower go fast…”

There we go. My Top 10 Shower Songs. Give it a go!