Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
I found myself thinkingI was glad I wasnt there earlier and wasnt a part of it all, but I guess its good to know that people are inclined to help others even if its inconvenient and there is some suspicion that there is something funny about this guy. I hope that ifI had of been there earlier I also would have been helpful and not judgemental.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
anyway, coming back to reality (of a sort), the new acquaintance felt I was very lucky to dream about flying and proceeded to wax lyrical on the benefits and methods of astral projection which he seemed quite sure I would be suited to. Unfortunately I think I must become a somewhat different person when I enter the land of nod because that was where I started to tune out - in my waking life I'm far too cynical for that kind of thing.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
anyway, I'll just consider myself above it all and try to avoid most areas of campus until its all over at the end of the week.
Friday, 10 October 2008
The Austrians on the other hand seem to have a frim grip on sarcasm, or at least thats my deduction from watching many episodes of Inspector Rex. I mean its surely a piss-take, no? Not that I'm knocking it - I love Rex - so cute, so funny, good way to practice German and generally much better than most of the crap on Australian TV. However I might have to give up on it since last night not only was Rex's starring role being partially overtaken by a second dog (apparently his best friend), but there was some imposter taking over Richard's role. sure the new guy was much better looking and spent a large proportion of the time with very few clothes on, but Rex with no Richard? thats just not on!
Thursday, 9 October 2008
I think a structured attempt to figure it out is in order, although all that food diary and removing this and that from my diet etc seems so tedious. maybe I'll just try iron supplements for a while.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
anyway later in the day I went out and there was a whole lot of stuff on the footpath when I came back it was still there and my other neighbour was outside looking nervous. Apparently the couple who lived in the other house had broken up and after the woman'd moved her first lot of stuff , the guy had chucked all the rest of her stuff out on the street. My other neighbour was then trying to quickly get it off the street before it got stolen or damaged for the woman without the guy seeing her. ah the dramas of our neighbourhood! ha ha. but I must admit I did feel sorry for her despite not liking her previously, and so I've now decided its the guy who's the crappy one which is unfortunate 'cos he's the one who's still our neighbour. Of course the whole thing is based on gossiping old women neighbours - but what could be a more reliable source?
Was talking with a friend at work the other day about some of the people we work with. Those people who work a lot, are motivated to work a lot – long hours and most weekends, and seem to really like to do it. We sort of came to the conclusion that these people are really passionate about their work, love to do it. maybe that was our problem - we’re not passionate enough about our work since we don’t feel the motivation to be working weekends, so maybe we’re not in the right jobs, maybe we need to find something new we are more passionate about. But the more I think about it the more I think thats all wrong. I mean life isn’t just about work, and as much as it’s a clichéd catch phrase, it is about balance. I do really like my job but that doesn’t mean that work is the only thing I want in my life or always (or often) the most important thing and I don’t think its so healthy all these people who work so much. The question is how to compete with all these people who work so much, keep a balanced lifestyle and still be successful in my kind of work. I think I’ll just choose to define success in a way that fits with what I’m doing.
Monday, 6 October 2008
most of the time I sleep deeply but I think I was expecting to be woken up lats night what with it being sunday night (big pub night), the rugby grand final and being home alone. so when I heard the noise of someone opening our front gate around 5am I was pretty much awake, when the door knocker started going very much awake and by the time there was pounding on the door feeling kinda anxious. the rummy odour I was sure I could detect wasnt helping.
my plan of action was to listen intently, not make any noise so they wouldnt know I was there, and hope they'd go away. they didn't. but they didnt make any noise either for ages but just as I started to think I'd dreamt it, footsteps and then crashing against the house wall. Through the peep hole a swaggering male figure.
it was light out now and this was getting ridiculous so I summoned up the courage, got dressed, grabbed my phone and for some stupid reason a kitchen knife and opened the door.
he was just a kid, a seriously drunk kid, probably about 19 and dirty and smelly, with no idea what was going on. all my yelling and attempts at authority without actually opening the security door wouldnt make him go away though so after threatening a few times I called the police. of course he finally decided to leave before there was any sign of them coming. seems he thought our house was the backpackers ' what do you mean get away from your house - ozistay, backpackers - there's a whole lot of backpakers sitting outside in the back yard, if this isnt the backpackers than why was I sleeping here?' yeah, thats what I wanted to know, sigh.
had to cancel the police, seems so OTT to call the 'emergency' number because of a drunk kid but how else to get rid of him?
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
These days when I am invited to an event that is themed or fancy dress my reaction is usually a groan, a deep sigh and a feeling of apprehension. Although its true that most times I've been to fancy dress events I've had a lot of fun, it all just seems like such a pain beforehand. I find it particularly problematic when its an event with people I dont really know - there's no feeling for how far people will go, how much effort will be necessary, will everyone actually dress up or not (or will I end up in a Bridget Jones type situation?). Making this particular event more difficult is that its a work related professional networking type event with people I've never met at all. Somehow fancy dress seems like a strange option at such an event but I guess it can only help with the networking. Perhaps the thing to do is to go all out so that people remember me - it can only help my scientific collaboration and job opening opportunities right?
At least its probably a good sign that the conference is unlikely to be stuffy and too formal.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
The consistent advice was as follows:
'more gas, give more gas'. 'you have to commit'. 'stop hesitating'.
hmm, I suspect this might be saying more about me than just my hill starts.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
we'll see how this goes. its likely to be a lot of drivel and an insight into what goes on in my mind - scary
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
I guess I cant really judge being neither a gay man nor having ever lived on a council housing estate (phew!), but Shameless seems the more accurate version to me - but that perhaps just reflects my low opinion of Manchester. Queer as seemed a bit too OTT, somehow in a Four Weddings and Skins kinda British way. I dont remember Canal St being quite like that, but maybe it wasnt too far off actually.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Anyway, as I tried to get the door open and not break my key I noticed the car in front was the exact same make and model and colour as my car, no, was my car!
Oops, I quickly removed the key from the car I had been attacking and moved as inconspicuously as possible onto the next one.
Friday, 11 July 2008
- Gay male
- Other (please specify)
clearly I'm not up with my terms of sexuality definitions but I had to wonder, what exactly is Queer given its apparently not one of the previous options?
Friday, 27 June 2008
(don't worry, I do not intend to have cause to pay this allowance to my poor research assistant)
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
*there are about 4 Daddo brothers, and possibly some sisters, who all look the same and are well known on Australian TV for starring in badly made soapies, hosting holiday and backyard transformation type of shows, appearing on Dancing with the Stars and I think they even had a band at one point.
a week later I receive a paper letter in the normal mail from said company:
'Dear Penny Smith,
we write to notify you that Penny Smith has accessed Penny Smith's account #xxxxx.
Your Phone Company'
I guess we cant expect too much from a communication provider
Sunday, 11 May 2008
seriously thinking that it must be time to move back to Europe
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
According to him at least 70% of men spit before peeing in a public urinal (and the ones who dont are a bit funny) but the statistic is way lower with gay men (we do often frequent gay pubs if you're wondering why he thinks he knows that). Apparently its all about territory marking and peeing over someone else's spit is a big no no, or potentially a come on.
How odd. I had to question if its really true, or a total exaggeration. can I really have never heard of something so common before? I said I'd ask around to find out what my friends know about this but my guy wasn't convinced I'd get an accurate response what with men that wouldnt admit it, women that wouldnt know and several individuals he identifies as not being the type. So I googled it, and whatdyaknow, it sees to be a common phenomenon.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Whilst we were in Fiji we visited a school in a village keen on community announcements. Posters in the class room illustrated the dangers of marijuana (which I thought was a bit much for a primary school?), and the yard was full of little signs nailed to trees saying things like "Obedience", advising on good diet and my favourite: "Fine feathers alone do not a fine bird make".
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Friday, 15 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
and it seemed like an interesting idea so I thought I'd give it a go. As far as I understand some kiwi guy came up with the idea: you write a list of 101 things you'd like to get done in the next 1001 days. The tasks should be specific, measurable and achievable and something that takes a bit of effort. My list is a mixture of stuff that would be fun to do and stuff I've been meaning to do for ages. I'm normally a bit loathe to join in whatever fad everyone else is into but I kinda like lists, especially the sense of achievement that comes with crossing stuff off, and this might help me get some cool things done with hopefully some feedback. I just wasted the majority of the (supposed work) day coming up with my list and posting it. Now that its out there I have to admit I'm kinda nervous that a) the list is a bit crap b) I wont manage to achieve it all in time. Anyway, the link to it is at the right
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Friday, 18 January 2008
Thursday, 10 January 2008
if you're ever out that way I can recommend a stop at the Tilpa pub.