The Chicks are Back

Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way
I know they are a little bit country, and it’s really not my style (except for the whole Dolly Parton thing), but the Dixie Chicks kinda rock.

I think part of the appeal is because they are strong women, who don’t mind singing and saying what they think is right. And when they get called on it, they wear what is sent their way.

Having said that I also like songs which hit me emotionally, and I’m sure once I finish this list people will think I’m a little crazy, but here goes.

From Not Ready to Make Nice

It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

The idea that these girls got death threats for what they said about Bush’s War is insane. I want to live in a world where live and let live is the creed for all mankind. If everyone really thought this way and saw each other as equals it would be a much nicer place to live. There is too much fear in the world and the governments rely on just that to control their people. When will we all wake up to it?

More for the list later…

Daily Life

Dinner at Limor’s

Chicken ParmigianaAfter a crazed night at the movies, the guys knew just the place to go, what a better thing to do than eat til you burst.

At Limor’s you do just that. The plates are actually platters and they come chocked full of food… far too much for one person to eat.

Accompanied by $7.50 cocktails it was a great dinner. Craig and Mark know all the good places… we should get them to write lists before they head off to the US to live.

Daily Life Movies

X-Men for FREE

A couple of weeks ago, Craig and Mark asked if we wanted to go to see the new X-Men movie in Gold Class (kind of ritzy version of the theatre with big comfy chairs, hot food, waiter services). Being a bit of an X-Men nut I of course screamed (I mean said) “yes”, of course.

We chose to go to The Jam Factory, Village Cinema as it had only recently re opened after major refurbishment.

I counted down the days to the event, couldn’t wait to see the final installment of the trillogy. We arrived at the cinema at 2.30pm and that’s kind of when it all started to go awry…

We went to the bar to perhaps have a drink before going in, while standing there (waiting, waiting, waiting for service) it became apparent that some of the people at the bar were from a previous session of a movie… at least one was complaining that their food and drink had not arrived during the movie and at least two appeared worried that the staff had seemed to have lost their credit cards!

You know when you get those odd feelings that something is going to go from bad to worse… it happened about then.

Suddenly an attendant offered to take us to our seats, from where we could make our order, she took our tickets and started to show us to the cinema, when she figured out she was taking us to the wrong one (which we all kinda knew, having alreadys sussed out the place), she turned around and took us back to the bar… and just when we thought she was about to take our order, she dropped our tickets on a table and walked off to assist in the search for a missing credit card. So of course our only option appeared to be to join the queue (again, but this time longer than before) to try an put our order in.

After waiting a short time we finally got to the head of the queue and placed our order, only to have the original girl interrupt and ask if we were ready to order… I came to believe that perhaps this girl was existed outside of our reality and was not aware of what was going on around her… we were afterall halfway through placing an order, and therefore not really in need of her services.

Anyway, in an effort to make this long story somewhat shorter, after pushing the call button numerous times our soft drink came in tasting more like sodawater than coke, when replacements were requested, they came back tasting the same… obviously being told the syrup had run out meant nothing to them.

Craig and Mark’s food was also late coming in, it was almost like they had lost the orders.

Even the coffee’s that were requested to come in half an hour before the end of the movie arrived with the closing credits, there was not enough time to drink them.

The guys had sent most of their items back and cancelled their order about halfway through the movie and with the closing credits when to sort out getting their money back for the mishaps. After some complaint they received their refund and complimentary passes for us to return to Gold Class.

We checked the comp passes and thankfully, we don’t need to go back to The Jam Factory, because I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. So looks like we will get to see Superman Returns in Gold Class, sure beats ripping off Coke labels to get the $5 tickets.

Oh wait, see how much these events overtook the experience, I didn’t even get to mention the movie! Let me just say that if I told you what I didn’t like about it, I’d ruin the surprises that happen. It’s an alright movie, but not at all what I expected.

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The End of an Era

Last night we had one of those functions that happens when someone leaves. Everyone lobs out to the local for food and drink, stories of the old days. Considering I’ve only worked there for about a year and a half, my old days are not that old but being the company that it is, you still tend to gel well with people very quickly, the girls that are now gone will be missed.

Dianna for instance, is a lovely girl… I remember my first day, sitting in the office (away from the Marketing Department of which I am a part), and hearing this crazy chick from who every third, sometimes second, word was F*#%’n. Turns out that instead of the usual “um” or “like”, Dianna used “f*#%’n”. At first I thought she was abusing someone on the phone… turns out that’s just her way.

Oh and to avoid those awkward moments of speeches and such, Dianna made a quick getaway at lunch time… no sooner had she left than five others from her department decended on her desk to go through the stationery left behind. I swear it was like being on the savannah when a lion leaves the carcass to the hyenas, as they prod and pull, looking for a spare pen here, a writing pad there… scary!

Technology Work

My First Google Maps Integration

Google Maps showing Burbank's Display LocationsI’m really really in love with Google at the moment. The kind of unhealthy love that one person can have with a mega-corp at the other end of a modem.

At work we have a lot of display homes at different locations all over Melbourne and soon into regional Victoria, having to draw the maps for each of these locations take a lot of time I don’t have, and they end up looking a little crap in the end.

Enter Google Maps, which started to include Australia just a week ago. It’s amazing, the street maps are nice and close and even include land allotments (though I’m not sure how accurate they are, they appear to be right for our estate).

So after a small frustration, we now have them integrated in our site at work. Check it out at

Daily Life Technology

We’re on Google Maps

Our home from Google So here is the first picture of our estate on Google Maps… as you can see our home is the one in the red circle.

The blue circle is the gym and the swimming pool. You can see pics of these on Flickr; here’s home.

Now the family can find their way to our place, even from Sydney!

Family & Friends Technology

Jody and Jake from Photobooth

Jody and Jake after playing with Apple's PhotoboothI was ROFL when I saw this… David was talking to his sister (Jody) on the phone and iit appears she is enjoying her new iMac.

Her little computer is now better and faster than my G5 tower :(

Look at these two go with the bluge setting in photobooth! Who ever says computers can’t be fun, need only look at this photo.

And now apple has that fancy new store in New York with all that space and all those listening posts so you can check out all of the different iPods.

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A night with Comics

This past Friday we were invited to a night at The Comics’ Lounge in North Melbourne. Never having been to a live comedy show, I thought it would be good for a laugh… And laugh we did.

The invite came to all members of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, which is a peer counseling service for which I volunteer. Fox FM’s Adam Richard was the emcee for the night, and if I can say so, probably the funniest guy there.

A close second was Dave Williams, who seems to watch A LOT of animal documentaries.

A personal fave for me was Adam Richard saying… and I paraphrase: “We ALL knew that breast cancer was not going to be the end of Kylie… she’s strong, she didn’t let a lack of talent get in the way, so cancer was nothing for her.” Of course he did qualify that he still loved Kylie and that as a gay man he had to, it’s law.

Alright so I can’t write jokes down any better than I can tell them in person and for that I apologise, Adam is a great talent, you should all go along for a look see, next time he’s on.