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Man it has been so windy this weekend! The week started nice and fine, but has slowly deteriorated as the week has progressed. Yesterday we had horizontal hail and today it blowing so strong it is difficult to walk out to the letterbox without being blown to Brisbane!

We are just having a nice relaxing blob weekend. We made use of Civic Videos 6 movies for $8 deal and have been camping inside, sheltering under an blankie watching old Jackie Chan, Jean Claude van Damme and Audrey Tatou movies. Its all good.

We almost got adventurous and decided to go to Williamstown for a coffee, but one look out the window put an end to that. Looks like we will have to carry on with the movies and nibbles!

In breaking news, I have started two new blogs. The first one, Liquid Desire is a catalog of my artistic musings, be they painted, written or drawn. There will even be book reviews thrown in from time to time as I churn through my latest tomes. The other, FunnyWeirdCool is a collection, updated daily of my favourite funny, weird and cool things unearthed on the internet during my scourings. Please save them as favourites and check back regularly for updates. Oh, and click on the ads on the pages, then you can make me some money! Hee hee.

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Today, September 22 marks our 8th wedding anniversary.  Eight wonderful years of love, adventure and hilarity.  May there be many, many, many, many more to come.

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Hmmm

1. DON’T SWEAT THE PETTY THINGS AND DON’T PET THE SWEATY THINGS.

2. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

3. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

4. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

5. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS  WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.

6. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN,  “WHERE’S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?” SHE SAID IF SHETOLD ME, IT  WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.

7. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

8. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?

9. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF,   IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

10. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

11.. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO “GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?”

12. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

13. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

14. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?  15. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?

16. IF A TURTLE DOESN’T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

17. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?  18. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE   RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

19. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?

20. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?

21. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

22. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS, THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

23. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA?

24. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?

25. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

26. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

27. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

28. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

29. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD ‘LISP’ TO HAVE ‘S’ IN IT?

30. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED “HEMORRHOIDS” INSTEAD OF   “ASSTEROIDS”?

31. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN’T SHOOT AT THEM?

32. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?

33. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES,   DO THEY BECOME DISORIENTED?

34. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?

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Back on deck!

Well it would seem that last month we got a bit overexcited with our internet use and went over our broadband limit.  And at 15c per MB over the limit, we decided it would be better to stop using it until the new billing cycle.  All is done, and we are back, ready to resume transmission.

To be honest, not much has happened in the week we have been in absentia.  It was an awesome week for weather, apart from Thursday when it absolutely poured down.  It took me an hour and a half to get home, a journey which normally only takes forty minutes.  Never mind.

In other news they had a too good to be true never before seen mega special price blitz on digital cameras at JB HiFi yesterday.  Mrs B and I have been umming and ahhing about getting one for a while now.  All the pics we have taken since we arrived in Australia have been on my Blackberry cellphone.  It takes a great picture outside, but the inside stuff leaves a lot to be desired.  Also it is 2MP so sometimes you can’t enlarge the pics too much or you lose quality. 

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So yesterday we went to JB’s and purchased a camera.  It was super cheap and we are stoked with it.  It is simple to use and takes a great picture.  It is 10MP which is great.  Should be able to take some great sunset pics with it and it will make my photoshopping projects a bit easier IMGP0013 - Copytoo.   Of course once we got home, we had to try it out, so here are the first two photos we took.  What better subjects to shoot than the gorgeous Mrs B and me, the geek with the off kilter smile and penchant for t-shirts?

It is, again, a lovely day outside and I am seriously thinking about putting a blankie down on the patio, sitting in the sun and reading my book. 

I might have to check around the house to see if there is a hot asian who wants to sit out there with me..

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A chill out weekend

Well, what a great cruisy weekend it has been.

 Yesterday morning, being the second Saturday of the month, field service was combined at the hall.  We had nice big group which was great to see.  The group that I look after had pre-arranged to do Return Visits, so everyone who was there from my group piled into the Benholm’s van (which seats about a thousand people) and off we went.  In the end we were out for about three and a half hours.  Let me tell you, there was much coffee, quiche and chicken pie consumed!

 After field we went to see the Knightons as they had been sick during the week.  It was nice to have a quick catch up to make sure they were okay.  They are such a lovely couple and little Chanel just melts my heart every time she calls me silly when I steal her toy pizza delivery car.

 For the last few months, we have been planning to go for a drive to a little town called Daylesford.  It is about an hour and a half inland away from where we live so we hit the road at about 2.30pm.  The freeway on the way is great because the posted speed limit is 110kmh.  It feels very weird to be travelling legally at that speed, since we are used to travelling at 100 on the open road.  What is disconcerting though, is that even doing that speed, we were still passed by other cars.  I guess that if we were doing 110, then they would have had to have been doing 120 – 130kmh to get past us.  Crazy people!

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 We got to the Daylesford turn off and cruised along the 30 kilometers to this quaint little country town.  For those reading this who are from New Zealand, it is a little bit like Tirau but with better cafes (think wood fired pizza, organic muffins, fair trade coffee etc).  We went for a wander up and down the main street, surrounded by lovely smiley people all out enjoying the afternoon sun, clear blue skies and 25 degree temperatures.  We popped into a few quirky fashion shops, recoiled at the enormous pricetags and moved into browsing through some galleries.  One gallery we went to was excellent.  It was a great mix of painting, photography and sculpture.  The paintings were also a lovely mix of abstract (right up my alley!), portrait, landscape and animals.  Very nice indeed.  Again though, we were shocked at some of the prices.  Mrs B was going to buy a nice card for Mum and the old fulla, but when she saw that the one single card had a tag of $100 on it we thought that we might give it a miss.  Sorry guys, we love you and all but a hundred bucks for a card?  For that price the flippin’ thing had better come from Mars and be signed by Elvis!

IMG00896-20090912-1529 After making our escape from there, telling the weird forest lady with the wide staring eyes that the artworks were beautiful we headed up the road and spied a second hand bookshop packed to the hilt with a million tomes.  We eagerly went in and feasted our eyes and hands on the gorgeous collection within.  The ground floor was divided into three or four rooms, all packed from floor to ceiling with shelves and hundreds upon hundred of books covering all manner of subjects.  It was very well organised indeed.  Upstairs was the same, but filled with magazines, comics, sheet music and books about sports.  Up there I found the art and photography section, climbed the little step ladder to get to the top shelves and began browsing.  There were some great images there, some lovely black and white nudes and a nice thick book on surrealist painting that really took my eye.

 Sadly most of the books were also way overpriced and, while it was a pleasure to leaf through 1935 first editions of Biggles books, dog eared Tintin comics and thick heavy books about the Vietnam war, there was no way we were going to pay the exorbitant prices on offer.  What was it about this place?  So cool, niche and quirky, but so overinflated when it came to price.

 By this time it was about 4pm so we went in search of coffee and hot chips.  Soon though, we discovered that since all the cafes specialised in organic food, there was no way there would be anything deep fried on the menu like hot chips!  Mrs B and I love to eat organic food and be healthy and all, but it is still nice to indulge in some naughty food from time to time.  The place we eventually settled on was in between the lunch and dinner time service so we could not order off a menu, but had to choose from the food on display at the counter.  We had a look and decided on an Aussie beef pie for me and a Saganaki (greek pastry thing) for Mrs B.  We ordered chai lattes and sat at the very front of the shop in the glass window and watched the world go by as we love to do.  The food came and it was very nice, the chai lattes in particular were delicious.  However, true to form, when I went to pay, the bill was $20 dollars!  Twenty bucks for a pie, a teeny pastry and two chais?  Next time we come we will have to mortgage the house I reckon.IMG00921-20090912-1657

 When we had come into town, I had noticed a little rest area off to one side with picnic tables so we drove out of town and parked up there.  It was a pleasant surprise to find that there was a waterfall nestled in amongst the rocks and a couple of walking tracks to explore.  We had brought some books with us, so we sat on top a massive tree stump overlooking the treed gorge and waterfall and just chilled out.  There was a soft breeze, the trees were rustling, the Kookaburras were laughing, man, it was so relaxing.  We stayed there for close on two hours just reading, chatting and snuggling like we had the world to ourselves.  It was a balmy 21 degrees at 6pm.  What a great little spot.IMG00932-20090913-0859

 High prices aside, Daylesford is a neat little town nestled in a valley near a couple of lakes and is just beautiful in the fine Spring weather.  We have decided that we are going to go and stay there one weekend.  There is lots to explore, lakeside accommodation, walking tracks, nature and chilled outedness, all things we love dearly.

 Now, today, we are still in chill out mode.  I cooked a couple of massive omelettes for breakfast this morning, we enjoyed the meeting and are now blobbing on the couch surrounded by books, drinking chai tea and listening to the groovy electro jazz grooves of St Germain.

 Excellent.

 

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And, on our left we have the elepha…HOLY CRAP!

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