Yes, drive-ins still exist

Went out to some local second-hand markets this morning, a first in our new local area. Nothing unusual about that, since we go to markets a lot. But these were a little different, as they’re held on Sunday morning at the Blacktown Twin Drive-in. And… One, I didn’t know they existed still, and two, I’m ...

Financial idiocy

It’s all desperately important, as we know, but I can’t help but feel the idiocy of the nightly financial reporting at the moment. It’s all crisis, sure, but the reporting has become ridiculous. We’ve gone from record rise to record fall in the space of a week, thus proving that financial types basically have no ...

The Hold Steady Australian tour!

Finally! After nearly three years, The Hold Steady have been announced as part of the bill for the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, held around February each year in the major capitals. This year’s line-up starts with: GIRL TALK, STEREOLAB, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, THE HOLD STEADY, THE DRONES, CUT OFF YOUR HANDS, FOUR TET, TAME IMPALA, ...

New Underbelly series casting reports

In a return to my favourite “audience drawing” topic, the Nine Network is moving ahead with a new Underbelly series, to be shot imminently and aired early next year. Despite what early reports implied, instead of a half-arsed prequel, they are doing the more logical and going back to the crime wars of the late ...

Always an upside

Well, after all the issues yesterday, it turns out that we’ve been offered one of the properties we applied for (and taken it, naturally), and that the rubbis hat work is no issue at all (at least not yet.) So we’re off to live in Blacktown in a week, and my job will merrily continue ...

Friday ups and downs

Friday is good when you have a work lunch for nearly two hours. Friday isn’t so good when the trains home are all late, all miss-scheduled and the actual ride home takes well over an hour. But it looks like Summer is here, or at least a very nice spring. 25+ degrees today, apparently over ...

9/11 won’t ever stop being a date

Seventh anniversary of the event, and while I don’t think we ever want to forget it, it’s still clear that some people really have to start remembering it in different ways. Yes, I’m looking at the Republicans who peppered their convention with 9/11 imagery, in an apparent attempt to show how tough they still are. ...

It rained all day

So we didn’t do a huge amount, surprisingly. But we did go to a meeting about Alex’s “issues”, which was still intimidating, but content-wise it ended up not being as bad as I thought. We went grocery shopping, which as an all-family outing is rare, so not without fun. We even found green Chick Hicks ...

Things best left unsaid

I was going to write a reasonably lengthy reply to a thread on John Scalzi’s site about the Republicans and their new “rock star”, but I gave up in the end. Too rambling, too all over the place (part of the problem with writing it after midnight), and probably too pointless pissed off as well. ...

Daytripping again

Took a little road trip today with the family… an easy one up the northern freeway to Maitland in the lower Hunter. Thinking of moving there. It’s a long story, but as I mentioned recently we have to be out of our current house by the end of September, and we’ve wanted to get out ...
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