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26 May 2011 @ 12:14 am
Waves frantically, screams in horror, runs to next thing  
This is meant to be my easy time of little work. So I scheduled a few things to do during my down period. Hands up everyone who's spotted what happened next? Yep.

Next week I am jury duty, fingers crossed I have a nice quiet break and enter to give me some thinking space. Until then frantic madness will continue.

The reason for the scream of horror was that tonight I saw a chap on telly. One I used to know, many years ago. He was on a news magazine programme on one of our government channels, which is filled with young persons committing surprisingly decent acts of journalism. When I knew him, he was a pretentious but basically pleasant young chap who turned up in a couple of the more experimental theatre performances of my postgrad student days and called me a Muse but was reasonably happy to be shot down for a line that was both a feeble pick-up attempt and patronising all at once.

Now? Now he is running workshops using plush animals to help adults explore their sexuality.

Sweet, sweet lad, but I am enormously grateful I never went there. (Think of all those stitched-on eyes following your every move!)

neep1 , theodoraleft , leochi  and norton_gale , I have emails for all of you that keep being unfinished because I want them to be more than I LOVE YOU! But I do! Brain and body will be back in the same place at the same time very shortly, emails will be done.

OH! And we were in Adelaide over the weekend. We walked for three inner city blocks on Saturday afternoon and saw not one soul, not even in a car. This discussion occurred: 

Mr B: Right. Well, apparently we were wrong and the Rapture did occur after all.
Me: *Sceptical look*
Mr B: Or we could be in the officially boring part of Adelaide ...

We found the fun parts about half a mile later :-) Oh, and if you're in Adelaide away from the delish foodie section up North, Passatempo caffe down on Gouger St near the market was amazing, Italian food that tasted Italian and entree servings too big for me to finish. Unpaid advertisement!
Leochileochi on May 25th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Lol, love you too, busy woman! ;D
pingridpingrid on May 25th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Mr B could have skipped the "or" in that last sentence - if you HAD been in a corner of Adelaide that would have become completely empty as a result of the Rapture, that's bound to have been the boring part anyway. ;)

down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on May 25th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
workshops using plush animals to help adults explore their sexuality.

Oh dear!

Loads of love to you too: sounds like you got the package! I'm always a little skeptical of the post office, so that makes me happy.
Nennenenne on May 25th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Never, ever say out loud that you have available time. It never ends well. Keep it to yourself and it migh, just might stay that way.

Mr.B. made me smile! :D
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on May 26th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Jury duty? For real?

Also Mr B gets a big *snerk* from me for the Rapture mention. *g*
embolinaozembolinaoz on May 26th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Ah yes you have discovered our secret, us Adelaideans are a notoriously secretive lot. All our wonderful artsyfartsy and culinary and winey delights - of which we have many I hasten to add - we keep hidden and close to our chest. We of course forget then that others who visit may want to find and enjoy said delights when they cant we wonder why our touristy friends bemoan that Adelaide indeed really is shut on the weekends......

Rebeccachocoholicbec on May 26th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Ohh, yes, I watch that show as well. I suppose he couldn't really go on Collectors, though.

As for Adelaidian Italian restaurants, I really like Parlamento on North Terrace. I haven't been to Passatempo, though, so I must try it out!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Ohh, yes, I watch that show as well. I suppose he couldn't really go on Collectors, though.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, so true! Though can you imagine the look on cool bobbed-hair woman's face if he did?

I will get to Parlamento next time! Passatempo is not flash, but was fresh, tasty and generous, as well as being cheap by Sydney standards.
Geoviki: dog - head in fencegeoviki on May 26th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
There's a high chance my son will be attending the UniSA come next February for a semester, so the more I learn about Adelaide the better. I have the typical American understanding of it, which is to say, I know there are kangaroos there.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
There are! Though not in town itself. It's actually a beautiful little city, with the central mile very well planned. All the fun stuff is on the north side of the town, but there are lovely parks on the south and an exceptionally good produce market every Saturday.

Do not believe the 'Murder capital of Australia' joke, it is a joke and pertains mostly to one case of serial killing where a really scary chap killed a bunch of people for their welfare payments and hid their bodies in barrels. Ghastly, I admit, but not a threat to the general public and he is no longer on the loose. Tell your son not to make barrel jokes, though. In actual fact, Adelaide has one of the lowest murder rates in Australia, and one of the lowest overall crime rates in the country, too. In terms of general violent crime, the worst place in Australia is on par with the best place in the United States.

It's a great university, they are really focussed on the international market and staying at the forefront of research. Plus very comfy accommodation if he is staying on campus.

On the whole, the city is safe and pleasant with a mostly sophisticated populace, the rest being cheery bogans. For somewhere known as the city of churches, it is also a queer-friendly city and South Australia was the first state in Australia to decriminalise homosexuality.

A short drive from the city are two spectacular wine regions, McLaren Vale and the Barossa, and also Hahndorf, which is known in this house as Hilarious Germanville. You can buy large schnitzels from men in leiderhosen there, which is all you need to know.

Tell him not to annoy snakes, to always wear shoes outside, and to shake his shoes out for spiders before he puts them on and he will be fine. NB this is mostly a precaution, in all my years here I have found only two spiders in my shoes, and one of them was when bushwalking.
Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on May 30th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Goodness! That does indeed sound like a moment to scream in horror.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I love my old Ted and my bunny, dog and pinkie toys, but when it comes to rows and rows of those scary modern plush toys with bright fur and big eyes, they are only slightly less terrifying than clowns!