Archive for March, 2006
today i began work on a new project. I’m going to build a city out of paddle pop sticks.
you may ask why?
the asnwer is just becasue i want to, and i really enjoy glueing paddle pop sticks togehter and making something fun with them.
i’m a little weird.
anyway today i made the first building in my city.
it took about 3 hours.
Steve Bevis and the Hobo Whoevers
From the outset I should say that I wasn’t impressed with my first hearing of this CD yesterday. I thought yeah it sounds a bit arty, and if that what you like then well done but personally I got a bit bored of quiet vocals and very trble-ish music.
But after a bit of investigation and a jiggle of my speaker cables I realized that it was not the mix but rather my speakers and cables having a cry.
Once the problem was rectified I was able to actually listen to the album the
way it was meant to be listened to. And this time I liked what I heard
A bit more meaty than his other albums I thought. More chunky guitar, tight rhythm and as usual his twisted insightful lyrics are an instrument of their own.
I would say this is Steve’s best album so far, its god style its easy to listen too but at the same time if you concentrate on it you hear all these different melodies going on between the layers. My favourite track is track 10 ‘train to the city’ but I think that’s because it mentions trains.
I recommend buying this little CD, but no need to rush out and get it, liten to the tracks online first, then if you like what you hear go on and buy it.
My only complaint is the cardboard CD cover, I hate carboard covers, they tear and get wrinkled and its hard to get your CD out of them.
On saturday night myself jo and tom went to the 20th birthday of our primary school.
It was a strange evening, seeing people that i havent seen since primary school, some of which married and some pregnant and it wsa all a bit overwhelming. some parts of my memories make primary school feel not all that long ago, but other things make it feel so so long ago. It was 12 years ago that i left primary school.
It was a good evening, lots of laughing and sillyness with tom and VB and daniel. Lots of photos and good food, meat glorious meat.
I also had the pleasure of grabbbing scottyc’s bum.
then sunday night at church there was a baptism service, it was cool seeing so many people gettting the dunk and most of them only deciding there and then on the night. It was a special time.
Tonight joshy and i went to see inside man.
Josh called me and said lets book our tickets online, so i opened up my browser and went in to book 2 tickets. i picked the movie and the session time. Then it took me to the seating chart and i had to pick the seats i wanted. I clicked on any old seats becasue it wasnt like i was going to sit in my allocated seat.
THen once i had clicked on the seats i tried to proceed to the checkout. But it wouldnt let me. it said.
“Unfortunately we are unable to confirm seats to this session due to a communication issue with the cinema (Too close to start of session for booking). We apologise for the inconvenience and ask that you please try again later.”
now that in itself is a stupid message, in the nmiddle of the message it says that it is too close to the start of the session time for my booking, then the following sentace tells me to try again later. How can i try again later if already it is too close, its only going to get closer to the session time if i try later!
anyway just bought our tickets when we got there, and forgot to sit in our allocated seats.
the film itself was pretty good, i dont really go for Denzel films but this was a goodie. The trailer for this film kind of gave away too much thought so it wasnt as exciting as it could have been.
I’ll give it 5 / 7
Well guess who should make an appearance at 3 am this morning.
None other than howies trusty bladder infection.
It’s back, bigger and better than ever. Infact not a lot of sleeping occurred last night as I was releasing my bladder about every 45 minutes, with that pain filled stinging feeling. But to make it more exciting this time the release was followed by a very painful appearance of that red stuff we like to call blood.
All in all it was a bad night, a painful night and a long night.
This morning it was back to the doctor, he tested my wee and confirmed the infection was back. Gave some more antibiotics and referred me to a urologist.
He told me to call the urologist and make an appointment and if I couldn’t get one in the next two weeks to call my doctors secretary and she will use her connections to get me in sooner.
Well I called and the first available appointment they have is in June. So I called my doctor back and his secretary tried her connections.
She managed to get me one on the 12th of April.
Which still isn’t within the next two weeks and is also 4 days before I’m going away to uluru for 2 weeks. And I don’t really want to go to uluru with the threat of another infection popping up at the drop of a hat. And what if he wasn’t to do more test but then I’m away.
So I called the secretary back and she talked to my doctor and they found out that there is a urology conference on in the next week or so in Sydney so all urology places are pretty booked up.
Well now I have an appointment with a urologist on the 5th of April. Thank you for trying so hard Mrs. Secretary lady.
And that my friends is that.
Oh and I threw up this morning aswell.
Have a nice day
podcasting with howie and tom.
Well today we recorded a new podcast so somtimes in the next day or two it will be up for your listening pleasure.
but for all you die hard fans here is the exclusive podcasting with howie and tom ringtone.
to listen click here (to save it right click on the link and select “save target as..”)
I really think i would enjoy working in a toll booth, especially one witha boom gate.
I know i have said this before but i was thinking about it yesterday.
almost every month for the last few years i have bought a magazine called “australian video camera”.
I admit its quite geeky, but i like it. Anyway today my geekiness was increased as i did a back order of a one i missed in december last year.
today as we were driving down the pacific highway.
we approached a shiny black ferrarri witha red P plate in the back window. How crazy a red p plater with a shiny black ferrarri. Thenjenny noticed the number plate “only 22″
1938 Sydney host commenwealth games
1956 Melbourne hosts olympics
2000 Sydney hosts olympics
206 Melbourne hosts commenwealth games
the thing about the comm games is that they are just the no frill version of the olympics.
not as many sports
not as many countires
not as interesting.
the opening ceremony was one of the most boring things i have ever seen on television. i watched a fare bit of it tonight and it just looked like the 2000 olympics opening ceremony.
we have ourselves a new nikki webster.
only 2 weeks til its over
I think a family holiday is required.
not to a theme park,
not to a resort,
not to a national park,
not to a beach
The Unclamed Baggage Centre
just had lunch with david in the foodcourt.
Its the last foodcourt lunch david and i can have for a long time as he flys off to india tomorrow morning.
To celebrate with david i had my first coke in over 2 months
on an unrelated matter i bought some yakka overalls today from wombat…only $5 they are old fire brigade ones. so cool and orange with refelector bits.
Bono is the man.
That was a very very good interview with bono by andrew denton on enough rope tonight. It was good. some interviews with bono these days, dare i say it, are a bit dull becasue its all the same content and statistics. And man i agree with the make poverty history stuff but it can get dull hearing the same thing over and over.
But bono seemed really relaxed for most of the interview and it wasnt just the same as all his others.
Andrew Denton is really good too, i reckon hes one of the best interviewers around.
well done Bono, Denton and the ABC.
in other news U2 are coming back in November with dates released tomorrow.
The Government is spending $1.5 Billion dollars on “untangling our complex rail network”.
Really cityrail has gone to the dogs. Trains are late, canceled, dirty, over crowded.
Well I have the solution!
Revert back to using steam trains. On the weekend the steam train arrived on time, left on time. Everyone on board was happy, the train was clean.
Apparently it’s a steam train that holds the record from Sydney to Newcastle anyway. They are fast, reliable, and they are fun, you get the smell and the “toot toot”.
Its quite simple really, and it’s the only thing left that we can do to make cityrail work.
Yesterday was steam train day.
something to do with 100 years of hornsby shire being a shire. I dont really care what the reason for it was i just like steam trains.
There was me and jenny, joshy, sam and julian. And what fun we had. Well at first it wasnt fun, there was a stupid cityrail man at waitara who wouldnt shut up on the PA system, and talked really slow as if everyone on the platform was an idiot. “S-t-a-n-d—–b-e-h-i-n-d—-t-h-e—-y-e-l-l-o-w—–l-i-n-e——–. He was anoying.
Eventually the train came. one end had an old diesel engine and the other was the steam engine. the diesel pulled the train one way and then the steam loco pulled us back the other way. Because there is no place on the north shore line to turn a locco around.
here is the train approaching the station, along with sam’s head.
the steam engine
all of us. (except me)
this isnt the most exciting photo but it is the 2,000th photo taken on my camera.
Not a bad effort only had the camera since august last year.
this is my favourite photo of the day. the new train going past the old. with a nice reflection.
sometimes i think to myself “howie you should be a photographer”
there are more photos but thats enough for now.
It was a very fun morning we where all silly and made friends with the little old men who work on the train.
Its a friday night and i’m about to hang out my washing.
Then its off to bed for a 5:20am wake up. followed by a 16 hour day at work. kicking off at 6:10am.
then i’ll do some sleeping, wake up on sunday and og on a steam train (toot toot). go say goodbye to david, then go to church.
Monday at work all day, then a meeting thing at night.
Tuesday work all day witha trip to maitland and back in the late afternoon / evening / night.
Wednesday work then hannah minding
Thursday work al day followed by a evening meeting.
Friday work all day.
Saturday I shall begin hybernation and re emerge a week before my wedding.
in 6 months today i’m getting married.
I hope bono is reading.
Bono please dont reschedule the sydney concert for september 9. I would be in a lot of trouble for not going to my own wedding.
U2 has postponed the vertigo tour..
I think a national public holiday and day of mourning is probably the best way to go about this.
This post is to make up for all the fullstops i have forgottone to put on the ends od sentences over the past 23 years.
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