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Hey. I’ve been there! April 23, 2006

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Been having a lazy weekend this weekend.

It’s been nice though. I’ve set myself up in this place in Dupont (Yeah, the one with the broken doorhandle) and it’s been nice and quiet and I’m so close to everything which is convenient.

I saw The Sentinel last night. It wasn’t high on my list of ‘want-to-see’ movies, but I was out, and someone else wanted to go, so I went as well. It stars Keifer Sutherland doing pretty much the same thing he does in ’24’. Michael Douglas was pretty good. Doing what he does after all these years. This movie was really not a stretch for any of the actors involved.

The story was pretty good and the coolest part for me was that it was mostly filmed in DC and I recognised all sorts of shots of places around the city that I have been. Even the metro stop that I get off at to walk to the Embassy is in the background as Keifer is running around the city.

I’m listening to the new Whitlams album as I type this. It makes me think of home. There’s nothing like some soothing Australian music to make you miss home. They even throw in Aussie places in their lyrics just to make sure you know where they come from 🙂

I’m feeling very low-key this morning. Perhaps I should go and grab some brunch. It’s a big thing here, Brunch. Especially on the weekend. People tend to just wander down to a local restaurant or cafe and grab a bite and call it brunch. But you can get brunch until like 1pm, so how is that not lunch? I dunno.

Oh yeah, and YAY to the Eels on Friday night who finally managed their 2nd win of the season over the reigning premiers. Looks like they are maybe, possible turning the corner? Hope so….

Well, maybe it’s time for a shower and brunch 🙂

Take care, y’all.



The last week…. April 19, 2006

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So I managed to get into the locked apartment.

With a locksmith? No.

With a key? No.

With a brick? Yes.

After screwing with the doorknob so much that my hand was hurting and it was the Thursday morning before I was supposed to be heading off the weekend I decided that drastic action was needed.

Enter….the brick. It was sitting near the front door of the hallway, seemingly to be used as a doorstop. I grabbed it, and brought it down onto the doorknob.



I could hear no-one running. No-one rushing to wonder what the hell I was doing smashing a doorknob with a brick.

So I did it again…and again….and again.

On the 4th or 5th hit the doorknob snapped off and the door flung open. THANK THE FUCKING GODS!

Sure, the doorknob was lying at my feet and there were gold paint shavings on the ground and the door looked like it had been scratched with a key, but I was in!

The cat was alive, although hiding as usual, and I fed it, grabbed some clothes and all was good.

And the dog piss house? I unfortuantely had to tell her at late notice that I could not house-sit her place because of an 'emergency' back in Australia that required me to go home. I felt like a bit off a prick for doing it, and I probably should have just told her that her house reeked of canine urine, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. So, I sent back the keys and hopefully she found someone to look after her dog instead.

So life trundles along. I hope everyone had a great Easter. I spent mine down in North Carolina visiting Laura. We went to a batting cage.

It was cool. The softball setting was fun. It lobbed down lollypop balls that I could take a swing at. They were easy to hit, although I think most of my hits would have been along the ground. Then I had a go at the baseball setting. I had the choice of 75, 65, 55 and 45mph. I thought I would be a man and go for the 65mph cage.

These balls were screaming down! I mean, I have faced 100kph cricket balls before, but these balls were coming straight and hard and they were hard to hit! Out of the 16 balls I had, I think I hit the last 8 or 10 in a row, but the first 6 were total strikes! Good fun though.

I saw V for Vendetta too. Kick Arse movie if you get a chance to see. It's the first thing the Matrix creating, 'Wachoski Brothers' have done since the Matrix, and it has a real revolutionary feel to it. Natalie Portman was great and of course Hugo Weaving as V was excellent. It's the sort of movie that makes you wonder if it could really happen, and wish that you could be involved when it does. A Revolution that is. Ask my mate Rowie and he'll tell you that it's just a matter of time before 'The Revolultion' begins, but perhaps this isn't the sort he was referring to…

Well,time to watch the new South Park.Whenever SBS shows the new season, you have to check it out. There are some classic episodes,including where Chef leaves, and where Comedy Central refuse to show the image of Mohammed. As usual the South Park boys know how to push the boundaries!

Oh yeah and check out My Flickr Page for a few new pics.

Plane, Monument and Sun

The downsides of petsitting April 12, 2006

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Yeah, so I spent over an hour trying to break into an apartment this afternoon.

Inside the apartment is my camera, a bag of clothes and oh yeah, a CAT.

I wasn't given the key to the doorhandle lock by the owner, and now she is in Europe and Iraq, and I have to somehow get into this apartment before I head off to North Carolina tomorrow afternoon.

Fun fun fun. I tried using paperclips and a letter-opener and now I have totally screwed up the lock. I got in contact with a locksmith afterwards, and hopefully they will help me out in the morning. But still, it's a pain in the arse.

Then I went to visit a potential dog-sitting client this evening, and she picked me up from the station. First thing i smelt in the car? Dog piss. Lovely.

She drove me to her place. And BOY did I smell it there. Totally gross and I was there for an hour and I could hardly stand it. I am supposed to be staying there for 2 weeks to look after her dog.

So what do I do? It's $150 for staying there for 2 weeks. Should I try and cover up the smell with sprays and smelly things, or just tell her that something else has come up and look for an alternative.

The downsides of pet-sitting. *sigh*

The life of a nomad.. April 8, 2006

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I write this from an Apple iMac that I am utilising whilst house/petsitting a little pug dog named Max up on W Street in NW Washington DC.

I currently have the keys to 4 different places in NW and NE DC and am looking after cats and dogs and houses so as I keep off the street. It’s an experience!

I really bit off more than I could chew this weekend. Not only is there Max the pug dog here, but there’s Kula the Shephard-cross up in Brookland, and Sue and T-Bone the cars in Adams Morgan and Pharmacuetica in Dupont.

Am I crazy or what? I will have to try not to double-book myself in the future however as it’s really crazy trying to commute between houses, and work out where to keep my stuff.

And there’s the animals! There is this cat in Dupont Circle, in this tiny little apartment on a hidden away street that hides. When I first went there with the owner, she had to go in first, so the cat wouldn’t hide away. So I turn up to check on the cat, and I can’t find her (or him? Who can tell) anywhere. The dog wasn’t touched. There was nothing in the litterbox. What the hell?

So I look upstairs and downstairs in the places that the owner said she might hide. But still nothing. There is a closed door which appears to be a spare room or something and I look in there, but at first look I see and hear nothing so I move on. 10 minutes later after still not finding the cat, I have a closer look in the spare room.
There, hidden away in the corner behind a box is a cat. Scared, hungry and freaked out.

The lady who owns this cat has gone to Iraq and France for a month, and she bought an Auto-feeder for the cat but she couldn’t get it working before she left. It took me 15 minutes or so, but I figured it out. This cat is totally skittish though so I’m sure I’ll have fun trying to find her next time as well….
Fortunately this place had a pushbike that looked hardly used, and I thought I would borrow it to trek around town instead of using up money on the Metro to get everywhere.

It’s worked out well, and I have managed to ride 20 blocks in 15 mnutes, which is quicker than the metro anyway!

So…thursday night!

It took me until I reached Washington DC before I saw John Butler Trio for the first time, live. They were at the 9:30 Club. Firstly, I rock up there in my Aussie Socceroos top, and I look around for the people that I knew were going. I didn’t have much luck finding them, so I ended up just pushing up into the crowd near the stage.

I look and listen and there are Aussies everywhere. It feels like I am at home, standing in the ANU Bar. I end up chatting to bunch of girls who are n DC as nannies. They tell me that they have been here 18 months and this is their 3rd John Butler gig. There’s American guys ALL around these girls as soon as their accent filters out. It’s pretty funny to watch.

So, JBT comes out and plays one amazing gig. They just churned out hit after hit and the crowd was lapping it up. It seems that they attracted a pretty big following in the States as everyone seemed to be singing along.
When John got up and played Peaches and Cream, with a single mic in the middle of the stage and a guitar, he asked the whole crowd to be silent. After he told one tool to ‘Shut the Fuck Up’ he went on to sing the song along with the whole crowd. And in the last chorus bit, the other 2 guys came up and sang along as well. It was acoustic, but it was electric. Just amazing to hear the whole crowd single along.
I was talking to some Americans after the concert (which went for a marathon 2 1/2 hours) and they said it was the best concert they had ever been to.
It was pretty damn good and makes me rue never seeing them in Australia before. But I am just glad that I got the opportunity to check them out here in front of a crowd they seemed like it would appreciate them more than an ANU Bar or Royal Theatre crowd.

So now I sit, in this house on W Street, in front of an iMac, on a Saturday night trying to decide whether I will go out or not.

Better go walk the pug first….

Where am I now? April 4, 2006

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So, I am staying at a nice place in Cleveland Park for a couple of week. This place is a short walk to the Zoo, so I will definitely have to go and visit the baby Panda soon that is a constant source of news in the District.

The Cherry Blossoms are out. The weather was warming up and then yesterday we were put on some sort of Tornado watch, and a huge storm rolled in at around 7:30pm. The clouds looked great and the lightning was spectacular. But no tornado. Pity. I think I will have to add that to my list of things that I want to see before I die.

The weather has consequently gone back down to about 12 today, and then 3 tonight (possible snow? HA!)

I have been so damn busy this last week trying to organise places to house/pet sit and meeting potential ‘clients’ and trying to organise all of my clothing. I brought WAY too much stuff over, as far as clothes go, and boy are they heavy!! So I have to try and ration out which clothes I bring and which ones I leave behind (at the ever faithful Dougall’s place).

Well, in other things, Dad is in Virginia right now which is great! He flew into NYC last night and to DC today, so I am looking forward to catching up with him over the next week. Thursday night is John Butler Trio night (Ooops…forgot to tell Dad that I was hoping to go that), and then Wolfmother are in Baltimore next week, only an hour or so outside of DC. I have been contemplating going to see them because I am damn keen to see them live after the awesome Big Day Out effort. I imagine a smallish club here in the States would be a perfect place to view them.

Their debut album was released here in the States last weekend, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before they explode here as well. I mean, they are shit-hot in Australia right now.

So shoud I head to Baltimore to see them? That is the question.

There is also Lollapalooza in Chicago coming up (RHCP and QOTSA!), Ozz-Fest in Virginia (Ozzy and SOAD!), HFStival in Maryland (Kanye West + more), Coachella in California (Wolfmother and Tool!)……SOOO many gigs. Too little money…

A big congratulations to my cousin for tying the knot last weekend, and a big Happy Birthday to my Aunt and my good mate (The big 30!) for the 5th of April. Hope you all have good ones!

I’ll try to write more this coming week seeing as though I am based in a house with super-fast Internet and I should have more alone time…