Sunday, December 18, 2005

Seasons' Greetings and more

Admittedly, whenever I see those "[your name] needs" lists, I think "How silly" and condascendingly so. But then I tried it via googlism. Hey, it is kind of fun! Really. You going to try it? What, me hypocrite?



Went for a little stroll with da boys for this rally. There were some initial fears about there being some violence, but we went nevertheless. The only hitch was that Den, who emailed us all about the rally, was at home setting up his stereo. That's right, society is crumbling around him but at least he'll have good sound. OK, I confess I did spend a bit of energy looking around for the other bloggers who said they were going to go. I think she looks like an elaine, her a Lady Cracker, a Cotton, an Outspoken and that one a subl. Well, he *did* look like a girl to me, initially. I was standing next to the guy holding the "Racist Liberals Fascist" placard, for the curious.

The media's role in all this? Check this out, a Today Tonight transcript from July 2005, I think. It is the *only* time in my *whole* life I've ever written in to complain to a TV station.



*sigh* And on the topic of society crumbling, was thinking about how pyramid selling is illegal as a business practice cos it is unsustainable. And yet, the current model that society is based on is this ie. perpetual growth in terms of population, always needing to have more young people than old, business have to grow every year etc... Take this random thought and it's implications as you may. Sound like Eeyore, u say?

Anyway, on Sat, on the way to see Harry Potter, I listened in controlled horror as my kid sounded out her tale about how she had dared her karate instructor to break a piece of wood using the instructor's head for $2. "You what?" and when I better composed my reaction, "Look, I know I often do this to you (ie. offer money for chores0) but I dont think it is a good idea for you to dare others for money. I am sorry but I was setting a bad example for you". She seemed to understand, I think1. Fatherhood is often a series of many tough decisions. "And dont call me Dad in public", I said and clipped her ear as she walked away. I think she'll turn out OK after all.2 I didnt dare ask if the practice was now rife in Grade 3.

And on a lighter note, this vodka ad is sort of funny. Uses the Numa Numa (Romanian?) song3 as background music.

My current ear worm? It is this song by The Rosebuds. OK, so it's pop. I'm a shallow guy (but I cast a long shadow).

And finally, have a safe and beery Xmas and a terrific 2006! Joy To the World!4

C'ya next year! Ole, ole, ole... On to the world cup.

050 cents per chapter to read me the hobbit.
1I am not allowed to use words with more than 4 syllables.
2I didnt really clip her ear.
3Was going to put the "images that look like porn but really isnt" link but thought it might be too tacky. Technically work safe but....
4version by Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide.

35 comments:

Husky Nutmeg said...

Re: media agendas: this is precisely why it is so important to source information as widely and directly as possible before coming to conclusions.

Too many people take one opinion and run with it. What happens when history is written from reporting such as that?

And thank you for being there on Friday night. Your actions and words have an impact.

Susanne said...

I know exactly how that cartoon guy feels. Nah, not really.

Good on you for going to the rally. Maybe it's just my 'My home town's so much better than Sydney' mentality, but I would like to think that what happened at Cronulla wouldn't happen here in Melbs.

Steph said...

Good on you for going to protest. I'm an apathetic slob. I fully intended to go till i was struck down with a hangover. Smack me!

Steph said...

Good on you for going to protest. I'm an apathetic slob. I fully intended to go till i was struck down with a hangover. Smack me!

Chai said...

hn : Truth be told, I did nothing. I could be writing letters, lobbying politicians. All I did was go round the block from where I work to listen to some person talk.

suss : I think Sydney has Alan Jones and gang fanning the situation. B*stard.

Steph : *smack* ..... *smack* .... Well, you did ask for it twice. Hangover beats marching. Dont sweat it. Just dont do evil. *maniacal laughter in the background* ps. how come u deleted your 'tongue' post? Hope u didnt get into trouble.

Husky Nutmeg said...

little steps

Armagnac Esq. said...

Good work, sorry I wasn't there...

I've met one of the lady bloggers you mention. Another was due at my last drinkies, so I kept going up to random strangers and saying "scuse me, are you ladycracker by chance?"

Given none were, you can imagine the looks...

elaine said...

if you took that pic, you may well have seen me as it's right near where I was standing.

Chai said...

hn : I guess. Thanks for the positive vibe.

armaniac : It's hard work, wondering, wondering....

elaine : you're messing with my head, right? (as I rush look at the other photos I took, just in case).

Steph said...

work girl who's tounge was in the pic got kinda narky bout it. Plus it was messin with my template. Grrr.

elaine said...

nope. no messing. I was standing just near the phone box.

Chai said...

steph : silly coworker. And regd template, you can change the width height of your picture to suit eg <img src="http://pic" width=320 height=320> in case u didnt already know.

elaine : bummer. I am in your line of sight whereas you are not in mine.

Jay said...

My favourite is the footnotes. Real classy.

Rigo Bear said...

Hola.

Just popped in to say Merry Christmas, etc.

Don't get up to too much mischief!

p.s. tee hee! my word verification is icbume. ahhh, i'm so immature!

Another Outspoken Female said...

I was the one standing up on the bench behind the clown, near the bewildered parents of the children queing to look at the Myer windows. Did you see me?

Have a good clownmas :)

Chai said...

jay : hee, hee... resorting to my kid as blog fodder. Lowest form of blogging, u say?

rigo : Hello! I left a comment on your blog but in my stupor, it wasnt on the latest post (it was on the nigle gohl one). Oh yeah, apologies for mooning you.

outspoken : Heyyyy.... I saw the clown. Sadly, it distracted me from noticing you. There is this unnatural thing with clowns and I.

Happy festivus to all.

Mel said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus and whatever else they say, but have a lovely few days off. x

Husky Nutmeg said...

Chai

May it be joyful.

Susanne said...

Merry Christmas to you too!

ChickyBabe said...

Merry Christmas Chai! Hope Santa is good to you!

debs said...

Hey, did you enjoy Harry Potter and did you think it was suitable for your child? I doubt they'll be having nightmares about it.

Hope your xmas was a blast (mine was hectic rushing from one venue to another with too much food at each).
Have a fun new years! xx

Justine said...

Merry Christmas Chai!

Chai said...

mel, husky, chicky, suss, just, debs : Wishing you a terrific 2006!

debs : HP4 was disappointing, I thought. The kid thought it was scarier than #3 but #3 was a superior movie. She wants to go see it again cos "I didnt really get it", she says. I like her.

Husky Nutmeg said...

Thanks Chai. I'm not ready for 2006. I think I'll stop in 2005 for at least a week... almost.

Have fun.

Justine said...

You know, I've started seeing people around, then I think, "OMG! That could be [insert blogger name here]!" Esp with cyclists - I've started thinking they're all Mikey.

sublime-ation said...

Righty-ho, you've been tagged.

sublime-ation said...

Righty-ho, you've been tagged.

Chai said...

hn : get ready. Here it comes....

just : Me too, me too. Everywhere, at the pub, at the bookshop, restaurants, urinals... ok, maybe not the urinals.

subl : I dont do memes. This meme dies with me. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

sublime-ation said...

What an evil laugh. I thought you'd be into it...I didn't find it articularly enjoyable, so don't feel any pressure. It can die. It's a 2005 one anyway, so there's only one more day left of that.

sublime-ation said...

ps I just saw this guy at the pool, thinking 'that could be Chai.'
Justine, Chai: we are really pathetic.

Chai said...

subl : I'm glad the evilness came through. I'll think about the memes. They're too personal. And what if I let on too much of my darkness (dark, like.... Batman... viz the first movie). Pool, eh? Resolution #7 for 2006 - learn to swim.

Husky Nutmeg said...

twenty six and a half hours left. I'm not shaking yet.

Mao the Burmese Cat said...

Happy unears simian!

scarlett said...

Hope you have a good night Chai, you've got about 6 and a half hours to finish painting and become buff, Happy New Year! x

ChickyBabe said...

Happy New Year, Chai! May 2006 be very kind to you. Keep writing those neatly packaged posts! :)