Monday, January 14, 2008

It is I, Adam, The Not Smart

Why hello there,

I've been at work for approximately 17 hours. Can I make it to 24 hours straight? Only time will tell...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Adam the photogs.

Here is my photography portfolio. It's on another website, but if you're ever interesteds, this is where you can see where I'm at (photographing-wise, not location). Since I'm really still very much learning the whole bizzo, I'd be totally interested in any shots you way hate or don't mind.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I'm surprised Chester Copperpot didn't get further than he did. Didn't really put his back into it...

I read this meme over at Enny's and I liked it, so I thought I'd give it a go - a retrospective on 2007.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Um, nothing.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
Nup, ummm, nup.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I dunno.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Probs not.

5. What countries did you visit?

- Meme after one proton energy pill giving me the strength of 20 tigers for a period of 20 seconds -

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Actually made and saved monies. Has honestly never really happened before apart from that 4 months of my first job when I was still living at home with parentals or similar.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
My new years resolutions for 2007 were to become 8% more hilarious and eat 32% more vegtables. It was a tough year and they were hardcore resolutions. During the year I peaked at a hilarious rating of 13% up on the previous year and at times also slumped to a rating of -4% on the previous year. The average ended up being a rise of 7.89% on the previous year - which is an improvement to be proud of, but not exactly the result I was looking for. The vegtables one I failed dismally purely because a large portion of 2006 I was living in Brisbane by myself and the usual nightly meal I would prepare was a mountain of meat and vegtable heaped on a plate. Early in 2007 I moved back to Melbourne and had normal person meals that incorporated more than 2 types of food groups, but meant that the actual quantity of vegtables dropped...

My resolution for 2008 is to have 6% more fun and make 12 more friends than I had in 2007.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not superclose no, I wasn't standing next to a single person in 2007 who dropped a childs on my shoes. One of my good friends' wife (can't believe I know married dudes) kidded up on the 3rd of Jan 2008, does that could as 2007?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Well, actually, yes. For the first time ever someone I was good friends with died while he was in London. He was totally fine, then got sick one night, fell into a coma and died a fair bit later. It was quite an emotional rollercoaster, especially when word got around that he had died, then we found out that was incorrect, then a day later he did.

There was also little Chester, which one ARC still misses him terribly.

5. What countries did you visit?
Totally none. 2007 was a building of finances and businesses year.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Not excited about any products or services, I feel I've got all the toys and essentials I need. Wouldn't say no to a hoverboard. Freakin' abs.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 1 - my company starts operating and my life instantly improves.
April 22 - my birthday and Cara organised a nice thing that was nice.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moved house twice but only totalled a random dude's car once - actually, that wasn't even me, it was Caras. Um, I must have achieved something big, um, I didn't unleash any plagues onto mankind, I didn't build the tallest building, I didn't acquire any TVs and surround sound that would transform my place into suburbia, I didn't acquire a single henchman the entire year. Maybe I can achieve something this year, ie, an army of legs with nasty kicking shoes.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I didn't get all the golden coins from One-Eyed Willy's Ship in the cave. I mean, I did grab some gems in my marbles bag, but to be honest, I didn't exactly take advantage of the situation.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The RSI was definitely my biggest concern and 2007 was the year that I tried to punch it right in the top of hands. Unfortunately I was completely unsuccessful and currently quite discouraged. I still have options but I'm just not emotionally ready to tackle it again just yet.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new company to call my own. I'm now not lining any of the pockets of the man and wish I had done it years ago (although I wouldn't have appreciated it as much if I had). All my contracting goes through my own company that I'm also setting up to be a management company for others. I totally done with so many peeps making money for nothing off contractors who don't work very hard at all. I intend to run them all broke by charging just enough to cover costs. Cara was also able to contract through my company which meant I could totally buy my employee a laptop which was a super ace macbook that she's been music'ing up a storm with. Also iRiver X20 - musics and TVs in my pocket - makes me the non-boredest ever - may hev forgatten how to read.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Into this and this and food, movies, rent.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I'm not sure I did in 2007, maybe about the first two links in question 12.

14. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Anything from the divinyls, who we saw at the Forum, anything from Midnight Juggernauts or Plastic Palace Alace.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter
c) richer or poorer? Richer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
In 2007, I don't really have any regrets at all. It wasn't the most exciting year at all, but it was pretty important to buckle down and earn up - the difference in stress levels at the start of the year to the end of the year was huge.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work with goofs, doofs and crazies... but there isn't a lot I could do about that. Apart from skitzing out and leaving, you can't do a whole lot choosing who to work with.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
If you scroll down a littles, you can probably read so many words on this very topic. If you can't be bozed, so many family things.

19. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I'm pretty much always falling in love with inanimate objects, animate objects, peeps, pets, clouds, rocks and foods, but yes, I find myself falling for young Caras on a fairly regular basis - damn unmanly emotions!

20. What was your favorite TV program?
2007 was the year of Scrubs. I had never seen an episode before and have now watched all 6 seasons.. Season 5 twice...

21. What was the best book you read?
No real standouts for me, I read million (or poss. a billion) books earlier in the year, but I didn't become a Ravey Rave McRavey holding bazookas to dudes and chicks heads/genitals demanding they read any particular collection of fictional or pretty true words bound by human skin or similar. Shame.

22. What was your favorite film of this year?
Transformers. I'd say "Surprisingly good".

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I totally turned 29, it felt like such a lame age to be turning. It's totally like getting second place in a schoolyard sprint. What's the point, really? If I saw 29 in the street, and I was driving, and had some mates in the car so no one would beat me up and the lights were green, I'd totally yell out the window at 29. Cara organise a nice dinner with friends that inlcuding gorging on meat and meat related desserts. It was grand.

24. What kept you sane?
The simple fact that I'm way better at skateboarding than old people who live in nursing homes in countries where concrete is banned. Unfortunately, I am worse at most things than most people including arts and crafts and playing the guitar.

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz...

26. Who did you miss?
29, if he ever crosses the road, I won't miss again... Also good friends of mine who think I'm ace but went overseas anyway. Selfish.

27. Who was the best new person you met?

Since our friend Mich is totally single in the sea of coupledom, she's made some new friends who are superfun. There is a whole gang of them and we very much enjoy their company. It's grouse finding whole new gangs of friends. They haven't heard my jokes before.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Was there totally a mouldy bit on my breakfast burger? That's not good.

Dan's 30th birthday - A Dude's Review.

Dan's 30th birthday started at 9:30pm on Friday the 4th of January 2008 at the pub called Transport at Federation Square in the city of Melbourne.

Unfortunately this reviewer arrived much later than the start time in the hope that the heavy drinkers in the group may have achieved an uncatchable alcolholic lead. He had also imagined that he would arrive instantly, completely forgetting to allow for travel time and the 'does public transport even exist these days, if so, in what manner' moments.

Therefore the Dude's Review will begin from approximately 10:30pm:

Venue: Beer = expensive , lighting = good, view = river, staff = quick. 'Transport' is probs a better name than 'Walking Quickly', 'Bus' or 'to carry, move, or convey from one place to another'.

Venue Patrons: Full of yupogans.
2 parts yuppie, one part bogan, these dudes wear designer t-shirts, spend all not-working time at the gym, have textured hair and expensive mobies but still seem dumber than a box of rocks.

As I approached the venue, the doorman/massive beefster of bounce, gave me the obligatory 'hey, how you doin', welcome to our lovely establishment, come right in and we'll look after you'/grunt-nod. I was nervous, I used to hang with these homies every Friday & Saturday night for most of my pre and early 20s. Adventures had been plentiful, jokes had been in, laughs and also playstations had been loud, but I hadn't seen any of them for years, which was my fault and knew I'd cop a hard time about. What if they had changed into balding, fatcats who spoke mainly of investment schemes and private schooling for childs?

Of course, I am idiots because once I found all the tall dudes of lank in the room, curse my normal person height, they were all exactly the same as the olden days, with slight variations in haircuts and shoewear. Although, some of the dudes have bought or are looking to buy property. Huh? Since when does turning 30 mean growing up? Property owners are usually only barons who charge the serfs too much for toiling the land. Anywho, the dudes weren't so keen for drunkeness like I remember, but that was cool seeing as I am at work right this very second 'n' all. Dan had a good birthday, but for a dude who was usually out cold, sleeping in a mate's brother's car before midnight most parties, he was quite the normal. I did a bit alright with the catching up, and the excuses for non attendance of anything for years, and the getting past the ackward gap of all the big things being spoken of to bring yo convo to the small important things of fun.

All in all, I give this event a 7. Could have used more adventures/accidental hilarity.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cherry Ripes should be longer

Hi kids, I have been the Slack of Blog, and it's because my head has been buzzing with so many things that I haven't been able to chuck any single thought onto internet paper and thusly have brought nothing to the interwebs.

I guess the second reason is that my boss of work is so houndingly that I don't really have many spare, non-interuptive, blog moments.

Anywho, hi. Cara and I came back from working at the Falls Festival for New Years. I don't reckon I've ever had such an understated midnight. The headlining band, Kings of Leon, did a quick 10, 9, 8, at 11:56pm and then quickly continued with their rocking and their rolling. We did the pash, hugged our new friends and then it was all done. We were exhausted, working at Falls was probably the hardest, longest, most frantically I've ever worked in my life and the hot days were hardcore, with little respite. That said, I've come out the other end, super content and planning to do it all again next year armed with hindsight aplenty.

Christmas was actually ok. For the last few years it gives me an almost unbearable stress that makes me want to hide away from the world for two days. I think I don't cope with the way that it becomes Not About Me, or more specifically, all about what totally old dudes and chicks want. I was especially getting anxious because I've been having totally no days off from work, and was all set to spend precious, precious freedom sitting on various couches at various places waiting for hours until it was the socially acceptable time to leave.

There were four family things; the first one was with my Dad, his partner and his new, tiny little childs, my sister and Cara at Yum Cha in the city. My sister was all eye-rolling when the little childs came along, I think she wanted Dad's attention all to herself, but having the kids there meant that the whole thing was wrapped up in an hour. It is hard to converse when kids are stabbing things with chopsticks, but I was cool with that, talking is totally overrated.

The second thing was lunch at my Mum's place. I was totally not looking forward to it because my Mum used to be a bit of a psycho. She's totally been alright the last few years, but 34 million times bitten, twice shy, etc. It was cool though, she cooked many foods (usually I have to grab something to eat on the way there and the way back), the convo was tension free and it was actually kinda fun. Whooo! Cara and I escaped just when it looked like they wanted to settle in for the afternoon so we had totally gotten out while everything was still sweet.

The next two things were Cara's things. I'm usually not a massive fan of these things either, mainly because they usually go for 10 hours and once everyone has done the appropriate small talk with me, I'm usually discarded by all - which is fair enough, why small talk a non-blood when you can hang with your cuz who used to be your very best friend until they moved interstate (for example). It's a huge cliquey family. This year though, I actually had an alright time, we were still there from 10am to 6pm which is crazy long and a bit boring, but obvs I've been in the family long enough to be in the gang now and there were some family peeps that didn't have their usual gang there so they hung with me instead. Cara's family things are Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Christmas Day was the long one, Boxing Day is usually harder as the family numbers got from 20 to 40 and the dudes I should hang out with are super occa/boring. Luckily, Cara also felt a bit out of place, we got outta there after the appropriate time so we could live LIVE! Boxing Day had a few more family peeps that are falling out of the clique these days, so I had friends again, it was cool.

The other thing I don't really like about Christmas is presents. I find it a bit frustrating because we all have monies to buy things that we like, and the peeps I should buy things for I don't know well enough, so everyone gives each other random token things that nobody likes. It just seems silly to me. Anywho, Cara is one unemployed bum right now, so she did it all. WHOAAA! How much does she rock? So much!

So, that was rad also, giving this Christmas the highest rating since I was 11 years old: 7.5