Junk Drawer # 2... Observations from Down Under

Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Sunday, September 2, 2012

For those of you who are new here, our junk drawers entries are a compendium of topics, observations, stories and whatnot that we felt probably weren't substantial enough for their own entries. Also, to be fair, I believe I stole the concept of the the 'Junk Drawer' from this man; moviebob.blogspot.com. I'd suggest you checking out his blog if you like movies, movie news, and general funny/insightful reading.

Kara the celebrity - Kara was in the paper shortly after we arrived here and so people have been recognizing her on the street and in parking lots. People are thrilled to have a new doctor in town, especially a lady doctor! It must be nice for women in town to have a woman doctor to go see. She went grocery shopping last week and someone recognized her in the parking lot and welcomed her to town.

Barmera Country Club - A few weeks ago we stayed for a weekend in Barmera where Kara had a conference/training weekend to attend. We were quite excited to go as they had us booked in the country club, which we thought sounded very fancy. Well, I don't know if 'country club' means something different in Australia, maybe it's not as high-class as it is in North America. We checked in at around 4ish on a Friday and the door was locked at reception, no one around, and no phone/bell to get anyone. We had to go online with Kara's phone and lookup the phone number to call. We got through and a guy came and let us in, checked us in and sent us off to our room. The room was freezing, the heater really didn't do much to heat it up but there were electric blankets so that was alright. It didn't look like it had been updated since the 80's, but
again, all of these things are pretty bearable. Until we made some dinner one night, and I went to pour some pepper on my meal, and it smelled.... like... poo. That's the only thing to describe it. You often say 'This smells like shit', but it doesn't actually smell like 'shit', it just smells terrible in some way. Well, this pepper smelled like shit. It must have been mice or rat feces, that's the only thing we could think of. I had to throw out my meal, and we split Kara's meal. It also stunk up the entire room, it got in the air. Gross. I brought the pepper shaker with us to reception when we checked out and let the guy know about it (in a polite manner), but he didn't seem too bothered by it. So, if you're ever in Barmera, I'd suggest finding alternate lodgings.

Kara's seeds - Kara and I really want to start a garden in the backyard, grow some vegetables and some herbs. Kara found seeds online for a dollar a pack and so bought a whole bunch. She got beans, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, spinach, arugula, basil and parsley. They came in the mail on Friday and so we're going to spend the rest of today out in the backyard planting and sowing, tilling and shoveling. We bought a trowel.

My new job/website - I got a job at the Lacepede Bay Motel, a nice little motel right on the beach. I dropped off a resume there for any odd jobs about two weeks before new owners took over. They have to update the computer system and neither of them are confident on computers so they hired me on to oversee the process and help them through it! I also built them a website, I work the front desk, organize the bookings and will soon be helping them with some general repairs and maintenance. I really like it and I love the people I'm working for! Check out this website I built from scratch; www.lacepedebaymotel.com

Rodents of Unusual Size - We found them. They live in Australia. Or, well, they used to, they are extinct now. The people that visualized 'The Princess Bride' must have used this guy as a model for the ROUS's.

Stubby holders - These are an essential apparently in Australia, the beer holders that keep beer cold. Before we even got here we learned from some Tasmanians we met in Vietnam that stubby holders were very important. We found some in our house when we got here whereas other things like an iron and a coffee table were nowhere to be found. So, stubby holders, who knew? They're more of a joke in Canada. Also of note, stubbies refer to any bottle here, not just the short-necked stubbies we love from so long ago.

Guitar update - We found out that with a capo on the 2nd or 3rd fret of our 50$ guitar, it stays in tune much better.

Highway road signs - These signs are posted all over the highways here and they make me laugh every time we drive by them. There are 3 of them; "Don't drive like a (picture of a rooster)", "Don't drive like a (picture of a doorknob)", and "Don't drive like a W-(picture of an anchor)". They're apparently causing quite a commotion, as evidenced by this article I found; http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/907206-controversial-dont-drive-like-a-road-safety-campaign-causes-stir-in-australia. There are pictures of them all posted below.

Infotainment - There's a channel that we get that plays nothing but infomercials from the 1980's and 1990's. It is unexplainable and hilarious.

Sea Sponge - Kara found a spongy type sponge outside our door this morning. It must have blown in from the coastline as it's very light and the winds can be quite strong coming off the ocean. We got it wet and now it's sitting beside our sink. Awesome-sauce!

Boxing a Kangaroo - Well, I finally boxed a kangaroo. Check out the pictures to see how that turned out.

Chicken in a Biskit - We also found a snack cracker called 'Chicken in a Biskit' and I recognized it from one of the podcasts I listen to called 'Mike and Tom Eat Snacks'. In this podcast, two fellas named Mike and Tom pick a snack, eat a snack and rate a snack. It's a different snack every week and I can't say enough good things about it. I hadn't actually listened to the podcast about Chicken in a Biskit yet so we bought a package and then we listened to the podcast as we ate this weird little snack together with Mike and Tom. We all had a lot of fun, especially Mike and Tom.
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