Thursday, November 30, 2006

oh god - i guess someone had to come up with this

for lack of anything special to say today.. heres a laugh

and this one is for Paulo !!!!

Und ich vermiss dich Deutchland (god this made me feel a bit homesick - even tho im not German)

Views from my Hotel Balcony in Brisbane

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

this trip was cursed

got out of training, 35 mins late... course ran overtime.. and walked into the muggiest weather.. i could sense in me waters there was a storm a brewin.

standing at brisbane central railway waiting for the train... it was so hot and muggy sweat was just dripping off me like every pore had its own tap, and all of them were turned on full bore.

got to the airport, watching the ominous black clouds, heavy and pendulous, slowly covering the sky, creating this weird early darkness... or maybe it was just the daylight savings or lack there of.

anyway.. in queue to drop my bags off.. and they call my flight to come forward... made it with just 5 mins to spare... and dropped off the bags.

got up to the gate... boarding in 5 mins.. only to be told via this great voice rfom beyond.. our boarding is delayed by 5 mins.... and then 5 mins later, to be told that there is a storm overhead (there is? ) and that the airport is closing down and no flights will go in or out until the storm has passed.

then the storm begins and rain and lightening can be seen out the panoramic windows.

all of the sudden, all the airport terminal lights go out (like are they dimming the lights for some unfelt takeoff or landing??? ) giving us a wonderful view of the great disco going on in the sky (all those strobes!!!)

time marches on.. and im starting to get worried.. with the time difference in sydney, we have about an hour before it will be too late to leave brisbane as the sydney airport will be closed. thankfully after 40 mins of waiting... all of a sudden we are boarding. THANK GOD! i didnt relish the though of having to traipse back into town with my bags.. to find accommodation and spend another torturous journey to and from the airport in this heat.

the coupel next to me are an asian couple, and the guy is constantly spitting into the sick bag.. YUCK!

anyway.. about 15 mins after take off we start hitting the roughest turbulence ive been thru in about 30 years of flying. the plane is shaking and dropping.. the poor asian guy next to me is petrified. every air disaster scene i have ever scene flashes before my eyes... as i recall how the occupants of the impending crash are thrown around just like we are now. i try to remain i know its only the weather.

the guy next to me starts asking me if this is normal.. and tells me hes really scared... so i start to calm him down.. trying to sound confident and cheerful and try to keep a smile as the plane bucks about and drops lord knows how many feet. he keeps talking t me and i explain how much ive flown and how the planes are designed for it and how the pilot can see the rough weather of the radar and will aim for the safest route.. i deserve an academy award for my performance of calmness and comforting.

for the rest fo the bumpy flight, he continues to talk to me, and how scared he is and im doing all the comforting.. i feel sorry for the girlfriend who must aslo be a bit nervous and hes totally ignoring her in order to calm himself via me.

thank god we land.. thats all i can say.

got in 90 mins late.. im sure im cursed for flights at the moment.. this whole trip seems a bit behind the 8 balls from the word go.. cant wait to see how the next one goes.

couldnt help myself

this is for.... well you know who you are.

"Angels Brought Me Here"

[Verse 1]
It's been a long and winding journey,
but i'm finally here tonight
Picking up the pieces, and walking back into the light
Into the sunset of your glory,
where my heart and future lies
There's nothing like that feeling,
when i look into your eyes...

My dreams came true,
when i found you
I found you, my miracle...

If you could see, what i see,
that you're the answer to my prayers
And if you could feel, the tenderness i feel
You would know, it would be clear,
that angels brought me here...

[Verse 2]
Standing here before you,
feels like i've been born again
Every breath is your love,
every heartbeat speaks your name...

[Bridge 2]
My dreams came true,
right here in front of you
My miracle...

excuse me while i just go throw up in the bushes....

Thoughts of the day

Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

hmm.. deeeeeeep !

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Rhyme :: Reason
  2. Substantial :: appetites
  3. Instant :: gratification
  4. Greed :: Lust
  5. Brad :: Janet
  6. Season :: to be jolly..fa la la la la (oh god!)
  7. Accomplished ::Phew
  8. Invite :: hope
  9. Sparkle :: smiling eyes
  10. Rainbow :: cant have them without the rain

Brisbane Wolf

oh man.... what a schlep! yesterday was the day from hell....murphys law really was in force and whatever could go wrong, did go wrong.

taxi was a little late and we hit traffic as we neared the airport, and i missed check in for my flight by 5 mins.... the first time in my life (after many many many years of flying) did i actually miss my flight. had to wait 30 mins for the next one, not so bad.
taxi queue at Brisbane Airport was monstrous.
got to the training office to pick up the data projector... at the time that i was due to start the course, but the place i was training was 3 large blocks away. luckily i had one of the students onside and has sms'd her to tell the others i was 10 mins late.
raced the 3 blocks, with luggage, laptop bag and data projector in tow.. got there, drenched with sweaty. brisbane was mega humid and was more like swimming than walking.

got to Level 10 of the building i was to train in... but no one was around to tell me which training room i had been assigned. since there was only 1 left spare, i assummed room 1 was mine.
the manuals we had delivered to the team leader over here were no where to be found...and neither was the team leader.

none on the computers for my trainees to use has log ins on them so no one knew how to access the computers. AHHH.. so had to spend precious time on phone to helpdesk.. who were no help. eventually we found a log in and extrapilated the rest of the log ins.

then i had 2 trainees do a no show.

by this stage i just wanted to cry.

training went ok.... although we were behind.

was so out of it with stress.... after ordering a black coffee from the shop downstairs, and having the guy hand it to me saying black coffee... it took me until the last sip to realise it actually had milk in it.

walking around at lunch was a treat... i keep forgetting how much eye candy there is in had a bit of a perve which kept me through the afternoon.. i have noticed the major difference between sydney and brisban epeople is that brisbane people will make eye contact in the street and sydney people dont. which when i first came up here kinda freaked me out.. b the end of the day i kept thinking...why is everyone looking at i have something on my face?? until i realised we are just cold in sydney.

by the time i walked the 5 blocks to my hotel in the sweaty heat... i just wanted to hide in my hotel room, wishing someone would just hug me, and hold me and let me know the day was over, and i had survived. a little physical reassurance sometimes goes a long way. suffice to say even though i was beat, i couldnt this huge king sized bed, prob too many things running around in the mind. again, would have been nice to fall asleep in a securing pair of arms, protected from the big bad world, that seemed against me that day. (my turn to protect next time eh?)

today however is just peachy keen and things seem to be going well. its bloody hot but that means even more perving material!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Woof with a capital "WO"

WOW! last night at Woof club at phoenix...... what a night. finally we are getting something here which resembles germany. and i tell ya, what a friendly crowd. (well prob all except for me.. for some reason wasnt much in the talking mood)

for the first time in my life, i actually had guys coming up to me all night trying to chat me up. yes i know.. but honestly it was the first time this happened all night.. usually im lucky if one guy will come up to talk. (and with me being shy, i usually dont go talking to others off my own bat) so it did wonders for the self esteem.

and wouldnt you know my luck... because i had to have a decent sleep and make sure i didnt overdo it so that i can fly to brisbane and train on monday, i couldnt follow up on any of it. yeah sure, i guess i could have played onsite, but thats not really my thing. but kudos to those who did. such is life when you have to keep one mind on your career, and being sensible and knowing you would regret having a bigger night come monday when youre in front of your class teaching a new course.

slept a whole big chunk of today, so that tomorrow when i have to leave at 5.30 am im not going to feel like a run over piece of road kill. shame im going to have to miss woff club 1st birthday next weekend, but somehow i cant picture Marius from Switzerland there, and i wouldnt dash off to go to an event on his first day in australia. (priorities!)

i think last night was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

todays thoughts

heres a song that struck me today. seemed appropriate

But Don.... this is one for you mate. saw it and somehow you were the first person who sprang to mind.

and heck, i should not forget MB. heres one for you mate, bet you havent seen this version before. thought it appropriate tho

Friday, November 24, 2006

slip of the brain

in the cold splash of reality yesterday, totally forgot to add in.. i had my first language slip up yesterday. was giving directions to a work collegue, who is new to sydney, and when she finally understood where i was directing to, in my excitment i actually said "genau" in german rather than "exactly" in english.. totally out of the blue and totally surprised me. may not seem like much, but really thrilled me that in the heat of a moment, i would by mistake speak a language that isnt my mother tongue, especially when i worked so hard to learn german. so kinda made me a bit proud.

trying not to think too much on the unexpected revelations of last night.... not going to let the past get me down! so i looked at this, which always makes me smile.

too small a world

sometimes the world can be such a small place, and 6 degrees of seperation can be only 2 degrees. funny how an innocuous conversation can suddenly dredge up a score of forgotten feelings. feelings that run deep and can be so affecting. that you thought were dealt with and done, then they suddenly arise to slap you in the face. i guess life is one ever contuning learning curve.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

loose ends

after all the madness of this week, im at a loss as to what to do tonight.... im kinda looking forward to hopping on the bike and doing an exploratory ride.... maybe cross a main road or two.. god im daring! (and god im deluded)

little puzzle for those out there in blog land.

how do you pronounce this word ghoughphtheightteeau ??

hint - if you can pronounce GHOTI you can pronounce this one

i shoudl prob offer a special prize to the person who gets it right first

for my mates across the tasman pond

since i have a few mates in NZ, i thought id tease them with this, which just landed on my desk

Kiwi to English Dukshuniry

Milburn - capital of Victoria
Peck - to fill a suitcase
Pissed aside - chemical which kills insects
Pigs - for hanging out washing with
Pump - to act as agent for prostitute
Pug - large animal with a curly tail
Nin tin dough - computer game Munner stroney - soup
Min - male of the species
Mess Kara - eye makeup
McKennock - person who fixes cars
Mere - Mayor
Leather - foam produced from soap
Lift - departed
Kiri Pecker - famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps - potato chips
Ken's - Cairns
Jumbo - pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills - Christmas carol
Inner me - enemy
Guess - vapour
Fush - marine creatures
Fitter cheney - type of pasta
Ever cardeau - avocado
Fear hear - blonde
Ear - mix of nitrogen and oxygen
Ear roebucks - exercise at the gym
Duffy cult - not easy
Amejen - visualise
Day old chuck - very young poultry
Bug hut - popular recording
Bun button - been bitten by insect
Beard - a place to sleep
Chully Bun - Esky
Sucks Peck - Half a dozen beers
Ear New Zulland - an extinct airline
Beers - large savage animals found in U.S. forests
Veerjun - mythical New Zealand maiden
One Doze - well known computer program
Brudge - structure spanning a stream
Sex - one less than sivven
Tin - one more than nine
Iggs Ecktly - Precisely
Earplane - large flying machine
Beggage Chucken - place to leave your suitcase at the "earport"
Sivven Sucks Sivven - large Boeing aircraft
Sivven Four Sivven - larger Boeing aircraft
Cuds - children Pits - domestic animals
Cuttin - baby cat
Munce - usually served on toast

unexpected surprises part 2

sometimes something can happen, that will snap you out of your cynical delusions that sydney people are so sterotypical (ok we prob are but you forget that not everyone was born and bred here) and that not everyone succums to sydney syndrome.

sometimes something can happen that feel like such a well needed breathe of fresh air, that it takes you quite by surprise.

sometimes something can happen that makes you run through moments over and over in your mind analysing.

sometimes you just wanna throttle someone for being so guarded but yet that in itself is the refreshing mystery in a city where so often all is on display and hurry up your 15 minutes expire soon.

sometimes you just wanna laugh, when you find out that others percive you ina certain way and are so nervous about you.. when youre going thru exactly the same thought processes.. its a wonder anyone can survive in this world of insecurities and nervousness.... although you should never ever let that stop you from doing anything.. just its amusing when it happens.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

unexpected surprises

help - im melting! thank god for air conditioned offices.

today its 38 degrees in sydney, and a really dry wind thats making the city feel like one big giant fan forced oven (and heres me the roast chook on the rotissarie)

wasnt looking forward to the ordeal of travelling home on the metallic torture tube, but just when you think the future is looking grim, a nice little surpise can pop out of the blue and give you something to look forward to.

now if only i could invent a time machine to speed up the rest of the work day so i can get to the good stuff

Cruel and unusual torture

I wonder if Amnesty International have cottoned on to the inhumane methods that are being practised right here in Sydney, by none other than the salubrious state rail.

It occurred to me this morning, as we were all crammed into an already overfilled train, like a pack of battery commuters.

To top off the experience, it’s the muggiest day so far this year, and there’s no air-conditioning in the train. You know it’s hot when the train stops at a station and when the doors open, the temperature outside, that was previously thought to be hot, rushes in like cool breeze.

Then the real torture begins of the trains stopping in between the stations for what seems like forever, effectively trapping everyone in a (barely) standing room only sauna. As the oxygen is rapidly depleting, the only thing you can concentrate on to keep you going, is that one solitary bead of sweat that starts at the base of your neck and maliciously meanders its way down the entire length of your back, at an excruciatingly slow crawl, to finally disappear in the depths of your butt crack, only to be magically transported back to the top again, like a hyperactive kid at a water slide park, to repeat the process all over again. It’s reminiscent of some warped Chinese water torture method.

The train stops between stations for seemingly no reason, for what seems an eternity, then starts again, only to go so slowly that im sure a 90yo grandmother could walk faster.. forcing us all to be kept like hostages and endure this punishment for as long as they can draw it out.

If this was a prison, human rights groups would be up in arms about the conditions, and yet, we accept this, as its run by the state, and called a transport “service”. What amuses me is that we actually pay to undergo this torture (hmm mind you some people pay good money to be treated badly although I challenge anyone to find me someone who gets off on overcrowded overheated trains)

That bike is looking like a good alternative to get to and from work.

(as you can tell.. i didnt enjoy getting to work today)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

unconscious mutterings

Thought id join the craze that seems to be sweeping the blog world

  1. Teacher :: patience

  2. Fifty :: ways to leave your lover

  3. Crossword :: mental callestenics

  4. Stuffed :: roast chook

  5. Family :: friends

  6. Purr :: me on a sofa with a nice pair of arms wrapped around me

  7. Toad :: licker

  8. Cocktail :: garnish without end

  9. Insecurity :: first dates

  10. Magical :: first kisses

Life can work in mysterious ways

Its funny how random collisions of chance can turn out (go chaos theory!!)
but then life is like that (a box of chocolates apparently)
sometimes all it takes is a little bravery and a little ingenuity. fortune favours the brave.

anyways... tonight is my Boys Bit of Beef night! $10 steaks at the rose in Erko. (great value for 400 gram steaks! and i think i know someone who will prob appreciate that - go the $4 pies)

going to need a beer tonight.. today in the team workshop i got given (lumbered?) with the ownership of the system user guide (yay me! NOT!)

just about to leave work now... not sure if i feel like a bike ride tonight but will give it a thought when i get home

Monday, November 20, 2006

on ya bike !

after getting home.. tired and sweaty, i literallyhad to force myself on the bike, but ended up riding for about 45 mins, back and forth, forth and back.. up and down all the back streets of Erko. having been years since i was on a bike, i wanted to stick to quieter realms so that i could get the feel of the bike and gain my balance again....

fuck me if i cant get the gears figured out.. i dont know which way im supposed to be setting them to go uphill. went up one steep one and nearly puckered out.. and god damn it if there were not 2 guys walking down the street att he same time, and there was just no way i was going to tucker out halfway with an audience.. which was kinda good since it spurred me on to push myself past the wall. reminds me of my days at martial arts class, where we would be doing group exercise, and there was no way you wanted to be the first one to give up and conk out.

managed to be brave and go across mitchell rd (main rd) although thank god a car came coz my wee bike didnt seem to be activating the trigger to make the lights green.

getting off the bike was an experience.. thighs and calves ached like they were made of lead.. felt a bit like a thunderbird (and NOT lady penelope!) i think im going to like riding, just i think it would be nicer to be able to ride with someone rather than scooting around on my own... but i guess we cant have everything in life now can we?

cant believe xmas is just around the corner. UGH. where has this year gone?? and where have all the flowers gone come to think of it? this time of year is both happy and yet annoying... endless xmas carols from manically cheerful choirbots, but sparkly pretty things all around.. hopefully some presents for you.... the beauty of the jacaranda trees lining my street, raining lilac flowers, creating a carpet of mauve for you to walk to work on... except they fill up the front yard, and turn bown and create a never ending sweeping task. (well as i always say/think.. if you want the rainbows, you gotta put up with the rain.)

gonna be glad when the team is back in the office tomorrow. was bored brainless today being there on my own. got a cource design workshop tomorrow.. (all day - gack) but at least its one step closer to getting the course to bed and i can get out there and in front of my trainees (god bless em)

WOW - talk about BLOW ME AWAY

was speaking with Paulo, my cool program director (hahaha sounds like im a professional if i say that) last night... he pointed out that the podcast that i do the occaisional show for has finally made it to the front screen of itunes music store. WOW !

Way to go Kite FM

was totally blown away to find out that 11 thousand people downloaded our show in just 1 week. god, now im nervous about making the next show.

well home.. its a bit hot today.... itching to go out on the bike.. so might just have a rest and pause after work and then hit the tar.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

once more into the warmth

well.. finally got back from freezing cold melbourne. just my luck to get there in time for a polar front moving in, whihc mad the wind icy cold.. you wouldnt think it was nearly summer.

ive come to the conculsion that Melbournians are totally in denial about their weather, because whenever you say MEL has crap weather, they are the first to defend it...and yet, amazingly everytime im down there.. the weather is crap. hmm.. although, the germans have a saying, wann engels reisen, der sonnescheint (when angels travel, the sun shines) so im guessing im no angel.. well .. with a nickname like boser it any wonder?

have finally decided to buy a bike tomorrow.. and no.. sadly not a motor bike, just ya average push bike.. just to get around from A to B. i had no idea choosing a bike was such an arduous task.. or so varied in price. basically just wanted one to get around on and try to pump up the excercise levels before i get back into martial arts. having been a lazy pig over the past few months.. i really ned to get back into shape. BJJ (Brasilian JuJitsu) is still on offer at work.. and whats more to the point, sometimes the police protection services guys come down to use our gym to train, so i may end up sparring with one of them.. (lol like id last a second.. but think of the challenge) so really needing to get the endurance levels up. cycling, esp in this hilly city, seems a logical way to start. and then maybe work my way up to a nice motor bike once i get my head around having an equity morgage. (and you think im having problems deciding on a push bike.. wait til i start looking at motor versions... sporty or classic? )

well.. got one more week in sydney, and then off to brisvegas for a few days for work, then back to sydney for a week, before Marius arrives from Switzerland.. then dragging him to Bris for a week as work just told me i have to go up to train some teams on the new system.. and somehow in the middle there i have to make my way to Adelaide for a day and Perth for 2 days. sigh.. spreading my mayhem across the nation!

my life as a soundtrack

saw this on a guys blog (thanks muzbot) and thought id give it go

If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be?
Here's how it works:Open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod).
Put it on shuffle.
Press play.
For every question, type the song that's playing.
New question - press the next button.!
Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool !

Opening Credits
I Feel Divine - SJ

Waking Up
Filthy/Gorgeous - Sissor Sisters

First Day of School
Prides Paranoia - Futureshock

Falling in Love
I like love - Solitaire (no shit this actually came up)

Breaking Up
Downtown (breakbeats mix)- Petula Clark
(god how embarrassing that i even have this, but proving im not cheating)

(is this the way to) Amarillo (summer party mix) - Hermes House Band
(ok getting really embarrassed now)

Life's Okay
This much is true - spandau ballet

Mental Breakdown
The Music in Me - Boogie Pimps
(well how else would i lose my plot completely than lose myself in music?)

Make Luv - Room 5

Four to the Floor - starsailor
(oooh err!)

Getting Back Together
Listen to your heart - DHT
(oh dear i think im going to cry)

Out with my baby - guy sebastian
(would anyone actually WANT to marry me knowing i have this song)

Birth of a Child
Billie Jean (white label remix) - Michael Jackson
(no shit this really was next - and how apt ... the kid is NOT my son!)

Final Battle
Push Up - Freestylers

Death Scene
Why did this happen to me - Simple Plan
(ok now this is getting freaky)

Funeral Song
Dont go - lizzy mack
(i laughed so hard coffee almost came out my nose)

End Credits
Days go by - Dirty Vegas

ok, the world now knows......
1/ what a total dag i am
2/ this is a movie no one would wanna ever see

Thursday, November 09, 2006

ploddin along

god im exhausted. this week training just 1 person seems to be even more tiring than a whole class room full. i guess it means actually more talking, less pauses and full steam ahgead and i feel this poor woman is being bombarded by my voice..droning on and on. have eaten about a ton of training minties (if my shit aint white this week.. id be

looking forward to the first of my travels (domestically) next week where i get to go spend 5 days in Melbourne (hope its warmer and sunnier than sydney coz the weather sure do suck right now... bloody had to catch a taxi to work to day because i left my umbrella at work and wasnt about to contuct training in a soaking wet suit. although maybe that would have been an interesting look.

bring on the weekend.. i need some fun and relaxation !!!!!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Race that stops the nation

Well, today is Melbourne cup day, this one 2 minute race down int he the city of melbourne that actually stops the whole country. people in offices and workplaces around australia actually stop work to watch this race. im sure none of us really know why, but its a good excuse to stop work, have a glass of champagne and have a bet on the hourses.

the people in melbourne even get a public holiday.. Sheesh. so typically has meant a very very quiet day at work.. so bored was i, that i decided to get creative and make a facinator out of a sheet of A4 paper and a mintie packet. Melbourne cup is as much about race fashions as it is about the horses..and so i got into the spirit. hopefully ill be able to get a pic of my creation on here at some stage.

Travelling Dan

Well, my first course has been successfully completed. had 9 trainees over 2 days.. and i LOVED it. had forgotten how muchi really enjoyed training, but also had forgotten how absolutely draining it is. by 4pm on day one i was so tired and my eyes were killing me. luckily there was only an hour to go, and by the time i got home that night, was exhausted.

day 2 of the course went a lot easier, and wasnt sooooooooo dead by the end of it. got really great feedback from the attendees. even had one girl tell me it was the best course she had ever done.. which is always nice to hear.

have to run the course again this week.. so ill be well practiced on this one.

next week i get to go to Melbourne for the week, where i will be the trainee, on a course, which i will then be able to train others. (seems i will do this a bit)
the following week i have to attend a training course on M/S outlook, so that i can then ontrain other users how to use it. (i know how to use outlook but its just getting the training methods for it in my head)

Then last week in Nov, i fly to Brisbane to train a course, then to Perth to train another course. First week in December i have a day in Adelaide to train, then a week in Brisbane. Talk about travelling.. just as well i love that challenge.

something very rewarding about being sent to a straneg city, havingt o survive on your own, rely on yourself, find your way, operate soley self sufficiently, represent your division, and interact with a group of strangers in a business sense... it reinforces how capable one can be and gives a sense of self satisfaction that i can overcome any obstacle on my own. i learned alot whilst i travelled in europe this year and how i have the confidence to know i dont need to worry about anything that can be thrown at me during my working travels.

think of all the freq flyer points coming my way ! Yahoo!!!