Friday, September 28, 2007

reasons to be a flight attendant

foudn this on a wonderful site

Reasons To Be
A Flight Attendant

Free flights.
All the peanuts you can eat. (Nice when budgeting)

Cool overnights, i.e., being paid to be in Vegas for 25 hours can be a really sweet deal.

Slipping "We know you're in there" notes under the lavatory door to bust couples that thought they had snuck in without being seen.

Did we mention the free flights?

Getting a 10% in-uniform discount off our McDonalds fries in airports around the world.

Sometimes having 16-17 days off a month, if we worked our schedules right.

The wonderful and interesting people you meet (although you must be cautious due to people wanting to take advantage of our access to #10: see below).

Seeing the look on your friends' faces when they ask where you got a particular item they admire, and you reply, "Oh, Paris – I think. Or was it London?"

Free flights were a definite bonus. Sorry, did we already mention that one?

Reasons We Quit and/or
Are Glad We Quit
(Short Version)

The Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome: We get no respect.

The stench that fills an enclosed metal tube packed with dozing people that have been eating peanuts. 'Nuff said.

Having to deal with predicaments such as the following: You have 12 very fussy First Class passengers, and 12 meals for said passengers. When preparing the meals, you accidentally drop one entrée. Question: Does the five-second rule apply?

Not being able to get on our free flights to go on vacation because they're overbooked, or because too many employees senior to us had the exact same idea. In this scenario free flights suck.
Having people say "BuhBye" with a snicker as they deplane, as if they are the only ones that watch Saturday Night Live. Here's a hint: It's not original, and not even mildly amusing.

One word: Turbulence.

Here are two more: Airline food.

Having to stand in the aisle and dutifully perform the pre-flight safety demonstration, only to look around to see that absolutely no one on the plane is paying attention. (Or, if they are, it's likely that your zipper is down)

Making plans to go out to dinner with the crew on an overnight and then cringing when the pilots show up in tracksuits, tube socks, and bright white tennis shoes.

Being trapped in a corner of the First Class galley while Scott Baio attempts a conversation with you. (F.Y.I.: Scott Baio has halitosis and hates Pittsburgh.)

Having to endure six weeks of unpaid training, which includes how to pour wine at 35,000 feet, but neglects teaching how to maneuver rollerboards on escalators.

The realization that our pantyhose and belts were much tighter (a.k.a. "Boeing belly") at the end of a four-day trip, and then having to wait a 24-hour period for our bodies to return to normal, post-airplane-bloat size.

3am wake-up calls from scheduling, asking "What do you want to do today?" before assigning a trip that leaves in two hours anyway.

Having passengers ask three hours into a flight, "What is that down there?" (while pointing to a speck of land, or spot of blue that looks suspiciously like a body of water), then having them give you a dissatisfied look when you tell them you're really not sure.

Wondering how to professionally reply to the 6'2", 230-lb businessman who just asked you to lift his overstuffed 70-lb suitcase into the overhead bin.

Having to bite our tongues as people moan about "the seats getting smaller" when we really want to shout "The seats are the same freakin' size! Maybe your arse is getting larger!"

The uniforms. The luxurious blue polyester "little man suits" (as we liked to call them) and housecoat dresses left us feeling decidedly unfeminine and frumpy.

Finding out that the rumors of being able to have "a man in every port" just isn't workable. Frankly, it's too confusing and exhausting. (Disclaimer: We do not speak from personal experience on this one – but from observing our old roommate, who shall remain nameless.)

Screaming children that despise being strapped down for hours on end, and cannot be reasoned with. ("Would you like some cookies? No? How about some juice? No? Well, you have to keep your seatbelt on Honey... you really don't want to be thrown forcibly in to the ceiling and have your head split open, do you?")

Other passengers that ask you to do something to quiet #19.

Working flights from New York City to West Palm Beach and vice versa.

Receiving calls from long-lost "friends" who ask for a buddy pass after five minutes of catching up.
Finding dirty diapers stuck in seat back pockets.

Having to stare at 100 laps several times a day during seatbelt checks while trying to ignore the grins from badly mistaken males that believe you are merely using it as an excuse to check them out... THEN... Later having to toss a blanket over the laps of those males while they are sleeping and obviously dreaming about seatbelt checks. (That's right guys: if you wake up on a flight and discover a blanket that wasn't there before, be very embarrassed.)

Developing painful bunions and unsightly varicose veins.

That mysterious crud that builds up in one's nose during long flights.

Having to endure countless... ahhhhhh... looooonnng... weellllllll... drawn out... hmmmm... announcements from... uuummmmm... the flight deck.

Having someone stop us in an airport we pass through maybe once a year, to ask us where Baco-Burger or gate such-and-such is.

Arriving at our overnight hotel at 3 AM, after a 15-hour day, totally exhausted, only to find that, for some inexplicable reason, our rooms won't be ready for another 20 minutes.

This one question in particular: "So, is this your route?" We found that we were spending way too much time attempting to explain (after being asked for the umpteenth time) our so-called "routes" and schedules. This question just might have been the straw that broke these flight attendants' backs.

Its time to go..................... Daniel !

last day at work !! caught a cab in this morning, thought i would travel in style (plus i had so much work crap to bring in)
Smiled bittersweetly at my last south to north harbour bridge crossing. Sydney has put on a glorious day today, with a top of 28 expected.

so kinda just need to sit around waiting for a handover meeting, with not much to do, then a long boozy lunch, followed by an exit interview, then im free and can leave the big brother house ! well feels like that a bit.

woke at 5.30 this morning, all ready to get up and go to work.. weird never been able to do that before.... except when im flying interstate. rang scott, he got ont he London to Hong Kong leg... but the flight out of Hong Kong to Sydney is full so fingers crossed for some no-shows otherwise he will be stuck in HK overnight, for lord knows how long.

so.. thats it.... next thursday 4 oct Dan will be leaving on a big jet plane, and he dont know when he'll be back again.

but its not all sad, although i think ill be bawling my eyes out come the day.
but scott will take my hand and lead me off into my bright future. who knows what adventures mighty mouse and wolf pup will have, but i know its going to be filled with fun and merriment. (and a very cold british winter..hahaha)

on the plus side, the Aussie dollar is getting.4346 pence.. (the highest its been in 1 year has been .4348) so ill be getting more bang for my buck!

not sure if i will have the chance to get back online before i goas i have cut off my home internet, so thats bye for me for now, and will update after i get to good old Blighty !

Thursday, September 27, 2007

last legs


Then i have finished work in Australia !!!!

this is so wrong

i cant believe this was actually a real show

Home Stretch

2 Days to go !!!

Had a fantastic dinner last night with Anna, down at the Bavarian Beer Cafe. got rather tipsy. quelle surprise!

woke this morning, happy knowing today is my last day in this uniform. threw my dirtys in the washtub and only have one shirt and pair of pants to wash tonight and I'm done !! YAY!

got a little sad this morning going over the bridge, thinking, its the 2nd last time i get to cross it in the morning. But the thought of Scott made me smile in the end.

hard to believe that after 7 months of separation and distance, and totally commitment to making this work, in 45 hours, when i see him next, that's it! we are together! we made it!

Nothing in this world can make me happier, than being by his side. (Anna commented last night that she cant believe I've gone soppy. Dan is so not the soppy type..) but i guess once you have met "the one" rules go out the window, everything changes. and i wouldn't have it any other way.

have only 2 hours actual work to do today and then... what the heck am i to do for the rest of the day ??

Hmmm i know..

OH MY GOD !!! look at the urinals in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse !!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Final Countdown Continues

3 Days to go.

Actually thought this last night as i lay in bed, and then all of a sudden it hit me...shit! only 3 days to a anxiety ridden moment.... what the Fuck am i about to do.. giving up my job.. moving to the other side of the world.... away from all my friends and support a place where i virtually know no-one. my blood ran cold and my heart raced (although it may have been the wine)
Then i thought of Scotty, and knew that no matter what, i would be ok. And all this angst of seperation and long distance thing will be but a memory and our relationship will be so strong because of how hard we have fought to make it work.

Still a bit nervous but also excited so im a bit Sybill at the moment.

running out of things to do at work now. when im not training or designing training courses, there isnt a lot to do, and since theres no point training or designing smething new.. im kinda left to just tidy up and try to pass on IP to everyone i think needs it.
got soooooooo bored yesterday as really did by 4pm, have totally nothing to do.

Penultimate steak night last night..... its weird when you meet someone new, at this stage, its like how much time do you invest on getting to know them? (there was a newbie at the dinner)
sat across from Ian, and got this really weird vibe go through me, at how important it is to really appreciate those you hold dear, as you dont always know how long you have them in front of you. Don and Andy gave me mum some lovely Gerlaton Wax (its a flower) for her birthday, so she was pretty chuffed.

Scott will be boarding his flight from LA soon... and thank fully by 11pm tonight we wil be back on track to call and talk for hours. (it really is enough to make you sick)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Final Countdown

4 Days to go, and work is....O.V.A.H Ovah!

just wishing it was all over and done with. getting a bit sad now as these days are starting to fill with goodbyes, and im getting a little sad. Im trying to be brave and trying to remain distant and hard hearted, otherwise i think ill be constantly crying.

Mum's birthday today, little possum that she is, she's not up to going out tonigh as still got the brace on her leg, but hoping by thursday she will be ok. Got steak night tonight witht he boys. not sure if this si the final steak night or the penultimate, so going to just enjoy it while i can.

Scott sounds like he is having fun in LA. Hoping he can make it down here by Saturday. Flight is looking rather full, but he does have high priority so fingers crossed he doesnt spend all of his trip in HKG !!

submitted final expenses today.... got to hand in the uniform on friday.. so casual friday for me !! yay!

Rona came up from Melbourne and we went for our final lobster dinner at Golden Century, down in chinatown. wont be affording lobster in UK, im betting.. not on a flight attendants wages.

sigh - best get back to work, while i can.

On the lighter side 2

On the lighter side 1

Monday, September 24, 2007

Its the Final Countdown!

Ok world, we are currently 5 days away from finishing work.. (well technically 4.5 days, or 36 hours, but who's counting)

spent a wonderful weekend, catching up and chilling with those nearest and dearest.
Thanks to the ever perennial hosts Don and Andy, for a suberb dinner on saturday nightand managed to have a surprise guest at their house for dinner, Crofty so managed to see hmi before i left.

Shopped for my latest little toy on saturday... ok went slightly over budget but scored a great deal (saved $150!!!!) a new Sony digital camcorder!! learning how to use it tho. important function, it has nightshot and super night shot.. for all those darkened room home movies i may wish to make.. lol

Sunday i got to meet my nieces boyfriend (she also turned 17 on sunday) and then spent the arvo chilling out with Ian and David.

couldnt have asked for a nicer way to spend a weekend.

Scott is in LA at the moment.. so hanging out for him to get a phone card so we can talk, or ill have to wait until thursday. GRRR !

On the lighter side

unconscious mutterings

Not done one for a while so here goes.

  1. Singles :: Kraft cheese slices

  2. Blaze :: a trail

  3. Sandwich :: pastrami on rye, hold the mayo!

  4. Outside :: George Michael

  5. Gooey :: snot

  6. Industry :: Travel

  7. Exclusive :: snobbery

  8. Warranty :: for an arresty?

  9. Magical :: Scott

  10. Heels :: hmm scott again?

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Just heard the most disturbing thing on the radio.
A cover version of the Divinyls "i touch myself"
but sung by a young girls choir from Belgium called Scala.
its just not right! but very funny to listen to.

On a lighter side

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

You Came

Someone I know is staring at me
And when I look into his eyes
I see a boy that I used to be
I hardly recognise
Cos in the space of a year
Ive watched the old me disappear
All of the things I once held precious
Just dont mean anything anymore
Cos suddenly

You came, and changed the way I feel
No one could love you more
Because you came and turned my life around
No one could take your place

Ive never felt good with permanent things
Now I dont want anything to change
You cant imagine the joy you bring
My life wont be the same
And Ill be there when you call
Ill pick you up if you should fall
Cos I have never felt such inspiration
Nobody else ever gave me more because

You came, and changed the way I feel
No one could love you more
Because you came and turned my life around
No one could take your place

I watch you sleep in the still of the night
You look so pretty when you dream
So many people just go through life
Holding back, they dont say what they mean
But its easy for me
Since you came
No one could love you more
Because you came and turned my life around
No one could take your place
You came, and changed the way I feel
No one could love you more
Because you came and turned my life around
No one could take your place

Monday, September 17, 2007

whacky laws around the world !!

HERE is a list of the world's most ridiculous laws or urban myths - were not quite sure... let us know which ones you think are real.

- In Victoria Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a lightbulb.

- In Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.

- It England, it is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

- It England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

- It England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

- In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.

- Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.

- In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.

- In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.

- Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

- In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

- In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.

- In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.

- In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.

- In the UK, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

- In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.

- In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.

- In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.

- In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

- In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

- In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

- In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

- In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet – the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders”.

- In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

- In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

- In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.

- The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen - in case she needs the bones for her corset.

- In Eureka, Nevada, USA, it is still illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women.

- In Alexandria, Minnesota, USA, it is still illegal for a man who has garlic, onions or sardines on his breath to have sex with his wife.

- In Logan County, Colorado, USA, it is still illegal to kiss a woman while she is asleep.

- In Providence, Rhode Island, USA, it is still illegal for shop owners to sell toothpaste and toothbrushes to the same customer on a Sunday.

- In Zion, Illinois, USA, it is still illegal to offer cigars to your pets.

- In St. Louis, Missouri, USA, it is still illegal for firemen to rescue women who are still in their nightdresses.

- In Ames, Iowa, USA, it is still illegal for men to have three sips of beer while they are in bed with their wives.

- In Maryland, USA, it is still illegal for radio stations to play Randy Newman's song 'Short people'.

- In Oklahoma, USA, it is still illegal to make faces at a dog, a crime that could result in a prison sentence.

- In Texas, USA, criminals are still required to give their victims at least 24 hours oral or written notice giving details of the crime they are about to commit.

- In Washington, USA, it is still an offence to pretend that you have rich parents.

- In Baltimore, Maryland, USA, it is still an offence to take a lion into a cinema.

- In Tremonton, Utah, USA, it is still an offence for a woman to have sexual intercourse with a man in an ambulance. She can be charged with a misdemeanour and have her name printed in the local paper.

- In Oxford, Ohio, USA, it is still illegal for a woman to undress in front of a picture of a man.

- In Miami, Florida, USA, it is still illegal for anyone to imitate an animal.

- In Afghanistan the Taliban militia banned women from wearing white socks just in case men find them attractive. The police are also ordered windows to be painted black to stop women being seen from the outside.

- In the USA impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states.

- In Illinois, USA, it is against the law to give a lighted cigar to a pet.

- In Iowa, USA, it is against the law to kiss for more than five minutes.

- In International Falls, Minnesota, USA, it is against the law for a dog to chase a cat up a telegraph pole and dog owners can be fined for this.

- In Kentucky, USA, it is illegal to carry and ice cream cone in your pocket.

- In Louisiana, USA, if you bite someone with your own teeth it is classed as 'Simple assault' but if you bite someone with your dentures it is classed as 'aggravated assault.'

- In Massachusetts, USA, it is illegal for mourners to eat no more than three sandwiches at a wake.

- In Chico, California, USA, the law says that anybody who detonates a nuclear device within the city limits is liable to a fine of $500.

- In Lebanon any man may legally have sex with any animal just as long as it is a female.

- In Conorsville, Wisconsin, USA, it is illegal for a man to fire a gun while his wife is having an orgasm.

- In Tremonton, Utah, USA, it is illegal for a woman to have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance.

- In Oblong, Illinois, it is illegal to make love while fishing or hunting on your wedding day.

- In Bahrain it is illegal for a doctor to look directly at a woman's genitals while he is examining her although he is permitted to see their reflection in a mirror.

- In Ames, Iowa, USA, a husband may not take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with his wife.

- In Hastings, Nebraska, USA, the law says that hotel owners have to provide a clean white cotton nightshirt for each guest. Also no couples are allowed to have sex in the hotel unless they are wearing these nightshirts.

- In Willowdale, Oregon, USA, no man may curse while having sex with his wife.

- In Indonesia the punishment for masturbation is execution by decapitation.

- In Kingsville, Texas, USA, it is against the law for pigs to have sex on airport property.

- In Florida it is illegal to have sex with a porcupine.

- During World War I anyone found to be a homosexual in the French army was executed.

- Hundreds of years ago in Japan anyone who attempted to leave the country was instantly executed.

- The very first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.

- In Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, in 1917, it was illegal to tie a male horse next to a female horse.

- In San Diego, USA, hypnotism is banned by public schools.

- Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.

- In Paraguay duelling is legal just as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

- In Milan, Italy, there is still a law that requires citizens to smile at all times or risk a hefty fine. The only exceptions are visiting hospitals and funerals.

- In Switzerland every citizen is required by law to have access to a bomb shelter.

- In Burma it is illegal to get internet access. If a person is found in possession of a modem he can be imprisoned.

- In Bangladesh it is against the law for schoolchildren to cheat at school exams. Pupils as young as 15 can be imprisoned for this.

- Until 1984 Belgians were made to choose their children's names from a list of 1500 drawn up in the days of Napoleon.

- In Romania, in 1935, Mickey Mouse was banned because the authorities thought that the sight of a 10ft high rodent on screen would terrify the nation's children.

- Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because he never wore pants.

- Belgium is the only country that has never imposed censorship on adult films.

- Karate films were banned in Iraq in 1979.

- In Indiana, USA, during the 1950's, all Robin Hood films were banned because authorities thought that robbing the rich to give to the poor was an act of communism.

- In Iceland it was once against the law to own a pet dog.

- The bloodhound is the only animal in the world whose evidence is admissable in court.

- In Basle, Switzerland, in 1471, a cockerel was found guilty in a court of law for laying an egg "In defiance of natural law". The bird was then burnt at the stake as a "Devil in disguise".

- In Stelvio, Italy, in 1519, a court issued a warrant for the arrest of a gang of moles that had severely damaged crops. The moles were sumoned to court but when they failed to appear they were sentenced to exile.

- In South Bend, Indiana, USA, a monkey was once found guilty of smoking a cigarette.

- In Munster, in 1670, the courts banished a plague of fleas from the city, prohibiting them from returning for ten years.

- In Seville, Spain, in 1983, an alsatian dog was arrested for snatching handbags from shoppers.

- Judge J.H. Logan from California, USA, created the Loganberry fruit. He crossed a wild blackberry with a cultivated raspberry and came up with his own fruit.

- In ancient Sparta men were required by law to eat at least two pounds of meat every day. This was supposed to make them brave.

- In Turkey, during the 16th and 17th centuries, it was illegal to drink coffee and anyone caught doing so was sentenced to death.

- In Venice all gondolas have to be painted black unless they belong to a high ranking official.

- In England, in 1865, a law was passed stating that any self propelled carriage on an English highway had to have a crew of three, one of whom had to walk in front of the carriage with a red flag to warn horse drawn vehicles of it's approach.

- In Rome, 2,000 years ago, Julius Caesar banned chariots from the centre of Rome to ease congestion.

- In London, England, there is still a law that states London Taxi cabs must carry a bale of hay at all times.

- In Bermuda, up until 1948, all private cars were banned.

- At one time it was against the law to slam car doors in Switzerland.

- In Britain, in 1888, a law was passed which stated that every cyclist had to constantly ring the bell on his bicycle non-stop while the machine was moving.

- In Singapore it is illegal for a person to walk around the house naked and not flushing the toilet. Also a person can be executed if they are found in possession of more than 200g of cannabis resin. Oral sex is banned unless it is used only during foreplay and if a person is caught littering the streets he is forced to make an appearance on TV with a bib around his neck saying "I'm a litterer."

- In Birmingham, England, it is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex on church steps after sundwon.

- In Iowa, USA, it is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrants.

- In Denmark it is not illegal for a convicted prisoner to escape from prison. If the escapee is caught he only serves the rest of his sentence.

- In Denmark it is illegal to start your car without first checking to see if there are any children asleep underneath it.

- In Thailand it is illegal to step on a banknote, leave your house without wearing underwear and if you drop a piece of bubblegum on the pavement you can be fined $600.

- In Thailand all cinema goers must stand up during the National Anthem before a film starts.

- In Switzerland it is against the law for men to urinate standing up after 10pm which is the same time that it is illegal to flush the toilet.

- In Canada, by law, 1 out of every 5 songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian and in British Columbia it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch or Bigfoot if one is ever found.

- In Alberta a released convict is entitled to a gun and a horse to ride out of town on.

- In London, England, it is illegal to use a camera tripod, throw a stick for your dog or use an offensive powder like pepper on your jacket potato in any park.

- In London, England, wife beating is legal just as long as it is not after 9pm and it doesn't disturb the neighbours.

- In London, England, it is illegal to impersonate a Chelsea pensioner which once carried the death sentence in the 19th century.

- In Lebanon men are allowed to have sex with any other animal just as long as it is a female. If a man is caught having sex with a male animal then the penalty is death.

- Non-Christians have been banned from being within 20 metres of churches in Rovato, Italy. The move, instigated by the local government, has angered police because a major highway passes within 15 metres of one of the churches. Officers claim that they cannot be expected to stop motorists and demand to see a Baptism Certificate.

- North Carolina has a law to ban people from swearing in front of cadavers. The law also sets out guidelines transporting the recently deceased after one funeral firm was caught piling stiffs onto the back of a pick-up truck. It outlaws 'profanity, indecent or obscene language in the presence of a dead human body' making it technically illegal to say the 'f' word in front of a hearse!

- In Minnesota, USA, it is still against the law to hang male and female underwear together on the same washing line.

- In Indiana, USA, in the 1950's anything to do with Robin Hood was banned on the grounds that robbing from from the rich to give to the poor was a communist act!

- In England, in 1837, a law was passed that entitled a woman to bite off a man's nose if he kissed her against her will!

- The Egyptian government banned male belly-dancing in 1837 because of the enthusiastic riots that it caused.

- In Arizona, USA, it is illegal to hunt camels.

- In California, USA, in 1986, Judge Samuel King became so annoyed that jurors were absent from his court because of heavy rain that he issued a decree which stated "I hereby order that it cease raining by Tuesday."
Amazingly it stopped raining on Tuesday and California suffered a 5 year drought.
In 1991 the judge then decreed "Rain shall fall in California beginning February 27th." Later that day California had the heaviest rainfall in ten years.

- In Alexandria, Minneapolis, USA, it is against the law for a man to make love to a woman with the smell of sardines on his breath.

Take, Store or Throw

what an interesting weekend.

After spending 7 hours on saturday converting my millions of CD singles onto my ipod so i can take the music to the UK. rediscovering some old old faves. not sure how im going to convert my vinyl to digital. got the turntable but not sure how to record in my laptop. i think windows media player can do it.. but ill play until i figure out.

spend most of sunday sorting my life into 3 distinct piles.

Take (to UK)
Store (at the sydney house until who knows when)
Throw (out)

found some photos i never knew i had.. found heaps of Ansett memorabilia, and even found my very first pay packet. was in 1986 at K-mart and i got $122 for the week. god that seems like so much back then too.

ended up throwing out 3 whole boxes worth of crap that i have carted around with me for the last few moves. Stuff that you think.. oh ill keep that for memories sake, but in reality you never really look at it again.

need to get some photo albums to store the dozens of old photos i found. was a bit sad going thru azll those boxes...seeing happy and painful memories of past, but also acknoledging without them i woudlnt be who i am today, and look how far ive come over the years.

Looking forward to hording loads of junk with scott! he is a bit of a hoarder too and needs to really work hard to get his flat ready for my, and my junks arrival.

going to do more sorting tonight, but since i have an 16 hour work day tomorrow.. (god i cant wait to start the new job. at least there a 16 hour day would have a 3-4 hour break in the middle of it) last training trip tomorrow anyway.. off to sunny downtown brisvegas !

Friday, September 14, 2007

Meme Borrowed from Muzbots blog

been reading a mates blog, and he had done an interesting meme, so thought id give it a go right now. (hope ya didnt mind there muzzy)

1.Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
Cabin Crew Non Emergency Sitting Position.
Sit upright, head against headrest, legs together, feet flat on the floor and slightly behind the knees.
Palms on jump seat under thighs. THINK SAFETY
(B747 cabin safety manual) i know.. how geeky am i!!

2. If you stretch out your left arm as far as possible, what are you touching?
a framed picture of Scotty sitting on my desk at work

3. What’s the last program you watched on TV?
sadly, Sunrise on Channel 7 this morning.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
2pm (hmm, its 1.41pm)

5. Aside from the computer, what can you hear right now?
traffic on the street below, the hum of the printer, and someone turning pages as they flick thru paperwork.

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
About 20 mins ago. had a cigarette.

7. What are you wearing?
a very sexy navy blue trouser and flight centre light blue french cuff business shirt. (sexy ! NOT!!) does it count that im wearing a jock strap under it all tho ?

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
I Dreamt i was telling people in england, that i was there to stay, "this is it, im here forever now, im not just here on holiday, this is my life now." there was then something about a gay parade down the street (not connected to my arrival) and someone trying to offer me drugs (i have really vivid and warped dreams)

9. When was the last time you laughed?
yesterday when scott sent me a funny poem

10. What’s on the walls, in the room you’re in right now?
a shirtless picture of Stephen Dorff its on my cubicle wall, next to a picture of scott and his sister

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
the guy sitting next to me on the flight from melbouren to sydney, taking off his shoes and flexing his socked feet throughout the whole flight, in the space in front of my knees.
The flight attendant making announcement on descent to review the safety card, and the captain standing at the exit door as we got off, saying goodbye to everyone.

12. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regard to politics or bad guilt, what would it be?oh god, Muz stole my fave idea about having super powers. that would so have been my thing.
so runner up... i reckon that no one in the world would have greed and there was no need for aggressive material gains. (prob similar to star treks replicator technology)

13. Do you like dancing?
Yes, but need to relax a lot to lose my inhibitions

14. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Boy: Matthew James or Brent Aaron
Girl: Jade or Kira
although currently i think Scott Campbell Thomson is about the sexiest name on the planet.

15. Would you ever consider living abroad?
never, not in a million yes, esp since im about to do just that in 19 days. although i would never have imagined it would have been the UK. But now its happening im very excited about it.

Things i bet you never knew about Melbourne

Since i have said goodbye to Melbourne, i thought I would post a few interesting facts that ive learnt about Melbourne.

Did you know that

Black Box flight recorders were invented in Melbourne ?
A Melbourne man invented the "black box" flight recorder. Nobody in Australia was interested in David Warren's invention, developed at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne in 1956, but he was invited to develop it in the UK. Soon, the "black box" was in use world-wide and in 1960 all Australian airlines were compelled to install them

Vegemite was invented in Melbourne in 1923 (and subsequently did you know every jar of Vegemite 'ever made' has come from the Melbourne factory at Fisherman Bend !!)

Amazingly, the Dim Sim was invented in Melbourne in 1945, by chinese chef William Wing Young (that really astounded me.)

The world's first feature film was shot in Melbourne. 'The Story of the Kelly Gang'

ACDC Lane in Melbourne's centre celebrates the heavy metal rock group AC/DC. ACDC Lane is off Flinders Lane, a block and a half from Swanston Street, where the video clip to 'Long Way' to the Top was filmed.

Also, The worlds first McCafe was in Melbourne.
And the worlds first Blood Bank was in Melbourne. (founded by Dr. Lucy Meredith BRYCE)

Did you know the term "Call Girl" for prostitute was invented in Melbourne in 1891

Melbourne had the first gay and lesbian radio station in the world. Starting with a 90 day test licence in 1993, Joy Radio was one of only four community stations to receive a full licence in 2001.

The site of the popular Queen Victoria Market, opened in 1878, was once a cemetery. There are still roughly 9,000 people buried under the sheds and car park of the market. Every time work is carried out at the market, bones are disturbed.

Melbourne's Luna Park is the world’s oldest amusement park under private management. The St Kilda landmark opened in 1912 on the site of 'Dreamland' which closed in 1909.

Melbourne was briefly named 'Batmania' after one of its founders, John Batman. Other proposed names included Bearbrass, Bareport, Bareheep, Barehurp and Bareberp.

But Funniest of all, is the Moobma Festival in Melbourne
The word Moomba may actually be an insult. Melbourne’s popular annual festival was supposed to be named after an Aboriginal word meaning 'let's get together and have fun' but some experts say differently...

“…one wonders how anyone could be naive enough to believe that all this can be expressed in two syllables. In fact 'moom' (mum) means 'buttocks' or 'anus' in various Victorian languages and 'ba' is a suffix that can mean 'at', 'in' or 'on'. Presumably someone has tried to render 'up your bum' in the vernacular.” (Barry Blake, Australian Aboriginal Languages).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

bye bye melbourne

about to leave sunny melbourne.

its been weird knowing this is the last melbourne trip. the time has been full of "lasts" i keep running thru my head... this will be the last time I......

last time to catch a cab from the airport to office
last time to drag that suitcase up the steps to the office
last time to stay in this hotel
last tim eill eat from the local mcdonalds here
last time ill see most of these employees.

got a bit teary saying goodbye to some yesterday
went to see a good friend at work who used to work in sydney with me. gave her big hugs. she made me hug one of her gay boys goodbye

got to say goodbye to brett, a really good mate of mine who lives here. ill miss the bugger but will def keep in touch with him,

so now its the last time ill be catching a taxi to the airport from flight centre melbourne.

hate the qantas dinners but better than having to buy a stale chicken wrap !

11 working days to go!!!

oh my final fly out date from australia is now set at 3oct !!

Monday, September 10, 2007

the last month

this weekend was a thankfully long weekend in sydney. All thanks to APEC. although yes the police totally overreacted in some cases to non violent bystanders, one poor camerawoman was brutally thrown to the ground for just standing in the wrong place. however i didnt let that spoil my weekend.

on friday i modelled for a photo shoot, for the promotional poster for Woof Clubs 2nd birthday party. shame i wont be in the country when this is on, to attend and maybe get some celeb recognition....(lol) im dreading to think which shots willbe used, however, all is in good taste (erm.. well best allowable taste)

sat night went out to a party and then to the shift, and somehow managed to see many many people that i know, so if worse comes to worse i have at least seen those i would need to, although there are still a few more i need to catch up with.

had a huge fight with scott on sunday night. aint love grand! but things are being smoothed out. with many lessons learned.

monday has blurred past and already its 2pm.. where did the day go ? i have so much work to do, but need to take a lunch break.

on the countdown stakes

14.5 work days to go.
24.5 more days to go until i leave australia
42.5 days until i commence flight attendant training

have calculated that my 1st working flight will be 2nd of dec. eeek ! just in time for the xmas rush.