Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cut of Your Jib

Four words of the day: Brekkie, Sunnies, Servo, Arvo

"It's too late to get brekkie! How bout we eat in the arvo after we buy some new sunnies at the servo?"
"I did not understand a damn word of what you just said."

Australians love to shorten their words. Why? I guess it makes things easier, or in their words: "We can't be bothered." To wit, brekkie is short for breakfast, and I can understand that. Sunnies are short for sunglasses, versus how we call them shades. Fair enough. Servo is short for service station/gas station. I can almost see the connection. Arvo, however, is short for afternoon. What. The. Hell!?! I don't know how that is anything remotely close to afternoon, so I think the people here have been getting too much sun...not that I blame them.

Besides the far out (they still say that here) slang, life here has been peachy keen. In the past 10 days I've been to a handful of beaches, walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge, went on an awesome job interview, went to the Chinatown night market, went to a Cypress Hill concert, hiked Wentworth Falls, watched fireworks at Darling Harbour, hung out with good friends, took some really sweet pictures, and have been eating really good food. Life is gooooooooooooooooooood.

I can't remember the last time I've been this happy for such a prolonged period of time. This is easily one of the best decisions I've ever made. As each day passes, my opinion that living in Australia is better than living in America solidifies even more. Granted, I'm funemployed, but even so the weather is great here, the people are friendly, the scenery is beautiful, there are so many places to go (beaches, mountains, wine valley, city life), and there is always something going on in or around the city. For example, this weekend is 3 days and nights of Fiesta at Darling Harbour where there'll be 30 bands, 45 dance groups, 15 dance classes all FREE. October is also Art & About in Sydney where the whole month they're showcasing art, music and performances in public places in the city. October is also Sydney's month-long International Food Festival and week-long International Auto Show. Hell to the yes...

Art & About at the QVB
While I've been raving about how great Australia is, there is an epidemic spreading here that is of grave concern to me. You see, the people here are quite friendly, fit, and stylish. However, a lot of the style ends with men's hairstyles. Sydney is one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the world, with large populations from the United Kingdom, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Lebanon, India, Italy, Phillipines, Greece, Korea, and Japan. Because of this eclectic mix of cultures, you get some really cool hairstyles and some really BAD ones. When I say bad, I mean BAD. I have never in my life seen as many mullets and rat tails in America as I have in Sydney. The worst part is these hairstyles aren't on bogans (Australia's version of rednecks), but on everyday people...and they think it's cool. Why? WHY? I'm a hater I know...but look at this. LOOK AT THIS!

Why would you allow your son to have hair like that?
I don't go around taking pictures of people's hair because it's weird (Besides the picture of a picture above.) It's really none of my business, since I don't care what someone thinks of how I present myself unless I look like a total ass (Whoever is thinking "That's everyday." can shut the hell up...jerk.) In the end, who cares how you look, as long as you're proud of how you look right? Individuality is key. So if these guys are proud of how they look, more power to them...but damn I can't help but laugh.

Anyways, crossing my fingers for REALLY GOOD NEWS on Friday...


At September 30, 2010 at 1:16 AM , Blogger George Achilleas Ioannou said...

haha, it's true that ozzies shorten everything. glad to see that you're enjoying yourself keep up the posts!

At October 2, 2010 at 2:33 AM , Blogger Vincent said...

gluck man, hope u hear good news too.

At October 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Amy said...

arvo makes sense to me. somehow. maybe it's a commonwealth thing.

aussie's DO get a lot of sun!(higher incidence of skin cancer over there).

mullet = business up front, party in the back!

At December 18, 2010 at 6:43 AM , Blogger karentl said...

lol amy i love your comments. just catching up on your blog now howard!


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