Monday, October 11, 2010

Grievances

Words of the day: Fruit loop, Buck's night, Cozzie

"Hey mate, you gonna be a fruit loop in your cozzie at Buck's night?"
"What the hell."
"Are you going to be a fool in your swimsuit at the bachelor party?"
"Maybe..."

I've been in Australia for 33 days now...and while I still believe Australia is awesome, there are a few things I'd like to get off my chest that America does way better than Australia.

1. The movie theater experience.
In Australia, while you can purchase tickets online and then pick them up at the box office, electronic kiosks are non-existent here. NON-EXISTENT!!! I guess it's the laid back nature of the people here who aren't in a rush, but I waited in line for 30 minutes to buy tickets for a movie. Luckily, their previews run long much like America's so I didn't miss the movie. Unluckily, a 3-D movie costs $24.50 per ticket!!! You read that right, $49 for two tickets to watch a movie!!! On top of that, when you get into the theater you have assigned seating. No seat saving here...the seats also aren't staggered, so you have a big possibility of getting your view blocked by the person in front of you. (I feel sorry for whoever sits behind me.) On the bright side, the seats are much more comfortable than the ones in the US.

I hate you.
2. There is no real bacon.
This speaks for itself. There is no real bacon here. Bacon is not like ham! The bacon here is very similar to Canadian bacon, which is good in its own right but is still not bacon to me.

Who are you? You're not Bacon. You're dead to me.
3. Unfurnished apartments.
So I'm looking to get a new place to live since I have a job now. Nothing against my roommates, especially the guy living in the living room...but I like my own place. I'm already paying $320/week to share a place with 4 other people and though the location is awesome, sometimes you just need to upgrade. Unfortunately, that upgrade comes at a steep price. The 1 BR places I've looked at are $460/week, $490/week, and $500/week.

$500 week comes furnished, has an AWESOME balcony and is very spacious, but do I really want to use old furniture, pay a high bond (security deposit), cut into money that could go towards savings, and not get to decorate my place?

Oh hey

$460 comes unfurnished, has a nice balcony, study area, and is in a good location, but the room is awkwardly shaped, the commute is longer, and it comes unfurnished.

This picture is kind of weak, but it's not that bad.

$490 comes unfurnished, is two levels, has nice floors, is in a good location, but it has no balcony and comes unfurnished.

Not too shabby.

Unfurnished in Australia means no refrigerator, and sometimes no washer. WTF! I don't know if the cost of buying them outweigh getting a furnished place.

4. No Free Refills.
I guess this can help explain why Americans are fatter than others; the portions here are smaller and you don't receive free refills on soda. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but when soda is $3.00 for a 20 oz (only a handful of places have fountain drinks) it adds up. Fast. This would explain people drinking more water, thus lowering rates of obesity...so I guess it's beneficial to society.

5. Internet is capped.
Unless you are paying a ton of money for internet, standard limit is 300 GB a month. It's hard to hit that limit on your own unless you're downloading torrents like crazy, but when you have roommates it's a different story...

Besides the above, everything else has been pretty awesome. 

4 Comments:

At October 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Amy said...

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that's your head blocking the movie screen.

 
At October 13, 2010 at 3:06 AM , Blogger Howard said...

thanks Amy...

 
At October 15, 2010 at 2:21 AM , Blogger Loan said...

I just had a training given by an Australian woman. Apparently all the ATMs over there make you take your card back before you can get your money?

 
At October 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Howard said...

Yeah I didn't even notice that. You dip your card and pull it out and then put in the PIN instead of the machine sucking in your card.

That sounds dirty...

 

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