Archive for March, 2008

A Long Weekend

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Who doesn’t love a long weekend?   Today was Labour Day and was also the last day of Melbourne’s Moomba Waterfest.  It should finish with some fireworks over the Yarra River tonight.   I was going to head out on the scooter but as soon as I hit the road I started sweating madly.  It actually got to 39 degrees today.   Instead I headed up to watch the Moomba Parade.  Lord Mayor John So announced that the Moomba Parade is the largest “family” parade in Australia.   It is actually quite an entertaining parade as loads of community and cultural groups march, dance and prance down Swanston Street.   Mostly it’s fun watching the teenagers who were so obviously forced into the parade by their parents.   I also spent the long weekend learning how to make Flash videos…   you’ve been warned.

Melbourne Motor Show

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

When I got home from Queensland I headed down to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre with Dart to see the annual motor show.   I was a little disappointed because many of the cars seemed to be the same cars as last year…  or maybe they all look the same to me.  The stand outs were the Hummers, the Rang Rovers, the Volvos (really) and the BMWs of course.   I have this goal of eventually owning a BMW, and possibly one of the station wagons.   I really like the feel of them.  I haven’t actually driven one yet.  I just haven’t worked out yet how to raise the $60k for one of them.

And here is Dart showing me how flimsy some of the cars can be.   It seemed that damaging or stealing parts from the cars on display was a bit of a sport again this year.

Oh…  and I loved the Car Show Spruiker…   he looked like a wedding singer romancing the back seat of the new Falcon.

Gold Coaster

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Last weekend I had a chance to visit my family on the Gold Coast after having not seen them for almost a year.  I was in Sydney working so rather than come home right away I took off to Sydney on Friday night and then headed back to Melbourne on Monday.   It was nice seeing them all again.  It’s amazing how much stuff I miss out on when I don’t live up there.   It’s also nice having some distance between us too.

It looks like this year is going to very busy travel-wise.  I already have a trip to Sydney and then a trip to Perth planned.   Both work trips.   There is a lot of process improvement activity going on so it should be an interesting year.

My Blog is all Fixed Thank You!

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

I haven’t posted in the past week because my faithful old PC has broken down.  Either the video card or power supply is failing.  I’m hoping to fix it next week because it acts as a backup to my Mac Pro.   And up until today I was not able to update this blog on my Mac.  Thanks to Tyson I worked out that it was Safari that had a problem.   So i am now working in Firefox…   which so far seems like a lovely web browser.