7 years agoPhoenix
7 years agoPhoenix
Being an adult is awesome. Why? Because it means you can afford to buy all the toys you
The other day, Talia and I were out shopping, and we suddenly had the desire to shoot
things... So we bought a couple of guns each...
Well, shooting the wall turned into shooting the couch, and that turned into shooting each
other. We quickly decided to wear safety goggles (which we were lucky enough to have 2 pairs
around the house (Talia uses them in Science experiments)), and then thought, why leave it
So we both armored up.
As you can probably guess, the bulk of the armor is made out of the box our guns came in.
But we also have a little bit of infulence from our America holiday in there with the Mickey
Mouse ears we got at Disney, as helmets. I also have the latest in pillow body armor, and
Talia was sporting some stylish protective earware. Lastly I used box off-cuts as added
protection on my legs and arm.
We battled for about 2 hours. Talia was at one end of the house and I was at the other,
looking down our hallway at each other. We both had a doorway closer to each other that we
could hide in, when we needed to run out to pick up more ammo.
Anyway, in the end we were exhausted and we had to clean up our ammo mess...
I am legitimately surprised that Jack and She hadn't already done this...
9 years agoPhoenix
A couple of weeks back I had a really bad migraine. Medication didn't seem to help, so I decided that it must be my mutant powers awakening...
Thus far I have ruled out the following as not being my powers...
- The ability to fly
- Being Immune to pain (as a result of trying to fly)
- The ability to heal quickly (also as a result of trying to fly...)
- The ability to move objects with my mind
- The ability to run very, very fast
- The ability to be an immovable object
- The ability to read minds
- The ability to walk through objects
- I can't shoot or control or turn myself into fire
- I can't shot web
- I can't turn invisible
I'm kinda running out of powers to test...
Also, the other day Alex came over and we played some Mario Strikers Charged on the Wii...
If anyone has read the Penny Arcade comic...
The game is EXACTLY like that...
9 years agoPhoenix
Well... Its been over a year since my last journal... How sad... :-/
Anyways... So I moved to Melbourne last year, and that went great. I am still working at the computer store, and still loving it.
Talia and I moved about 2 months ago into a place in the suburbs with a bit more space for all our stuff, and that has been fun.
Oh and there is that whole wedding thing going on too...
Yeh thats right... In case any of you have forgotten, I am getting married in 2 days time!
I'm am kinda nervous... and a little worried, but mostly really excited.
I have already left work for my two weeks of holidays. I needed a couple of days in advance to prepare for the wedding, and pack bags for the honeymoon and such.
People already started arriving yesterday, and there are more arriving today and tomorrow, so that is really exciting...
I am sad that there are some people I really wanted to have there, that are unable to make it, such as one of my best friends from school who is stuck in New Zealand, and some of my very, very good friends in America land, and our friends in England.... land...
I think everything is basically organised for the day... Including the weather... Which is supposed to be lovely and thunderstormy... With some gale forced winds... How quaint...
I guess thats all for now...
There will be photos to follow, so keep your eyes out for those...
Wish me/us luck! :D
10 years agoPhoenix
So it would seem that this is my first journal for the year...
Since my last maddened ravings, I celebrated Christmas with my lovely fiancÃƒÂ©e in Adelaide, before making the move to Melbourne. We found an apartment in Southbank, just behind the casino, right near the city. It has a really beautiful view. I moved with Mike, one of my best mates from school, and Mookie, Akira's significant other.
Once I get around to finding a camera, I'll take some photos and put them up for you all to see :)
We have been here for over a month, now, and I am really enjoying it. I got a job on my second day here, by simply walking in off the street and asking for one. So now I have a new job as a salesman in a computer store, so if anyone needs cheap parts, let me know. I had a really good first month, where I made commission, and earned a lot of praise from my senior salespeople, which I was very happy with.
In other news, we got a 360. Which we have gotten a lot of fun out of. I was kind of hoping that I would get a whole bunch of gaming time when I moved here, but I got a job, and so I have had hardly any...
Recently time has been taken up by work, and then wedding planning. We have started looking at venues, and things... And as much as I hate to admit to it, I am getting a little excited...
Plenty more has happened but I am kinda tired and a little surprised that I even got this far...
11 years agoPhoenix
Okay, its been a while since my last journal entry, which finished with me arriving home from my amazing trip to the United States of America.
Since being home I have been working a lot, and saving most of my money, for my move to Melbourne at the end of the year. I am really looking forward to getting out on my own :)
I turned 22. It was a rather uneventful birthday, which is just the kind of birthday I like :) and Talia had a birthday a couple of weeks later.
What else... Oh, thats right! I got engaged :P Yes, I asked Talia to marry me, and she said yes. So now she is stuck with me for life ;) Another reason I have not journaled more recently, apart from so much work, is that I have spent a great deal of time being involved in organising two engagement parties. One in Melbourne, and one here in Adelaide. But to get through it I just look at the light at the end of the tunnel... The presents :P
Anyway, the first of these parties is on the 10th of November in Melbourne, and the second in the weekend after. So we are going to be super busy, and super spending money on parties, accommodation and travel :-S
We were initially planning the wedding for early 2010, but have since been talking, and are thinking we might bump it up a year to, same time of year, 2009. I hope this doesn't inconvenience my american friends who are planning on making the trip, as we are really, really excited about having you come over for it :)
Another reason for me not journaling, is my DS. Pokemon Pearl, more to the point. I bought Talia Pokemon Diamond, and her own DS, and I got re-hooked on Pokemon Pearl, and I have been playing that almost every waking hour for the last few weeks, until I got sick for a week or so. Actually, I don't think sick is the right word... I have had a really bad headache, and my hayfever has been worse than normal, thats about all... no vomiting, or coughing or any of that stuff... So not properly sick...
Anyway, I got the new Zelda for DS; The Phantom Hourglass. I have been playing that a bit over the last couple of days, so the Pokemon has really fallen away... I still check which pokemans are swarming each day, tho.
Talia was over a few weeks ago, during her mid semester break, and we were playing Shadow Hearts 3, which only came out here recently. It is pretty good, but no where near as good as shadow hearts 2.
So yeh, my internet time has been reduced a little, so I have had no time to read most of the alerts on my list, let alone make more alerts for everyone else :-S
Anyways, thats enough for now.
11 years agoPhoenix
That night; Chris, Kelly, Jack and She went to some... Thing... A play, or something... Who knows... Jen met us in the city, and she and I went out to Second City, only to find it booked out. So we went home and played Wii, until Chris and Kelly got home. When they did Kelly had the first videogame experiance of his life and completely schooled Chris and I at Bowling.
Next day we went out and met Jack and Shelia for breakfast at a swedish resteraunt near where Chris works. I had waffles again, this time with a much better insight on how to operate them. I won Jack and Shelia's game by defult. Turns out, i'm a natural.
We then headed into the planetarium, where we saw a star show thing, and then clapped. We were the only ones who did. It is amazing how different the sky is in the northern hemisphere. I was really missing seeing the Southern Cross, strangely enough. We then looked at communist merchandise in the gift shop, and then listened to some children sing happy birthday, and yell 'PIKACHU' in all the spaces in the song. We then clapped and went off and explored.
Jack made a friend
Kelly and I demonstrate how to look excited
That night we went to see the Cubs play the Astros. We saw our tour guide before the game, and he remembered us... Cubs won, thanks to a home-run hit by Zambrano, their pitcher. Our security guy was a champ, and on more than one occasion we all chanted his name. On the way home we all did a celebratory heel click. It was awesome. That night we all played Wii. Jack boxed like a pro until he nearly couldn't breathe.
Next day they went home. They popped in that morning to have photos taken and we went and had breakfast (I had choc-chip pancakes). on their way home, we played Trivial Pursuit with them via mobile phone. That night Chris and I went to see Day Watch, at the movies. It put Night Watch to shame, and Night Watch was a great movie. I cannot wait for Twilight Watch :D
The following days are mostly a blur. I got a lot done in a very short time. I went to Sears Tower, which is really, really tall... I went to the Hancock Observatory, which has a really, really nice view. I went to see Wicked, wich was incredible. I really loved it. I went to the Museum, which was huge. I don't think we got to see it all, but it was amazing. I went BACK to Second City, and saw a couple of shows, which was a lot of fun. I also got to the Zoo, which was cool. Someone there tried to tell me about kangaroo's. Clearly he couldn't hear the 'accent'
Sears Tower hurts your neck
Cinemas are a safe place
Beavers are awesome
We checked out Oz park, which was a huge let-down. Chris and I went to the Roller Derby as volunteers, so we would get free entry and free T-shirts. It was awesome. I was security right near all the girls and medical staff, so I got to meet them all, which was really cool.
In the end I did pretty much everything I wanted to before I had to come home. The flight to LA from Chicago was okay. I got peanut M&M's which were cheaper than in the airport. I then had a 5 hour wait in LA, so I walked for ages, then ate, then went and sat for ages. I called Talia to let her know that I was flying soon, and the next time I talked to her I would be in her arms. I think this made her happy :)
The flight to Melbourne was LOOOOOONG, but I met a lovely girl from Cleveland who kept me from getting too bored. It was her first time traveling to Australia, so she asked a lot of questions, which I was happy to answer. I met up with her later in the week to take her and her friend to the football with Talia, Akira and Akira's friend George. And I have been in touch with her by e-mail a whole bunch since.
Melbourne was great, as it gave me a chance to get used to Australia time again, which I needed, and gave me a chance to see Tom again, and obviously I got to spend a lot of time with Talia, which I needed. Again I was awake for close to 40 hours before I got some sleep. I ate a lot of lemon chicken that week, and did a lot of walking.
I got to hang out with Talia's family a bit too, which was nice. I always have fun when I am with them, despite the fact that I am deathly alergic to everything in their house. Tom, George and AJ introduced us to DOTA, and we played that a lot. We broke my Wii and fixed it again. We saw Transformers on opening night. And we went to the football, like I had mentioned before.
After all that Talia and I flew back to Adelaide. Talia then had a couple of weeks with me while I settled back in, which was awesome, and I was really sad when she had to go home. Before she left we bought a lot of chocolate and saw Transformers again. The weekend before she had to go home, Talia and I went to Avcon (Anime and Videogame). I got a couple of new resin statues. A new Aeris, and a Tifa :)
Also along the way I got a new Phoenix figure, and a new KOS-MOS figure. They look awesome. Oh! And I got Command and Conquer 3, which is really, really pretty :)
Okay, I think that pretty much has you all up to date, as of the end of my holidays. Sorry it took so long to get these all down, but I was way too slack when Talia was here, to do it, and there were just so many words... And then there was all the photos i had to go through and then re-size and upload... Ugh... Anyway...
The trip was awesome :D
11 years agoPhoenix
We got to Chrissie's and went out for tea to a bar down the road where they had awesome chips and pork schnitzels. The bar iteself was amazing, as so many places over there seem to be. Later that night Chrissie and I went shopping, and bought most of the store... That night I had my first drive on American soil, and it begun with me turning on the windscreen wipers when I was trying to indicate that I wanted to go right. I improved much more during the drive home, and only strayed to the left side of the road once, during my second driving experience.
The next day we went to Chrissie's parents place to do washing, eat tea and play Wii. Later that day I taught Chrissie how to play with an Australian football. She picked it up suprisingly quickly. Next day we went shopping, as we did most days. I don't shop much over here, but everything is so different over there that I kept wanting to go out and buy things. I bought a heap of shirts during my time in the states, as well as a Colts jersey, a Nintendo Wii, a heap of games for it and my DS, and I built a bear for Talia, which was an awesome experience (and Talia loved the finished product, too).
During one of our earlier shopping experiences Chrissie and I bought some fireworks... Off the shelf... At Target... O_o? And then on my last night in Indiana, we went for a drive to a quiet spot and set them all off. I took some video's on my phone. It was awesome :) Best sendoff ever :) That night we also saw the new Pirates movie, which i am still unsure if I actually understood or not.
Also while I was in Indiana, I got to go to the Indianapolis 500, which pretty much everyone back home was very jealous about. It was an amazing day, and I would love to go again sometime. Preferably while it isn't raining. We had hot Milo. It was friggen win.
I took this photo well before that car was even in shot... They move fast!
The day after the Indy was memorial day, and Chrissie dragged me along to a family cookout. It was really cool talking to her family, as they had no idea about Australians. They asked a lot of questions, and didn't understand football. And they kept getting me to say words so they could hear my 'accent'. It was awesome.
The ride home from Indiana to Chicago was a bit eventful. We drove through a bunch of tornado warnings. Often hearing warnings for towns we were in only minutes earlier. It was really, really pretty, and quite scary... Once we passed through all that, we found a massive candy store, and bought candy until we felt safe again. I spent over $60 there. It was worth it. Best chocolate coated peanuts I have ever eaten :)
Chrissie being cool on the drive home
The greatest candy shop in the world :D
My first day back in Chicago Jen had the day off, so she and I went to the Museum of Science and Industry, as it was free for that week. It was amazing there, especially on the U-boat (which I couldn't actually stand up in). Jen and I got a really good chance to get to know each other, which was really nice, as she and I had had really little to do with each other beforehand. She is totally awesome, and we got along very well, and spent most of the rest of my trip hanging out and going to things (and playing Wii).
A sentinel from the Museum of Science and Industry
Later that week Chris, Jen and I went downtown looking at the sights. It was awesome. Chris has an amazingly vast knowledge of things to do with Chicago. It was better than having a tour guide. We got to see the Big Red Thing from Midtown Madness, the Tribune Tower, The Hankcock building, and a heap of other things. We stoped for lunch at an amazing cheesecake resteraunt in the Hancock building.
Here is the 'Big Red Thing'. It is apparently a type of bird... Anyone want to guess what type?
The next day, Jack and Shelia arrived and brought with them a friend. A guy called Kelly. One of the funniest and nicest guys I have ever met, next to Chris and Jack... Even if they did make a Jarrad sammich on the trolly going to the planetarium... Thats right guys, I've not forgotten that... :P
Anyway... Jack and Shelia came bearing gifts, which was awesome, and I rewarded them with Tim-Tams, which Shelia loved. That reminds me, i must send more for everyone... Next day; Chris, Kelly (who was staying with us), and I were supposed to meet Jack and Shelia at the Museum, be we instead decided to go on a tour of Wrigley Field. Everyone was excited to have an Aussie on the tour, and I got asked many of the same questions over and over, and on more than one occasion I saw people taking photos of me instead of the stadium. We then met up with Jack and Shelia at the Aquarium, which was pretty good, but I still think that the Melbourne Aquarium is better.
On the Wrigley Field tour
11 years agoPhoenix
Hey all. I am back from my travels to and from America's States of Unitedness, and have been for a few weeks now. It has just taken me a lengthy period of time to get to writing some journals about my adventures. Talia has been here with me since I got home, so I have been busy spending time with her, and just generally not writing journals. Anyway, on with the accounts...
I flew out on the 18th of May at 6am, which meant I was up at 4.30am, which is always nice... I flew to Sydney, where it was raining. A lot. More like rain to the power of forever... and when we got on the plane that was bound for LA, water started coming into the plane, and most of the passangers got wet, which was hillarious :) The flight was 14 hours, or something similar, and it was really boring and I didn't sleep and... And... I could go on... But none of you care... Anyway... The food sucked, and I spent the whole time listening to Japanese radio, which I am pretty sure was on a 40 minute loop. I got into LA in the wee hours of the morning, and spent an hour or two going through customs and security (security line was about a kilometer long out of the terminal and down the road). I had to then wait in the airport for several hours before I hoped on the plane to Chicago, which took just as long.
Chicago (as seen from the Hancock Building Observatory)
In Chicago I was picked up by a friend of Jen's, who took me back to Chris and Jen's place, where I had to wait until Jen and then Chris got home from work. First thing I noticed is they have lemonade in cartons, like juice, and it is delicious. Also, the television is well better than ours, and it wasn't raining... Oh, and there are a thousand baseball fields there. Chris and Jen got home after a little while, and it was great to finally meet them both. They are really, really lovely.
In the end, I didn't get to sleep until over 36 hours after I woke up. Next day I went down the street to the gamestop and picked up Pokemon Pearl and Pokemon FireRed for DS and GBA. Games prices are about half of what they are back home in Australia. Also, America's stobbey poles are wood, they don't have aerials (they have antenna), they drive on the wrong side of the road, they sit in the wrong side of the car, and the toilets are... Bizarre...
I stayed with Chris and Jen for a few days to begin with, before I headed to Chrissie's for a couple of weeks, and then I came back to Chris and Jen's for a couple of weeks before they put me on a plane and sent me off back home. In my first few days in the states I was treated to fine entertainment and sights such as Navy Pier, complete with stain-glass window museum and children's Museum, Millenium park, the Blue Man Group, and I got un-naturally hooked on Ninja Warrior, My super sweet 16, and the Colbert Report. We also saw one of the worst movies ever; Karate Bear Fighter. It was the sequal to Karate Bull Fighter, and I am thinking we may have needed to see the first one for the second one to make any sense at all. There was no bears in it anywhere, and there was no karating of or by any bears either, for that matter.
I also had waffles for my first time, and went through the task of learning how to operate them, which was an interesting experiance. And then I got to tip someone for the first time. It was awesome.
Navy Pier was really cool, the best part was when we went to the childrens Museum and the staff thought we were pedophiles, or something, because we didn't have a child with us. Only reason we were going was to see the Blue Man exhibit they have there. Anyway, they sent us off to some other desk where we had to hand in our drivers licences and get given these badges that announced us as 'unaccompanied adults', which we both found funny. The exhibit was pretty cool, and then we played with the water boats, and made a huge domino fally-over thingy... And no, we didn't use a million dominoes, the dominoes themselves were huge. The stain glass window museum was awesome, too. Yes, thats all it gets, one sentence. And then these two explaining the first one.
This lady is being attacked by the fountain, but lucky for her, she has a guardian duck protecing her! :)
Millenium park was amazing, and the Blue Man Group was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Its funny, I keep talking about how amazing it was, but I don't want to say why, as I don't want to ruin it for others. I want people to be just as suprised and excited as I was. Afterwards I was backstage with chris, where I met the Blue Men, which was also very cool :) I also got the privilage of meeting Chris' friend James, who is one of the coolest people I have ever met. At one point in the evening James announced that he couldn't understand a word I was saying, but he could listen to it all day long.
'The Bean'. Can anyone see Chris and I?
I love how everyone is in parka's except for the girl in the foreground
It seems all you have to do is give Americans a water feature and they'll just throw money in it... Thems are pennies in that river...
AND I SAW A SQUIRREL!!
We stopped at a diner for lunch on the way to chrissie's place. It was crazy how much it was exactly like I had anticipated. I thought things only looked like that in movies. Turns out I was wrong. Places like that do exist. The drive itself was a lot of fun. Chris and I sang and made fun of signs.
More to come soon.
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