South Africa
manndy
So it's been 3 weeks since I got back from South Africa but i find myself constantly thinking about our time there. There's something magical and magnetic about that country.

People have been asking me "So how's South Africa?", "How was the trip? The safari?" and i find it hard to sum up the experience in a way that does it justice.

In a way, for me, it's like listening to Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Sigur Ros, Jack Johnson and Morcheeba on shuffle. Like having a refreshing bottle of ice cold beer followed by a glass of pinot noir.

Above all, it was a wonderful experience - from the sights to the seafood, the spectacular sunsets that photos can never do justice to, and the cheap good wine. Above all, it was the people we met along the way. Thomas and David who showed us how to party like the Zambians do, Kim and Magnum our guides at the safari, and all those taxi drivers in cape town.

I also couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to experience SA with.

Pictures to follow soon - lotsa giraffes, zebras, lions, landscapes, sunsets and plenty of goofing around.

listening to "New Kids On The Block / Keep On Smilin' - " on Blip
manndy
Did a quiz online and this is my NKOTB song

listening to "Dave Matthews Band #41 - " on Blip
manndy
!

listening to "John Mellencamp Hurt So Good - " on Blip
manndy
This always takes me back to Melbourne International Backpackers. Where i spent most of my nights accompanied by friends and ice cold Carlton Draught

listening to "toad the wet sprocket - 1992 - all i want - " on Blip
manndy
Seems like i'm in a 90s mood today :)

listening to "Collective Soul Home_09 World I Know - " on Blip
manndy
So i walk upon high and i stuck to the edge to see the world below...

(no subject)
manndy
Took a cab home after work and dinner tonight. The taxi uncle was listening to a selection of music which was pretty sweet, in my opinion - Eric Clapton's Layla, followed by Soldier of Fortune, Seagull by Bad Company... and singing along!

So eventually when Hotel California came on, i said, "oh uncle, this is the version with the long intro."

He thought i'd never even heard of The Eagles, and when i said i practically grew up with the music he's listening to, he started talking and skipping tracks and telling me all about "Black SabBAH" and "Lod Stewart".

As he was passing me my change, he stopped the CD player, took out the disc and gave it to me... saying he really enjoys talking to people who love music, and hope i enjoy his compilation of "classical songs from the 70s".

I feel really good about it. sometimes you strike up conversations with virtual strangers and it makes your day so much better. I'm gonna resolve to talk to strangers more often from now on.

I still can't believe the uncle gave me a compilation CD of classic rock.

Gorecki
manndy
I was bored so i decided to do a meme.

lRULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Knockin on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison (ermmmm......)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Those magic changes - Grease OST

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
There goes the fear - Doves

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Shine on you crazy diamond - Pink Floyd

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Gatecrasher part 1 - DJ Tiesto

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Getaway - Stereophonics

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Riders on the storm - The Doors

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Attitude – Suede

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Shoulder Holster - Morcheeba

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Flipside – EBTG

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
The secret place – Brian Eno

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
On The Run – Pink Floyd

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Shh – Frou Frou

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Today (Trance ambient mix) - Paul Van Dyk (haha. Debs always wanted trance at hers!)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
As you are – Travis

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Good Enough – Sarah McLachlan

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Burn one down – Ben Harper

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Lightning Crashes – Live

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Andromeda – Chicane

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Gorecki – Lamb

I'm tagging whoever still reads this. so die hard!
Tags:

(no subject)
manndy
With my phone dying on me last Friday, i started getting a bit paranoid, and got down to backing up my data from my mac.

at the same time, i was looking through old photos, especially of my student days in melbourne... there were a few of when bruce and i just started dating. young and silly, we looked like there was no care in the world. That all we needed was to be happy together and everything would work itself out.

three years down, that is still true. just less obvious. we are so caught up with things happening around us - our jobs, material ambitions, quest for recognition - that we forget these things pass and don't really matter in the bigger scheme of things.

Friday night, we sat at eM long after the rest had gone back, just talking and having Chimay. we spoke of silly things, complained about the futility of corporate slavery and laughed about random whatnots.

times like that remind me that it's still me and him against the world. everything falls into place somehow.

Note to those involved...
manndy
... in last Friday's madness:

WE ARE NO LONGER 18! Alcohol cannot be consumed in such quantities without having to live through after-effects the ENTIRE weekend.

It was fun while it lasted though...

Now to ensure those photos never see the light of day.

You are viewing manndy