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Where do I look?

The following story is real and, in honour of the holiday season, is purely posted for fun!
blindfoldNow before I’m accused of ranting like an over 40’s conservative male, let me confess: I AM an over 40’s conservative male. That said, I reckon my opinion is shared by many, both over and under 40, male and female.  So let’s get to the story…

Friday. Lunch time. CBD Mall. School holidays. For some that would be sufficient information to already scream – aaaaargh! But for me, this just begins the tale. On this particularly warm Summer afternoon, I noticed (through no deliberate action on my part it must be stressed) a proliferation of women wearing shorts accompanied by equally short tops which creates not just a potential “muffin-top” situation but a more frightening “builders crack” scenario. Now I have no experience of a building site so I don’t know whether this so-called ‘bum cleavage’ is a characteristic of builders generously shared with the broader populace, if it’s a clothing design fault or if indeed it is a conscious fashion decision.

Anyway, back to my original question – where do I look?

Casting my eyes right, I’m confronted by another fashion-challenged woman. In a display reminiscent of past visits to my chiropractor , I snapped my head to the left, only to again have my vision assaulted.  Up, look up, I chanted. This however greatly increased the risk of walking into one of these people proudly displaying their wares. Visual proximity is one thing. Physical proximity is in another league altogether. What to do?

Seeking to escape via an escalator into a shopping centre, my already confused mind was challenged even further. Boldly claiming my spot on the moving stairs seeking to find balance in this chaotic environment, not one but two people decided I needed company thus sharing the stair which I thought social etiquette commanded was mine, and mine alone. Three total strangers standing side-by-side revelling in the intimacy of shared personal space.  Ahead, look ahead.

And there it was – a muffin top / builders crack combo. Within arms reach. Monopolizing my entire line of sight.

I closed my eyes.

LET HOPE RISE!

Image credit: alexeyzet / 123RF Stock Photo

21st century game changers

Nintendo have delivered a number of initiatives to drive sales of their latest handheld console – the 3DS.  My eldest son gratefully received his free download of 10 games being acknowledged as an ‘Ambassador’ (also known as an early adopter who paid $100 above market price thanks to Nintendo’s post-release discounting strategy!). This is so far removed from my experience as a young fella growing up in North Qld that I got to thinking about points of difference between then and now. Here are my game changers…

Social media   Living your life in a virtual fishbowl, inviting friends, acquaintances and sometimes strangers to comment and also share their equally fascinating lives with you. A warts and all experience for many sharing the good, the bad and the downright ugly! Some of us used to keep a diary or just tell our mates stuff at school….

iAnything   The proliferation of handheld communication devices  enabling instant and
continuous connection with the world: updating the aforementioned social media to advise the world of your breakfast or relationship status, keeping abreast of your emails, checking hits on your blog, trawling the internet or just enjoying downtime playing games whether you’re at work, at school, in the loo, in bed or anywhere else! You can, so I’m told, even use these devices to make phone calls – impressive!  I used to carry 20c in case I needed to ring mum to ask for a lift because my bike had a flat tyre (history lesson: for younger readers, 20c was the cost of a local phone call using a public telephone – old school I know).

‘google it’ is now a legitimate response to a question! I remember the good ol’ days of the multi-volume Encyclopedia Britannica and racing to the library to ensure you got the book first!

Game consoles   The Atari 2600 (google it kiddies) was the ducks guts for my generation but now we have a myriad of competing platforms with varying degrees of capacity and online connectivity so you don’t have to play with your troublesome brother sitting beside you, you can play with a complete stranger with the online name of ‘Hammermaster’ in Sweden….

eBay   Have something to sell? Want to buy something, anything ? The perpetual garage sale where one man’s junk becomes another man’s treasure, again and again!

YouTube   30+ years ago Andy Warhol famously declared everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.  For better or for worse, YouTube has made this a reality! It’s Friday, Friday… gotta get down on Friday…

Thankfully the game hasn’t changed completely. The Star Wars saga retains its classic stature. Backyard cricket still happens (although we need to go to the park because of
our downsized lot as part of urban sprawl). Riding our push bikes is still a pastime. Completing a jigsaw remains fun. It’s just that now we’re likely to tweet about these experiences as well!

Let hope rise.

Leave a comment – what are your game changers?

Check out an earlier post re social media Rules to tweet by…

Oh, and by the way, please feel free to share this via the vast array of social media sites…. 🙂

My perpetual father’s day wish list

So how’d you go on Fathers Day?

Did you get what you wanted? Did you give your dad what he wanted?

Being a huge fan of surrealist master Salvador Dali, the receipt of tickets to the Surrealism exhibition currently underway at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA here in Brissy is the exclusive venue for this event) was gratefully received. As to were the ‘socks & chocs’ pack, the handmade cards, the foot / lip / thumb prints and a myriad of cool key rings from the Team Mahoney boys!

I don’t know about you but I have a perpetual fathers day wish list. For that matter, any of these can be gifted to me ANY day – I don’t stand on ceremony that much.

Now, there’s no expectation attached to this list – I’m just putting it out there. But, if anyone feels so inclined to aid in the realisation of the list then contributions will, of course, be gratefully accepted (how could I not enable you to bless me?).

So here it is (in no particular order)…

The Impossible Cool print collection. Classically cool shots of ten classically cool people. Nothing more needs to be said.

The dunhill Biometric Wallet (yeah baby!). $895 worth of sheer engineering luxury! Here’s the sales blurb in case you need convincing:

Virtually indestructible, the dunhill Biometric Wallet will open only with touch of your fingerprint. It can be linked via Bluetooth to the owner’s mobile phone – sounding an alarm if the two are separated by more than 5 metres!  This provides a brilliant warning if either the phone or wallet is stolen or misplaced. The exterior of the wallet is constructed from highly durable carbon fibre that will resist all but the most concerted effort to open it, while the interior features a luxurious leather credit card holder and a strong stainless steel money clip.

I’ve been a long-time admirer of German automotive engineering. With a drive away price nearing $375,000 an Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro would fit sweetly in my garage.

If an entire luxury sports car is out of your price range, then how about a driving experience? For a little under $10K one can enjoy an BMW M3 exploring the unlimited speed of the German autobahn networks for a fortnight (complete with accommodation in 5 star luxury).

Still on the car theme but a little closer to home, a full day Lamborghini Gallardo experience in Melbourne is available for under $1000. Feel the power of the 5 litre V10, changing gears with the F1 style paddle shift….bring it!

Consider this – sitting amongst 90,000 passionate football supporters at the ‘home of football’, Wembley Stadium, for a UEFA Champions League final… Package tours go from Australia for under $7,000. Go Barca!

Or failing any of the above, how about a Salvador Dali original?

What’s on your wish list?

Let Hope Rise!!