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And now to our regularly scheduled weekend report... - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
And now to our regularly scheduled weekend report...
This weekend was full-on.

Friday night we were meant to go to Game On with Mark, Rosa, JB, JB's friend Adam, Hammond, and Hammond's Adam, as well as a couple of Hammond's friends. Sadly, it sold out of tickets just before we got there - Hammond and co were fine because they'd pre-bought, so they went on to check it out (and later reported that it was "good, but not worth the entry price...") so no harm done there. The rest of us went on to get dinner and see a movie at Southbank - Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise (I know, I know... there was nothing else on!). It was actually pretty good, aside from the strange mishmash of accents.

Afterwards, Joe and I split to go catch up with greg_merlo, freetuningfork and various associates at the Belgian Beer Garden, which was great fun! I had some really interesting conversations that night, and an amazing passionfruit-flavoured beer (the first beer in my life I've ever really ENJOYED), and managed to fall flat on my face in front of a whole bunch of strangers, which I would explain away to tipsiness except I did it before I had a single drink. Sigh. We caught a lift home with Erinn and Ro, and hope to catch up with them again soon because they are awesomesauce and we never see them enough.

On Saturday we took the car to Joe's favourite mechanic, who looked it over and diagnosed it for free (I can see why he's Joe's favourite). The upshot is that repairs would cost more than it's worth. It is dying; we're going to drive it as long as we can, saving our pennies all the while, and when it dies we'll sell it for scraps and use that money and our savings to buy a secondhand van or station wagon, something we can toss a mattress into so we can go on impromptu road trips and know that we've always got somewhere free to sleep. We're going to be looking in the vicinity of $1500 - $2000 for a vehicle; hopefully we can find something mechanically sound in that price range.

Then we went to an amazing Lifeline store and I bought a little portable stairclimber machine for home excercise (it terrifies Jangles beyond all reason) and a retarded glass squirrel for my increasingly eclectic collection of desk toys at work. After that we went to the Mt Gravatt shopping centre and caught up with Joe's friend Michelle and a mate of hers, and Michelle's friend went to have a photo taken of his aura, which... well, it was pretty, I guess? To each their own!

After THAT we went to catch up with Chloe, who is back in Australia after a stint in London, and just hung out at her place and chatted.

Saturday night I wound up with a whopper of a headache - worst I've had in years, fireworks-in-the-skull type - and Joe dosed me up on painkillers, and I recovered nicely in time for pizza and Rambo (but fell asleep on the couch before the end of the movie).

Sunday we slept in, then goofed around on the DS and laptop respectively in bed for hours, and then got up to hurriedly pull the house into order for our guests at midday - Hammond, Greg, Elizabeth, Rosa and Mark. We had bought a whole bunch of sour, bitter, and downright weird foods which I chopped and put on plates as Miracle Berry experiments (exberryments?). The miracle berries were an interesting experience - not as powerful as I'd hoped (Joe says the fresh berries are far stronger) but with a noticeable effect. Lemon was my favourite, becoming absolutely delicious and extremely edible under the influence of the miracle fruit. Grapefruit juice tasted a bit like strange orange juice. Sour warhead lollies lost their potency. Cherry tomatoes were sugary. Rosa had a glass of tap water and claimed it was sweet and delicious. The most interesting part of the experiment was how differently each of us reacted to various tastes.

After that we played some Wii, starting on Boom Blox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boom_Blox) which is a fantastic game that Greg bought over. Elizabeth was friggin' FRIGHTENING at this thing, I've never seen anyone whip a wiimote around with such steely-eyed accuracy! It was great fun, and Joe and I want to pick up a copy for ourselves.

Greg and Elizabeth had to leave shortly after that, so the rest of us settled in for a stint of Mario Kart (I came 7th in one race - personal best! I'm shockingly bad at Mario Kart) and Smash Brothers Brawl. Good times were had. Everyone headed home around nightfall and Joe and I kicked back and watched Vertigo, which was... disturbing.

Man, I did NOT feel like going to work this morning, I'll tell ya. Still, it's been a chilled day so far. After lunch I have to give the hermit crab tank a quick tidy-up, as over the weekend, The Fonz absolutely trashed the place. I mean, the normal crabs trash it sometimes but they got NOTHING on this tank of a crab. He left it cratered, every spare shell, food bowl and water bowls filled with sand and/or overturned, and two of the smaller crabs entirely buried - though I'm sure that was their choice, and if they're buring themselves for a moult, I'm very excited for them. Moulting crabs are happy crabs! Anyway, big tank cleanup after lunch. We've got our handymen here at work designing a second level for the crabitat. [/crab addict]

Also, Mark and Rosa are lending me Zelda for the DS, which should keep me from obsessing over Animal Crossing for a while (I've caught and museum-i-fied almost every type of fish there is! Including the golden Dorado! And my house has three rooms + attic now! And my Nooks is upgrading into the ultimate form, Nookingtons, today! And I used a 5x points special at Nooks to get myself aaaalmost to Gold membership! And... and... I need to get away from this game, augh.)
6 have fought ~ fight the power!
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: February 2nd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you think passionfruit-flavoured beer would be too girly for a dude to drink? I drink for the taste and try to avoid getting drunk, so I'm not a fan of beer myself. (Getting tipsy/drunk just isn't that enjoyable or important to me, so don't see the point in building a tolerance to something that tastes innately nasty. [I draw the line at coffee.]) But I'm willing to try again, as long as it's not the beer equivalent of a cosmopolitan.
tania From: tania Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Know what I think? To hell with whether anyone thinks it's "girly" or not, you should drink what you like. :) Besides, if it makes you feel any better, it's pretty trendy these days for guys to enjoy / know about unusual beer varieties. However, I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a place that sells the stuff... Belgian Beer Garden is famous for importing weird and wonderful beers. I've never seen flavours like that elsewhere!
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: February 2nd, 2009 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)


You forget, I live in Vegas. ;). Nah, actually I don't think it's worth the search. I'll stick with smaller amounts of rum and kaluah and vodka.

Glad you had a fun weekend! You never cease to amaze me with how you live life so... much :D. While you make the odd mistake like we all do, you know the difference between "living" and "foolishness." Kudos.
stonelizard From: stonelizard Date: February 2nd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, what an epic weekend! No wonder it was hard to get back to work - I am the same after being busy!

I am intrigued by those miracle berries. What's the bet they start marketing them for kids to get them to eat healthy foods?
tania From: tania Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that would be a fabulous idea. I hear there was some talk of making them into an artificial sweetener... actually, this is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter:

An attempt was made in the 1970s to commercialize the ability of the fruit to turn non-sweet foods into sweet foods without a caloric penalty, but ended in failure in controversial circumstances with accusations that the project was sabotaged and the research burgled by the sugar industry to prevent loss of business caused by a drop in the need for sugar.[7] The FDA has always denied that pressure was put on it by the sugar industry, but refused to release any files on the subject.[8] Similar arguments are noted for FDA's regulation on stevia now labeled as a "dietary supplement" instead of a "sweetener".
For a time in the 1970s, US dieters could purchase a pill form of miraculin.[3] It was at this time that the idea of the "miraculin party"[3] was conceived. Recently, this phenomenon has enjoyed some revival in food tasting events, referred to as "flavor tripping parties" by some.[2] The tasters consume sour and bitter foods, such as lemons, radishes, and beer, to experience the taste changes that occur.

nipper From: nipper Date: February 2nd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You might like Boysenbeery from a small NZ brewery as well. It's not too sweet.
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