Monday, February 2, 2009

Still the Boss

I've just watched the half time show from the US Superbowl played earlier today. Now usually I'm a sports purist, and abhor the pre-game and half-time attempts to 'sell' the game, the culture or any other cause de jour. HOWEVER, if they are giving me 12 minutes (and not a second longer) of the Boss, I'm there, with my set top box recording! (If you want to know who won the game, visit or some such).

My love affair (more one of respect than a crush like the one I had on Bobby Sherman) began when I was 15 and my schoolmate George introduced me to 'Born to Run' as an introductory course on the Boss in the lead up to the much anticipated release of 'Born in the USA'.

Having experienced THE best album ever (ie Born to Run) I remember being slightly disappointed with the next 'Born' album, but was quickly smitten again when I discovered old jewels like 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' and 'Greetings from Asbury Park'.

Since that time, he (and the E street Band) has been my Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan and Hendrix, rolled into one talented, charismatic and endearing package.

In other 'Boss' news, I've nearly completed the annual performance review paperwork (the discussions are ongoing, but the paperwork is only annual) in anticipation of the busiest time of my work year.

Only 5 months and 4 days until my OS holiday ...

Friday, January 2, 2009

The opposite of 'twittering'

Via early morning TV (the 'Today Show' from the USA) I discovered that I'm 'in'. It was New Year's Eve in Melbourne, and during my week off work, I was enjoying a lazy sleep in. Well, for me it was a 'lie in' as I wake up at about 5am regardless of the day. I can (and do) then doze for a while, which is where they informed me of what's 'in' & 'out' for 2009.

Apparently 'twittering' (the short random posting of trivial matters) is 'out' for 2009 (I'm still having trouble with that date) and 'slow blogging' is 'in'. With only 21 blog posts for 2008 (I can use that date easily enough), I think that is the epitome of 'slow' blogging!

I'm also 'slowly' embracing my new home and neighbourhood: purchasing new furniture; tending to my garden; visiting a local watering hole for a beer on New Year's Eve...

Following much anticipation, My BM & I did walk to 'the G' to enjoy the boxing Day test match. While she enjoyed days 1 and 2, I 'enjoyed' the first 4 days (on the fifth day I shopped).

This photo was taken on Boxing Day, before Ricky Ponting scored a century. The South Africans were outstanding on day 3, when we dropped our guard just enough for them to pounce. In recent times, the strength of our team has enabled us to win even when we're playing below our best. We are now still a good team, but not jst as dominant in comparison with the other test playing nations (especially the next best 2 teams, who we have both played in the past few months (sorry, NZ, that's not you

It wasn't a complete loss, and I did thoroughly enjoy Ricky Ponting's batting, just not the execution of the day 3 games plans.

I anticipate that there will now be a battle to be the premier test playing nation, which is what a contest is meant to be. The Australian test team will be competing with other nations to be the best, and it won't be a walkover. Maybe now the ungrateful elements of the public and media will realise that the success enjoyed by the team in recent years was not luck or through bullying, but was the result of skill and hard work and was really something to be celebrated and congratulated.