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Returned from two days in the rain, basically. In a different country I might complain. In this one, I just shrugged, read half of Geoff Ryman's Air, wrote a bit, watched a bit of soccer, and drove C's car round to anything dry. We counted roadside graves on the unlit, broken edged, two laned roads that had a speed limit of a hundred, often while going round blind corners. We counted five on one trip. But at any rate, I am back, and now I have to write report cards, mark exams, and catch up on everything I missed. Still, here are some things I learnt while away.

One - Beef Jerky is foul. Just fucking foul.

Two - There is a porn mag called Sixty and Up. On the cover of the latest issue, there are two elderly, grey haired women hugging each other. They may be wearing pearls. I'm not sure. I couldn't bring myself to buy it and open the plastic cover. Retirement village porn is out there.

Three - Three bucks will give you a couple of hours fun in a twenty cent a credit video game arcade, just like in 1984.

Four - Don't say to the art gallery owner at Port Macquarie that her exhibition about space shows just how boring space travel really is.

If I missed anything of interest, let me know, yeah?

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shadowsandice
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
Sorry, who are you again?
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
no way. i'm not falling for that twice. my name is still tattooed on you.
shadowsandice
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
Yes, on my list of 'people who will never be my trusted advisor when I am Emperor of The Whole Bloody World'.

Krispy Kreme opened a store here, and I thought of that story you wrote about your ordeal with them. I don't quite get the fuss.
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
no, neither do i. they're just another donut.

are you the first place to get it in melbourne? reportedly, the krispy kreme business model is to start in the 'lower economic' areas. less dietry nutrition there, apparently.
shadowsandice
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
They opened in a mall in Narre Warren. Don't know much about Narre Warren myself, but I do know there are worse areas.
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
the same of penrith, here. it was, however, oddly central to a whole lot of working class neighbourhoods.
kazzibee
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
One.... At last we agree on something. That stuff is disgusting.


benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
i don't know how it sells, really.
kazzibee
Jun. 23rd, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
The family block of chocolate i just polished off is much better than beef jerky. *crackling of empty wrapper*. oops!
joey_j0jo
Jun. 23rd, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
One. I like it, I have no idea - maybe because I've had it ever since forever?
Two. Ew, reminds me of that lemon party image that was floating around in forums.
Three. I have never seen or been in one of those.
Four. The only thing I like about space travel is the liquid foods because it doesn't require chewing.
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
one: don't you think it tastes kinda... plastic?

two: i never saw the lemon image. i don't think i need too :)

three: you've seen video game arcades. you know, the ones with the shooting games, drum games, dancing games--across fromt he cinemas on george street in the city. this was just an old, retro version of one. twenty cents! heh.

joey_j0jo
Jun. 23rd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
One: =/ Maybe you just happened to buy horrible beef jerky? I should send you some.
Two: No, you really don't.
Three: I need to be there. Gosh, 20 cents.
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
i bought that beef jerky you can buy in supermarkets here. are there different kinds?
crookfactory
Jun. 23rd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
One: You sure you didn't just have Schmachos (the doggie treat) by accident? Or did someone give it to you on purpose?

Two: How did you even encounter such material? And of all places, in Port Macquarie?
benpeek
Jun. 24th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
no, i did not. but i bet schmachos and beef jerky are really the same thing.

anyhow, you know where i saw that mag? in the local newsagent. we went in looking for a map of the area, and i was just walking round, looking at the magazines. passed the porn section and there it was.
mme_publisher
Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
What you need to do is combine 2 and 3...

Porn nickelodeons!

benpeek
Jun. 24th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
it's out there already. 'lolicon' is what they call it.
mme_publisher
Jun. 24th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Oh.

I should've known.

benpeek
Jun. 24th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
well, it's really got nothing to do with video games. but the whole nicolodean thing made me think of it. just an ew factor, you know?
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