Saturday, December 31, 2005

Wedding Update!

So it's the day after the wedding (and my 21st birthday. WOOT!!!) and there is much to tell.

It was an awesome day. We started off with lunch at Jack in the Box (my choice) and that was awesome. Then we went to this awesome place which was an awesome water park/mini golf course/video game arcade in an awesome castle. You heard me right, an awesome castle!

So we go inside and we play minigolf. I lost spectacularly but I had the most fun ever! I mean an AWESOME CASTLE!!!! We then went and played some video games. Some which sucked (Off-Road Racing) and others that ruled (Mario Cart Advanced more on this later, and The Grid)

Now The Grid was 6 machines linked together but you played at the machine without seeing your opponents. It was a first person shooter arena game vs real people. Think the glorious nature of multiplayer Halo but in a sport atmosphere. See The Grid is apparently a future sport where people watch people kill other people. It was a lot of fun. I was reluctant to play but I had fun.

But the best video game I played was the aforementioned Mario Cart Advanced. If you could think of Mario Cart and any other racing game with seats, sterring wheels etc. and bred them together, you would have Mario Cart Advanced.

I played Luigi of course! And you could take a picture with your face as your avatar. It was cool!

Here is me twirling my nonexistant moustache but after seeing Luigi's hat and moustache superimposed on my face via the avatar I've decided it's coming back.

I came third and then first in two races. But the weiurd thing was that you could play as the Mario Cart people AND Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man or Blinky the red ghost from Pac-Man.

As much as I love the yellow circle with the voracious appetite for stale marshmellows, I had my fill with this:


It was one of those 'Put Your Tokens In To Win More Tokens' psuedo games. It's all luck and a little skill but all together a rip off. Hence no playing. I had a little bash on the Pac-Man machine they had there though but as I did that alone, no-one took my pic. Sorry.

But there is more! They had the BEST ARCADE GAME EVER!!!!

"Better than The Grid?" you ask.

"Yes," I answer.

"Better than Mario Cart Advanced?" you ask.

"Yes," I answer.

"Better than Pac-Man?" you ask.

"YES! Now shut up or no ice-cream on the way home!" I answer.

It is...


Best most awesome-ness ever!

I won like 650 tickets on the machine and got three high scores.

3rd 42,000

2nd 46,000

1st 56,000

That's right. I rule at Skeeball!

Then we had the wedding.

It was a lot of fun. I felt like crying because these two that got married are right together. They are two of my best friends (the groom and I went to high school together and were best buds) and it was just so simple and nice. But I couldn't cry, I'm a strong Aussie Guy afterall. (Quiet your laughing please guys, the Yanks don't know that I'm nothing of the sort.)

Anyway, I caught the garter. It's an item to bring me memories. I got to wear a red daisy too. I love daisies. They rule.

Anyway, here's some pictures snapped during the night.

Duh...the cake!!!

Sorry ladies, I'm taken but 'Well Dressed DEMONIC Me' is free. Every woman knows she wants to stare deeping into their loved one's glowing eyes that match the colour of the blood that oozes from her veins as her DEMONIC loved one slays her.

And one more to keep you warm on those long cold Australian nights:

"When will it be my turn?"

"I don't know demonic me. I don't know. I'm sure there's a lovely succubus out there for you."

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

SNACK ATTACK Muthaf***a!!!

Check this link out! It's of Chris Parnell from SNL who I think is a bit under-rated. Heck they fired then rehired him. But he is a very funny man.

Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals CRAZY DELICIOUS! Must find out and I'll let you know of my findings.

The System is Down

Okay guys. Sorry for the lack of posting but the internet at the place I'm staying at has been down for a while.

It's working now so I'm going to make my Christmas post and Boxing Day post.

Here's Christmas Day Post.

25/12/2005 (GMT -8)

Today we went over the my friend's mum's place for Christmas dinner and fun. It was great, we opened presents (see pics below), played some games and ate a fantastic feast. (Ah alliteration!)

But the main thing I thought about today was how much the day meant. I mean, it's the first Christmas away from home and it gave me an opportunity to look in rather than keep looking out. I must admit, our Christmas Days are great back in Australia. Here it was fun but I did miss a lot of people.

But onto what Christmas is really about nowdays; PRESENTS!!!!

There they are in all their glory. Let your eyes feat on the shinies!

I have more pics but it's taking ages to upload them all so I'll do it later. The rundown is:

1 x The Governator bobble-head figure
1 x 'Classic' Mickey Mouse 2006 Calendar
1 x Set of three (3) wooden puzzles
1 x Red Weezer t-shirt
1 x Grey Weezer sweatshirt

The clothing rules! I needed a new sweater and I can never have too many t-shirts. Plus it's Weezer mech! Only like one of the besterest bands in the world!

Onto Boxing Day:

26/12/2005 (GMT -8)

Today we went to try on the tuxedos for the wedding I'm here attending. We all look smashing! It's going to be good! We also went to Old Sacramento. It's an tourist trap of all old buildings and old timey shoppes. And the weird thing is that it is right next door to Downtown Sacramento!

Apparently when they wanted to knock the buildings down to build new ones in the early 20th Century, there was a huge fuss. Because it was a salloon zoned place and the US was under prohibition. So people wanted their booze basically. That's my understanding anyway. If anyone has more info, let me know!

So anyway, we had lunch there and I tried an 'Only in America...' style burger. It was called a Jiffy Burger and for those that don't know, Jiffy is a brand of peanut butter over here. So no prizes if you guess what's on the burger. It's beef (or veggie) patty, bacon, cheese and peanut butter all on a bun. It was quite good actually. Nothing to rave about but a fun experience and one I'd do again.

We also got some Old Timey Wild West pictures taken. I was a gambler and looked quite the part. It's my soft features and roguish charms that sold the part.

Then we went and played some Settlers of Catan (a fine geek civilisation type game for those playing at home. VERY fun!) and now I'm back 'home.'

That's really it I suppose. Those on the mailing list will receive an email shortly methinks. Leave me a note or email me to ask questions of make comments.



Sunday, December 25, 2005

Where were you in '62?

Well I wasn't born but I would have most likely have been at Mel's Diner to meet up with Curt, Steve, John and Terry before an awesome last fling before college.

Well in '05, that's exactly where I was. Mel's Diner Sacramento. It's a kitch '50s diner with all this American Graffiti relics on the wall. Don't know American Graffiti? GET OUT! Or click this link

We also went mini-golfing where they had a windmill and castle. It was a heck of a lot of fun.We also went to Costco. Basically it's a member's only bulk shopping chain. To be a member you just need to pay a yearly fee. Then you can get aweseom savings on everything from dish washing liquid to computers.

I picked up a whole BOX of those things you wanted Big Guy.

If anyone wants anything, anything at all let me know and I'll see if I can get you it.

Well it's Christmas Eve here and Christmas Day in Australia (according to the Protestant and Catholic Christian Calendar)so enjoy the day off no matter what religion you are.

I miss most of you terribly. And the others, hey we don't really know each that well so no hard feelings huh?

Take care of yourselves and each other.


Friday, December 23, 2005

Dun Dun Dun DAH!

Sallah: Please, what does it always mean, this... this "Junior"?
Professor Henry Jones: That's his name.
[points to himself]
Professor Henry Jones: Henry Jones...
[points to Indy]
Professor Henry Jones: ... Junior.
Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana."
Professor Henry Jones: We named the *dog* Indiana.
Marcus Brody: May we go home now, please?
Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog?
Indiana Jones: I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog.

And I have fond memoeries of one moment on my trip over.

For those that know the film and computer games, to save time on the tavel that happens, they showed a map with a red line which tracked Indy's path.

That happened to me!

Mind you the line that I had was black but the concept was the same.

Indiana Jones' trip and my trip. Which is Which?

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Listen all ya

It's a sabotage!

Not really. Just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Mattweez here.

Well now I'm safely in Sacramento and using my friend's laptop (aka Llama) to make a decent and comprehensive post without the need to rush.

The trip over was fine. Bit cramped in the plane but the passenger in the middle seat (there are three to a column I had the window and an American guy named Deak had the aisle) didn't show so me and Deek just stretched out. That was good.

The flight from LA to Sacramento was on a dime-a-dozen airshuttle (aka Sardine Can with Wings.) But speaking of that amazing American sit-com, landing in Sacramento felt as if I was landing at a 'ye olde' American country airstrip. Plus I fulfilled one of my 'To Do: Before I Die' list entires.

Number 87 - fly from blue sky, through a cloud then over a stretch of farmland when it is raining.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

California! Here I am!

More song references for titles?

When will the madness stop?

When did the madness begin?

I am safe in LA people. After a little bit of a kerfuffle at immigration, they let me in.

So here I am, after using paper money for a real purchase (a copy of TV Week for only 99c. TV WEEK PEOPLE!)

Online in the domestic terminal. Two minutes left to type and publish this blog.

I am safe. Will make bigger update later.

Wow this blog has seen a lot of action lately.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

SYDNEY! My head is spinning!

Kudos to those who got the musical reference.

You make me Wet, Wet, Wet.

Anyway, free internet by Samsung at Sydney International rocks!

No pop-up Samsung ads either. Woot!

The flight from Brisbane to Sydney was good. The pilot absolutely stuck the landing. 9.0 from the Australian judge.

Bit wobbly on the approach but he was competing with 20 kmh crosswinds. The landing though, like butta!

Now with something exciting to say, maybe people will begin to read this. I doubt it.

All is well, can't find a transformer anywhere. Optimus Prima must have conscripted them all.

I'm gonna try LA so I can use my AUS appliances in the US.

Missing Brisbane already.

I love my town.


P.S. Please comment or email me. I need some creative inspiration for this.