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Word for the wise…

November 30, 2011 1 comment

Do not google the term “pasties.”

It’s been a long day at the office and tonight my host family is having pasties for dinner.  I was going to share this little tidbit with you all since I am currently starving and I was going to provide a picture so you were aware of what it was, unfortunately I have been stuck in Australia for too long as I didn’t think of what else it could mean… sorry grandma  =(

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My lack of skills for Press Release writing

November 29, 2011 1 comment

I really shouldn’t be in charge of writing and distributing Press Releases for anyone let along a professional baseball team.  While I have been kept busy writing my blog I do not consider myself a talented writer, nor do I come even close to being called a writer.  I like math, plain and simple.  I can spend hours doing math problems and would never get bored.

Writing does not come easy to me, but in a front office that consists of 5 people it is a necessary evil that I have to do.  Gaining press in the Sydney market is a struggle, so I need to make the releases simple yet eye-catching.  O yea and they have to use proper grammar, and not just any grammar, Australian grammar – using words such as: keen, reckon, favourite, centre and organisation.  Thankfully Microsoft Word has the language function that I can set to Australian English and then it does a proper spell check for me.  But spell check does not solve all problems.

One of the major problems with the Press Release is the time-sensitive demands.  Mix that with my lack of writing skills and it is cause for disaster.  However as the weeks go by I get a bit more comfortable with it and it is nice to be able to provide content and then see a journalist use it in their stories (in the states we call that plagiarism).

Just gotta add this to the list of things I didn’t expect before coming down here…another resume builder

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Happy Christmas

November 27, 2011 2 comments

Yup, that’s another saying here, not Merry Christmas.  Happy Christmas flags are up in the CBD, and the colors are not what one may think;  Yellow, Blue and Orange are the colors of choice.  I mean I know it’s Summer and all but it’s Christmas,  c’mon:

If this doesn't say Christmas I don't know what doesn't

I saw Santa at the Bondi Junction Westfield today and it felt so out-of-place.  I came in to the mall after my walk along the Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk:

Bondi Beach

Bondi Icebergs - wouldn't mind swimming here

Gorgeous Sunday

Yes that would be a cemetery...living "life" on the edge

Doesn’t get much better than that.  Kind of reminded me of San Diego/Del Mar but with much more access to the water.  Such a perfect day too and was much-needed as we get ready for our first 5-game series of the season this coming week.

On second thought, I might be able to get use to this whole “no snow during Christmas” thing…

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Thankful

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s officially Thanksgiving back in the states and after waking up to some emails from friends, seeing over 100 Facebook status updates about Thanksgiving, and Skyping with the family I have to say I wish I was home for just this one day.  Most people know I come from a pretty big family and we definitely go all out for the holidays.  There is no such thing as a “quiet” Thanksgiving or Christmas in my family.  It’s pretty interesting to be on the other side of the world and experience a small gathering for a holiday.

While I really haven’t experienced such an event, as I wouldn’t call our meal the other day Thanksgiving, I will in a month or so with Christmas and I know it’s going to be weird and I bet it’s not even going to feel like Christmas.  I’m not really complaining as I am appreciating the experience I have here and the gracious people I have met here who have welcomed me with open arms, but it’s just going to be different.

Things are going well here and I guess I am just grateful and thankful that I have the support back home to make me reflect on how much I miss everyone.  I hope everyone enjoys the last few hours of Turkey day and I look forward to spending plenty more with you all when I return.

For now the Blue Sox take on the Adelaide Bite this evening in Adelaide…Who Rocks?….

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Thanksgiving Eve

November 23, 2011 1 comment

It is currently 10:13 pm on “Thanksgiving Eve” here in Australia and I am headed to bed.  This time last year I just arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah with my mom as we were headed cross-country back from San Diego.  After surviving a scary night driving across the Sierra Nevada’s in to Reno we decided to stop in Salt Lake City and head to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving.  After our delicious meal (all under $10 too) we headed off to South Dakota & Mount Rushmore (& Crazy Horse).

So this will be the second year in a row that I will not be out getting drunk with friends old and new.  Or even better waking up in the morning and seeing my hungover sister answer the TV Remote Control thinking it was the cordless phone (still one of my favourite stories which I will share with her children).  And no parade with a large Spongebob or Snoopy Balloon nor Santa at the end of it signalling the beginning of the Christmas season.

However, we had a nice “Thanksgiving” meal this evening with some turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans,.  No cranberry sauce or stuffing but in its own way still very nice.  And tomorrow when I head to work I will not have to pound 10 tylenol to make it through the day, so I guess I am winning in that respect.

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Petition for Thanksgiving Around the World

November 22, 2011 3 comments

Thanksgiving is about to blow by this week and it’s crazy to me.  Why didn’t the pilgrims “invade” all countries so that they could enjoy one of the greatest holidays of them all?  Australians would just love this one, because all you do is eat, drink and watch sport.  While it may be American Football and not NRL, Rugby Union, footy or cricket it is still great.

So instead of eating turkey and my family placing bets on who will fall asleep first, either myself or Bridget, I will be working on Thursday.  However there is one good thing about the 16-hour difference.  Due to this past weekend series I actually have Friday off so I get to enjoy the Football games, so that should be nice.

One other bad thing about no Thanksgiving is the face that Christmas comes wayy too early since there is nothing in between Halloween & Christmas.  Christmas decorations have gone up in the neighborhood and there is just something wrong with these lights up in 85 degree weather.  The sun doesn’t even go down till 8pm…

I just want some turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce…

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Memories

November 19, 2011 1 comment

So a couple of things have led to this post, first thing:

Don’t know if you have heard but we’re kind of a big deal, and when i say “we’re” I mean UD.  All because of this women:

Elena Delle Donne

Most of you may not have heard of here but here is an “Outside The Lines” on her from ESPN and then a couple of more articles about her background & story about being recruited to UConn Women’s Basketball then playing Volleyball for Delaware all within a couple of months:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3790359

http://search.espn.go.com/elena-delle-donne/videos/6

I watched her play high school ball when I was at Delaware while she was at Ursuline Academy, a perennial basketball powerhouse.  The girl once sank 100 free-throws in a row to set a Delaware state record.  She really is unlike anyone I have seen play, as she was once called the “LeBron James” of women’s basketball.  At 6’5″ she can hit from anywhere on the court, brings the ball up like a guard and can block shots with solid defense while hardly fouling out of a game.  She is routinely triple defended yet somehow her shots fall time after time, 2 games in to this season and she is averaging 37.5 points a game, this is after she was second in the nation in scoring her Freshman year and did lead the nation last year but didn’t qualify due to sitting out 20 games with lymes disease.  The men’s & women’s basketball at UD was never a huge draw while I was there but we had some decent Women’s bball teams.  They now draw 3600 people to watch Women’s basketball, we didn’t pull that many with the men’s team when I was there.  With Delle Donne there now in her Junior year this may not be the only “upset” we see this year.

Second thing: As I sit here writing this post at 3:43am and I have to get up in 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back to the ballpark for the final game of the series it reminds me of my late nights at the Bob.  While I did get to see some great events while working at the Bob Carpenter Center, (i.e. the circus, the Harlem Globetrotters, Black Eyed Peas, George Carlin, getting maced at a Kanye West concert, etc.) for 4 years we certainly put in the man hours and Bruckner can definitely account for most of that time spent.

One long night was the set up for the Lynard Skynard concert, nothing was better than having a basketball ball game at night then having a concert the next day, always loved having to set up stages for the concerts at 5am in the morning.  Me and Bruckner were sent for DnD (I miss that place) around 3am and then at 5 I drove her up to her door at Harter (yes UD I mean up to her door on the North Mall, which meant breaking some laws, but no one knew).  Those were the days and definitely got me ready for these long days at the ballpark.

I love event management & I miss the Bob Carpenter Center for a number of reasons!  Now it’s time for some shut-eye.

 

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