Bits and pieces

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Happy Easter, to those who care about it, and happy long weekend to the rest of us!

Here’s some bits and pieces of randomness.

– On Good Friday, it took me quite a few minutes puzzling over one of those flashing RTA signs near the Sydney Fish Markets that said “Fish Market: Friday delays expected”. Why would there be delays? Was there roadworks? On a public holiday? Had there been an accident? Had something fishy happened? Oh. That’s right. It’s the day where lots of people eat fish! Oooops.

– Handing out helium balloons on Saturday at a children’s event for work was kinda hilarious. Kids really do say the darndest things… like one who looked at me holding the balloons, and quizzically asked “how did you get here?”… with a tone and look like I had just shipped in from Planet Balloontron. It would take a lot of helium balloons to take me anywhere sweetheart!
We also had one little girl who was particularly balloon challenged. She lost and popped four balloons within a period of 10 minutes, despite us tying them to various limbs and items of clothing. Poor child, she will never know the joy of watching a helium balloon wither away in the corner of your room… I always loved when they reached the stage where they would just hover centimetres above the ground, and looked wrinkly like an old lady. Anyway, her parents got sick of it, and instead she just ended up toddling around with bits of balloon string trailing behind her.
Another funny thing was some nearby children’s entertainers. A fellow decked out as a pirate looked particularly uninspired by his job, and could be seen puffing away on a ciggie just metres away from the fairyland tent. When he saw me looking at him somewhat disdainfully, he looked at the ciggie, shrugged his shoulders and said “yeah, I guess it’s not that child friendly.” He then took another two steps backwards, and continued to smoke. Oh dear.

-Don’t read Sydney Eats/Cheap Eats Guide when you are poor. Even though the eats are cheap and sound amazing, it isn’t cheaper than supermarket shopping… driving to Surry Hills for some $5.90 dosai doesn’t add up when you factor in petrol and the bridge toll and parking… and when you factor this in, you just become all sad and craving dosai or pide or dim sum or something good and there’s only a floret of broccoli and some tinned chickpeas in the kitchen and it’s just not the same. And you realise you moved to a part of Sydney where cheap eats are nearly non existant (except for Noodle Star). Because for some reason the suburbs with the most cheap eats have the highest rents or a massive petrol/public transport bill associated with them. None of it adds up!!! Just like my bank balance!!! So unfair!!! Lamest long weekend ever!!!

– Some cool blogs… (at least they are free) Bent my Wookie, Reasons You Will Hate Me, G Photography Tips, Some Fancy Piece, The Department, Boudist.

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