Making it up as I go along Blog Posts

  • My awesome daughter
    on Dec 11, 2016
    Disclosure: This is a biased account by a father about his awesome daughter.Yesterday I missed seeing Jazzy’s annual gymnastic display. My alarm woke me up in time, but I arose in a fluey fogginess and I just couldn’t do it. I could feel that sen...
  • Farewell my beautiful friend
    on Jul 27, 2016
    At my 21stI met Bruce in 1982. A week before I met him, I was sitting in a 120 seat lecture theatre at RMIT, in first year civil engineering. The lecturer was writing relentlessly on the four panel blackboard, with all the students just copying...
  • An enforced pause to the busy
    on May 22, 2016
    Another day, another year, another flight. The long haul from Sydney to San Francisco. It’s like a salvation. Locked in to a seat for 15 hours without the ability to manically run around like an idiot trying to do a million things at once. No exter...
  • 52 musings of a 52 year old man
    on Jul 20, 2015
    Today is my 52nd birthday. 52 years on the planet Earth. Now flying over a chunk of it, from the July warmth of Cairns to the frigid Melbourne winter, closing out a week of Port Douglas holiday leisure with Tori and the crew. Here are 52 musings of s...
  • You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
    on Oct 28, 2013
    You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. You may find yourself in another part of the world… You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?I remember waiting with huge anticipation for Remain In Light to be released in 1980. I was already...
  • Gone to look for America
    on Oct 27, 2013
    I have a long time love affair with America. It seems to run in parallel with my long time disdain of America. The two somehow coexist in my being, each with a fiercely burning fuel of their own. I have never been able to reconcile these feelings int...
  • Thoughts of My Lai
    on Nov 4, 2012
    I remember vividly the moment I first saw that now famous photo. The one of the screaming naked young girl, trying in vain to run away from the burning of her skin following a napalm attack on her village. It would have been 1972 and there was the pi...
  • Travelling Vietnam with kids
    on Oct 16, 2012
    There's no more demanding time than when a toddler is 15 months old. They can't really talk, so can't tell you what's wrong. They are fully mobile, but balance is problematic. They have a propensity for climbing on to whatever they can, which when co...
  • Hello Hanoi
    on Oct 10, 2012
    It was always going to be difficult to come to terms with being back in Melbourne after a year on the road travelling Australia. And so it proved to be. "Have you settled back in?" and "Is everything back to normal now?" seemed to have been the pr...
  • Bye bye Pusskana
    on Mar 31, 2012
    I miss my beautiful Pusskana. It's been three weeks since he died and thinking about him still brings a cloud of sadness across my mood. I don't think it does a disservice to my human friends and family to say that I felt a bond to him as strong as t...
  • The commute
    on Feb 15, 2012
    I've never fancied myself as a commuter. I don't even like the sound of the word let alone what it actually means. Like an automaton heading out in the early morning through the sea of peak hour traffic and jostling crowds, onward to the product...
  • And then we were back
    on Feb 5, 2012
    And then we were back. And like a tan from a two week Queensland holiday, the feeling of travelling through remote Australia just seems to have washed right off. It all ended so abruptly and quickly. And what a crash-landing back into Melbourne...
  • Don't they know it's Christmas time
    on Dec 26, 2011
    As a jewish kid growing up in suburban Melbourne, Christmas Day was the most boring day of the year. An enforced rest day for backyard test match cricket. My friend Mark was ensconced in a day of feasting and present-getting with his family and unlik...
  • Are we there yet?
    on Dec 26, 2011
    I'm not really sure where we are with the big trip now. Even though we're not yet back in Warrandyte it sort of seems over. Everybody appears to have emotionally abandoned ship. Tori has had enough of walking 100 metres to the bathroom especially if...
  • Mullumbimby madness
    on Dec 1, 2011
    It is nigh on twenty years since Tori and I first ventured up to the lush green environs of Mullumbimby. We were bussing and hitching up the coast to escape the Melbourne winter and were hoping to stay here with our friend Brian for a few days. ...
  • Crossing the outback
    on Nov 23, 2011
    The last month or so has been a blur. My mind feels like it may explode just trying to recount what has happened, though that could also be due to tiredness. Kim has been waking up at 5am lately which invariably means that I wake up at 5am. Perhaps l...
  • Pub crawl down the guts
    on Oct 12, 2011
    Pub crawls are a great Aussie tradition. I'm sure they didn't start here but they have certainly been embraced as an intrinsic part of our culture. So with 1,150km to drive in two days from Katherine to Alice Springs and seemingly a whole lot of pubs...
  • Hot hot heat
    on Oct 10, 2011
    While people back in the hometown of Melbourne have been struggling through a bitter and wet winter, we’ve been following the sun. When it was starting to get cooler in the southern parts of Western Australia, we just moved further north. And kept...
  • Farewell to the Kimberley
    on Oct 2, 2011
    Having spent around four months in the Kimberley region, it's time to move on. The weather has changed and we're now into the next season; the build up to the wet. The temperature has increased to around 38 degrees every day and more relevantly the h...
  • Up the Duncan
    on Sep 26, 2011
    We first heard about the Duncan Road from a couple we met at Tunnel Creek. “There’s an unsealed road that runs from Halls Creek through to Kununurra round the back of the Bungle Bungles”, they said. “A much more beautiful drive through the Ki...
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