Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Big Boats and Little Pleasures

You should know that I don't actually spend that much time on the titles to these pieces. Shocking I know.

My first issue is a wee bit of concern that Sydney seems to have ground to a complete halt over the last 48 hours, and the reason is.... that a really bloody big cruise ship that none of us except fingers will be able to afford or wish to travel on, and a slightly smaller cruise ship that none of us except fingers will be able to afford or wish to travel on, are in town at the same time. I even heard people on the radio yesterday talking about how they will tell their children about this. Hello? They are fucking cruise ships. Big, ugly, floating Vegas Hotels for very well to do types who can't be arsed having a real holiday.

I realise that this will be the second coming of Christ to the ship-spotters out there, but can the rest of the slightly more normal people please do a self-evaluation and get themselves a life that doesn't involve having to clog the streets of Sydney for hours to take a photo of a big ship. Download it, for the love of god, and keep out of our way.

On to other things now (I feel better already). I am aware that this next bit is set up for fingers and Mel to hit out of the park, I am hoping they will do so with suitable panache.

I had a fantastic weekend, and no it wasn't spent surfing porn and writing my latest fantasy novel. I did other stuff too. I had a dinner party Saturday night, and actually gave myself enough time on Saturday to enjoy the fact. I cooked some stuff I hadn't done before, and some that I had. I wandered around the Fish Markets in the morning (I sadly really enjoy it there - something to do with never being able to afford seafood as a student still makes it somehow special) and spent the afternoon cooking and preparing. It went fantastically well - the food went down a treat (yes I know that dinner guests will usually say that a defrosted lasagne is a culinary revolution, but hey) and I had great fun with friends enjoying a decent meal. Why don't we do this more often?

Credit where it is due though. I wanted to use watermelon as it is so good right now. I somehow stumbled on Spiceblog and stole the Nannygai with Watermelon Salad recipe - it was fantastic. And how cool are those photos?

Ok, enough self-emasculation. Just a reminder to myself that time with friends is the best time. Doing something that they appreciate - even better....

12 Comments:

At 8:11 am, Blogger W said...

Dinner parties with friends are very fun. Damn it! Now I want to throw one.

 
At 8:46 am, Anonymous SouthernBelle said...

I'm with you on the cruise ships.

A small, trashy part of me wants to go on one, just once, but the practical part of me knows I'd hate it after like 2 hours.

The biggest problem is that you can't get off whenever you get sick of all the other wankers on board. This goes for any type of boat of course, not just cruise ships, but still.

Wow. That dinner sounds interesting. It's the kind of thing that makes me wsh I wasn't such a picky eater. But, to quote Meg Ryan from When Harry Met Sally, I just like things how I like them. Which is without coriander or other spices - or any member of the melon family... *sigh*

But I am with you on the love of seafood. I could pretty much happily gorge on any sea creature that was just lightly cooked with a squeeze of lemon & a shake of salt...

: )

 
At 11:23 am, Blogger Original Mel said...

It's no fun if you pre-empt the scorn and derision...

 
At 12:00 pm, Blogger WJ said...

I think that is called a pre-emptive strike.

It seems to have worked - you aren't hanging shit on me, and fingers is ignoring me, so that is a win win really...

 
At 12:28 pm, Blogger fingers said...

Hard to know where to start, Todd.
I'm still digesting the idea of being told to get a life by a 'War of the World' addict.
Granted; watching the largest passenger liner in the universe sail down the middle of the greatest natural harbour anywhere is not for everyone.
I certainly wouldn't compare it to the spine-tingling excitement of a trip to the fish markets or shopping for seasonal watermelon...

 
At 3:37 pm, Blogger Mex said...

i wonder what you would compare it to fingers?

surely something you've experienced before... whats that saying "it was like throwing a salami down a well"?

 
At 1:30 am, Anonymous SouthernBelle said...

or a hot dog down a hallway.

; )

 
At 11:04 am, Blogger fingers said...

Champagne comedy, Mex.
You are truly an idiot.
If your hands are any guide, I imagine that reclining nude with your charms on full display, it must look something like Sydney Heads to inbound ships...

 
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