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Nick at fake monster trucks


My only problem with the Royal Easter Show was there wasn’t enough of it, which was my fault for going on the last night.

Nick’s family had gotten me all worked up about dog diving competitions, massive animal parades and giant vegetable contests. You can imagine how exciting this all sounded. But alas, on the last night it seems they let you pay to go in and look at carnies. Which is okay with me. I’m pretty into carnies. But still.

I also got to experience the show bag phenomenon, which I didn’t really understand until Nick explained that the “WHOLE POINT” of the show is to consume as many lollies as possible in six hours.  Once I saw the “Show Bag Pavillion,” this point was really illustrated. It’s a huge indoor arena filled with stands that sell you all different kinds of candy in Hello Kitty/Sesame Street/ etc. plastic bags.  Not lying.

Mostly, what my Royal Easter Show experience has served to do is cause me to become obsessed with going for multiple full days next year… can’t wait.


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lonely panda asian

lonely panda asian

It’s Easter weekend here in Australia which can only mean one thing… Gambling! Eh, sacred is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s two up day betches, and I’m going to make some money.


Spinner: The person who throws the coins up in the air.
Boxer: Person who manages the game and the betting, and doesn’t participate in betting.
Ringkeeper (Ringy):  Person who looks after the coins after each toss (to avoid loss or interference).
Kip: A small piece of wood on which the coins are placed before being tossed. One coin is placed heads up, the other tails up.
Heads: Both coins land with the ‘head’ side facing up. (Probability 25%)
Tails:  Both coins land with the ‘tails’ side facing up. (Probability 25%)
Odding Out: To spin five “One Head – One Tail” in a row.
Odds or “One Them”: One coin lands with the ‘head’ side up, and the other lands with the ‘tails’ side up. (Probability 50%)
Come in Spinner: The call given by the boxer when all bets are placed and the coins are now ready to be tossed.
Cockatoo: Only used in the 1800s to late 1930s (Due to legalisation of Two-Up on ANZAC Day), it was the nickname of the look-out who warned players of incoming police raids.

…I don’t know about all of that.

To me it just seems like a lot of intoxicated people jammed into a circle screaming things with fistfuls of money in the air while someone flings coins in the air. I have no idea how anyone keeps track of anything. It’s wonderful.


Jem star rating:

I read this book in less than twelve hours – not showing off, its slim and pages are thick – but I couldn’t STOP. The prose was simple, unadorned and the perspective was fresh. It’s a series of vignettes from different points in the life of a twenty something Latina woman, raised in a posh New Jersey suburb.

Also what struck me was that this was the first time as an adult that I’ve read a book where the narrator was my age and had similar experiences to my own  – As she traveled back through her experiences, they roughly matched up with my own timeline. It was kind of like a warped looking-glass, so I couldn’t help devouring it.

Beautiful and understated, looking forward to reading it again – more slowly.

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Zomp Shoes is by far my favourite shoe store in Sydney.

Nay, in the world.

Lookit this delicious nerdware that I picked up yesterday:




This video makes me wish it was Friday.

Starts getting good around 3:38 mark.