Zipcar – A Review

When not riding one of the dozen bicycles in the quiver, or being driven around by Mrs TTE in a Dodge Ram, your correspondent drives a Zipcar. Here’s how it works…

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Café Gratitude – A Review

Café Gratitude is a restaurant chain around the Bay Area. On the surface, it is just another place to buy over-priced food mixed with a new-age hippy philosophy, thus initially I intended this review to be a thinly veiled pretext for my rant against the fanatical lefty-ism around here. But all is not as it seemed…

Cafe Gratitude

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Dodge Ram – A Review

what a car

The specs for the Dodge Ram 2500 speak for themselves: it has a 5.7 litre V8 engine, weighs almost 2.5 tonnes, the length is almost eight meters, it’s red. Driving a car like this is a quintessential American experience and one that has been the subject of a great deal of my rhetoric since arriving in the USA.

Luckily a recent trip to Lake Tahoe necessitated a car with enough space for five passengers and a few pairs of skis. When the local rental car agent offered a Dodge Ram, I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading Dodge Ram – A Review

Meredith Music Festival – A Review

I attended the Meredith Music Festival, centred around a grassy downhill just outside the town of Meredith, in rural Victoria.  Two nights and three days of bands and celebration.  I had never been before, but I loved it.  Before the festival, everyone was talking about the ‘Meredith experience’, and  noone was talking about the bands, which made me worried.  I was happy to find the music is still the centre of the experience.

I thought the best of the festival was Paul Kelly.  His set at 7pm on the Saturday night kicked off an epic night.  Mr Kelly’s music is so familiar it’s easy to disregard, but live, the familiar veneer is taken off and you remember why you (and everyone else) listened to it so much that you still know every word.  The crowd was moved to tears, and in what is apparently a Meredith tradition, indicative of ultimate respect, everyone took off their shoes and waved them at him. Continue reading Meredith Music Festival – A Review

Rabbit Run – A Book Review

I read Rabbit, Run by John Updike.  It’s a mid-century American novel.

I got one of those orange Penguin Classics that sell for ten bucks.  I love those.  I think that’s how much a book should cost.  I’m far more likely to spend money on books if I get three for thirty bucks than if I only get one.

Anyway, the book is considered a classic, hence its inclusion in the Penguin collection.

Whenever I go back and read books written before my time, I expect classic themes and minimal social critique.  This is because I am a poor student of history and assume that everything that existed before I was born is irrelevant. Continue reading Rabbit Run – A Book Review

Inglourious Basterds – A Review

Inglourious Basterds hinges on ‘good and evil’, and blithely depicts evil actions as good. Oh, btw, I may ruin this movie for you. Sorry. ;)

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Costco – A review

Bringing big- box retailing to Melbourne’s thriving Docklands precinct is the Costco Wholesale Corporation, the largest membership warehouse club chain in the world, based on sales volume!

Imagine If Kmart, Bunnings, and the Melbourne Cricket Club had a baby. Continue reading Costco – A review