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Cut Off In the Land Down Under

I’m in Australia again, visting the in-laws. Unfortunately, our home has no internet at the moment because of a dispute with the telecom (the idiocy of ISP’s is apparently a universal constant). I’m typing this in a mall in Queensland, which means I’m at minimal Tweeting (I have a list cut down to about a dozen of the most essential feeds for this sort of occasion) and have about 800 unread articles in Google Reader, which I will mostly ignore. So, yeah, not much blogging until the telecom gets their head out of their ass.

I won’t be able to watch the SOTU but I will download, read and respond to it. Hopefully, I’ll be back in action by the end of the week. But even then, I’ll probably maintain a low profile since, you know, I’m on vacation.


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  1. CM says:

    Hal, I’m waving at you now. Can you see me?
    ;-)

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  2. ScottE says:

    You want to spend your limited available bandwidth on d’loading the SOTU while you are on vacation?

    You are a sick man, or I’ve forgotten what it’s like to visit in-laws.

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  3. Aussiesmurf says:

    I was on vacation in Port Douglas in October 2004 with the woman who is now my wife. I annoyed her intensely by insisting on following :

    1. The MLB Playoffs (Red Sox fan)
    2. The Australian election campaign / results.
    3. The US election campaign.

    Unbelievably that she stayed with me….

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  4. West Virginia Rebel says:

    Dorner may be dead in cabin that went up in flames…developing…

    As long as Hal ins Down Under, maybe he can explain what the heck Vegemite is…
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  5. Aussiesmurf says:

    Vegemite is awful…. in taste, maybe closest to Marmite, but don’t try it.

    If you want great food that comes from Australia, try either a Tim Tam or a lamington.

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  6. Hal_10000 says:

    You want to spend your limited available bandwidth on d’loading the SOTU while you are on vacation?

    I’ve been relaxing nicely. Drinking VB and reading books. But I feel a need to snark and, based on Sullivan’s drooling, I think the SOTU will offer plenty of rancid meat.

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  7. stogy says:

    Vegemite is awful…. in taste, maybe closest to Marmite, but don’t try it.

    Vegemite is the food of the Gods! Where I am now it comes in jars that are more expensive than caviar (something to do with a huge sales tax) and is much harder to get
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    A light smearing of vegemite on toast, topped over with grated fresh coconut drenched in raw garlic, onion and chilli. A perfect start to anyone’s day.

    But stop drinking VB. Australia has a world of fabulous beers on offer and you drink the local version of Bud. Jeez…

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  8. Hal_10000 says:

    Ok, I’m catching up but … are people making a big deal about Rubio drinking a glass of water? Did I miss something? Did he, like, spill it all over himself or pour it over his head or frolick nude in it or something? Because if he just fucking drank a glass of water, the liberals are going crazier fast than I feared.

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  9. CM says:

    Vegemite is the food of the Gods!

    I second that. It kicks Marmite’s arse.

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  10. CM says:

    Isn’t the Rubio-drinking-water thing just the latest ‘internet meme’ going around?
    Even he has joined in.

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  11. Aussiesmurf says:

    As someone who has lived in Australia for 36 of his 37 years, vegemite……sucks. But I second the suckiness of VB. If you want Aussie beer, try any of the following – Boags, Two Dogs, Cascade, Mountain Goat…

    And try to watch an Australian Rules match – the pre-season competition starts on Friday 15/2. GO HAWKS!!

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  12. CM says:

    I’ve lived in NZ (both Marmite and Vegemite are also ‘institutions’ here) for only 34 of my 38 years, so I guess you got me beat.
    The Marmite factory was badly damaged in the earthquakes so there has been no production for about a year (I don’t care, I far prefer Vegemite). This week they announced that next month it’ll be available again. Inevitably, it made national news. Cringe cringe cringe.

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  13. Santino says:

    And try to watch an Australian Rules match

    Being in Canada I don’t get much exposure to Aussie Rules. But from the few matches I’ve seen, I thoroughly enjoy the sport. I certainly enjoy it more than rugby, sorry CM.

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  14. CM says:

    No worries there, I’m not a big fan. I only watch the international games these days. Far more into cricket……..;-)

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