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Monday, August 29, 2005
Green walls and all
 
While my mom and I were in Melbourne, we had the fortune of stumbling upon an old tea house inside one of the arcades that connect many streets there. It was a wonderful old room with tall vaulted ceilings, and beautiful moldings arcing throughout the whole place. What was more impressive to me though was our waiter. He had such a flair for making every customer feel like they were the most important person there, complemented the tea choices, and went to try and coax up another piece of one of the desserts when he thought they were out. Even though we had to settle for the 2nd choice on cake, something about his style just made you glad to be there, and you couldn't help but smile when he spoke.

As luck would have it, his shift ended in the middle of our time there, and although the rest of the staff was very nice, it was a completely different (although still very good) experience. Just before leaving though, he imparted one bit of general trivia to all us patrons. 'Pound for pound, hamburger is more expensive than a new car' Gives you something to think about, ey?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Travelin light today
 
So I'm home. And I'm writing again. And doing washes. Getting a cell phone. Seeing friends and family across the greater tri state region (only 2 of which I've actually got anyone to visit in). Sleeping is still somewhat off, but that should come under control the next couple days - now its time to find a job, and a place to live after that. I don't know how many times I've said that already to various people, but 'a job, a place to live and a life' gets em laughing every time.

There is still more settling in things to do, but they will sort themselves out over time. For now I get to fold laundry and play with Gabby, my mom's cute new maltese. There have been many requests for easily accessible pictures on here, so once they are all on my computer (and off my camera) I will try and get some- both from Australia in general and the trip with my mom up here.

Plenty of other things to write about over the next few days, weeks, months and years. Stories to come over time, fond recollections will often occur, and life will move on in new, interesting and exciting ways. Signing off with L'chaim would be so cheesy now, but yea, thats me.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The end
 
Last night here in Australia. The traveling around with my mom was wonderful, and now its just the last dinner and the flight home tomorrow morning. Details about the trip and everything related to finishing up and going home will have to wait for now. More to come from America...

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