Posted at 01:24h
in Daily Happenings
I’m home! Actually, I got home on Sunday night and it was a fun, exciting weekend… that almost didn’t exist. You see, my alarm was set for 8:45am, giving enough time to pack and be ready for the shuttle bus, but instead I woke at 6:20am, noticing a text message from Jetstar which had arrived two minutes earlier. Yep, my flight was cancelled. I was on the phone right away to arrange another flight, but the man I spoke to had to put me on hold for a moment to check something… that lasted 45 minutes.
So I hung up and called back.
Big mistake. There was a message to tell of the 30 minute wait for the next operator and 65 minutes later I got someone. I was offered a flight on the Saturday – no go, it leaves AFTER MythBusters starts – so I ask about going to Sydney, then from Sydney to Melbourne. That worked a treat, and the flight left only a little after the one I’d originally booked.
Why do I get to airports so early? I was at MCY by 11:15am, and my flight left at 3:15pm. There’s absolutely nothing to do at MCY other than look at the Coke vending machine. Once through security there’s a newsagent, cafe and Rip Curl shop, not much else. But I eventually boarded the flight to Sydney and that was good. Time to relax a bit.
Sydney is way huge compared to MCY, and I never thought I’d make it to my next flight – had to check in again, go through security again, but I worried for nothing. Even though the queues were long, it was pretty quick.
Arriving in Melbourne came soon enough and then I was on my way to the hotel, thankfully with a lift from a friend I hadn’t seen in seven years. Another was waiting at my hotel, and soon after we went for beer.
Beer in Melbourne is super-expensive. It was $9 for a glass at every bar I visited. NINE DOLLARYDOOS! The Kosciuszko Pale Ale was quite nice, the VB kinda meh. It was about 2am before I got to bed, waking about 11am and heading to The Plenary for some Mythbusters goodness.
Not knowing what to expect, I had a great time. I like how they regularly got the audience involved (I didn’t get to go up as I had no waiver on my chair) and Adam had the greatest t-shirts (all superhero based). I’m sure he went through 5 t-shirts and a Han Solo costume, all within 2 and a half hours. Jamie was Jamie, crisp white shirt and beret. The paintball cannon was insane, and I couldn’t help but wonder how they got that through customs when a bottle of water is a no no.
I’ve about 20 minutes of video, and a handful of photos. Unfortunately my camera doesn’t like low light and struggled to focus on the fast movements, so those photos were pretty much zapped. The ones on my phone looked okay until they got onto the computer. Definitely not photography award material, not even a good effort, keep trying ribbon.
Walking back to the hotel, I noticed an old colleague walking by, so I said G’day and we went to a bar for a quiet one. After that, I bought a six pack and had a few while watching the football.
Sunday morning I woke up tired. Super-tired. And it was going to be a long day too. I met up with another friend and we had breakfast in Southbank. Turns out he works for my web host, so he’s gonna try do some good things for me. Nice!
I had to check out by 10am, giving me 3 and a half hours to explore the city and go to Daiso. I was greeted by a monk who gave me some shiny gold card and wanted money. He got about 60c change from my bag. A little up the road, another monk. This time a shiny gold card and some beads. And he demanded money. I had no money, not cash anyway, and showed him the empty wallet. He snatched the beads and shiny gold card and walked off. It wasn’t until later that I discovered they’re scammers, not monks. Damn. I could use that 60c right about now.
Made it to Daiso and had a look – no Mintia lollies, no pepperoni pizza flavoured chips. So I made a quick exit. They’re the best Japanese treats and Daiso didn’t have them.
After struggling to kill time, another friend picked me up at 1:30pm for a ride to the airport. This one I used to live three doors down from, and I hadn’t seen him in about 10 years, maybe more. He’s offered me some web design work too – BONUS!
It was good to catch with everyone, and it would have been better to spend more time with the ones I did. Unfortunately, it was a quick weekend away with no major plans set, so maybe next time I’ll stay longer and see more friends.