And a good evening to you from across the globe after another GREAT DAY in the Lion City. The Bull hit the treadmill tonight, where I am pleased to report a major upgrade at Fitness First. Now I have to admit that, after joining, I was a little surprised that they didn't have the newfangled "plug your i-Pod into the docking station and charge it while you run" type treadmills, but they rebounded big today by rolling out the new model - a treadmill with touchscreen Solitaire and Connect Four! Oh yes, Sammy the Bull ran 4 miles (at an 8:07 pace - don't think I was slacking) whilst playing Solitaire (I won 2 games, but clearly it's engineered so that you don't have to start over very often) and getting my ASS KICKED in Connect Four. Who knew how much strategy was involved? My only injury? Rubbing the glass so much on the touch screen that I have blisters on my fingertips. Yes - Fijian Golfer. Go ahead - get it out of your system.
|As I look at the three trim people in this photo, my first thought|
is: "Does the fleece make me look fat?" I then hear Matt
Miller's voice: "No, no, no - your face does."
Anyhoo, on the "travel widow" front, the Bull has settled into a routine: work, exercise, blog, Skype, and then watch a movie. The last 2 nights have both been winners, with Sunday's feature being "Red" (SO entertaining), and last night's being "Battle: Los Angeles." You know, I thought "Battle" would be terrible, but it was actually really entertaining. Picture the cinematography of "Black Hawk Down" (and the action), but give more action (and less drama) than "Independence Day" (which I thought sucked). Bottom line - it was worth the free rental.
Okay, so it's back to Sydney. On Wednesday, I kicked off my 3 day work stint (don't worry immigration authorities - I was just there for meetings :-)) in Sydney with the BEST commute I'll ever have. I picked up a flat white, bought my ferry ticket, and 2 minutes later I was sitting outside in the gorgeous sunshine as the ferry pushed away from Manly and headed for the Central Business District (CBD). The ferry (same as the one I'd taken before) was just BEAUTIFUL - such a crystal clear day, and I really can't tell you how cool it was to dock between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge before walking the 4 blocks to our office. There, on the 41st floor, I settled in for three FANTASTIC days of work (Wild Card, don't worry - I was WICKED productive - just ask the good Doctor...) and had an absolute blast. I was the only guy in the HR department (on the 41st floor, so with a nice view of the streets and the harbour in the distance), and when I showed up Sharon laid out the ground rules for me: "I am in charge, Sam. I make the rules, and I have decreed this a stress-free week. There is to be no stress in here. If you feel stress coming, go out and get a coffee, then come back." I am happy to report that I was compliant every minute in the office.
The gang was great. 3 of the 5 people in the office are currently planning weddings, and so I learned about all KINDS of important topics that I never knew existed when Jenny and I got married. And whilst there were plenty of topics that I found myself mesmerized by, let's just say that I now COMPLETELY understand the value of "expressing" ahead of the ceremony. Wow...
|The Northern Beaches are BEAUTIFUL, always with a row|
of Norfolk pines (such super green needles) just off the beach.
Throw in a full moon, good, food, and good company, and
all is right with the world.
|I absolutely LOVE this photo - sorry to be sappy, but the look|
on my face pretty much sums up every day of life with Jenny -
I love you, Muffin!
Lastly for the evening - CONGRATS, DARSHAN! Granted, I'm a bit late with the well wishes, but better late than never, right? AMAZING STUFF!
Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and (I really, REALLY hope still dry and having a blast - I'm taking her radio silence to mean she's livin' it up...) Jenny