Ramblings From The Road
Remember me? I used to ramble on this site but lately I've had nothing to say. That's not exactly true. I was bored. Ever get that way? Just nothing to rave about? Nothing to share, just a time to sit back and stare? I didn't mean to rhyme.
But now I've got a few things to say. Not much... must be getting old.
#1 - High-End appliances. Don't bother. Especially Viking products. Viking does not stand behind it's product or the technicians that repair them. I can't tell you how frustrated I am with my Viking range. I can't tell you how stupid the design of my Viking range is. I can't tell you how much I want to rip this Viking out of my kitchen and throw it in the street. Be forewarned. The High End Viking product is cheap.
I finished a book by Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake." It was given to me by a fan at the Ravinia Festival last summer. I want to thank her. This book is so fantastic but I have so many questions. I really do. Why did Crake kill Oryx? Did Crake know about Oryx and Jimmy? What was Crake doing, developing a whole new race, or did the virus get out of hand? Somebody please answer those questions. It's a provocative book.
I went to Australia and New Zealand with Mandy. We had an incredible time. All of the performances went very well and the theatres were beautiful. But I have to tell you about my new favorite place on earth, Bamurru Plains in the Northern Territory. It's a luxury safari camp with nine huts on stilts and the fourth wall in these huts looks out over the floodplains of the Mary River. The sunset is low, expansive and right before your eyes. I felt as if this must be what Africa looks like. The Pandanus trees look like a Dr. Seuss drawing. All the vegetation looks like a Dr. Seuss drawing. It's a water buffalo station and the water buffalo graze on the floodplains during the day and retreat to the bush at night. One is looking at water buffalo, wild horses, an Italian bull, agile wallabies and birds galore, birds that don't fly on this side of the ocean. It was a truly wild experience and I can't wait to go back. Lots of crocodiles. I was told a story that just recently they had discovered a 7 meter crocodile that had been bitten in half, obviously by a bigger crocodile. Isn't that something? How big do you think the other croc was? I didn't want to leave. I just wanted to start working there. The food was to die for. A 23 year old chef fed us all our meals and I couldn't wait for the next one. I gained a whopping 10 pounds. I finally decided to do something about it. I'm fasting.... I want to kill something..........
Our last stop was New Zealand. We were in Auckland with a day off so we took a ferry to Waiheke Island which is so beautiful. It looked like a combination of Ireland and Hawaii. A great place for a vacation.
I'm writing a book and it will be published in the Fall of 2010. I have no idea if it's interesting or not. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of me. That's it. Good bye.