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Sydney, NSW - Australia
I'm an American who came to Australia in 2005. I have a pet services business on the NSW far South Coast.
Interests: music, choral conducting, animal massage, travel, gay rights, immigration
Recent Activity
This arrived in the post yesterday. It's only Tuesday, but my week has been made. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Banal Chew
I feel like blogging. And not just any blogging, but the sort I did years ago, during the hey-day of the genre. The topic? Romantic inclination. (See those seatbelts? You may want to buckle them.) So it turns out that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at The Banal Chew
(Firstly, apologies for the sketchy commenting interface lately. I'm switching to Disqus, and it takes a day or two to settle down and play nicely.) Did anyone notice that this is the fourth blog post on consecutive days? This may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The Banal Chew
My sweet, handsome and charming buddy, Sean in NY state, received the Australia Day cum Superman t-shirt I sent him. Yep, that's an Aussie-flag cape that attaches to the back with velcro tabs. Sean has a delightful preoccupation with superhero... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Banal Chew
Today is the three-year anniversary of my father's departure from this world. In his memory, I helped my housemate build some fence, something Dad did often. Every time I look at my vegetable garden, I think of him. I could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Banal Chew
...especially to a certain someone. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Banal Chew
Beastly Indulgence Pet Services, now a full-time enterprise! Massage, treats and more! Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at The Banal Chew
For no other reason than to giggle. (click to watch the show) Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Banal Chew
Oh, my beautiful boy! You left me so quickly. Only a few days ago you entertained me with our usual hide-and-seek game among the bed covers. Then your cheerful tap dance in the kitchen, happily greeting me, eager for breakfast.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Banal Chew
St. Patrick's Day is coming up. There will be parades. There will be hideous green clothing. And there will be drinking. Lots of delinquent, debauched and derelict drinking. Bring. It. On. Wait, isn't St. Pat's Day a Feast Day? Won't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Banal Chew
If I were in Arkansas today, the day that marks the second anniversary of my father's death, I would visit his gravesite. And I would dress in good clothes. When he was alive, Dad always made sure he looked his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
I wouldn't worry (though I know you're not). Soon Shirley will be busted for the meth lab she's running out of her nursery, and you'll continue to slip around in bubble-bath and sip contentedly on your martinis.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2014 on Bitch sitch at the bitter waiter
Like many, I grew up listening to the vinyl albums in my parents' record collection. My father was a pretty decent baritone and had a solid collection of albums by prominent singers of his time, eg, Perry Como, Andy Williams... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at The Banal Chew
Dear Readers, Please participate in the following single-question survey. (You may remain anonymous.) I would greatly appreciate your feedback! Rebranding Survey (click here) Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
A recent meme features the variety of positions in which a cat finds itself during sleep. It is good fun. Anyone who has ever shared a house with feline companions knows it can be awe inspiring and giggle inducing to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Banal Chew
This might be my last Aussie Christmas for a while. With that in mind, I am happy for this photo opportunity. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Dear [xxx] Human Resources Manager, Thank you so much for your two-sentence rejection e-mail, which I just received today. Considering the relevance of this position to my field of expertise, I have been anxiously awaiting word from you since I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Sadly, Rog gazes Out the window at the rain That pelts Sydney town. Oh, that I could take a walk And revel with Rocky there. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Roger with Trucks Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at The Banal Chew
While looking through the few things I brought with me from Melbourne, looking in particular for a bowtie for Saturday's wind band concert, I came across two hats a theatrical costumer tailored for me some years ago. The hats were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Banal Chew
...wherever you are. Love, Sandy & Roger Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at The Banal Chew
It rained in Sydney today, and it rained hard. Despite the intensity, the rain is much needed. You'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the fires that have burned hundreds of thousands of hectares in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Fool, I wonder if you know yourself at all You know that it could be so simple. Keane Songwriters: Timothy James Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard David Hughes Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The Banal Chew
It's been nearly a decade since I moved to Australia. I am at the point where I think of friends here that I would enjoy introducing to friends in the US. Late to the party much? Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Just when I was concerned that my therapist and I were in need of direction, now that crisis-mode seems to be over, an event occurred. That event was me realising that, during a low moment resulting in a pep talk... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at The Banal Chew