||[24 January 2007|07:55 pm]
Well, today my Nan returned to the Gold Coast and here I am, all alone in Melbourne. It's a weird feeling, certainly tinged with loneliness as my nearest family and close friends are an eighteen hour long drive away. I'm glad that Kate will be here in 2.5 weeks! And if any of my Melbournian LJ friends would like to meet up or are in the Brunswick West area, please drop me a line as I'd really love some company and someone to talk to (amakaxver[at]gmail.com is my e-mail address). For now, I'm just continuing the job of unpacking my stuff - I chose not to bring my third bookshelf as it was an old and crappy thing, worth less than it would have cost to move it down here, but now it's looking like I didn't do a very good job of thinning down my book collection and may need to purchase a new third shelf. Thank goodness we have external hard drives for music collections! Space really is at a premium in my new place, in stark contrast to my Brisbane flat that was pretty spacious and roomy, but I think I've managed to make it cosy instead of cramped.
I certainly feel like I live in a city more now than I did in Brisbane, even though I'm further from the CBD here. Melbourne feels a lot busier, but also a lot more diverse and interesting. I do miss how quiet, leafy, and suburban my little area of Brisbane was, but I'm now happy with my place in Melbourne and the trams are simply wonderful. Sure, Brisbane has its river catamarans, but I feel so much more mobile with the tram network here. Nonetheless, I feel a bit high and dry without any relatives to drive me around in an emergency - though considering how daunting and sometimes confusing Melbourne's roads seem, this hasn't really made me wish I could drive much more than I already did! It's funny, though - I've had a fair few observations go through my head in the last few days, but now that I actually have time to sit back and note them down, the words really aren't coming.
So I'll move onto today's exciting topic. Well, actually, the news is a tad older than that, but this is the first time I've really had the chance to write about it: Crowded House are reuniting! When rumours of a reunion began circulating last year, it made me feel a bit uneasy as it didn't seem right to have Crowded House without Paul Hester, but now I'm willing to embrace this. After all, Hester essentially left the band a couple of years before the end of the band anyway, and I'm willing to trust Neil Finn's judgement that resurrecting the Crowdies is the right thing to do and won't do a disservice either to the band's canon or Hester's memory. And I can't help but feel really excited about the prospect of seeing a favourite band of mine that I thought I'd always thoroughly missed the chance to see.
In less positive news, it appears in the last week of next-to-no TV, SBS has introduced their new hour long news bulletin with Stan Grant as co-host. Thank goodness Mary Kostakidis is still there, but Stan Grant's interview with some woman over Bush's State Of The Union address was one of the worst things I've ever seen on any SBS news show. Both of them were very poor in terms of content and on screen manner. Why can't the hour long bulletin be Mary Kostakidis and Lee Lin Chin instead? Bah.
I'm also seriously missing DSL. I hope the estimation of tomorrow as its re-establishment date is accurate, as I feel very much in need of some more classic prog and dialup is no way to get music. However, this morning, for over an hour, I had no dialtone at all and couldn't even access my dialup, which made me appreciate its existence considerably more! I called Telstra and they told me it might be until Monday that I would get service back on my line, but when I got home after running a couple of final messages with Nan, we found the fault had been rectified, much to my relief. Being without DSL is one thing, but being without any kind of phone or Internet service at all is quite another! I hope my line stays stable from now on. And that's all for now. Have a good one, folks!