Good afternoon everyone!
...well, wow, I don't actually believe I'm writing here. It's been a very long time.
My first question, before I waste time updating nobody on the past eighteen months of my life: is Raef the only person on my friends' list still using this place?
Okay, I need another car.
No, I don't want to get rid of the Civic - oh I love that car, and I want her to become a cruising/show car anyway. I've got big plans for her - lowering, a few performance mods, and then cosmetica: I have a set of recaro milleniums to go in, and get the back seat completely reupholstered, new carpet of course, an awesome boot install - which may even include a Playstation if I have the money - before finally relaying the dash as well.
But enough on that car, what I also have in mind is getting another Honda - a Prelude, to do as a drag car.
Now, though, I have another desire, too. I need a rear-wheel drive car. Why? So I can drift!
When I first saw Tokyo Drift, the third fast and furious movie, I loved it - and thought it would be awesome fun. Now, today, we had a drift practice day at Baskerville raceway, and watching them out there doing it for real, it's just got me more excited. I can't wait for the chance to do it myself.
Of course, though, this means that sometime in the next couple of years I'm going to have three different cars - that's not going to be a cheap habit. On top of that, too, I want to get something like a Nissan Navara, so that I can tow a car trailer, and carry parts to the track and so on.
Anyone want to get me the recording contract I've been hoping for? Or some other way to make a lot of dough?
...And I mean money, not pizza dough. I've made more than my share of pizza dough in my life...
It was perhaps the most emotional test match victory Australian cricket will ever see.
In 2005, when Australia handed the Ashes back to England, it began the lead up to what was to arguably become the most anticipated test series between these two nations in history. At this point, few would have predicted the outcome that we would see less than eighteen months later.
After three convincing wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Australia had reclaimed the Ashes – the shortest time taken to recover the prestigious prize in history.
Then, though, came the departures.
In the wake of Damian Martyn’s shock retirement from cricket after the amazing Adelaide test, the first announcement was of Shane Warne’s retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the Ashes series. Only days later, Glenn McGrath confirmed that he too, would be retiring from international cricket at the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup – making the Ashes his last test match series.
Finally, before the final test in Sydney – and with Australia leading 4-0 and aiming for a 5-0 whitewash of the series, Justin Langer announced that he would be retiring from cricket at the end of the Ashes series also.
These three players have been champions of Australian cricket over their illustrious careers. Shane Warne: the world’s leading test wicket taker; Glenn McGrath: the world’s leading wicket taker for a pace bowler and Justin Langer: one half of arguably the best opening batting combination in cricket history.
With 364 Test appearances between the three of them, these three players have been an integral part of the Australian side throughout its dominance over the past decade. The statistics speak for themselves.
Justin Langer, in 105 Test matches, scored 7696 runs at an average of 45.27 including 23 centuries and another 30 scores above 50. The numbers already speak for themselves; however, he truly flourished since taking over from Michael Slater as an opening batsman, and his figures over the past five years are figures that overshadow so many players before him.
Shane Warne, with 708 wickets from his 145 test appearances, has dominated the world arena for so long. His success has been as much a part of his mind, as it has been his skill in spinning the ball. Warne has kept batsmen guessing on every one of the 40705 balls that he has delivered.
Australia’s dominance over the past ten years is easily recognized, when adding alongside Shane Warne, the greatest pace bowler of our time: Glenn McGrath. McGrath’s unwavering line and length has consistently kept scoring rates extraordinarily low, and frustrated batsmen. With a career economy rate of 2.49 runs per over; 563 wickets in 124 matches demonstrates clearly how dominant McGrath has been against some of the world’s best batsmen.
Australia said goodbye to three great champions in a manner that any athlete would dream of. McGrath’s final ball in test cricket took a wicket, and Justin Langer stood undefeated at the end of the run chase to victory in a 5-0 decimation of the English touring side. It should be noted also, that this feat has only been achieved on one other occasion in history – over eighty years ago in 1921-22. Hollywood couldn’t have scripted a better conclusion to three illustrious careers.
Farewell, lads, and may the rest of your lives be as fantastic as your cricket careers.
- Music:Background work noises
So, it's been like, forever since I last updated. What's been happening in the life of Josh over the past time, then? Well, I'm sure you don't want to know, but I'm going to tell you anyway.
...Yes, I'm in an odd mood right now.
So, I've moved out of home at last, I've moved into this old single-bedroom apartment in South Hobart. It's nice, it's got a heap of character, it's so old, the place still has three - yes, THREE open fireplaces. One in the lounge room, one in the bedroom, and one in the dining room. Yes, it has a dining room - one bedroom and a dining room. I love it, really, it's cute, quaint, all that kind of stuff. I'll possibly post pictures up eventually (you know what my memory's like, so don't hold your breath).
Anyway, internet and phone setup at the new place was going to cost me a fortune, like, almost $500 for broadband setup, phone setup, first month's usage, and a wireless router - and when it's almost christmas, I just don't have that much money to put into the internet, so I have no internet at present, and I am therefore using the net when I happen to come by my parents' place, or occasionally at work.
In other news, I've set up a proper music myspace account. The address is http://www.myspace.com/joshuamitchellmusic
- it's fun, and nerve-wracking, but at least my stuff's finally out there, I'm actually doing something to try and make a move with my music. Next step is to get into a studio and do some proper recordings, I can't wait to do that.
Also, I had a job interview today: It's for Centrelink in their call centre in Hobart. Actually, it'd be pretty cool, because I'd live within walking distance of work, if I got the job, and the other great thing is that I'd be working day hours (although they did suggest that it's possible shift work might become part of the job in the future).
Anyway, other than that, I think things are going well. That's a brief update of my recent life.
Love you all!
So, I have a question.
Is it a bad thing to be encouraging someone to leave her druggy boyfriend?
...What about when you're also pointing out that she'd be better off with you? :P
You know, most of the time it doesn't bother me, this whole thing about being single. Hell, it's a nice thing, not to have to worry about anyone but yourself. My life's good anyway, I've got a good group of mates at church, at work, and out socially as well, so it doesn't really worry me that I don't have a girlfriend - I still have a whole bunch of people who care, and who I care about, so it's not like I have anything major to worry about, or wish for.
Still, though, there are times when you just kind of get to that point, thinking that it would be nice to have someone beside you.
Like last night, I slipped down through Salamanca on my own after I'd disappeared from the rest of the group who'd been down there, and had this moment where I was thinking how nice it would be just to have someone in the car with me. It'd just be nice, you know, to have someone there with me.
That feeling will pass, it's pretty much passed already, actually. Still, though, loneliness is a funny feeling. It's something you can feel, even though you're surrounded by people, and other times, you don't even notice it when you're alone.
It makes you feel a little vulnerable, though, like you're not quite complete. Perhaps that's why I don't generally feel lonely that much; because I am complete, and therefore don't usually feel like there's that missing piece.
Or perhaps I'm not all that complete, and just have this delusion of wholeness. Who knows?
But you know what the funny thing is? To really let someone else in, and let them fulfil that completion, you have to become vulnerable anyway. It's funny, but we're relationship-based creatures, we have a desire, a need to be involved with other people. It's all well and good to be strong on your own, but to be strong with others, you have to first be weak. You can't let someone in without opening the door...
...Hmm, some ideas coming here on me. Interesting thoughts.
It's late, though, and I'm going to bed.
So, I spent $2,000 today, just like that...
Spending money is fun!
- Music:Some crap on the work radio...again
Okay, this was sent to me in email at work - with perfect timing, too. Pay attention to this, because it's true.
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally, the guys' side of the story. (I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear "the rules" From the female side.
Now here are the rules from the male side.
These are our rules!
Please note... These are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!
1. Men ARE not mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon
Or the changing of the tides.
Let it be..
1. Shopping is NOT a sport.
And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument
In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
1. don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are..
Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. You can either ask us to do something
Or tell us how you want it done,
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials..
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched.
We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine...Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation,
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!
1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.
Pass this to as many men as you can -
To give them a laugh.
Pass this to as many women as you can -
To give them a bigger laugh
- Music:Izy! ~ Look the Other Way
So, if I look for a job in Sydney, and find one, does someone have somewhere I can live until I find my own place?
- Music:Phantom of the Opera ~ All I ask of you
I've figured out why I'm single...
Because I never repost those stupid chain letters that people send me saying "Repost this within five minutes, and the person you love will kiss you tomorrow at 11:11, but if you don't, no one will come near you for ten years!"
So, I've pretty much used up my entire life with bad luck in love.
And this is why I am single.