A Loooong Weekend

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As it has been a long time since I’ve regularly blogged, there’s a lot of stuff that I want to talk about, so the next few posts will probably end-up being fairly long and disorganised. 

Lately I’ve started spending a bit more time at my local pub – the Royal Exchange (R.E.). It’s a student hang-out, so It’s cheap, within walking distance to my place and usually full of an eclectic mix of characters. More often than not, I’m one of the more senior customers, especially if I have a few quiet drinks mid-week, but everyone is usually incredibly friendly and I’ve made a few new friends. 

On Thursday night I popped out for a drink and they had a new guy playing live music. Previously on Thursdays they had this thing called Rockaoke. It was basically karaoke but instead of singing along with a recording, you were singing with a live band. The rock band concept was kind-of cool, but it’s always a very dangerous thing to arm intoxicated people with microphones. I can say this from personal experience because I have not only mutilated a number of tracks myself, but also witnessed first-hand musical mass destruction. 

So, Rockaoke is now no more at The RE. But instead they’ve got a new guy – James Johnston. He looks a bit like Greg Heffley from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but what he lacked in physical size he made-up for with incredible vocal and musical skills. He’s going to be playing for the next few Thursday’s, so if your local or just want to hear some good live music, you should check him out. 

The following morning I was up early for a regular Friday morning social media coffee thing I go to. The group is currently undergoing a few changes in terms of what we call ourselves and how the weekly discussion topics will be shared online, but fundamentally, we’re a group of digital media geeks that like coffee and talking about what happens online. The conversation topics are usually fairly broad, but usually all relate back to the Internet, social media, search engines, comics, and anything else that broadly falls into the category of geeky pop culture. 

On Saturday morning, I met-up with Anthony – one of the guys from the Friday group – to have a more detailed discussion on some of the more technical aspects of search engine optimisation. We have been meaning to do this for ages but I kept postponing as things have been really busy, so it was great to finally get around to doing it. 

We went to a new place that neither of us had been to before called The Rabbit Hole at West End. I’ve been on an exploratory mission over the last 12ish months to try as many new cafes, restaurants, bars and other places I’ve never been. They don’t need to actually be newly established – just new for me.

The Rabbit Hole was pretty cool. The place pitches itself as ‘workspace meets coffee shop’, so it was a good place to meet and talk geek. The decor was funky (in a simple, yet hipster kind-of way), the coffee was good and the discussion even better. 

Afterwards I ran a few errands, got a haircut and dyed my hair. This seemed like a fun thing to do, as I haven’t dyed my hair in a very long time, but didn’t quite turn out how I was hoping. I accidentally went a bit too dark and now I just look like a confused emo goth that smiles too much and missed the memo about not wearing pink shirts. 

Fortunately I had far more enjoyable things to look forward and a bit of hair dye wasn’t going to spoil my night. I grabbed my sombrero and borrowed a poncho and headed off to Cinco de Mayo – a Mexican festival that was organised by one of my clients – Riverlife – and that my web hosting company was sponsoring. 

The festival was fantastic. A few work colleagues and I spent the evening eating tacos and burritos provided by Guzman y Gomez and washing it down with sangria, margaritas and Mexican beer. It ended up fairly late and a bit messy, but I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Sunday I was planning to catch-up with my good friend Mel, who I haven’t seen for far too long, at the Caxton St Seafood Festival… but after the shinenigans of the previous night, I wasn’t really in any shape to eat seafood. Instead, I opted for nachos and the largest coffee I’ve ever had, from yet another new cafe - The Vintage Kitchen and Closet at Coorparoo. 

The coffee was rather good and was served in a soup-bowl with a handle. The cup was so big that my the kid from ‘So I Married An Axe Murderer’ could have worn it as a hat. 

The rest of the long weekend was filled with recovering and vegetating in front of the TV watching episodes of my new favourite show – Parks and Recreation. I’ve waffled-on enough already, so I won’t bore you with details of the show, but if you haven’t seen it, check it out. As far as I’m concerned, the writing and characters are pure comedic genius delivered in a very silly, subtle and usually innapropriate way that just leaves you in tears.

So overall it’s been a rather fulfilling weekend and it feels great to blog again 🙂

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