Catching up

A lot happened in the time between my last two posts. In October, when I did the last posting for a few months, I had no hint of what might be ahead. First up, I decided to buy a car — I had been back in Brisbane since August of 2006, and had purposely not bought a car, as I wanted to do my bit for the environment as well as getting to know the city — and Brisbane’s public transport system certainly allows you to do that.

City Cat

Anyone who visits the city should take advantage of the various transport options — there are the traditional modes of train and bus, but we also have a well developed (and extremely efficient) river transport system of Citycats and inner city ferries. They traverse the Brisbane River and really make for a wonderful way to see the city sights. I used to catch one home of an afternoon after work and found it to be the perfect way to wind down and de-stress.

So, I bought the new model 2008 Subaru Impreza hatch — I tell people that the deal was clinched because it had a connection for my iPod straight to the car’s stereo. I also tell them that I’ll be set if ever Brisbane gets hit by a rogue storm, because Subaru’s are so good in snow conditions. I’m thinking if we get any form of snow, it will be a sign that the world is on the brink of destruction. One never knows these days I guess. I’ve really enjoyed getting out on the highway and visiting friends, as well as exploring some new places. Those places visited as a kid have changed somewhat over the years, which in a lot of ways is quite sad.

The next major thing that happened was that I decided that I needed to move — closer to the city (which also meant closer to work). So I found a place in the sought after West End area of the city — it’s an interesting suburb — close to the city, but with a real community feel to it. I share an apartment with a woman who was looking for someone “mature” — I guess now that I am 50, I could be classified in this manner — certainly age, but not outlook (well, not always — old people with old ideas tend to become boring, and I am anything but that). The view from the large balcony we have is impressive, especially at night — there’s something about the lights in the central business district — they never change, yet I seem to be able to spot things unnoticed in the past.

West End is diverse — no other word to describe it. Many ethnic places to eat — which is great because I love Indian and Asian food. There’s a coffee place down the road called 3 Monkeys — apparently has been there since Adam was a boy, and it’s a favourite place of mine to go to with any visiting friends.

So…this is why I have been a little slow in my writing. But I feel that may be changing. 2 posts in 2 days, that’s pretty good. 🙂

More soon….


3 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. Sounds like you have done quite a bit this winter….sorry…summer 🙂

    It is nice to have that freedom of having a vehicle. We live outside of the city so a vehicle, OK…3 vehicles are required 😦

    Our transportation system is not that convenient for most people. I’m sure it does the job and they are expanding the Light Rail Transit so one day it will be better. If I could take it I would, but I have a 38km drive one way to get to work.

    Glad you found a place close to work that works for you. Glad you are back blogging again!!

  2. Wow, another post. We had a restaurant owner’s company called Three Banana’s. I worked for them when I worked in the kitchen of a lounge and concession a few years back. Great you got a car and were able to do some snooping around old haunts. Wonderful you found a place closer to work in an area you can enjoy.

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