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It’s not laziness….I swear ;-)

So…what to say, back from the holiday since October and it’s already November….whoa! (Scratch that, it’s now the end of December…hehehe 🙂 )

It’s been a bit of a snowball though. As soon as we returned home, quite literally less than 2 days later I was back at the airport picking up some awesome friends visiting from Berlin, Germany – Dani and Thommy. Was so cool to see them again. It was so funny too, it had been a bit over a year since we’d last seen each other, but there they were at the airport and it was just like old times. Nothing had changed, no awkwardness, just super cool. That’s how friendship should work, and you know it’s true when it does! So nice.

But I’m getting ahead of myself aren’t I? Samoa. What can I say. Wow. What a beautiful place made only more beautiful by its people. They are so super friendly and relaxed. It’s just so easy to be there and to chill and have a nice time. The weather was amazing, the sights and scenery were wonderful, and travelling around there was a breeze. We chilled big time, I mean, super big time!! I wouldn’t say it’s exactly cheap, nor is it amazingly easy to get to (well, depending on where you’re located), but it’s still so fresh and untouched. No hustling and bustling tourism going on over there yet. Just so natural.

We started in Upolu travelling around a bit there – even staying in a super cool treehouse – did I jump off the To Sua Ocean Trench when I was on Uplolu? You’d better believe it!! (although jumping from that height did kinda hurt my back a bit!!) We then moved on to Savai’i where we travelled around that island. I mean, we were traveling around quite a lot really, which could have potentially been quite stressful, but it was so super chill. So easy. Nothing was any drama for anyone. What an awesome attitude to life these guys have. We could really do with some of that attitude over this way I tell ya! It was so sad to finally have to leave. But it wasn’t the same kind of feeling as I’ve experienced in the past when retuning to Berlin. This time I was retuning to Sydney. I knew it was warm and sunny back home. And we live by the beach. No rain, greyness, cold, ice and snow for the next 6 months. Just awesomeness. Way, way different. And I guess you know you’re living in the right country when you feel like that upon returning 🙂

And that’s it really….since then  I guess life has been getting the better of me. Just not so much time lately for writing more posts, as much as I’d like to. Spent Christmas up in the Hunter with a bunch of family – and have been further up the coast after that spending some time by the beaches up there over my birthday etc. And it’s hot….hot, hot, hot. Gotta love the Sydney heat.

Anyways, check out some of the photos of Samoa I’ve added as an album to the blog. I haven’t got all of the good ones there, but it’s certainly a decent sample!!

And on that note – Happy New Year!!!! It’s the 31st today and I’m about to jump into the shower to get ready and then jump in the car to get over to my sister’s  and her boyfriends place over at Waverton to check out the New Year fireworks on the Harbour Bridge later on. Should be a very chilled and nice relaxing way to see the New Year roll on in. It’s been a great year – not perfect – but so awesome in so many ways. My thanks goes out to everyone who’s made this year so great – family, friends, colleagues – in fact, anyone that I’ve crossed paths with – I am so thankful to have you all in my life. It really has been one of the most memorable years of my life that I will never forget. I am a lucky guy.

A small win – updated header images – yay :-)

If you’re browsing my site you might notice that it’s not only Berlin pictures displaying in the header anymore but finally also Sydney. I know, I know, it took me ages….what can I say – I’m a busy guy….hehehe 😛

I mean, on top of work and the minor site update I also got around to repairing one of my turntables that was broken yet again. Well I mean, they both are/were. I’ve come to the realisation that they’re not a fan of international travel whatsoever. Both were damaged on the way here, even though they were – as usual – packed extremely securely in their flight cases – maybe they’re trying to tell me something….hmmmm….perhaps 1st class travel would make them happier!?

Anyways, I had to replace the main circuit board on one to get it all happy again and I still have the other one outstanding with a rather sad looking tonearm. I don’t know how many tonearms I’ve gone through over the lifetime of these things, but it’s rather a lot. And although I used to repair them quite enthusiastically, I’m kind of a little sick of doing it nowadays. And soldering the super fine wires from the tonearm to the circuit board is such a PIA. Oh well…..what’s a guy to do. So I’ll have to order one and grin and bear the repair job when it turns up.

After this I’ll need to configure the turntables to connect to my iTunes library via Traktor all over again…..since I had another issue with my iTunes library. What can I say – human error (doh!), I effectively deleted the entire thing. So praise be to backups 🙂 But this also means the library DB isn’t looking quite the same to Traktor as it used to….and instead of manicuring the DB I think it’ll just be easier to do it directly in Traktor……oh well. I mean, Traktor is good and all, but there’s a lot of manual data editing to get everything playing nicely together in an ordered fashion – and we all know how I like things to be smooth and organised. Again, I ask ya – what’s a guy to do eh!? I have to say though, and there’s a lesson for you kids, look after those backups!! If I didn’t have a backup, I would have lost all my digital music entirely. That’s everything, all my CDs that I imported. all my records that I imported…..the collection favourites and sorting dating back to 2001 (yes, an extremely early iTunes adopter). Not cool!

Anyway – that’s what I’ve been squeezing into my spare time of late. Way too cold for surf or swim, so hunkering down and doing rather indoorsy things of late. The perfect opportunity to knock over some of those tasks that are difficult to justify when the sun’s shining on your doorstep 🙂

Winter is here – or is it?

It’s official. It is now Winter in Sydney, but I have to say, it isn’t quite the same as what I’d become used to on the other side of the globe. This is what I woke up to today:

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Can I live with this? You betcha 😛

Sydney life…the sun of it

Looking at this site makes me see that I really need to update the header images! They’re not really representative of where I am anymore. Hmmmm……need to get onto that. Just finding the time is a little tricky of late – so much juggling, and I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not all that good of a juggler 😛

On a side note – The Cure is touring – yay! Have only waited a lifetime to see them….finally it will happen. So freaking happy 🙂