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think positive Libra

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:10 am
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ha, hes a dude alright! cant catch to save his life, but destructive, oh so very destructive! He ate a pair of my prescription sunnies, and the leg off of a christmas reindeer, he pooped sparkly pooh for a week! he just started on the verticals weights, he got a smack for that one and a vocal reminder everytime he is near them! oh yeah, he chewed up a door too. ill wait until he is at least 2 til i replace that!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:35 pm
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Bathroom really getting there. Finally. 3 coats of paint to the ceiling and walls above the panels really made the difference. Got a few little finishing bits to do, a bit more siliconing and paint the bath.

While I had the paint out, I gave the entry hall a makeover, came up pretty schmick.

This week to finish the bathroom and make sure the old girl is well again, then back up bush for a week to do some work there.

I'm not missing the bullshit that goes on in an office in any way, shape or form.

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Yeah, whenever I get away from the inch-thick PowerPoint decks and the petty squabbles and politics of office life, and I paint, fix or make something, then stand back and look at the difference actually made, I wonder.... good on you. Maybe your next career move should be in renovation, rather than spreadsheets ?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:08 pm
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Quality of finish is lacking. I just don't have the skill.

I'm still happy with the outcome, it cost me under $3k to do the bathroom, tradies would have cost $10k. I can live with the imperfections. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:53 pm
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We drove through SC, on the way from Atlanta. The freeways there are magnificent. Decent surface, and the trucks must stay right! Iíll have. To check out that museum, thanks, the one in Indianapolis was really good. We have the first day before the sprinters at night free, so might go then. Thanks for the info. Cheers,[/quote]

Watching the Travel channel and man Vs Food. . In Raleigh North Carolina is a restaurant called The Pit that BBQs whole pig. The ribs looked fantastic. The place was packed. I was salivating all through the segment and so was Tukky. Might be worth a visit if hot dogs burgers get a bit passe

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Cheers, I rarely eat anything pig now, (thank god for turkey bacon!) but hubby would love it! Funny, everyone seems to think you canít eat well in the USA, itís simply not true. Itís just there are so many temptations and super size is the serving size in most places. Iíve learnt to order starters, not entrees. Last big trip I lost 2 kg! The one thing the yanks just canít do is coffee! Oh god their coffee is foul!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:25 pm
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think positive wrote:
Cheers, I rarely eat anything pig now, (thank god for turkey bacon!) but hubby would love it! Funny, everyone seems to think you canít eat well in the USA, itís simply not true. Itís just there are so many temptations and super size is the serving size in most places. Iíve learnt to order starters, not entrees. Last big trip I lost 2 kg! The one thing the yanks just canít do is coffee! Oh god their coffee is foul!


And, as the CFC boys noted when they used to do the Arizona thing, everything comes with a super-sized serving of fries (clearly, because that's cheap for the food places).

Some Americans think that Starbucks is sophisticated coffee! The task is not to look overly gleeful when one tells them that Starbucks tried to move into Melbourne and went out of business because the town's full of coffee snobs. (They say, and I think it's true, that Starbucks still has a Sydney presence.)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:12 pm
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think positive wrote:
Cheers, I rarely eat anything pig now, (thank god for turkey bacon!) but hubby would love it! Funny, everyone seems to think you canít eat well in the USA, itís simply not true. Itís just there are so many temptations and super size is the serving size in most places. Iíve learnt to order starters, not entrees. Last big trip I lost 2 kg! The one thing the yanks just canít do is coffee! Oh god their coffee is foul!


And, as the CFC boys noted when they used to do the Arizona thing, everything comes with a super-sized serving of fries (clearly, because that's cheap for the food places).

Some Americans think that Starbucks is sophisticated coffee! The task is not to look overly gleeful when one tells them that Starbucks tried to move into Melbourne and went out of business because the town's full of coffee snobs. (They say, and I think it's true, that Starbucks still has a Sydney presence.)


According to their website they still have stores in Melbourne, highpoint, chadstone and eastland.

https://www.starbucks.com.au/Store-Locator.php?state=VIC&stores=all

If you're not a coffee snob and just want something to help you function in the morning (like me) then you can get quick service in a starbucks by getting the drip filter coffee instead of waiting 10 minutes while they fluff around making a shit flat white

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A new Starbucks has also opened recently on Exhibition street, between Bourke and Lt Bourke street.

I went there yesterday and paid $6.50 for a large coffee which is a bit rich. Most joints charge around $4.50 - $5.00 for the same thing.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:18 pm
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stui magpie wrote:
K wrote:
think positive wrote:
... The one thing the yanks just canít do is coffee! Oh god their coffee is foul!
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Some Americans think that Starbucks is sophisticated coffee! The task is not to look overly gleeful when one tells them that Starbucks tried to move into Melbourne and went out of business because the town's full of coffee snobs. (They say, and I think it's true, that Starbucks still has a Sydney presence.)


According to their website they still have stores in Melbourne, highpoint, chadstone and eastland.

https://www.starbucks.com.au/Store-Locator.php?state=VIC&stores=all

If you're not a coffee snob and just want something to help you function in the morning (like me) then you can get quick service in a starbucks by getting the drip filter coffee instead of waiting 10 minutes while they fluff around making a shit flat white


I wondered if I was wrong... But no: this is apparently their second attempt.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/starbucks-coffee-is-quietly-expanding-in-australia-after-humiliating-retreat-eight-years-ago/news-story/b7f136c4d78f24aaa600a3822b1e31b4

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Starbucks coffee is quietly expanding in Australia after humiliating retreat eight years ago
ITS last attempt to sell you your morning coffee failed spectacularly, but Starbucks has not been deterred. It is brewing up an Australian comeback.

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Professor Paul Patterson, from the University of New South Walesí Business School, said Starbucksí main problem first time round was that it fundamentally misjudged Australia.

ďI donít think it was much to do with the coffee, the problem was the brand,Ē he told news.com.au.

ďThe Americans assumed that Australians would fall in love with an American brand and that just didnít happen. Australians are not anti-American but they are anti arrogant American brands.Ē
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President of the Cafe Owners and Baristas Association of Australia, David Barnham, said Starbucksí success would hinge on whether they had learnt the lesson from their drubbing Down Under.

Chief among them would be that only seven per cent of Australian drink their brew black.

ďThe previous model of push button coffee didnít work because Australians expect a full barista service,Ē Mr Barnham said. ďI think a new model focusing on speciality coffees will have some success.
...

(Sep 30, 2016.)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:22 pm
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Some may Americans think that Starbucks is sophisticated coffee, but not all.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:47 pm
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Standard American coffee is shit, but it works.

it helps that I actually quite like drip filter coffee. If I was ever going to go postal, pull out a semi auto and hose down a crowd, it wouldn't be a school it would be the queue to get a coffee in Melbourne after listening to all the pretentious wankers making their pretentious orders.

The world would be a better place afterwards

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:24 pm
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stui magpie wrote:
Standard American coffee is shit, but it works.

it helps that I actually quite like drip filter coffee. If I was ever going to go postal, pull out a semi auto and hose down a crowd, it wouldn't be a school it would be the queue to get a coffee in Melbourne after listening to all the pretentious wankers making their pretentious orders.

The world would be a better place afterwards


Couldn't agree more and while you are at swipe the cutesy tips jars while you are at it. I tip for excellent waiter service not for someone to write my name on a cup.
The best coffee I ever had was in a little family run cafe behind a silk sellers shop in Vientaine Laos. I bought some silk for a friend who makes her own clothes and being early the bars , which there are few, were not opened. I found this place and sat down and ordered a ham and tomato baguette and a black coffee. The cup was huge, the baguette was absolutely magnificent, the ham great and the tomato fresh and tasty. The cafe was run my a young mother and her mum and the kids were there and they brought a fan over and everything was great. Cost was total about 4 bucks . The lady spoke some english and she said her Mum and Dad raised pigs and chickens in a farm about 10 kms away and her husband and his father grew vegetables on a lot near the mekong. I ate there twice a day after that. And the coffee blew away the effects of the supern BeerLao from the previous night. The ham and cheese omelette was a winner as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:25 pm
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think positive wrote:
The one thing the yanks just canít do is coffee! Oh god their coffee is foul!

Agree. Every time I've travelled to the US, the coffee has been awful.

We take it for granted, but Melbourne has some of the best coffee in the world.

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