Christmas comes to Martin Place

November 14, 2006 at 10:23 am | Posted in Christmas, General, Sydney | 2 Comments

Martin Place has begun setting up its Christmas tree, which is quite novel for me as I’ve never seen a giant version of the plastic tree my family and I set up each year. My understdaning of other countries (northern hemisphere) is that they use real trees and so for any of you foreigners out there you may want to check out the construction – assuming it hasn’t been finished yet. It just seems so bizarre, a tall trunk with a ‘regular’ sized tree at the top.

Speaking of weird, while walking through the already decked out Sydney Central mall on my way to the Galleries Victoria I noticed the music they were piping through the center. Donnie Darko’s “Mad World”, are they trying to depress people into shopping? Where’s the cheery holiday music?

Apparently at David Jones, whose window displays have several songs playing and I have to admit to feeling just a bit Christmas-y listening to it while waiting for the lights to change. Luckily no-one honked their horns or were being otherwise obnoxious to kill my spirits. Last year I practically forgot about Christmas (beyond the obvious at the malls) and didn’t really engage until the last minute. Perhaps this is a good sign over a month out?  

Worst analogy ever.

November 14, 2006 at 12:08 am | Posted in Random | Leave a comment

Recently I’ve started playing RPG’s again. In most RPGs you’re forced to sit around for any number of hours beating up bad guys to level up before moving on with the story. Which leads me to my really bad analogy: my job is the equivalent of running around in the field waiting for battles all with the expectation of getting both money and experience. However, now I’m at that point in the process where the enemies no longer pose a challenge (even without the level up) and all you’re waiting for is to cross the line. Just like work. The only question being will you be lucky, resulting in a lot less points to go or cursed to spend hours going through the motions.

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