the lost art of impressing a woman

tentAndrea was pleased to hear about my new rashy (yes, aussies have to add -y/-ie to everything. It’s a sea shirt, short for rashguard). No skin cancer for his northern girl. Indeed he spent his early-morning birthday call on Monday making me laugh about our impending camping trip across southern Australia. He was telling the women at work about the camping, and perhaps the new tent, and one woman laughed and said, “you really know how to impress a woman, don’t you?” and another, “So you’re trying to get rid of this girl, right?” Haha. And I thought they were sporty in Perth. He’s worried that he’s invested in a fancy new tent and I’ll decide on the second day that I’ve had enough and will insist on B&Bs the rest of the way (on the Nullabor? Right). He really doubts that a woman who dragged upper-middle-aged aussie tourists across the central asian Kyzyl Kum desert and survived countless night buses in India and Pakistan can handle a road trip across Oz? Oh, we’ll see ’bout that, mate! That is, if I survive the flights there—a bit over 39hrs door to door.

I spent my last NYC Saturday subbing yoga classes and sitting at my desk for 7hrs going through the scancafe images, as they wouldn’t just complete my order as is, as no extra charge because of the many issues with the order. Their site was slower than usual, which made it all the more tedious. (I’ve about 1000 more to get through today, which I’m doing now, writing this as the folders load. In the end, I will delete about 50%). It’s weird to be going through so many images from my past when I have a beautiful new camera begging for my attention. I ended selling my first as it was quite old (5 years = ancient in digital years, though still in great shape) for a new one, as I know that current cameras can handle light much, much better than sensors of 2004. Trying to do as little as possible today, to avoid pre-trip stress, but I do need to finish these, catch up on some email, and clean.

Absolutely dazzled by the trip, but a little sad to be out of NY for the thanksgiving to new year period. It’s a great time here, and I love the rituals, even if I only observe them from afar. Will be my second New Year in Oz. Ooooh, summertime! Cannot wait.

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