Tuesday, June 17, 2008

coffee coffee ...

Having refused to enter the first Starbucks shop I encountered, I moved on to find a real cafe. Real coffee.

I ended up spending the next two hours in the Mall hunting around for cafe. Nothing. Not one shop in the food court made coffee.

I ended up going back to Starbucks. *sigh.

Coffee shops are everywhere back home. I guess I've just taken it for granted that I can get coffee everywhere. And good coffee as well. From 3 cups a day, now I'm down to about 1 cup of really bad coffee a day. *sigh

I found this while googling for some coffee places around my area (yes.. I am that desperate)...

Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me productive in wee hours:
It leadeth me beyond the yawing masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal™:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks®:
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the House of Juan Valdez forever.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

hotel living

There is something about staying in a hotel for an extended period of time. Don't get me wrong, I've stayed in hotels for long periods of time while overseas on holiday. But this time its different. This time I'm in the middle of nowhere.

I'm stuck in Sunnyvale, CA for the next 2 weeks or so for work. And when I mean stuck. I do mean stuck. There isn't much around here (apart from a lot of IT companies). And since I don't drive much in Sydney, I didn't think I should drive in the US. (wrong side of the road etc...)

Here are some things I have encountered during my hotel stay so far:

  • When there is a spider the size of a door knob in your bathroom, screaming does not make it go away.
    -- 5 mins later I see a commercial for RIDDEX on the tv (a pest control device)..!??!

  • It costs $2.93 USD (pre-tax & pre-tip) to send 1 piece of my underwear to the hotel laundry.
  • It cost less than $10 USD to buy a set of 3 new panties.
  • Eating alone is really quite boring.
  • Star Trek Voyager is on from 10pm, followed by DS9
  • The closest Walgreen is nearly 3 miles away -- its not walking distance. (therefore no detergent).
Somehow the idea of having someone else wash your underwear really isn't that appealing.

Looks like I'm going to have to get some new underwear soon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


The expiry date on my SPF15+ moisturiser says 03/2007....