I have returned!

September 21, 2010

I’m back!  And I’m even conscious.  Two glasses of wine and the season premier of Castle seem to have done the trick for keeping me awake until a reasonable bed time, then putting me to sleep for a good ten hours, and I actually woke up rested.  We’ll see how I feel around 4 pm.  And now, quick notes…

  • My newish TV has an SD card reader.  I can show my 500+ pictures on my TV!
  • The Guess Where posts worked, and my blog didn’t lose any hits while I was away.  Woo!  I’ll post answers up soon.  I think there were only two that no one answered correctly.
  • I had a fantastic time.  It really was a dream trip.  You know how I know?  The latest copy of Budget Travel magazine was home when I got here, and an article on “ultimate dream destinations” includes a picture of Uluru/Ayers Rock.
  • I didn’t win a Hugo (it helps to get nominated first), but I was honored to accept the Hugo for Paolo Bacigalupi, who tied with China Mievelle for Best Novel.  So very cool.
  • The con was fun, for many reasons.  Thanks also to Galaxy Books in Sydney and Rendezvous Books in Melbourne for having me over to sign and chat and stuff.
  • If you see a store labeled “Digiridoo Specialists,” do you believe them?  Or maybe you’d just better digiri-don’t.
  • Yes, I tried Tim Tams.  Aussies wanting to explain Tim Tams to Americans:  it’s like if you took two graham crackers, covered them in chocolate, stuck them together with frosting, and covered the whole thing with more chocolate.
  • Two words:  flying foxes.
  • It occurs to me that if aliens ever visit Earth, they’ll decide that Queen Victoria must have been the most important person ever to have lived ever, because they’ll find statues of her all over the world.
  • Can someone explain The Tribe to me?  Apparently it’s an older kids sci fi TV show that was filmed in New Zealand, but never really made it to the US.  I caught a couple of episodes while in Melbourne and it looks like something I would have absolutely adored when I was 12.  A little like Saved by the Bell meets Mad Max.  Is this a fair appraisal?  And what’s up with the face paint? (Ah, the joys of catching on ongoing SF show smack dab in the middle of the run…)
  • I should get a hell of a lot of frequent flyer points out of this.
  • Wild Cards fans who’ve seen the Sydney Opera House:  Takisian battle cruiser?  Yes?  (I will confess, I cried a bit when I saw the Opera House for the first time.  The same way I cried a bit when I saw the Empire State Building.)
  • Duck billed platypuses are smaller than I thought, and much, much cuter in person.
  • The 6′ long gray reef shark did not eat me, but there was a moment there when I wondered…
  • Only heard Men At Work’s “Down Under” and “Tie Me Kangaroo Down” once each the entire time I was there.

And an obligatory picture:

NOT STOCK FOOTAGE!  I WAS REALLY THERE!  And now I must look at the pile bills stacked on my desk.  Sigh…

10 Responses to “I have returned!”

  1. Mom Says:

    What about Captain Cook? He has statues all over the place, too.

  2. Beth Says:

    Awesome! Sounds like an amzaing trip – thank you for sharing the pictures of your journey – I look forward to seeing the “answers” to the locations. BTW – your “quick notes” were just as fun to read as your pictures were to view. Thank you!


  3. Welcome back stateside!

    Just hasn’t been the same without ya.

  4. pauljessup Says:

    Hah! I saw some eps of the tribe when I was up in Canada, and thought the same thing.

  5. Jared Says:

    I sometimes regret not visiting Australia while I was in New Zealand. I’m glad to know you had a great time. 😀

  6. Thomas Says:

    Glad you had such a great time. Amusing that you only heard the Men at Work songs once each. Very cool reading your quick notes. I bet one day you’ll get nominated for a Hugo award too!

  7. Val Says:

    I LOVED The Tribe when I was in Ireland back in college (study abroad program). Yes, that’s a fair appraisal. The corny plot line is that there was a virus that wiped out all the adults and left only the kids. I can’t believe it’s still on. I think the face paint and weird hair was just one of the show’s gimmicks. But it worked, let me tell you.

  8. Kathleen Says:

    I have the first season of The Tribe on PAL DVD, so I can only watch it on my laptop. There are only 5 seasons of it, so the original broadcast was April 1999 to Sept. 2003. Actually it was shown in the United States on a channel that doesn’t exist anymore. :p
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tribe_(TV_series)


  9. What was your favourite Aussie animal? Did you see (and hear) the Tassie Devil, the kooka and the goanna?

    I enjoyed meeting you at Galaxy; thanks for signing my books!


  10. Hi Carrie, was great meeting you at WorldCon. Glad you are back home safe and sound.


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