Robyn's Secret Passage
Back when the internet was free, I had an account with scribble.nu that I used for posting stuff when I was at work. It lasted from November 1999 to August 2000, and then I forgot about it. I recently rediscovered the site, but it's now inaccessable due to it not being free. I was, however, able to salvage all the entries I made.
I got rid of a few entries that weren't neccesary, or that were so badly written I couldn't figure out what I'd written about, or were so dated that they'd require a bit more explanation to make sense, or just annoyed me in some way. Here's the rest.
Walking back to work from lunch I saw some fellows unloading boxes of corn chips from a truck. One of the boxes was of "TANGY BBQ" flavoured corn chips. The "T" was obscured and without my glasses on I read it as "ANGRY BBQ".
Now there's a concept. An angry barbecue. Angry!
"I'm bloody sick of this. I just sit out here on the deck all winter long and no one gives a stuff about me. Then along comes summer and everyone firing me up and sticking their meat on me.
"I'll tell you what pisses me off. Back in the day, people would cook meat on me. Steak, sausages, chops. There'd be the occasional egg, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions - I didn't mind that. Sometimes people would warm up buns on me, that was ok. But then things started to change.
"Someone would put a shish kebab on. Now that's normal, but one day the shish kebab had no meat on it. It was a vegetarian shish kebab. Then came the vegetarian sausages. All those bloody herbs. Then along comes some bloody hippy and tries to grill some marinated tofu. The bloody stuff broke apart and fell down the grill onto the flame and burned.
"Who the hell tries to cook bloody tofu on a barbecue? It's just getting ridiculous. I'm going to be taking this up at the barbecues union. I've had enough. I'm angry."
From Wired News, 15 November 1999
"A scientist reveals that freezing weather contributed to the demise of British Navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his doomed party in their 1912 race to the South Pole."
I am still trying to work out why this is news.
When I was about 15 my parents told me that they were concerned that I wasn't socialising enough. That I needed to be engaging in, and this is a direct quote, "social intercourse".
I think they thought I was being invited to participate in thousands of groovy teenage parties and social events but was declining to participate in them because I much preferred sitting at home watching TV every night.
In actuality all my friends back then were boring Christians (I was a closet athiest back then) and did not do groovy teenage things. They instead went to Christian youth groups and played games with jelly and ice cream and listened to talks on how waiting until you're married before having sex is the right thing to do.
But as fate would have it, as soon as I left school and stopped hanging around with the Christians, I got a social life!
The one thing school, your parents or Christian youth groups don't teach you is how to get farmers who are in town for the Fieldays to buy you drinks and how to leave the bar without them seeing you, then heading on to the next one to pull the scam again.
A tanning and manicure salon had a blackboard with a wooden bar across the middle of it given the words written on it an unfortunately break:
ACHIEVE THE HOLLYWOOD
Another beauty salon I saw offered "non-surgical facelifts". I'd like to see a beauty salon that offers surgical facelifts.
"I, my name is Dr Emma and I will be your surgeon today - wow, that's really cool nail polish you've got on..."
Social smokers suck. If you're going to smoke, you should be a full-on smoker. None of this "I only smoke when I go to a bar" crap.
If you're going to smoke you should experience the full smoker's lifestyle. Having a fag out the back at work. All the smokers outside on the deck at parties. Midnight excursions to a petrol station when you've run out, or considering smoking old butts. Mild paranoia about if you smell like stale smoke yet. Having to wash your clothes more often. Not being able to leave the house without checking you've got your smokes.
Social smokers are people who don't want to put up with all that, and instead just smoke because they think it makes them look cool. It doesn't. Instead it makes them look like those 12 year olds who hang outside McDonald's on Queen Street on a Saturday night.
From a Milli Vanilli fan page:
"Pilatus and Morvan were unhappy they hadn't been included on Playgirl's list of sexiest rockers. "The guy from Living Colour was on it, and Young M.C. was on it," Headlee says. "Rob and Fab felt that they were certainly as sexy as both of them.""
In my first year of school, way back in 1980, my school was provided with a powered substance called Perkup.
Perkup was a chocolate energy drink. It came in a powder form and teachers would make it up by adding hot water to it. It was not unlike Milo or Bournvita, but I shall first explain something.
With every product there's usually the dominant player (e.g. Coke) and the second runner up (Pepsi) and all the little runners up (BudgetCola).
Perkup was not even a runner up to Milo or Bournvita.
It was disgusting.
I don't know what it was made of, but the dairy factory down the road gave it to the school free, probably because no one would buy it.
So in the winter of 1980 I'd take a mug to school and get this horrible Perkup stuff. Then one day I noticed that there were other people not drinking it and I realised that I didn't have to drink it either. It was like I was liberated. No more gross Perkup!
I anxiously await the upcoming 20th anniversay of living a Perkup-free life.
Cigarettes and the Ugly Ho
There's the big thing that smoking has a glamourous image and the smokefreedepartmentofhealth is worried that young teens will want to smoke because they think it will make them look cool.
I feel that it is neccessary to issue a warning: Smoking will not neccessarily make you look cool. In fact, it might even make you look like an ugly ho.
No one wants to look like an ugly ho.
Just as there are different types of alcohol drinkers - from a cool, smooth cocktail drinker, to a homeless guy in a park with a bottle of cheap crap - there are also different types of smokers.
The ugly, wrinkled hags with big yellow hair who sit at the front of the cafe down the road are not cool smokers. They should not legally be permitted to smoke.
Ditto for people who buy cigarettes before they buy their children shoes. Although that may be a cliche, those smokers should still not be allowed to smoke.
If you can not smoke with the neccesary level of style and cool that is required for a smoker to not be a smelly, ugly ho, then you should not smoke.
I appeal to the new Labour government to ensure that this becomes legislation.
In the Weekend Herald (11-12 December 1999) it was reported that of the new Labour cabinet, only two people, Jim Anderton and Dover Samuels, were sworn in on the bible, and ended their vows with "so help me, God."
By jimminy crikey, what a godless country we live in today!
But having said that, it's bloody excellent to have a rastaman in Parliament.
Stan in space
Stanley Kubrick's not dead. He's living in space aboard his only personal space vessel (and you thought that was a movie set they used in 2001).
Here's a snippet of conversation between Stanley and his HAL 9000 Editing Suite during the final edit of "Eyes Wide Shut.
Stanley: "I think we are seeing too much of Tom's butt in this shot. Shorten this shot to 4.5 seconds, please HAL."
Tequila and Bananas
I was reading a magazine for hip, sassy, post-riot grrrls young women. There was an interview with Janeane Garofalo and just to show how hip and alternative and unlike regular magazine's for young women they were, Ms Garofalo was asked to share the secret of her weight loss.
She said she ate lots of bananas and whenever she felt really hungry she'd do a shot of tequila or vodka.
Obviously this is a very silly way to attempt to lose weight. You know this, I know this, but I have this idea that somewhere out there there'll be some 19 year old girl who thinks she's fat and will go on a diet of bananas and tequila in an attempt to lose weight.
The building I work in appears to have been built in the 1980s. At the moment it's at the stage that happens to most buildings about 10-20 years after they are built where they seem really ugly and out of date, but if you can ride out that period (which can last 50 years or even more) you end up with a cool old building.
But I digress. The perception is that in the pre-'87 crash era there were a lot of really cheap-arse office buildings built. I lumped this building into that category until today.
One of the lifts was being inspected and the doors were open but the lift was at basement level. Looking into the liftshaft, I was amused to see that the wall of the shaft had had all the gaps and nail dents plastered over. There's no reason I can think of for this to happen, but someone did.
This building isn't particularly spectacular, but it is ok-looking and there are pretty cool views from where I sit.
I wonder what was pulled down to make room for it?
Welcome to the futureSaturday January 8, 2000 was turning point in the history of the New Zealand Herald. For it was on that day that the front page of the Herald contained the words "gangsta" and "arse".
One of the coolest things to do is to sing "Row row row your boat" in rounds. Just the way the two parts fit together and produce that nice harmony is a lovely thing.
Life is butter dream.
There's a TV at work which usually gets turned on around 12.30 when people start having their lunch breaks. There are many channels to choose from, including CNN and Discovery. But it usually ends up on TV4, which shows Oprah at 12.00 then Sally Jessy Raphaël.
In short, Oprah is about things like self-improvement. She gets all these experts on her show and they give advice to help people become better mentally, physically, and spiritually. Y'know.
Sally is more of a freak-show type of talk show. Lots of transvestites, prostitutes, people who are sleeping with other people's loved ones but don't know it yet, and other stuff that is there for pure entertainment value.
Whenever Oprah's on, everyone makes comments about how soppy and corny it is, and about how all the deperate housewives treat Oprah like a gogdess, etc. Sometimes Oprah gets switched off when enough people are disgusted by the fact that - oh my god - people might actually gain something positive from it!
Then Sally comes on. Initially there'll be comments about how terrible and bad it is, but no one ever turns it off. This is usually because they are mesmerised by the sight of guy who was bullied in high school who is now a highly successful drag artiste and has come on the show to lipsynch to "I will survive" in front of his former bully.
Everyone watches it, and makes comments about how incredibly bad they think it is, but no one ever turns it off.
I'm eating some baby carrots and I have an overwealming urge to stick one up my nose.
I dunno. It just seems like it would be a nice thing to do.
Marriage is a patriachal institution used by men to oppress women by turning them into property. Apparently.
But I have decided that it would be cool to be married for this reason:
If you were in a bar and some loser guy was hitting on you, instead of trying to be tactful to get him to go away, you could say "Excuse me, but I am a happily married woman!"
I was at one of Auckland's leading tourist attractions and was perusing the goods on offer at the gift shop. I noticed a group of those Tibetan Buddhist monk guys - y'know, the bald dudes with bright orange robes.
They were huddled over a bin filled with little plastic things, like fish, bouncy balls, keyrings, etc.
It just struck me as a very unholy thing to do. I mean, you wouldn't see Christian monks going "Oh look, Brother David, a little spinning earth key ring! Isn't it choice."
But maybe somehow Buddhist monks get to be allowed to play with cheap plastic toys.
Over the past couple o' months I've seen posters (A4 photocopied - the uberposter) for a couple of local bands. One is called Hello Kitty and the other is called Bad Badtz Maru.
For those of you who are not au fait with Japanese cartoons, both Hello kitty and Bad Badtz-Maru are two cartoon characters. Kitty is a cute little cat, while Badtz-Maru is a mischevous little penguin.
Both characters are copyright to Sanrio, a huge Japanese company which has a booming empire based on these cute cartoon characters.
So back to these two bands, they people who came up with the names would probably be smart enough to not call them "Mickey Mouse" or "Donald Duck", but don't seem to be able to make the same distinction with other cartoon characters.
But really, why would you want to name your band after something that had its own subculture? It's not very punk.
Know what the com in .com stands for?
Corporate Opression, Man.
Remember that. It's the same old bullshit, just packaged differently.
Post No Bills
I used to think that "post no bills" meant the same as "mail no invoices".
Suffice to say, the quality of my life has improved since I figured out it means the same as "paste no posters".
But it seemed really punk to think that someone had gone around stencilling something meaning "mail no invoices" on blank walls.
Y'know how some people claim to be carnivores? What they really mean by that is that, among other things, they eat great wacking hunks of red meat.
A real carnivore eats meat and meat only. For a human to be a pure carnivore would be about as freaky as people who are vegans.
Like just say you were a carnivore and went to McDonalds with your mates. While they would all be eating burgers and chips, all a carnivore could eat would be meat patties. Ever tried eating a McDonald's meat patty on its own? They are rather boring.
What about ordering a pizza? "Hi, I'd like a meat lovers pizza, hold the cheese, hold the sauce, hold the base. Yes, that's right. I don't want the base."
The diet of a carnivore would be so boring. There would be no herbs and spices because they are plants-derived. Just meat. Beef! Lamb! Chicken! Pork! Beef! Lamb! Chicken! Pork!
There's probably a really good reason why humans aren't naturally inclined to being carnivores. It would be really boring.
So what are humans? Most are omnivores - they eat both animal and plant food. People who eat only plants are herbivores, which is about the same as a vegan.
When I was 5 the boys at my school used to chant:
Girls are weak!
Then me and the girls would chant back:
Boys are weak!
Ok, the girls' version didn't rhyme, but it did include words of more than one syllable.
Wonder Woman ruled. She was so much cooler than Smurfette or the Pink Power Ranger. With her invisible plane, lasso of truth and hotpants of justice, she fought for our rights.
Chocolate animalsKid 1: Hey, what cha doin'?
Kid 2: Eating chocolate animals.
Kid 1: Chocolate animals?!
Kid 2: In a Nestlé's Animal Bar. There are five different animals in every Animal Bar. Sixteen different animals in all!
Kid 1: I'm wild about chocolate!
Kid 2: Me too!
Kid 1: I think I'll eat a lion
Kid 1: Uh-oh!
Invasion of the Giant Slug-People!
On the way to work on Monday 15 May, I passed a lunch bar and saw the broadsheet advertising that day's Herald outside the shop. Imagine the shock, horror and terror I felt when I read,
GIANT SLUGS INVADE GULF BEACHES
It immediately filled my heart with fear! The slug people were invading! It was like a b-grade 1950s science fiction film.
A tanker filled with a radioactive substance runs aground causing the spilling of its tanks into the ocean. "Don't worry," men in lab coats say, "it's perfectly harmless!".
Then a few months later a young couple are at the beach. The pretty blonde girl is sun bathing while her handsome boyfriend is fooling around in the water. "Oh, stop it, Dan! You're splashing me!" Dan ventures out a little further and waves to Sally. She waves back and smiles, but her face soon turns to a mask of terror when she sees Dan being sucked under the water.
A large dark shape can be seen under the water, slowly moving towards the land. Sally, paralysed with fear, watches as a giant slug slowly emerges from the water. It's two meters tall, seven meters long and as it gets closer it opens its slimy mouth and makes a high-pitched growly screaming noise. The bloody head of her boyfriend in the slugs mouth is the last thing Sally ever sees...
Then it's up to an ordinary fellow to save the planet from the Giant Slugs. He will have a number of hurdles to overcome, such as a mad scientist who wants to turn the slugs into his personal warriors, the army who are convince that the only way to kill the slugs is to nuke the ocean, and that pesky, yet attractive reporter who keeps geting in the way.
So you can imagine my disappointment when I read the article (hidden away at the bottom of page 3) and discovered that these "giant" sea slugs were not only harmless, but were only as big as a hand, if that.
The next day's Herald showed a picture of a man with a number of these so-called giant slugs in his hand. They weren't even as big as his fingers.
People get all worked up when newspapers publish the names of cops who have killed people, but no one bats an eyelid when such unethical stuff gets written. Giant slugs indeed.
I've noticed a couple of articles in the paper regarding the recent cold weather. They've sought the opinion of experts and asked them "Is there some sort of cold snap going on?" and the experts have replied with "No, the cold weather is caused by a meteorological phenomena called "winter"."
"People often see coffee, tea and soft drinks simply as beverages rather than vehicles for a psychoactive drug. But caffeine can exacerbate anxiety and panic disorders."
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
(From an article on CNN.com)
From an article in the New Zealand Herald, 11 July 2000.
A Hard Rock Café had been planned for the America's Cup Village, described in the article as potentially "a big coup and huge drawcard for young people." Then the Chief Executive changed and plans for the Hard Rock Café were scrapped.
"In its place, ACVL spent about $700,000 setting up a 1980s-style nightclub - thin corrugated iron, polystyrene skyline cutouts, rock'n'roll cover bands, and nothing like the DJ-based electronic music that attracts young inner-city crowds."
Fabulous Investment Opportunity
I thought I would pass this fabulous opportunity onto you!!! When I first read it I thought "It can't be true!!!" but I sent off $100,000 just as a test and was amazed when I received back an already scratched investment bond with "SORRY YOU DID NOT WIN. PLEASE PLAY AGAIN" and some caked-on tomato sauce!!!! I'm saving up and have put my elderly mother out on the street so I can share in this incredible wealth!!! You should too!!!!
Hello Kind Gentle-Man
May I introduce myself to you? My name is Prince Franco Mutubukha Ramdla from the Kingdom of Nigeria. I am writing to you as I need the help of a kind sir.
You may have heard of the recent troubles in Nigeria; the civil war, the military coup. Before the troubles I was a wealthy man who lived the good life. For example, for breakfast I would eat scrambled eggs off the bosoms of virgins. But when the troubles started I was forced to sell all my possessions and put all my wealth into the investment bonds known as "scratchie tickets". These stratchie tickets have been stored deep down in a concrete bunker, away from the troubles.
To retrieve these tickets and to reclaim my fortune, I need to do the following things:
1. Hire a bulldozer.
However, to do this I will require capital. I do not have capital, so I am calling upon you, kind sir, to assist me with this. All I am asking for is US$2,000,000. I am sure for a gentle-man such as yourself this is a paltry sum. When I have successfully retrieved my investment bonds, I will, of course, share the amount acquired with you. I assure you that the amount received will more than make up for the initial investment.
I look forward to receiving your prompt affirmative reply.
Prince Franco Mutubukha Ramdla
Breakdance 3: The Drunk Rugby Player
From the New Zealand Herald, 24 July 2000.
"He said that he saw Umaga being hailed by a group of young break-dancers connected to a Christian group.
""The kids were yelling out, 'Hey, Tana,' and trying to shake his hand. He turned around and told them to 'f' off and asked them if they wanted a fight and got really abusive.
""Then the kids got scared and ran back to the adult with them.""
Surely ideal material for a scene from a potential sequel to "Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo"
Gender stereotypes and the single girl
"Hey, I need someone to help the man move the photocopier. Is there a guy who can help?"
I thought that sort of thing finished at intermediate school when a bunch of us girls were able to help the teachers move some platforms after she'd requested some "strong boys" to help.
But no, the girls are weak, throw them in the creek mentality still exists around the office. The irony being that one of the girls around here is a rugby player who is probably a lot stronger than many of the slack-arse geek boys.
"Police plan to use the Internet in the hunt for whoever took the Goldie painting from the Auckland War Memorial Museum."
I was determined to do my part as an Internet-savvy citizen to assist the police in their investigations, so off I headed to Ask Jeeves, the question-based search engine, where I asked:
"Where can I find the stolen Goldie painting?"The ever-so-helpful Jeeves informed me that he had found answers to the following questions:
How can I learn to paint?
At first I was going to dismiss the search results as a bunch of irrelevant arse, but thinking back to the adventures of Batman and the Riddler, I am certain that those questions are tricky riddles, the answers of which will lead us right to the secret underground lair of the thieves!
From an article in the New Zealand Herald, 28 August, 2000, about how New Zealand women's breasts were getting bigger.
"Bendon brand manager Catriona Stewart said lingerie stores were being flooded by teenagers with very large busts."
More tea, Vicar?