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exit music
Today was a pretty jam-packed and full on day, but a nice break from study (sort of). Woke up at 8:40am to catch a bus at 9:36 to meet Janet in Epping. From there we spent some time in the St. Vincent de Paul’s store browsing all the cool old stuff there. There are actually a lot of cool knick-knacks in there from like the 50s. While in there, I spotted a section that had some really cheap stuff, and it inspired a new project. I won’t disclose what it was, but I may in another blog once I have the idea all set. Anyway, after that we headed to the chicken shop near Intuition, where we had a Thai chicken noodle salad and the hot chips I have heard so much about. It was my first time eating here, and I was surprised by the quality of the food there. I will definitely go again. Another place I tried for the first time today was Pedro’s Pizza, where I’m sure many of you Intuition-ers have been. We shared a Chef’s Special which is pretty much like the 70’s Lot from Dominos which I really like. That was really good too; not like the ordinary pizzas from Pizza Hut or Dominos. It tasted and looked more gourmet-ish and herb-y, which was nice.
After Epping, we headed to Chatswood. Unfortunately there were no trains today, so we had to catch the 30 minute CityRail bus as opposed to the 17 minute train. There, we went to Chatswood Library and spent a few hours studying until about 5 o’clock, when we headed back to Epping to meet Mindy and Gabriel for dinner before musical. We ate at a new Italian restaurant, and shared three dishes between the four of us: pumpkin and spinach ravioli, tortellini in a creamy sauce and mushroom risotto. It was all very nice, and I think I’ll take my family there one day.
After this, my dad came to pick us up (as we were too late for buses) to go back to school for the musical. I’d have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance as I wasn’t really expecting much to begin with. It started off a bit slow, but it had its funny moments (loved the “Women” song) and thanks to a few standout performances, it was actually quite enjoyable for the most part. First and foremost, Frances stole the show. Her singing was spot on, and she was easily the best performer on the stage. Quote Deva: “The whole musical should be Frances on her own”. She was that good. Other standouts were Tim, who was great as the Baron and James, who brought the comedy to the show. Other good performances were Yuzhong, who had some good scenes although his singing could’ve been better, and Nick, who sang well. Overall I thought it was not bad at all, but still not as good as ours. It was also weird since this is the first musical I’ve watched since Godspell in year 7, of which I don’t remember much. Having performed in every other musical possible, it was quite funny at first to be watching everyone on stage doing the same actions and in costume and stuff. I felt like I wanted to be up there too like every other year, but I also realised just how lame the chorus actions always are. The chorus wasn’t too bad this year as a whole, but when you watch certain individuals, it’s so bad and funny at the same time.

Today was a pretty jam-packed and full on day, but a nice break from study (sort of). Woke up at 8:40am to catch a bus at 9:36 to meet Janet in Epping. From there we spent some time in the St. Vincent de Paul’s store browsing all the cool old stuff there. There are actually a lot of cool knick-knacks in there from like the 50s. While in there, I spotted a section that had some really cheap stuff, and it inspired a new project. I won’t disclose what it was, but I may in another blog once I have the idea all set. Anyway, after that we headed to the chicken shop near Intuition, where we had a Thai chicken noodle salad and the hot chips I have heard so much about. It was my first time eating here, and I was surprised by the quality of the food there. I will definitely go again. Another place I tried for the first time today was Pedro’s Pizza, where I’m sure many of you Intuition-ers have been. We shared a Chef’s Special which is pretty much like the 70’s Lot from Dominos which I really like. That was really good too; not like the ordinary pizzas from Pizza Hut or Dominos. It tasted and looked more gourmet-ish and herb-y, which was nice.

After Epping, we headed to Chatswood. Unfortunately there were no trains today, so we had to catch the 30 minute CityRail bus as opposed to the 17 minute train. There, we went to Chatswood Library and spent a few hours studying until about 5 o’clock, when we headed back to Epping to meet Mindy and Gabriel for dinner before musical. We ate at a new Italian restaurant, and shared three dishes between the four of us: pumpkin and spinach ravioli, tortellini in a creamy sauce and mushroom risotto. It was all very nice, and I think I’ll take my family there one day.

After this, my dad came to pick us up (as we were too late for buses) to go back to school for the musical- The Merry Widow. I’d have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance as I wasn’t really expecting much to begin with. It started off a bit slow, but it had its funny moments (loved the “Women” song- women women women women!) and thanks to a few standout performances, it was actually quite enjoyable for the most part. First and foremost, Frances stole the show. Her singing was spot on, and she was easily the best performer on the stage. Quote Deva: “The whole musical should be Frances on her own”. She was that good. Other standouts were Tim, who was great as the Baron and James, who brought the comedy to the show. Other good performances were Yuzhong, who had some good scenes although his singing could’ve been better, and Nick, who sang well. Overall I thought it was not bad at all, but still not as good as ours. It was also weird since this is the first musical I’ve watched since Godspell in year 7, of which I don’t remember much. Having performed in every other musical possible, it was quite funny at first to be watching everyone on stage doing the same actions and in costume and stuff. I felt like I wanted to be up there too like every other year, but I also realised just how lame the chorus actions always are. The chorus wasn’t too bad this year as a whole, but when you watch certain individuals, it’s so bad and funny at the same time. Oh, and speaking of bad performances- the grizette scene. Eesh, that wasn’t very good on the eyes, no offence. I still miss my time in rehearsals and the performances and all that last year. That was awesome, and thank you to all that were a part of it, especially the principals.

Wow, word count is at 1221 right now. I didn’t even realise I typed that much. Maybe I should end here, before I bore you all even more with this essay. (Edit: Wow, John, you’re right. WordPress decided to display double the actual word count. Weird.)

Or maybe not. Since we’re on the topic of music, here’s a game for you all to play. How it works is that I’ll choose a few songs that I like (that at least some of you should know) and post a line or two from the first 30 seconds or from the chorus. You guys have to guess the song and artist for each, and when someone gets it I’ll edit this blog and mark it down with your name. NO GOOGLE ALLOWED. Yes, i did steal this from Facebook. I’ll post the answers in a few blogs’ time. The person who gets the most correct can have a hundred points.

1. i’ve got a hunger twisting my stomach into knots
……….“The Sound Of Settling” – Death Cab For Cutie – Janet
2. it’s our problem free philosphy
……….“Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King – Joseph
3. one last glance from a taxi cab, images scar my mind
……….“Dismantle.Repair” – Anberlin – Janet
4. you’re barely waking, and i’m tangled up in you
……….“Collide” – Howie Day – Sandy
5. … and cannonball into the water, i’m gonna muster every ounce of …
……….“For You I Will” – Teddy Geiger – Eddy
6. come here girl, go ‘head be gone with it
……….“SexyBack” – Justin Timberlake – Janet
7. where did i go wrong? i lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness
……….“How To Save A Life” – The Fray – Swami
8. look at me, i will never pass for a perfect bride
……….“Reflection” – Mulan – Leeanne
9. i’m gonna make a change for once in my life, it’s gonna feel real good …
……….“Man In The Mirror” – Michael Jackson – James
10. and so it is, just like you said it would be; life goes easy on me
……….“The Blower’s Daughter” – Damien Rice – Belle
11. i can see it in your eyes, you mean all of what you say
……….“A Day Late” – Anberlin – Janet
12. she don’t believe in shooting stars, but she believe in shoes and cars
……….“Flashing Lights” – Kanye West – Janet
13. me and all my friends, we’re all misunderstood
……….“Waiting On The World To Change” – John Mayer – Sandy
14. i know she said it’s alright, but you can make it up next time
……….“Flake” – Jack Johnson – Janet
15. once or twice was enough and it was all in vain
……….“Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis – Sandy
16. where are we? what the hell is going on? the dust has only just …
……….“Hide And Seek” – Imogen Heap – Janet
17. you only stay with me in the morning, you only hold me when i sleep
……….“You Give Me Something” – James Morrison – Janet
18. everybody look right, everywhere you look i’m standing in the spotlight
……….“I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” – The Lion King – Sandy
19. you will never stop it now, you’ll never stop it now
……….“RoboCop” – Kanye West – Janet
20. go ahead as you waste your days with thinking, when you fall …
……….“Move Along” – The All-American Rejects – Belle

An extra twenty points if you can give me the artist and album for this blog’s title. No searches allowed!

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no joy in mudville

Today was a very interesting day for me. This blog will be a timeline of my day.

8:15am: I am awoken by my alarm clock. I turn it off and remain in bed for five more minutes of sweet sleep. It’s weird, but it is this five minutes that somehow allows me to wake up more alert than if I got out of bed immediately.

8:20am: The alarm on my phone goes off; I turn it off and proceed to the bathroom for a shower.

8:30am: I have showered and dressed for school. I then move to the kitchen to eat breakfast- peanut butter on toast and a boiled egg, with milo.

8:50am: I have finished breakfast very, very slowly and packed my bag and my lunch for school. I then go to the bathroom to brush my teeth.

8:55am: I am outside of the house. One of the few fortunate things that happens today is that my mum happens to be going to work at the same time that I am going to school. I save a five minute walk, taking about twenty seconds to get to school by car.

8:56am: I am walking through the gates of James Ruse Agricultural High School. I then proceed to L-block to sign in, then to the common room for my free period. Here, I attempt to do the very difficult crosswords in today’s paper. I don’t get very far. I do, however, figure out the target word- PIMPERNEL. No-one believes me when I say that it’s a real word, so I look it up on the internet and find that it is some sort of a European salad. To skip the boring bits, I then have chemistry and mathematics before recess. During recess I obtain an orange form from Ms. Connors to drop Extension II English. After recess is maths again.

12:08pm: I very quickly walk to the bus stop on Pennant Hills Rd to catch the 546 to Parramatta Westfield. I am with Janet, following Bryan, James and Thashan.

12:17pm: I am on the 546 to Parramatta, sitting in the back seat. I make my first mistake of the day: I walk on to the bus without paying the fare or dipping my Travel Ten. Why? Because apparently I’m too cheap to pay the $1.60 fare in cash, or the $0.70 with my Travel Ten. Stupid.

12:35pm: The bus stops somewhere just before Parramatta station, near the Aldi. It just so happens that Sydney Buses have chosen today to station Transport Officers along this route in an attempt to catch fare-evaders and those using bus passes that do not go to Parramatta. After a few very nervous minutes of the five or six officers checking the passes of the people in front of us, one finally reaches us in the back seat. Everyone checks out except Janet and me; I didn’t pay the fare, nor do I hav a bus pass. Idiot. We are taken out of the bus, joining the dozen or so others from our school who are also in the same situation. One asks for my ID and takes down all the details on my driver’s licence. He does not look happy. He gives me a stern talk about what I’ve done, questioning me while writing. He tells me that I will be receiving a letter in the mail as a warning, and that next time I am caught I will be fined. Phew, it’s not so bad after all. He then lets me go, and I go over to Janet who is in the same situation with another officer. Luckily, he’s a nice guy, and he lets us on to the next bus to Parramatta Westfield.

3:25pm: We board the 548 bus back to Carlingford, and I am careful to dip my Travel Ten this time. I think I’ve learnt my lesson. The bus driver is a lunatic. It looks like he’s new to the job. His driving is erratic; accelerating and decelerating very quickly and he misses a few stops even after people have pressed the button, needing to stop on the side of the road a bit after each stop to let people out. The ride is very bumpy and I quickly start to feel car (or bus) sick.

4:00pm: It is absolutely pouring outside, and I get off the bus in front of Carlingford station, hiding out under shelter there. I have given my umbrella to Janet as she didn’t bring one today, and so I proceed to run home in the rain.

4:02pm: I arrive at school, where I rest a bit in the sheltered area at the back of the hall, dripping wet. Luckily, the rain has died down a bit by now- it’s not pouring anymore- and so I walk through the sheltered parts of the school towards the Baker St side, and then walk home.

4:06pm: I arrive at my home, towelling off and sitting down in my warm room in front of the computer for the next hour and a bit.

5:45pm: I begin to get dressed for my Hills game at 6:15. But then I realise that my only pair of basketball shorts are in the washing machine at this very moment. I quickly fish them out and wring them out as hard as I can, slapping them against the door of my laundry to drive out as much water as possible before putting it in the dryer. While I am doing this, my mum tells me that it’s never going to work, but I persist.

5:50pm: My dad arrives home and we are about to leave for Hills. I remove the shorts from the dryer; they are still wet but I make do. I end up putting on a different pair of shorts for the drive there, intending to change just before the game so that I don’t have to sit on damp shorts. You can’t tell they’re wet just by looking at them and they’ll dry out during the game anyway.

6:00pm: Crap. I am stuck in heavy traffic on North Rocks Rd, and it looks like I’m not going to make it to the game on time.

6:18pm: I arrive at Hills Basketball Stadium, three minutes late for my game. I quickly change my shorts in the car, not bothering to find a parking space yet, and run into the stadium, letting my dad park.

6:55pm: The game is over. We have lost to a team called “CHB” (from Castle Hill High). I then exit the stadium and proceed to drive home. When I arrive home, MasterChef is on, and dinner is waiting. From there, nothing more interesting happens…

12:50am: I begin to write this blog.

1:19am: I am sitting here completing this blog, very tired after a very hectic day.

1:21am: I am about to tag and title this blog before changing the posting time to 11:59pm on May 20 and clicking Publish, because I’m OCD like that. I will then get into my bed to sleep, hoping that tomorrow is a better day. Goodnight.

“No Joy In Mudville” is from the album We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes. It was raining today, hence “Mudville”.