Australia : Day 5 3/4 (Delayed): Beer Mat Blogging
In a more civilized time, the activity was called "writing a journal" - no longer. Now it's blogging, whether you have internet access or no.
I am not one of those travellers who feels compelled to have Italian Food ever night in Tuscany if there is another option worth a try. That may be the way to bet, but if there is a German restaurant or an Indian restaurant worth a try - we will have a go. So I am hear in Sydney, Australia enjoying a pint of Spaten while Mrs E is off running about ---
damn. Double Damn. Australia hospitality has foiled me again. I can no longer blog via beer mat since the waitress saw my predictament and, without asking, brought me a healthy stack of 2 x 3" paper. I meant this entry to be entirely self-referential about the difficulty of blogging via beer mat, and now I must do something else.
I am tinkering with a handful of change and it occurs to me that while Australia is a considerably less grumpy member of the United Nations version of the International Community --- a sort of Homeowners' Association of the Unwilling, where France and Libya have a death grip on the Pet Leash Task Force -- but Australians willingness to attend committee meetings with a minimum of eye rolling has manifested itself in odd ways.
Their dollar coin -- all too convienent (sorry, Sacagewea, I did my part) -- has a default reverse of five kangaroos, but like our own state coins, has a number of variations on the reverse. Mostly, it's nice pro-Australia stuff, like aviation pioneers and centennaries of statehood and such. But I've also noticed a disturbing number of them read like adverts for UN campaigns -- the International Year of the Old, the International Year of the Children forced to Eat Genetically Modified Vegetables and such.
I hope that this is merely that the Australia mint is in cahoots with the Royal Australian Numismatic Society, but if not, I must call my friends in the Black Helicopter Crowd and advise their travel bureau to not come down here, I'd hate for the Australians to have an American go postal on them when they present my would-be traveller with AUD $2.25 in loose change.