Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Stuff You Miss, Stuff You Don't.

Before Mrs Bigmouthery and I returned from our first US trip in March, our course seemed set: she'd move to Australia and we'd make a go of it there. Once we'd settled back in to the post-holiday rhythm of every day life in a humid soup filth late summer Brisbane, it became apparent that America had a hell of a lot more in its favor.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The English Language Barrier.

When I'm in Australia, I often go to great pains to emphasise/emphasize the fact that Australians and Americans are very similar people. I think it's because many Australians view Americans, by and large, as a cross between this...

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Nx in Tx.

Google Maps
Houston is a strange, flat sprawl of a city. It's also deceptive. It can turn from dazzlingly pretty and charming to scary ugly in the space of a block or two. The traffic, like most cities without a good public transportation system, is serpentine and unkind.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Jet Lag and Other Toaster Ovens.

If you've ever been anywhere far away from where you normally are, or something, you know the effects of jet lag. Over the last few days I have flown from Brisbane, Australia to Houston, Texas, USA by way of the Indian Ocean, India, the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Oman, Dubai, the Caspian Sea, Russia, Finland, Norway, Greenland, and Canada. arms are sore.

I'll be back soon enough with more Bigmouthery.

Oh yeah, one other thing. I won't be doubting Nate Silver's numbers again any time soon.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Leaving Home, Going Home.

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes." – Henry David Thoreau.

Moving from one country to another is a big deal. I've done it before. Admittedly I was seven months old and don't remember a damn thing about it but...I've heard the stories, man, it's a big deal. Tonight I'll be flying to Houston, Tx by way of Dubai. It's a long flight. 30+ hours.

A lot of people think I'm moving today. While the long term plan is to make a move to the US, I'm traveling on an ESTA waiver so will be coming back in February. Notice how I only put one l in 'traveling'? I've been thinking a lot about that kind of stuff lately. Pounds instead of kilos, organize instead of organise, feet instead of metres, meters instead of metres. In the space of a few days I'll go from being a competent speller to a poor one. Sort of.

Bigmouthery will continue in America. The map of the trip has been charted only as far as the initial destination, so I'm sure there will be some surprises in store. I'm looking forward to my first Thanksgiving and my first winter Christmas. I'm looking forward to being back in a country that makes sense to me. And it goes without seeing that I'm looking forward to seeing Mrs Bigmouthery for the first time since June. She'll be happy to see me, too, because I'm bringing her a bunch of her clothes with me.

If you need to contact me, I'll be accessible via FB and email.

Be happy, enjoy Christmas and crush the Saffies.


Friday, 2 November 2012

Election 2012: The Blackout and the Silver.


Imagine next Tuesday's (Wednesday Australian time) presidential election is a spacecraft that's been orbiting the planet for a year or so. Before it comes crashing back to Earth, it must pass through the ionosphere, that section of the 'sky' where communication with the ground is impossible because of solar radiation. In a sense, that's where we're at now. We can guess what's going on, we can hypothesize...we can keep listening to pundits and studying polls...but we don't know what exactly is going on and polls. Like the monitoring of a spacecraft, the best thing to do is merely sit tight and be patient. But this is an election, so no-one's gonna do that. Not even Bigmouthery.