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Big scary insect in the car!

When we were driving home from Officeworks on the weekend with the kids, I heard something jump in the back seat and hit the ceiling of the car, followed by girly screams from Miss 10 and Miss 11.

What was it?

I saw a large grasshopper calmly sitting in the middle of the back seat, between my two daughters, who were desperately squeezing themselves against their doors – as far away from the insect as possible.

“Stop the car Dad!” yelled Miss 10!

“No don’t worry about it, we’re nearly home”, I tried to reassure her.

“Lock the doors, the girls might fall out”, warned Wifey.

“Look how big you are compared to it, it won’t hurt you”, I tried to rationalise.

That didn’t work.  Tears were about to flow.  I’m trying to think if the girls saw any “Attack of the Gigantic 10 Foot Insect” movies that would have scared them even more.   I think in my head, if we had a son, he’d be saying “COOOL! I’m going to catch him and pull his legs off!” or “COOOL!  I’m going to catch it and put it my sister’s bed tonight!”   Hmm..  maybe that’s not a better alternative.

We got home, the kids ran out of the car and we shoo’d the grasshopper out.  But instead of jumping out – it flew to a nearby plant.

Hmm…  that’s not typically of a grasshopper.  And I haven’t seen a grasshopper that big before.  I was thinking, maybe it’s a locust?!?  But I haven’t heard of locusts in the Perth metro area.  I know they’re quite common in the country, sometimes lying on roads in the the hundreds and thousands ready to be rolled over by a car.

Anyway, here’s a snap of the friendly dude in our garden.

The next day we saw him hanging onto our security door, but haven’t seen him since.   I suspect when acquired him inside a roll of book covering contact.

Do I need to be notifying any authorities?

Spotted a Google Street View car in Perth

I’m such a geek.  The most exciting part of my lunch time trip today was passing a Google Street View car! 

Yep, they are in Perth, taking updated photos of all the streets in Perth and a friend also saw one a few weeks ago.  But today, the car was driving at 50-60km/h along Great Eastern Highway which leads me to think they weren’t taking photos (unless they were using a really fast shutter speed and their GPS is still accurate at that speed). 

Look out for a white Astra with a pole and equipment mounted on top.     Anyone else see one?

More info about the re-photography of Australian cities here:  http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/aussie-googlers-gather-for-street-view-stunt-20091106-i1e0.html

PICA’s Artist Car Boot Sale

Did you get out to Northbridge on the weekend?  We went for dimsum and stumbled across the Northbridge Festival.   And towards the Art Gallery end of James Street, PICA held an Artist Car Boot Sale!

It was a great atmosphere with lots of interesting sculptures, paintings and craft mixed with street performers and activities for the kids, melding into the normal Cultural Centre weekend markets.

More info here:  http://www.pica.org.au/events

I wish I had brought along my SLR, but here are some iPhone snaps.

Tango dancing outdoors – looks like a lot of fun, but I do wish we had swing dancers there!

Tango dancers


The Artist Car Boot Sale in full swing!

Artist Car Boot Market

Graffiti’ing the pavement!

Chalk tagging the floor

Free popcorn, but only as much as your hat or hands can hold.  Note to self – bring a large container next time!

Popcorn madness!

Car wash

I remember in the “old” days, we used to wash our cars at home by hand, maybe on the lawn. It was a great ritual, getting out the hose, a bucket, soap. Once a while, Dad would come home with a new flash high powered jet spray, or rotating sponge or something, and we’d have a try to see whether it worked well or not. But usually after a few washes it was back to using the sponge by hand. My Dad used to say that that’s the best way to get to know your car 🙂

At our old place, we had a big front paved area, where I could wash the car with the kids. They always wanted to help – so I’d assign parts of the car for them to work on. We all ended up wet and soapy, but we bonded 🙂

A few weekends ago, the car was looking mighty dirty. In our new place, there isn’t much room, and no real lawn to wash the car on. So it was time to head to the local DIY car wash.

What a bloke place! Blokes and their cars! Taking great care of their automotive pleasure!

I had to queue for a while, watching how others were washing their cars with great interest. Did they put on the protective wax coating? Did they do the spot free rinse at the end? What did they use to dry their cars with afterwards?

And then it was my turn. I put the coins into the machine and the pressure was on! At least with an automatic car wash, you know that your car will go through all the stages by the time the time runs out. But with a DIY car wash, you have to start calculating – I’ve got this much change, I’ve got 8 or so stages, how long can I spend on each one, etc. But the car wheels are extra dirty or front of the car is splattered with bugs, so I need to spend more time on that. Hmmm…. And then someone started queueing their car up to enter my bay after me. Great – now they’ll be analysing how I wash my car!!

I looked out over the other bays and saw other guys washing their cars.. I felt like I was in some sort of club… team… that I was a bloke 🙂

And then the final minute was there, the time was flashing, I quickly finished off using the final spot free rinse. Drove the car out, and wiped it down with a chamois cloth and drove home.

I shout to my wifey, “I’m home! The car is clean!”

She answers anti-climatically from somewhere in the house, “Hmm.. good”. Oh well… now time to clean the other one.

What’s in the car?

(Shamelessly carrying this blog idea from here!)

We have a 6 CD stacker in one of cars and when we’re in that car, my wifey and I act as the “DJ”.  Well, more like a request DJ, as the kids currently just shout out what CD and track number they want and we put it on, taking turns between the kids.

It’s a huge “decision” to swap CDs in the car.  We’ve had these ones set for the last month or so.  So, what’s on in the car?

CD#1 – Wicked soundtrack – the kids love singing at the top of their voices to Defying Gravity, Popular, What is this feeling?, One Short Day, The Wizard and I, etc.   I only wish they could sing with as much enthusiasm when we’re NOT in the car so I can video them 🙂

CD#2 – Our own musical theatre compilation – they love songs from Cats like Jellicle Cats

CD#3 – A compilation of current pop hits – the songs on regular rotation include Flo Rida’s Lo, Ashlee Simpson’s Piece of Me, Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music

CD#4 – Heavier Things by John Mayer – some guitar inspiration for me

CD#5 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons recorded by Interpreti Venezia – reminders of our holiday to Venice

CD#6 – Gypsy tunes by Romanian Draculas – funnily the kids love Csardas and some other tracks

I really need to get an iPod dock for the car.