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A Game Of Inches

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Happenings 

Sunday, February 5th started like most other Sundays for me here in New York. But this wasn’t any given Sunday. This was Super Bowl Sunday. And New York’s Giants were playing for the ultimate prize in the sport.

Seventeen weeks of regular season games, a wildcard round, and the conference playoffs and championship games ended up in the New York Giants battling the New England Patriots for a shot at a much coveted Super Bowl ring.

American Football is America’s sport – high octan...


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Out with the Old and in with the New in New York and New Orleans

Posted by Andrew on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Happenings 
Welcome to 2012!

Wow man, when I arrived in this country there were still two consecutive zeros in the middle of the year. Now it's the third Christmas and New Year behind me. Crazy 

The past two weeks have been an express train that came to a stuttering stop the day before work started again. No time to stop and think, just bulldoze on, take it all in, smash it in the face and hope that it all makes sense at the end. And luckily it still does!

It all started with the Greek arriving for a two-we...
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I'll explain everything to the geeks

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Happenings 

Last night I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees.

Watching The National live has got to rank up there with one of the most insanely cool concerts I’ve ever been to. It had everything – a breathtaking venue; searingly intense energy from the band; warm humorous interaction with the crowd; and world class music.

For those of you yet to discover the Brooklyn band I strongly recommend getting their albums Boxer and High Violet. And I’m so excited for you! Hurry though, because then you...


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Laduma: The Documentary

Posted by Andrew on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : Happenings 
Ahh... back to the comforts of a laptop computer. Really, Yola, I hope you're reading this. Because like an ex-girlfriend, I'm over you. Well, your iPhone interface at least. Why can't we post sweet blogs together when I ride the bus? Why can't we make magic happen while I sit in Central Park in the snow? Wordpress allows me to do all kinds of things to her on my phone. You should see the shit we can do together. But I'll give you a chance Yola. You've been good to me all these years, and I'm...
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Laduuuuuuma

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Happenings 
I should be blogging tonight but instead I've been invited to go watch a documentary about the World Cup 2010 made by a bunch of US supporters. It's supposed to be a behind the scenes look at Mzanzi as seen by these visiting American. I'm really looking forward to it, should be interesting. 

Oh, and I should be blogging because of a self-imposed routine for Thursday nights. Early resolutions bitches. 

This is also the first blog I've ever posted using my iPhone. Man alive it sucks. Sort your sh...
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Home is where the heart is

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 11, 2011, In : Happenings 
I've been home for two days now. I was away for just over two weeks, two and a bit of the best weeks - catching up with friends, getting to know my family better and spending time with people I grew up with....

And that is the paradox that is my current reality. I'm home now, nearly 8000 miles (yes, I measure in miles now) from the place I grew up in. I'm home now, in an apartment on the west side of midtown, New York City. And it feels normal to say that.

This is what I experienced in going b...
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Fog machines and laser beams

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, January 13, 2011, In : Happenings 
Wow, the day after that last post all hell broke loose for Dipps and me.

It started with him arriving back at 4am to the Hoboken flat from South America.

It started for me a mere 4 hours later as I headed off to pick up what turned out to be a 15 foot truck in New York City to haul all our stuff across (or under rather) the Hudson River.

It was moving day. And it was gnarly.

I remember getting into the truck in the Budget yard at 9am or whatever it was and taking a deep breath. You can do this...
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The Girl With the Lyme Disease

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, In : Happenings 
Last month was Thanksgiving here in the States. Dips and I arrived home from a big lunch at Mike & Amy's place, lubed to the max. We cracked open some beers, and got into some serious shit-talking. Little did we know though, we were about to get an intriguing visitor....

But this story begins a few months earlier.

On a balmy summer's eve, heat so heavy it was visible, a cool breeze off the Hudson moving it in shapes, I was standing out on my balcony being my usual cool self when I noticed a pet...
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See you, Dark Blue

Posted by Andrew on Monday, December 27, 2010, In : Happenings 
I finally sold my car a few weeks ago.

A young Hispanic dude took it off my hands - he was buying it for his girlfriend. I told him he'd definitely get laid if he gave her this dark blue beauty. He laughed. He pushed his foot down a little more on the accelerator. He saw the Bose Stereo system and fog lights. He offered me cash. I took it and ran. Not before giving him the keys of course...

My overwhelming emotion was one of relief. Not like the emotion I felt when I sold the Blue Monkey (or Bl...
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Santa Claus is drinking in town

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, In : Happenings 

A couple of weekends ago, about 2 000 New Yorkers dressed up as Santas, elves, reindeer, Santa Palins and all sorts of other Christmas-y costumes and crawled from bar to bar... pretty much getting wasted.

It's become a New York tradition. This was my first time. And it's pretty damn awesome.

I don't remember the entire day to be honest, so this is a story best told in pictures.

And why not let New York's premier nightlife e-zine, Guest of a Guest, tell you all about it...click here!


Ghosts of ...


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Stepping off the plane into a Woody Allen film

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, December 4, 2010, In : Happenings 
Fall in New York. 
Falling for New York. 
Much water has passed under the bridge since the last blogging. 
Much wisdom has been bantered about and now the old logging.

Where to begin? 

I found a fantasy existence for one night only in Portland, Maine - America's far northeast and home to a lot undiscovered and a feisty cat. It was a short stop after a long drive along a mind-bending mass of colours, red, yellow and brown. Fall in America - a vibrant last flourish before the onset of winter.

Boston ...
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The Mp3 Experiment - New York City

Posted by Andrew on Monday, October 18, 2010, In : Happenings 
The gang of crazy people at Improv Everywhere have put together an excellent video of the flash mob I was a part of earlier this month

Check it out here - Mp3 Experiment No. 7

Stay tuned for tales from Austin City Limits, Boston and Portland, Maine... 10 days of insane.
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Keep Austin Weird

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, October 7, 2010, In : Happenings 
This weekend I venture out into the heart of the American... um, heartland, to explore more of this massive country. This time the destination is Austin, Texas for a weekend of stomping at Austin City Limits with my good friend Steve (who graced this site on road trips gone by - both here and here) and possibly the Rabbi and a few others. Dreaming of revelry.

Headlining the show are these three guys...


Yes, that is Muse.

And yes, I am goddam excited.

A few other big names will be there, but ...


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GUEST BLOG - The Spartan and The Judge

Posted by Byron on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, In : Happenings 

You may have read the name of this guest blogger all over Yours Is The Earth.
If you haven't, that's probably because this is the first post you've read!  
Read on then Trendsetters, for a story from the book of one of this crazy adventure's greatest characters, The Greek...


The stage is set - our hero walks into the Hoboken City Hall, armed with confidence, wit and photographic evidence proving that there is no signage along the road where he parked, indicating that this is a residential...


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When I Say Freeze, Everybody Freeze!

Posted by Andrew on Monday, October 4, 2010, In : Happenings 
Hello again trendsetters, it has been so long since I typed away in this window, with 'New Post' hanging as an exciting title portending to who knows what right now...

What a fitting way to re-enter this world of cyber thoughts then, to tell you all about an amazing experiment I was a part of this weekend. A quintessential New York experience I feel...

It all started with a website...

The instructions were clear - download the mp3 and upload to your iPod, synchronise your watch with the clock on...
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Batman and Robin

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, August 8, 2010, In : Happenings 

That has to be the most eventful run I've had here in Hoboken. My route along the Hudson River takes in some interesting characters, not to mention a breathtaking view of Manhattan, which only exacerbates the feeling of the lung-bursting speeds at which I run.

But today was bizarre.

First, as I exit my building onto the street across from the W Hotel, I notice a commotion. As I curiously venture forward I realise that the Brazilian football team are staying there. They play the USA in a frien...


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Die Antwoord rocks NYC

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Happenings 

I know this next post is supposed to be about the World Cup in South Africa but before I continue the miniseries, I have to go on a little tangent here to talk about a concert, HARD Fest, I went to this weekend. It was on Governors Island, a short ferry south of Manhattan, and was headlined by M.I.A. of Paper Planes fame.


Trend Setters and Barbie Ravers

But oh my god was she shit.

The real headline grabbers were none other than the Zef Rap Supergroup from SA, Die Antwoord, who absolutely ...


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African Hiatus

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, June 27, 2010, In : Happenings 
Hello trend-setters,

This is a hastily-scribed note to say I have taken a break from the land of red, white and blue to visit the shores of the mother land. It is so goooooood to be back!

The World Cup vibe here is unbelievable - flags sprout from cars, houses and office buildings; mad fans of every nation wander the streets singing and dancing and always taking time out to learn some African steps; smiles greet you at every corner... this is a truly African tournament. I have been blown away ...
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Peace Up, A-Town Down

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, In : Happenings 
The first thing I noticed about Atlanta was the wall.

The wall of heat.

Like Christmas in the southern hemisphere, it's hot and it hits you when you least expect it. That was the case for me at least, as I have since found out that A-Town also goes by the name Hotlanta. Ok, I get it. You aren't messing around here.

The next impression was still at the airport - the large collection of sculptures from Zimbabwean artists. Again, like rain in the Joburg winter, it's not something you expect to se...
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On racial lines, Lady Liberty, and the spot where Kennedy was shot

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, In : Happenings 
I find myself in Dallas, Texas. 

Cinematic Orchestra is playing in the background.

And a momentary lull in the constant movement that is life in this country presents a chance to write again. Belated and much appreciated...

On the work front it's been nose to the grindstone for a while now. I had to cancel my trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival two weekends ago to work that whole weekend. We pushed 12 hours a day from Saturday to Wednesday to finalise the training material for final roll-out. ...
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New York, New York

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, April 18, 2010, In : Happenings 
Its been a long time coming. I almost forgot I had a blog!

The past three weeks have flown by like three days at a music festival in the sun.

Been spending a lot of time at work during the week - train the trainers start on Monday and come thick and fast after that. Had a hectic time adjusting to a new way of working again after ending my global secondment and resuming things with the US training team. Can't even begin to explain (let alone comprehend) how different processes can be even thoug...

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I'm no April Fool

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, April 1, 2010, In : Happenings 
I thought about. I was tempted.

Posting an April Fool's Day blog entry could've been awesome, especially if I'd got you, mouth open and everything... but I eventually decided against it...
 
Main reason is I don't have the time to script something elaborate enough to possibly be taken seriously. Was going to write a long, descriptive piece about how I had taken up juggling seriously and had met a circus clown called Charlie who had a small nose and a big drinking problem. I was going to reveal ...
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Revenge of the Pothole

Posted by Andrew on Friday, March 26, 2010, In : Happenings 
I'll be short, sweet and hopefully serene here...

One more outrageous pothole.

Two more (brand new) tyres claimed as victims.

Yes, you read that correctly. And you better believe it. Back right knocked off it's rim and flat; front right has a goitre (which I found amusing).
 
In a strange way I feel karmic effect is responsible for this. In my outburst of fury over the state of NJ roads, I have somehow had retribution exacted on me.

So I'm not questioning it. I'm not raging against it. I'm going t...
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What the puck? ...and an Irish week getting Stomped

Posted by Andrew on Friday, March 19, 2010, In : Happenings 

Been a mad ole couple a weeks lads and lassies. I blame the Irish - those mad to be saved, wild-eyed ones. You know them, you've seen them, at a bar near you, singing Journey songs at the top of their voice, moist, mixture of beer and tears... of joy... ahoy.

What's crazy is that hardly any of them are actually Irish! You won't believe how much America embraces the St Paddy's Day euphoria. Like full on. To the face. Smashed it.

It's been going on for two weeks now, and only came to an end on ...


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Potluck

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, In : Happenings 
I fucking HATE potholes!

GEEEEEEZUS!!

Ok, feeling a little better now. Apologies to those offended by the outburst. But then again, you could always stop reading this... The thing is, I live in a State with the WORST roads in America. Kak gevaarlik! And yesterday I hit one of those canyons while changing lanes - the little bitch was about 4 car lengths long, and probably 5 deep.

BAH! Blurrgh.... psssshhhhhh......

What is that you ask?

That's the sound of a tyre bursting.

Awesome.

Luckily I was at ...
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Sleepless in Seattle - Part II

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Happenings 
Have you checked Part I yet?
Jislaaik man, start from the beginning!

So, day 1 ended as a bender in Downtown Seattle. We woke up at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning with another jam-packed day ahead - at first I felt kif. But then I felt mif. Luckily this didn't last the whole day. And I wasn't the worst either. Lourens was particularly hard hit, and blamed his advanced age (3 years on me I think) for his regressed state. This didn't stop him from busting out Kurt Darren anthems for the foreig...
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Sleepless in Seattle - Part I

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Happenings 

I had to go there. The headline I mean. It's awesomely cheesy and convenient, but oh so true...

Five of us headed west to Seattle on Friday evening for an epic tour of the the West Coast's northern most city - home of grunge, plaid shirts, Microsoft, coffee and a vibe so awesome it hurts. Joining me for this killer weekend were Dan the photographing Dane (all the amazing Seattle pics are his) , Reimi of Malaysia, Susan Oh Canada, and Lourens from Malmesbury. A motley crew in so many ways, a ...


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Ski weekend in the Poconos

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, In : Happenings 

This past weekend we made an awesome trip to the Poconos in Pennsylvania. 

10 people, 1 killer bungalow, 4 cases of beer, 12 bottles of wine, an unbelievable menu of food thanks to the girls, and 2 kick-ass days on the slopes...



One awesome weekend! 

Words don't really do it justice, so check out the pics here to get a feel for it...

PS - the week before was Coaching Week. All the experts and regional trainers from around the world were in Montvale for our demo and train-the-trainer for the...


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I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself

Posted by Andrew on Friday, February 19, 2010, In : Happenings 


I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself


A friend of mine, Erica, took the picture above. Pretty rad hey. When I first saw it posted on her book of faces, I immediately thought of the D.H. Lawrence poem below it. His ode to self-pity. This picture captures the essence like five lines of haiku. It's almost ninja like that.

It has assumed a whole new level of significance since I first saw it during ...


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On your marks, get set...

Posted by Andrew on Friday, February 12, 2010, In : Happenings 
Bet you thought I'd start this with 'Go!'...

So as you may have inferred, I ran a race. An organised race. It was my first one too. Pretty exciting.

The race was in Central Park. It was only a 4 mile (6.4 km), but over 6000 people gave it the feel of something a lot bigger than a casual run in the Park.

The conditions were insane. I had to be in Central Park at 8am to pick up my race bib and shoe tag (all things I had never seen before in my life and which I know refer to so casually - "oh j...


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I wanna be in that colour

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, In : Happenings 
As the Saints go marching in...
The Saints won the Superbowl!
Who dat sayin they gonna beat them Saints!?! Who dat! Who dat!

For all my South African friends, this is an unbelievable achievement. It's kind of like Eastern Province winning the Currie Cup, like the Cheetahs winning the Super 14. It's just not supposed to happen. The big difference though, is the the Saints are 'America's Team', having taken the mantle of most-loved team from the Dallas Cowboys. This has almost everything to do w...

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Recent times been in straight lines

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, February 7, 2010, In : Happenings 
It's horribly cliched to read a blog and see someone write something like "wow, it's been so long since I last wrote". I've done it before. And I hate it. But I can't think of a better way to start this one.

It's just been that long...

The main reason for it has been the Insane Train. I'm on it. Can't do anything about it. Work has hit the Gnarls Barkley stage - working from 8 till 8 sometimes, 7 most times. But that's hectic for me. I don't normally roll the work vibe out that late.

My firm is...
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There's no business like show business

Posted by Andrew on Friday, January 22, 2010, In : Happenings 

Lights, camera, some epileptic crowd-energiser jumping up and down clapping his hands, action!

That's the Late Show with David Letterman for you.


A group of us from work took the afternoon off after one bright-spark (called Susan, Susan, the bright spark) managed to organise tickets for a show the very next day after emailing in. Tickets to Letterman are harder to get than a gap in Joburg rush-hour. We were stoked. So it was me and four girls (two Canadians, one Malaysian and another South ...


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Football Fever

Posted by Andrew on Monday, January 18, 2010, In : Happenings 
This weekend was the Divisional Playoffs in the NFL. Basically like quarter-finals for the Super Bowl on February 7. And basically a marathon of football.

But first...

The past week leading up to this weekend was awesome. All the new rotationals started during the week and we ran a training course for them over 2 days. Was amazing to be back in the classroom again! Loved it, missed it, jammed it - lots of fun. So did plenty of social things during the week for everybody to meet each other and c...
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Bagels smell like sex

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, January 9, 2010, In : Happenings 
Gliding into 2010, I've been taking a few American pastimes to the face. And loving every moment of it. 

Development of new training material begins in earnest this week, and it looks like I'll be kept pretty busy in the next three months or so, but I've also been keeping busy taking in some new experiences...

The first was snowboarding. First time on a board was last weekend. And I use the term "on a board" loosely. But what a rush. Went with Mike and Amy to a place in northern Jersey called M...
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Merry Chrimbo everyone

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : Happenings 
It's been quite a while since the last post. Hectic how time flies. So, a belated Merry Christmas to anyone reading this - I hope it was a cracker!

A fair bit has happened since I got back from Dallas. A helluva lot actually. Hence the lack of face-time I've had with this blog. Where do I start...

I guess the biggest news is that I'm now an officially licensed New Jersey driver. Glory! I have a confession to make though... I failed my first attempt at the stupid written test. Geez, I was pisse...

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Top secret training in Dallas

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Happenings 

Flew to Dallas on Monday morning for a training session in their 40-storey downtown HQ.

Two former CIA officers - interrogation experts and professional polygraphers - were the trainers.

The material is based on years of CIA expertise in the interrogation of those suspected of espionage (love that word, so much better than saying 'spies').

And the caveat to the course is: do not tell your colleagues about any of the content...

Ok, so the headline and the opening paragraph are a little sensatio...


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Central Park stride

Posted by Andrew on Monday, December 7, 2009, In : Happenings 

Winter officially has New York in it's grip.

Yesterday, I was standing in my kitchen, making a sandwich, when I looked up and saw a few white specks floating in the air. I remember clearly saying out loud, to no one but myself, "what the f@#k?", running to the balcony and confirming for myself that they were indeed the first few flakes of winter snow. So cool! It snowed for about 3 or 4 hours, leaving a fine white blanket on the floor.

It was all gone by the next morning, as I woke up to clea...


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Little boxes

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 20, 2009, In : Happenings 
I've moved into my new apartment in Hoboken - finally.

One word comes to mind to describe this feeling... GLORY.

It feels so good to have a place of my own. My space. My apartment. My castle.... ok, not exactly a castle. But it sure as hell feels like it!

One of the cool things about buying furniture for a new place here in the States is a not-so-little store that goes by the Swedish name IKEA. It is quite simply magic. The place is insane. I have spent what feels like much of my recent adult l...
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Into nature

Posted by Andrew on Monday, November 9, 2009, In : Happenings 
Had an afternoon to kill today after another big night in the city last night. So I Googled the nearest attractions to the hotel and found a place called Tallman Mountain, only a 20min drive away. And so I set forth...

What a beautiful place. It's in a state park on the Hudson River, north of New York. The sun was glowing bright in the chilly sky, basking the autumn floor of the hilltop forest in warm light. It was really still all around me, but for the rhythm of the birds and crickets, and t...
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Midtown meander

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 6, 2009, In : Happenings 
I did New York by day today. Well, a small part of New York at least.

It was actually a day of mixed emotions. My initial reason for venturing into the jungle was to appear at the Canadian Consulate to apply for my visa. My development team is going to Toronto next week, and thanks to some shithead thieves in South Africa, I am travelling on a temporary passport - one which is not accepted by the Canadians for issuing visas. It took me a $65 application fee and two hours of waiting to find th...
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Halloween madness

Posted by Andrew on Monday, November 2, 2009, In : Happenings 
Americans go absolutely crazy for this holiday - literally every radio station and TV channel has Halloween fever and people here get so excited, like it's the best day ever. So naturally, I had to get involved...

My involvement started earlier this week when two of the girls at work invited me to go costume shopping with them. I realised quickly that I needed to get a decent costume to avoid looking like a chop, so I went along with them.

I couldn't believe the size of the store! It was a mas...
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Big day out... car - check; apartment - check

Posted by Andrew on Friday, October 30, 2009, In : Happenings 
What a day!

Things have been hectic this week. This is my... 6th day in the States. I've been spinning a little getting things sorted, but today, so much of that fell into place.

It started this morning when I bought my car. It was crazy. I've been looking at dealerships and 'gumtree' websites, finding all sorts of cars. I've gone from wanting a small hatchback like a Golf (they call them Rabbits here, but they're harder to find than a set of lost keys), to looking at Camaros. As the Kings of ...
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In the beginning...

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, In : Happenings 

Not a great start – after selling my car 15 mins before I left for the airport, a Joburg thunderstorm rendered the plane useless and we sat at OR Tambo for nearly two hours waiting for the backlog to clear. With no service and no entertainment, this was pretty boring. But the flight went by quickly. I had a pleasant old New York couple next to me, plenty of leg room and a box full of sleeping pills – no worries my side.

Landing in New York was surreal. Monstrous stretches of city spread...


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From the movie Drive

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