Monthly Archives: October 2010

The competition of manhood.

This is a post that i started back in July and never got around to finishing so here goes!

Back in July i went to play tenpin bowling with the crew from house of praise.  And my i say it got pretty heated!  The lead was constantly changing and it was staring to become very annoying that Elise Waldrop was going well! How could I, a MAN lose to a a woman!  Anyway, so there we were having a good game, a made a few crappy bowls and Elise got a lead of approx 20 pins, cant really remember the exact amount as once again it was about 3 months ago when this happened.  But then the MAN RESURGENCE began and i got 2 strikes in a row followed by a spare to convert a deficit of 20 into a lead of 15, as Elise had a shocker.  All while this was happening MR Steve Waldrop was also dreading that he could lose to his sister and was pushing to get stay in front as well.

By the end of the night adding the total scores of both games i came out the victor but it was only a difference of about 10 pins which is pretty close.  That night made me realise how competitive men are over anything! and i believe that being competitive is one of the things really makes us who we are.

Take for example calling shotgun, i have seen some people get so fired up about calling shotgun.  And all that they get from it is that they get the front seat.  Playing cricket in the nets and you get a ball smashed, you try to spin that ball so much, or bowl faster than you ever have to make the batsmen look crap. Or worse still when a better bowler is there and you are going bowl for bowl. You HAVE to be the one that gets the wicket first, just to show that you are better than you seem.

Has anyone ever heard guys talk about driving and the moments they have had while driving and managed to “Correct” and get pats on the back for being suck wicked drivers? Yeah pretty much it’s “yeah my balls are so massive and i drive like such a man that i lost it going around a corner but i managed to fix my stupidity. Because i’m a man”.  But the worst thing is that if a guy never has any stories of where the car has slipped away from them, “the boys” will most likely say that he drives like a girl.

But my personally favourite way that guys compete is facial hair.  See girls will never understand this until they are about 80 and can join into the competition, but being able to grow a better moe, or a better beard than the guy next to you makes you such a mad dawg!  It is the ultimate converstation topic between guys that are just starting to be able to grow some hair, and the guys that already can.  There is comparing of growth patterns, age that the bum fluff began, when the shaving starting to “encourage growth” and many different areas.  Last year when i had my moe for a few months it started because during my end of of school holidays i grew a goatie, and when uni started i got lazy and let the moe grow.  One day i asked Tom my BIL (brother in law) if i should shave 1: Moe, 2: goatie or 3: both.  Tom replied with goatie and leave the moe and there i was 2 months later styling a very mexican looking set of whiskers.

So pretty much. Don’t blame men for being competitive, it is what makes us what we are.  And anyway who would want a guy that doesn’t mind if he loses to his friends sister in a game of bowling!

On a quick note, Steve Waldrop is the ultimate man, as he will be having a prebucks party.  For the people that don’t know what that is, in the same spirit of “predrinks” before going out for a messy night in terrigal, a prebucks party is the way to become even more man!

Quick update on my Travels.  Not sure if i mentioned in past posts but i got my injections done a few months ago, so from now on the trip is a reality! i have felt the physical pain, and if i didn’t wake with that it really means that i am awake and doing this thing.

Will be posting some more soon.  Let me know of your thoughts on this whole being a man thing.

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So pretty much ready to disappear

Been hectic lazy with this blogging thing! I have 3 drafts with ideas for posts to finish writing and nothing has been done to any of them for about 3 months.

Ok so pretty much where I am up to right now is

All flights are booked.  I have changed my Australia to Argentina flight to the 17th of November once I found out when I finished all my exams (i had one after my original leave date, but I was already going to fail so that has been dropped).  That gives me an extra 5 days in total, so I might spend a 2 more days in Argentina, and then 3 more in Santiago before i go to peru. also it will give me a chance to find bus times for the way back and book the bus over to Cuzco.

Oh yeah I am going to Peru with nick skinner, he will be flying into Santiago on the 30th of november, and then getting a bus north to Peru.  I on the other hand will be flying up on the 3rd of december and meeting him there.  We plan to spend about 2 days in Lima and then getting a bus to Cuzco, then from there the bus to Machu Pichu.  In total 3-4 days to do the Machu Pichu part of the trip.  Then we will be returning to Lima and spending 2-3 days in Lima before getting buses back south and stopping along the way seeing family in the north of chile, arriving back in Santiago by the 24th of december at the latest.

Once Xmas and new years is up I am pretty sure I will be heading south into the lakes region of chile which is awesome!!!

nothing more to report from that part of the trip.

I have been in contact with my uncle in Canada and we should be meeting up around the beginning of february to fly to Montreal =D, (Petrov if you read this i will send you a picture at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve)

Then i will get a bus from Montreal to New York spending a week there before flying out to Iceland and europe after.

Mum found travel insureance that was hectic cheaper than all that I had found before so now I am totally covered for everything which is great news!!

I am off again and will promise to write more often, especially while I am over keeping people up to date with where I am and what I am doing =D

Comment if you have any suggestions about things to see or places to go in any part of the trip.   Or just want to comment and tell me what you think =D

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