The 2012 London Olympics

I’ve mentioned before that I was never a sports fan until I met the AFL. Nevertheless, I faithfully tune into the Olympics and watch sporting competitions that I’d never watch otherwise such as archery, water polo, and women’s weightlifting, or even men’s weightlifting for that matter. I’ll even tune in to the men’s swimming match several hours after it ended and the results have been announced. Continue reading

Using Tampons in Australia

Tampon ghosts.

Tampon ghosts.

If you are squeamish about the subject of menstruation, you should stop reading now. And possibly seek therapy.

I’ve written before about some of the little differences and a couple of the big differences between America and Australia. Here’s another one that for some may be small, but for me is huge. Australia has a shocking lack of selection in tampons.

Fortunately, I’d heard about this before I traveled to Australia and I took a stash with me, but when I ran out, I was forced to see for myself. I went to both major supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths, as well as several drugstores. The first thing I noticed is that while supermarkets and drugstores in the U.S., not to mention giant retailers such as Target, have as much as an aisle dedicated to feminine hygiene products, Australian retailers have a maybe a foot-wide section on a two or three bottom shelves. The second thing I noticed is that I didn’t know what I was looking at. The packaging of tampons, even familiar brands such a Carefree, Kotex, and Tampax, is not very descriptive. I couldn’t tell if they were scented (I prefer unscented) or get a good sense of the absorbency levels. The third thing I noticed is that only one of them, Tampax, said “Applicator Tampons.” So, the rumor was true; Australian women use tampons without applicators. Suddenly Australia seemed just a little bit less civilized.

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My Right to Own an Arsenal

Charles Whitman in 1966, Edward Charles Allaway in 1976, James Oliver Huberty in 1984, Pat Sherrill in 1986, James Edward Pough in 1990, George Hennard in 1991, Columbine in 1999, Virginia Tech in 2007, Michael McLendon in 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan in 2009, Jared Lee Loughner in 2011. Americans are experts when it comes to shooting tragedies such as the one that occurred Friday night in a Colorado movie theater. We know exactly how the events will unfold following the horrific shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 others. Continue reading