The 2012 London Olympics

Ryan Lochte swims in the men's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

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. Unlike our friends down under and our Canadian neighbors…

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Using Tampons in Australia

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…

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My Right to Own an Arsenal

Vigil at Aurora, Colorado. Image: International Business Times.

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…

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Sunday Gratitudes

A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for: True Blood I’m really enjoying the campy Southern vampire show this season. Sookie is slightly more amusing than she has been in a while, but it’s the supporting characters such as Eric, Pam, Lafayette, and even Tara this season, plus the sweet guest star appearances of Alfre Woodard and the addition of Christopher Meloni that keep me coming back week…

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Gnomeville

I like gnomes. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m sure that in some parallel universe or fairly recent past life I was kitschy housewife with plastic pink flamingos on the lawn and garden gnomes out back. While I don’t like these ornaments enough to actually own them in this life, I enjoy teasing Theo about the possibility. But I do think garden gnomes are cute. Imagine my delight when I heard about a place in Australia…

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10 Great Australian Inventions

There are a number of items that we associate with Australia. The didgeridoo, the boomerang, and Vegemite quickly come to mind as Australian inventions. But Australia has given the world some great inventions and you probably never knew. Here’s a short list of awesome Australian inventions. 1. Ice-making refrigerator Before the invention of the refrigerator, icehouses placed near freshwater lakes or packed with snow and ice during the winter were used to provide cool storage. Refrigeration technology…

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The Joy of Coupons

Coupons

You may have heard me complain about how expensive life in Australia is compared to life in the United States.  It’s tough to get a break on shopping down under and one little savings joy that is common in America is noticeably missing in Australia – the coupon.

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Sunday Gratitudes

A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for: A Working Web Something went awry earlier this week with the web. Although I never lost my internet connection and could communicate with friends and colleagues over Skype, none of my browsers would load several websites. It was weird and random. Twitter would load, but not Facebook; Tumblr would load, but not WordPress, and so it went. I ran anti-virus,…

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