The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 1 January - 12 January 2003
January 1st 2003
The first day of another year. It always starts off real vibey, even if you
are not making new years resolutions, you make a few in your head- and a
week layer the list drops to half, as the other half is out the window.
My first task for the new year is some serious washing up, with the drought
on in parts of Australia I've stopped using the dishwasher, not that I have
ever used it all that much, big dinner parties and huge celebrations are the
exceptions. When the empty glasses get to 50 or 60 I will happily load the
Next it's down to the train tracks to cut a full bag of crispy grass for
Cosmo. With John Howards "report any suspect- but have a good time doing it"
TV Campaign I decide to take my I.D. After all I am carrying an empty
plastic bag and a pair of day-glo scissors and have an eye brow ring- hell
to Mr and Mrs average I could be the suss's person they have ever seen!!!!
Yes Mr ASIO man I am really cutting grass for our white fluffy bunny.!
Woomera detention centre here I come- that's if there is anything left of it
after the inmates have burnt part of it down.
A few friends phone to see if I am ok, my sugar levels took a nose dive
after new years eve not a nice way to count in the new year.
My new years resolution is not to make one.
Nick Seymour gives me a call- he's in town, and we plan to catch up. He was
outside Paul's gate and Paul has gone awol, so who knows if they will catch
up. Hopefully by now. Have to talk to both Nick and Paul about the possible
full length Crowdies DVD...get some ideas thrown in the ring and make sure
they are into it.
Our ol' mate Peggy arrives back in Australia for Christmas, away from
America. She arrives with chocolates and knows us far too well! Good to see
the Mad Dog (Morgan)! We all have such nice names for each other!!!
A lot of photos coming in of Iraq woman with automatic weapons. Meanwhile
England gets a bit scared of RICIN poisoning. They expect terrorists to rub
it on doorknobs and spray Tony Blair. Wasn't RICIN originally originally
created in America!!! I think the fear is not finding RICIN but the RICIN
they haven't found, it's so easy to conceal. Gee the world is a nice place.
Hmm this is a bit dark- move onto a new day....
Head off for some shopping with Jen- the wonderful Preston Markets and then
we hit Northlands. So many food venders stopped us and asked where Ben was,
all 3400 food venders know him, he has sampled all food stuffs...now Yeti
c'mon they wouldn't lie to us!!! *grin*.
Had a good time and get a bit excited as Mitchell's Adventure Land has
everything we need for our journey around Australia. Some cool stuff, Jen
slapped me to stop me from drooling- what is it with us blokes and outback
shops! (in a non-sexist way I mean). So many cool things.....you'll see us
as we drive around OZ. We will be the four wheel drive followed by the huge
tour truck full of our gear!
Nice day and topped off by obtaining my copy of Kurt Cobain -Journals. With
my Xmas Gift certificates it cost me a massive $9!
Sneak into Yetis bathroom and leave the limited edition framed Nana
Doubtfire postage stamp! he will be scared/amused/ amazed (tick all three)
when he opens up the cupboard. Far more a collector items then the Lego
Yoda! Fun day.
Come home to a lot of after Christmas orders for "Wings off flies', it's
the biggest rush in ages, go through a whole box and all mailed same day.
They weigh a lot when I carry them down to the mail box...talk about
working out with weights.
Woodchipping has now ended in the Wombat State Forest- so the Bracks
Government has kept one of it's promises. The Wombat had something like
50,000 cubic metres of woodchipping taken previously. The Forest will now be
around 90% logging free. It's a good start.
Peggy packs Nic's belated Xmas present of Milo (yummo Aussie drink) into
her bag and will be mailing it. After it's packed I find out that Peggy is
heading back to Sydney first so Nic if you are reading this , it will
probably end up being an Easter present!!!!
Speaking of reading, we heard from our old mate Allie, but guess who
stupidly lost the email. Have no idea where it went, so Allie email me again
and I promise not to lose this one. Computers and PG not a good thing.
The Rocket Pocket Books "Funny Money" Christmas Promotions (discount) is
proving to be very popular. We are just reminding those who got the "funny
money" discount coupons that they have till February 1st 2003 to mail off
and save some $. We've had some nice emails from people like students, or
readers with small incomes who are happy to save some money- so it was a
good thing to do. Thanks to all those F/16 readers who have emailed.
Drop Peggy off at her hire car company. Walking past Club X and spotted an
obscene coffee cup in the window..just had to have it- so in I walk,
straight into Porn Heaven...all I want is the cup. At least this sex shop
didn't smell gross. The lady behind the counter watched me laugh at the huge
rubber penis in the display counter...it is BIG.
"It's an exact copy of John Holmes" she tells me proudly.".!
"Ouch that would hurt" I reply...."I'll stick with my current size"!!
She laughs and gives me my coffee cup.
Passers by stare nervously at me as I exit the shop...I bet they are all
wondering what I have in my parcel (no not the John Holmes pants parcel the
brown paper bag I am carrying). I consider chasing a few people down the
street shouting "look what I bought at the sex shop" but I think they might
faint. Hmm I should of exited in a rubber Batman suit!!!
Hmm Porn shops are the new cool for 2003! (maybe).
Heading into the city and see one of the Hudson boys on the train. He has a
new band SNOWBLIND, and they have been playing in Singapore. His old band
played at our new years eve party- good musicians all of them. The baby
Hudson is now in the lineup- hope they do well.
Grab some watermelon juice from the Juice Station, it's near the Alley Cat
where I have coffee with Vali. I tried the studio again today and still no
sign of her. Have a weird feeling.
The weird feeling is confirmed, Bec calls me and tells me that it was on
the TV news that Vali is in hospital and she has terminal cancer. I thought
about it and the few close friends to Vali don't have my private number.
Just after Rebecca calls me , Vali's best friend Mish (Misau) calls and
lets me know, Vali gave her my number.
I hate this, this is Vali, I can imagine her getting sick, I can't imagine
or even understand a world without her. Out of everyone, and I mean everyone
she is the most passionate person I have ever met. I don't think there has
been a person who has left her studio that hasn't been slightly changed
forever and grabbed life by the horns. I have to remind myself that she is
in her seventies, something I've never thought of before.
As Vali has told me, if something like this happens we all have to respect
her final days and pretty much not see her. Anyone else I would question
this, Vali , never - to know why she wants this is to understand her and to
respect her. So really unless some miracle does occur we probably won't see
her, and it's nothing to do with being close or any of that, it's her way.
I'm left with the most amazing memories, the best stories shared over cups
of coffee on Degraves street or at the Alley Cat. She's like the last bit of
magic...and like an old lightglobe she might blink out at any time.
Mish tells me that some of the madness has started with people, who "have
to see her" despite Vali saying No- they invade the hospital corridors and
it's for their own selfish needs- no respect for her last wishes, hope Vali
throws a full bedpan at them.
Mark comes into the room to check if I'm ok, I'm sitting on the bed reading
some letters that she sent me from Positano Italy, and her art book present
for my birthday, signed to "her wild boy from the Foxy one".
I fall asleep knowing that pretty soon the world will be worse off when
this passionate spirit departs.
Our Skyhooks DVD gets a 3 star review in good ol' TV Week. I hope the Enz
one will be in it next week.
Do boring stuff like pay the Gas bill, and credit cards and daily non
exciting stuff. I make an effort just after lunch to sit down and run
through the final text corrections for GLAMOUR- so when the printers are
back it will be one of the first jobs on their schedule.
I see a small tigerlilly plant at the markets, and decide to buy it for
Vali, I'm keeping the idea in my head that she is a stubborn ol' bugger and
her body will fight this shitty disease, so every day, every hour is a plus,
as selfish as that sounds.
Head into the studio and leave the plant , I also just wanted to check to
make sure the studio is fine. The security people lock me in the building
but I find a way out.
Home in time to watch a movie with Mark. For once he isn't on the Titanium
Mac. considering computers were something that Mark never enjoyed his skills
for movie editing and all that goes with it are moving along at a fast rate.
These days he's using the G4 more then I am- he's pretty exceptional at it.
Yeti checks in, and a few others- they know the last few days have had me a
bit sad. Hell I'm so rarely sad, I pull my finger out and focus a bit.
Get a year pass for the St Kilda Sea Baths and spend do some extra laps
today. I spend a decent amount of time in the steam room too, and then back
to the pool for more laps. I had to move lanes today, I was in the slow lane
swimming faster then the guy in the fast lane...go figure. It's that wacky
ol' Gryphon who has to do things differently....so I upgraded to the super
fast lane...move over Thorpie I'm coming through.
Heard from Neil and he has decided to do a second NYC show on the tour, we
had a lot of people asking etc, and originally he said NO but now it's a
Yes. Deb asked me and originally I said NO so sorry Deb.
Homemade Ravioli tonight, use all our homegrown tomatoes and basil etc in
the sauce, give Rosemaree a quick call and see if she wants to come over and
eat- she does- we eat. She takes some of hers home, I have made a lot, the
Ferra Rocche containers are perfect for designer dinner boxes- these would
be massive in Japan..I should market them...the Ravioli seems to sit flat in
the plastic box. What a work of art. I could easily get $10 per box!
I run into "Amazing Grace" on the street, I think she is picking up stray
hypodermic's in the alley way. She's about 80 and she just does her thing.
Tells me she had to put down her cat Mr Jinx this week- he was 22. That's
old for a cat, but she has a new baby from the lost cats home, his name is
Stanley and he is a kitten. Stanley is a good name for a cat!
order some DVDs online, some box sets, one is UFO first season, I used to
watch that show when I was a kid...glad it's on DVD.
Our timing is good we always get to see Jackie at Babble each morning. She
is their when I arrive, sits with me till Marky turns up. Jackie found the
book for Sharon Finn for Xmas, its what I was looking for , and making so
many accessories she would know what is a good book on the subject.
She's fun, I call her "wife" sometimes, she calls Mark and I "husband 1" and
"husband 2" , we all call Michael "Toy Boy 3"- welcome to Babble!
They should consider "Babble...the musical". I can picture the baroness in
some huge wig singing Opera.....the kitchen staff doing some "Chorus Line"
number...a few of the staff are dancers and singers....it could work. What
do you think?! *Grin*. Next idea.....
Decide to use one of my sisters Xmas presents today. The Igloo Ice-Cream
maker. I made up a recipe based on a few other recipe's, it's for coconut
icecream. You can probably make this without an icecream maker...you would
have to mix it for awhile though.
2 egg whites
1/2 cup castor sugar
I squeezed a few drops out of the lemon
Some coconut flavouring
*If possible some real grated coconut.
It all went in the machine for 40 minutes. Sometimes it can be a bit soft so
just put it in your freezer. The same tasting icecream was $13 for a home
pack, this cost about $2 (depending if your kitchen has a few ingredients).
Mish called me from the hospital and Vali has our plant by the bed, and
loved the note, all good. Today she though we were going to lose her but
Vali Myers is a fighter and she's still here and giving it a good fight.
I'm in a good head space around this, guess we are all a bit selfish when
death is close, part of what makes us human.
DVD of the fortnight has to be "BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM".
It has to be the feel good movie of the month. This film by Gurinder Chadha
is so vibrant you should watch it wearing shades. So refreshing to see
something like this and it asks the question "what's a girl to do!".
Football Mad Jess is an 18 year old girl who can play footy better then any
of the guys she knows, her indian family don't approve, but she has her
heart set on playing for a womans footie team. Her new friend, the totally
gorgeous Jules is also football crazy. Velvet Goldmines Rhys Meyers (master
of the serious pout and drop dead cheek bones) is Joe the coach.
An Indian wedding, family and football...and Beckham posters galore...
truely fun, truely a great movie if feeling a tad blue this is the cure.
This DVD kicks a goal and all 108 minutes is money well spent.
Released on ICON entertainment in Australia.
The temperature has dropped a bit here, not that low though, especially when
I see that it's been minus 50° in Siberia. Hopefully some rain this weekend
to help stop the 50 or so bushfires that now burn across Victoria. I've been
checking and Beenami is fine, have to go up to the Forest soon to finish
clearing the grounds. Big effort, just me and the lawn mower again.
Have a dance with Michelle at Babble this morning, she has her hair in cute
pig tails, just too tempting... I now let the babble staff decide on what
sort of coffee I drink in the morning...as long as no one spits in it
Spend the afternoon emailing people, letting them know that Neil's second
New York City concert goes on sale tomorrow. We had a lot of requests for
this show, so it should sell out fast.
Up far too early for a Saturday, want to catch the Post Office before ten
million people turn up. Thankfully Prahran P.O. has a back entrance that
most people don't know about, so I'm first in line. As I leave the line now
goes out the door.
Had some spare ingredients left so I make banana and coconut icecream. All
low cal. ingredients tastes pretty fine.
Watch the making of "Nemesis" the new Star Trek movie, won't know if I like
it till I see the whole thing, but it doesn't look as bad as the critics
say. I usually just decide if I like it, who cares what a reviewer thinks,
means nothing to me, still it didn't do too well in the States and if a lot
of Star Trek fans don't like a Star Trek movie that's not a good sign- I
tend to pay more attention to fans then the reviewers.
Bec calls by and tells me she loved "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" DVD, had a
lot of emails over the year from people digging this movie. It's a cult
Have a quick coffee at Babble with Jackie. Give her a paper layout for major
Arcana tarot card spread, should help with her readings. We play good cop
bad cop when she flirts with Dan the Man, she is a wicked girl. *grin*.
We are spoilt today Trudi is cooking a Mexican lunch for us, it was a good
idea to give her the Mexican cookbook. Mark meanwhile fixes Robins DVD
player, so she can now watch the 2000 hours of Elvis DVD footage she has
collected. Robin nephew Jake is at lunch too and really well behaved, we
spend the day playing with dinosaurs- he's so young but knows all their
names and what they eat etc. Kids are too smart these days.
Hey good lunch Trudi...even if you refused to wear the full traditional
Hot day, Cosmo hates it so will be spending the afternoon inside the cool
house. I rush to get this diary update done on time...at the time of writing
still no call about our friend Vali so she's fighting the cancer all the
way, and did we expect anything less from this fighter.
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