I skipped the 30 hour flight to Australia this year for a bunch of reasons. I wanted to see if I could do it justice without being on site. I wanted save some cash so I could go to other tournaments. I just could not stomach the idea of paying $15 for a drink at a shitty bar. And I just can't possibly fathom eating one more spicy chili oil dumpling from Dumplings Plus.
Ok, that last one is a complete fucking lie I can't even believe I typed it out loud best dumplings on earf.
Anyway, here's what I've learned:
- Waking up at 3pm and going to bed at 8am is kind of what I do all the time anyway so I should really move to Melbourne. Wait. I guess that's not how it works. Unfortunate.
- You're less likely to get sick if you're not spending your days alternating between 90 degree weather and a frigidly cold press center and then walking outside and its raining and then walking back inside now you're wet and shivering. So I may be shivering my ass off huddled with a blanket and slippers at my computer, but at least I'm not putting my immune system through shit.
- Hey, you know what's better than a 30-hour trip? Sleeping. True story.
- Not having to spend a quarter of your day at your desk trying to figure out how to feed yourself on the miniscule amount of money they put on your credential is pretty nice. I now spend that quarter of the day reading episode recaps for Girls. It's pretty great.
- In a related note, eating three square meals a day as opposed to two egg salad sandwiches, a donut, and a bag of chips is upgradalicious. My kitchen > Media dining.
- Getting to watch both the NFC Divisional game and the NFC championship at home with your dad as opposed to thousands and thousands of miles away on a shitty stream is sooooooooooo much better. WHO GOT IT BETTER THAN US? NOBODY!
- Given my Aussie schedule and the fact that I have a hard and fast rule about not-drinking before 10am unless we're talking World Cup stuff, I've learned that I can go 14 days without a drink. It's weird and I'm not super stoked about it, but I can do it. Also GOOD GOD HURRY UP AND GET HERE, SUNDAY 10:01AM.
- Writing without the benefit of IBM Pointstream FUCKING BLOWS. That would have been worth the 30-hour journey alone.
- The Australian Open website is hands down the best of all the Slams and it owns the digital media content as well. Match highlights are up quickly, they identify funny or interesting moments, their little digital movies are great, and the site is easily navigatible and gives you all the info you need. This is all fans want. It's really truly great. It will suck having to deal with the "Huh? What's the interwebz" at Roland Garros. It's cool guys. I'll just draw the match highlights. C'est la vie.
- HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS WEREN'T KIDDING ABOUT THAT MELBOURNE COMMERCIAL IT IS THE WORST.
- I can totally wear the same pair of pajama pants for 14 days. And only take them off when I shower. That may be TMI but seriously guys I HAVE NOT LEFT THE HOUSE.
- Dogs hate it when you try and walk them at 3:00am.
- Neighbors hate it even more.
- Sunflower seeds are the bomb for all nighters. Not that I didn't already know that. I knew that from college and law school and lawyering. But boy, so nice to be reminded.
- Sweatshirts > Sweating.
- Very important: if you choose to drink a hot drink while sitting at a desk for 16 hours a day be sure to use an insulated mug or thermos. Because you will go pour yourself a cup of coffee and then all of a sudde 71-shot rally-chocolate-coca-cola and 30 minutes later your cup is cold but you don't realize and you take a sip and there is nothing worse than cold coffee at 2am. So thank you, insualted Kleen Kanteen. You kept me warm and caffeinated through the fortnight.
- Like, when you're not there in Melbourne actually immersed in Aussie everything Aussies just seem absolutely nuts. Like, I'm scared of them. I see them on the TV and I simply do not understand. They seriously don't seem this weird when you're surrounded by them. Or maybe that's just your defense mechanism kicking in to make them think you're totally cool with their insanity? Possibly.
- At home I can listen to my music as loud as I want and not have people telling me the sound is leaking from my earphones and since they're trying to write I need to turn it down.
So all of that was pretty great. Not getting to see friends and actually be in a rad city like Melbourne kinda blew. It's like missing the first two weeks of school after summer break and when you show you everyone has new friends and cliques and you're left eating your sandwich alone on the toilet and Skyping your feelings with your best friend the librarian. Alas, the traveling circus waits for no one.
Also Lift. I really really really miss the unlimited amount of LIft.
Sorry this post is so long. Just trying to kill time until SUNDAY TEN AM.