Happy Moomba 27th Birthday Fireworks Extravaganza!

Ok, so apologies for the EPIC title!! Well nah not really!

On March 14 1985 I entered this world as a bouncing baby boy, and it was that time of year again to celebrate such a momentous occasion!

Although the actual birthday gift receiving part of the day was rather non eventful. Except for Stef who got me tickets to the MSO on the previous Saturday evening and was treating me to Moomba. My brother didn’t really get me anything, but then again we have an agreement that if I don’t get him anything for his birthday (24-feb) then I would not expect anything in return. My parents didn’t get me anything either, this came as quite a disappointing surprise. In saying that, they have been absolutely amazing in assisting me get back on track with life so I guess that’s their present.

Stef and I were going to meet several people at federation square to explore the Moomba Festival. I can honestly say that I cannot recall the last time I went to Moomba, it was most likely as a child.

On the way to the city, we picked up Stef’s friend June. Stef & June have not seen each other in almost 15 years!! It was great to see that they still get along, a true friend ship has no distance or time limit and this was one of them. We made our way to the closest train station and headed to Federation Square to meet up with Stef’s other friend Coral and my mate Ash.

It took some time for everyone to arrive, but before we knew it we were on our way exploring the rides and making our way through the crowds. We stumbled upon dodgem cars! Now the last time I was on dodgem cars was way back in 2005 when I worked at the Melbourne Show doing catering! So it was a ‘no brainer’ that dodgem car action had to be had! Ash got into one car, June & Coral in another and then myself in the third car. Stef decided it would be wise of her to video the event (youtube) however I think she was silently scared! hehe
It was great fun!! Going around and around and around in circles trying as hard as I can to HIT the other cars as hard as I can!!

Before we knew it, the fun was over and we decided to venture deeper into the festival to track down some decent carnie noms. Whilst we were wandering and dodging people that were not paying attention, Stef suddenly decided she wanted me to win a plushie for her. But not just any plushie, a giant cuddly bear. This thought continued on and on throughput the day with Stef saying “IWANNABEAR” it was totes cute, however neither of us wanted to waste the money on trying to win one, then fail, so we gave it a pass. However still continuing to say IWANNABEAR all day haha.

We found a spot to eat and got ourselves some cheese kransky snags, they were mighty delicious and mighty expensive!! Two snags and some drinks cost me close to 25bux!!! That is REDICULOUS!!!
Whilst we were eating Stef called her other friend Ioanna to see where she was so she could meet up with us. Not long and she was here and we ventured down the river and then across to the other side.

Apart from Stef and Myself, it was the first time that each of the people on my birthday adventure had met. To our delight everyone was getting along just fine! No awkwardness or getting singled out, it was great!

We wondered around to the other side of the river where there were yet more carnie attractions and rides and yes… bears… IWANNABEAR!!!
June pointed out the giant drop ride and said “lets do that!”. I basically said, fat chance in getting me on that ride, Ash had done it before and was not up for it again and with Stef’s fear of heights, it was highly unlikely for her to go on it! However, June pulled the “I have not seen you in 15yrs” card and dragged Stef onto the ride along with Ioanna and Coral. There really is not much to this ride, it goes up in the air, waits, then drops. I could hear Stef’s loud high pitched scream as the ride fell to the bottom. You may just be able to hear it on this video (youtube) Ioanna left not long after this ride, she had to get home and prepare for her trip to China!!

After that we meandered our way through the crowds again and found ourselves at the live stage. The music was really strange, but also groovy. I forget the name but it was basically bollywood music live in concert. Ash decided that it was getting chilly, and as he lives opposite Flinder St Station, he decided to make a quick trip home for a jacket. I asked him for one as I did not listen to my mother in the morning “Take a jacket, it will get cold tonight” “Nah mum, she’ll be right” YEAH!? Famous last words they were!!! Ash returned after about half hour and was empty handed, oh well looks like I have learnt my lesson!

We decided it was time for a drink or two. So we made our way back around and accross the river again to Transport Bar. We grabbed a table, some brews, and chatted away. June told us that she was a doctor, we all thought this was awesome! None of us had ever known a doctor before!! June had studied overseas pretty much her entire life and got her Doctorate overseas too. She had awesome pics of injuries etc. It was rather a interesting conversation!! IWANNABEAR

The time was ticking closer and closer to 9:15 and that meant FIREWORKS!!! We hot footed it down to the river, then looked to the opposite side and saw all this empty space in front of the rowing sheds. So we hot footed it again across the bridge to the other side and managed to grab a nice spot on the grass. We parked our arses and waited, waited, waited then BANG!! the fireworks had started!
THIS WAS SOO AWESOME!!!! I had NEVER had fireworks on my BIRTHDAY before! and to spend it with friends and my amazing girlfriend Stef was even better! Fireworks NEVER dissapoint and this was no exception! it was a truly beautiful spectacle!! but as always, it came to and end…

As Ash’s apartment is so close by, he suggested we chill at his for a bit after. He broke out the Rock Band, and we got to rocking it out! I was cracking the shits hard core because I was not able to get the timing right. Apparently it is a lot more sensitive than guitar hero… We all had our shots at singing, guitar, bass and drums and it was getting late. June, Stef and I had to make sure we caught the train before they stopped service for the night. So we said farewell and made our way to the station and discovered that we had some time to kill. I said to Stef lets do that photo booth thing!! The first booth stole my money!! So we tried the second one and managed to get three photo’s taken. you can see them here one, two, three.

Before we knew it we were on our way back to drop June off then on our way home. I asked Stef “Have you ever had a kebab before?” She replied “what’s that?!”
I think you know what happend next, we stopped and got some kebab late night noms and then chilled watching half of Finding Nemo and then crashed.

I would have to say that it would be one of my best birthdays yet. You don’t need to get crunk or “fucked up” to have a great birthday! This was truly special and AWESOME!!

Thanks June, Ash, Coral and Ioanna for joining me and helping me celebrate!
And OF COURSE Stef!!! xoxo



The Birthday Song

Stef wrote me a song for my birthday!!!

I never thought that this would be,
A good equation together you & me,
I could go on about how much I think,
That this can’t be true,
But I know it’s real,
‘Cause I’m here with you

I never want this to end,
And you should know, you’re my best friend,
I could go on about how much I think,
That this could not be
But I know it’s real,
‘Cause you’re here with me

Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
And I hope that
All your wildest dreams come true

Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Grant, I just want to tell you so much,
I love you
And I hope that this present
Isn’t too cheap for you

It was such a beautiful thing to do, no one has ever written me a song! I was so moved I cried for a bit. Truly the best present that anyone could wish for!

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & My Birthday Part 1

On Saturday Stef took me to the Melbourne Town Hall to experience the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) play songs & scores by the incredible John Williams at the Star Wars And Beyond concert.

I have never been to see the MSO before! Stef went to see them about a month ago when they had the free concerts at the Myer Music Bowl. Unfortunately I was working for every single one of these free concerts so I could not attend. Stef bought me a ticket for my birthday (14/03) It was an amazing present, and also one of the many “firsts” that Stef and I find ourselves doing.

Our seats were right up in the back row. Yeah, it might sound like they were shit seats, however its better acoustically to sit at a distance from an orchestra. They opened with the Olympic Fanfare & Theme which was written for the LA Olympic Games. Next was JAWS!!! Those two famous notes! Duhhh Duh, Duuuhhhh Duh!! OH it was amazing! It sent chills down my spine!! Up next was the Lost In Space theme. I never watched this show, so these scores didn’t really have much of an impact on me.

One of my favourite movies of all time Jurassic Park was next on the play list! Oh it was soo cool! Every part of this score was amazing!!

I could literally go on and describe every song, but i would be here for ever doing so. Soooo here is a quick list of the rest of the songs.

Memoirs of a Geisha: Sayuri’s Theme
JFK: Theme
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Hedwig’s Theme
Far and Away: Suite
Catch Me If You Can: Closing In
Superman: March
Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Excerpts
Schindler’s List: Main Theme

This one was awesome because the 1st char violinist stood up and did the solo section of the entire song. It was truly beautiful!!

The Phantom Menace: Suite
Star Wars Suite: Princess Leia’s Theme
The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial March
The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda’s Theme
Throne Room and Finale (credits) from Star Wars

Star Wars OF COURSE was truly awe inspiring!! I absolutely love these movies, and hearing the amazing work of John Williams played live was pure bliss, absolute BLISS. I closed my eyes at several points throughput these scores and was in heaven. What I liked best about this was the fact they played them, pretty much, without interruption. With exception of the stupid bitch sitting next to us with her FUCKING PHONE RINGING!!! RAAAGGGEEE!! Then she had it on and recording or something. The light was in the corner of my eye. Stef could see that i was getting irritated, and so was she, so Stef asked her to put her phone away. “but i didnt make any noises” Stef: “Its the light, its annoying the shit out of me” Perfect!! That was just awesome, thanks for that Stef!

With exception of that the MSO was truly AMAZING!! They even did an encore with the E.T. score from the bicycle chase! I definitely want to see the MSO again! If you would like to, check out their ‘what’s on’ calendar here

Sunday was next on my birthday weekend of awesomeness. I was meeting all the crew at the Templestowe Hotel for some afternoon drinks. It was supposed to be great weather, and they have an awesome section outside, however in true Melbourne style, the black clouds came in and the heavens opened. oh well there was plenty of room inside for us to chill.

Stef was quite nervous, because she is not really used to doing the “group” thing. She is more used to 1 or 2 people at a time. We got there and we got our drinks and chatted away. It wasn’t so bad, I thought Stef got along quite well with my mates! Especially that my mate Gordon went to primary school with her for one year 15 years ago!! We were only there for a few hours, chatted, drank, played pool, drank, chatted, drank. Was awesome to introduce my amazing girlfriend to my group of mates. I think they all liked her.

Mum got some take out bbq chicken and chips for dinner, we watched some tv and then Stef and I retired to my room for some….. Jurassic Park movie action. (what did you think i was going to say??? tisk tisk)
This movie is awesome, and was made so much better that we had heard the John Williams score for it live by the MSO!! We both were live tweeting like crazy and loving it! im sure the twitter universe was also loving getting flooded by the both of us!!

Before we knew it it was midnight and my birthday had arrived!!

Stef gave me a kiss and told me how much she loved me!! SQUEEEEE

When we kissed she told me that my kisses were out of this world.
I said “would you like to go to mars?”
Stef: “huh?”
Me: “i would like to take you out of this world again” and i kissed her again
Stef: “i dont want to go to mars”
Me: “then where would you like to go”
Stef: “the moon, its closer”
I burst out laughing, it was so cute the way she said it. I even made up a little song on the spot, the melody started out ok but then i just started to ramble!!

if i could take you to the moon
i would take you right now
we would fly there and sit in the dust
we would watch the earth come up
and maybe play some golf, then search for the flag
the one the americans left behind
thats not actually there
coz they never went
and its all fake
so we will be the first

You can sort of see where i went of towards the end, but i thought it was mildly amusing!

She is truly amazing, and I am very lucky to have her in my life. Not only is she my loving girlfriend, but she is also my best friend. I love you so much! and I am lucky to get a midnight kiss on my birthday!! She was feeling bad because she has not gotten me a card or anything. All I can ask for, is her to spend the day with me and my birthday is complete. I’m not one for material possessions, words and the expression of how one feels its way more valuable to me.

Time to stop rambling, got to sleep so my birthday can continue in the morning!

Good Night!

Happy Birthday Mum!!

Today is my Mum’s Birthday!

I wished her a happy birthday this morning, however I did not have a card or a present to give to her as I’m poor due to being sick and not working.
However I did manage to scrape together enough change from my car to get her a card on the way home, I even had enough to get her a ‘quick pick’ for tonight’s lotto draw!!

Message on the Envelope

To The MOST Awesome
Mum In The WORLD!!

Here is the message that i wrote on the card

Dear Mum,

Thank you for everything you do for me. You have been there for me every step of the way. Especially thru the last eight months or so, as I get myself back up on my feet. I definately could not of gotten to where I am today without both yours and Dad’s support. Although I may not show it all the time, I do truly appreciate everything you do for me.

Happy Birthday Mum!!

Much Love

Grant 🙂 xoxo

Both of my parents have helped me thru some very difficult times, basically since 1st of July 2010. To name a few: Got fired, struggled to find work, Dad got me onto a recruitment agency thru his work, my Girlfriend of 5 and a half years left me, they took me to Vietnam for three weeks, and have helped me out financially numerous times!!
I honestly cannot be more thankful for both of their support whist I pick myself back up and get on with my life!
Not to mention my other family and friends too!
And my awesome girlfriend and best friend Stef!!

There is also a message on the card that I got, it is as follows

For A very Special Mother

This brings a special thank you for the love you show all year, and the thoughtful things you do that make you so dear…
And this also comes to tell you today that you are loved so very much – far more than words can say.

Happy Birthday

I Love You Lots Mum!! I hope you have had a great day, and we all enjoy dinner tonight with the family!!


Grant xoxo