From Austin to Oz. I'm planning to flee the country for 7 months - working for 4 and traveling for 3.
Departure = 03 Sep 2003 / Re-entry = 03 Apr 2004

Wednesday, September 17, 2003


When Robin and I were in Sydney earlier in the month, we passed a busker (street musician) who was playing steel drums with a Trinidad & Tobago flag sticker on the outer rim of one drum. What was he steeldrumifying? "Fernando" by ABBA. As of a few days ago, we discovered that he has followed us up the East Coast of Australia to the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane.

All I could think of when re-hearing him is the line in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert when, after hearing hour upon hour of ABBA songs from the collection of drag queen Felicia aboard the bus named Priscilla, the transsexual Bernadette tells Felicia, "No more fucking ABBA!"

(But, I must admit, "Fernando" on the stell drum does have a light, crispy sound to it, like the fish & chips to which Robin & I have quickly accustomed ourselves. Happy.)


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