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Arnold Schwarzeneggar did it.  Kristina Keneally has, too.  That is, a foreign-born climbing the political rope.  Keneally, born in Vegas and raised in Toledo, Ohio, was recently appointed New South Wales’ Premier.  Cheers!

“I came here because I fell in love with a man, but immediately after I came here I fell in love with this country.”

Buh-bye.  That’s exactly what one town is saying to bottled water.  Residents of Bundanoon, New South Wales, voted to ban the sale of bottled water in their town. 

It was the second blow to Australia’s beverage industry in one day: Hours earlier, the New South Wales state premier banned all state departments and agencies from buying bottled water, calling it a waste of money and natural resources.

“We’re hoping it will act as a catalyst to people’s memories to remember the days when we did not have bottled water,” he said. “What is ‘Evian‘ spelled backwards? ‘Naive.'”

I hate buying water.  I am a sucker for a bottled beverage, true that.  Why do they have to put the little cooler of tasty beverages right by the check out lane!?  But, water?  Even if I want water, I won’t buy it – instead I’ll opt to purchase a tea or soda.  

In any event, a neat victory Down Under.  And I hope it sends a message to the bottled water industry – and hopefully to other parts of the world!  Read the entire article here.

And they say stoners are lazy.  Well, not those in Australia – that is, if you’re a wallaby.  Straight from the headlines: Stoned wallabies make Australian crop circles.  I would much rather read about high macropods than murders anyday.  

“We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,” the state’s top lawmaker Lara Giddings told local media on Thursday.

What’s more, I like that the short article ended on a factoid:

Australia produces about 50 percent of the world’s raw material for morphine and related opiates. 

Take that Intervention.  Better start planning a franchise series Down Under.  (I only have basic cable, and fortunately, A&E is one of my choices.  Whenever I hear the theme music to Intervention, I tune out everything.  The drama of going from star ____ (insert talent) to dead beat ____ (insert drug/alcohol) addict is intense.  I’m so addicted…I think I need an intervention…)

Now that summer’s rolling in, I’m sure most of you are heading somewhere on vacation (or at least planning or wishing for a vacation).  And vacation usually means a night (or 2, or 3…) in a hotel.  I love staying in hotels.  The black out curtains.  The super cold AC (well, that’s more for JP).  Knowing you’re someplace other than home.  In fact, I’m still thinking about the awesome sheets/bed at a hotel we stayed at in San Francisco.  There was also the Jupiter Beach Resort where we had our wedding – super cute amenities to take home.  

I found this article from Travel +Leisure on CNN.com quite amusing – Is it OK to steal hotel amenities?  It said that most places actually want you to take home their goodies.  It makes sense.  You arrive at Cute Bed & Breakfast.  Take home Cute Bed & Breakfast soap and lotions.  Use those soap & lotions at home a couple of weeks later, then think of Cute Bed & Breakfast again.  

What do you take from hotels??

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On another note, has anyone else noticed the rise in mentions of Australia on US television lately?  Seriously.  Andrew Zimmerman and his balls-tongue-eye-eating self went to Australia.  The former Girls Next Door star, Bridget Marquardt, opened her new show with a trip Down Under visiting Bondi and the Gold Coast among other places.  Just this morning, Good Morning America had some guy on talking about Australia’s deadliest creatures.  

I think it’s a sign.  Must.  Go.  Back.  Soon.

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