France To Abbotsford

Last Friday night at Stalk & Kim’s. The guys have been away for a month, traveling France. We’ve been missing weekly ‘rehearsals’ at their kitchen table, which were reinstated on the weekend. It’s a hazy pic – exactly how I remember the night.


Last night we went over to Steve & Ren’s (The Vagrants). Tequila shots & margaritas in the mix. Great night & very slow start this morning.

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Tiles Down

Here’s Mick again yesterday, tiling the kitchen bench. He finished up around 4, gave me a quick lesson in grouting & watched me start before he left. First time I’d done it. Took me about 4 hours. Looking pretty good this morning. Still a few small areas to go on the wall tiles. Had to get the bench bit done before people started using it today.

Mick tiling kitchen bench yesterday.

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Mick On The Tiles

Mick cutting tiles for the kitchen bench-tops earlier this arvo. He’s about half way. Might be finished by the end of the day. When he’s done, I’ve gotta hit the grouting so the kitchen’s back up & running by tomorrow morning.

Mick cutting tiles at the new venue, 14 Sep 2014.

Last night it happened again. Another thrilling AFL Semi Final between Port Adelaide & Fremantle. Port found something in the dying moments to pinch the game from the favourites. Just a great game to watch in a weekend of upsets. Looking forward to next weekend. Port take on the mighty Hawks and North Melbourne play Sydney (in Sydney) – all 4 sides gunning for a grand final spot the following weekend.

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Kangaroos Win Another AFL Finals Thriller

North Melbourne held fast to beat a strong-finishing Geelong last night in a semi-final thriller. The Kangaroos are the first side this AFL finals series to upset the favourite, booking themselves a preliminary final berth next weekend. It’s footy finals fever time in Melbourne – a fantastic time of the year (not so good if you don’t care about footy). Just 2 weekends to go til the Big One. Can’t wait, while at the same time, trying to savour every moment before it’s all over for another year. I move that instead of cricket this summer, channel 7 takes over & replays AFL full games & highlights round-by-round for the entire 2014 season. Here’s the highlights package from last night.

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The Vault – USA 2010

Max and I were watching this a couple of nights ago. Hard to believe it’s been over 4 years. USA video tour diary from early 2010. The vid below was the first episode (5 mins) – but check out the last 30 seconds. Cannot believe how much that New York rhythm section brought the rock to our band. It was totally pumping in rehearsal & bigger at shows. First time we’d ever sounded that solid. Changed the way we did everything from then on. This video is the first in a short 10 part series (playlist on YouTube), featuring live shows, interviews & life on the road during our first US tour.

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Bloody Roof

Perfect test for leak sealing in the roof yesterday. Wild storm lashed Melbourne. Gale force winds, rain & hail. Back to square-one dammit. Leaks on both sides of the building upstairs in the usual spots. After 4 hours up on the roof plugging suspect gaps, no idea where the water’s getting in.


It’s kind of a cool job getting up there. Great view but dangerous. Hardest bit is getting down the ladder. About 8 metres above the beer garden, you have to look down to climb on.

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Lil’ Help?

Mojo helping out on paintwork downstairs last month. This room right behind the venue now finished. New house-mates moved in.

Mojo Helping-July2104

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Kitchen Up & Running

Big weekend on the kitchen. Battled exhaustion yesterday, filling, sanding, installing remaining drawers & moving everything back into the room. Finally at the end of the day, sat down with house-mates for dinner in the new kitchen. Awesome. Plenty more to do (cupboards, tiles etc), but it’s up and running. Room feels really great, nice atmosphere.

Functioning kitchen. Pic taken this morning 08 Sep 2014.

Unseasonally good weather in Melbourne town for early spring. Blue skies & 20+ degrees.

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Drawers, Doors, Paint & Stain

Tough start to the day after a big night out. Went down to the Richmond Club Hotel to watch Geelong & Hawthorn slug it out in the 2nd AFL qualifying final. Found ourselves in the Corner Public Bar after that til the wee hours. Back to the kitchen this morning to install doors & drawers to cabinets. Max handled the paint & staining.

Kitchen Cabs & Shelves 06Sep14
Max stains & paints open shelves in kitchen 06 Sep 2014.

Wet seal complete on bench-top. Oven & cook-top hooked up. Sink plumbed. Floor done. More drawers in tomorrow.

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Steve & Riley in the kitchen right now, fitting off power points & hooking up oven, cook-top & rangehood. Early start this morning. Max got the 2nd coat of wall & ceiling paint on before the guys arrived at 7. When they leave, another coat on the floor & that’s done. Takes about 4 hours to dry. Soon as we can walk on it, 2nd coat of wet-seal on bench tops (ready for tiling) & cupboard doors go on.

Riley & Steve, fitting off power to the kitchen – 05 Sep 2014.

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