Australia

do it right or don’t do it at all; or why i’m not rushing to visit a certain winery

May 24, 2010

In what could be construed as a loosely connected follow up to last week’s post “what’s next?“, I’d like to talk about why I’m not going to post bad writing, stupid ideas, or just plain shit.  (And I’d like to suggest you not read on if you haven’t an ounce of a clue about wine [...]


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the hardest part

May 7, 2010

It’s July 24, 1995.  A little over two months ago, I turned 16. Right now I’m in the jetway that connects the airport terminal to my plane.  I’ve said goodbye to Mom and Dad, my baby sister and my friends that came to send me off.  I’m walking away from them and I can’t turn [...]


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it’s not a book, but it’s a start

April 16, 2010

On January 30th, 2009 I was laid off.  Consequently, I began collecting unemployment for the second time in less than 2 years. I quickly realized the only way I could avoid situations like that again was to NOT go into another job where my success was directly tied to the purchasing power of individuals and/or [...]


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i heart boxed wine

March 15, 2010

My first experience with box wine was in Australia.  (Yes, Mom, when I was 16.  Skip this paragraph, if you will.)  My host sister took me out with some friends… we hung out in the park… and polished off a box of something fruity and sweet and nasty.  I am pretty sure my host mother [...]


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look up

March 10, 2010

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old memories

February 23, 2010

From an old friend in Australia with whom I have lost touch.  She sent it to me after I’d returned back home to the US.  I love it more every time I read it. “Kyle, This is one of my writing folio pieces for school.  I thought maybe you would like to read it because [...]


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mom can text, but i think she’s jealous

February 13, 2010

Mom 9:28pm: Are you watching the opening of Olympics? Kyle: 9:29pm: now i am. i forgot it was on, thanks! Mom 9:32: Skier from Bright lead Aussies in. (FYI, Bright, Victoria, Australia is where I spent a year as an exchange student in high school.  Although it is a very small town, the idea of [...]


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