Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Didgeridoo Store or Ways to Ensure You Feel Like a Tourist in Your Home Town

One of the hardest parts about living away from my family is that, well, I live away from my family. I have this giant, and mostly irrational, fear that they are going to forget me. And not just my little niecephews and not just the puppy, but my brothers and aunts and cousins will forget I exist.

To combat that bit of crazy, I try extra hard to buy them super kickass birthday and Christmas gifts in hopes that money will buy their love they'll buy me cool stuff they understand that living away from them is hard on me too. This is made all the more challenging because I want to give them things that they can't get from where they live: Australian things.

Like I bought Oldest Brother a Carhart shirt for his birthday. I know what you're thinking, "Deidre, you dimwit, Carhart is AMERICAN." Yes, I know. However, Australian Carhart is the epitome of metrosexual. They don't sell those caramel coloured work pants with the rivets here they sell golf shorts and collared shirts. The hilarity is beyond belief. Anydoodle, I purchased for Oldest Brother a ridiculously metrosexual checkered collared shirt - he wears it with great aplomb (is that a word? is that even what I mean?).

So, Middle Brother, Middle Brother's Wife, and The Wee-est of All Men all have birthdays within a week of each other. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to buy them a didgeridoo. I went to the Didgeridoo store and stood for quite some time contemplating the value of the authentic didgeridoo versus the bamboo (and cheaper) models. As it turns out, I am quite willing to spend my life's savings hard earned money on the real termite hollowed thing. I ain't giving my brother no second rate didgeridoo.

However, I learned some didgeridon'ts:

1. Carrying around a didgeridoo on the streets of Melbourne will cause people to look at you funny and you'll feel like the tourist you are.

2. The post office clerk WILL in fact act slightly annoyed that you're lugging a didgeridoo up to his/her counter.

3. It will cost you an arm and a leg and one of your nostrils to mail the didgeridoo across the pacific.


  1. Yeah, I was going to send money to Australia. And then I was like "Whoa whoa whoa....back up...they want WHAT? for sending a mere envelope?OH hellz naw!!" But I bet they're going to love their present :D

  2. I have no idea what a didger... whatever... is. I better Google.

    I need to catch up on your life, kitten. Hope you're well!

  3. Jen - Post is expensive! But then again it is pretty amazing that they can get an envelope 10,000+ miles in a week or so, right?

    Chris - Didgeridoo is an aboriginal instrument. :) Thank you for the nice comments about my hair...I am getting used to it.

  4. I had to google the word 'didgeridoo' because I had no idea what you were talking about :)
    Very cool present!

  5. I might also be slightly guilty of the same thing. Both the presents and the reasoning behind it. Plus I also just like being able to give awesome gifts. It's so worth the cost when you see the look on their faces.