Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dulwich Hill

Dulwich Hill is south west of where we will be in the CBD (Central Business District).

The farthest west we were last time was Newtown.

Dulwich Hill and Marrickville are even more west than that.

Dulwich Hill is  part of the Marrickville government area.  They're the ones that have the awesome website about the Koori of that area--the Cadigal and Wangal people.

The postcode of Dulwich Hill is 2203.  In numerology that's a seven.   My numerology number is seven.   Is that exciting or what?   Actually, I really like numerology and was really into it some years ago.   I prefer it over Astrology.   Oh!   Just noticed.   22.  That's my birthday number.  Wow.   Am I reading too much into this?   Probably.

Dulwich has had other names.   I just noticed the name.  It kind of looks like dull witch.   I really have the occult on my mind.   Maybe it's because Halloween is coming up.

Anyway, at one time the area was called Wardall's Bush--named after Robert Wardell.   I gotta look this guy up.

He was a rich landowner--a barrister and a landowner.   He spoke out against the governor and got in some trouble for that.    It seems for the most part the guy was considered a hero.  Well, maybe hero is too strong of a word.   I guess it's better to say he was well-respected.

The governor he spoke out against was Ralph Darling.   According to Lord Wiki, Darling was not very popular.   He kind of sounds like a 19th century Aussie version of our adorable US president.   Strangely though while Wardell gets one little suburb temporarily named after him, this Darling guy got a bunch of stuff named after him.   Darlinghurst.  Darling Harbor.   Darling Point.

What the hell is the deal with that?

Okay.  This might be important for us as tourists.   Lord Wiki says there are two shopping areas.  One is on Wardell road.  Oh good!  At least Robert still has a street named for him!  The other one is at the northern end of Marrickville.

It looks like we can take a bus or train there.

Dulwich Hill has historically had a lot of Greek and Portuguese people.  Now there's been an increase in Vietnamese and Chinese people.    So, I guess we'll be having one of those for lunch on the day we go there.  Well, I mean we're not going to eat the people.   Just their cuisine.

In terms of politics, Dulwich Hill tends to side with labor.   Good.   I'm loving this neighborhood more and more.

Now I'm going to read about Marrickville since a few people, in comments, suggested we visit there instead of Dulwich Hill.   Or maybe they said in addition to Dulwich Hill.

Marrickville is named after a place in North Yorkshire England.   Lord Wiki says it has a lot of Greek and Vietnamese people.  They don't mention any Chinese or Portuguese.  Interesting.   I guess the Chinese and Portuguese prefer to be up in Dulwich Hill.    Another type of people there are the Yuppies who are not wealthy enough to live in the Eastern Suburbs.

I'm going to say good-bye to Lord Wiki now and look at other websites.

Restaurants......

I'm thinking we should do Portuguese.  It's not something you find a lot of in Texas.  Although I have a feeling it's very meat-oriented.

Looking through Google.....It seems Dulwich Hill is very backpacker/hostel oriented.   I've never stayed in a hostel before.   I'd like to try it.   I'm not sure I'd be too happy about sharing a bathroom though.   I guess I should get over that.   I mean I wouldn't mind sharing with a few other people, but I don't think I'd love a place where there were two toilets for twenty people.   That would bother me.   I wonder if there's a toilet per person law in hostels.

I just  found an awesome website.   It would be great if we ever decide to move to Australia.   It describes the neighborhoods.   Who lives there, what the neighborhood is truly like, and what shoe it would be.   The only problem is I don't know much about shoes.   All I really know is most of them are made from leather and if you wear those and say you're a vegetarian, people will call you a hypocrite.

Anyway, they say Dulwich Hill is like an old pair of campers and Adidas.   Not helpful info to me, but probably very helpful to people who know shoes.   I need a website that compares neighborhoods to TV shows.    You know like so and so neighborhood is Facts of Life and The Brady Bunch.  This other neighborhood is Eli Stone.   THAT would totally help me.

Here IS something helpful.   The website lists playgrounds we can go to.   We need these.  Jack can play.  I can sit and read my book.   Tim can play photographer or whatever he wants to do.

There's Johnson Park, Laxton park, and Allison park.   Johnson Park might be our best bet because it has toilets.

Back to website.   It says Dulwich Hill is a good place to get Portuguese and Lebanese sweets.  That sounds fun.    They recommend Fernandes Patisserie  on Marrickville Rd for the Portuguese stuff, and Ablas on Canterbury road for the Lebanese ones.

Staying on the food theme--the area also has reasonable prices for groceries.  So we can buy our ingredients for dinner.     We should bring our freezer bag from home.

Oh back to numbers!  This website says that the average age of residents in Dulwich Hill is thirty-six.  That will be my age when we go to Dulwich Hill!

This suburb is just CALLING to me.

More food stuff:  Eumundi Smokehouse.    It doesn't look vegetarian friendly, but Tim and Jack might enjoy it.   I'll go find me some tofu and carrots at another place.   I say that because when you tell a carnivore that you're a vegetarian, I think this is what they imagine you eat all the time.

I just found this awesome website about playgrounds in Australia.   I feel a little sad because I had actually come up with the idea and thought of doing it one day.   An online playground guide.  I guess someone beat me to it.   That happens to me a lot.  I get a cool idea and then someone else does it.   In some ways, I feel disappointed.   But in other ways, it makes me feel proud--well, if the idea is successful for the people who ended up doing it first; it kind of confirms that my idea was a good one.

A few years ago,  I told Tim that we should open up a restaurant where we serve only Macaroni and Cheese.   A little after I said that, S'Mac opened up in NYC.   By coincidence, I ended up being there on the week of it opening.   There was a long line out the door.    My emotions were a mixture of jealousy and triumph.

Back to the occult stuff, my other brilliant idea was a website where people could rate occult/alternative services.  I really actually did work on that website--I mean beyond just telling someone I had a good idea.    I made plans for the website, I sought out help in website building.   I learned a little Joomla and actually had the beginning of a site.  It was hard work though and went way over my head and abilities.    Very stressful and frustrating.   Then I finally found what I had searched for before and had failed to find: Someone else with the same idea.    There was another website offering the same service and it didn't look all that successful.   So I gave up and filled my empty hours with Facebook.   Oh and there I DID come up with an idea that ended up being very successful.   I created an Australian gift thing.   It has over 40,000 fans and makes me feel kind of famous.   The only downside is I get no money from it.   That kind of sucks.

It's not that I'm greedy and want to be super rich and famous.   But if I had a lot of money I could move to Australia.   That would be nice.    Then my postcode could be 2203.