This is the sequel to my earlier pointless and mundane Internet list of things that I will miss about Adelaide:
Once again, in no particular order:
- Traffic Lights – I mentioned in my last post about the benefits of Adelaide being a small city. The flipside to this positive benefit is it’s lack of major infrastructure. Adelaide only has 1.5 freeways. One of them leads to/from the city & stops at the start of suburbia, the other half-freeway runs only in 1 direction at any given point in time. So there’s traffic lights. Meaning lots of frustrating and pointless waiting.
- Adelaide Crows – Enough said.
- General Conservatism – There aren’t many places in the world where the government announces plans to build a brand new state of the art hospital and this is seen as negative, controversial and pointless. Alas, Adelaide has a country town feel but with it some country town attitudes. People could be more positive about things from time to time.
- Hot Nights – Sleeping in a bedroom without AC during a heatwave isn’t the most pleasant thing. At our new place it cools down more at night and (touch-wood) the AC will be more effective.
- Imaginary Letters & Substitute Words – People around here add letters into some words they pronounce. It’s strange and I have no idea why. Instead of a ‘plant’ over here you have a ‘plarnt’. Occasionally they also substitute whole words as well. While the rest of the world refers to the amber alcoholic liquid as ‘beer’, in Adelaide they call it ‘Coopers’.
- Restricted Shopping hours – In the country town I grew up in, the Supermarket was open till either 8pm or 6pm every night. In Ballarat where I went to Uni, there were 3 supermarkets within 8km of Uni. The small IGA was open till 10pm 7days per week. The Safeway (Woolworths!) was open till midnight and the Coles was 24 hours. In Adelaide, the major supermarkets close at 5:30pm every weeknight and 5pm on weekends. Without fail. Which meant that until the Foodland nearby opened later during the week, you could not get things from the supermarket for tea after work. That 1 thing you forgot for your weekend BBQ? Forget it, unless you’re willing to pay servo prices. Adelaide has been known as ‘backwards’. This is a major reason why.
- Water Restrictions – Adelaide is forced to drink whatever water the rest of the country discards. Which, with recent droughts hasn’t been an awful lot. We’re very lucky in the house we’re moving into. We have bore water for the toilet and gardens (read: unlimited watering!) and the large roof collects more than enough clear, clean rainwater for our consumption. No more will I be forced to drink chlorinated Murray river dregs.
- Fuel Price Cycle – No more ‘oh it’s Tuesday night, better go fill up’. Fuel price is stable throughout the week, and recently has only been marginally higher than city prices.
- Pie Floaters – Ok I must confess that I’ve never tried one of these South Australian creations, and maybe I should. But technically I won’t miss it cos I’ve never tried it. But it’s a meat pie floating in pea soup. How good could it be? Or is is actually good?
- Pandas – I’ve got nothing against the new Pandas themselves, I’m sure they’re amazing and would even like to see them at some point. But the frenzy around them coming did become a bit ridiculous. An enclosure costing well into the millions and a parade in the rain to mark their arrival was all a bit bizarre. But don’t take my word for it, check out the Advertiser website dedicated to their cause.
So there’s my top 10. An honourable mention to the Advertiser itself for being a tabloid gossip mag trying to promote itself as objective news.
What do you think? Did I miss anything? Any of those things unfairly on the list?