If I ever disappear and you don’t know where to find me, one good place to start looking might be Melbourne, Australia. I love this town!
Even though I will not be coming home with the Aussie Millions championship bracelet and the two million bucks to go with it, I will be coming home with some really great memories.
My hotel is located along the Yarra River, which runs right through the heart of this amazing world city. Like a tiny, quaint version of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the CBD (Central Business District) features shops, bars, restaurants, street musicians, and a peaceful, breathtaking image that reminds you this is no average place.
Many of you know how important weather is to me, and I could not ask for better! Here in Melbourne, it is 76 degrees with a very light breeze. There are never any clouds in the sky and no evidence that God hates me ever presents itself in the form of extreme windchill. Every day I look forward to stepping out onto the sidewalk in my shorts and t-shirt. By the way, it’s January.
People here are very warm and friendly. But what strikes me most about attitudes among Victorians is their sheer pride in their city. Yesterday at the poker table a man asserted without irony that “this is the best city in the world, hands down.” And he know darn well that I come from New York! I could not really argue with him, at least not in January.
Tomorrow night is my Australian debut at The Last Laugh Comedy Club in downtown Melbourne. The show is at 9PM and I hope you can make it. I can’t wait to see how people react to my American sense of humor. Should be interesting…
If you like smiling faces, beautiful scenery, world class restaurants, fine arts, nightlife, and sports, you will love Melbourne, Australia. Possibly the best city in the world!
Well, I have arrived in Melbourne for the 2010 Aussie Millions. I got here early because I wanted to get used to the time difference before I play in the Main Event. I have ZERO jetlag because I slept for ten hours on my flight. Thank you, Ambien!
I am excited for my friend Lee Jones to arrive because as of now I do not know anyone. It is not difficult to make friends, though, as Aussies are very friendly.
The poker action is fast and furious downstairs and the weather outside is absolutely perfect. I can’t decide whether to take a walk along the Yarra River in the sun or get back to work in the casino. I am leaning toward a quick walk to Melbourne Park to check out some Australian Open tennis action.
This trip is off to a great start. The Main Event begins on Sunday. I will be updating all of my progress on www.twitter.com/claytoncomic
I will blog some more later. For now, Go Andy Roddick!