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Gold Coast, still as trashy as ever 
1st-Aug-2010 09:50 pm
When the SO asked what I would like to do this weekend, I quipped without thinking that we hadn't been to the Gold Coast in awhile.

Since we're in the southern hemisphere, there's a perfectly good reason why we've avoided any of the coasts the region is known for - it's winter and bloody cold! But Saturday turned out to be abnormally warm and I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a little sun.

The last time we visited the Gold Coast, we made the mistake of being there while it was bogan season (ie. some car show/race thing was on and every jock with a Southern Cross tattoo and his suped up hotrod was out to show off). Not fun at all and we spent most of our time stuck behind the wheel, groaning at the anti-warp speed we were crawling at. A snail would've outrun us easily.

This time, no car show, but no less bogans. If I thought the Gold Coast was trashy back when I was a wide-eyed uni student fresh off the boat, things certainly haven't improved.

And I finally got to see the famed Gold Coast meter maid. You see them on the telly, you hear about them, but I had never seen one in the flesh - so to speak - until this weekend. I can't say I was particularly impressed, but that's one thing to strike off my list of must-see-before-I-die... if they were ever on there to begin with.

Thing is, I don't quite understand the concept of the meter maid. So you install parking meters. Then you hire a bunch of women to feed coins into expired parking meters. Doesn't that mean the council is paying themselves for people to park there? What's the point of the parking meters in the first place? What's to stop people from parking and not paying the meters if you can expect gold bikini clad lasses to pay for you anyway?

私は理解しない... (>_<)

Still it was good to see Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and a slew of familiar shops still standing. The only issue was that it was a Saturday afternoon and save Surfer's Paradise and the immediate surrounding area, there weren't many people wandering and shopping. In fact, there were a few too many empty shops and 'for lease' signs.

Perhaps it's a sign of things to come...
1st-Aug-2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I think the meter maids you've described are a classic example of things that are backwards in Australia. ;) In Canada, meter maids give you a parking ticket if you've passed the limit on the meter. And don't wear bikinis. For obvious climatic reasons. LOL.

What's with the guys in the pants? They look like they're about to go snowboarding, not hit the beach...
1st-Aug-2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Same with meter maids in the US, usually they are frumpy if they are women at all, dressed in a police/security-esque uniform driving around in little buggy things giving tickets if you passed time on the meter...
2nd-Aug-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
I've also seen one that liked to hover over meters that in the last 2 minutes of expiring, just waiting for that counter to hit zero... :o
Talk about vindictive.
3rd-Aug-2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Now that's bitchy.
2nd-Aug-2010 11:44 am (UTC)
*LOL* There are a lot of things that might make people perceive Australia as backward. That's possibly the least enticing one.

And we have those too: we call them ticket ladies.

No idea about those guys. I get the feeling they're there to film a show.
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