Thursday, 9 June 2011

Curious, George.

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our face toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate ... is strength undefeatable." - Helen Keller

It is said that adventure must start with running away from home. So I did - with my husband, almost a year ago. We flew from Sydney to New York, for the trip of a lifetime. A gift from his cancer ... was to stop putting off an amazing trip until the kids were old enough, or we had more money ... just do it. And do it now. People wake up every day around the world, not knowing that today is their last day on earth. Dave's cancer has taught me to live my life with a pressing sense of urgency - the nowness of now will never be here again.

I wrote about landing in America here. At the end of that post, I talk about how it was 6pm and Dave and I were headed out for a burger. Here's a photo of us before we got ready to go:

                      New York, the disheveled Aussies have arrived!

America makes the best burgers in the world. I doubt anybody can dispute that. When Dave and I set out into Time Square that first night in NYC - oh my goodness. I had the bright idea of asking a local where the best burgers in town were. Just as soon as I stopped flirting with the local coppers.

                                        My feet look like flippers

We went to this electronics shop and I asked the guy behind the counter where the best burgers in town were. He was busy, but INSTANTLY he got excited. "You sure asked the right person!"

And wrote down instructions of how to get there. Which I kept. It's stuck on my fridge, as a reminder.

The Burger Joint, Le Parker Meridien

We had no idea in hell where we were going, but just followed the street numbers until we got to 6th Avenue. On the way, Dave kept saying "Look hon - there's a burger place. Let's just eat here." I had a really good feeling about this Burger Joint, so we pressed on. We came to the Parker Meridien - a REALLY fancy hotel. Walked in, looked around - nothing. The cafe looked shut. I told Dave let's just go back, but then he goes to ask at reception.

The guy on reception pointed ... to behind a velvet curtain.

We walked around to this huge queue, snaking all the way around the corner. It seemed to be moving pretty quickly, so we waited. It was all very covert. And fun. And cool. Finally we got to the front, to find the hippest, coolest batcave of a place you've ever seen in your life.

We were STARVING. It was packed, so I grabbed a table while Dave stood in line and ordered. Everybody had American accents - except us, the two country-bumpkin Aussie hicks. Dave came over and sat down while we waited for our order. I think all we did is just look around, and stare at everything in wonder.

Dave noticed a guy who needed a seat, and in his usual way, said "Here ya go mate, there's a seat here if ya want."

So the guy comes and sits down, we say hi. His name was George.

He quickly asks us if we were from Australia, we were all excited and shamelessly gushing. "YES! We just arrived here today and everything is so big and amazing! OMG!"

He sized us up a bit, and then said, "So, how did you guys even know about this burger place?" I showed him our directions. He was pretty cool.

And then he started telling us about his job. Instantly, I could tell he was a bigwig. A BIG bigwig, but I played it cool. Our burgers arrived. Oh, heaven in a bun. America? The Creator of the world called ..... she wants her burger recipe back. George, Dave and I bonded over ketchup and fries. George used to work as a Chief Digital Officer at NBC. Now he was a CEO at Hearst Entertainment. He chewed on his burger for a while, and then tells us that just yesterday he was having lunch with an Australian. Rupert Murdoch, in fact.

I said, are you shitting me?

No, George wasn't shitting me. He then launched into this huge amazing story of the meeting - it was a pitch, actually. George sat there telling the two Aussie yokels about a multi-million dollar pitch and subsequent deal on a new mini-series that Rupert Murdoch gave the green light to. About how it was a world-first, never been done, etc.

At the end of our chat, George asked what we both do. Dave said he has been a builder for his whole life. Dave pointed to me and said, "And she's a blogger."

George went WHITE. "Oh, really?" I said really ... that I was to attend my first-ever BlogHer at the Hilton the following day. I gave him my business card. George made me promise I wouldn't blog about the new series. Of course. He asked me if I was on twitter, I said yes I was edenland.

Was George on twitter? "Yes, I'm under Goldfolder."

Dave starts laughing. "Goldfolder?"

"Yes ... it's where all the million-dollar ideas are kept."

George's twitter is here. When I publish this post, I'm going to tweet him - I don't think he'll remember me. You can tweet him too, reassure him that I did not tell the world his secret.


The next day I was on a double-decker bus around the city. The tour guide says, "And here we have the world-famous Hearst building." I looked up in awe, and thought about my new mate.

George I kept your secret. I think you at least owe me a burger.


This post was for the Ford Kidspot Challenge .... the topic is "Adventure." I've spoken to Ford, my car is coming in the next few days. I'm currently not talking to Dave because, well ... marriage is stupid. I may pile Max and Rocco into that car and drive off into the sunset.

Tell me, what's one of your adventures? Do you think George will remember me? And who the hell invented marriage?


  1. How cool is that story? I bet George does remember you, how could he forget?! He's probably still wondering if that redhead Aussie bird spilled his secret.

    I want a burger now. Followed up with a slice of pie.

    I was in a really bad mood until I read this post, but now I'm smiling. Thank you. xxx

  2. OH wow! That is a GREAT adventure story!!!!!!
    Hi George, if you're reading!

  3. I love it when I can start my day with one of your posts. Cool adventure story.

    One of my best adventures to date was meeting the late and great English DJ John Peel. The short version: he interviewed me, I got to visit BBC Broadcasting house, he was the kindest most amazing man. All because I sent him an email and he liked it.

    Thanks Eden your post made me smile and the memory it has brought back means I can now get out of bed with a smile on my face

    Hope your car arrives soon, George will of course remember you. As for marriage - I think Hallmark invented it, when there 'hey your shacked up and living together' cards did not work out

  4. I love the way you write, and my mouth was watering for an American hamburger.

    Georgie will remember. He seems like one of those good guys. x

  5. I have spoken to Ford as well and they said they were having trouble trying to attach the Barbie Skulls to the bonnet as per your request.

    Also I love George. He seems like a straight up dude.

    I love it when people turn white at the word blogger. x

  6. Nothing like making Golden Curious George shit in his burger-eating pants. A blogger?! Oh fuck! :) Not just any blogger either. THE Australian blogger. Ha! That rocks.

  7. How could George forget you? Seriously? BlogHer is all about burgers this month and every time I see that page I just want there to be an in n out franchise to open here in Australia. Bugger it.

  8. What a fantastic of my best friends is living in America (she's an Aussie) she says the same thing about the burgers being better xo

  9. That is an awesome story Eden!

    My biggest adventure was going to work in London at 18 and meeting my now-husband, another Canadian who just happened to be living there for a few months.

  10. That is an awesome adventure!!

  11. silly man. he should know to always ask questions first then vomit information later.

    glad you had a great time!

  12. There is something so special about you! I love this story.

  13. Certainly not a man. I dont think they actually invented much really. Back in the day us women did not have the ability to "own" ideas or create things from what I have heard. So some smart woman thought of marriage, added in a ring (yay) and that MAN ran with it and well, here we are. Married and thinking of ways to RUN FOR THE HILLS. I am kinda kidding. I like him most days. We are speaking today, so that is a good thing. And George owes you a Burger fo schnizzle! And a private plane to get to NYC to get your much deserved burger. Better watch out who you tell things to George. I was telling a guy I work with that he looks like Matt Logelin, and what do you know? My co worker has a blog too. My first encounter with a real life blogger. :) And he agreed, he does look like Matt! Cant wait to see you in the Ford, have a strong feeling you will get to keep it..... We will see.... Lisa. PS- Behind every good man is an even WAY better kick ass wife. HA!

  14. George is a spunk. A lucky spunk too...

    Marriage is stupid here too. Can you pick me up on your way into the sunset?


  15. Bah ha ha! Oh the mental image of George realizing your a blogger... I wonder how much money he spent on lawyers writing up some sort of hush deal - think, you could have been a millionaire! What an awesome adventure.
    And, Marriage was invented to make it too hard to drive off into the sunset in barbie-skull clad Fords before realizing that perhaps after a winters night on the couch, we do love them after all...

  16. Another brilliant post. Thank you.

  17. I can totally imagine George's face when he found out you were a blogger!

    Looking fwd to seeing the pics of the new Ford. Yippeee!!!

    PS Hope the issue with Dave blows over soon. It always does, right? ;)

  18. a complete asshole invented marriage (or partnership, but whatever). and sleeping in one bed? dear god. anyway, what an awesome adventure. rock ,

  19. What a great story! Tell us if George tweets back!

  20. Why y'all aint talken? is it because Dave found your twitterbook?

  21. Ford won't want it back once Rocco has had his way with it. It's a win/win.

  22. Goes to show that people are just plain people. I learned to never be intimidated by a person's wealth, position in society or wisdom. After all we all have a great burger to bring to the table.

    Oh how I love to hear about the adventured of dear Eden!

    Y'all look wiped out in that photo. :-) Did you secretly seek revenge of the husband by posting it? haha! :-P

  23. SO the GoldFOlder we were bantering about yesterday is the CEO of Hearst Entertainment - THAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING EVER! Bet he's real glad StMurphy is following him now. Surprised he hasn't offered me a job yet.

    I think I have a crush on you Eden, in an intellectual, emotional, 'don't want to look at your girlie bits' sorta way.


  24. YOU are completely awesome! This is one great post (of many, many, and many) AND you make this world a very small and better place! Love, love, LOVE that you're possibly much more powerful than the boasting big shot who coulda had lots of grief if you were someone else! Secrets and so much more are safe with you – you really do awe me!

    Husbands, significant others, special friends – they all have their moments (and occasionally they are spectacular moments). Living in the nowness of now can sometimes be overrated, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t forget the awesome stuff. This ALL will pass (and probably way too soon).

    You absolutely R-O-C-K woman.

  25. From those of us at the burger joint at the Parker Meridien thank you for your great blog and story, we loved it.

    Come back and see us again soon!

  26. That's a crazy day to have. But totally fun!

  27. Hi Eden
    THAT is the best burger joint. My ultra sophisticated aunt took my husband and I there when we were visiting her several years ago. Oddest place I've ever been too. The burgers are fantastic ... I think the atmosphere adds to the taste.


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