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I love Australia.

I lived there for a while and I have to say, it is spectacular. It has wonderful terrain, from the Barrier Reef to Ayers Rock. It has great art & culture. It also is filled with great people.

Great people who drink.

Way… way… too much.

From the Mail Online:

A man who fell asleep in a drunken stupor on the grass outside his home was horrified to find his embarrassment posted on the internet.

He had been drowning his sorrows over the death of a friend and collapsed after climbing out of a taxi.

As he slept off his excesses, a car-mounted video camera passed by to record pictures of the street for Google’s StreetView website.

Within days a photographic record of the neighbourhood and its unusual presence was available for worldwide viewing.

The new Google service has been at the centre of controversy over claims it represents a breach of privacy.

But the latest victim, who gave his name only as ‘Bill’, is not planning an official complaint.

‘I’m not too happy about it’ said Bill.

‘I mean, I wouldn’t have been there in the state that I was in, but I wasn’t really thinking there would be someone driving by with a video camera on the roof filming me, either,’ Bill, 36, said from northern Australia, where he is working with a fishing company.

‘What do you do when you lose a mate like that?’ he said of his pal, with whom he had been planning a motorbike holiday around the island of Tasmania.

‘I know what he would have done if I left – he would have partied, too. That’s what I would’ve wanted him to do so that’s what I did with some friends.’

Bill said he accepted he could not expect to have complete privacy in a public street, but he questioned whether his embarrassing moment should be broadcast over the internet.

Since Bill’s case became known to Google Australia, his embarrassing sleep-in has been removed from the site.

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I am currently staying at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino (the term resort is being used generously here – it is, after all, in Oneida, New York) with the GF. We ordered room service tonight and they informed us that they could not give us a glass of wine because the entire resort is alcohol free.

They would, however, offer a shuttle service to drive us to the nearest liquor store.

Twenty minutes later we had a bottle of wine.

Blow a .491

From the Associated Press:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State police say they arrested a man early Tuesday whose blood alcohol level was 0.491 percent — the highest ever recorded in Rhode Island for someone who wasn’t dead.

Stanley Kobierowski was taken to a hospital, put in the detoxification unit and sedated, said Maj. Steven O’Donnell. He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, and he was released after promising to appear Friday at a court hearing.

“The person’s lucky they survived,” O’Donnell said. “There’s no doubt he would have gotten killed or killed someone if he had continued on the route he was taking.”

A phone listing for Kobierowski could not be found, and he did not have a lawyer in court Tuesday.

Kobierowski, 34, of North Providence, was arrested after he drove into a highway message board on Interstate 95 in Providence, O’Donnell said.

After police arrived, Kobierowski had trouble getting out of the car, then grabbed it and refused to move, forcing troopers to carry him to the breakdown lane before taking him back to their barracks, O’Donnell said.

A breath test showed blood alcohol readings of 0.489 percent, followed by 0.491, O’Donnell said, the highest readings state officials could remember for someone who didn’t end up dead.

The legal limit in Rhode Island is 0.08. A level of 0.30 is classified as stupor, 0.4 is comatose and 0.5 is considered fatal, according to the health department.