When the Musher got to Australia, she called home and asked me what I wanted her to bring back from her trip.
Now that I know that "Blooming Onions" are a myth (I really wanted to plant one just to watch it bloom... I hear they are already pre-battered), I was trying to figure out something cool the Musher could bring me, when she posted this on the Facebooks and asked how I'd like my own "roo".
I really had to think hard about that, because we all know just how well that whole herdy bunny thing worked out. By the way, last I heard the herdy bunnies were working on oil rigs in Wyoming.
Anyhoo, I looked on the wikipedias first before answering her. I just wanted to make sure they weren't dangerous, high maintenance, or annoying, and that's when I found out about their handy little pouches! They also hop really really fast and stuffs and things, and you know... the Cramplings and Whos are getting pretty fast, so it's a bit hard to keep up with them...
So, I contacted the nearest dealer and gave one of them a test drive.
I gotta say, it's pretty roomy, and I LOVE the heated seat! The ride is a bit bouncy, wouldn't recommend driving one after a large meal or if you have to pee, but overall it was a rather pleasant experience. They are 3-toed drive, so there may be some traction issues in the snow, but I'm pretty sure they can just leap over the snow as opposed to plowing through it.
The only real downside that I could see was that they are really big! I'm pretty sure they require a LOT of fuel, and the garage is already pretty cramped, so I thought I'd try the sport version.
So here is the 2012 Wallaby! A much smaller, sportier version of the Roo 2012. Does 0 - 10 mph at break neck speed (no seriously, it really hurt my neck), and is able to make tighter corners, but the leg room is lacking, even with the heated seat, I could see having some serious crampy toe issues if I was driving any real distance in the 2012 Wallaby.
Just to make sure I didn't make any spur of the moment decisions and have souvenir remorse, I looked at a few more presents the Musher could bring back to me.
The first is the Cuscus.
A marsupial with opposable thumbs, it mainly lives in trees when not served with meat or vegetable stew over it in Indian restaurants. Meh, I have no idea what good could come of having one of these.
Then there's the Dingo (genus: wildogus atemybabyus)
They sorta look like the Pretty Curly Tails, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be too keen on the cold Perryvale temperatures during winter.
I think we could probably use one of these Numbats
They eat termites, and frankly I think we could make a good living going from town to town doing some exterminator work with a whole crew of these things.
I did consider the Kookaburra
No beady eyes, no pointy pointy sharp beak, they actually prey on small icky things like snakes, lizards, hummingbirds... practically everything that weirds me out. An added bonus is that their "call" sounds like people laughing! How cool is that!
The one thing that totally turned me off on getting one is that they apparently sit in an old gum tree. Ok, really? We gotta put chewed gum in a tree to make this thing happy? That's pretty nasty, seriously.
I'm still looking through the interwebs to see what else might be over there that I would want. Frankly just having the Musher back home would be fine with me... it's boring here without her.