Monday, August 09, 2010

Well hello old friend...

The sun is out and what a difference that makes. Blue skies and the lifting of a black black mood and general grey haze. Optimism for the times ahead? Over the hump with work. Plans afoot for an Australian odyssey in the Good Ship Utopia. No entries in here for more than a year. What! Nothing to say? Highly unusual and unlikely. Couldn't be bothered? Probably closer to the mark. Has much happened in the last year and a half since my last ramblings here? Hmmm... a three week trip to the US with the family in June 2009 taking in Disneyland, Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite, Death Valley and Vegas. That was nice. Disneyland a definite highlight. Only took me 40 years or so to get there from the time it registered on my radar. Better late than never and just as much fun with little people around the age I was when I first dreamed of going. Bought a nice flash new camera and learnt how to use it. Might have been a good idea to have done that before heading to the US but alas... Much working in Sydney especially in the run up to last Christmas. Surry Hills is definitely my new favourite part of Sydney town. Cool bars, restaurants, pubs, shops and vibe. Saw the most sensational season in St.Kilda's history right up until the 20 minute mark or so of the final quarter of the grand final. Deep disappointment but still hopes for this year. Come on Saints! A trip to Osaka with a little sightseeing down to Kyoto. Temptations resisted in the bars. But undoubtedly tempting. Crises of mid life perhaps. Retired from basketball. Depressing! No longer feeling physically up to it. Too many niggly injuries from seemingly innocuous incidents. Or maybe just lazy. Not sure but same net effect. A slump in mood to a very dark place. Winter blues? perhaps. I haven't really had a full winter since we returned to Oz more than 6 years ago now. Have always broken it up with work trips. Business has been a bit crap and full of uncertainty. Writing the paper now that will change it all around hopefully and make me a larger fish in my very small pond. The Rainbow Serpent festival where I thought I had a good time but was told that I didn't really. That was strange. May have been due to a strange sobriety and come down brought on as a backlash to the excesses that had been the lead up to Christmas, culminating in the Boxing Day test - champagne breakfast at the G, drinking all day. cricket? what cricket? Back the following day for more beer and slims with Bruce and then the crash. Bronchial asthma was the diagnosis by the friendly neighborhood quack. Here are some steroid pills and an asthma pump tht you may need to use now for the rest of your life. That frightened me into some fitness and health. Saw off the pills and spray quite well really. Seems the fright has well and truly worn off now. It's been interesting watching myself get fatter. A spongy feeling around the face I've never known before. Belly bulging out. Probably should try and reign it in before it gets past the point of no return. Thinking that when we're on the road I'll just be inherently more active and get a lot fitter. Wonder how that'll all work. Banking the business on the reliability of a portable satellite internet system I've never used. Oh well. Something's got to change. If it doesn't work and people crack the shits, I'll at least be with my family doing what I want to do rather than what anybody else thinks I should or shouldn't do. Seems like such a great opportunity for us as a family and more important than any other consideration really. Hopefully nobody will be eaten by a crocodile, bitten by a deadly snake, stung by a scorpion or be kidnapped by crazed gun toting loonies in the vast Aussie back of beyond. Now is just the preparation. Maybe we'll get the house into some kind of manageable order. Well we have to really. Just the motivation we need I think. So much inertia to actually do stuff without a deadline. And so much to do...
Probably should do some of it now.