WATER IS MY DRINK OF CHOICE. I drink two to three litres every day. If I had my way I’d drink nothing else, but sometimes the milk is almost out of date or I bow to social expectations and take a tea, ice chocolate, hot chocolate, beer, soft drink or wine.
LITTLE THINGS MATTER. I try to go to male cashiers at the supermarket; just to build my confidence with men. It probably sounds stupid, but it makes me glad I didn’t wimp out and go to the old friendly lady who sounds sincere when she tells me to have a good night.
I’VE NEVER USED AN ATM. My old bank account was run by a supermarket chain, so I got cash out from the cashier, but it closed down and I changed banks. Now I can use ATMs without having to pay fees, but I’m scared I’ll stuff up and end up with a huge queue behind me.
BEING A TV NEWSREADER WAS MY DREAM JOB. When I was a kid it seemed kind of ‘sophisticated glamour’. I used to be obsessed with television news graphics and presenters. As I realised I’m not news anchor material; so has my interest in those things declined.
I’M KIND OF A BAD REPORTER ANYWAY. Mumble a lot, ask ambiguous questions, can’t find news stories. It’s funny being in a job I always wanted to do and not being great at it. Now I’m a strong supporter of careers education in high school. Someone should had have said to me, “Chris you’d make a good accountant. There are few higher callings then helping people pay less tax.” I think I’d make a damn good accountant too.
WORKING WEEKENDS CAN BE FUN. You get to drive around the region and take lots of pictures. This Saturday and Sunday I did two cricket games, a show (like a county fair I guess), a car/people mud run, horse racing, a big swap meet and interviewed a 17-year-old champion archer. Probably took 50 good photos.
I’M A CHEAPSKATE. The freezer is full of bread discounted for $2 at the supermarket, I scan the catalogues to find a bargain and wouldn’t buy any jeans that cost more than $50. It runs in the family and my sister is as bad as me. Stinginess isn’t pretty so I’ve been trying to loosen up and spend some dough lately. Got more expensive Christmas presents then I usually would and sampled an $11.50 burger. It was awesome.
I DON’T BELIEVE IN MAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE. Not even a little bit. I can’t start talking about it without writing a thousand words, but it just reminds me of the time people thought the sun rotated around the earth. The whole premise is based on the fact someone decided that because the earth’s temperature and carbon emissions were increasing at the same time they must be linked. Any first year psychology student will tell you correlation doesn’t equal causation.
I’M A FIGHTER. If I feel wronged I create elaborate strategies to defeat the enemy. Like when I’m not given a pay rise I should get. I’m also ultracompetitive. Every time I play board games or card games or even tennis with my family, my sister needs to remind everyone about some great tantrum I had when I went down in flames at some time or other. I don’t have tantrums on the outside anymore.
IT’S WEIRD WHEN PEOPLE CALL ME A MAN. I don’t know why. Lots of times mums tell their children, ‘look at the man’ when I’m taking their pictures for the paper. Or this funny kid on the train wanted gel in his hair and he saw my hair and whined, “mum, he has gel in his hair, does he have to ask his mum if it’s okay to do that?” “I don’t think so, he’s a big man.”