Friday, January 2, 2009

Let's get started

There are all sorts of things we learn over the course of the year.

In 2008 I learnt that you don't need any skills, experience or charisma to be a politician in NSW, that apartments buildings can be covered by warranties, and that the robots are making excellent progress in their plan to take over the world.

But the learnings we make over the holiday break are a little bit different from the ordinary year-based ones. They're a bit more fun and often leave us with sticky hands. Over this holiday break I learnt:

1. That it's much more fun not being at work (ok, so not a new lesson but I'm always surprised by the contrast of having to get up in the morning for that hideous skanky-arsed goddess Work and, well, not having to get up);

2. That you can have too many of the oft under-appreciated and always misunderstood fruit mince pie;

3. That I will have absolutely no problem filling my days when I win lotto;

4. That afternoon naps would be a welcome addition to the workaday world, as would hammocks; and

5. That saying to the person on the desk at the pool that the website says the pool is open until 7:45pm will not gain you entry at closing time, no matter how many times you say it.

I look forward to another year of such learned learnings.*

* Learnings not actually learned.


words, wine, coffee, art said...

Ah Kettle, glad to see you have got yourself out of that hammock! Have missed your bloggy cleverness! HNY!

The Dangerous Kettle said...

Happy new year to you too, Words and Wine! For shame the hammock was only metaphorical, but the laziness was real :)

squib said...

I learnt that if you want a plumber to come out to your house on New Year's Day the call out fee is $500

Anonymous said...

I have learnt that a band which usually is happy to charge $500 for an ordinary old Saturday night, asks $1,000 for New Year's Eve. And a band, which has previously been rejected, then desperately required at the last minute due to a cancellation, charges $3,500!
Moral: be nice to bands (and plumbers!)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, should be $2,000 for New Year's Eve, not $1,000!

The Dangerous Kettle said...

Squib and Anon, what terrible extortion!

So in the list of people we must all have in our circles of friends (you know, in addition to the friends who also just happen to be cabinet-makers, JPs and mechanics) we must add a plumber and hep and funky band members.

This may just be my mission for the year :)