All I have to say is there is nothing like a nice long weekend to bring a smile to my face.
You see I haven’t had a day off since November last year. It is peak season for my other work so I have to work twice as hard when the work is there so I can have a few weeks off in the winter.
So on these rare days off I did all those things you do with time off. I ventured to the Easter Show because I am a big kid at heart, spent copious amounts of money on skill games and sugar and walked off with three oversized toys, only one made it home though; I couldn’t resist handing two over to a couple of kids who were desperate to own the large horse and tiger I had won.
Saturday was a complete write-off as my body decided for me that I needed to catch up on sleep and then Sunday I ventured out to Oxford St.
With all the press about the violent state of Oxford St I had been apprehensive about going there, but took the gamble and am all the better for it.
While out at one of the lovely establishments I meet a fantastic pair of young queers. Not in itself something odd but after spending three hours talking to them my faith in the younger generation has been restored. Which completely overshadows the fact that I now feel very, very old.
They shared stories of growing up in the outer suburbs of Sydney, of coming out and their family reactions, the scene and its limitations and of what they wanted to do to change things.
What really struck me was the force with which they believed in their convictions. One of the pair, a young gorgeous looking boy, was insistent he would not fool around outside a relationship and the equally attractive girl was adamant she could change the scene from the inside out.
They were alarmingly aware and really had their heads screwed on.
Of course it reminded me of when I was in my very early 20s and full of passion for everything. It seems so far away now and I am a little more jaded but their enthusiasm was infectious.
It capped off the perfect weekend and opened my eyes to those around me that I would not encounter in my everyday life.