HeyHeyanda Big G'Day toya
My big adventure had finally arrived.
What began as feeling of 'need to go, got to go' many years prior finally became reality. For too many years I suppressed the need to say good bye to life as I knew it and 'move on'. In my very early twenties I began saying I'm going to leave work and head to Asia. I would meet the same people each Christmas and they would ask the same questions.
Hey did you go away this year. No, I would answer. I'm going to go next year.
I had a perfect life in Melbourne, why would I want to leave a perfect reality for the unknown. I had a fantastic job that paid very well and the comfort zone was numbingly 'too comfortable' for me to leave. Each day I dreamt of leaving. I stared out of my office window with million dollar views whilst deep in thought about anything other than work. I read novels on life's pathways written by travelers from the present and the past.
Sadly, I was never strong enough to escape the vacuum my life had become and join those walking freely around the globe.
Instead I went from girlfriend to girlfriend, from pub to pub seeing bands that would blow my mind away and from year to year doing the same thing. I would buy more and more books and soon I had a hard back collection that made people gasp when they walked through my front door.
Some of my 'real' friends could read me like a book.
These are the people whom you meet not so often. The people whom seem to have a grasp on what life is all about. They follow their gut instinct to make almost every decision in life. If the decision turns out not to be such a good one, they live with it and allow it to make them stronger. I had this 'grasp', but only in parts of my life. As for the rest of my life, well I would make mistakes, not think too much about them and make the same mistake again and again.
It's much easier to forget than to think about it and learn from it.
My circle of friends were all into the music scene and when I wasn't going from secondhand book shop to secondhand book shop in search of the one that I really needed or actually reading the one I had actually found I was out riding my bike or 'off somewhere' in nomans land. Most of the time I would be in a pub seeing bands and drinking beer. Many friends were in bands or were good friends with others whom were in 'The Bands'. Therefore I got to meet some great people. One of my favorite memories is every Tuesday night a group of friends and I would get together for 'Half Price Mexican'. Sometimes it was a small group but most nights it was pretty large.
This actually went on for several years and we became known as the Richmond Diners Club.
Wally Meanie was one of those whom would come along. Wally gets his last name Meanie from the band 'The Meanies'. Like the Ramones all members had the last name Meanie. He is also in a Triple J favorite 'Even'. Some nights he would bring along a group of people we didn't know and they were always in a band that was touring around the state or country. I can't remember how or why, but I think he had some sort of Record Label or management thing going.
Richie Ramone is the same story.
Richie always 'knew' or 'knows' the people to know. I have no idea how he gets to know these people but he does. He also has his own Record Label 'Full Toss Records' and owns the contract on the greatest pub in Melbourne, The Tote Hotel in Collingwood. Richie and friends lived around the corner from my books and I. Each night I would drop in for a beer and we'd either, go out, play Sony or listen to music and talk.
We called the house 'Burgess Street' as it was on Burgess Street in Richmond.
Some of the greatest parties of all time were held in that house. The AFL Grand Final day was taken to the extreme. There would be an actual game played 'in full color' and afterwards when the beer really began to flow there would be actual medals given to those whom played the best, kicked the greatest goal and my favorite was the medal for the 'drunkest on ground'. The actual 'Cup' we played for each year was a large black plastic pot plant holder. One the sides were painted years and dates and game winners.
Many nights and many parties would always last until we would cheers for breakfast.
Like Wally, Richie would bring bands home. I remember one night I dropped in and there were unfamiliar faces with accents. We began talking and one began asking me about the band the Hellacopters. After a lot of praise by me for their huge stadium sound and love of the band KISS, I found out the unfamiliar people were actually, The Hellacopters. They were in town and were playing the Tote and other assorted pungent smoke filled dens. Now many many years later they play festivals like the Big Day Out. Later that night there was a party that we actually had to split between two houses.
It was times like this made it so hard to leave my 'comfort zone' in life.
In also spent a lot of time at my second home, the CAE (The Council of Adult Education). I loved taking short courses on things I'd never be able to use or remember in the future. I'd grab the course guide, close my eyes, open it and take what ever course my finger was on. It was a lot of fun and I met so many great people.
I also learnt a lot of 'things' to forget soon after but had fun doing it.
Work was great. I went from the Family Court of Australia in both Melbourne and Dandenong to the The Federal Court of Australia to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to the Australian Football League Tribunal, all Commonwealth and all rather comfortable indeed if I don't mind saying so myself!
Combine the AAT with the AFL Tribunal and you take home a pretty tidy package at the end of the week.
It was enough to keep me from following my real dreams in life. The dreams others could see trying to fight their way out and become real. That was soon to change without any real conscious thought.
Beers N Cheers toya...shane
The soundtrack to this entry was DJ Jasey Taylor The album was 'Balance 002' Niiiice!
PS: The photos on this page are a small selection of my favs from 94 to 99. They were taken all over the place from Adelaide down to Hobart and all the way up the east coast to Cairns.
Alot of the time it really is easier just to stay home! It's comfortable and most of all it's bloody beautiful!
Giving up the perfect lifestyle 'music, friends, girls and moneywise' was the hardest thing I've ever done. The second hardest thing I have ever done believe it or not was going home after travelling and trying to fit back into it.
It was still the same perfect life!
Sadly, (or happily depending on how you look at it) I didn't seem to fit in anymore. Everything was still the same but I had changed. I no longer wanted the money, girls, music etc. It took me another four years to admit it, but all I really wanted was my pack, my friends, my family and my passport.
But most of all I really REALLY wanted to be back in Asia and to be living in China!