Image Addict

I enjoy looking up pictures of luxury executive offices. What of it? It’s not that I crave to work in one, or even that I find them especially interesting in terms of their content. What really drives my enjoyment is the windows. There’s some very particular satisfaction that comes from a city sunset view, seen …

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Air Con Wrecks Office

I couldn’t believe I was sitting in a grown up workplace. This was my first real job fresh out of university and getting a rude awakening. The things that I was hearing flying around the office were making me feel physically ill. The way they were treating each other at the moment was enough to …

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Tired of Advising

I think I’m just about ready to move on from being a high school career counsellor. I’m still inspired by the kids coming to me and saying they want to be a scientist or a doctor, but need a new challenge. It’s difficult to see kids who need an ATAR of 90+ but are going …

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Road Unworthy

Selling a car is such a pain. There are so many hoops you have to jump through, just to get it ready to sell. Isn’t it funny, how buying a car is one of the best things in the world? Selling one, though? Simply the worst. Imagine this: you’ve been keen to sell your car …

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Not Learning Fundamentals

Is it bad that I don’t know the last time my car was serviced? Is that even legal? It’s one of those things that they don’t teach you in school, but for some reason everybody just expects you to know. Like doing your taxes, or the fact that ambulances aren’t free. Most of this stuff …

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Underground Artist

Some people graffiti on the sides of buildings, others on walls near train tracks. They are all fools. I’ve known many friends who were caught in the act of expressing themselves through art, because they got greedy, and wanted their work to be seen. They may have been making art, but they were not artists. …

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Highway Helper

There’s nothing like sharing a van with a rag-tag band of hitchhikers to put things in perspective, if only by revealing just how handy it is to be driving a working vehicle. For reasons I can’t really explain, I made it my mission to pick up as many hitchhikers as I could today, and I …

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Pièce de Résistance

Okay, that’s the table arrangements sorted. Now we just need the generator, the hay bales, the fire drums and the poles for the lighting, and we’re on our way to having ourselves a reception venue. Obviously, there’s an endless number of other details to sort out as well – the sound system, the parquet dance …

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Hat’s All, Folks

My grandmother always said that buying a house is just like buying a new hat. I never quite got what she meant there; I guess I always assumed she was being whimsical. But looking back, I can see that she was an unusually independent woman for her day, buying a house for herself using money …

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Jamming on a Theme

Business can mean anything these days. From corporate wheeling and dealing to running a trade blanket at the farmers market, it all comes down to what you want from life. That might mean raking in a fortune, or it might mean getting to spend your days tending garlic plots and observing the cycles of life. …

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