Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More Sydney

Things in Sydney are still progressing in the right direction. I scored a full time job through a labour agency, doing manufacturing work, finishing tables and chairs that are used in private schools. Mostly I do powder coating, which is spraying powdered paint that turns into gloss when baked in an oven. I did find out the other day that powder coating works by sticking to the surface by static electricity, electricity being the prime word here. So basically DO NOT touch the metal object you are spraying. You will get electricuted. I found this out the hard way. It's paying the bills, and that makes me happy.

As far as life at the hostel goes, I'm beginning to realize that the crowd here is not the same as it was the last time I was here, instead there are a bunch of snobby Brits that seem to think they're better than anyone not British. I heard that the Empire had been dissolved a long time ago, but I guess they still have the Falklands. I'm starting to feel like I should find a real house soon, maybe for the new year. The backpacker scene here is much different from anywhere I've been, and it's time I should try to make my original plan of settling down in Australia for a bit come true. That and staying in the hostel for a week over New Years Eve would cost me $990 for accommodation. I'd rather fly to Indonesia for a week than pay that, and I'm sure I would spend less...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Chi

Things are finally coming together! My work situation has been great; I worked yesterday, half a day today, have work on Monday, possibly Tuesday, and for sure on Wednesday and Thursday. And if that's not enough, last night at Tranny Bingo (an event the hostel goes to; bingo hosted by transvestites) I won $150!!! Needless to say I'm going out for some well earned beers tonight. I think beer pong is going on tonight...

My chi is slowly being re-aligned. Being back at the Blue Parrot and among friends has been great so far, and is exactly what I needed. And word from my Mom and Sister today is that they're going to be here for three weeks in December. Life is great once again.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Back To Square One

Square one being Sydney. My yesterday evening flight became more delayed, and more delayed, until it was finally cancelled outright at the airport. Bad weather (because of the crazy humidity and heat here) made the flight late getting into Hobart, then unable to fly to Sydney due to the Sydney Airport not accepting flight between 23:00 and 05:00. We were then shuttled back to Hobart where Jetstar put us up in a hotel for the night. Since I had no plans and didn't need to be in Sydney right away, this worked out great for me. In addition to a free breakfast I also received a fifty dollar credit from Jetstar, which will definitely come in handy at some point on my trip.

So now I'm back in the city I started in, back in the hostel I had a great time in, and back among friends. The biggest difference is that it's hot here. I have landscaping work lined up for tomorrow and Friday, and I think I'm going to sweat like crazy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Back to the Main Land

The past few days I've had to make some adjustments to attempt to straighten out my situation for the next month. This new job of mine turned out to be a false hope; I was scheduled for a whopping four hours next week, and was told it would be like that the following week, then it would be increased to a mind blowing twelve hours! I'm not sure how they figured a person could survive on that, but this guy obviously can't, and won't. I walked in there today and quit. After that I returned to the hostel where I booked a flight back to Sydney. And back to the Blue Parrot I go, the awesome hostel where I had a great five weeks, and hopefully another five. I figure I should be able to score some more labour work while I'm there and hopefully come out a little ahead for when my Mom and Sister arrive in December. After that I plan to bear down and work work work, and hopefully turn the tables of a trip to Australia that right now is looking like a mistake. Four thousand dollars and my best photographic work down from where I was before I came here goes completely against my 'forward only' philosophy, and this frustrates me to a severe degree.

Fingers crossed. That's all I can do right now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This hostel is bizarre. Two old people are watching Christmas songs off a DVD in the common room, an older bald guy that must have Tourettes (his head shakes violently when he has his face pressed up to his computer screen) just walked around the kitchen in his underwear and a jean shirt. This place is fucking weird...