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In the Years After





On the Australia Day of my 67th year, I opened my portable image carrier to show my friends the past. I was having lunch in the shelter, again, and the young homeless wanted to hear something about the country's past. I'd never really rebuilt my life in the years after my wife, Chinese born, was thrown from the country with our children. I remember the day clearly, because John Howard's head was there at the deportation, bobbing in that blurry water that reminded me of wet snot. They had him in the crystal jar, and an Aborigine whose eyes had been ripped out and the sockets sewn shut was leading him around the docks. When he passed my wife and I and our children, he said, "Filthy Foreigners, I don't know why I waited to throw out everyone who looked a little coloured. Aborigines next!"

He was still working on them.

It was the drinking and my attempt to overthrow the Government for a second time that finally saw me on the street, but I can't complain. Street life is better than having a mortgage in Sydney. Less chance of rape by banker. At any rate, the homeless gathered round me, and I showed them the image I took on Australia Day in 2005.

"What the fuck is that?" one asked.

"It was a ball of mirrors. Or something like that."

"What did it do?"

"Sat there."

"That's pretty fucking stupid."

"I always said it reminded of the little ornaments you hung from a rear vision mirror in your car. Except this one hung over the Harbour and irritated everyone with its flashing."

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bug_girl75
Jan. 26th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
*giggle* Maybe that's what it is... the little rear view ornament for the Bridge?

Must admit it's pretty damn daft!
benpeek
Jan. 26th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
i kinda of find myself thinking, 'what were they all thinking when the concept drawings were being done?'

'hey, look, it's a fucking disco ball!'

'no, no, bob, you're all wrong. it's the little dangly thing on me rear vision mirror.'

'you know, i think you might be right. lets give the man some money to make this.'
bug_girl75
Jan. 26th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
I'd hate to think how much it cost... and it didn't even fucking work!! That's the most ridiculous thing about it!
benpeek
Jan. 26th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
i know, i know. they should just take it down and hide the city's shame.
mariness
Jan. 26th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but why is it hanging from a bridge instead of hanging in a city square or something, where it would look better?

benpeek
Jan. 26th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
stupidity?

i assume it's because the bridge is the big place to be around new years, but as for making it a fixture there, well, i reckon only plain and pure stupidity comes through on that one.
mariness
Jan. 27th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Well, the chief problem with it (well, maybe just one problem, based on the picture) is that it's not in the correct proportions for the bridge, which is why it looks so weird.

Why is a bridge a popular hangout on New Year's? Fireworks?

benpeek
Jan. 27th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
yeah, they launch fireworks off the bridge and in the harbour. if you're into fireworks (and i'm not) then it's quite cool.

i just get bored, myself.
bodhichitta0
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
It looks like a ball of twine to me. Or wire. Maybe a ball of wire.
benpeek
Jan. 26th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
still stupid though, don't you think?
bodhichitta0
Jan. 26th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. It looks like they were making the bridge and forgot to tuck away a ball of wire. (I know it just got on there but I just meant that's what it would look like if you didn't know better.)
jack_ryder
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's obvious that Sydney's just a one testicle town.

We grow the other one back during Mardi Gras.
benpeek
Jan. 26th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
what, and risk another malfunction? we could be the deformed testicle city.
ceret
Jan. 27th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
Less chance of rape by banker. Got a LOL from me.

At least you guys *get* decorations. Here in Brisbane every 117th household is issued with a sparkler, and occasionally we might paint something blue.
benpeek
Jan. 27th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
bankers deserve needless bashing, i think. well. banks, perhaps.

anyhow, doesn't brisbane have all that big fruit stuff up there? i mean, some giant fruit and a sparkler... that's a good time.
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