I got up at 6:00 and rang up three people about jobs. A kitchen-hand, a driver & a labourer for a fencing-contractor.
Linda & I took the train out to St. Kilda beach and lay in the sun for 3 hours. It is a smelly beach with virtually no sand but there were a lot of people there. We went to the movie “Cocktail” which was a load of trash designed for fans of Tom Cruise and with about as much story as the back of a laundry powder box.¹
¹Thirty years later I’ve changed my tune about Cocktail and it is one of the many classic 80s movies that I like.
TODAY WE HAD A
BIT OF LUCK! WE DIDN’T
GET THE LAUNDRY JOB, LINDA
HAD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR TO
FIND OUT ABOUT A RASH ON HER
TUMMY ( WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE
TOTALLY HARMLESS) AND THINGS WERE LOOKING GRIM.
Then Denise, a Belgian girl, came to tell Linda the place she works needs a part-time helper so she went & got the job – YAY!! We went to the Reef Bar for a “Cocktail Promotion”¹ organized by the dickhead from A-la-carte² and “starring” two dickhead cocktail bar idiots. We got out without paying for any drinks except one!! Linda and I walked up to “The Age”³ & bought a copy of Saturday’s paper “hot off the press”, & went through circling likely jobs.
¹ The movie Cocktail had just been released and the western world had gone crazy for themed cocktail bars where the bartenders threw things around and juggled bottles.
² The catering company that had organized the New Year’s Eve bash for the Estonian fat cats.
³ Melbourne’s main daily newspaper
MUCKED ROUND THE
HOSTEL. WENT FOR A
WANDER UP LYGON¹
TO LOOK (UNSUCCESSFULLY)
FOR WORK. HAD LUNCH IN
THE CAFÉ WHERE NANCY² WORKS.
SEAN KEPT US ENTERTAINED
BY DANGLING A RUBBER BAT
OUT OF THE WINDOW FROM THE
2ND FLOOR TO STARTLE PASSERS-BY!!
¹ Lygon Street, Melbourne’s famous street of Italian restaurants
² Our English friend
LOOKED FOR WORK
RUSS GAVE LINDA AND I
A RIDE OUT TO ELSTENWICK¹
WHERE I HAD AN INTERVIEW
FOR A KITCHENHAND JOB
WE GOT A TRAM HOME
¹ An outer suburb of Melbourne.
LOOKED FOR WORK
SAW BETSY & NUALA¹ OFF
HAD TEA AT GOPAL’S²
¹ Our Irish girlfriends
² A free vegetarian restaurant run by the Hare Krishnas
Russ, Gareth, Tasha, Linda and I went to the beach. Russ picked us up at 11 and we drove along the crowded freeway to Geelong. Geelong is an industrial town – the air is polluted and huge factories and refineries are everywhere. We had pizzas for lunch at Queenscliff then went to the beach at Ocean Grove. About 10,000 other people were there with us. Linda, Gareth and I spent a fun-filled hour riding the waves on Gareth’s blow up bed. On the way home, after a beer at the pub, we drove up onto the You Yang Hills. We sat on a huge rock and watched the sun set through the industrial haze
You Yang Sunset.
Spent the first 5 hours of 1989 feeling VERY sick but had started to come right by about 2:00 in the afternoon. We didn’t do much though, just lazed round the hostel. Linda, Betsy and I went over the road to a little Chinese place where we pigged out on beef, chicken and rice.