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Men, Manly Men

Howdy Folks, Life seems to be falling into a groove, work in the morning, do other things in the arvos, sleep at night, thus is the working life for now. I had a couple of rejection letters the other day, they were quite fun (NOT!!). I’m interested to see how the recruitment process works from the employers point of view, that’d be something that may improve my fulltime job opportunities… We lost indoor soccer last night with a very very ugly score of 8-0. But I think we still had fun, which is the important thing, although I have a fairly nasty bruise on the left of my left knee… This afternoon was MAN DAY for the resident men of 7:15. A time for men to gather, eat, play games, talk, listen and learn. All up we ate steak and sausage sangas, played indoor cricket and numerous games of Wall Ball, had seminars on either Evangelism or Fatherhood (I chose Evangelism) and had a couple of talks on Ephesians about how to live as a Man in this day and age, with some challenges about what we are to do at 7:15 and how we are to live out our lives. So how has MAN DAY changed me?? I’m more aware of the blessings that we have been given, and how I should live out my life. I’m challenged to live a life of purity, and unity; supporting and serving my fellow brothers and sisters. I think I need to talk to people about Christianity as well, and not be so afraid and be more bold in many areas of my life. Tonight I’m headed out to KJ’s 3in1 gathering at Attic bar, and then down to Together @ Home. It’s kind of a return to the scene… I haven’t been out since 2Tribes and most likely won’t be out again until We Love… Sounds unless I head out with Jase and Geoff before Jase heads overseas for a little while… Lookin forward to it. So here’s me signin out, have a goodin yall.

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Long time between drinks

Howdy ladies and gentleman, well things are moving along quite well, I’ve found a job of some sorts. I am working in the Library at Macquarie University as a book sorter/shelver. It’s an interesting job, get to use a good mix of my brain and my body, plus the environment is relaxing. Apart from work, I’ve been hangin out with people from church, and playin some indoor soccer. Last night we won 6-3. I didn’t score any goals, but got a few assists and a bucketload of free kicks forfeited by a few angry players. Let it be known that Little Sam doesn’t like to stand down to the rough and tough. I do however have a saw jaw from a nasty arm that connected without punishment, but we take what we get yeah??

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Recruitment Agencies

What do people think of these organisations?? Have you had any luck with them??

I personally think they’re a bit of a farce and a front to keep the employment rate up. Today I visited 3 to register as a candidate with some varied reactions and little results as such… First of was Mac People/Future Prospects. I went to this smallish office in Wynyard somewhere and there wasn’t even a secretary manning the front desk. I had to ring the bell for someone to come and see why I was there. Anyways, she got me to fill in a form and proceeded to run off out the back again. Once I had finished the form and got a cv for them, I had to ring the bell yet again!!! They said they’d call me if anything came up… Next was Julia Ross Hot. They were a bit friendlier, with an actual receptionist that sits behind a desk and does reception stuff. I filled in a whole bunch of forms and then she referred me onto a consultant who asked a couple of questions and explained what they were going to do from there on. Lastly I went to Ambit. These people seemed like the most useless people in the world!!! I walked in to the reception area. There was a lady sitting at the desk and I told her I’d like to register as a jobseeker/candidate and she told me to get her a business card from the desk and she wrote an email address and told me to send it there, and IF there was something suitable someone would call me. There seems to be an abundance of these ‘firms’ and if they all act this way then how do people ever get a job???

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Hari Hari

Well I went in to the casting call this morning. Actually I ran into Flip’n’Skip AKA Terry on the way, and he said he was readin through this the other day, so shoutouts to Teznoo!! I rocked up to Redken and went on in to find a room full of ‘glamourous model types’ and waited around with them…. Then three redken Reps came on in and peroused the field, asked about availability and stuff, and then went around for an indepth look at peoples hair. They had a specific brief for this ‘show’, and pretty quickly sorted out who they wanted. in the end they picked 6 girls and 2 guys. Most were in the category of ‘really really really good looking’ but a couple were average joes, or whatever the female version of joe is (Joelane, or Joeline maybe??). They said that if there were any other ‘shows’ in the future they’d call the rest of us. I still figure I’d like to hair model at some point in time, preferably in the near future. I hear ‘Intrigue‘ in Chatswood does it very often, but I put my name down once and never got a callback. Seems like a bit of a trend in my life…. Actually Little Jo at Antics wanted me to be her hair model, but it’s a bit different when I live in Sydney. I reckon modelling for her woulda been heaps of fun….

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Wedding Ettiquette

It seems of late that EVERYONE is getting married, or engaged, or something or other.
Being a technical type person I’m often called upon to help out at weddings, whether running sound desk, putting together a multimedia presentation, videoing the whole thing or DJing at a reception….

To date, I have done 4 weddings where I have done at least one of these tasks and in the next 3 months I’m due to do another 4 weddings where my technical involvement will be called upon, that’s all that I know of at the moment…..
Most things run fairly smoothly because I usually have some form of relationship with 1 or both of those being married, and in the past they have been fairly good acquaintances, if not friends. The trouble, I find, is when you are, at most, moderately acquainted with the couple. Things get a bit odd, weird and kinda uncomfortable… For instance, I did a wedding last year and didn’t actually receive an invitation, I was just asked to do stuff and told when and where… After the proceedings, one of those involved asked if I was able to do some videoing at the reception. I however had made previous plans to go to a 21st Birthday party, since no one actually blatantly told me that I was invited to the reception….

Another thing that kinda irks me about weddings is presents. What’s the ettiquette on those things?? If you attend a wedding, is a present required, or is it more for those attending the reception?? If you help out at the wedding, and are not paid, do you present the couple with a present or is your service enough?? If anyone out there is getting married, planning on doing so, or at least believe that they will be in the future, please clear this up before, or during your preparations… Those that help out aren’t just there to help. They’re there to support and celebrate your day as well, unless they’re specifically hired from an external source. I plead you, on behalf of all wedding helpers out there, to make sure they’re acknowledged as guests at least with an invitation, if not a mention in your program and/or reception invitation as well.

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Hari

My hair is in a bit of a state at the moment. I plucked one out, straightened it (yes my hair is slightly curly) and measured it and it’s 10cm in length…. My last haricut was in January before we went to Hong Kong at Hair After, and that was just to neaten things up. The last ‘radical’ change was in September last year?? when I went down to Canberra for Johns 25th. I went and saw Little Jo at Antics and she sorted me out with some form of stylisation and some colour (red and blonde if I remember correctly) Anyway, there is some form of point to this; I figure in my current financial situation I shouldn’t be gettin pricey cuts, or even medial priced ones, but like $8 asian cuts or something…. But then I see in the paper that Hair Models are needed by Redken, and with any luck I’ll be struttin my stuff down some ‘Hairwalk’ with a fancy new style sittin on my head. I find out on Wednesday whether I’m eligible or not.

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Beautiful Feet

Ok, so I’ve been priviledged to be playin Indoor Soccer with some guys and girls from Church at Castle Hill on Friday nights, and I’m having a blast doing it. Nothing like a little exercise to get the adrenalin up and the blood pumping. I’ve played a total of 3 games and out of those I’ve scored once. Anyhoo, tonight we played a team calling themselves ‘Bits & Pieces’. The game was pretty exciting and we ended up winning 2-1. I didn’t score any goals, but I did setup both of them. Shaun and Sue were our goal-scorers for the week. Next week we have a bye, which is unfortunate, but as it turns out, extremely convenient since I have to help setup for a wedding which I am doing sound for.

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Warriors

So today I went out to St Ives Village Green to break with El Shaddai Crew at Ignite the Flame Festival. It was a really good day, we hung out, talked to kids, did some breakin and this and that all to the glory of God. It’s really refreshing to see guys that live for Christ and are infiltrated fully by him. I met some of the girls from Breakthru’ Artz as well which was nice.

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Creative Stamina

So here’s whats been happening in the life of me: I’ve been scanning papers for jobs and writing the odd application from time to time… It’s actually pretty hardcore to apply for a heap of jobs… and it’s damned frustrating not hearing back after an application has gone in…. I’ve been trying to get my online portfolio online, but that’s slowed to almost a complete halt due to job apps, and a re-formatting of my computer. I still need to finish editing a wedding video as well…. Started on brainstorming an idea for the Ignite Film festival which I wanna do separate from the Se7en Samurai team, I’ll still be involved in their production, but I just had a nice idea for a video of my own… still need to play around heaps with the idea and run it few some people, and then think about how to go about actually acting and filming it out, but as an idea it’s pretty snazzy… Trying to develop myself in terms of how I deal with letdowns, insults, mockery and other negative things in general… Not working the best, but my ‘skin is starting to thicken” I think…. Been rather sporty also; played indoor soccer last night with some people from church. I managed to score our teams only goal and almost had a second one in the last 13 seconds of the first half. How do I know it was 13 seconds you ask?? (or maybe not….) Well someone wanted a sub and there was only 13 seconds left on the clock and I managed to race on the field, grab the ball, get round most of the opposition and shoot. Unfortunately it was my left foot and quite frankly that one just doesn’t work. And today I went to kick a Sherrin around with Matt Lee (AKA Fleaster) at the local oval… he was tired after about half an hour though…. Sometimes I’m amazed at how quickly peoples energy is depleted and I guess I thank God for the stamina and endurance that I have, or have been lucky enough to gain. It’s something I’d like to develop a bit more though…. Tomorrow sees more PTC and then Church, so things should be good there…. with any luck I’ll be able to get some words in with certain people, but no promises….

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Questionables

How goes it fellow citizens of and exiles on Earth?? I’m doing pretty peachy, but I have questions floating about inside my noggin (which are usually few and far between…) that are kinda buggin me and frustrating, annoying, perplexing and all the mumbo jumbo that goes along with it… Q1) Why is it that people (me) do things that I’m not supposed to do, and in fact don’t really want to do, but I still do it anyways??? Bad things that good people do… How do we avoid it?!? How can we put an end to it?? It’s a mystery to me how those that surround me can see me and think that I’m some ‘good guy’ when deep down (well not that deep) I am some hideous beast that needs some crazy crazy plastic surgery rennovative renewal, we’re talkin billions of dollars worth here peoples!!!! I mean even I get scared of some of the things that cross my mind at times and apparently I’m in control of that thing slotted between my ears… Yeah I know that I myself alone can’t change things and that God with JC and The Holy Spirit work within me to change me, and I really really want that to be happenin, but if I’m not dedicated enough to get the ball rolling consistently then how the heck is it going to eventuate?!?! If anyone is reading this then please kick me in the pants and help my proverbial ball to get rolling (and NO not literally in the pants because that would hurt…. ALOT!!!!) Q2) If you like someone, how well should you know them before you ask them out?? Where’s the line between something casual and a date?? Why do you get scared of them?? How come things are different when certain people are around?? Some of you know that I have an eye on a certain someone, others don’t…. Problem here is that I can’t read the signs and if I am reading the signs correctly, they’re mixed up real good. At times there’s just this great vibe and other times it’s like we’re strangers passing in the street. I know, I know, you’re gonna tell me that the problem lies within and that I should just swallow whatever and go in for it, no fear, bite the bullet and take the plunge. As a non-betting man, I like to minimise risk as much as possible so that 1) I won’t get hurt too badly and 2) those in existance around won’t be struck with a blow of awkwardness (how wierd does that word look!!!). I’ve been there before and caused a whole heck of a lot of troubles for myself and people involved and it sure ain’t pretty. Perhaps we people of society could help to make things easier by relaying to each other things on a deeper level rather than just small talk that convolutes the airwaves daily, but I suppose that that requires trust and understanding that is perhaps built up by the aforementioned small talk. Damn that ‘Catch 22’ which seems to be ‘ruling’ my life at this particular point in time…..