Child with crazy hair, a missing tooth and sunglasses smiles at the camera


It’s hard to cope with when your five-year-old is so much cooler than you are. 

I needed to post a photograph with a “real” camera today as I’ve been missing the depth I often harp on about. Seeing this one in the “Candidates” folder bought almost a palpable relief. I’m almost at the stage where I’ve given up trying to fight R’s “camera face”. For a child who can take the most stunning portraits, never ask her to smile for a photo. This is what you will get ninety per cent of the time.

The big news around town is that we are coming out of lockdown tomorrow. Yes, this is great news, but with the case numbers still being in the four-figure range and have been for the last 21 days, I’m just not ready to be let out yet.

I get that his last round of lockdowns have by far been the hardest mentally on the majority of people, but the excitement over being able to go out tomorrow is scaring the bejeebus out of me. Yes, I’ll be back in the office, but there is only a maximum of 6 people in a medium-size factory/office. There’s not much cross-contamination going on there.

I have a family function on Saturday for my step-sisters birthday and I will be attending, but if truth be told, I’m not looking forward to the gathering of that many people in the one spot, even if it is family!

All depressing thoughts aside, I can’t wait for my wife to be able to train again. it’s been months since she has been able to hit someone. I should very quickly point out that she is a veteran of the amazing sport of roller derby and not a UFC fighter. “Hitting” involves hip-checking a fellow competitor out of her way as she zooms around a track being all empowered, powerful, sexy and stuff. The sexy is more from my point of view, but it’s my blog and dammit, I’m saying it!

I also very much look forward to the day I can play music with my band members. But this date is still three weeks away and I estimate I’ll be in a better headspace by then. This has been the hardest part of lockdown for me.

My mate and I have said many times that “band is cheaper than therapy.” and financial considerations aside, the band is most definitely a form of much-needed therapy for me. It matters not how one is feeling when one enters the rehearsal room, one always feels cleansed upon leaving at the end of the night. And the energy on a really good night’s rehearsal is electric.

I miss playing alongside my brother who comes along to augment the band allowing us to have a bigger band option up our sleeves for larger events. We’ve always played off each other really well and the ability to read another “musical mind” is a great feeling.

But back to the numbers. The average case number since we crossed into 4 digits is 1695. Just think about that. We went into a snap lockdown in July because the case numbers hit 12. 


Zero point seven per cent of our average for the last 21 days.

If you are all excited about getting back out there today, I understand and I am happy for you. I just hope you can be understanding and appreciate that not everyone is ready to go back. Before you point fingers and call me a worrier, compared to M, I’m ready to go out and party!

Everyone is dealing with this pandemic in their own way and unless it involves ridiculous, unsafe and unlawful protests, you do you. 

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate your time and interest. Talk to you soon. Stay safe.




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Photo Information: 
Nikon Z6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1:2.5 G @ 85mm
1/1600 | f/1.8 | ISO 100
Saturday October 2, 2021 @ 13:07
Seaford, Victoria, Australia


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