Cultural Challenge, Suited up and United’s trophy


The usual Friday arvo energy depleted state kicked in early and by about 3.30pm I was flat as a prairie. I had had a wonderful lunch in a newish Indonesian hole-in-the-wall joint and I thought I was well fueled to finish the week on a high but I guess the week’s busy-ness took its toll. We stayed home and I had an early night.

Saturday morning had Tress and I letter boxing. We still had a couple of areas to do for the marriage alliance info brochures to do and it was a beautiful cool and sunny morning so we made the most of it. We had it all done by late morning and while grocery shopping towards noon, we decided to skip Madam K and do a salad at home instead. Tress had bought a couple of meals for a joint in Hawthorn, which we were doing dinner for that night.

Just after 2pm we drove to Heathmont for a talk. The ACL was sending its National Director to talk about current cultural issues and as we pulled up into the driveway towards the car park of the venue, we saw a police car with 2 officers inside the car. The meeting then explained police and private security was present that day as the ACL website had its event registration page ambushed by more than 50,000 spammers, many of them accompanied by vile messages. There was a risk people like Simon Hunt from UNSW was going to instigate a protest against the meeting.

No protest happened and as Tress and I sat amongst maybe about 100 people listening to Lyle Shelton and Dan Flynn, I was glad I turned up for that meeting and I later thought about how to deal with a culture that is stridently anti-Christian.

The meeting ended just before 5 and we drove to Hawthorn for a lovely dinner. I got a warm, fuzzy feeling – not just because it was a lovely dinner of comfort food but it was Hawks country too. Pubs had the brown and gold colours on, even though the season is yet to get underway.

Later that night Tress got busy doing online shopping for Kiddo related stuff and I toggled between the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” – both on SBS. Both were very good movies and it was amazing both were on SBS at the same time.

It was David Williams on Sunday morning – I always enjoy his messages. Matthew 15:1-20, through his reading, became more (a lot more) than just a declaration that all food is clean.

We’ve been running into some old friends at Madam K’s on Sundays and yesterday was no different. Andrew Hang and Bee Lye were there again and we shared a table and talked – mainly about Malaysia. As we were leaving, it made sense that the gleaming white Maserati parked across the side street from our humble bone shaker, was theirs. Later that arvo we went shopping as I have been looking out for the suit for Kiddo’s wedding. A young man at the suit shop tried hard to get me to opt for a light blue one, which he claimed (and I’m sure he’s right) is the current trending colour and style. It was just a touch too flamboyant for me. Other than possibly drawing attention to myself (and away from the special couple) it just wasn’t me. I opted for a darker shade of blue…

We also looked for other decorative stuff for the event and decided we’d get some of those paraphernalia when we return to pick up my altered suit next weekend.

Back home it was the usual Sunday arvo cook fest for the week’s lunches. That has become a safe activity for me on Sunday arvos. With those containers tucked away in the fridge and freezer, I felt safe (I kid you not) that I have homecooked, nutritious, delicious and cheaply made lunches for the week.

United beat Southampton to win what used to be known as the League Cup. It’s now known as the EFL and while trophies are always nice, I can’t help but wonder if we’d ever relive Fergie’s days when such a trophy was so far down his priorities he used to play second or third stringers. Mourinho rolled out his biggest gun last night and reports suggest we were the inferior team but somehow managed to beat the Saints. I was interested enough to check the scores when I got up this morning but I still found myself looking forward to when the AFL season proper starts again…

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