It's been a busy month for me since I last posted. Both busy and sort of depressing, but at the moment I'm feeling happy.
Let's see what I can remember.
On Australia Day (January 26) I went to one of the Brendan's apartments, had dinner and went to a bar. I don't really like alcohol that much — chilled wine and expensive rum are about the only things I can drink without feeling sick, or a cold beer if the weather is hot. Everything else is a no go pretty much. When I go out with Brendan, he has a habit of buying me drinks, which means expensive rum most of the time. The thing is, I can finish my drinks at a ratio of about two for his one. In the end, I think I ended up drinking about a third more than him, and I wasn't really that drunk: I managed to get my seatbelt on in the cab, and not get hit by cars when crossing the road.
My girlfriend and I (still not entirely used to calling her that) made it to a month on February 6. Unfortunately we hadn't seen each other for about two weeks. A little bit depressing. Things are going well, but in all honesty could be going a lot better. Her grandmother is very creative when it comes to finding ways of keeping us apart. That said, she's pretty good at keeping her under the thumb generally. I decided to push that out of my mind and get on with things and just hope that we find time to be together.
However, the longer it is, the grumpier I get. After two weeks people start noticing. Three weeks and I get pissy. A month is too much. But I'll get back to that.
On February 9 I went to Sydney to meet Martin, a visiting associate professor of cultural studies from Linköping University in Sweden. He was researching Pirate Parties in Sweden, North America, Germany and Australia. He specifically wanted to meet me because he had spoken to Liz when he was in New York. Liz is one of the leaders of the New York Pirate Party who I helped out when they were forming. Her praise led him to be keen to meet me. He took over three hours of recordings, and will hopefully return later in the year after our elections.
And now, back to the girlfriend thing.
We were hoping to spend Valentines Day together. Nothing big or fancy. Just lunch and a film. Predictably, she wasn't able to do this. "No, we have too much work to do here," I imagine her grandmother would have said. I accepted this, obviously disappointed. I could hear her disappointment on the phone too. So, time went on and it looked like the earliest we could see each other was going to be March 1. Six weeks without seeing her? That prospect didn't thrill me. But what could I do? I didn't know what to do.
Then, after Brendan berated me and said we were "behaving like retarded children," I thought I should do something, but what? "If she can't go out," I thought, "then I can go…in?" I realise the potential for innuendo in that thought, but believe me, it was innocent reasoning. "She can't stop me from turning up and saying 'hello' any more than she can stop the postman delivering mail," I figured.
So I bought a card and headed over to their place on Valentines Day, which was almost exactly a month since we had last seen each other.
When I arrived, I called her.
"Hello, Ducky speaking."
"Oh, hey! How are you?"
"I'm all right. It's a bit hot and humid today."
"Really? It's actually kind of overcast here."
"Yeah, I guess so. Hey, guess where I am."
"No idea, where are you?"
"Well, I'm looking through some closed gates…"
"Down a coloured driveway."
"I can see a sign or two…one says ### on it."
(I heard what sounded like a held breath and a sigh)
"………Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer: you are amazing. I'll be right down."
It was ironic really. Neither of us wanted to do something big, we weren't going to do anything in the end, and then it ended up surpassing our expectations by a mile. Huzzah!
And last, but not least, I have uni orientation on Monday, and I'll be starting on February 26. Hopefully law doesn't kill me! I'm a little bit nervous about it. 12 hours of classes each week — 4 x 3 hour seminars. Expensive textbooks. This implies exams, and I haven't done a proper exam in over two years!
Today's song is: "Walking on Sunshine" by Katriona and the Waves.