All my systems are nervous

Today was a funny old day. It started out like a pretty normal Friday in WA. I grabbed a coffee from my favourite cafe on my way into work. Recent talk of COVID-19 spreading through the ventilation in hotels was sort of in the back of my mind. But mostly I was thinking about whatContinue reading “All my systems are nervous”

I try not to butcher Macy Gray, but you be the judge of that

This might be a slight detour from my usual programming around here, but I guess this blog isn’t old or established enough to really know what the usual programming is. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I — a verified no-hit wonder — performed “I Try” by Macy Gray in front of actual, living people. There’sContinue reading “I try not to butcher Macy Gray, but you be the judge of that”

The creep on the bus looks just like us

Content Warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual harassment and assault. When I was 17, a middle-aged man in a faded green polo shirt and blue jeans exposed his erect genitalia to me and groped my buttocks. We were in a bookstore at the train station. I had seen this man on the bus earlierContinue reading “The creep on the bus looks just like us”

Masked up in the wild west

I’m currently staring out the window at the rain in Perth, where our five-day hard lockdown ended without another COVID-19 case being identified in the community. There are still a few restrictions in place for the time being, including wearing masks — a foreign concept to most West Aussies until a week ago, though theContinue reading “Masked up in the wild west”