The mask giveth and the mask taketh away

I don’t know if you’ve ever attempted to do a HIIT workout while wearing a face mask, but I probably won’t be trying that again. Technically I was doing vigorous outdoor exercise far away from everyone else in the park, so I would have been exempt from wearing a mask under current restrictions in Perth.Continue reading “The mask giveth and the mask taketh away”

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”

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”