Thursday, January 18, 2007

Day 6: An Australian Story

Last night I laughed and laughed.
Mum told me a great story about Burleigh Heads, where some friends of hers are living. The friends are a lovely couple, an Aussie woman, her Turkish husband and their two gorgeous poppets. After years of living in Istanbul, and months waiting for Mister's visa, they've moved to Australia. Mister is a textile machinist, I think he made suits in Turkey, and applied for a job at a place that made aprons and tea-towels. The previous worker had disappointed management by producing only ten pieces a day, so they were looking for someone new. Missus left him at the atelier for an hour-long tryout, feeling good about seeing him look so comfortable and professional at the machines. When she came back after an hour, the owner rushed at Missus and said 'gosh, he's fast!'... He'd made 45 pieces in the hour. They were rapt. They were also excited to be a part of his new life in Australia, showing him all aspects of the business, and looking forward to helping with his English learning.

Today is the monthly birthday party at work. My last birthday party here. The balloon swords are all made, the long birthday table is covered in coloured paper, the kids are running around wildly. In the classrooms, the kids who have their birthday this month are changing into traditional dress. Cute! Soon I'll be eating fried chicken and drinking pepsi...

8 comments:

mskp said...

...and flirting with the sexy lesbian photographer!

YOU SAUCY MINX YOU.

jethan said...

i want to have lavish birthday parties and eat chicken and have balloon sword fights. sigh…

Bonnie Conquest said...

They sent a different photographer. Maybe it's better that way... I got a bit teary, kids were so cute.

M said...

listen (read?) to how horrible this is. We BANNED kids giving out food on their birthdays at our school AND the class parties at the end of the year are not allowed to have any food either :(

Bonnie Conquest said...

M - I was warned that lots of the rules regarding kids that we have at home (in 'the West') don't apply in Korea... And it seems to be the case. Overdose on lollies and junk? Sure! Let kinder kids wander into public areas to go to the bathroom by themselves? Sure! Have gas heaters with naked flames unguarded on the floor? Sure!

Dave Mack said...

THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!

Dan said...

45 in an hour. I wonder what a typical average is?

Flirting with a sexy lesbian photographer? Sounds like even more interesting stuff is taking place in the comments! :)

Bonnie Conquest said...

Dave, he didn't take YOUR job, did he?