Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I know I'm getting old when the latest fashions seem as hilarious to me now as looking at photos of myself in happy pants at age twelve.


  1. How about the latest environmental fashions: hemp jewellery, soy dresses, and bamboo garments?

    Great concept for September. As an English teacher I can appreciate your one sentence observations.

    Last year our school held a contest for the best 55 word story. Pretty tough competition.

  2. You're not getting older, just smarter.

    Bloody flickr won't let me see you in happy pants. Ah, happy pants.... why don't they bring them back instead of leg warmers, gladiator sandals and old 1970s band t-shirts?

  3. Paul c - That's a great idea about the 55 word story! (why 55?) Maybe a new blogging challenge or meme or some such ...
    I must admit I feel like I'm running a little low on ideas when the sentences begin to be more snarky and journal-like and less creative and interesting. I was shooting for a bit of controversy this week, but I think I was aiming with one eye closed ...

    Kath -

    It's probably not something that will enrich your life, however.

  4. Gladiator sandals don't look good on anyone, not even gladiators

  5. I've noticed the resurgence of the 80's fashion - Fluro shirts, tight jeans, etc.

    Bring on the Happy Pants I say. I'll happily bring mine out of the 'save for later fashion period' pile. I've always said they were due for a comeback. Comfort, style, individuality - what more could you want?

  6. There's fashion out there now? I haven't seen any. All I've seen is a motley collection of garments, often worn all at once, so that layers can be removed or added back on according to which direction the wind blows.
    My kids had happy pants. They called them clown pants and wore them with thosed hypercolour t-shirts.

  7. I failed Home Ec because I couldn't make Happy Pants...I'm Scottish, I didn't have any frame of reference!

    We don't do Happy in Scotland...if they were Terse Pants...

  8. Squib - Heh. Nice shootin', Tex.

    Shippy - What more could I want? How about being able to leave my clowning days behind on stage where they belong?

    River - I have actually already posted a photo of myself in Hypercolouric splendour on this blog so I simply went with happy pantalones and Mambo. Believe it or not, these were one of my "coolest" pairs ...

    Miles - Dude. Your Home Ec teacher must have been into some kind of wicked wicked cultish shit ...


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32