February 14 - 21.
Last stop: Melbourne
I timed my visit to Melbourne to see Carlton play a pre-season match against the
team formerly known as Footscray. It was being played at the ahem
"much-maligned" Docklands stadium. I met up with Andrew (another Carlton supporter)
outside the ground before the match. We found seats (an easy task given that the
crowd was on first-name terms) on the wing.
During the first quarter a bloke in the bay next to us was going completely
mental! He was cheering everything the Blues did, laying into the umpires, going
right off basically. After about ten minutes of this he apologised to everyone
around him. "It's been a long, boring cricket season!" he said.
After the match we went to an Irish Pub (against my principles, but anyway...)
to watch Andrew's brother's band play. The band members have a competition each week
to see who could bring the most friends and relatives to the gig. Can't remember
Another highlight of my brief stay in Melbourne was buying a kebab from the kebab
joint at the Queen Vic Markets. Hey, things have changed there! It almost looks
Otherwise, lots of catching-up and reminiscing. All my friends are buying houses!
They're growing up! Getting all responsible-like! Following my lead, obviously.
All too soon it was time for me to leave again. In the breaking dawn I was whisked
away to the airport.
Was I ready for more adventures?