Sunday, February 22, 2009
"...oh, taking your advice and I'm looking on the bright side and balancing out the whole thing..."
I am almost completely deaf in my right ear and have been for four days now. It is weird. I get these weird ear infections and my ear stays clogged for days and then magically, it will open back up. Every time I have to speak to someone, I have to lean in like a Grandpa and say, "Huh?" I am sure most people find it endearing. With that said, today I have had the most worthless day in years and it was great. I woke up, had some food, took a nap, watched SURVIVOR, had more food, and now I will be getting online and job hunting. This weekend, I had an interview with a resort in Ayer's Rock, which I recommend that you look up if you do not know what it is. It is basically this big rock in the middle of the Outback but people pour in to see it because it is awesome. I will have a follow up interview sometime this coming week and to be honest, if they give me the go-ahead, I may hop a flight and give it a try. Since before I arrived in Sydney, I have been on the "professional" job hunt. No one could foresee that the global economy would go crazy and maybe this is all part of my adventure. I need to get out and do something that I would not have normally done. Living and working in the Outback may just be it. Sydney is an amazing city and ultimately, it is where I wanted to base myself and live during my time in Australia but if it isn't working than I can't force it to work. If Sydney loves me it must set me free. So, we will see how it all goes. Also, if you have ever been in a situation when you are around a lot of people that have different accents, you will notice how inadvertently you start to mimic the accent or pick up the phrases. I have been hanging around quite a few English people and now when someone says "taking the piss", I do not think that they have to urinate, rather I realize that they are just making fun of a situation. Or, when someone says, "Oh, she is pissed!" I naturally think that she is angry but in all actuality, she is drunk. However, if she is "pissed off" than we are all in agreement with what emotion she is experiencing! I will change what I would say in a sentence since they don't understand the slang word that I may use. So, if something is "shady" or "sketchy", I would now have to say "dodgy". Sometimes now, when I see signs and the words appear to be spelled differently, I have to think, "Ok, how do we spell it or is that how we spell but I just can't remember?" I really love when Americans are at McDonald's and we ask for a "Fish Fillet" sandwich because we pronounce the word "fillet" in the French way [feel-a], whereas here, they say [feel-it]. These little differences are great because each day, you run across something that is new. So, it keeps you on your toes! Plus, I really like being the only American around a group of people sometimes because it gives you real perspective on how people view you. It is especially interesting when it is people from a society that is very similar, like the UK or Australia. We are all so similar but where there are differences it is amazing to see and hear them. Ok - so tomorrow is Monday and I am hoping that I get a call from a job somewhere. I have tried really hard and will continue to do so but there will be a great satisfaction if some place just calls and says to come on and get started. One of my favorite, former co-workers sent me an email with this statement and she hit the nail on the head; "You always seem to want to set your life up like you are playing dominoes - one after the other, in a row so you can see where each may lead and fall but it seems life is forcing you to put on a blindfold and walk - not knowing what will happen next or where it will lead." I think I may just be ready to take the walk and find out what chapter in life is next.