Raindrops keep pelting on my head

Today was NOT a good day for me.

My parents went to the Melbourne Uni open day in my stead, because I had a Chinese SAC I could not miss. So I had to make my own way to Chinese school. Being a Sunday, I decided to walk there.

I live about a 30-40 minute solid walk from the school, but I thought, hey, exercise.

Within 2 minutes of leaving my front door, it started raining. I put up my hood, thinking, hey, it’ll pass.

Then it started being more enthusiastic about its job, so I opened my umbrella. But at the exact same time the wind woke up, and in the interest of me not spending the rest of the walk mimicking Mary Poppins, I put the umbrella down.

When I was about 7-10 minutes into the walk, the rain REALLY let go, and I had to wait in the bus shelter for about 10 minutes. I was already pretty wet.

I thought the rain eased up a bit, so I started walking again. As I reached the lights, where there are NO places to shelter, the wind and rain decided to go at once, and I more or less stood at a 45 degree angle.

The rain only came at a northerly direction, and I was walking north the entire time, so my front was completely soaked, leaving my back dry. My jeans had a discernible line down the middle where the wet line is.

I was within the home run, having stopped once again. When I was about 3 minutes away from my destination (the trip had taken me nearly an hour because of the all the stopping), I managed to step into a huge puddle, wetting the feet I’d managed to keep dry for the past hour.

At that point, my jeans were stiff on my legs, my hoodie was soaking through to my top underneath, my hair was poof wrecked, and now my feet were wet.

I was able to wring water out of my hoodie.

It took 10 minutes of standing under the hand dryer to make my hoodie only be damp and cold.

Then I ate some dodgy sushi and had a stomach ache the entire time at Jack’s.

I came home, I showered, I put comfy warm PJs on, and in about 2 minutes I’m going to hit the hay for an early night.

“Day off” tomorrow, and I will finally write the explanation of what’s going on.

So take care, everyone.

Alex.

P.S. My back fence blew down. It’s the fence we share with our neighbors behind us. We’ve lived in this house for over 4 years and not ONCE have we talked to them. This’ll be fun.

What’s that ingredient?

Points of interest for today:

1) Parents came to school to talk to A.P. regarding the “fiasco” which I will from this point on refer to as “1984 in 2009”.

2) Won a taste-test challenge at lunchtime.

Regarding number 1, I think I’ll fully explain it on Monday. I’ll explain on Monday why it’s Monday. So now you’ve got a sneak-peak at it, you’d want to come back. You know you do.

Regarding number 2:

After a brisk goodbye to my parents after talking to A.P., I went back out towards the Yr 12 area to find friends. I walked past this little display at the undercroft, and I asked what was going on. Turns out there is an unofficial J.A.M. (Jesus At MacRob, a RELIGIOUS club that got BANNED from running at MacRob. Oh isn’t this 1984 in 2009…) “Masterchef” session going on, and I was just in time for the taste-testing.

So I got myself blindfolded, and stood at the table next to Fel, and waited for Po to spoon something into my mouth. (Yes I’m aware that the person who did this is named “Po”. No we did not invite “Poh” into our school.) Then we had to guess the ingredients. Getting it wrong is elimination.

From what I can remember (because I won and then I went and ate more of the mixture Po made) the mixture included the canned soup with beef, mince, potatoes, peas and carrots, and Granny Smith Apples, and some form of…yes…chocolate.

I got them right, so I won a Boost bar. In turn I won another Boost bar, from the first Boost bar I won.

When I won, everyone left the table. I was left by myself, blindfolded, with some soup on my chin from a poor spooning effort (shut up Dom), and yelling, “IS THERE ANYONE NEXT TO ME!?”

Well, that was basically it.

Alex.

I’ve Never…

Today after school I had lunch with Vania, Spanna and Julia at Nando’s at Melb Central, the one upstairs near the ticket place for Hoyts. Spanna had KFC but anyway.

Vania had Lemon and Herb and Julia, from memory, had Hot, and I had Extra Hot chicken wrap. We were all mucking around saying how Annie can’t handle chilli, and I told them about how when I was in primary school I ate so much chilli once I bled out of my nose. Julia choked laughing.

We started playing “I’ve Never” which I’ve never played before this but of course we all know about the game. For those who don’t know, basically you go around in a circle and say something you’ve never done (or that you have done, but just want to see who else has done it). If you’ve done whatever has been said, you take a drink. In our case, we took a bit of the “Medium” chilli sauce. It wasn’t that exciting for me, I mean the Medium ones were basically sour. But anyway.

I won’t delve the information that I learned today while playing, ‘cos you know, I’m nice like that. But it was a funny moment when Annie finally learned after nearly 4 years together that Julia has a brother. Actually we learned so much about Julia today.

It was a good lunch.

Also, after the whole “fiasco” WHICH NO ONE WILL MENTION UNTIL I DO HERE blows over, I’ll tell you all about what happened this week. I will rant. I will also explain why I’m delaying my rant.

Alex.

Carm-edea

We were just saying today (Carmaine and I had said this before but we were saying to Nug) that Carmaine relates herself to Medea. If you don’t read that, basically Medea’s husband Jason cheats on her, and in a fit of crazy vengeful rage, she kills her children.

Yeah, put like that Carmaine sounds scary.

So Nug and I were joking around saying that we felt sorry for her future boyfriend.

Carm said this one: “DO NOT PROCREATE WITH HER!”

Me: (to imaginary boyfriend) “Look, you’re a top bloke, and Carm’s a top chick, but seriously, DO NOT CHEAT ON HER! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T DO IT!”

That was a funny conversation.

Also, I had “Anyone Else But You” stuck in my head (Mouldy Peaches. Also featured on Juno).

You’re a part-time lover and full time friend
The monkey on your back is the latest trend
I don’t see what anyone can see
In anyone else
But you

Anyone Else But You – Mouldy Peaches

Alex.

Lovely Pooki

(Sorry, Vania, I will mention you soon!)

Today I went to the RMIT open day with Pooki and her friend, Ja-. I suppose there isn’t much to talk about of interest. Routine, really.

However, nearing the end of this trip, when Eunice was coming to Melb Central for her French tuition, Pooki and I were at the turnstiles waiting for her to come. Pooki, prediction her arrival, said, “Eunice is coming in three…two…”, and when there was no Eunice, “two and a half…”

“You just went up again.” I said.

It was funny.

Managed to arrive late to Chinese school by over an hour, and managed to dodge the mock-detailed studies SAC for the 2nd week in a row.

Okay, off to do some English Language, and maybe some English.

Alex.

“Fatty”

Those were the reassuring first words that Mandy said to me upon our proper meeting last night. I was eating, and I hadn’t eaten since recess.

No, actually she said “hi” first, but social conventions aside, she called me fat.

Allow me to put it into context.

Last night was Eunice’s youth group Reverb’s night. I don’t know how to refer to them properly. Moving on.

Carmaine dropped us (Bianca and I) off at the place, and we went in, and were greeted firstly by the sound of Eunice’s laughter, and secondly by Arnold saying, “Hey it’s the famous BRuCE!” (Our reputation precedes us, so to speak.)

Shook hands with Arnold, sought out Pris who was very delighted to see us (and to finally see who “Bianca” is), saw Mandy, who said “hi” (but again I’m excluding that) and a few other people.

They were still cutting up the ingredients so I went over to the far table to start making inari bags (by the by, this was “Sushi night”). Saw Auntie there, and was rather glad to see her.

So, a few minutes in Mandy called for attention, and everyone introduced themselves around the room, saying their name and their favorite piece of clothing. Carmaine and Bee did very sweet things, and mentioned each other (aww). I accidentally implied I’m a nudist, and Eunice likes her school hoodie, which got dragged through the mud at Youth camp a few weeks back, and everyone knew about it.

So we moved on to start making the sushi since the ingredients were ready, and I managed to get away with standing by the table watching people make it and then eat it. Auntie, B.T. and myself did “wasabi shots” (not really) where we tried as much wasabi on a sushi roll as we dared and went for it. Eunice ate half an inari with wasabi in it, and started tearing, so she gave the other half to Pooki. Pooki dared not, and sort of half spat back up the food. Finally she ate a mouthful, and shuddered (hilariously) through the wasabi.

Speaking of spitting back up food, there was also a guide-dog-in-training, Zippy. Zippy was cute. Zippy was calmer than Eater anyway (not that Eater was there. I was making a comparison).

Pris got drawn on 3 times. I feel like I should mention it.

After everyone ate and was happy, we cleaned up and started the games. Started a game of Cranium (strange random but fun game) and got teamed up with a few strangers, which was a pity, as we really wanted BRuCE plus Pooki (or Pris). Either way, as the game progressed it became apparent that my team was winning, and would win. Then by some strange twist of “whoever wins this round wins” rule, we didn’t win. Still. Technically we were the victors.

There was a part of the game where we had to hum a famous tune to our team, and the first team to get it wins. The tune was Greensleeves and Pris and I were both going, “oh hell yeah we got this.” Then at the same time we realized we were both humming the Harry Potter theme in our heads.

Unfortunately, the night had to draw to a close. Carmaine took us back home again, then Bee dropped me off. I was stoked to have met Mandy in person, and to see Pris again, and everyone else were super awesome as well. Very fond memories were made. Including Carmaine humming “that’s the way uh huh uh huh I like it uh huh uh huh”.

Alex.

Mentioning Nay

I’m getting these requests quite often now.

Nay stopped me in the corridors today, saying, “hey have you blogged yet?”

“No?” came my confused answer.

“Oh cool. Well when you do blog, can you mention me?”

I did.

Alex.

P.S. Julia is here Hi Julia!

P.P.S. She refused to say hi back.

P.P.P.S. Jen bleats hi.

P.P.P.P.S “I can’t bleat ‘hi'”, she said, “I can bleat hello.” So she did.