Friday 20th December
6pm on the last day of the working week and the corporate world is now on leave until early January for the Christmas break. Walking around the floors and not a sinner to be seen. A day of groups gorging on comfort food and goodwill and everyone now dispersed to their various abodes to frolic in seasonal cheer. 41 degrees outside and as the building air conditioning shuts down, the heat starts to seep in through the windows and the concrete walls.
Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la…la la…la la
Said goodbye to the Boss today as he exited stage left. Like the ocean, the corporate world has its cycles of life, death, rebirth. More than a few going down the same road. But the surfmuppet lives to fight another year in the trenches of the information wars of the early 21st century.
Ah…Summertime in Sydney…breakfast by the car boot in the domain, driving up Macquarie Street, the world seems full of beautiful women in summer dresses and dudes in fine fettle after chasing said damsels all around the town over the weekend.
School holidays means the roads are less manic as Sydney slowly winds down and gets into holiday mood.
Summertime and the livin’ in easy
fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Your daddy’s rich and your mama good lookin’
so hush little baby don’t you cry. (Porgy and Bess)
Finished reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens over the weekend – the original unabridged version with some drawings. Going back to the classics for a literary cool southerly change. Next in line is Gulliver’s Travels.
On the swimming front, the Cobra and surfmuppet headed out for a 6km session last Saturday morning at 7am from Shelly Beach. Cobra is only getting back into Kayaking so it was a good workout for the pair. Over and back a few times across Cabbage Tree Bay, dodging the pink plague of the Bold and the Beautiful along the way. Then loop around and down along the Manly beachfront towards Queenscliff. Ocean begins to build up once the pair move out of the wind shadow offered by the Shelly Beach Headland and a strong southerly is pushing a lot of chop around the place. Turn back at North Steyne SLSC and just as well as it’s a long slog back against the wind and a bit of a current. The Cobra falls behind as it’s hard work now on the kayak. Make it back to Shelly eventually.
Lots of sea life around. Spot a large Port Jackson shark just off Shelly, chillin on the bottom a couple of metres away from a large stringray which is doing the same. Plenty of other fish, some in groups of two and three, others in large schools.
Deano at squad provided the following article by Tim Winton on sharks, and how humans are the predators, not the other way round. Interesting read.
Last squad session of the year this morning and it’s high jinks in the pool. End up in a series of relay races with a comic theme, orchestrated by Charm. Teams may up of a cross section from each lane. SM ends up with a gang of fasties from Lane 4, including visiting royalty in the person of a woman who’s swam the English Channel both ways. Win the day, hoorah!
All set for tomorrow’s Rottnest Channel 10km qualifier at Chinamans Beach at 8am. Vlad and kids put together a montage of the course which he put on show for the troops at the pool this morning. Should be a great day. Weather forecasted for low 40s so it’s time to slap on the sunblock.