Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
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Albert Park Tram Stop
It's definitely not as big as in the States, but there are trick-or-treaters, parties, and people dressing up for the occasion. We had three little witches arrive at our house asking for candy while we were setting up for our party and we had to give them cookies, because we weren't prepared with candy.
While I have managed to find a job at a youth hostel in Melbourne, Courtney has been teaching High School students at Holmes College and inevitably has mostly Chinese students.
My job situation is a bit different. I don't know if it’s ironic or just sad that I’ve started working at a hostel cleaning toilets, mopping floors, and doing other people’s dishes. If it leads to something better, then it is worth it, but hey, it’s a dirty job and someone’s got to do it. At least I get to work with 4 friendly, young Nepalese guys who teach me Nepalese and entertain me with funny questions. One of them has a really strong accent and I just can’t for the life of me understand some of the words he says. I invited him to our Halloween party and he said he would call me if he’s not doing anything else. I laughed and said, “Ok, you do that, Suvir.” He didn’t end up calling, but today I asked him what he did on Saturday night, the night of our party and he said, “Oh not too much, I was at home.”It’s important to like the people you work with, so I’m glad that part of the job is good. We joke around a lot, but do the work and get to enjoy the rest of the day...
On a positive note, I had an interview with the City of Boroondara for a GIS Analyst position last Monday. I know I shouldn’t expect my first interview to give me a job, but at least I made it to that step and I’m not just stabbing at ads with no result. I thought the interview went really well and we ended up talking about other subjects besides GIS, like cooking, writing and sports. I haven’t heard back yet, but I hope to get more interviews while I wait and keep plugging away at the hostel. I talked to a recruitment agent yesterday and the recruiter told me to send her a 6 page resume detailing all of the work I’ve done at my previous employers. I couldn’t help but act surprised, but said I’d send it to her. The City of Boroondara didn’t seem to mind my 1 page resume…
I’ve been playing pickup soccer in Albert Park every Sunday with an international bunch of guys, so I’m attempting to get back into shape. I’ve definitely lost a step from ACL surgery, but at least I can run a lot and make some moves. I think indoor soccer would be more difficult to get back into, but for now I’m happy with playing pickup with these guys. It’s great having the beach and a huge park right next door. My roommate, Damien wants to start swimming in the bay a couple times a week for exercise. I’ll let him test the waters first and he doesn’t get eaten by sharks, then I’ll follow.
It was a holiday on Tuesday for the horse races called the Melbourne Cup, so Court and I went to a bar and made a couple harmless bets on random horses that lost.
And now for a little rant...
How Kevin Costner made it to the big screen is beyond me. How he keeps getting work is also a mystery. Courtney rented Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for her ESL class this week and I once again realized how awful Mr. Costner’s acting really is. The thing is, he stars in some quality films, but is always put to shame by the other actors merely because of his lack of talent. In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he apparently gave up attempting an English accent and the supporting cast of Christian Slater, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Rickman are far more believable. But, Wow is he a marksman with that arrow! In the film, The Untouchables, (Best Picture, 1987) he is outshined by Robert DeNiro and Sean Connery. In Dances With Wolves, he is out-acted by all of the Native Americans. The list goes on and let us not forget the tragedy of Waterworld... Maybe he should just stick to baseball movies where he doesn’t really have to act, he just has to stand there and listen to advice: (Loud whisper) “If you build it, you might become a better actor.”