“Robert. Your girlfriend stresses me out..."
Trip Start Jan 31, 2010
141Trip End Jul 21, 2010
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I realise I have a bit of left over material from dress making escapades, so decide this is the perfect time to make toys for people back home. I cut up the pattern pretty quick then head over to the Museum again
I finish up as the museum closes, helping them pack up the machines as quick as we can. The other workers in the museum don’t always wait for them to pack up so there have been occasions where the alarms have gone off or they’ve been locked in, so we need to be at the doors by five.
I return to Robert’s with my half finished creatures under my arm. He notes that I’ll make a wonderful housewife one day, and wonders if I would like to come out and see his garden. I see the double standard, and would love to. All the houses along Robert’s side of the street, along with a few around, have all pitched in to keep a patch of land clear from developers for use as a communal garden
The canals feed here as well, the delta project criss-crossing under houses throughout the city. I see a recovered shopping trolley from the depths, all rusted steel and muck. In Melbourne they have bounty hunters for shopping trolleys, Robert says they stopped the need here by making it harder to get the trolleys out of the centre. You have to sign up for one and fill out so much paperwork people gave up on it.
Dinner is at Marja’s, this time we are also joined by Jan, which is a nice addition. There is a strange tension between Robert and Jan, perhaps involving Marja, but this goes unsaid for much of the night. I rush back to Robert’s to get a CD of tunes for Jan. I’m not sure if he will like all of them, but music is made for sharing.
Robert brings up the issue of my visa with Marja, who is against using Walter at all, as people will ask lots of questions and things will take time and government people cannot be trusted. For some hours we talk about this, seeming to move very little. Some things should not be talked about over food.
"Robert. Your girlfriend stresses me out…"