Stephen Cummings: musician and novelist
13 November 1999 - Saturday Extra (page 2), The Age
- You might have seen the movie "Groundhog Day". A guy wakes up one morning
and is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. No matter what he
achieves during the day, in the morning he's always back to square one.
Eighteen months have gone by since the birth of my youngest son, and it's been
a lifestyle shift for girlfriend, myself and elder son. The year's flown by
and I don't seem to have done much. Working from home supposedly has its
advantages, but today I can't see them. Still, we've finally weaned the baby!
- Girlfriend goes to work. The weather warms up and baby and I spend the
afternoon lying on the grass in the backyard squirting the hose at each other.
Try to blow up baby's wading pool, but fail. Momentarily get depressed about
being unfit and decide to start swimming laps once more. Resolve to begin
immediately and am about to head off to the Caulfield pool when I get anxiety
attack about being fat and instead go inside and run bath.
Baby and I spend the rest of the afternoon in the bath, listening on the radio
to the constant speculation about the referendum. Teenage son returns from
school and makes fun of his father and little brother in the bath.
Surprise phone call from film-production house, they want to option my novel
"Lightning Girl", for 12 months.
- We all sleep in. Wake up my teenage son and drive him to school. More
referendum conjecture on the radio. Girlfriend escapes to work in the morning,
but not before dropping a washing basket of wet clothes beside me. "There's
another load in the machine." Baby falls asleep and I lie on the kitchen floor
and listen to the cricket. Courier bangs on door and drops off bundle of CDs
and press releases courtesy of my part-time writing job for "The Eye". Good bit
is I get to off-load Rage Against The Machine and Delerium CDs on gullible
teenage son. Girlfriend returns early afternoon and I goof off rest of day
with friend, making drum loops.
- We go for a drive through southern suburbs to see if there are any fetes
that we've missed out on. We don't find any, but make notes for future events.
We notice that the traditional fete is making way for the high concept/concert
of the millennium/floral display-type event. Very distressing. Not surprised by
referendum vote, anybody could've seen it coming. The positive spin is we won't
have to see/listen/read about Kerry Jones or Phil Cleary for about five years.
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