Today was my first day of school. I found my lecture room and met my classmates. And aren’t we a strange little group. In fact you’d probably be hard pressed to find a stranger group than my little pod of fellow wannabe librarians. There are more men than I was expecting. Three men in their forties and three in their very early twenties. The three younger ones are real nerds. Real proper ones. Two of them seem to have formed an attachment to me. I’m not sure why because I hardly understand a word they say. Too much geek talk. I had lunch with a woman called Lou. She is very short, not even up to my shoulder. I felt like an amazon, which is rare for me. I’ve now met three people who are shorter than me. My daughter was with me when I met the first one. After the woman left Kimba turned to me in amazement and said – I didn’t think there was anyone in the world shorter than you!! And now look, another two. Who knows how many are out there.
There is an older woman with a broken hand, a very timid blonde girl who got lost on her way, a very loud happy man/boy called Darrell and a younger woman who I sat next to and found slightly scary. The first thing she said to me was – have you got any pets? Just like that. We were sitting there and she turned to me and said – have you got any pets? Then there is an indian girl and the teacher can’t understand a word she says and it just becomes awkward after a while. Good lord I don’t want to think about how many times the poor girl said the word faxing before the teacher worked it out. Then there are a few quiet timid little girls up the back and I really have no idea what they’re even doing there. They don’t talk to anyone, they can’t even make eye contact with anyone and I can’t imagine them being involved in an area of work that requires you to interact with people all day. But who knows, maybe they’ll hit their straps down the track. There must be a few others but I can’t remember them at all. Which is probably even worse than being remembered as a mouse.
But the time passed pretty quickly which was good but it was still a massive day. Actually it was a bit boring this afternoon because we have to get through the fifteen hours of OH & S (occupational health and safety) first. And thats really just common sense but it’s part of just about every course you do these days. So I was there from 9am until 3.30 pm then I had to come home and finish up an order of tiles and take them to the post office, go and do the grocery shopping then go to work and do the invoicing for the month then come home and cook dinner.
But I have my student card!! That means I get half fare public transport and cheap drinks in town on Wednesday nights. Whooooo.