Well the holidays officially started on the 1st of December and it’s already been a roller coaster ride. After two great nights with some Christmas partying, I have just received one of the worst Christmas Presents I could ever ask for. Just this morning I got a phone call informing me that one of my really good mates had passed away. It really hurts and my face is still wet with tears, but I will try and re-cap the two Christmas parties and give a little story about my friend.
Every signle year, my family has a “Tree Trimming Party”. Pretty funny considering our tree is fake and doesn’t require “trimming”. Well this year was topped with the fact that my best mate, Jeremy, was going to be home for it. It was terrific to see him, because since he joined the Army I have only seen him a handful of times.
Basically the part starts out with a wonderful meal from my mum – dude, she is like a gourmet chef, this meal is just so awesome! Then after the meal and quite a few beers, we all decorate the Christmas tree. It’s a great bit of fun.
After the tree trimming party, Jeremy and I went off to the Macquarie Inn – a local haunt from when Jeremy and I were in our later years of high school – and had a few more drinks and a few games of pool. This was a great deal of fun, we reminisced over times gone.
Well we all went out and my memory is a bit shabby from this point on, but I do remember giving a slightly hard time to the cab driver, it went something like this…
* Taxi driver hauls on the breaks and nearly crams 4 parked cars *
Me: Jesus mate, settle down! I wanna get there alive you know.
* Jeremy appologises for me, but also laugh *
Me: Christ buddy, you tryin’ to kill me?!
Taxi Driver: That’ll be $9 and 25 cents.
Me: Righto, here’s 10 bucks, keep the 75 cents for getting us here alive… HAHAHA!
Yeah, so basically I was a bit of an ass, but in my opinion Taxi Drivers expect it. If you sign up to be a part of the public transport system, you should expect assholes like me.
Justin was a great mate to myself and everybody else who knew him. I have lost count of how many great times and good laughs we had together, but I can safely say that he was a terrific mate. Justin and I had backed each other up in dozens of silly fights – yes, we’re just typical bloody males – and bought each other more beers than I could count. I once spent a week of the Christmas holidays with Justin and his family and I know that they will miss him.
To Justins family and all his other friends – especially Bill, Yeti, Big Doug, Little Doug, Patto, Parame, Aidan, Ryan, Bernie, Robin, Sam, and Jess, I know I have forgotten people and I am very sorry, I am just a little upset right now – I send my best wishes. When I found out this morning what had happened, it took the heart out of me. I truly can say that Eags was a terrific mate and he shall be missed by all.
I hope that no one thinks it is innapropriate for me to write this here, but I just really wanted to get a lot of it off my chest. Just contact me if anyone has a problem.