Memories of uni: spending the two or three hour gap between classes sitting around chatting at the cafe, the pretty awful acoustic guitar playing that would sometimes feature at that cafe, eating Edge of Vege for lunch, Luke’s Edge of Vege plates always mysteriously weighing in at about the $20 mark, meeting Katy, listening to Dubstar and discovering Stereolab, the fountain in the quadrangle being dyed a colour or having bubble mix put in it, all-nighters to get essays done, spending a lot of time in the library, doing at 2SER course where I met Tabitha, reading Vanessa Berry’s writing for the first time (thanks to Tabs), tutorials with James Brown and Patrick Fury, lectures by Andrew Murphy and a philosophy lecturer with intense blue eyes and an Irish accent, a lot of crushes but no relationships to speak of, going skating at Petersham rollerskating rink every week, not finishing my readings, being totally lit on intellectual fire by cultural studies, really getting into documentary and watching the 7Up series and all of Ross McElwee’s stuff, becoming a vegetarian, going clubbing at Club 77: Bazooka on Sunday night and Pure Pop, going to gigs, making short videos in our video course and putting my heart and soul into them, and, people drinking Toohey’s New a lot.
I tried to get enthused about beer during this time (much like my failed relationship with coffee). Having decided that beer with lime (cordial) was my ticket, I probably kept it up for a year or so before moving onto vodka with lime, and then onto the occasional white wine. And then I got pregnant and Nathan and Tabitha left the country (resulting in a steep decline in the number of parties I attended) and now I’m pretty much a tee-totaller. Alcohol, along with coffee, cigarettes and holidays are pretty much the only things we save money on.