Creatures of the Deep
Politics in the depths...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Send Off
My workplace; the inner city office of a large corporation, chock full of dead eyed, middle aged suburbanites, spinning their wheels while they wait for something interesting to happen.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Three colleagues of mine, who sit in my immediate vicinity:
- CATHY: Thirties, portly, talks incessantly, addicted to reality TV and internet dating.
- JEN: Early twenties, hyperactive, very into her job, addicted to reality TV and junk food.
- EMMA: Mid twenties, slim, recently preggers, plays with her iPhone all day.
A conversation I overheard this morning between the three of them, as I fiddled with my email settings, discussing the Labor leadership drama of the night before.
CATHY: Did you watch
JEN: Yeah. But, I mean, really.
JEN: Well it was interrupted because of that business in Canberra.
(General groans from several people nearby).
CATHY: Oh my God. I couldn’t believe that.
EMMA: I don’t want to talk about politics.
JEN: They stopped the show right in the middle and switched to some press conference.
CATHY: I was so annoyed!
JEN: I was just sitting there going, ‘Julia, get the hell off the TV!’
CATHY: I know.
JEN: ‘I don’t want to watch this!’
CATHY: I know.
CATHY: I know it’s meant to be important or big news or whatever. But… really?
JEN: I want to watch
! I need to know what’s happening.
JEN: But I can’t understand why they’d go back to the other bloke anyway.
JEN: Yeah. Why would they go back to him now?
EMMA: I really couldn’t care less. They’re both terrible.
CATHY: Well, I think Julia hasn’t been going too well.
EMMA: No one likes her.
CATHY: And they were worried about losing, I guess.
JEN: But it just seems… weird. To go back to someone that they got rid of before. Why not just stick with him in the first place?
CATHY: Yeah. I don’t really understand it either.
EMMA: I don’t like him either. I think he’s creepy.
JEN: Or just stick with her, since they got rid of him.
EMMA: I really hate the whole thing. I’m just sick of hearing about it.
JEN: Yeah, I know.
EMMA: I hate politics!
JEN: It doesn’t even make any difference who the Prime Minister is.
JEN: I mean, who cares? I just… I hate hearing about it.
CATHY: Me too. I’m sick of it already.
JEN: It makes no difference, just get it away from me!
EMMA: They’re all the same.
CATHY: Well, at least Rudd is in favour of same sex marriage.
(General murmurs of agreement)
JEN: But I don’t understand how anyone could be against that.
CATHY: That’s right.
JEN: It’s just… how does it affect anyone else? If people want to get married then… just let them.
EMMA: Yeah. It’s no one else’s business.
CATHY: It seems like a weird thing to be against.
JEN: Yeah. I just don’t understand why you’d be opposed to it. Like, I’ve never really heard a reason to be against it.
EMMA: Why would you want to stop people getting married?
CATHY: Yeah, I don’t know either. But you know that Abbott is against it?
CATHY: That’ll never change if he gets elected.
JEN: Yeah. And he probably will win.
JEN: Anyway, who cares.
EMMA: I don’t want to talk about politics!
CATHY: Well anyway, you know that
came back on after the Gillard thing?
JEN: Oh yeah! I nearly turned it off it dragged on so long. But yeah, it came back on.
CATHY: I was so happy!
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