How many times have you thought: I wish I was a fly on the wall on a drilling rig so I could listen to what they talk about... Oh, just me then?
Well let me fill you in on a few of the unique conversations I have on a day to day basis with the men I work with. The following conversation took place between me and an old fella (OF) I had literally just met and I think almost offended by asking how many head of cattle he had - I thought that was 'general farm talk' but apparently not, that was me asking how much money he had... Anyway, one learns.
OF: So where are you from?
OF looks at me suspiciously
OF: What are you born in Australia are you?
Darn, I thought. He got me on that one... When I replied in the negative, he simply nodded...
OF: Mm I thought so! (With a smirk!)
Later in the conversation, out of the blue...
OF: So I didn't see you at the local town's big dance the other weekend, you need to get to those sort of things.
Me: Oh really?
OF: Yeh, I can introduce you to some people. There's this lovely boy from the so-and-so family and they're really quite wealthy, I can introduce you. He's not a bad kid, about your age, he'll be good.
Me: (not sure if he is being serious, and thinking 'did this guy -whom I just met - seriously just offer to set me up with a random Australian country lad? Me, an obviously brown, Muslim non-Australian born chick? Wow, isn't multiculturalism awesome...) Oh how kind, thank you?
OF: Yeh no worries, next time we are in town I'll introduce you to him, you can go from there.
Who knows what will happen next time I go down town!
I walked into the drillers' room - or the doghouse as it is called, as was greeted with this: (D=Driller)
D: You hear that sound?
Me: Nope...what sound?
D: That ticking, it's your biological clock. You might be here now, but one day you'll just switch and you'll be wanting to iron clothes and feed babies... Trust me!
But what if my biological clock draws me to the ninja mafia instead?
It is an interesting world, a little bubble if you will, where you meet the craziest personalities but also some of the most interesting... I love it. Stay tuned for more, and do share if you enjoyed it!