NB: Generally, each person is referred to as ‘old mate’, or OM for short. ’Old Mate’ is Australian for ‘that random dude’, or someone whose name you have forgotten.
OM1: You know, I get that women want equality right. But you have to play by the rules of the game and not complain about things? It's like, when a guy who is disabled competes in the normal Olympics and then complains that the result isn't fair - well mate, we made you your own Olypmics, if you want to come and compete with us you have to be on the same level...
Me: Hmm well I can't say I have ever thought of it that way hay.
OM1: Oh well I'm not saying that being a woman is like being disabled...haha!
I had a surprisingly educated conversation with a driller about religion. He managed to explain the concept of "Jihad" to a fellow colleague in quite a precise manner.
OM1: Mate, I read about this Jihad thing aye. It's not like going to war, it's like struggling for something FOR God. Like, say, you want to quit smoking for God, that's your Jihad. It's your struggle.
Me: Wow, that's actually a pretty good explanation!
It has actually changed the way my colleague sees Islam now. #win!
A new leasehand (the lowest position on the rig crew) had just joined the crew. I was asking about his experience.
Me: Oh so it's his first day on the crew?
OM1: Yah, he's from the army. It's his first day on a rig ever!
Me: Oh wow, that's so cute! (as you do...)
OM1: No Yassmin. Puppies are cute. Kittens are cute. We are hard, tough, strong. We are MEN. We are not cute.