August 31st 2014 21:00
Mr Spoken Word has trying to figure out my origins. "I'll bet you it's Taree," he said.
"Not telling," I said.
He has been at it for months. "My wife is ashamed of where she grew up so I can understand why you don't want people to know where you came from." Not that that has stopped him from trying. That said once he mentioned the hick town I grew up in and said "I don't like that place. It's a hole."
I burst out laughing as it was exactly how I described it.
"There's nothing to do there," he continued. "No arts scene."
"Exactly. People say it's nice as it's near the water but so what? Not everyone likes that. And the people who live there are constantly bagging Sydney. They just can't handle Sydney has more to offer."
The worst part was the hole's insularity; I remember being knocked back from interviews as potential employers in Sydney were worried I would move back to the hole after a few months. I had to put INTENDING TO RELOCATE TO SYDNEY in a large typeface on my resume to overcome this problem.
Coincidentally Brett has a new client who is based at the hick town.
"Do you think about me when you are dealing with him?" I asked.