Saturday, 6 April 2013

2000- A Bogan Odyssey

Before we get to the year 2000,let me take you back even further. Far back, to a time and place where men were real men, women were real women and clueless, tragic bogans from Boganville were real clueless, tragic bogans from Boganville. The early 1990's. 1993 to be exact. The announcement was about to be made about which city would be hosting the 2000 Olympics as I headed out to a bush dance, where I actually sat in the corner and didn't dance at all, being the wild and crazy party animal that I am. But clearly I looked stunning, sporting a poodle perm, way too much make-up and wearing a gorgeous combo of dark purple jeans and floral body suit. Yep, stunning. I'm absolutely postitive that look stunned people.

1993 Ness
Later that night, the announcement that (almost) everyone had been waiting for came.

The winner is - Sydeney!!

I recall my friends being gleeful at the news, excited that the Olympics would be in their city in seven years time. Meanwhile, I stifled a yawn. You see. sport bores the bejesus out of me. The Olympics = Yawnfest. I honestly couldn't have cared less. In fact the most exciting event of 1993 for me wasn't the announcement of the Olympics coming in 2000, at all,  but the release of a biography about the Carpenters entitled The Carpenters: The Untold Story. I still remember my trembling fingers reaching for it from the shelf at Dymocks and triumphantly purchasing it. I was temping at the Taxation Office in the city. Rushing back from my lunch hour I breathlessly lifted my book out to show several bewildered colleagues.

"Look what I got!" I exclaimed, eyes shining. They looked up, surprised to remember that I was even there, as I rarely spoke. Spotting the book, their surprised looks turned to ones of dumbfounded incredulity. "Oh, isn't that nice?" mumbled one person in the same insincere and dubious tone one would reserve for a lunatic as they slowly backed away and out the door, before fleeing for their life. My excitement dissipated. I sheepishly shoved the book back into the bag. You can imagine the joy it is to be me and feel so well liked and have so much in common with other people. NOT.

Fast forward 7 years and I was now a sophisticated and mature married woman, having swapped the poodle perm for an elegant, short bowl hair cut. Style icon extraordinaire. That's me. Don't even try to emulate me. You'll never pull it off. I'm unique.

It was New Year's Eve 1999. So naturally, Micky Blue Eyes and I were about to party like it was 1999. Because it was 1999. Until midnight. When it would become the year 2000. The 21st century. So futuristic. I expected we would all be wearing those jump suits they wear on Star Trek before the year was out. Such a shame that didn't happen, isn't it? Just like that Y2K virus thingy that everyone was freaking out about. It was reported on 60 Minutes after all, so how could it not be true? *gasp*

Bogans partying like it's 1999,
until midnight..when it was 2000
The count down to the Olympics began. Not that I cared. At all. While the city buzzed with Olympic fever, I remained as impervious as ever. Micky Blue Eyes wanted to attend some events. I didn't. So he got tickets. I stayed home.

Then we also heard that the Olympic torch would be coming through Boganville at Stupid O' Clock in the morning. People actually planned to get up at such a time to see it. Meanwhile, the only way I would have woken up for it is if they had literally jogged into my bedroom and set my arse on fire with it. No thanks.

Micky Blue Eyes attended several events and took some photos.


I think it's soccer. Is soccer even in the Olympics? Meh, who knows. Or cares. Okay, millions of people do. Clearly I'm not human. Who knows what species I am. Some sort of curious Carpenters loving,bogan creature from the planet Zorg. Or something.

We also possess some 2000 Olympics memorabilia, including cans of beer that are still in the cupboard unopened. Yummo, 13 year old beer. As if it isn't disgusting enough, when it's fresh. Then we also have an alcohol flask, a commemorative plate and mug, in addition to wine glasses. All unused and proudly on display in a cupboard. Micky Blue Eyes out did himself. He is still unnerved by my alarming lack of interest in all things Olympic and sporty.

 That is just the way I roll. I'm apathetic and disinterested cutting edge and different. Deal with it.

Linking up with Cathy from The Camera Chronicles for Flashback Friday.


Do you get Olympic fever? Or is all sport a cure for insomnia for you? Ahem.

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15 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! Oh Ness you are so funny!!!!!
    I usually feel the same about sport but got strangely into the 2000Olympics. I think it was because I watched Roy and HJ on The Dream. God they were hilarious. I still think about that show today. Crazy date, crazy date.
    Also, you look gorgeous and lovely in your jeans and body suit! They were so fashionable in the 90s!!!!!! You are so hard on yourself.

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    1. Thanks dude! Yep total mockery of the Olympics is the only way to enjoy it methinks.

      And thanks I didn't look too bad back then because I at least had a decent figure, which is sadly ancient history.Sigh.

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  2. When is the world going to wake up and realize that the Carpenters ROCK!!!!!!!
    I share your feelings regarding sport. Both my father and brother are sports nuts but the only thing that can arouse any sporing interest at all in me is Roger Federer.

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    1. I've been asking myself the same question for 30 years! They totally ROCK!

      Ha ha of course you'd need crumpet to interest you in sport.

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  3. Heehee! I'm completely with you on the whole sport thing. Any sporting event I'm forced to attend, I'm often extremely bored and spend most of my time wandering around getting food and waiting in line for the ladies' room. And I got a similar reaction to my excitement over my purchase of the Carpenters biography - although, most of the fellow 12 year olds I shared my excitement with had no idea who I was even talking about. How pitiful!

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    1. TRULY pitiful. DOn't they teach kids anything these days?!

      I'm glad I'm the only one with a sport aversion. x

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  4. If I cared less about sport we would be into the negative numbers. Would rather sandpaper my eyeballs than watch the Olympics, Wimbledon or any such thing.

    And you can tell I am a girl of the 80s, I rather liked your look in that photo :D

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    1. (Which I realise was in the 90s, but to my recall it sort of started in the 80s and segued into the 90s too!0

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    2. Ha ha yep, sand papering eye balls does sound less painful.

      And yes it was sort of an 80's/90's look. At least I had the figure to pull it off back then. Sigh.

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  5. Haha I was one of those nerds who watched the announcement about the Sydney Games! Your posts always make me laugh - I think I say that every week. So glad you link up for these Flashbacks :)

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    1. Thanks Cathy. I enjoy linking up and embarrassing myself. I'm deeply weird. xo

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  6. Tee hee hee thanks for the giggle. I had one of those awesome or is that awful poodle perms in 93 too. I'm with you, sports = YAWN.

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    1. YAY! Bring back the poodle perm! Or not...

      Yep, total Yawnfest. Thanks for reading. x

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  7. Love the pictures Ness! My husband went to the Olympics while I stayed at home and finished off my thesis for uni. I didn't feel too bad about it at the time as I was so freaking busy (we got married on the last day of the Olympics too - it was a busy time for us!) but I now wish I had have had that experience too...

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    1. Thanks Kirsty. Wow, that certainly was a busy and exciting time for you! You never know, you might make it to another Olympics oneday. x

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