Archive for July, 2002

spark no more

Monday, July 15th, 2002

He had a terrific smile. He was lithe and energetic. He had a grace that defied the eye and a cheekiness that pleased it so much. He moved like few I have ever seen. I had the privalige of not just being a friend but also to have choreographed a series of dances on him. He was magnificant. It was for a movie called Kick – He was the lead. He had so much talent, so much potential. He fufilled much but had more to do. A fire left untendered. It should have burnt brighter.
The glint in his eye spoke of love and freindship. Of laughter unbrideled, of life yet to be sung, of movement yet to be explored. A soul seemingly full, brimming with vitality. A shared heart with many. A becon, an entertainer, a guide, a light….
No more.
The universe is a darker place now. His spark expired and the warmth he brought us is now but a memory. And there is no reason, no method in the madness. He was found this morning hanging from a tree in a park and all I can think of is at least he was with nature. A sad end. A sensless end! A wastelful and stupid end!
You know stopping the pain doesnt just stop the pain, it stops everything!!! It stops loving and laughing, it stops living and it hurts many. And I, as are many tonight hurt a lot. We hurt because we are selfish and we want only to be able to keep on loving you and sharing you and watching you dance like no other can.
And what are your children to say? What are you to say to them?
Ahh…..there is a better end…. and that is life.
Vale Russel, a light and friend to many. A son, brother and father to peolpe who love you. You are already missed – you stupid boy.
Pray please for his family.

Three things

Saturday, July 13th, 2002

Gidday every one!!!! I have been a bit busy replacing a roof on a fire station as part of my plumbing work – feeding the kids – prior to starting shooting the next series of my lifestyle show – “Body and Soul”
It is only for Australia but who knows if they can sell it over seas they will so you may get to see it. Shot the first episode this week and it feels damn good to be back in front of a camera and even better knowing a pay cheque is in the mail!!
I am feeling good, positive and focused. My Mum is over visiting and she , my wife and I always get in to some very heavy discussions which are great – not always easy: it often isnt when you take a good long honest look at yourself but always rewarding. So I have been contemplating my life past present and future and there fore a little quiet on the blogging front.
I hope you liked Greg’s version of creation. I am sure it will get some good comments which I look forward to!! LOL
As I only get to see my Mum twice a year you will have to excuse me for now as I want to go spend time with her. I am lucky as she is one of my best friends as well as being my mother. She is also a very dear friend to my wife. We are lucky and it goes with past comments regarding family are people and you do not always get on with them. My relationship I share with my Mum is not shared in that same way with my other siblings. Nor do I feel the same way about my Father. Thats life hey!
I will start another thread soon to answer your question Lesley. Thankyou for your question it is a really good one. I am thinking on what my three things keep me going but I will refain from saying now as I want it to be seperate to this thread. So you all have a think and we will get into it soon. Not on this thread!
For now I am off to hang with Mum and I am also going to make my very own salami!! Mum is going to help.
Sara thanks for your thoughts – but please dont worry about me – I made up a saying for worry many years ago: worry is a wet blanket that dampens your enthusiasm for life! As for moving out – I left home at 17 to go from one side of Australia (west) to the other (east) to continue my studies as a ballet dancer. I spent a year in Melbourne at the Australian Ballet school and then the year after I got a job in Sydney with Sydney Dance Company where I stayed for ten years. I guess it was easier leaving home to continue studies as it was the only place in Australia that provided the level of training I needed. So in a way that was the best choice — I was going to say only choice but I could have stayed at home and become a garbologist or something. Moving on is hard, frightening a huge thing but also necessary. Life is constant change. If we try to stay still and not change we only damage ourselves and often others. I am sure you will be fine Sara and I am sure you will find your way in this – AND good luck to you:)
Lastly for now – I LOVE DANCING IN THE RAIN – and do it as often as I can!

a view on creation

Saturday, July 13th, 2002

Posted to me by a good bloke whom I have enjoyed a couple of beers with – thanks Greg! Let me disclaim that this may or may not be Gregs view nor is it a typical Aussie view but then again perhaps it is:)!!
In the beginning God created day and night.
He created day for footy matches, going to the beach and barbies.
He created night for going prawning, sleeping and barbies.
God saw that it was good.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Second Day.
On the Second Day God created water – for surfing, swimming and barbies
the beach.
God saw that it was good.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Third Day.
On the Third Day God created the Earth to bring forth plants – to
provide tobacco, malt and yeast for beer and wood for barbies.
God saw that it was good.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Fourth Day.
On the Fourth Day God created animals and crustaceans for chops,
sausages, steak and prawns for barbies.
God saw that it was good.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Fifth Day.
On the Fifth day God created a bloke – to go to the footy, enjoy the
beach, drink the beer and eat the meat and prawns at barbies.
God saw that it was good.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Sixth Day.
On the Sixth Day God saw that this bloke was lonely and needed someone
to go to the footy, surf ,drink beer, eat and stand around the barbie
So God created Mates, and God saw that they were good blokes.
Evening came and morning came and it was the Seventh Day.
On the Seventh Day God saw that the blokes were tired and needed a rest.
So God created Sheilas – to clean the house, bear children, wash, cook
and Clean the barbie.
Evening came and it was the end of the Seventh day.
God sighed, looked around at the twinkling barbie fires,
heard the hiss of opening beer cans
and the raucous laughter of all the Blokes and Sheilas,
smelled the aroma of grilled chops and sizzling prawns,
and God saw that it was good, better than that, it was bloody good .