It’s become a tradition among many young Australians to spend Australia Day chilling out (or going off) with friends at a BBQ with a background of the best songs from the previous year. I jumped on the tradition when I came back to Australia and this year was my second event, but will probably be the last.
My new home is surrounded by bushland, making it a great place to host a BBQ or party and 15 or so friends turned up for what promised to be a great day. But then, at about number 40 in the countdown, the music stopped. One of my friends (I still don’t know who) turned it off so their child could play in the living room. Forget the fact that there was a whole house full of rooms to choose for playing. Forget that they didn’t ask anyone. What I’m really pissed about is that they missed the point of the entire day. And I had to take the few who were interested around to the other side of the house where I’d set up my mini system to hear the rest.
Next year, I’ll have the BBQ the week before and spend Australia Day listening to the music on my own.