Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Next Fire Drill Could Send You Packing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Next Fire Drill Could Send You Packing

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A LITTLE bit of sympathy goes a long way at our place.

It has to because there isn't much of it.

Take the other morning, for example.

I woke up feeling pretty ordinary and there was a long day of work ahead of me.

"I don't want to go to the work today," I whined like a little baby.

"I think the global economic crisis has worn me down."

Which is unusual for me.

Firstly, I'm not smart enough to understand what the global economic crisis is all about.

Secondly, I would normally bounce out of bed at dawn and fling the curtains open while singing "oh what a beautiful morning" before running a quick half-marathon.

Then it's 100 laps of the pool and a breakfast of mung beans and muesli before I skip off to work with a gleam in my eye and a spring in my step.

But not this particular morning.

Oh no. This particular morning I hummed a few bars from a funeral durge, left the curtains closed and gave serious consideration to throwing a bowl of mung beans and muesli at the first jogger I saw.

I don't actually think you can get sick from the global economic thingamee-jig, but I thought it sounded like the type of ailment that would get me sympathy at home.

I was wrong.

"The global economic crisis has worn you down, has it?" my wife sneered.

"I'd say it's probably more like swine flu - you eat like a pig!"

That's the thanks I get for being me!

Don't get me wrong. Work is a wonderful thing.

I could watch people do it all day.

Seriously, anyone who has a job at the moment should give thanks.

I mean, how would you feel if you were that mob in France the other day?

Did you hear about them?

They worked for a textile firm and when the boss hit tough times, he gave them the choice of being out of a job or moving to India.

Yep. Sunny, downtown Bangalore. …

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