Skip to main content

Tradie fashion...

I'm routinely on the train around 6.30 in the a.m. and this provides me with insight to some of the peoples going into the city at that time of the day.

It's a pretty busy time for tradies. A lot of them sleep between Box Hill and Richmond. All these grown men and sometimes - but not very often - women curled up against rattling windows. I don't know how they do it, it would give me a headache, but I suppose when you work hard outside all day long, you need all the sleep you can get.

Flouro clothing is obviously worn for safety. The characteristic orange and chartreuse are instantly recognisable (though, inexplicably, the general public seem to have started wearing them - or the numbers of tradies have swollen in the past couple of years).

Here's the thing, though. It used to be just shirts and jackets, now it's caps, beanies, socks, backpacks, drink bottles, and even boots. I mean, a little strip of sock above a boot isn't a necessity, is it? When did tradies start wearing backpacks while working?

Maybe all these extras are encouraged? I have to wonder though if I'm witnessing a trend, a fashion, in tradie wear? The concept of fashion and tradies tickles me. I imagine tradies swanning the catwalk, and checking out tradie fashion magasines.

'Hey, have you seen those new flouro nail guns?'

'Nah mate, where'd you see those?'

'Tony brought one to the site last Tuesday, you should check it out, it's great!'

'Yeah? Well, you know me, I can never get enough fluoro!'

'Yeah, I know, right?'

Maybe I'm being tradie-ist? Does anyone have any insight? Any tradies reading this?


Popular posts from this blog

The symbolism of elephants...

Just recently I've been seeing and noticing elephants everywhere!

A few weeks ago I saw the Samsung Elephant Ad, and watching that led me to watching a video with an elephant painting (seriously, you have to watch it to believe it!).

Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.

Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.

This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...

At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …

Alone... And Stuff...

Do you ever just need to be alone?

As the boys are growing up, we have more times when the house is quiet. The youngest will be asleep. One will be reading, one will be playing on his computer with headphones on, one will be painting and there is stillness.

Sometimes, even that is not enough.

Sometimes I crave being alone, with no possibility of someone suddenly realising they have to tell me something important or ask me a question or even just crash about in the kitchen.

Sometimes I crave S P A C E, lots and lots of space, being able to walk from room to room without encountering another soul.

This is how I felt when I woke up this morning, so instead of getting ready for work, I decided to stay home. Get up, but not go anywhere, no hear the sound of my own voice, or anyone else's.

I think this might just be part of getting older. After a lifetime of chasing after other people and trying not to be alone, my mind and body is full of thoughts, experiences, feelings, and busy-ness …

12 Things Happy People Do Differently - a self-reflection...

A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …