Saturday, June 14, 2008

About a boy

Discussion with the Old Flame during the week (truncated and interpreted version) -

OF: So it's the Australia v. Ireland match on telly this Saturday night. We usually go to "Mad Wobbly's" [sic] to watch it. You could accept HBS (Honorary Bloke Status) for the evening with my mates or go to the ANU Film Group with TSS.

TAPH: Um, TSS and I don't actually want to see "No Country for Old Men" and I enjoy rugby. Does accepting HBS preclude quiet and discreet knitting? I can bring my own beer. You'd better check with the blokes.

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OF: The blokes grant you HBS for the evening.

Note, no mention of knitting. Not sure that the blokes realise that Old Flame's girlfriend is a knitting nanna - yet.

Wonder if I can choose which bloke I'll be? Franklin, perhaps?

9 comments:

m1k1 said...

Franklin, indeed.
Did you hear David's interview with him on sticksandstring?

Donna Lee said...

I'd go with being Franklin expecially since he'd pull out the knitting with no qualms!

Janet McKinney said...

HBS and rugby. Wowo

I was granted HBS status for several years when living in New Zealand. It all started when I had to take on teaching a class half way through the year which was full of 13 year old boys who were sports mad.

It was Rugby season, and I knew NOTHING about Rugby. I knew that I just had to be able to talk to them on Monday morning about the Puma - All Blacks test on the weekend, and so I asked some blokes I knew who always met together to watch the test if I could join them. What heroes they were - they allowed it.

Did I ask some questions - "What do you mean forward pass?" "What is a line out?" and equally such basic information was required.

There was a celebration the day we watched a test, and I was the first to well - "That was forward!"

It became a habit - and when I left NZ 5 years later, these same blokes very nicely told me they would miss me at the test gatherings...

I listened last night - thought we were going to be pipped at the post in the last quarter, but they held on. the team needs some cohesion again - but I guess that is just the state they are in at the moment.

Janet

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Let's hope, for his sake, that OF passes the girlfriend knitting in front of his mates test.

amandaj said...

I have no doubt the boys will be either oblivious or intrigued!

I wouldn't know a scrum from a dummy half. Or even if those are rugby things! I think they are!

TinkingBell said...

Oh Taph, so sorry about your Dad - it's so hard to lose parents and there really is a special relationship between Fathers and Daughters. Sorry to be so late with this - but only got back on Sat and been catching up.

kms said...

yay for HBS and for the wallabies winning and i hope the knitting while watching went ok! i do it here all the time but never had the guts to do it in an actual public place with real blokes around....

Kate said...

The potential for injury during a questionable ref call is pretty huge. I hope you got/get a seat to yourself rather than on the couch!

Petunia said...

If the game is good, they won't even notice, or if they do, they won't care for long.