We went to the local club tonight - we do this occasionally for exactly the same reasons that tens of thousands of our fellow Aussies do on a Saturday night: Mrs VVB doesn't have think about what to have for dinner, and I don't have to wash up.
We sat outside, it's warm but the onshore breeze is some consolation, although not as much as if it had been cooler.
Being patriotic Aussies we thought we'd better do the right thing and put a couple of dollars through the pokies.
Mind you, we haven't thought of doing this on previous visits...
Anyway, and this is where the story really begins, the last time either of us played a poker machine you had to put 20 cents in and pull a lever.
It's a bit more complicated now. The only reason it took us 5 minutes, rather than 5 seconds, to lose $2 was because we couldn't figure out which buttons to press.
There is an upside, of course. From now on we can go to the club and benefit from the subsidised food and drink, restful in the knowledge that we can't do the 'right thing' and put a few bucks through the pokies because we're too stupid to use them.
Earlier today I thought of a funny, and being of somewhat vindictive nature I thought I should share it.
Imagine, if you will, a crowd of Kevin Rudd supporters at a protest...
"What do we want?"
"When do we want it?"
"In the fullness of time!"
Laugh? I thought I'd never start.