Is there an age or year of your life you would re-live?
If I had the power to relive a part of my life I think I would pick my thirties. Why? Well as I recall that was a pretty good decade for me.
I turned thirty in May of 1987 and later that year I went to work at the Adelaide Railcar Depot. That was good for several reasons number one being that we doubled our income. We were buying our first home then and money was tight so the extra wage was a big help. Secondly, Naomi was already working there. We were not always on the same shift but we got to work together sometimes. It was a great job, apart from the money we got 5 weeks annual leave a year and rostered days off too. We used to take them in blocks of five days for a mini holiday. I have mentioned before that I enjoyed working with the other cleaners who were mostly older than Naomi and I. We used to have some good talks with them and with the mechanical fitters, electricians and all the other people who worked at the depot in the late 1980s and early nineties.
I wasn’t only working though. I got to do some travelling too. David got his driver’s licence and we bought a car when I started work. It was a necessity but we also enjoyed some road trips around South Australia. Naomi and I did trips together too, around South Australia but also to Sydney and Melbourne. It was during this time that David and I went on our big train trip through China and Russia to the UK.
We went to concerts and saw many of our favourite bands. We went to the Australian Grand Prix which was held in Adelaide from 1985 to 1996. That was fantastic fun, we really looked forward to it every year.
I had bought a second hand SLR camera when I started work, a Pentax MG. From then on I took many photos of the places we went and the things we did. The only time I didn’t take many was when I was with family. I was usually too busy talking to someone.
The other good thing about those years was that our parents were still alive for most of that time. Although my job meant that I couldn’t always go to family parties I do have fond memories of the ones I did get to, especially Christmas get together’s and weddings. David’s nieces and nephew were all born during this time as well.
Of course not everything was perfect but I always remember the good times far more than the bad ones. I look back to those years and I can honestly say they were some of the best times in my life.
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