Paige marries Andrew. Uber to the races.....

Screen-Shot-2020-11-01-at-1.00.34-pm Julius at a roadie reunion

Yolanda was there too, and the ring was a strip of black PVC tape from the roll my stepson left in the car. He uses it to hold up his soccer socks. We were all debating the possibility of a drive-by wedding, but this was not really practical as we were in gridlock on the way to Randwick Races.

I'd only known these guys for twenty minutes, but we were in a fantasy world together.

Paige and Yolanda are from New York, Andrew a country boy from Toowoomba. They folded themselves into my little car, all formally dressed for the Spring Carnival. Yolanda is at least 6 feet tall, dark and lithe. Paige was shorter, pretty and very charismatic. Andrew didn't say much – he had won the first prize at Uni – Paige. She is wearing a classic 60s shift, he is in a really well tailored tux. They are impossible good looking young people, all three of them.

'Andrew'.

'Paige'.

They would do this call and response from time to time. Almost stationary in the sunny Saturday Sydney traffic, Paige wriggles forward as far as her seat belt allows, and drapes an arm past my neck with her hand on Andrew's cheek, brushing it softly.

'I want a tattoo. Let's get one tonight!' Paige said in a sultry voice.

'Me too, we'll get one together', said Yolanda. 'Julius, will you get one with us? And you too, Andrew?'

So we are going to get a tattoo.

"I'm getting 'bring back sexy' on my but", says Paige. "So my mum won't see it and kill me".

"I want to be your friend forever, even when I get married", said Yolanda.

"And that will be....?" I ask.

"No time soon. But it will be".

"What are the four C's?" asks Paige. "Color, cut, clarity and carat? The key is the cost. What is it, Yol?"

"Definitely a quarter's worth of pay check".

"You are kidding", I yell. "One quarter of one years wages? That would be twenty grand in Australia!"

"I want some champagne when we get there", says Yolanda. "Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin", and she said it with Latin inflections. "I spoke French when I was in New Orleans".

Andrew and I give the girls the Australian pronunciation version, 'Verve Clickott' and other twists of the name, and they laugh at our unsophistication. The front seats are a long way from the back seats in style, but we're all bonded in the moment.

"I want to pee", says Paige.

"Hey are you studying Business?" she asks me, thumbing the text book I've left in the seat pocket. "This stuff is easy!"

We do some questions and answers, and while the girls mostly nail it, the HSC papers from the book do throw up some debatable curveballs.

Paige is doing a double masters, in Psychology and Commerce and in the fourth year. These are the alpha people, late term uni students from distant places, together in the Sydney sun.

"Paige, can you adjust my bra? I need more lift".

Rummage, shuffle, exclamations from the back seat. The guys in the ute next to us are ogling in the traffic contusion.

"Is that better?"

"Yes but are they equal?"

"I think so.... you'll need to cup yourself though."

Yolanda was in an orange sheaf dress with a white lace fascinator that folded over as it hit the roof of the car.

"Hey Julius, have you ever had girls getting their tops off in your car before?"

After forty minutes of general hilarity I dropped them at the races. They unfurled and walked off, elegant excited and composed. Coiffured, perfumed and primed. Educated, confident and full of promise. 

Chloe and 27 dresses. More Uber hilarity
My Uber life
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, 03 March 2021
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Recent Posts

03 January 2021
Sitting in damp January in virus hobbled Sydney I ponder the year ahead and see the same view. Outside work for Kate and I, school and community bus respectively. Very curtailed circumspect humble returns, survival at least. How my fortunes have ebbe...
24 December 2020
It was late 1981. NSW faced petrol shortages due to 'industrial knuckle' as Kurnel refinery workers went on strike. So like some people who really needed it, I hoarded petrol. This photo is in the photo gallery of my book, illustrating the chapter 'S...
17 December 2020
My brothers and I had zero interactions with relatives - there were none that our parents chose to know. They were all back in the United Kingdom in any case. The notion of grand parents, aunties and uncles was simply never discussed. It was just us ...
12 December 2020
At the inflection point Australian government planners were scouting every cold store and ice rink, to plan for a possible 150,000 pandemic deaths in 2020. Police chiefs were meeting with defence planners to strategise the breakdown of soci...
05 December 2020
My daughter would follow me around like a puppy. We are very close, and I'm always having little heart leaps thinking of her, now mid 30's, down in Wollongong running that little church with Nathan. Her kids are my grand kids. I'm super fortunat...
26 November 2020
n 1985 we wanted a child. Then one horrible afternoon up at the Chatswood shops, Caroline went down. Sarah stood there crying. As the ambulance raced them to Royal North Shore I got the call.She had an ectopic pregnancy – a fertilised egg implanted i...
22 November 2020
After you have your book ready to roll, you enter the tedious phase. For me this was firstly about whether to self publish, or to find a publisher. The discussions I had revealed a publisher would 'legal' the manuscript and I know that would demolish...
21 November 2020
It's November 2020, the year that is seared on us. I'm fortunate with work, health, love and a welded-on optimism that keeps me happy. Best of all, I am now packing and mailing my book every day to people who have often contributed more than the cove...
20 November 2020
I completely skipped talking about our CX TV studio in my book! Between 2011 and 2017 we had some amazing fun in there, shooting a weekly show 'The Hump' every Wednesday, and doing heaps of video reviews of (usually boring) inanimate lumps of equipme...
19 November 2020
With Caroline and I lurching towards marriage, we doted on her daughter Sarah and started planning our own production business. This picture shows my mate Glenn Bolton with his then gf Jane. Glenn's band Top Kat was where I learned to mix sound, usua...
15 November 2020
Back in 1993 I had to confront the truth and grit of journalism. Rick Doolan called and asked me to come out to his house. To talk before he died. Over the past 30 years, the obituaries, the funerals and the grind of our trips around the sun wore me ...
15 November 2020
Did a few years as the personal lighting director to Leslie Walford, a flamboyant, gay interior designer. He had a society column in the Sydney Morning Herald, and a large shopfront in Double Bay. Lovely guy, he ran the Art Gallery Christmas Party. T...
14 November 2020
He's on one of my ACT Concert W's, 5' x 3' x 3' and 110kg. 2 x 15" drivers. MASSIVE low end! (Click to see more). Pix by Bob King ...
14 November 2020
Security guy at right is now quite deaf...... (Pic by Bob King)  ...
14 November 2020
An outdoor gig we did with The Saints. He has a nice carton of goon....... (Click to see more). Pix by Bob King ...
14 November 2020
In 1997 we took ENTECH to Melbourne, and had an excellent event despite much organisational chaos. We were full of ourselves, Caroline and I. Having the big guy from PLASA visit the show, wanting to buy it. Swimming in money. Upgrading the BMW. Buyin...
13 November 2020
My current gig is Community Transport, driving older clients around. We help other community organisations like Addison Road Food Pantry. They distribute and sell food, often things near expiration date but also fresh fruit and vegetables.This day I ...
10 November 2020
Back in 2011, long after I'd sold ENTECH to a big-box tradeshow conglo, they co-located it with SMPTE. That is the film and TV tradeshow. Both were in decline, so they reasoned running them together would save money. They could have shared the saving...
08 November 2020
My book doesn't dwell on a crappy upbringing, but sure does tell it like it was. I just saw this - a report that Balquhain at Blackheath has been sold. It was re-purchased by a Fairfax, as that family first built it as their weekender. We had a ...
08 November 2020
An email landed the other day from a guy I haven't seen since 1988. David Glover had read my book, and reached out to share some strangely common threads. We had some beers last night to compare life notes, from when we both started as young lig...
07 November 2020
​New York is my favourite American city, and features in my book when I took Australian Monitor amplifiers there in 1987. But it was dangerous back then - I met a colleague at a coffee place. After I left, (with Kev the koala - read my book for ...
03 November 2020
My editor Graeme Hague gave me some feedback at the end, after I'd paid him. Frankly I expected more of a critique but he was accurate with a few observations. "Some people will skip over the aviation chapters", he said, "and you didn't really explai...
02 November 2020
I spent 20 years with Caroline, with whom we share a daughter Jess and my step-daughter Sarah. Clearly she features in my book, 'this Could be Serious' as she was part of the start of a lot of my enterprises and a very powerful business par...
01 November 2020

This Blog is everything that is NOT in my new book. It's a collection of very random, un-edited pieces. Gives me the chance to let you hear my voice, and see some pictures. 

01 November 2020
Julius Grafton's much anticipated memoire; 'This Could be Serious' covers a life well lived, from the slums of Darlinghurst to a career across the music industry as a roadie, production owner, and publisher of industry journal 'CX Magazine'...
01 November 2020
It was just after lunch on Saturday, I picked up Chloe in Lillyfield for a trip to Potts Point. She was waiting, dressed in a shimmering blue shift, high above the knees with a deep spray on tan. Straight up it was chats-ville, 'I'm on my way to a he...
01 November 2020
Yolanda was there too, and the ring was a strip of black PVC tape from the roll my stepson left in the car. He uses it to hold up his soccer socks. We were all debating the possibility of a drive-by wedding, but this was not really practical as we we...
01 November 2020
​It's almost peak hour in Sydney, the city the designers gave up on because of its harbour. If they'd filled in it in and put roads on the top, a driver could navigate without a mapping mind meld.But I found the building in Broadmeadow and it had a c...
01 November 2020
I was just cleaning up the archive and I found these false starts. This first one is downright melancholy. Not sure who I am lamenting here.Try as I may the detachment is longer than I wanted. To lose her love was a wound that while stitched and scar...
01 November 2020
The repartee stays imprinted. 'My sister and I are orphans' said the guitarist with a tone of melancholy as the much younger vocalist strutted around in an awesome leather jumpsuit, holding a riding crop. 'We were raised by gypsies in Romania. I have...
01 November 2020
I've had four - and they were all different! At home in Chatswood Caroline and I were married by a celebrant. It rained so we moved inside and did the ceremony in the front hall. Her dad Frank gave her away, which was sweet. Janelle and I h...
31 October 2020
​Like almost every other roadie, I learned on the job. The easy way and the hard way. By the time this picture was taken it was January 1983 and hot as can be. I had a contract with 2SM, the AM radio station under threat from 2MMM. They were hosting ...
31 October 2020
Perm rake. Can of Brut 33 spray. Six cassette mix tapes. Wrigley chewing gum. Condom (small fit). Hipflask of Southern Comfort. November edition of Penthouse with centrefold stuck together. Cheque book. Biro. Diary. ...
31 October 2020
Kate and I were talking as we drove to work on Friday. It was early, I had a 7am start at my Community Transport gig, and I drop her at a nearby school down the road where she teaches Year 3/4 composite. Her students are suspended if they hit each ot...
31 October 2020
With a rough draft of 61 chapters, I sent the 412 pages to Officeworks for printing. Stuart Coupe had told me he prints his drafts - many of them - for editing. It did make it easier - seeing the chapters in sequence I went to work with highlight pen...
20 October 2020
I choose the most difficult process to write my debut memoire, 'This Could be Serious'. Grounded by the pandemic, I opened up my archive of hundreds of articles, outpourings, notes and blather. I chose a preliminary batch of 40, deemed suitable. I ha...

Recent Blog Posts

Chapter One - I Was A Roadie

cover art

iTunes asset

Apple Books 768x218

Amazon Kindle 768x218

Audible 768x218

Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me