ANZAC day is a public holiday, which means anyone working gets time and a half, so needless to say almost nobody was working. Not the best of news since that made it 2 days in a row we hadn’t worked (Seriously, this season…). I’m flat broke and busting into the savings I promised I wouldn’t touch just to make sure I’ve got enough food for Friday. Last week I had to pay my rent in installments because I didn’t actually have enough before I got paid! I have spent every single spare penny I had and got less than $400 to show for it when I was expecting a couple of grand by now. I’ve literally gotten to the point where I CAN’T leave because I don’t have the money to do so! This season needs to pick up and soon…
As an added bonus, there’s a cold running through the hostel, and today I woke up as its newest victim. On a day where just about every shop is closed and getting medication is an exercise in futility. I manage to find a shop selling someone worthwhile, and get into town in the morning just in time to watch the ANZAC parade through Te Puke’s main street.
As it’s a small town, it’s a small group, consisting of 3 vehicles and several dozen different military contingents. The main even is a ceremony happening in the hall, and there’s speakers outside for everyone who can’t fit in the building. I stay for the first part, but head back to the hostel to curl up in bed for a while.
We had planned to have a BBQ today, but the people most interested actually got to work today, I was too sick to plan anything, and a lot of other people got into their car and went to spend the day somewhere else, so most of it passed me in sleep or a slightly medicated haze. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel a little bit better.