Open House Sundays

March 13, 2007 at 2:21 am (Uncategorized)

We have a new policy at home. Open house Sundays. This Chez J initiative is designed to promote two things: we don’t leave the general vicinity of our place on Sundays, but we encourage people to feel free to pop in. So far it’s going quite well.

Open house Sundays came about because we had oh so easily fallen straight back into that Sydney trap of spending whole weekends in transit, thanks to diaries choked with social commitments spread across the greater metropolitan area. I think you have to see an aerial shot of Sydney to fully appreciate why travelling to a friend’s house on the other side of town is such a mission. There’s just water everywhere, separating everything. It’s lovely, no doubt, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but it does create particular challenges for getting around. Often, being forced to travel overland doubles or even triples the distance. If we were all able to scoot around on the water the whole time, the whole enterprise would be much more manageable. Unfortunately, boats cost a fortune, and so do moorings. Believe me, we’ve looked into it.

So the end result, and I know I speak for many people around Sydney when I say this, is that we just end up knackered. Constantly. In need of a weekend to recover from the weekend. I used to think the problem was simply over-committing. Last year I even wrote a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald to that effect, but now the nuances are becoming clearer. It’s not just saying yes, it’s getting there, and getting away again. Tick tock, tick tock… Just like that, there goes the day, and the weekend is over.

It’s not that we’re refusing to do the distances. I love leaving my own neighbourhood and visiting friends elsewhere. We’ll do Fridays nights. Saturdays. Saturday nights. The occasional weeknight. All aboard and toot toot. Fabulous. Can’t wait to see you. It’s been too long. Let’s catch up. But Sundays? We’ll be at home. And if the door’s closed and there’s no signs of life, then we’ll be over the road in the surf, and we’ll be back before you can apply your sunscreen. Come on over, we’d love to see you. And as we start to spread the word and stick to our guns, people are actually more inclined to visit. They are bringing their togs and their toddlers, and they are happily spending Sunday at the beach. And now, finally, so are we.

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