It’s 1992, it’s Saturday afternoon. I’m eating a pie on the couch and Dad’s eating two.
NSW are playing Queensland in rugby on TV.
Ben Liddy’s not home so I am inside. He lives in Warrabri Place so I can see his house from our balcony. He has black Jordans and Bladelines with three buckles and a basketball ring that’s 10 foot. He has a Wigan jersey who are a team from England. He used to have a bike jump but it was asbestos.
Ben’s main aim is to dunk on the tree branch in our front yard.
Marty Roebuck is on the TV. He plays for NSW (and also the Wallabies and sometimes Randwick). He is number 15, which is fullback in rugby union and reserve in rugby league.
He gets sand from the bucket and makes a pile with his hands. He puts the ball (Gilbert Barbarian) on top and stands up. One of his socks is down. He does five steps back then two steps sideways. He looks down, then up, then down. He does two breaths and then he’s ready to kick.
Marty Roebuck’s main aim is to kick it through the posts at Concord Oval.
I’m wearing my soccer uniform and Dad’s wearing his tennis clothes. We drew nil all against Mount Colah. Then I got my haircut at Frank’s and you get free chewing gum (Juicy Fruit). I don’t have the right type of hair to get a flat-top so I got a blended step. In the Christmas holidays I get to have an undercut.
Pete Goulter had an undercut. He’s in year 9. He has Guns ‘n Roses shorts from Utopia in the city. His room has a red light and a Use Your Illusions II poster. Once when I was there, his friend yelled at a man on a bike out the car window near Macquarie shops.
Pete’s main aim is to see Guns ‘n Roses at Eastern Creek Raceway.
Next week, I’ll do a dunk on the branch in the front yard.
Next month, I’ll have metal studs and kick goals from the sideline with one sock down.
Next year I’ll go to Eastern Creek Raceway and head bang like on Rage.
And one day, I’ll eat two Big Ben’s Dome Tops without getting full.
I’m taking a break from the pubs, but here’s the start of something new.