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Author & Researcher Delphine Jamet
- For the CHASE CREW -

Getting a good night's sleep (2001 - Hay Street Mall)

 

2 am – Finally get to sleep. It’s cold and about 6°C.

2.45 – Mosquitoes zoom around noisily.

3.07 – Scratch mosquito bite.

4.10 – Wake up quickly. Man walking by looks like he’s going to steal my bag.

4.15 – It’s so cold. So freezing!!!

4.35 – Get asked for a cigarette! I’m trying to sleep!!!

4.37 – Patrol car tells me to move on.

4.41 – Return to spot to sleep

5.01 – Delivery trucks zoom down Hay Street Mall. Can’t they be any quieter?

5.09 – People walk by, staring at me like I am in the zoo.

5.11 – Mosquito bite starts to bleed. Man who wants to steal my bag stares at me from the otherside of the mall.

5.19 – The city is covered in a thick cold frost. How I wish I was somewhere else.

5.34 – More delivery trucks roar past. A group of Aboriginals walk by, yelling and screaming abuse at each other. Pop my head up to look and cop some abuse myself.

5.49 – Some guy sits next to me and tries to chat me up. Can’t I get any sleep around here?

5.51 – Man lights up a cigarette. Does he care I am allergic to smoke?

5.59 – Police blue paddy wagon drives past slowly and stares at me. Come on boys, you’re almost at Fast Eddys . . . don’t give up now!

6.15 – Get up. Too many commuters and delivery trucks. Please tell them I am not something you watch at the zoo.

6.24 – Sit against a tree where Shirley will come. Can’t wait for breakfast!

6.39 – It must be at least 2°C. I’m so cold!

7.15 – Fall asleep.

7.35 – Sun starts to come up. Bright rays stun my eyes.

7.49 – Starting to warm up. A nice stretch . . . there’s nothing better.

7.51 – Large flock of birds settle loudly in the Supreme Court Gardens.

8.05 – Heaps of my streetie mates come and sit down for a chat. No peace right now but at least I have my mates.

8.11 – Mates start smoking mull (marijuana). Food van will be here soon. I’m so thankful for what I have – especially my mates.