posted on May 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

weird daze post touring
i fly up to qld n do rock wiz show
i filmed it all
itll be available on my new upcoming website
travelling long singing my song side by side
stay at nice hotels
usual things aggravate me
i do yoga coldly sometimes in posh rooms
with good views
at night its the olde on with the show
and the people loved the show
and i taking some great solace in being a ‘umble cog
in the machine
because it was a good machine
and the cogs all worked well
fly back in time for all kindsa shenanigans
you wouldnt read about it
more good and bad excitement
fuck yeah
fuck no
then saturday drive to canberra for the school reunion
it was outside in a pub garden
an irritating jolly celtic-ish big band scraped my tinnitus
rendering conversations more painful than usual
a horrible bloody bonfire burned foul smelling smoke
nevermind all that
i filmed the whole thing
one day it will be available at my new supersite coming soon-ish
you’ll hear some women testify to my innate nastiness as a youth
you werent yourself says janet g a former classmate
others protest my innocence
my “fame” seems to blur some memories
the words fame n famous get bandied about a lot
not surprising
with a few exceptions
i am more popular with the ladies at this do
than the gents
the same old blokes who disapproved of me back then
still didnt dig my groovy stupid trip
the geezers who were neutral remained neutral
my couple of old pals still liked me n treated me the same
i mingled around
i guessed who most people were
i was looking forward to meeting megan m
who i had secretly had a long crush on thru school
i met bronny n jo from my old debating team
they havent changed and we pick up as tho not much has changed
jo still treats me with slightly impatient disdain
while bronny jumps in saying kind things
(as she did back in 1972)
a finnish girl who had been quite a plain jane at school
had blossomed into a willowy tall elegant woman
ones who had been willowy at school now seemed smaller and round
i am introduced to a lady with blond hair n glasses
she hides her name and i know i should know her
but i cant say who it is
c’mon she says guess who i am
but i dont know n i feel embarrassed
its megan….i didnt recognise her at all
some blokes were completely bald
others had hair just as it was in 1972 the last time i saw em
most of us drove to restaurant after the pub
a rude mouthy woman called linda b
sat behind me in my car pulling at my hair
gee your hairs pretty thin! she says
im fucking 55! i protest
we all are ! says a chorus of voices
later at the restaurant linda keeps pulling at my thin hair
its receding isnt it? she asks
but then adds
youve hardly any wrinkles on your forehead
is that botox ?she asks seriously
still youre bloody handsome she finally sighs
other blokes from school are unfortunately overfond of booze
they get a loada red wine into em
and become just like the kinda people we hated at school
actually they all seemed to like to drink
there was a slide show powerpoint thingy
some old poems from the school magazine are projected
a couple of pretentious poems by bronny appear
and bigmouth me declaims them to everyone
in a ridiculous accent like a boorish king from camelot
loving her embarrassment
but instant karma soon follows when a loada my 4th form dribble
is up on the screen
and people
it was the most awful stuff
that made bronnys poetry look like rimbaud
i hid my face deep in my coat and groaned
as i leave the whole do
i run into scrubby s (a former classmate uninvited)
who works the corner of antill n northbourne washing windows
(dickson, act)
i give him 20 bucks n we have a chat
i give him some tips about getting off the gearski
and he gives me some tips about having thicker hair
dont ever wash it!
and remaining young
dont eat anything….
it must be said that poor scrubby does indeed look younger
than many of the guys who did well
remarkably youthful in fact except for his teeth
he dont look much different
its all the food n booze that ages people we agree
and working for the man n doing a job you hate
makes you all bitter n boring n yer hair turns white
and it was a long sad strange drive home to bondi
it rained n i nearly rain outta petrol
thank heavens i didnt
over n out

37 Responses to “huff”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 May 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Great blog. I recently went to high school reunion and could not believe how old everyone looked. Of course when I look in the mirror I see the same young kid as always. I am reminded of the Robert Burns line,
    "O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us"

    My best,
    Constance McGillicudy, USA

  2. avatar
    penny auctions | 24 May 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Thats really cool..
    mixed up everything..

  3. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 May 2010 at 10:18 am #

    glad you could go to your high school reunion…… way in the fucking world would i go to any of mine…….

    love always……

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 May 2010 at 10:55 am #

    happy that you attended. i skipped mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. avatar
    princey | 24 May 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Cant wait to see it sk! What a night that musta been.Nice to hear from you btw:))
    love mandy

  6. avatar
    Peloteando | 24 May 2010 at 11:06 am #

    An old classmate reunion… The bonfire of the vanities. The perfect place to meet people you don't have anything in common. I prefer an appendicitis surgery, but I think that I would assist to one of those only to see a couple of girls I liked very much.

  7. avatar
    phil in Canbagerra | 24 May 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Well…that whole reunion must have left you feeling like the scenery keeping rolling on a loop in the background but the actors are type cast for ever?? Please publish that 4th year poem…you know we'd love it Love Dr. Phil

  8. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 24 May 2010 at 12:44 pm #


    that sounded painful…better time spent with the family then all those ???

    just a thought for next time


  9. avatar
    Freddie | 24 May 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Sounds like you had a pretty good time at your reunion. So they brought back some of yer really old poetry, eh? Lets have it! I'm curious. :^)

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 May 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Shenanigans?!! Donโ€™t you know youโ€™re supposed to be a responsible adult?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 May 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    A fun read, and I applaud you for going to the reunion at all! Life holds perhaps no horror worse than evidence of one's immature self.

  12. avatar
    Oh Looney | 24 May 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I finally went to one of mine at the ripe age of 50 and avoiding them for so many years. It wasn't even my year but my class of slackers decided to crash it after the class of 78 did all the set up work. Underclassmen will always be the subordinates I suppose. Once I pulled up and saw the valet parking I knew this wasn't to be my kind of affair and stayed all of 15 minutes after driving 10 hours to get there. I chose to drink and play with my old band buds from 20 years ago who had a gig that night in Jersey and don't regret that decision. That was the real reunion, friends… my friends.

  13. avatar
    Georgia | 24 May 2010 at 3:15 pm #


    I Love the ramblings in your head…and almost feel like we are the word bubbles as you walk around and meet up with everyone you grew up with!

    And, of Course you are still handsome…and btw you are aging quite gracefully. You may stick that bubble in your head for a long long time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I must ask you this…as I recently moved to Sweden….any tips on living here?

  14. avatar
    haazah | 24 May 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    rocka steve,

    a post really stands out
    an' this is one uf 'em.

    funny how "Life Speeds Up" came on whilst reading it!

    aye, we hurtle along through time an' space

    an' if we're lucky we find those who we synchronize with real nice

    lucky for all of us we encountered you
    (sometimes through off means, i.e. via my ex-wife; a sincere thanks to you, C!)

    very best,
    Jason in Milwaukee

  15. avatar
    Georgia | 24 May 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    BTW Steven,

    I am SURE your poem was far better than my first published piece-a Hockey Haiku. Yup…imagine Zen slapshotting across the rink….


  16. avatar
    Michael W. | 24 May 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    I'm about a year away from my 10 year high school reunion and I dread the thought of attending even though my high school years weren't too bad. God, it doesn't seem that long ago.

    I got your box set from Second Motion in the mail this past weekend. It's my first time listening to most of your solo work and it's excellent!

  17. avatar
    cazziem | 24 May 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Very entertaining bloggie today SK!
    Sounds like school reunions are pretty much the same here in England as they are on the other side of the globe. I only ever attended one, I noted that the idiots are still idiots, the snobs are still snobs, then realised had I really wanted to stay in touch with any of the people there, I wouldnโ€™t need to have attended the school reunion in the first place!

    Anyway on a much more interesting note, tell us more about your new website that is coming "soonish". Will you still continue with ttb? What a thrill to know we have more vids to look forward to.

  18. avatar
    Steven Krut | 24 May 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    You should write a novel or a screenplay based on your life. It would be good.

  19. avatar
    Melquiades | 24 May 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    btw, looking forward to the site you're talking about. you're always doing something different. pretty cool, man.

  20. avatar
    davem | 24 May 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    I don't do the school reunion stuff.
    I still keep in weekly contact with two chaps and two others from time-to-time.
    The rest I couldn't be arsed with.
    New website????

  21. avatar
    Anne Marie | 24 May 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Sounds like you had a good time. Glad you shared a few of the details with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. avatar
    Altres | 24 May 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow, I've never actually been to a reunion of any sort, must have been bizarre. I do see the occassional person from my own school days but they are all hugely out of shape and indeed, drunk.


  23. avatar
    plumlady | 24 May 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    You're still hot for 55!…way hot compared to most guys your age. And your hair isn't THAT thin and your belly doesn't hang over your belt and cover up all the important parts….(he he). I'm trying to imagine just how cool it would have been to have had YOU in my class back in the 70's….wow, I'm betting that WE would have had some memories to play off now because you were the kind of person that I was looking to hang out with back then. There were just so far and few inbetween interesting people that came along to connect with. Reunions are a strange place to be after this many years; I don't care to attend any more of mine after the 20 year one. I guess I'll see the rest of them at their funerals.

    Tell more about the upcoming website. I hope you're keeping the blog as well.

  24. avatar
    eternallylit | 24 May 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    sounds like you did and you didn't ! i come from a slightly later era but i do know scrubby as i see him at those lights every time i'm going to get some gearski and i give him some dhurries or flick him a coin or two – i never seem to have twenty for the man !! but he don't look young – yeah i guess he does –

  25. avatar
    Sharka | 24 May 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    great picture!

  26. avatar
    the dean | 25 May 2010 at 12:01 am #

    class reunion – I'd have never guessed

  27. avatar
    simeon | 25 May 2010 at 12:36 am #

    your right about the girls changing, the non-descripts turning to beauties and and the vain cuties going to seed. But we men are the same. I was a non-descript and was un-officially voted as most changed. The ratbags turned lawyers, the bully's become policemen, the sport stars become furniture chain managers, the "Kool" kids dead or jailed. It's a reality check
    Thats a funny one about little meggsy…should have pashed her!!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 May 2010 at 1:34 am #

    ive stayed mates with the mates I liked back then…the others I haven't seen since…no reunion required!

    thanks for the tale SK.

  29. avatar
    lily was here | 25 May 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Sounds like your cruise down memory lane was a mixture of highs, lows and indifference. Thanks for filming SK


    ps Curiosity would drive me to go to mine (if I could be invisible) but Ive never felt motivated enough to put myself through it). Guess I'm a scaredy cat. I remember one reunion after a funeral (which was actually great I have to say). I couldn't believe the things I'd done or said that I'd completely obliterated from my memory banks. Dont ever do one of these when a parent is around!

  30. avatar
    matthew | 25 May 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Sounds like a cool time! And – I recognize that guy at the corner in Dickson!

  31. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 May 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    school reunion?
    no thanks!
    it would be torture.

  32. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 25 May 2010 at 6:02 pm #


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  33. avatar
    eek | 25 May 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    A fascinating look into a class reunion. Interesting to see how many of the people you grew up with turned out, but ultimately not really satisfying. That's how they always seem to me anyway. My 30th is this year. I went to my 25th and after about an hour I was down to polite smiles and nods. Don't really want to do that again for a while.

    However, I am certainly looking forward to seeing the video you took there and during the Rockwiz tour. That should be great fun! And also looking very much forward to the new site. Love the photo on this one too — cool composition and colour.

    "with a few exceptions
    i am more popular with the ladies at this do
    than the gents"

    I imagine so!

    "a rude mouthy woman called linda b
    sat behind me in my car pulling at my hair"

    Linda B. has the hots for you. Definitely.

    "as i leave the whole do
    i run into scrubby s (a former classmate uninvited)"

    Much has been written — even by you — of your mean/jerky streak, and yes, I'm sure you have one. But this bit shows real kindness and decency at your core. I'll bet Scrubby S. barely gets noticed by most. It's understandable, as it is an uncomfortable situation for most of us (I know it would be for me). But you didn't take the "just ignore him" way out, you engaged him as a person, no matter how briefly, and that's beautiful.

  34. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 May 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    dear eeky

    scrubby features in the film of reunion

    hes a real character

    much love

  35. avatar
    Cocoamo | 26 May 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Dear Steve:

    Have not had HBO before, so couldn't watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm", but now I can watch it and see what you mean about the similarity to your life. What a riot. Your portrayal of events at the reunion could have been an episode. Thanks for putting a smile on my face once again.

    Your Friend from Pennsylvania

  36. avatar
    Wermer | 26 May 2010 at 1:49 am #

    Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son..Dylan shows up at his reunions too so I'm told.

  37. avatar
    bc | 27 May 2010 at 1:12 am #

    filmed it all…? even Bronny and Scrubby?

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