I've been trying to think of something clever and insightful to write about. I haven't succeeded. The last day or so has been a weird mix of wanting to help people with really difficult things while not having a bunch of success with my own problems.
For starters, I'm still out of work (one of the reasons I'm still here at the SES shed after midnight is that I'll shortly go and get fuel and get a copy of Friday's Shepparton News, which has the big list of job ads). I had a meeting today with the employment services provider I'm hooked up with. They couldn't offer much except to put me forward for casual factory hand work at the cannery when it cranks up production in a few weeks. I'm not sneering. My recent applications have tended heavily towards cleaning and retail. I still have mixed feelings about having applied for a job as a nursing assistant at the Blood Bank in Shepparton. It's closer to semi-professional work than anything else I might be able to get. And it plays into my pet passions for helping people. On the other hand, I have the uncomfortable feeling of trading in my Y-chromosome.
Not sure how things will develop on the weather front. Rain is supposed to come and go over the next few days. This could see us busy. I was told the Goulburn burst its banks this afternoon, and we have a continuing moderate flood warning for the Broken River. I feel like I've been tracking river gauges and weather charts for weeks now.
— VICSES Warnings (@vicseswarnings) October 6, 2016
It's anyone's guess, I suppose, what will happen - whether the storm will move back out to sea, or drift over land and begin to break up as it leaves the ocean (causing of course a colossal amount of damage on the way).
I imagine I should say something profound here. Nothing leaps to mind. Except that when you see a map look like this, I wonder why I'm chasing catchpenny work here and there. Surely there is enough real work in the world - helping real people with real problems and real disasters - to keep a hundred of me busy for a century!