Holidays are great - not least because they give you the time to have a think about things and recollect on what is good and bad. Holidays can also be good because they give you the free time to pursue different activities and options.
The problem arises however, when having that time on your hands to think about your life and ponder what you should do, only serves to make you aware that your social life is really pretty crap.
Take my New Years Eve for example. Instead of going to BBQ's and parties like most other people I know, we ended up going to Cottesloe in a combie van and sitting around drinking on the side of the road, watching the police beat up underage kids. True, the scenary was pretty good (the beach and the all the young chicks =P) but the whole night just served to reinforce in my mind what a waste of time it's becoming hanging out with Jonno, Davo and Egg. While its true that things have never been too inspiring with those guys ever, things were definitely better earlier in the year when we actually used to go out places.
If I could explain why things used to be better, I'd probbaly look at several reasons. The first would be that Paul has pretty much left our group due to the shit between his parents and dave & liz(pauls sister). I'm still friends with paul, and although he can sometimes be a bit of a know it all and tale teller, he was good to have around because he was usually up for going out - plus he actually did stuff in real life and had money to spend, something that Jonno and Egg in partiular are short of.
The second is that Jonno has been unemployed for nearly all this year, which has resulted in him not only having little money but also in him becoming increasingly depressed and socially isolated (ie/ not meeting new people around the place). As you would expect this has had the effect of making him a less than enthusiastic person to have around at times.
They are the two main symptomatic things I'm annoyed about, but the root cause of most of the problems at the moment is probably davo. Although he is really charming guy and a good bloke, he is also an extremly bad influence on pretty much everyone in that group. While, I wouldnt quite go so far as to call him an addict, he is definitely dependant to some extent on drugs, with drug related activities consuming most of his free time. More worringly though, his example has encouraged Egg, libby and liz to all pursue drug-dependant lifestyles too (though surprisingly enough Egg seems to have recently come off the drugs).
One thing is sure though, I'm sick of the doing nothing and hanging out with losers, so either something is gonna change for the better or I'm gonna have to start looking for a new group of friends to start hanging out with (not that I've ever been oversupplied with friends =(
New Years day on the other hand was a much better day, with the Perth Cup being perhaps a bit overrated, but generally pretty cool. Went to that with some of my brothers mates (who I get along well with) and we were lucky enough to get a tent along the racetrack. Although I cant say I know anything much about horses and horseracing (consequently didnt bother placing a bet), I did appreciate all the revealing frocks I saw and the constant drink refills in our tent.
Our sidetrip to the Onyx bar afterwards was also kinda interesting, because I got to see what a real life suggardaddy looks like =P. You see one of Graces better looking friends from school (a 19 y.o), is going out with the 50+ owner of the Onyx bar, which meant that we got a lot of cheap/free drinks amongst other things. The attention this guy was getting from the girls in the place also served as a lesson, that while money cant buy love, it can buy a lot of attention (and presumably other benefits too).
Anyways, might end things there and get back to satisfying my own addiction at the moment (World of Warcraft) =P