Two outrageous things happened recently, both associated with women
1. How did she pass her driving?
I was at the Marriot Hotel carpark and came upon this woman trying to ram her car against a pillar. She forwarded, reversed, forwarded and reversed and never did manage to get her car out of the pillar’s way.
I came out of my car because she was blocking mine, and suddenly she managed to slot her car into the bay. I found a nearby parking lot opposite hers and was horrified.
She had parked her car at a 45 deg angle.
I went over and knocked on her door. She was looking really dazed, as if she had just seen some dead body or what.
“Excuse me, you need help. Let me help you park your car.” I said.
“Oh no need, I’ll adjust it later. Now got a lot of cars passing by.”
“Lady, there aren’t any cars now. The guy can’t get into his car if yours remains at this angle.”
Anyway, to cut her whining short, I got into her car and was surprised to see it was a manual shift. I haven’t driven a manual car since 1997 but I took careful control of the clutch anyway. I looked at the side mirror and got a headache immediately.
I said: “Miss, why are your side windows magnifying the reflection?”
“Oh it helps me to drive better.”
“Hullo, you’d better change them to the normal type. With this sort of side mirrors, you can’t see cars on the road nor can you park properly.”
Thanks to stupid car testers who prefer looks over driving skills, we normal people have to put up with others who were not meant to be on the road in the first place.
2. What does she know about parenting?
PAP new face Ellen Lee was asked by the press yesterday – Why aren’t young fathers getting more paternity leave? Her answer was “because they never asked for it” and to paraphrase her, she said that many fathers are not involved in changing diapers, doing night feeds and so they do not deserve to have more paternity leave.
Ok, who died and made you Miriam Stoppard?
Statements like these are precisely the reason why young fathers like me don’t give a hoot about pro-family govt policies and the baby bonus. We have kids because we want to, not because the government tells us it’s a good thing with all the rebates and such.
If you want to help run this country, wake up and smell the diapers.
Fathers my age have NO CHOICE but to be hands-on New Age Dads.
We did not take the Epidural, but we were there when the placenta was wrapped up and disposed off.
I fed Isaac even when I came home from work at 2am in the morning, and you probably don’t know the pain of sterilising bottles day in and out.
Granted, most fathers in your day (circa 1950s) didn’t bother with bringing up the family. But it is 2006, Auntie.
Sperm counts are down, stress levels are up. You want to help the government generate more babies? Open your eyes first, understand where the seed comes from.
If I had a vote (which I won’t), I wouldn’t give it to you.
(Until you give me more paternity leave.)