Gradually, I am replacing the structure provided by paid employment with a structure of going places and doing things, with friends and with strangers. The Historic Houses Trust and the WEA provide wonderful courses and walking tours and the same faces are showing up in the ones I have chosen. This year I have eschewed the opera in favour of drama and film. Yesterday I attended the first STC production for 2010. I would maybe score it 6/10. A musical on the theme of teenage sexual repression, done by kids just entering the profession. I met two new people there and they are going to the same performances as me. Then I met up with my travel companion over at the AG-NSW to listen to Peter Fitzsimons rabbit on about living in France and then to wander through the Rupert Bunny exhibition. Fitz was most entertaining - without notes. Half the exhibition was great, but then Bunny went off the rails into mythology and I did not like that style at all. Bit of a sad end really.
So, I am into my second week of French, second week of "Lost Railways" and one more lecture to go about the history of specific blocks of the city. Also one more walk along Macquarie Street. Now to go back to the Mitchell Library and learn how to research. Was told today to sus out the Maritime Museum, too.