Headphones (warning, this post contains traces of geek)

The most important item in my arsenal of stuff I use on air (apart from my brain and my piehole) is my headphones. I had a realisation the other day that I've been wearing the same set for about 10 years. I got them somewhere around the year 2000 - give or take, and when I get the arse, I'll walk out of the building with my coffee cup, these headphones and not much else.

Headphones, or 'cans' are a very personal thing and I use Sennheiser HD25SPs. A lot of on air folk don't really care but I do. Something that's been with me for this long deserves a bit of credit. For me, being on the wireless is not about talking. It's about listening.

You're thinking, NERD! And you're right, I am. Think about it though, hairdressers will most likely have a favourite pair of scissors, builders know which hammer or brand of saw does the business for them, teachers often have a favourite marking pen and we're always hearing about how terrorists have a bomb signature. These are the tools of our trades.

My cans are not without their faults. The cord is WAY too long and I'm forever running over it with my chair. Because of this I've had to replace it 3 times. ($80 a pop!) I've also worn my way through 3 sets of ear pads which is no mean feat because I have really small ears and no lobes. You may say, wow, they must be really shit for having to be repaired all the time but think about it, I've worn them for at least 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for the last 10 years.

4 hours x 5 days = 20 hours.
20 hours x 48 weeks a year = 960 hours per year.
960 x 10 years = 9600 hours of use!

Cripes. I've never worked it out before... These puppies will set you back around $300 slides but the sound is effin great and they're worth every cent.

The Mayor? umm... it's old, what's his face, innit?

Most of us actually can name our local Mayor, but how many of us can name the Councillors who work with the Mayor?

I was at a job interview once, it was a different radio station and quite a few years back (quite a few - I've been working at Classic Hits for 6 1/2 years...) and I was flown to the town for the interview.

The Manager asked me, "Who is the Mayor of this town?" and it caught me on the hop, I didn't know. I should have done more research. I was stuck. I had found out a lot about the town but not the Mayor's name.

"I don't know." I admitted and tried to cover my lack of knowledge with some of the other information that I had learnt.

I didn't get the job and to be fair, I didn't really want it so it all worked out well in the end.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing. What I should have said was:

"I don't know and to be fair, sod all people vote in local body elections. In addition, not many people actually care about the Mayor unless they're announcing a rates increase or something that the Council is involved in goes wrong."

I still wouldn't have got the job, but my story of this job interview would have been way more interesting.

Today, I live in a big town and the area we broadcast to has 5 Mayors. I see two of them regularly and can have a laugh with them both. One even just added me on Facebook. The other 3, I have been remiss in getting to know and it's on my to do list.

My advice in regards to local body elections, is that yes, it's pretty boring and you'll most likely forget who you voted for pretty quickly. However, if you don't vote, you can't complain when things don't go your way.