Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 7-13 August 2019

A few months ago I had the idea of capturing the words of people; sometimes the connections between people; that I come across each day. This record plays with the idea that the suburban ordinariness of life is what makes it extraordinary. Below are snatches of #hourlydaily conversations from the past seven days; overheard here & there.
(Imagine that!)



Tu 13 Aug, 2019

Two men, waiting.
-It’s just… I dunno.
-How much is enough?
-Exactly. How much is enough?



Mo 12 Aug, 2019

Changing room, City.
-Why don’t you tuck that shirt in?
-Ahh… it’s alright like this.
-But it could look so much better. How many times have I told you?
-Well… I think it’s OK…
-You’ll never learn, will you?





Su 11 Aug, 2019

Phone call.
-Yeah hi, could I book a table for tomorrow night? For six of us. About 7 o’clock?
-No need to book, honey. Just rock up.




Sa 10 Aug, 2019

Man walks dog.
-Come on, little mate.




Fr 9 Aug, 2019

One end of a conversation; woman on the phone.
-Yeah that’s true.

-It really is.

-Hmm. Are you gonna get one?

-Has it? Oh no.

-Yeah but still…

-Yeah, that’d be nice.




Th 8 Aug, 2019

Two middle-aged men, city.
-Mate. She’s awesome. So good. Just… awesome.
-Great to hear.
-Remember when you couldn’t do anything wrong? It’s like that.
-Yes mate; I remember.




We 7 Aug, 2019

Woman unsuccessfully tries a conversation with a friend’s toddler son. The boy plays on.
-You’re an engineer aren’t you?
-Your mum’s an engineer and you’ve got her engineer’s brain.
-Like your sister.
-Your sister’s an escape artist, isn’t she?




Last week’s #hourlydaily



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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He is married and has two daughters and the four of them all live together with their dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. roger lowrey says

    Do you think James Joyce had this sort of idea in Ulysses?

  2. Pub.

    Older PhD candidate: My thesis is with the examiners right now.

    Retired academic: One of my examiners died marking mine.

    Others around the table: What?

    Retired academic: Head on the desk. They found him at the start of Chapter 5.

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