What is this? A bizarre concept for those of us coming from the entertainment industry, where the central theme was 'No work No pay.' Long service leave is a fantastic initiative and I thank my union for their tireless efforts in reducing the eligibility period from 10 down to 7 years. Mind you it does sort of freak me out that I've teaching at RMIT for that long. Still, Buddha states that "teaching is a noble profession." 3 months with full pay is my reward and there are a few items already on the agenda: New compositions, rehearsals and album with Stereo Volvo (STV); Album with Blues guitarist/singer Jesse Valach; New compositions, rehearsals and tour with Stevie Paige; New compositions and recordings with jazz vocalist Julia Messenger; Queensland holiday with the family; Catching up with friends I haven't seen in ages; Loosing some lard that I've accumulated over the past 12 months - must be too happy "living the dream" according to my new friends in Memphis. Either way I've earned this and it begins officially today.