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Sometimes the brain takes you down the wrong path

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So there I was a week ago in front of the computer, up against a deadline, writing a column about tradies and why vocational education matters.

I had something to say on the subject and the touch typing I learnt at my local TAFE meant my fingers were flying. Typing at speed can still impress my sons. When they were young it used to dazzle them - one of the few things that could reliably achieve such a state, along with being able to see out of the back of my head to know they hadn't brushed their teeth or washed their hair, despite a 20-minute shower.

The brain is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it misfires and takes you down the wrong pathway. Picture: Shutterstock

Mother: "Your head is bone dry and your hair still reeks. You didn't wash it. Did you even get wet?"

Son, thinking: "How does she do that?"

Mother: "If you don't get back under the shower and come out smelling like flowers I'll go back in there with you because you're smelling the house out."

Son: "Noooooo!!" before rushing to the bathroom and slamming the door.

Anyway, I was punching out the words last week and had reached about 600 - with, say, 500 or so words to go - when I started the following sentence about tradies and the kinds of utes they drive where I live, with dings and bangs worn as a badge of honour.

"Every so often these real-ute tradie owners will hose their utes down but the interiors remain true tradie - dust on the dash, food wrappers and empty drink containers on the floor, pens and bits of paper here and there, sometimes ciggies, and a .....," I wrote.

And then my brain stopped.

Now the brain is a wonderful thing. The average........

© Canberra Times