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The other day, Satur­day night in fact, I was in the su­per­mar­ket and the teenager ahead of me in the queue placed his shop­ping on the check­out counter.

The sum to­tal of his pur­chase was four Red Bulls, a pack of con­doms and some panadol.

We’ll call this the party pack. I didn’t stop and chat to him so I’ll never know if he had some spe­cific plans for all of this or was just be­ing wildly optimistic.

I’ll also never know how his night came to­gether but clearly he was a man with a plan.

That plan was to get fu­elled up, blast down the run­way, soar briefly and with a bit of luck not get shot down. But as luck would have it his good friend parac­eta­mol would be there to help pick up the pieces.

On the other hand my gro­cery items painted a sim­i­lar pic­ture.

Just re­place the Red Bull with in­stant cof­fee, the con­doms with nap­pies and the panadol with sol­u­ble fi­bre.

We’ll call this the sad­dest party ever pack.

Luck­ily no one judges you by what you gather up at the su­per­mar­ket.

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