Mansfield tradie’s New Year’s resolution
THERE is no denying that 2019 was a tough year for Mansfield labourer, Carl Briggs.
Not only did he bemoan the lack of Bunnings coming to town – complaining that the service at Yenckens was too good for him to milk his hardware time – but his proposed television series Tradie Wants a Wife failed to find a backer.
Heading into 2020 Carl has found himself single, living at home with his parents while trying to scrape together enough cash to put a set of extra wide mud tyres on his ute.
“I’ve got a few things I’m changing this year,” Carl said.
“I see all these Facebook posts about ‘new year new you’, so I’m going to have a red hot go at that.”
First thing on Carl’s to do list is to find the love of his life.
“I’m almost 35, I’d like a missus,” he said.
“I can’t believe no one wanted to film my TV series, Tradie Wants a Wife – all the ladies go crazy over that farmer show, but no one wants to see me with my shirt off, working the jackhammer.
“Just so you know, I’ve worked out at the gym a couple of times.”
Without the financial means to produce the show himself, Carl intends to find love the old fashioned way – at the pub.
“I’m not going on a dating app or anything – I want something serious: I’m just going to have to lay off the booze on a Friday night so I can talk to the ladies, instead of dribbling.”
Which brings Carl to his second New Year’s Eve resolution; to change his drinking habits.
“I’m not giving up or anything,” he is quick to quantify.
“But I think I’ll swap the heavy beers for mids this year – and I’m going to act my age – I’m swapping Bundy for Jack Daniels.”
Other 2020 resolutions for Carl include:
(L) Get a bigger exhaust on his Ford Ranger;
(l) Work out at least once a week;
(l) Eat more greens – VB does not count;
(l) Swap to skim milk Iced Coffees;
(l) Nail a backflip on his Hyperlight wake board; and
(l) Grow a moustache.
“I might even think about moving out on my own this year,” Carl said.
“But I don’t want to be too crazy – gotta keep things realistic.”
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: Mansfield’s favourite tradie, Carl Briggs, talks about the changes he plans to make in 2020. He is pictured here wearing the personalised safety hat his mother got him for Christmas this year.