My Perfect Weekend: James O'Connor, teacher, rollerblader, diver, outdoors lover
"I spend most of the weekend down on the Esplanade rollerblading.
"I do a lot of skating along the foreshore and if I'm not rollerblading, I'm doing something to do with fitness, like running or skateboarding.
I might skate in the bowl and then go for a coffee, after which I'll do some other outdoor activity, like swim at the lagoon, depending on the weather.
I teach at Cairns School of Distance Education. I teach maths, science and information technology and it's a great relief to do something different on the weekends.
I also give rollerblading lessons to kids and adults and show them how to skate. I like to help out.
I find Cairns to be the perfect place to skate. I love the outdoor lifestyle in Cairns and that we can do more activities in winter when it's cold down south. Rollerblading is something you can do year round.
I also do rollerblading with cones, slalom, it's quite different from aggressive in-line skating. You zigzag between them.
I love that you get to meet new people.
I am also a roller derby referee on Wednesday nights for the Reef City Roller girls. It's quite a nice social outlet.
On a Friday night, I sometimes go to a bar and catch up with friends or go and hear some live music.
On Sunday, again skating is usually involved. I love all sorts of skating sports, including longboarding.
I live in north Cairns, so I will usually go for a run or a skate on the Esplanade. In the morning I'll do the Red Arrow and go for a coffee and read the paper. I also love scuba diving and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
I went to the Underwater Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It's a big thing for me, especially as a science teacher, to learn more about the Reef.
Other things I have done and might do again, is teach snowboarding - I taught it in Canada.
I'm also really into languages and can be seen going around listening to language tapes. I have studied French, Spanish and German.
I have a skate school business in Sydney, rollerblading.com.au, which I have run for about 10 years. I run it using the internet and phone so that can take a lot of time during the weekends too.
In Thailand there are no rules. In Western society, you can't rollerblade here and you can't rollerblade there, whereas in Bangkok the police officers wave at you as you skate through traffic.
I also enjoy movies, blockbuster movies and international cinema.
At the moment, I'm listening to The Presets, an alternative electronic duo, and I like a lot of hip hop and Ministry of Sound.
I read a lot of books using my iPad. I really enjoy reading science fiction and my favourite author is Arthur C Clarke."
Favourite tipple? Coopers Pale Ale.
What are you reading? 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, a futuristic tale.
Who is your inspiration? Neil Armstrong.
What irritates you? People who drive too close to your car bumper.
What is the most ridiculous thing you've ever done? Rollerblade through the streets of Bangkok, the downtown streets of Chinatown. You have to dodge traffic but you can let loose.
Your last supper? Pasta and chocolate but not necessarily in that order.
Favourite outfit? My board shorts.
Favourite things? I love my gadgets, my smartphone, and I love to travel.
Your perfect weekend away? Cape Tribulation or to go kayaking on the Tully River.
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