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Jo Syme and Tom Iansek, Big Scary
What makes an Aussie rocker good in bed?
Jo: Because you can put on AC/DC and shake me all night long. Oh man, worst Aussie band reference ever!
Or Olivia Newton-John, "Let's Get Physical."
Jo: Yeah, she's our pride and joy. And now she's on those ads for memory games to stop yourself from going senile. That's probably only in Australia; she still has some currency.
What's the best way to ask out an Australian musician?
Tom: Maybe start with, "Ooh, I love your accent." Maybe not so direct. Maybe don't ask to go out for a drink. Maybe be more subtle about it; that could work pretty well.
Jo: I actually disagree. I think direct is good because then you know either way. Straight to the point.
Tom: I guess that's very different. I like it when there's a bit more mystery to it all. When you're not quite sure, that's what makes it fun.
Jo: Mystery is good if it turns out well.
Make a sweeping generalization about what it would be like to date an Australian musician.
Jo: It probably sucks because they'll be away most weekends.
Tom: On a more serious note, I think we Australian rock stars aren't the same caliber as, say, American rock stars. Because Australia's so much smaller, you know? We just sort of have jobs and study and whatever back at home.
So you have a day job back in Australia? What do you guys do?
Tom: We both work, yeah. I run corporate events.
Jo: And he's a male prostitute. [laughs] I'm a waitress.
If Big Scary were a sex position, what would it look like?
Jo: Well, we're a boy and a girl — there's a start! We couldn't even try to claim one of the wild ones.
Tom: It would be something kind of mild and comfortable. Nothing too acrobatic.
Jo: Between missionary and reverse cowgirl. Somewhere safely in between.
My ex-girlfriend and I had a messy breakup almost a year ago. I feel like enough time has passed that maybe we can be friends now. How do I go about initiating a friendship with my ex?
Jo: Oh man, I'm the expert at this. I just go straight for friendship too often. Wait until you're in love with someone else and then do it. Otherwise, you'll think you still like her.
Would both of you have to be in other relationships?
Jo: No, just you, so that you're okay with it.
Tom: Give it a good amount of time.
Jo: A year's good.
Tom: I think both parties being in other relationships helps.
I recently lost my job, and I moved back in with my parents. How do I keep up my admittedly "liberal" love life while living with Mom and Dad?
Tom: Be secretive. You've got to respect the parental nest. So if that's what you want to do, I'd try to keep it on the down low as much as you can. But be creative about it. Get to know your upstairs windows and fire exits.