Mac’s moving curveball

Turns out I wasn’t the only one…

It wasn’t long after booking the trip to the states that I upped and left my apartment for greener pastures in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The move was a significant one – just 25 kilometres in distance but providing a greater, roach-free space to work in and towards my goal of meeting Mac DeMarco in New York in October.

Planning is what I’ve been doing in my spare time since – the trip has provided something significant to look forward to and proven a welcome distraction from all my other responsibilities.

HOWEVER, all the planning in the world couldn’t have accounted for the fact that DeMarco – an adult human in his own right – would also move house between booking the flights and setting off.


Turns out even famous people move house, and Mac’s move – a 4500-kilometre relocation from the east coast of the US to the west – probably has my move north of Perth’s surprisingly divisive Swan River covered in terms of significance.

With six weeks to go before boarding the plane to New York the move is a curveball which has left plenty to think about.

The options from here are as follows.

Option 1: Contact Mac, go to LA


  • Could lock something ahead of time
  • Get to see another part of the US
  • Achieves what I set out to do at the start of the year
  • Would be a serious adventure
  • Generally more inclined to wear Chucks than Ballys


  • Where do you start – I’ve sent an email?
  • Could be expensive and disruptive to the overall trip
  • Would only have a day or two to pull it off

Option 2: Make no contact, go to LA


  • Would pretty much be the ultimate story if it came off
  • Adventure factor high
  • Get to see more of the US
  • Generally more inclined to wear Chucks than Ballys


  • A casual 3.9 million people in LA. Wouldn’t know where to start.
  • Expensive, disruptive and pretty much impossible

Option 3: Stay in NY, visit the tenants at Mac’s old place


  • Quirky, pretty neat if it works out
  • Fiscally responsible


  • I have no idea who lives at the house, what if they don’t drink coffee?
  • Lack of physical Mac DeMarco
  • Generally more inclined to wear Chucks than Ballys

Option 4: Stay in New York, have a sensible holiday


  • Fiscally responsible
  • Ample time to do self-guided Ghostbusters walking tour
  • Accommodation already locked in


  • Significant lack of Mac DeMarco
  • Sensible
  • Still more inclined to wear Chucks than Ballys

At this stage option 1 is the preference. It was never the intention to make contact ahead of time, but the game has changed pretty significantly.

I’ll let you know.

Author: Jack

24 years old. Journalist by profession, but my views are mine.

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