December 31, 2008. Earlier tonight, I scored a big fat zero in
the night photography stakes, but I learned a thing or two. I could have
done it the easy way by reading the camera manual but no... not me... I
prefer to learn the hard way. I was hoping to get at least one story for
December but it didn't work out that way. Other reasons include a bit of
unfavorable weather during the month, minor car probs, and a lack of outdoor
events around the area.
Quite a large crowd (for a town like Taree) turned out for the 9pm fireworks
tonight - maybe a couple of thousand, some of whom I recognized (or recognized
me). One old bloke, a total stranger, sat beside me on the boat ramp wall
and proceeded to tell me all about satellites and skinning rabbits. Hehe.
The absence of drunks and hooligans was pleasant... the entire area was
an alcohol exclusion zone. The people selling glow sticks did a roaring
trade, and there was a band there playing loud music that failed to connect
with me... I must be "past it". I can't help getting the impression from
young bands I see performing around the place that they're pissed off with
the world, and that all they wanna do is bitch about life.
BRING BACK DORIS DAY! Hehe... nah... just kidding.
Speaking of bands, an Aussie band called
Interrupted", composed of a group of people with quite severe mental
and physical disabilities (Blindness, Deafness, Aspergers, Autism and Down
Syndrome), has just returned from a world tour where they performed to
packed houses and received the genuine star treatment. If you wanna check
out a feel-good story, go for it. Gary
December 24, 2008. What? No Odyssey update for December? Well,
the weather was crook for a while and then, even when it improved, there
was nothing much happening around here. Since I started this thing a little
over a year ago, I've pretty much exhausted the photo potential of the
Manning Valley and adjacent areas, so AO updates will probably be less
regular until late 2009 when I hit the road for the "real" Odyssey.
Another reason it's not such a great idea being on the road at this
particular time of year is the holiday traffic, not to mention the roads
crawling with cops. It's chaotic, and I'd rather skip the madness.
Meanwhile, I'm shopping around for an old van that I can recondition
over the next 8 months or so... a cheapie. It doesn't need to be a camper,
just a regular van that I can fit out as a camper bit by bit. In fact,
a van already fitted out as a camper costs a lot more than an empty one,
and I'd rather design my own - I know exactly what I want. Gary
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