March 31, 2012. So here we are... end of the month. Next thing
ya know, we'll be getting ready for Christmas.
I gathered from watching a program called Planet America last night
that universal health care is not a big issue with your average voter in
the US. He's more interested in other things like the state of the economy,
the war in Afghanistan, unemployment, affordable housing, etc. Nonetheless,
NC Art had this to say:
Winston Churchill once remarked that Americans
can be relied on the get things right--after they've tried everything else.
I'm reminded of that often as our Supreme Court busies itself with tearing
up a new health care program...before it even goes into effect. This court
is so far to the "right" ideologically I wonder if this isn't still the
Your recent remarks on Aussie politics and medical
care system should teach us where our real interests are, but since we
are so "exceptional" it is impossible to learn anything from anyone else
'cos we are so fuggin smart awreddy! Thus we traipse to the election stations
and vote against all logic and our own self-interests. A whole lot of us
know that we are all paying for health care for others through higher medical
fees, but stubbornly refuse to adopt a national system for all. Y'see,
that would be such awful "socialized medicine" like those crazy Europeans,
Canadians, Aussies and even Taiwanese practice.
When our half-assed Medicare system was adopted,
it was over the howling objections of doctors. Two years later things had
quieted down and I asked a surgeon who hacked on me if they had given up.
His answer, they didn't need to give up, they just learned how to screw
the system. Exceptional folks, these Learned Doctors of Medicine.
And here's Oregon Richie's twopence worth: You are correct in noting
that many of our core-believer Republican types raise no end of hell about
the so-called Obamacare, and often just scare the wits out of people over
it. This is really dumb !! Health care reform has evened the
playing field, allowed for more fair and competitive insurance offerings,
and even in the medium term will reduce overall costs and the impact on
our fiscal budget for the federal government. I have had the foul
chance here lately to encounter one or two absolutely anti-Obama nut-cases
who predict a revolution in the streets should he be re-elected, and made
him the focus for all the social and economic ills in our country; absolutely
none of which makes any rational sense. Add to that the fact that
when they open up a bit, you can plainly see that they are simply racist
sunsabitches to the bone. Most sad, really.
While OZ has many many millions less peeps living on the big rock,
our own health care services have soared in costs and provided less in
return. It is not sustainable and while people have bitched and talked
about it for years... nobody has really tried to accomplish much to change
it... until now. I think most people think it should be an entitlement
anyway although they won't admit it.
According to Planet America, many US administrations have tried to introduce
universal health care over a period of 50 or 60 years and failed. I can't
remember all of them but they did mention Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton.
It'll be quite a coup for Obama if he succeeds.
The attitude of Aussies towards such issues as universal health care
may be explained by this
article about Egalitarianism in Australia.
You can Google anything ya know. I was just wondering when daylight
saving ends in Oz, and it's tomorrow at 3am when clocks go back 1 hour.
TX Greg discovered that HTML Gear is closing down April 1. That's the
part of Tripod that holds and powers Cody's guestbook. At first I thought
it was a real bad April Fool's Day joke, but it's not!!! Holy Crap, tons
of folks are going to lose all their guest books!!! OK, I'm going to stay
up late tonight and copy out all of the entries, so we will have a backup.
Then tomorrow I'll start putting it all into regular htm pages to put with
Cody's other "Old Guest Book Page". When they shut it down I'll set up
a new guest book. At least it's Friday, but I think I'm going to need a
bigger coffee pot!!!
I knew this would happen eventually, which is why I don't use a free
public service to host Aussie Odyssey. I don't wanna suddenly discover
that 10 or 20 years worth of stuff is kaput. Greg takes anything and everything
to do with Cody very seriously, so his willingness to save all the guestbook
entries doesn't surprise me. Had it been up to me, I would have let it
slide. A few days after Cody's memorial service, friends gathered at
his local beach with his ashes and we paddled out to the back line, with
his dad. His ashes were scattered on "his back line" on his
beach, below his mountain. Rest in peace dear friend.
Anyway, there goes another Satdee, as well as daylight saving for another
March 30, 2012. Yes, Dr Johnathan Clark, my head and neck specialist,
does answer emails. Hehe. But I know docs don't like patients using email
to ask questions cos they feel like they've given a free consultation.
Anyway, my numb tongue is normal for this kind of operation. When will
regular feeling return? Who knows?
Lindsay is mumbling about Easter eggs so I checked my calendar. The
weekend after next? Oh... well there ya go. I don't follow this stuff.
If the weather stays nice, I guess we'll get an influx of holiday-makers,
one of whom will be me on the Odyssey. I'll be a holiday-maker 24/7. I've
been awake for 2 hours so far and haven't ventured outside the front door
yet. See what being domiciled and stuck in a rut does to you? I know what's
out there... a front yard, a fence, and a road with traffic. I've seen
it all a million times before.
Okay, so I relented. It's another stunning day... and I'm back from
standing in the sun for 10 minutes. I need my vitamin D. Actually, there
was a news item about that on telly the other day. People are being told
to stay out of the sun, to wear hats and to apply sun cream to avoid risking
skin cancer. The downside is that many people are now suffering a vitamin
D deficiency, and there's talk about adding vitamin D to basic foods such
Francois' tale of the scolopendra yesterday (which Oregon Richie described
as a 'harrowing medical adventure') brought back memories for NC Art::
scolopendre is one nasty looking critter. As a boy, I lived where oak and
maple trees flourished, and the maples seemed attractive to caterpillars
with lots of legs and spiny fuzz all over. Lay a hand on one while climbing
a tree and get a sting the length of the critter. I think the whole damn
thing spurted venom and left a red streak that hurt for an hour or so.
Doing military stuff in the American Southwest, I learned to shake out
my boots before sticking a foot in. Scorpions were likely to seek moisture
from sweat right inside the toe of the boot. Not fatal, but the sting will
make you cry for an ice water foot bath!
Guess everywhere has nasty crawlies. In Florida
Everglades--huge wetlands area with stinking water, little islands, etc.,
an overnight bivouac was a 'turn green' party. Huge green caterpillars
crawled all over and into sleeping bags and lost their lives as we turned
during sleep. Everything and everyone looked like great green, slimy aliens
I've had a few close up and personals with leeches, thanks very much,
and that'll do me. I'll never walk through a wet and humid rainforest again.
But I can't read about sleeping bags without being reminded of Wingnut
putting a lizard in Mark's sleeping bag during a hike, sending Mark flying
out of the tent in the middle of the night hehe.
However, I can remember being quite partial to some buggie type critters
as a kid - cicadas,
beetles, grass hoppers, tadpoles and whatever.
Lindsay arrived home this morning with his Wrangler boots. $400 worth.
I thought they were gonna be those knee high cowboy things but no, they're
ankle high dress boots, and very tasteful. I wouldn't mind a pair like
that myself. Lindsay also put a deposit on some jeans which he'll collect
next pay day, so I gather he's run outta cash for the time being. Silly
boi - nothing left for a rainy day.
When ya think about it, Lindsay got a pair of boots that will last a
lifetime, and for the same money all I got is a year's worth of insurance
on the Ute. Speaking of which, she's almost done a thousand ks, most of
which is the result of driving to Port Macquarie and back a few times.
I think the return trip is about 160kms.
Anyway, it's time to turn on the telly for a bit of news and throw something
down the screech to keep me alive. I think I might indulge in a Yoplait
Le Rice (apple and cinnamon) as well as a can of yukky stomach tube stuff.
March 29, 2012. I was watching a news item about a new strain
of bacteria in Western Oz that, if not contained, could kill thousands
of people. And it occurred to me that despite all our human achievements
and aspirations we're still vulnerable to microscopic enemies with no intelligence.
So then an email like this one from Francois arrives: I'm not dying
but this time I was on the verge... In the middle of Friday night, I was
awaken by a harsh pain in my calf: I'd be biten by a small scolopendra
of 6 cm. In some seconds my heart was hitting a race (120p/mn when they
recorded it 5mn after) and I was soaked by a sweat as never. I thought
to call an ambulance but I live far of them (3/4h) and it's quite impossible
to find my house. So I called the police and happily a car was not far
of here, and in more, there was a policeman I know very well from the port
in the car: he was here in 5mn and took care of everything. I don't remember
what arrived after: I think I fainted then, not from the pain which was
not very hard but from the effort I'd done to remain awakened waiting them,
talking them in the cell for the enter code etc...
They found the scolopendra below the mattress and sent me to the
hospital (I missed the trip in chopper...) where I remained til today with
a big allergy: my daughter said my body was as a balloon... I awoke only
on monday afternoon and they set me free today: I didn't say to the doctor
I live alone and far of everyone... but I feel very well, but drenched...
happy to be alone with no visitors and no noise around.
The worst is to think it was a very small scolopendra and I've yet
had a big one (16cm) on me in the middle of the night some months ago,
and I'm in a neighborhood where they are very rare... Kanaks (our aborigens
or melanesians) use to sleep on the ground in their baracks and are immune
against the venom...
I don't know if I'd sleep this night without nightmares... Yet, I
use to put much insecticide around the doors the windows and the bed! My
daughter said she was surprised I'd killed them easily because they're
running very fast when you hit them, so the insecticide is maybe exhausting
them but they can still bite! If you don't know what's a scolopendra, I
took some pics in my yard when I was in Martinique: and you've
to cut them in small pieces to kill them else each end is able to live
rebuilding its body... Tomorrow I'll go and buy a very high bed with thin
legs and nothing will ever hang to the ground when I lie on it!
So when I read your dreams to live outside below the stars hehehe
there are some dangers outside: think to them too! But life isn't worthing
to be lived if you've no action at all, and action is always going with
a part of danger, so try to realise your dream anyway!
You live a dangerous life, Francois. But it's not all the scary creatures
in the sea you have to fear... it's the bugs in your bedroom! Anyway, I'm
glad you survived and lived to tell the tale. The other day, there was
a creature such as the scolopendra in my office, but it was a harmless
centipede or millipede. They are very common around here. When I saw him
crossing the room, I fetched a dustpan and brush and swept him up, and
then took him out to the garden. When you first mentioned scolopendra I
thought you might have meant a scorpion. I was surprised to see such a
harmless looking "worm". But not so harmless!
Just out of interest I checked New Caledonia's population - about a
quarter of a million, which is big enough to support a reasonably sophisticated
medical service and hospital.
Oz has many varieties of nasty critters but it's rare that we hear of
someone being bitten or poisoned. I guess the critters prefer to keep to
Speaking of nasty critters, Lindsay arrived home with his and Sue's
share of the rent and announced that he's going to buy a pair of Wrangler
boots. How sensible. They should be ideal to wear while he sleeps the afternoons
away, or while he's watching TV after midnight and through the wee small
Obviously, England is not on the agenda this year (or any other year,
most likely) so the dopey duo is spending all its money on other things,
not thinking about what they're gonna do when I'm no longer here. I figure
Lindsay is expecting a windfall when Sue's mother dies (she's 90+). But
Sue's mother is aware of her daughter's mental illness and inability to
manage money, and also aware of Lindsay's sticky fingers. My guess is that
mother will appoint Sue's sister as the administrator of her younger sibling's
share of the estate.
I've been watching news items on telly about Obama Care and Republican
reluctance to accept it. Well, if it weren't for Medicare in Oz I'd have
been dead long ago. My heart surgery 10 years ago was free, and my cancer
treatment this year is free (apart from a few incidentals). People with
health insurance in this country get to choose their doctor and get a better
class of accommodation, as well as access to private hospitals, but I ain't
complaining about the basics. Hehe. I don't get to choose anything but
that's cool. In any case, I don't understand what the objection to public
health care is all about in the US. Socialism is not communism, for crying
Anyway, what's America's foreign aid bill? Must be in the billions.
How come it's cool to give billions in aid to a bunch of foreign countries
but to refuse medical aid to America's own citizens? I don't get it.
NC Art wrote: On march 27, the New York Times ran an opinion
column by Thomas Friedman pointing out some differences between American
politics, parties and policies (and those Down Under) which drew a lot
of comment from readers in the U.S. and Oz. Auckland, New Zealand and all
over. Thought you might like to have a go at reading it. I found it fascinating,
especially the readers' comments.
Thanks for the tip, Art. I must say when I watch guys like Romney, Santorum,
Gingrich, etc, I see them as strictly American. If we had guys like that
in Aussie politics, I would consider them at the very least right of center,
and more likely eccentric or extreme. Religion doesn't play a significant
role in Australian politics. Never have I heard a politician here say,
"God bless Australia." Never. And nor would I expect to. The closest was
Gough Whitlam on November 11, 1975 after his government was sacked by the
Governor General John Kerr (the Queen's representative in Oz). Gough stood
on the steps of Parliament House and said, "Well may they say God save
the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor General."
I saw Gough on telly the other day at his wife's funeral. Margaret was
92 and a marvelous woman. They were just a few days short of their 70th
wedding anniversary. Gough is well into his nineties now and gets around
in a wheelchair. He looks a bit slow and tired these days. He said of his
wife Margaret, "She was my greatest appointment."
Today's weather is perfect... sunny with clear blue sky, but the intensity
of the sun is not like summer's (it's autumn now). It's warm without being
hot, and there's little or no humidity. Perfect!
Today I did something I haven't done in ages. I licked a stamp. It was
weird cos my tongue is still numb, and I wasn't sure if my tongue was making
contact with the stamp or not. Then I did something else I haven't done
in ages. I licked an envelope flap. Once again, I got the same weird sensation
of not feeling contact with the envelope. At least I'm totally sure of
one thing now... my tongue is still 100% numb. Does Dr Johnathan Clark,
head and neck specialist, answer email from patients? I'll find out soon
And there goes another day. From now on, every time I see a little pede
of the milli or centi kind scurrying about the place, I'll thank my lucky
stars we don't have scolopendras around here (that I'm aware of). I hope
you've got that tall bed on skinny legs by now, Francois. Gary
March 28, 2012. What
does a 25 y/o $10,000 slide-on camper look like? Obviously, you don't
get much bang for your buck in Oz, especially from dealers. If you wanted
something cheaper and were prepared to do a little handyman work, here's
one for half the price.
On the other hand, if I rented a beach-side flat, it would cost about
$10,000 for a year's accommodation, and after a year I'd have nothing to
show for it. Spend $10,000 on a camper and you get to keep the camper for
as many years as you want.
Admittedly, there's not a lotta room inside - just enough to sleep,
cook and eat. But, you'll notice there's a helluva lotta room outside.
:o) The first thing I'd add is a side awning.
I figure outside is where I'll spend most of my waking hours. A cheaper
option is a foldaway gazebo with detachable screened walls for about $150.
It must be cool to watch the sun set, and then cook dinner over a fire
before relaxing for a few hours knowing that you don't have to drive home...
that your bed is waiting for you just a few feet away.
Meanwhile, I'm sipping on a mug of that Campbell's beef stock I mentioned
the other day and I'm here to tell you it's delicious! Pour some into a
mug, nuke for a minute, voila. It's got that real hearty beefy flavor that
I miss so much with all this mushy dairy-based stuff I'm eating. Bleh.
Just weighed myself and I've hit 60kg... that's about 5kg (11 pounds)
more than I weighed after the major operation in Sydney. Not bad, huh?
65 is about my normal weight.
Hmmm, well I kinda got sucked back into browsing slide-ons for sale
on the internet this afternoon. There's a lotta rubbish out there, and
crooks just itching to take your cash. Next month will be the first anniversary
of Das Busse - driving all the way to Tamworth to collect a heap of nuts
and bolts. What a catastrophe that was! And it ain't gonna happen again!
One thing about slide-ons is that there's not much to wear out... no mechanicals,
no wheels or suspension, no brakes. It's just a box. Cracks and leaks are
what you gotta look out for.
Anyway, that kinda made the day disappear without a helluva lot to show
for it... just a bunch of window shopping and day dreaming. It'll be a
while yet before I'm in a position healthwise and/or moneywise to go shopping
for a slide-on let alone disappear in a cloud of dust towards the horizon.
March 27, 2012. Typical autumn morning... fresh but clear and
sunny with the promise of a warm day to come. That'll do.
Yes, I can imagine stepping out of the camper into the early morning
sunshine, and breathing in the fresh air from the surrounding trees as
I sip my morning cuppa. By the way, that big rock in the Northern Territory
called Uluru is a pile of sand deposited by the current of an inland ocean
billions of years ago. It didn't fall out of the sky, and it wasn't disgorged
by the bowels of the Earth. Outback Oz, dry as a bone, is full of rocks
embedded with fossilized remains of sea creatures. Spooky, huh?
Cody used to love the dawning of a new day, sitting on his board beyond
the rollers and beneath towering Table Mountain, as the sun appeared over
the horizon. He loved the stillness and the silence. It is indeed a very
special time of day, which too few of us witness or appreciate.
Back from giving the Ute a drink. $55 for about 37 liters. $0 for the
air in the tires. I also called into Kodak to have some old slides scanned
and digitized onto DVD. Some of those slides go back 50 years or so. Anyway,
at a buck a piece that's $60. AND my annual membership to NRMA roadside
assist is due. That's $99. And the Ute's comprehensive insurance is due
at $380 (she's been on the balance of Bluey's). It's a wonder a bloke can
afford to feed himself.
Ya know dem creme' caramelie thingies that ya turn upside down and all
the toffee sauce dribbles down da sides? Yeah? Well, I just had one a dem
now. Ya see when ya all growed up ya can have whatever ya like for lunch.
I've been looking at slide-ons. Oldies made for tub utes like mine are
pretty rare but at least they're $10,000 or less in reasonable nick. Most
of the slide-ons now are made for flat-top utes, but they're expensive,
up around $30,000 used and double that for new. Even if I did sell the
Ford and get a flat-top ute, I could never afford a slide-on. So, it looks
like I stick with the Ford and keep my eyes peeled for an oldie designed
for a tub ute. There were quite a few around during the 80s.
Been a bit of a lazy day today, but that's okay... I checked with the
boss. :o) Gary
March 26, 2012. I meant to mention yesterday that Lindsay took
a shot at me the other day, so I told him I'd get my own flat and take
everything with me if he didn't stop his shit. That shut him up quick smart,
and he even apologized. The only stuff L&S own in this house is a bed,
an old beer fridge in the laundry, a TV, a chair and their clothing. Everything
else is mine.
NC Art wrote: Fer gawds sake, SPLAT! sounds like a great blob
of snot hitting the pavement. Ugh.
That's the whole point of the advertising campaign, Art. Little boys
are made of snips and snails and puppy dogs' tails, remember. They love
Then there are different opinions about eating
in the great outdoors. At age ten or so, I was--briefly--a Cub Scout eager
to explore the wilderness and learn all about the ways of American Indians
who originally owned, hunted and fished these environs. About a two-mile
hike out of town, a light rain began and the Cub master decided it was
time to make camp and cook breakfast. An hour of futile attempts to get
a fire going finally rewarded us with a small, smoky flame. Bacon duly
laid in a pan, the stuff just sat there and got slightly warm. The kid
carrying the eggs had mislaid them somewhere along the trek, but we had
bread to wrap around half-cooked bacon. Unfortunately the bread was a soggy
mess after being prematurely opened in drizzling rain. But we ate the stuff
because we were cold, wet and hungry little boys.
Never saw an Indian artifact going or coming.
I guess it was supposed to make men out of us, but it made Baron and Joey
cry. And I got a head cold.
Hehe. Well, you've not forgotten that little adventure despite it happening
three quarters of a century ago. However, one swallow doth not maketh a
spring, Art. In any case, your experience is precisely the reason I insist
on a civilized camper before I go traipsing off into yonder wilderness.
Even when it's pouring outside, I should be comfortably ensconsed in my
little camper with DRY everything... bed, food, cooker, clothing. And if
the wet weather appears to be setting in for a while, it's off to town
goes me headed for the nearest pub.
BTW, PayPal wrote yesterday to say that my account has been returned
to regular standing. Apparently, they're satisfied I'm not a crook, which
means Jace can't have his donation back.
Taree Upholstery have finally agreed to install the new floor carpet
I bought on eBay before Christmas for the Ute. They've been soooo busy,
and I've had issues with being in Port Macquarie at certain times for cancer
thingies. Have you noticed politicians don't talk about problems any more?
They talk about issues. Anyway, next Tuesday (April 3) the carpet gets
installed, and the bloke even said he'll drive me home (he's on the other
side of the rail line, in the industrial area).
Mieke sent some more stuff. Check
out these old ads. Talk about politically incorrect! No way they'd
cut it these days.
I visited Averil for a chat today and she says I'm looking healthier
every day, especially minus the beard, which she said was not a good look.
Hehe. I agree. And it was uncomfortable to boot... like having a porcupine
strapped to your face. What's left is growing back very slowly so it must
be the radiation. Good. I hate shaving!
Anyway, ladies and genitals it's time for all that again. Actually,
my appetite is improving. I'm sipping on a mug of potato and leek soup
at the mo, and earlier I had a Yoplait Le Rice which was pretty good. This
is all on top of my obligatory stomach tube stuff. And of course there's
a cuppa or two to start the day. With a bit of luck, this kid will be pumping
and grinding again before too long. Seeyaz tomorrow. Gary
March 25, 2012. Well, the new journal main page (linked on the
home and update pages) and all the journal index pages for years 2007 to
2012 are now posted. The thing is, at the bottom of every journal page
is a link to the old journal
index page, which I'm not sure is such a bad idea. Lemme think about
that one a bit more. Navigation can be such a complicated pain in the ass.
Meanwhile, I'm back from a little shopping, hunting for snacky type
things I can eat to supplement the stomach tube stuff. Check
this one out! I'm eating one now. Isn't it amazing how boring old puree
can be dressed up to become exciting enough for kids to take an interest?
And since I need to avoid things with lumpy bits, do you think I can
find good old fashioned beef soup without BITS in it? No. So I got a brainwave...
what about beef stock? Yes, I bought two 1 liter packs of Campbells beef
and chicken stock. That should do the trick.
I was photographing the new courthouse/police building this morning
(while the sun was in the right spot) when a bloke approached me and asked
me what I thought of it.
"Same as everyone else."
"Oh... I rather like it, actually. I think it will probably win awards
"Yes, so do I. I think it will win awards."
"Oh? So you agree with me?"
"No. It's just that I think the people who give out awards are all
I've been photographing the building ever since construction began about
a year ago. It'll be ready to assemble into an album soon...they're putting
the finishing touches on it now.
NC Art is a happy man because he just got a new Dell computer monitor
with big, clear and readable text and pictures. His fav old one died, and
a cheap, used replacement nearly drove him mad until he threw it out. Meanwhile,
he's happy about my "new look": Congratulations on clearing the brush
off your mug. So post a photo of the new man...and stick out your tongue
if you can get it to move. Hehe. That's a sore point, Art. As to yesterday's
vid about cooking in the bush: That bread cooked in hot ashes doesn't
seem much of an enticement to go wandering around in the Bush. Ughh.
True, but when you're out in the bush, Art, there's not a lotta corner
stores in sight! Besides, everything tastes better out in the fresh air.
Maybe the outdoors sharpens the senses or something.
Mieke, my friend in Derby WA (waaaaaaay over the other side of Oz) often
sends me stuff. Here's a little quickie:
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
Well, time to post the Waffle and watch a bit of news on telly. An election
was held yesterday in Queensland that absolutely annihilated the previous
Labor government. Federal Labor, of course, will dismiss the catastrophic
loss as a result based on state issues. But everybody knows that if a Federal
election were held right now, the same thing would happen. Federal Labor
would be reduced to rubble. Gary
March 24, 2012. And there's journal2010
done! I apparently got lazy with albums in 2010 because it only took an
hour or two to finish.
TX Greg wrote to say that the yearly links to journal/index.html updates
could be listed under the beer-drinking kangaroo on the home page, thus
eliminating the need for a separate index page. Hmmm. I dunno about that.
But I do appreciate suggestions because it broadens my thinking. For now,
though, I'll press ahead with the new index ideas and see how they work
Oregon Richie thinks the changes are cool: I went over your journal
entry page and it was an improvement the second round. I don't believe
it was miserable and boring but adding pictures is always an improvement.
I'm very glad that you are gazing ahead with serious and deliberate intent
as to the AO saga to-come. That's most important. But it's good that
the AO file is alive and well and not relegated to being put on a shelf
where the dreams of life just lie there caked in the dust of history. Home...
home on the range !!! Where the 'roos and the scrummies do play !!
Just give me my pension, and defy convention, and go camping in yonder
As you may be aware, some dickhead introduced cane toads into Oz to
rid cane fields of certain bugs but the toad found more interesting tucker
elsewhere and soon became a nasty predator, threatening our indigenous
wildlife, and spreading its habitat far and wide. Here's
a vid of Shaz, an Aussie cane toad wondering what happened to his mate
Okay, the beard's gone and the moustache is gone. Good riddance! All
that facial hair was sending me crazy. I stopped shaving after the operation
in January at Royal Prince Alfred, so that's almost 3 months. Now I'll
be able to enjoy my potato and leek soup a little later without mopping
my lips after every spoonful! Even drinking a cuppa was difficult.
I've been giving a bit of thought to the promotion of Aussie Odyssey
on the internet and I figure the easiest and cheapest way is to do a couple
of vids and post them on Youtube. But they'll need to have content with
the potential to attract viewers. Bush cooking could be one, and maybe
something else to do with camping in the bush. Most vids along those lines
attract very few hits, so I'm gonna have to think of something a bit different.
The vids that do attract lots of hits are usually professional. Here's
one about cooking damper (bread) in the bush. Attracting hits to AO
is not a priority now though because I ain't ready!
Steve O, my boss at ABC radio back in the mid/late '70s, wrote: IF
ONE DOESN'T HAVE A MAIL CLIENT CONFIGURED, IT'S VERY HARD TO GET YOUR EMAIL
ADDRESS....AS YOU DON'T MENTION IT ON ANY OF YOUR BLOGS OR SITES
.......IS THIS ON PURPOSE OR JUST AN OVERSIGHT????????
Steve apparently reads the Waffle page, so he would have noticed my signature
at the end of each entry.
Now if you run your mouse pointer over that signature what do you see?
Ah ha! My email addy! And if you click it, it'll take you to your email
client in readiness to write me. I shoulda been Steve's boss. Hehe.
Anyway, back to what Steve wrote: Hi Gary, your old boss from kempsey.
have been reading your blog since last i contacted you and of course following
your drama. great to see youre hanging in there, and with such good humour.
its also pleasing to follow your improvement. I know how boring being
sick can be, i broke my back and arm a few years ago and had to stare at
the roof in the hospital for six weeks without being able to move. once
you have watched tv all day for a week you want to smash the hell out it.
The only light at the end of the tunnel was a nurse that i fancied (girl),
however, you might imagine how frustrating that became when movement of
any kind caused excruciating pain as everything is connected through your
backbone and a broken right arm in plaster didnt help. Not to mention she
was married and had to wipe my ass every day.
just about every night when i go to sleep i listen to british comedy
on my computer, i just about never hear the end of it as i fall asleep
quickly. In case you dont know its, bbc radio 4 extra comedy. For me it
blocks out any worries or potential night dreams that aren't pleasant.
You live in one of the very best places in Australia, I just love
being beside the river and the sea. I miss that area and am hoping to make
it back somewhere near the coast next year. Hope to call in some
time. take care and keep buggering on.
Jeez, and I thought I had probs with a swollen tongue and a stomach
tube. I honestly don't think I could stay still for 6 weeks. After the
heart op 10 years ago I had to stay still (flat on my back) for 12 hours
and I thought that was insufferable. Anyway, it's always nice to hear from
Steve. He and Chris, my boss from 2UE, are the only two who keep in touch.
One of the things I remember about Steve and the ABC is what he told
me about the music I chose to play on the breakfast program. He told me
not to play anything "esoteric". Eso-what? I had no idea what esoteric
meant but I nodded anyway.
Oh, and another thing about email addies. If you type them out in full
on your blog or web site, robots pick them up and they're used for spam.
That's why mine is "hidden" behind Gary
- the robots can't find it there. On the Odyssey home page just under the
little poem up top, there's "Contact Me" which also contains my email addy.
Click on it and it'll take you to your email client. All very James Bond
Well, time to post this Satdee edition of Waffle and attend to my nightly
whatsits. I must say, I don't have Steve's problem with sleep. Five minutes
after the head's on the pillow I'm gone. Gary
March 23, 2012. Okies, working hard again. I fixed two photo
albums from 2008 which were "experimental" and dreadful. I must have been
drunk at the time or something. Anyway, they're fine now... and thank god
for the backup hard drive. I have also made journal2009.
Three more to go!
Dave, the Ormond Beach kid, wrote and suggested I improve the index
pages by narrowing and widening certain columns. Yeah, well, I'm using
an old and free program that's not very sophisticated, Dave, and those
columns just don't wanna move. But thanks anyway. Dave also has some suggestions
for me when I move outta this house and into something of my own. I really
don't have any plans for that yet, Dave, because when I do move outta here
it might be straight into a slide-on camper! In which case, I'll be constantly
on the move!
Francois wrote: but I've to say this page journal-main.html is the
most boring and useless page I'd imagine: what can do someone who doesn't
know you when he is on this page? clicking whatever? or going elsewhere...
Yes, I agree. It looks terrible, and I don't like those two black maps
of Oz. The page should be an invitation to excitement... the doorway to
lots of interesting journal stories and photo albums. What the central
white space needs is a background that depicts a montage of travel related
images... roads, signposts, cityscapes, country towns, faces, beaches,
forests, Uluru, Opera House, etc... the sorts of things you'd expect to
see while traveling Oz. And a headline: Where have I been so far? Click
on a Year to find out!
Hmmm, well I kinda got myself inspired there, and I've just spent the
past several hours seeing if I could do something myself. And guess what?
I did! And it ain't too bad! Let
me know what you think.
Francois goes on to say: ...and yes you're right: your site is run by
an old (stubborn) bloke with a dream and a pension : hehehe excuse
me for the italic add! I understand you to want to be the only one managing
the site... but think it has to be attractive for a large public! Thanks
anyway to imagine and say (as an excuse) I'd fall of the perch before you
hahaha. Have you forgotten I'm way younger than you? (3 or 4 years, I think)
Francois is forgetting my younger bro (3 years younger than me) died
in 2009. Oops! But I have no wish for Francois to fall off the perch sooner
Anyway, it's late now and I've done a lot of work today! Time for a
break. See you tomorrow!
March 22, 2012. More about the Journal Index page: TX Greg asked
if I really needed the District column. Yes. When I get to traveling, I'll
be in different states and different parts of states. When I'm in Wollongong
for example I'm in the Illawarra. When in Newcastle I'm in the Hunter.
And in both instances I'm in New South Wales. However, Greg saved me a
column by combining the Journal number and month. Check
out the revised page here.
I did #2008 today and it took over half a day. What a BORING job! Check
Francois writes: just to say you, I think nobody is interested
in what you did in 2007 or 2008 except your friends... so I think you've
to do it by places
Those numbers ARE places, Francois. The Journals are not about what
I had for dinner or who I kissed, they are about where I traveled and the
photos I took. I've divided them into years because it makes the index
pages smaller and more manageable.
the best could be to have a chart of australia and to click on it
to have a chart of the region and then click on the place you're interested
in : I can do this for you if you want and send it in a zip file:
you've just to send me the charts...
I agree that an interactive chart of Australia would be great, Francois.
But there is a reason I cannot accept your generous offer. If anything
happens to you, I have a chart I cannot use. I couldn't even untangle your
zip file today! Besides, I prefer to manage the site myself - I like to
be independent. I am aware that Aussie Odyssey has its limitations. It
can't (and is not meant to) compete with other travel sites like National
Geographic because it simply doesn't have the money or resources. Aussie
Odyssey is a basic, no-frills site run by an old bloke with a dream and
Anyway, when I finished journal2008 at about 2pm, PayPal emailed me
with a request, to wit: we need to confirm some details you've given
us so that we can comply with Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism
Financing laws. Hmmm. So now I've gotta go through this dopey rigmarole.
I had all kinds of troubles and errors trying to follow the process on
line so I phoned them and they're gonna get back to me within 48 hours
or something. And all because I'm asking for donations. It's pathetic.
Quite a bit of excitement in Taree today... just a stone's throw from
this house, outside the new police station. Malcolm Naden, Australia's
most wanted fugitive, has been on the run from the law in NSW for 7 years,
hiding in bushland not from from here and terrorizing the locals. But today
he was caught, and brought to Taree police station and courthouse. The
manhunt has been one of the biggest
news stories for many years and today the police station was surrounded
by reporters, television cameras, police vehicles including riot and crowd
control. Choppers have been buzzing overhead all morning. There's a mistake
in that story... it says the Manning Base Hospital is in Port Macquarie.
It's not... it's two blocks up the road here in Taree.
I should have been up there at the cop shop taking photos of all the
circus but I was too busy here.
And speaking of busy, the day has flown. It's time to post this Waffle
and catch up with the news on telly. I'll catch you tomorrow. Gary
March 21, 2012. Now lemme see, what do people need to know from
an index page? Date, place, journal #, album title. That's 4 columns spread
across a page. Can you imagine scrolling down 1000 or more of those? I
think I need a series of index pages, one for each year. How
about something like this? It's not linked yet. I'll have to do pages
for 2008, 9, 10, 11 and 12 first, and that'll take a while. Took a couple
of hours to do 2007. The new Journal Index pages will be accessed from
the main Journal
Regulars go straight to the Waffle Page and bypass the Journal index.
The Waffle page also has links to anything new I do, so regulars don't
need the Journal index. BUT, visitors down the track will. A first-time
visitor today, for example, would go to the Journal index to find out what's
been going on since the beginning. Also, anyone wanting to re-visit a particular
location or album at some later date would use the Journal index. Yeah?
Well, well, well, guess what? The PayPal donation thingy works. Ohio
Jace has the honor of being the first to try it. He shouldn't have really
because he's been generous in the past. Now don't you start getting too
carried away, Jace. You've done enough already. More than...
What's this? Check your paypal account, the little guys (Cody, Steve,
and Ryan) sent you a gift. Yeah, right. Jace just sent an email and
blamed the kids for sending the donation. At least now I know where all
our Aussie weather has gone. It's been wet and lousy here lately: Over
the weekend it was warmer here, and it is still winter, than in Melbourne
where the Formula 1 race was held. And it is even warmer today; 29 degrees
C with abundant sunshine. It should be around 7 degrees C this time of
year. It has been like this the entire month of March except for two or
three days when it snowed. If we reach 30 C, and it should tomorrow and
Thursday, we will set an all time high temperature for the month.
Speaking of donations, I just got a call from a guy representing volunteers
who have been doing heaps of rescue work during the floods in NSW. They're
running a $20 raffle. Anyway, I was just about to give the bloke a sob
story about being a pensioner and broke and all that stuff, when I kinda
got sucked in by his accent. So he's gonna send me the tickets in the mail.
When he was checking my details he pronounced Taree with a short 'a' to
rhyme with Gary, so I said, "What? Where do you come from?" He said, "I
come from the good ol' USA." I said. "Well, go back. You're not allowed
into Australia if you can't pronounce Taree properly." Hehe. Anyway, we
sorted that out. And I'm $20 poorer.
Actually, when I told him to go back he said, "No, I don't wanna go
back yet, I'm lovin' it out here." Lots of young backpackers do work for
charities to pay their way around Oz.
NC Art wrote with this contribution:
I am often in Coherent
And find good company there;
Whenever I'm in Temperate
I have another beer.
Go ahead; have fun matey!
By the way, the scrambled egg last night didn't work. It was nice...
bloody nice... but I couldn't manage to eat it properly. I got about half
way through and dumped the rest. Damn it. I tried some mashed baked beans
today and same thing... couldn't manage to get it down. It builds up in
the mouth (behind the bottom teeth) and sticks because the tongue doesn't
work properly. Oh well... another day. Tonight I'll have some chicken soup.
That should be nice.
Lemme know what you think of the Journal index idea and I'll work on
it some more. Gary
March 20, 2012. TX Greg reminded me of something that's been
worrying me for quite a while: ...as the site grows bigger it gets harder
to find things from the past without going thru a ton of stuff looking.
I got a idea, why don't you create an album index page???????
Yeah... what a great idea. Hehe. What a daunting task... becoming more
daunting as time passes. I created the Instant
Updates page to list the places I'd been and link the albums to the
relevant journal entry. But even that is becoming a bit complicated and
messy. The main Journal Page is no help at all... just a series of boxed
dates. So what am I to do? How do I keep it simple and yet include information
that makes it easy to navigate? Should the index be chronological or alphabetical
or both? I'm gonna have to think about this a bit more, but not for too
long. Meanwhile, suggestions are welcome.
Lindsay has just gone to the medical center to collect prescriptions.
It's a few miles away so he would have gone by taxi. And it's raining.
He doesn't believe in umbrellas or rainwear so he went out in his normal
clothing. Then he has shopping to do... and an appointment with the eye
specialist who thinks he might have cadillacs. What? Never mind. Oh dear...
life was much simpler (and cheaper) when he and Sue had a carer to chauffeur
them about. But that's all gone now. And it's gonna stay gone.
When he gets back from having his cadillacs checked (I need to stay
here and keep an eye on Sue), I'll DRIVE up the road to do some shopping.
Meanwhile, Ford invited me to pop in anytime to have my windscreen wipers
Speaking of traveling, etc, you might get a kick outta this little ditty:
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have
to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I live close so it's a short drive.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump,
and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not
to visit there too often.
I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand
on firm ground.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!
It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not.
People keep telling me I'm in Denial but I'm positive I've never been
So far, I haven't been in Continent; but my travel agent says I'll
be going soon.
Wishing you all safe travels
Back from shopping and getting a few scripts from the pharmacy. The
checkout chick recognized me which I thought was amazing. "You don't look
THAT different," she said. Hmmm. Anyway, I bought some gingernut biscuits
and I'm having a couple now dunked in hot tea! I also bought some eggs
and I'll see if I can get through a couple scrambled tonight. I looked
everywhere for suitable things for me without much luck... although the
range of soups is improving with the cooler autumn weather, so I got creamed
chicken, creamed mushroom and creamy potato and leek. Oh, and I also whizzed
out to Ford where I bought 2 new wiper blades ($18) and had them fitted
by one of the young mechanics free. Nice. Thank you very much.
Oregon Richie bought himself a new (used) truck, which is kinda like
a ute only bigger. He says the US has had nothing like my Ute forever.
the history of the first Aussie ute (built by Ford) goes back to 1932.
Interesting story, yes? Richie also mentions another Aussie Ford: I
hear that the new Ford Ranger was designed in and by Ford Australia and
is far and away the best one ever built... and European test agencies have
given it full marks and the best safety ratings of the type. It's
also a well reviewed hit in South Africa. For all those superb reviews
and reasons the American Ford operation decided not to import or build
it here for our market. Most odd. Maybe not... considering the
Aussie dollar is now buying 1.06 US. Anything made in Oz at the mo is expensive.
What about this horrific story unfolding in Oz about the 21 y/o Brazilian
student in Sydney who was chased by six cops and tasered to death in Pitt
St after allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits from a convenience store.
It's outrageous! Or so it seems. Details are still sketchy even though
it happened on Sunday. He
was a student studying English in Australia.
I guess that's about it for today... not a lot of excitement in town.
Time for some scrambled egg and a bit of news on telly. Gary
March 19, 2012. March marches on. Meanwhile, for you technophiles,
check out this device (still a work in progress) called
"Sixth Sense". Technology is becoming more amazing every day, folks.
And while you're learning a thing or two, how about listening to Elizabeth
Gilbert as she talks about genius and creativity, where they come from.
A most fascinating insight into the world of creative effort. For me, it
answers the question: Could I ever write another book like Green Room?
But back to donations. I've made very few in my time on the internet.
It's not my thing as a rule. However, I did donate $30 to Wikipedia some
months ago. It's a free service staffed by volunteers, and I've used it
a lot over the years. So I figured I'd give something back. Normally, I
wouldn't part with as much as $30 but Wikipedia is an exception. Although
I do donate $43 a month to World Vision to care for my little Anyel in
Nicaragua. I tend to think of spontaneous donations as what one might drop
into a busker's hat, or tip a taxi driver or a waiter. A few bucks, certainly
nothing too extravagant. The reason I mention this is because some tightasses
might be wondering what I'm expecting from the new PayPal thing. Hehe.
I figure over the years, thousands of visitors will pass through the
Odyssey 'turnstyles', and maybe a percentage of them will drop a few bucks
into the hat. If it keeps me on the road and pays for a bit of this and
that, fine with me. I'm not aiming for a particular figure or fundraising
for a particular item or event. Know what I mean? It's like the rain...
a little bit here and a little bit there, enough to keep the daisies smiling.
TX Greg wrote: Awesome job on the PayPal page. I really think you
should also include the PayPal link & logo somewhere on the main index
page, say maybe lower right corner below the surfer pic??? There is a gap
in that spot the logo would fit nice, and hey the more places to click,
better chances :) Thanks, Greg, but I don't wanna overdo it. I thought
about putting something on the main page but the main page is something
you only read once, maybe twice. Waffle's the go... and maybe somewhere
else if I think of something. But as I said, I don't want the site to appear
too greedy. I'm just li'l ol' me doin' ma thang.
Greg went on to say: Love the Fword album, hahahaha. That also needs
a link on the main page!!! That way you can always come back and add more
to it and peeps can easily find it. Hmmm. It's already linked from
the Journal page and the Updates page.
Steve W has this to say: You have kept us entertained and amused
for some time and we are all rooting for you (be nice, though the yanks
won't understand), so you should not have any concerns about us supporting
you. Especially what you have been through of late. I'm in….. "Root"
is old Aussie slang for sexual intercourse, although not used very often
Meanwhile, Oregon Richie reckons I can go to buggery cos he's got enough
money problems of his own without worrying about mine hehe. That's cool.
I tried to donate $5 to myself to test the thing but PayPal said "you can't
send money to yourself"! So I'm still waiting to see if the thing works.
I was gonna go shopping today but it's too WET! Too wet to check out
the Ute windscreen wiper blades at Ford as well. And even too wet to rock
next door and chat with Averil. Not too wet to shower though, which I just
did. Up until a week or two ago, I was nervous about showering because
I was so weak. I couldn't stand for long or get too vigorous with soaping
myself. That's all changed now... not quite as fit as a Malley Bull but
getting close. I'm also not napping as much... no naps at all yesterday
and none so far today.
Oh yes, before I forget... today is the 80th anniversary of the old
Coathanger, still Sydney's busiest traffic corridor.
I watched an interview the other night on telly with surf film-maker
Jack McCoy who teamed up with Paul McCartney to make a stunning
video called Blue Sway, and I thought of Cody and how he would have
appreciated it (as well as McCoy's new movie). McCoy was born and raised
in Hawaii but is now an Aussie and lives on Sydney's northern peninsula.
the trailer for McCoy's new movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue.
The film, McCoy’s 25th, tells the story of surfing, from wooden planks
in Hawaii in the late 1800s after a missionary ban to the days of TV surfer
girl Gidget to today, that sees the sport as a $6b global industry. McCoy
said: “The aim of the movie was to tell the story of surfing in a way that
truly encapsulates its spirit and how the art of surf won hearts and continues
to conquer the globe. It was a lot of fun to make. I think the result is
pretty magical and hope that there’s something in there for everyone.”
Wow, I've been working my lil ole ring off today fixing stuff on the
site that I've been intending to fix for AGES! There was a bunch of tacky
stuff in the beginning before I got to know Jalbum properly. Go to Journal0001
and scroll down to the bottom of the page where the pre-Odyssey links are,
and take a trip down memory lane. Most of that stuff is about 10 years
old... not exactly ancient but old enough. Naturally, when I was fixing
all that stuff I went ass about and did everything the wrong way first
hehe. Jeez, I'm hopeless... but I get there.
Oh yeah, another little thought I had. A month ago my nephew was worried
about how I would cope with the radiation therapy on my own: The cancer
bit comes as a shock. It sounds like your going through it alone and i
would like to come and see you if you are up to it. But then he read
more of my scrapbook... Still going through your memoirs and trying
to get to know all about you first. I will call you early next week and
we can go from there. Truly hope the worst is over you. Hmmm, well
I guess he read the bits about my being gay so now the fact that I'm coping
alone with the radio therapy is irrelevant. Funny huh?
So I guess that's about it for today. Jeez, I'd love a burger BUT I
CAN'T EAT A BLOODY BURGER! Woe is me. I'll have to settle for some mushy
stuff. That mash last night wasn't too thrilling... they'd been in the
pantry too long and had gone a bit woody. Seeyaz. Gary
March 18, 2012. Yes, I've become mercenary... a greedy bugger
with sticky fingers. No, not really... but I have made a few changes to
Aussie Odyssey that solicit financial assistance to keep the machinery
pumping and grinding. Buy a book, buy a framed print, or simply throw a
buck or two into the hat via PayPal Donate. Click on the AO logo top/right
and you'll see what I mean. The message will now be a permanent fixture
on the Waffle Page to eventually bludgeon readers into feeling guilty if
they haven't made a contribution, no matter how small. I figure if I don't
get realistic about funding this project then it's never gonna happen...
so there ya go. At the same time, if a few bob starts dribbling in it'll
make ME feel guilty as well if I fail to regularly update the site with
new material. Anyway, we'll see how it goes. I don't expect much... people
have a reputation for deep pockets and short arms ya know, especially when
it comes to getting stuff free on the internet.
My throat feels a little tender this morning so I figure the recent
radiation is to blame for that. It's no biggie, and I can still swallow
without a problem but I suspect this latest dose of zaps has upped the
anti a bit.
TX Greg and OR Richie thought the pics of Port Macquarie were pretty
cool, some better than good. It was basically a quick point-and-shoot job
but, yeah, it did the trick. It was early morning and cloudy so I did a
bit of shooting into the sun for effect. It's not often I get up with the
joggers, lemme tellya. On the Odyssey I expect to be keeping all kinds
of strange hours to capture certain images at their best. I
thought this shot was rather atmospheric in terms of early risers,
both human and solar.
I'm defrosting the bar fridge at the mo so I've got time to buggerize
around with silly stuff... like
when it's okay to use the F Word.
There's a few leftover spuds in the pantry from ages ago, but they're
still firm and seem okay. I was gonna throw them out but instead I'll make
some mash - nice and creamy - and have it with lots of gravy for dinner
tonight. Hehe. Maybe it doesn't sound too flash to you but I'm desperate
for some ORDINARY food, and the gravy will give it a kinda beefy flavor.
It'll also be a welcome change from cold food. And when I go shopping next,
I'm gonna get some bikkies - gingernut cookies. They're almost bullet proof
but are great for dunking in tea, which is what I intend to do. It softens
them so that even a crippled old convalescent like me can eat them.
One thing I would like to do on the Odyssey is a couple of bush cooking
vids as I pick up a few tricks, and even steal a few ideas from fellow
campers. Yep, I reckon a vid now and then could be a lotta fun.
Well, it's almost 5pm. I think I'll post this Waffle, have a little
nap and then attend to food matters and a bit of telly. Catch you tomorrow
with your thoughts and impressions. Gary
March 17, 2012. Back home in Taree. Left Rotary Lodge at about
7:30 this morning and drove into Port Macquarie township where some of
the beaches are and did a photographic wander for about an hour without
becoming tired or puffed. Feeling pretty good, actually... all things considered.
On the drive home along the highway, I ran into heavy rain, put the wipers
on double speed and the blades almost took off! A couple of clips came
loose. One of them is fixed now. I'll see Ford on Monday and get the other
one done. And for good measure, while I was praying that the blades would
stay put during the storm, the car in front chucked up a stone that hit
my windscreen. No damage luckily, but not a lotta fun. Anyway, back to
the pics... check
out the new journal entry here.
I'm keen to eat more food orally rather than use the stomach tube but
it ain't all that easy. I'm currently digging into a small can of flaked
tuna in salsa sauce, which is pretty yummy, but the surface of my tongue
is still almost numb and I have to be careful I don't bite it. It's also
difficult to swallow stuff that's 'flakey' because it gets separated in
the mouth and I don't have full use of my tongue to 'round it up' again.
But I can kinda solve that by washing the food down with a drink of some
kind as I eat. A bit slow and awkward but, hey, it'll get better.
I rather like those Rotary Lodge rooms... much brighter and airier than
my rooms here at the house. I could get used to living in something like
that... a modern flat with nice views and a short walk to a beach. No plans
just yet tho. Besides, I've got an Odyssey on the agenda.
Speaking of the Odyssey, the site needs a bit of updating so I'll be
busy with that the next few days... and I've got an idea or two I wanna
For my St Patrick's Day contribution
today, I'll leave it to Justin's
Blog to stir things up a bit between Dublin and New York.
I read an interesting not to mention motivational phrase somewhere yesterday...
less think, more do. That's why this morning I stopped thinking about doing
a photo essay of Port Macquarie's town beaches and went out and DID it!
March 16, 2012. Zap one is over for the day, and was incident
free. Meanwhile, there's a bloke outside the lodge in the parking area
using a motorized blower to blow all the dead leaves into a big pile. I
wonder if he's aware of which way the wind is blowing? Hehe. Yes, folks,
you guessed it.
I drank "breakfast" this morning instead of pouring it through the tube...
my dietition (who I didn't see yesterday but will this afternoon) insists
I exercise the muscles that control swallowing. Sounds like another step
back to normality. Actually, I do feel much better than I did last time
I was here. On the other hand, this series of zaps hasn't kicked in yet.
The things people say to photographers: Helmut Newton met a famous
cook and ate in his restaurant, and was confronted with the statement “oh,
you make good photos, you must have a good camera”. After the meal, the
cook went to ask Newton how everything was. Newton answered. “It was delicious,
you must have expensive pans.”
And there goes the last of the zaps for today, and this month. No dramas.
And my dietition remembered to provide me with enough tube food for the
next month (for free! - and delivered to my lodge door). However, I am
going to make an increased effort to feed myself orally with things like
eggs, baked beans, soft fish (canned tuna/salmon), and whatever takes my
And while I was there, I solicited the services of a nurse to remove
a stitch in my neck that was missed by the nurse at Royal Prince Alfred
hospital in Sydney two months ago! The nurse here said after a stitch has
been in the body that long, it can became part of you! Luckily this one
remained separate and unattached. It's gone now tho.
So all's well that ends well, and I'll be back here in Port Macquarie
April 11 through 13 for my third and final quad, and hopefully the removal
of the stomach tube. Apparently they just give it a yank and it's out.
While I was in the radiation room, and about to be released from the
monster machine, I dragged my little Fuji out of my pocket and gave it
to one of the operators to take a few pics of me still in position and
wearing my mask. I'll post them tomorrow when I get home. No point in going
through all that rigmarole without sharing it with the world.
Well, time to post this lot and settle down to ABC News 24 and Planet
America, the ABC's weekly look at our US friends from an Aussie and an
American perspective. Actually, the 24-hour news station's programming
is interesting because its main prime-time feature programs like The Drum
and Planet America are 45 minutes long, with the remaining 15 minutes of
the hour allocated to topics that require less time for coverage. It's
a great channel (free to air) and I tune in quite a lot. Gary
March 15, 2012. Well, well, well, I've put on 3 kilos since I
was here last month, so that's good news. But this morning's radiation
session was a bit unnerving. They were performing some new maneuvers for
the first time and I was strapped into that contraption with the headmask
bolted on for half an hour instead of the usual 10 minutes. Eeeek! But
And now I'm trying to eat a biscuit/cookie with a cup of tea but not
doing so well. The biscuit dries out and doesn't wanna slide down the screech
so I've gotta help it along with a few sips of tea. Obviously, the eating/swallowing
process isn't quite back to normal yet. Speaking of food, I run out today...
of the tube stuff, that is, and I'm not terribly sure about where I'm gonna
get the next lot from. I think my dietition arrives today for a visit so
I hope she knows what's going on.
Sleeping here in the Lodge is okay but the single bed is a bit of a
worry. I'm used to a queen size with tons of room. A single is a bit restrictive,
like being wrapped in a sleeping bag.
Back from my second zap for the day - 20 minutes, but at least I had
Paul Simons for company (they play CDs while you're in there). Was it Gracelands?
Anyway, it was all that cool stuff with African rhythms and bands. I should
mention the zap doesn't last for a whole 20 minutes, otherwise I'd look
like Wylie Coyote when one of his schemes goes wrong. They're doing a series
of different zaps with laser and have to enter the chamber several times
during the session to make physical changes to measurements to avoid damage
to my spinal chord. It's a precision business!
They're a pretty good bunch of people there... all laughing and jolly
and friendly. One of them, a nurse who took me by the arm, went to the
trouble of helping me with my food shortage problem, at least until tomorrow.
Now they're encouraging me to get off the tube and start sticking more
stuff down the screech (even if it is still liquid).
Here's an interesting vid about changes
in the fortunes of the world over the past 200 years in 4 minutes.
Very interesting indeed, and sent to me by a friend.
And now ladies and genitals, it's time to post this Waffle and get ready
for another night in a single bed, with a bit of telly beforehand. Gary
March 14, 2012. And here I is... room No.2 this time, with 4
single beds, and only me! Got here in time this morning for my medical
review with a young doc. "Third room on the right," he said as we proceeded
down the hall. "When do I start counting?" I asked. "Back there." So we
entered the room, had a brief chat, and that was it. I told him everything
was fine and that I had no bad side effects apart from chunks of my beard
falling out... "but that doesn't bother me cos I can look as scruffy as
you do (which he does). Then I commented on his pointy-toed shoes and said
I wore similar shoes during the days of the Beatles. He apologized for
the scuffed toes and lack of polish, and promised to clean them up sometime.
"Don't bother," I said, "they match the rest of you." Hehe. But he was
cool. "I came here for a medical review," I said as we were about to depart.
"Was that it?" "Yep." "No blood test or anything?" "Nope. You'll be right
to take another 4 radiation doses tomorrow and Friday."
The lodge manager told me I had been booked in when I arrived earlier
but also that the hospital wouldn't be providing any freebies this time.
I only paid for 1 out of 4 nights last time. Why no freebies? They didn't
say. So I asked the young doc, but he couldn't remember. Besides, it wasn't
The weird thing about being back here at the lodge after 4 weeks is
that it's as though I've never been away; as if the time in between back
home in Taree never existed. Maybe that says something about what a pain
in the ass Taree is... or sharing a house with L&S is... or being tube-fed
is. One thing's for sure, I gotta get better and I gotta get moving.
Okay, time for a bit of telly, then the sack, and a zap at 8am. And
then? Dunno yet. Gary
March 13, 2012. Roite, everything's packed for tomorrow's trip
to Port Macquarie - not that I'm taking much, Ts and undies, trackpants,
netbook, cameras, medication, yadda yadda. I get the feeling that hospital
has something in common with Fawlty Towers. It's after 5pm Tuesday and
I still haven't had any official confirmation of my medical review tomorrow
morning at 10. I've had to do my own detective work and find out for myself.
Too late to turn back now... I'll be on their doorstep tomorrow morning.
I've been giving the MrB stories idea a bit of thought today, and going
through some of the archives. There is a problem with PayPal though...
they dumped MrB once before, about 6 or 7 years ago. I don't want them
to dump me (gary) as well because once you're dumped as a recipient, you're
dumped for good.
Ohio Jace wrote with some surprising news. He lives in a rural area
of Ohio in a town with a population of about 11,000 (half the size of Taree),
and yet he has this to say: We have had over 70 break-ins since Christmas
in this town and the crooks have stooped so low they are stealing grave
markers from cemeteries. Most veterans have a bronze marker with their
service records attached to the grave stones plus a bronze star and eagle
flag holder that is planted in the ground. Both have been stolen. The markers
go all the way back to the Civil War. Nearly every store has been robbed
at least once and no one has been caught. Peeps are arming themselves for
safety, especially after a woman was robbed at knife point closing up a
fast food joint. So far everything is happening late at night. There have
been two bank robberies in the past year or so. Only one was caught (an
out of towner), the other got away on foot in broad daylight.
I remember Jace telling me that a large public housing development was
built on land not far from his property. He and his neighbors were expecting
an influx of lower-socio-economic types to take up residence and perhaps
bring trouble with them. I'm wondering with so many break ins if any of
the crooks arrive home to find their own place broken into while they were
out breaking into someone else's. Maybe it has something to do with the
jobless rate, especially in a blue collar state like Ohio. Anyway, I'm
sure Taree would be shocked and outraged at a crime figure like that. It
really surprises me because Jace has always talked about how neighborly
the area is, and how he and his neighbors are like family.
Time to post this and turn on the telly. Catch you tomorrow from Port
March 12, 2012. Fog, then sunny. Oh, so does that mean I'll be
driving in fog on Wednesday morning to Port Macquarie? I don't like fog.
Maybe the fog will have cleared by 9am. I hope so.
A familiar face on Oz TV screens for decades, Ian Turpie (Turps), died
of cancer yesterday aged 68. I'd not heard of him for ages and then saw
him on one of those dreadful "advertorial/infotainment" daytime TV shows.
He looked ancient and I figured he must be desperate for work. But I didn't
suspect cancer. The other day it was Davy Jones from the Monkees who fell
off the perch with a heart attack. Well, I survived one of those in 2002
and so far I've survived cancer. But I must admit I'm getting a bit nervous
about all those bullets whizzin' about.
Just read Oregon Richie's email. He does more in a day than I do in
a week... even when I'm feeling fine! The hare and the tortoise, and I'm
happy to be the latter.
Out of curiosity, I Googled apartments for rent in Port Macquarie. They're
about the same as those around Taree. But the thing is, 2-bed apartments
are more expensive than 1-bed and bedsitters. If I decide to move from
here, I'd like the extra space but I don't wanna share. What I'm saying
is I need to make a few bucks - whether it's for the Odyssey or an apartment
or whatever. MrB is free, right? But it doesn't contain ALL the stories
I wrote. There are quite a few more stories lying around in my archives.
Most of them went for 4 or 5 chapters and fizzled out because I got tired
of them. So what if I resurrected those stories, finished them with proper
endings (I remember some readers getting quite upset when I got tired of
a story and just dumped it hehe), packaged them and offered them for sale...
just a couple of bucks through PayPal. There's probably enough MrB fans
out there to keep a few bucks rolling in. It would be a straight out purchase
deal, once only. Cody/MrB would remain as it is, a free site, no membership
or passwords or any of that shit. The packaged stories would be a separate
deal, advertised on the About MrB page. There are some technical issues
I'd have to check out with TX Greg, but maybe it's worth thinking about.
Right, time for the flatscreen telly and the latest news. Gary
March 11, 2012. Did I say I'm hanging mine out to dry yesterday?
I didn't think of it at the time but that could have been misconstrued.
Anyway, a Red Bubbler sent me a bunch of stuff to get my day off to a good
start this morning.
When you're from the country, your perception is a little bit different.
A Queensland farmer drove to a neighbours' farmhouse in his Holden ute
and knocked at the door. A boy about 9 answered. "Is your dad here?" the
"Nope, he went to town with mum."
"How about your brother, Howard?"
"Nope, he went with them." The boy waited for the next question
but then volunteered more information. "I know where all the tools are
if you wanna borrow something, or I can give dad a message."
"I really need to talk to your dad," the farmer said uncomfortably.
"It's about your brother getting my daughter pregnant."
"You'll have to talk to dad, then," the boy nodded. "I know what
he charges for the bull and the pig, but not Howard."
Then there's the story about the Irish accident when Paddy phoned
Emergency and said, "Quick! Get an ambulance. Me mate's been hit by a car.
He's bleedin' from his nose and his ears and I tink both his legs are broken."
The operator asked Paddy the location. "Outside 28 Eucalyptus Street,"
he said. "How do you spell Eucalyptus?" the operator asked. But there was
a long pause. After several attempts to raise Paddy, the operator tried
one more time. "Are you there, sir?" Finally Paddy's voice returned. "Sorry
about that," he said, quite breathless, "I couldn't spell eucalyptus so
I dragged me mate around to 1 Oak Street."
It's been a quiet Sunday with lots of snoozing and not much thinking,
and a bit of wondering about where I go from here. I seem to be in a kinda
limbo at the mo. There's no way I'm gonna spend the rest of my days sharing
a house with L&S. Besides, I have no particular attachment to this
house or even this town. One way or another, whether it's through the Odyssey
or otherwise, I'd like to find a place where I feel I belong, and maybe
a real-life mate or two to share a yarn and a beer with. Gary
March 10, 2012. Perfect weather, at last. So I'm doing the laundry
(cos I hang mine out to dry). There's a tumble dryer in the laundry I've
owned for about 12 years and used maybe 3 or 4 times. So why did I buy
it? Cos some druggie offered it to me for $20.
Laundry's done but it took a bit of stuffing outta me standing at the
line hanging it, and then removing it and folding it later. Whew! Then
Averil phoned and wanted to know where I'd been all week. Truth is I'm
still smarting about Ken's intrusion last time I was over there for a natter.
Anyway, I told her about my nephew's failure to contact me after saying
he would, and my suspicion that he has read about my sexuality in my Scrapbook.
If he's anything like his father he would have freaked.
So much for being concerned about li'l ol' uncle Gary having to handle
the cancer thing all on his lonesome.
Not much thinking time today or ideas for Waffle. Oh well... let's see
if I can do better tomorrow. Gary
March 9, 2012. Received an email from a guy who "discovered"
Cody and Steve, and who lived in Cape Town for many years "in the shadow
of Table Mountain" until he moved to Pretoria. He found the stories deeply
moving and expressed his sincere gratitude.
My dietitian responded to my email and phoned about my next appointment(s)
with the hospital. I have a medical review Wednesday 14th at 10am and then
a morning and afternoon radiation on Thursday, repeated on Friday. Home
Saturday morning. So there ya go... another one of those in April and that'll
be it (except for maybe a final checkup in May).
And Rush Limbaugh? Oregon Richie's not a big fan of his either: RUSH
is a pompous fool. He's a bigmouthed "infotainer" who has an audience
of millions and even at times called the unofficial leader of the Republican
party. He's been around for years polluting the radio and television
frequencies and his followers... having a deep need to listen to his reinforcing
nonsense... and many Republican politicians are very much afraid to criticize
him. He's also crazed about money and that is probably the only thing
that does influence his behavior... and recently about a dozen lead advertisers
dropped him. THAT he will pay attention to.
Better make that a rich pompous fool, I guess. You might like to check
out this article: Rush
Limbaugh gives women another reason to vote for Obama
Anyway, this Rush bloke has quite an interesting background if you'd
care to check out his
bio on Wikipedia.
And on that note, it's time to post this Waffle and waft into weekend
March 8, 2012. TX Greg reckons he's found something "unnatural":
wouldn't it be "unnatural" if you won the Lotto, hehe. Based on my
averages so far? Yeah, perhaps it would. However, Greg
also found something natural that looks totally bizarre!
NC Art had this to say: Unnatural? Nah. When we say someone is unnaturally
nasty, we really mean that the guy is a natural ass hole. I offer Rush
Limbaugh as a current example.
I'd never heard of Limbaugh until now but after seeing his home page
I agree with Art.
Anyway, I think many people use the word "unnatural" when they mean
"abnormal". In my opinion, only something not created by Nature can be
unnatural. Homosexuality, like driving a Lamborghini, may be abnormal but
it's not unnatural.
I reckon I must be getting close to my second "quad" but I haven't
heard anything from Port Macquarie Hospital... so I emailed my dietitian
and asked her to check it out for me. I can clench my teeth now without
any effort so things are improving, but there are still areas of my tongue
that are numb. One day closer to a burger. Gary
March 7, 2012. Here's an example of NC Art's still-vivid imagination:
odd indeed that bit about listening to your bod. Picture twisting about
to use your arse as a speaker. Would scare your shorts off for sure!
if you were a nurse in a ward with 4 patients all trying the same thing
at the same time.
Meanwhile, Oregon Richie commented: Interesting to see some of the
photographs and memories of the way-back file, and your thoughts on that.
I also had the thought that it's admirable how you are dealing with most
if not all of your present situation... not that you CAN really change
a helluva lot about it... and perhaps that is one of the keys... but absent
is the normal "stages" of dealing with a crucial or critical situation....
anger, grief, denial, and such.... and, AS such, you have dealt with it
as well as anybody.
If I thought anger, grief, denial and such would help I'd probably consider
making use of them. Anyway, it's like the old saying, "There's no use complaining...
no one listens."
But I thought it was interesting to see photos of father and son both
as babies taken only a little over 20 years apart. That red settee Warren
Jnr is sitting on is now in this house, used by L&S in the living room.
I use one of the two matching easy chairs in this room. I am mindful, however,
that my younger bro was distinctly unimpressed with certain aspects of
my character. In an angry outburst a few years before he died of cancer,
he more or less banished me from his sight. Those aspects of my character,
which I fail to see as in any way offensive, are made public in my Scrapbook
which my nephew is reading. So if there's a "father like son" issue here,
I may never get to meet Warren Jnr.
Remember Kirk Cameron, 80s sitcom actor from Growing Pains? Well, he's
now a religious activist who believes that homosexuality is unnatural and
detrimental. I can understand why some people might have that view. However,
to believe that anything at all is unnatural, one must believe there are
two creators. Anyway,
here's what Kirk told Piers Morgan in an interview.
By the way, can anyone out there tell me what else in the world is unnatural.
It's an interesting word, unnatural... not of nature or alien thereto.
Did you check out the origin of the expression 'drop of a hat'? Oh
that would be right……..definition "drop of a hat" - "may have Irish
Origins". Typical Kelly. That was Steve W's comment. :)
Time to buggerize around with the evening routine again after another
uneventful day. If I didn't believe that it takes a number of uneventful
days to make an eventful one, I'd bitch about it. Gary
March 6, 2012. Now you'd think a bloke would win something a
little more generous than $19.20 for getting four numbers out of six in
Lotto wouldn't you. But nope, that's all I got. The bloke who got two more
numbers than I did won $1M, which is $980,080 more.
NC Art wrote: One of those tornados totally wiped out a distant cousin's
popcorn crop in Alabama. Popcorn is his major money maker, so he's got
some problems. Thankfully, no one dead or hurt in that one. Just the
look of those tornados is enough to scare the pants off a bloke. But Art
goes on to say: When you meet that cousin, make nicey-nice... he could
cut you in on lucrative real estate deals, what? The thought did cross
my mind, Art. But he's a nephew not a cousin, and he's interested in me
because his father and I grew up together.
Funny thing about my younger bro and I... I can show you photos of him
that I took, but I can't show you photos of me that he took. It was that
kinda relationship. Below is Warren Jnr about the same age as his father
pictured with me above.
Steve W wrote: I went through radiation and chemo some 12 years ago,
trust me being able to sleep at the drop of a hat (where the hell did that
expression originate?) is perfectly normal. It is your body's way of telling
you it needs time to recover from the abuse with which it is being assaulted.
Just go with it………you will recover, just listen to your body - well not
literally, cause that's a bit odd - but if it says sleep, then bloody well
sleep. It is the best form of healing for you right now, but you will have
to make up for it later with exercise!!!! Take care my friend, ...
As to 'the drop of a hat', check
the phrase finder... and thanks for the medical advice, Steve. Gary
March 5, 2012. And here it is... another day. It's been over
two weeks since I was last radiated and I've been wondering if there were
any side effects I hadn't noticed. Just lately, I've noticed short white
hairs lying around and figured they were from my beard. Sure 'nuff, they
were. Then I got a bunch between my fingers and tugged. Guess what? I got
me a side effect. My beard's coming out in clumps. The moustache hangs
in there but pretty much everything below it looks history. Cool with me...
I hate shaving.
Ohio Jace wrote and mentioned the recent Ohio school shooting. I dunno
how I missed that one: You have probably heard, but we had another school
shooting, this time in Ohio. Three dead two wounded, one of whom is paralyzed
from the waist down. Two of the three dead donated their organs to help
16 other people, the third died at the scene so was unable to do so. All
three were shot in the head at close range. One of the wounded was shot
four times the other once. All were teens including the shooter, who was
If your kid came home with a bloodied nose or skinned knees when I was
growing up, that was about as bad as it got. School shootings break your
heart but I get the feeling they're here to stay. I have been hearing lots
about the tornados in the US though and the incredible destruction they're
causing - one town of about 2000 completely wiped off the map. Here in
Oz we're dealing with some pretty dramatic floods.
But to cheer things up a bit, I got some good visuals from Jace's description
of little Ryan: Ryan has finally gotten the hang of crawling and is
into everything, so hopefully no more bruised chins. He will walk if you
stand him up, but can't do it on his own yet. Also, if you stand him up
in a chair he watches whatever is going on outside. He gets very excited
seeing daddy coming up the path to take him home.
I love that. In case you're not aware, Jace is the neighborhood baby
sitter and has been for donkey's years. He even takes care of the local
gang when they're way past being babies.
Well, this phantom nephew of mine appears to have done quite well for
himself. Check out
his stomping grounds... that's Nelson Bay, a couple of hours south
of here, where he is the principal of a real estate company. He lives close
by at Soldiers Point.
Yes, I've been doing a little Googling. Seems he's followed in his father's
footsteps as a sailor and
It should be interesting to meet him sometime this week. Gary
March 4, 2012. Well, rain hail or shine the Gay
Mardi Gras went ahead in Sydney last night with lots of enthusiasm.
Arrogance or ignorance? I popped into Averil's place for a chat yesterday
and was just beginning to tell her about my long lost nephew appearing
on the scene when she turned to the doorway and said, "Come in, Ken." Ken
is a neighbor on the other side. I call him The Weather Forecast because
he's forever commenting on it. Anyway, Ken makes himself at home on a chair
and proceeds to take over the conversation. That's another habit of his.
He seems to think that if I'm already there, Averil and I must have been
sitting in silence, twiddling our thumbs. I didn't say anything but that
kinda ignorance irritates the hell outta me.
Meanwhile, I'm not sure if all this sleeping is a natural part of the
cancer rehab or not. I can nod off at the drop of a hat, and then sleep
all night as well. It's kinda scary really cos a day can drift by like
a cloud on time-lapse, and there doesn't seem to be any point to my existence
unless I think in the longer term such as months rather than days. One
day is the same as another.
Maybe this week will bring something different. Gary
March 3, 2012. Weekend again! If you were to ask if I have family,
I would say yes and no... technically I do but we don't mix. Well, outta
along comes a nephew to whom I've hardly said a word in over 40 years,
who wants to check on me to see how I'm coping with this cancer rehab on
my own. He's not talking about emails or phone calls either, he's talking
about visiting. I hope he's wearing a name-tag.
A few years ago, during our worst drought in a century, Sydney's Warragamba
Dam was almost dry and Sydney built a desalination plant at Botany Bay.
night, Warragamba was full and opened its flood gates. Parts of western
and coastal NSW have had more rain in a day than they normally get in a
year. Huge areas are flooded. Here in Taree it's wet and cool but nothing
serious. Despite the Sydney downpour, the Gay Mardi Gras is expected to
TX Greg wrote: Glad to see you posted that pic on Red Bubble. It
just captures the morning peace and beauty of the place :) Perhaps
you could include this pic on the next calendar. Yeah, good thing I
got the last one finished before the operation. Now the trick will be to
get some pics in time for the next one. I should take a good look around
Port Macquarie when I'm there later this month. In fact, I'm getting a
bit antsy about dusting off those cameras of mine.
Just watched NewsHour on PBS which is a bit late from the US but current
enough to be interesting. And it's quite a well presented, informative
program. And now it's time to settle down into evening time here in Oz...
not a very exciting prospect for this ol' dude, I can tell you. Gary
March 2, 2012. A while back, TX Greg suggested I post a pic I
took of Taree
Railway Station at sunrise. For some reason, I decided to do it this
morning on Red Bubble. I haven't been active on RB since before the operation.
Hi Uncle Gary. Now that doesn't happen often. In fact, I can't
think of the last time anyone called me uncle. Anyway, my younger bro's
son Warren emailed to say he'd seen a lot of stuff about his father on
Aussie Odyssey in the Scrapbook section. A friend of his told him about
the site. So I guess I can expect a phone call soon. Warren Snr died a
couple of years ago of bladder cancer aged 61.
BTW, I noticed on the news last night that Davy
Jones, front man for The Monkees, died of a heart attack aged 66.
Just happened to be buggarizing around on Youchewb when I spotted this
clip of Virgin
Blue's very first landing at Port Macquarie (from Sydney). Very wet!
Okay, here we are again... zap and we've rocketed from wakey-wakies
time to watch-telly-and-post-waffle-time. And I haven't even walked out
the door yet! Gary
March 1, 2012. Pay day, and because it's the first of the month,
I get paid 3 times this month. Whoopee doo! I'm still getting paid carer
rates so Centerlink hasn't changed me over to age pension yet. I better
be careful of those buggers cos they might turn around one day and accuse
me of being overpaid for this period, and demand their money back. On the
other hand, it's on record that I have already applied to be changed over
from carer to age. Bleh.
Coincidentally, the phone rang a little while ago and I was late getting
to it. Sue also answered the call in the next room. She's not aware of
my office phone and didn't recognize my voice. It confused the hell out
of the caller so I asked her to hold the line while I went next door to
tell Sue the call was for me. It was Centerlink wanting to know if I was
aware of losing the annual $1600 Carer Bonus this July if I changed from
carer to age pension. "Yes, I am," I said, and explained the reason I applied
for the changeover. So they're processing it today. I also lose a little
over $200 a month carer allowance so it all adds up. Oh well...
I wonder if Centerlink will be in touch with Sue to enquire as to whether
or not she needs a new carer?
NC Art commented on my ISP: Incidentally, your ISP sounds like a
dream outfit. I am locked into a virtual monopoly which treats customers
like inconveniences or perhaps fleas on a mangy dog.
Art also forwarded this link to a vid called carpool
- driving while Italian.
We're getting a lot of coverage of the Republican race for nomination
here in Oz, but OR Richie added an interesting touch: Meantime... the
election news and the big Republican feud continues... not that the party
even knows who they are anymore. There are few centered peeps in
that group now... just a few, and far more extremist wack-jobs of whom
was said... even Reagan was far-left of these clowns. Hmm.
Richie also had this to say about Obama: National polls show
Obama leading by more than a comfortable margin, and the evidence that
far more women vote than men now, and that female support of Obama amongst
D, R, and even Independent women has a HUGE leaning towards Obama.. one
concludes that it's basically a done-deal come November. Hmm.
And I further note that the Israeli folk have rather implied that they
are going to do something about the nuclear works of Iran and declared
that they won't even tell us what that might be, and "keep the US in the
dark...", which certainly means they are serious.
Oh yeah, by the way, I won $8.60 on Lotto. Gary
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