February 24, 2009. Mucho rain lately buggered the Wing and Wave
Fly-in at historic Old Bar airstrip scheduled for last weekend. The grass
strip had too much standing water to accommodate the light planes. Oh well...
BUT, as good fortune would have it, I received an email outta the blue
from Glenn, the production manager at Stebercraft. You might remember my
June 2008. Anyway, Glenn asked if I was interested in doing a shoot
of a new 47' luxury cruiser with all the bells and whistles about to be
launched. WHAT A DUMB QUESTION. So I'll do a shoot of the craft getting
the final touches in the shed on Friday, and then another shoot the following
Monday when the boat is towed to the Manning River to be launched by crane.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, I plan to travel to Harrington where there's
a display of antique cars and motor cycles at Harrigan's Pub. That should
be a blast as well.
Did I tell you I bought ANOTHER camera on eBay? Like I need another
camera? This makes 4. It's a used Fuji Finepix S7000, which is a pretty
snazzy piece of gear. Then I bought a bunch of accessories - lenses and
filters and such. That's it... I promise... NO MORE cameras. Besides, I
need the money to bring Bluey up to scratch for the Odyssey. And that,
let me tell you, is quite a challenge in itself. Gary
February 3, 2009. As you know, Aussie Odyssey has taken a back
seat for a while. I've been most places around these parts so there's not
a lot of incentive to cover old ground. However, I see that there's a 'Wing
and Wave fly-in' weekend coming up at Old Bar airfield later this month.
Old Bar heritage airstrip is rare in that it's one of very few that is
adjacent to the ocean, and within walking distance of the town's CBD and
accommodation. The weekend will also feature surfing and kite-boarding
demos/lessons at the beach. Soooo, I reckon I should be there to give the
Sony a bit of a workout.
Otherwise, the focus will be on getting Bluey ship-shape. I'm already
visualizing how the built-in (but removable) timber kitchen and storage
area at the rear will look. A picture is worth a thousand words in this
case. And I have a bunch of other ideas as well. The ol' brain is slowly
doing its job. Don't ask me to explain things at this stage... I'll take
lots of pics when it's all done and you'll see what this fossil is capable
Somewhere down the track, I'll do a few overnighters just to test the
rig in a proper camping situation. Woohoo! Boy Scouts revisited!
I tried to remove the indicator light lens in order to also remove the
headlight lens to replace a bulb, but the damn thing doesn't wanna come
off. I suspect the rubber mounting has fused with the body metal over the
years or something like that, and I don't wanna force it. I'll leave it
Actually, I just walked down to his workshop. I was getting a bit antsy
about the body/rust repairer. Nothing like a bit of a rocket up the proverbial...
Don phoned him right away and he's coming here this afternoon to check
out Bluey and probably give me a quote... even a rough one. I also mentioned
to Don about changing the oil a couple of times in fairly rapid succession
to get rid of the sludge in the engine (Oregon Richie's an oil freak and
threatened me with castration if I didn't follow orders). The current stuff
is BLACK. Sorry Barack... no offense. Don said oil changes in an engine
"like that" is normally every 10,000 kms. "Maaaaaaate, it's taken me almost
7 years to do 5,000 kms in Tough Titties! I can't wait that long!" "You'll
be doing miiiiiiiiiiiillions when you travel around Oz!" "But I want a
clean engine NOW!" Yeah, so a couple of oil changes between now and when
I leave... that should do the trick. Gary
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