June 30, 2013. Sundee! TX Greg reckons I should invest in some
cool stickers for PJ.
Hmmm. I wonder what Greg has stuck on his.
Actually, I'm not into stickers. Most of the GNs have famous quotes
under their signatures on the forums and I get the impression it's because
they can't think of anything original. I feel the same way about smartass
quotes on t-shirts. Or logos like Nike.
Meanwhile, NC Art writes: The espionage industry has been around
since two primitive tribes occupied adjacent hunting grounds. The Bible
is replete with spy stories. Some nations have carried it to a highly sophisticated
art form and abused it wildly. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany used elaborate
systems to gather dirt on allies, foes … and their own citizens. Family
members were paid to rat out relatives and neighbors, who often just disappeared.
Great way to settle grudges and eliminate a brother-in-law.
Interestingly, the US, Australia and some others were
fairly slow in institutionalizing spy systems. In the US, WWII was the
catalyst for an Office of Strategic Services—OSS. From that the Central
Intelligence Agency was born and grew swiftly as the Cold War raged. Then
comes other clandestine operations, several in number. And, unfortunately
each kept its own methods secret, rarely sharing its material to the embarrassment
of the nation sometimes.
The NSA [National Security Agency] is the outfit in
the spotlight at present courtesy the guy who ran off with classified stuff.
Adding to the mass, the army has its own intelligence agents, as does the
navy. What else? Who knows! Well the FBI is pretty sneaky, and is supposed
to dig out domestic criminal stuff, but gets into some snarky stuff off
The hell of it is that while necessary, there’s always
the sure danger it can all get out of hand. “The Man Who Was Thursday”
is a delightful spoof on a group of anarchists, each named for a day of
the week. And all of them turned out to be double agents spying on the
others. Hilarious satire.
Getting out of hand is what worries me. Imagine hiring a private dick
to spy on somebody and he turned out to be a double agent working for the
person you were paying him to spy on.
Steve W wrote in relation to Josh's comments yesterday: Let me say
at the outset, I love Americans - they are unfailingly polite and courteous
and I like visiting their country.........but they are so unbelievably,
10 out of 10, fully paid up members of the most naive people on Earth.
They will listen to and believe all of the crap that is fed to them by
their own Government. It is scary......and particularly because they still
carry weapons which they are told they all need and is their right, irrespective
of the tens of thousands of people that those same weapons kill every year.
And worse still, say that the massacres of young children wouldn't happen
if the populace were armed - armed......there are more goddam weapons than
people in that country and there has yet to be one occasion when a potential
massacre has been prevented or halted by a member of the public using their
constitutionally approved firearm!
Fair dinkum, I wouldn't allow the average American to carry an umbrella!
I know you couldn't publish this, but gee they get on my goat........and
wish they would leave my f'ing goat alone.......it's getting nervous!
Hehe. Well, Steve, you were wrong about my not being able to publish
your comment. If stuff is written without malice and makes a legitimate
and relevant point, then it's okay by me. What's more, it wouldn't surprise
me if many Americans agreed with you.
I'm not sure there's such a beast as 'an average American' or an average
Australian for that matter. I suppose every nationality and culture has
certain idiosyncratic behaviors common to its population but I don't know
about one type of person being representative. I don't think of myself
as being your average she'll-be-roite-mate-no-wukkers Aussie, for example.
But I do like meat pies and tamaaaata sauce.
However, never let it be said that FL Josh gives up easily: You are
right that whether one considers someone exposing state secrets a "whistleblower"
or a "traitor" depends on which side one is on. I notice your government
has been very concerned that such "whistleblowers" will embarrass ASIO
in the public's eye.
"[T]he whistleblower website would spill 'highly
sensitive and politically embarrassing’ secrets."
"The bill has many similarities to the Patriot Act in the United
States." "The Patriot Act has infringed on US citizens’ civil liberties."
"[T]he new ASIO bill [which] passed in Australia, ... could
have the same effect."
I gather you and your government are on different sides.
In some instances we are, and I'm not the only one, which is why we
have elections. But you're still missing my point, Josh. I'm not saying
our government doesn't have secrets. Of course it does. But it's the way
ASIO goes about its surveillance, and under what authority, that is different
to the way the CIA and the NSA operate in the US.
From the Beeb: Germany's Der Spiegel magazine says it has seen a
secret document showing the US has bugged EU offices in Washington and
at UN headquarters in New York. The paper says it was shown the 2010 "top
secret" document by fugitive ex-security analyst Edward Snowden. The US
National Security Agency document allegedly outlined how it spied on EU
internal computer networks, referring to the bloc as a "target". The
The Rolling Stones' hit-packed Glastonbury debut has been hailed
as "the high spot of 43 years" of the festival by organiser Michael Eavis.
The band opened with Jumpin' Jack Flash, with Mick Jagger prowling the
stage in a green sequinned jacket. He repeatedly thanked the crowd and,
after It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It), joked organisers had "finally
got round to asking us" to play. Who
woulda thunk those old geezers would still be boppin' all these years later?
Dozens of people across western US states have been treated for exhaustion
and dehydration, as the region is continuing to bake in a heat wave. A
man in Las Vegas is believed to have died from a heat-related illness.
Air-conditioned "cooling centres" have been set up in California, Nevada
and Arizona, as officials warn the heat could be life-threatening. Temperatures
in some areas are expected to be near 54C (130F) - close to the world's
all-time record. Climate
change skeptics please take note.
Opponents of same-sex marriage in California have filed an emergency
petition to the US Supreme Court to try to halt gay weddings in the state.
The move comes a day after a federal appeals court in San Francisco lifted
a ban that had been in place since 2008. Many Californian gay couples then
rushed to get married. I don't get it. If
same sex couples wanna tie the knot, what the hell does that have to do
Police in Brazil say they have detained four men in connection with
the murder of a five-year-old Bolivian boy in the city of Sao Paulo. Brayan
Yanarico Capcha was shot in the head by masked robbers who complained he
was crying too much during a robbery at his family's house. His family
said the boy had begged the robbers not to be killed. He was in his mother's
arms when they shot him. Trash
Australians have an ingrained reluctance to eat their national emblem,
but a number of chefs are now championing kangaroo meat as a delicious
- and environmentally friendly alternative to beef and pork. Ew!
Far too gamey for me. I've cooked it for L&S and it smells terrible.
A 1937 steam locomotive has run along the section of track where
a another locomotive set an unbeaten world record 75 years ago. Bittern,
an A4-class engine, a contemporary of Mallard, the world's fastest steam
locomotive, set off from King's Cross station for York. Mallard set a record
speed of 126mph near Grantham on 3 July 1938, which remains unbeaten to
this day. Up to 250 people were on board the train, which
Grey Nomads or Geriatric Gyspies? Here's
an interesting article from the Sydney Morning Herald that a GN posted
on the forum.
Rain, rain, go away... will hopefully be the case next Tuesday when
it clears to sunny and pleasant conditions, which will be welcome for winter,
and the remainder of the school holidays. We've had enough rain lately
to last until spring. Andrew was saying it's wet and boggy out his way,
and the ground won't dry out because the sun's too weak this time of year.
Which reminds me, we were talking about how some GNs, depending on where
they are, catch rainwater in buckets or other containers (off the rooves
of their campers). Andrew's small farm relies on rainwater tanks as well.
He should be back here during the week sometime when it fines up to connect
all the electricals and install the new power board/strip. That'll be cool.
Once Andrew has finished his jobs, I'll see how much remains in the
kitty for the gas fitter. He should be pretty cheap, actually, because
there's only a bit of copper tubing to replace and a gas bottle to buy.
Then I'll be able to test the fridge on gas. Fingers crossed that it works
okay hehe. Soooooo, dear Breth, provided the weather is okay, it shouldn't
be long before I can organize a mini Odyssey somewhere locally for a taste
of my future lifestyle.
I wasn't particularly hungry last night so I didn't try the chow mein.
I'll do that tonight and relax with a bit of telly. Y'all be good now.
Oh, and Art? Don't forget tomorrow's Waffle refresh day. Gary
June 29, 2013. Despite the rain, Andrew turned up this morning
and fixed the brake/turn/stop lights on the camper. I thought it might
be a simple job but it wasn't - took about an hour and cost me $80. Serves
me right for pulling the wires out in the first place, I suppose. Anyway,
it's not only fixed but a lot tidier because he fitted special tubing to
the existing wires which keeps them nicely bundled.
We got to chatting and it turns out that Andrew and his missus toured
Oz for 3 years in an F100 towing a caravan. "I'd make a perfect hobo,"
he laughed. He also said if it weren't for the kids and his family responsibilities
he'd be off doing what I wanna do - travel Oz. So he knows a thing or two
about camping and caravans, etc. These days he lives on a few acres up
the coast a bit (Moorland) and runs a few cattle but his auto elec biz
is his primary income. Incidentally, while he was on the road travelling
Oz, he had his auto electrician sign which he put up each time he stopped
to camp and picked up regular business from other travellers. He also volunteered
his opinion of the way PJ is set up in terms of height and stability. "I've
seen worse." Hehe. He agrees that provided weight is kept below the waistline
and in the storage bins, it should be fine. He said the bigger caravans
that weigh two or three times more than PJ are a lot less stable.
So now that the lights are fixed, I can motor around town legally.
FL Josh wrote: You had in your Waffle of June 28, 2013 the following:
(see yesterday's blog entry if you're interested in reading it again)...
where you and I are so different. As an American, I am not embarrassed
to learn that the CIA had secret surveillance programs going on because
I know enough about my country to know that is what the CIA was created
to do, conduct surveillance on foreigners. You explain how such covert
operations, "using secrecy and stealth," could not happen in Australia
because the Australian people would have to approve such. You do not know
your own country. If the people approve everything, how is it your
spy organizations, the ASIS, existed for 25 years before the people ever
learned about its existence. I found a link to provide you with some
information about Australia’s spy operations and one of the paragraphs
contained the following, comparing your spy operations with the CIA.
See how your opinion of the openness of Australia's way of doing things
compares to the American publics knowledge of the CIA:
"Our intelligence agencies are also far more secretive
than those overseas, affecting an air of subterfuge that sometimes borders
on the comical. The existence of ASIS, for example, was only publicly acknowledged
in 1977, 25 years after it was formed." (Click
here if you wanna read more...)
To me, Snowden is a "traitor," not a "whistle blower." Perhaps you
would feel differently if he had leaked information that compromised Australia’s
intelligence gathering operations, operations necessary to keep people
like you safe.
A: ASIS existed for 25 years before the people ever learned about its
existence because that was 35 years ago, Josh. I'm talking about now. We
no longer have the White Australia Policy either, and Aborigines have land
rights. A lot has changed since 1977. Next!
A: If Snowden had leaked information in Oz that revealed ASIO had gathered
intelligence by unlawful means, it would be ASIO that was in trouble, not
Snowden. That obviously doesn't apply to the situation in the US because
the US doesn't have the same laws. And that is my point.
Whether Snowden is a traitor or a whistle blower depends on which side
of the fence you're on. In any case, Josh, you say tomata and I say tomaaato,
and never the twain shall meet. It really doesn't amount to a hilla beans,
Just about to whizz up the road for a few groceries and.... battery's
flat as a tack. I was gonna put it on the charger then remembered I don't
know its history or how old it is, so I figured I'd be better off getting
a new one. NRMA road service is on its way. They're a bit dearer than regular
retail but it's less hassle, and they're guaranteed for 2 years.
All done! $159 ain't cheap! But I guess it's good for 3 years. And now
I can finish my coffee. That's how you get people to arrive. I made coffee
this morning and Andrew arrived. Made coffee again a little while ago and
the NRMA bloke arrived.
BACK! Aren't you glad to see me? Roite, beef chow mein is cooked. I
was gonna have chicken but the beef was on spesh at $3. I skipped the cabbage
and used a can of mixed veg and a small can of diced capsicum (bell peppers).
That'll go well with the noodles.
That was my second drive of PJ and I'm kinda getting used to it. I can
feel the tires on the road now. Before, the truck was so light, and the
tires so hard, there was no sensation of rubber contact. Now, with the
extra weight, I can sense the change in the way the tires make contact
with the road surface - particularly when the surface is uneven. Steering
is lighter now too with the difference in weight distribution. As to the
softness of the ride compared to the way it was previously, I'm getting
used to that too. It's still a pain to reverse into the driveway but that
will be solved when the rear view camera is fitted. In the car park, I
choose a spot with two vacancies so I can drive through to the second and
park nose front for forward exit.
From the Beeb: The US has warned Americans not to travel to Egypt
and has told non-emergency diplomatic staff to leave, as clashes continued
in the country. The state department also urged US nationals in Egypt "to
remain alert". The warning came as at least three people - including a
US citizen - died in clashes between supporters and opponents of President
Mohammed Morsi. Middle
The West should have tried talking to the Taliban a decade ago after
they had just been toppled from power, the UK's top general in Afghanistan
has said. Gen Nick Carter said it would have been much easier to find a
political solution when they were on the run. Just
what we need, an expert in hindsight.
A US appeals court has lifted a ban on same-sex marriages in California,
following a Supreme Court ruling. The order was issued by the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Within moments, gay weddings resumed
at the city hall - the first such marriages in the state since the
voter-approved ban in November 2008.
Here's another trip back to '57 when Elvis was King and the Beatles
still hadn't sprouted pubes.
And that's it from me and Waffle for another Satdee. Chow mein and noodles
tonight which should be good. I don't think chow mein should be topped
with cheese but if you don't tell anyone, neither will I. Byeeeee! Gary
June 28, 2013. FL Josh wrote: This looks like something you
will be enjoying
live often on your odyssey... There's not a helluva lot that blows
me away like this video did, Josh. Thanks a stack for sending that link.
Absolutely stunning. And yes, I really do hope to see something like that
during my travels.
You used the word "chickeny," to describe how something tasted and
I think the correct term would be "fowl tasting." I think the British
spell fowl with a u as I have seen both spellings.
We use the 'u' version here too:
Offensive to the senses, esp. through having a disgusting smell or
taste or being unpleasantly soiled.
(in sports) An unfair or invalid stroke or play, esp. one involving
interference with an opponent.
Unfairly; contrary to the rules.
Make foul or dirty; pollute.
Fowl on the other hand refers to birds of a feather sticking together.
Or plucked and BBQ'd.
Here's a picture of
the giant zircon you mentioned GNs Graeme and Sue McDonald discovered.
The McDonald's can have a ring made from it and when people see Sue wearing
it, they will exclaim, "My gawd, is that a real zircon or just a diamond?"
The size of that stone surprises me actually. I would have thought it
was bigger. Obviously, zircon is more valuable than I thought. Amazing
innit, for 40,000+ years Aborigines ignored all the rocks and minerals
of Oz because they couldn't see the value. They were more interested in
animal skins, bark, ochre and didgeridoos.
NC Art wrote: You blokes change prime ministers like people change
socks … frequently. Hmm, not a bad system in many cases! We could learn
something from a parliamentary system.
That ’57 Chevy was a treat. I owned one that wasn’t
so flash, but it was great for hauling a growing family and all that junk
to shore vacations. One year I bought a roof rack to tote the overplus
of stuff. The thing was a horror. Held down by suction cups plus straps
which were installed through the top of windows and buckled under the roof.
Above 40 mph the thing vibrated with a rumble that sounded like a volcanic
eruption. One trip was enough to consign it to the trash heap of history.
Ah yes, shades of the roof rack on my old Kombi. Unloaded, it would
hum at 60km/h. Not 59 or 61km/h but 60. And for some weird reason the old
Kombi liked sitting on 60 rather than 59 or 61.
Ya know what? I was thinking this morning about all the money I've wasted
during past years on Odyssey MkI, and more recently all the money I've
spent on Odyssey MkII. It's a lotta folding stuff, dear Breth. BUT. The
waste is history, and the spending is coming to an end soon. Sooooo, I'll
be able to start saving again. The Odyssey ain't gonna last forever, and
one day I'll want to settle down somewhere, so it's comforting to know
that I'll have a nice little nestegg stashed away in the bank for such
an eventuality - enough to rent something decent and live comortably while
I write a book or two and reminisce about my travels.
As I wrote Richie earlier, this is a first for me. I've never been fiscally
prudent in my life; not until this dream came along. It was live for today
and bugger tomorrow. Now, of course, being the owner of PJ and all the
goodies that go with it, I can see clearly how pounds really do take care
of themselves if you take care of the pennies. And it's all the more remarkable
because I'm on a pension. Who says you can't make a silk purse out of a
Mind you, there are times when I wonder if I'm being realistic. A GN
this morning posted pics of his new Jayco motorhome, which is now undergoing
its finishing touches after 3 months of assembly at the huge Jayco factory
in Oz. Gotta be at least $100,000 worth, which makes PJ look pretty ordinary.
I couldn't help feeling somewhat deflated after looking at those pics.
Then again, I suppose there'll be people who will look at PJ and say, "Jeez,
I wish I had something like that."
Here's another gem from NC Art:
Why, Why, Why?
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries
are almost dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already
know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion
stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw
a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles
are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that
something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum
cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give
the vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling
off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer
when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering
from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if
they're okay, then it's you.
From the Beeb: South Africans have been holding an all-night prayer
vigil for former President Nelson Mandela, outside his former home in Soweto.
The crowd have been singing and saying prayers for Mr Mandela's health,
on what is now his 20th night in hospital. South Africa's first black president
- an icon of the anti-apartheid struggle - is suffering from a lung infection.
President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that the 94-year-old's condition
had improved, but still remained critical. "He is much better today than
he was when I saw him last night," Mr Zuma said after
speaking to Mr Mandela's medical team.
The shock wave from an asteroid that burned up over Russia in February
was so powerful that it travelled twice around the globe, scientists say.
They used a system of sensors set up to detect evidence of nuclear tests
and said it was the most powerful event ever recorded by the network. More
than 1,000 people were injured when a 17m, 10,000-tonne space
rock burned up above Chelyabinsk.
President Barack Obama has ruled out diplomatic "wheeling and dealing"
in attempts to extradite US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking
on a visit to the West African nation of Senegal, Mr Obama said the case
would be handled through routine legal channels. "I am not going to be
scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker," he added. Meanwhile, Ecuador's
President Rafael Correa said the country had yet to decide whether to admit
Mr Snowden. I'm
hearing a lot of people saying Snowden is the guy in the white hat while
the US government is the one wearing the black hat.
A disgruntled viewer is suing Japan's national broadcaster for "mental
distress" caused by an excessive use of words borrowed from English. Hoji
Takahashi, 71, is seeking 1.4 million yen ($14,300; £9,300) in damages
from NHK. "The basis of his concern is that Japan is being too Americanised,"
his lawyer Mutsuo
Miyata told the news agency AFP.
Yeah? Well, maybe we should sue somebody for making our roads too Japanized.
Anyway, that old bloke is simply a bitter old fart because he's witnessing
a slight modification of a Japanese tradition. It happens everywhere, and
always has. The only reason things change is because people want them to
change, or vice versa. Japan's culture, like all cultures, is not protected
by isolation anymore. The world is a smaller place, and the internet makes
the exchange of ideas and cultures so much easier and faster. But even
in times past, Britain was busy borrowing (stealing) words and phrases
from French and other languages to enhance its own. More recently, America
has been hugely successful in exporting its culture to many parts of the
world. Here in Oz, if we go to the cinema to see an American movie, we
don't refer to it as "foreign" even though technically that's what it is.
I don't see Art, Greg, Richie, Josh et al as foreigners - nuts, yes, but
As to Mr Snowden the whistle blower, many people argue that the only
way a corrupt system can be exposed to the people is by way of a whistle
blower. Here in Oz for example, ASIO (our version of America's CIA) is
bound by legislation which is presented to the people before it's enacted.
In other words, ASIO can't operate in ways that are not approved by the
people. If it breaks the law, heads roll. That's apparently not the case
in America. Surveillance by the CIA was being done covertly, using secrecy
and stealth, and the public (although not particularly surprised by the
whistle blower's revelations) were never asked to approve the CIA's modus
operandi as it applies to private individuals. The American public was
never consulted. And that's what motivated Snowden to expose what he saw
as a grave injustice.
This turn of events is very embarrassing to the US government, of course,
because America promotes itself as the exemplification of democratic honesty
and transparency. Clearly, this is not the case.
Goodness, gracious me! I've just expressed a political viewpoint!
The D-Type Jaguar: A wonder of style and engineering: Lesser-known
than the popular E-Type, the streamlined structure and breathtaking looks
of the D-Type make it Jaguar’s true masterpiece, writes Jonathan Glancey.
most interesting article; as much about art as about a classic auto.
As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes
with the authorities on our way home from the odd social session over the
years. A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some
friends at the Marriott Hotel and had a few too many beers and some rather
nice red wine. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the
limit, I did something I've never done before: I took a bus home. Sure
enough I passed a police road block but as it was a bus, they waved it
past. I arrived home safely without incident which was a real surprise,
as I have never driven a bus before and am not sure where I got it.
A Mom visits her son for dinner who lives with a girl roommate.
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how
pretty his roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship
between the two, and this had only made her more curious....
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact,
she started to wonder if there was more between him and his roommate than
met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, his son volunteered, "I know what
you must be thinking, but I assure you,we are just roommates."
About a week later, his roommate came to him saying, "Ever since
your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver plate.
You don't suppose she took it, do you?"
He said ,"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure."
He sat down and wrote :
I'm not saying that you did' take the silver plate from my house,
I'm not saying that you did not' take the silver plate But the fact remains
that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Several days later, he received an email from his Mother which read:
I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with your roommate, and I'm not
saying that you do 'not' sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she
was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the silver plate by now,
under her pillow.
Will this rain ever stop? Yes, I just checked the weekly forecast, and
the rain will begin to ease next Wednesday. Vacationers travelling north
from Sydney for the school holidays will be totally pissed off about the
next four days of rain. I'm not too thrilled about it either. We've had
enough already. It also means Andrew the sparky won't be here till later
in the week - IF he's not too busy catching up with other work. On the
poz side, that will coincide with next pay day so there'll be more bikkies
in the bank. I loike bikkies.
I weighed myself in the bathroom (which makes sense since I was the
only one there) today and I've gained a kilo or two. It's the noodles ya
know, and the cheese. Love that cheese! It melts and binds all the bits,
and tastes wicked. But tonight I'll have to make do with a can of spring
lamb and garden vegetable soup instead of my own creation. I've thickened
the soup a little with a few whizzes, so that I can spoon it over noodles
and add the cheese. Should taste okay, and keepy the tummy happy. BTW,
did I mentioned my taste is improving? Yes, the old buds are finally awakening
from a long hibernation that goes back to the cancer operation as well
as the radiation. Tea was tasting like hot water, and has only recently
begun to taste like proper tea again. I love my cuppas in the morning.
June 27, 2013. Andrew the sparky phoned this morning and asked
if I was sitting down. Hehe. He quoted "between $600 and $800" for the
whole job. And you can bet your bottom rupee that he means more like 8
than 6. It's a lotta money but he's talking quality materials, like a Redarc
solonoid that automatically shuts off the truck battery from the house
battery when camped, heavy-duty cabling to handle the amps, plus his labor
to fit it all as well as the rear-view camera. And fix the camper brake/stop
lights I trashed when I pulled all the wires out. He's pretty busy during
the next few weeks so he'll probably do various jobs as time permits. No
worries - I'm not in any hurry. He asked me if I had another quote and,
being the quintessential Mr Honest (or Mr Dummy) I said no. I'd rather
quality than a cheaper quote anyway. There are a number of jobs involved
and it doesn't take long for the hours to mount up - plus parts.
So, it's a good thing I haven't contacted the gas fitter yet. He can
wait till all the electricals are taken care of. I'll also postpone any
more shopping for a while hehe. Actually, I've spent that much already
on the battery, ladder, Camps book, CB radios, smoke and CO alarms, camp
oven, fire extinguishers, etc. And then there was Stan the Man's charges
for clearing all the overgrowth a while ago and fitting the camper to the
BTW, Andrew discovered a couple of 12V outlets I hadn't noticed. One
in the storage bin near the AGM battery and another at the front of the
camper on the passenger side just behind the tray uprights. There are also
two white plugs there that TX Greg thought were relics from the past but
apparently they're 12V outlets. The cigarette lighter style outlet is behind
a little black rubber cap.
TX wrote: This is amazing. A guy that owned a Chevy dealer in Nebraska
for over 50 years has over 500 old vehicles with 50 of them brand new,
that have less than 10 miles on the odometer. They will be all auctioned
off in September and
I'll bet we're talking millions.
Fascinating stuff, Greg. I watched the vid (I'm glad she doesn't shoot
video for a living) and was amazed that such a situation could develop
over so many years. Some of those cars still have the protective plastic
covering on the upholstery. Now I have a better appreciation of the phrase
FL Josh wrote: What a GREAT collection of photos in the Historic
Photos album. Major thanks to NC Art and you, Gary, for gifting
us with them. So thought provoking. So emotional.
And speaking of NC Art, here's the ol' bugger now: The photo of skulls
reminding soldiers to take anti-malarial Atabrine pills gave me chills.
As a young lad I had “mild” southern malaria which tossed me between spells
of bone-cracking chills and raging fever. The treatment was quinine tablets,
so bitter that I usually regurgitated several of the things until one dose
stayed down. Quinine became scarce and expensive, and Atabrine was developed
while I was still suffering. Not quite so bitter, but bad enough for me
to remember forever!
“Four Children for Sale” says it all about the horrors
of the Great Depression in United States. Most people have forgotten it
and now follow monetary policies designed to make a few people richer,
but likely will cause another hellish crash. Greed blinds even smart people,
And not only greed, Art. I'm realizing more and more as I get older
that "smart people" are just as susceptible to being dumb as the dummies
are. It's enough to shake one's faith in human nature. Hehe. Or maybe human
intelligence. Or maybe humanity period.
I was rather chuffed with the way I fixed the problem with some of the
historic photos last night. They were apparently corrupted to some extent
so I used ACDSee to convert them to .jpg. They were already .jpg files
but I overwrote them and it fixed the corruption prob. See? I'm getting
more "intuitive" about compy things as I get more experience - able to
solve problems that would have baffled me at one time. Old dogs and new
Last night, we had a leadership spill in the Labor party - PM Julia
Gillard out, Kevin Rudd (the dud) in. Rudd was elected PM in '07, then
he was dumped in favor of Gillard in '10. Since then there have been 3
leadership challenges by Rudd supporters. The first two failed, but last
night's got him over the line by a margin of 57 to 45. It's been an ongoing
saga and a joke, really. Labor party members were finally convinced that
next September's general election was headed for catastrophe with Gillard
at the helm so, in a desperate attempt to save their own political skins,
they've rearranged the deck chairs and re-installed Rudd hoping for a miracle.
Gillard is famous for a number of things, not the least of which is
her outburst in parliament when she accused the leader of the opposition
of being a misogynist. It made headlines around the world. Check
out the vid before I go any further.
Okies, now you can appreciate this
little gem I saw on the GN forum this morning. Cracked me right up.
Well, September's general election was a fait accompli according to
the pundits but that's not necessarily the case now. My money's still on
the Libs to win but at least the battle between Rudd and Abbott will have
its moments. Gillard, meanwhile, will retire from politics instead of contesting
From the Beeb: Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister of
Australia, a day after he ousted Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party.
Mr Rudd took the oath at Government House in front of Governor-General
Quentin Bryce. He then addressed parliament briefly, paying tribute to
Ms Gillard, who is stepping
down from politics.
The US Supreme Court has overturned a law which denied federal recognition
of same-sex marriages. The Defence of Marriage Act which was passed in
1996 meant that gay couples were not entitled to federal benefits and could
not seek the same tax reliefs as heterosexual couples.They also declined
to rule on Proposition 8, California's prohibition of gay marriage, in
effect allowing such unions to resume in the state. President
Obama has welcomed the court's decisions.
Anti-drug agents in the United States say 225 people have been arrested
in a major international operation against synthetic drugs. Some 1,100
lb (500kg) of drugs have been seized in the US, Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), officials said. Arrests have been made in the US,
Australia, Canada, Barbados and Panama.
Here's a story of a GN couple striking it lucky while fossicking near
Alice Springs in the North Territory. They found a
big zircon stone valued at $15000. Woohoo!
Checked out the telescopic ladder today. Took it out of the cardbox
box. It's surprisingly heavy, which I suppose means it's pretty robust
- built to European standards, whatever that means. Haven't tried it yet
but it looks like it'll stow away in the storage box with the camper jacks
no problem. Is there anything this GN ain't got? Don't answer that.
The '57 Chevy is where we got our '60-'62 Holdens from. I like the look
of that old bus from that angle. The board looks cool too. I was 13 when
that thing rolled off the assembly line. Wanna know which one has aged
Well, time to think about fooooood. It was too wet and miserable today
to go shopping, and I've eaten the last of the tacoodle. Jeez, that was
good, especially with melted Colby cheese. I've really been looking forward
to dinner since I started the noodle creations. I'll do something chickeny
next. Chickeny? Yeah, y'know, like tomatoey, spicy, Asiany, tasty or whatevery.
And then a bit of telly. No doubt PM Rudd will be hogging the cameras tonight
and being totally predictable. "Why did you lie so many times about not
challenging for the leadership, Mr Rudd?" "That was then, this is now."
Yeah, I'm a politician, remember. Hehe. Gary
June 26, 2013. I've been adding a few favorites to my Red Bubble
site lately. You
can check them out here. Some really awesome stuff.
And here's a
bunch of smiling faces in my garden this morning. If you look closely,
you'll see a giant Australian ant fossicking amonst the jonquils.
Yesterday, I cleaned the inside of the camper windows and discovered
red dirt that looked like it had been there since the big drought of the
'80s or whenever. Seems the old girl has done a fairly adventurous trip
or two in her time. I also discovered that the winder on the back window
is broken. No biggie. All the others work so there's heaps of ventilation.
I'll get it fixed one of these days - somewhere.
TX Greg wrote: Glad to hear you found a sparky that knows his thing.
Makes sense to keep the two separate and keeps it totally safe. You did
a great job explaining it, I just could have understood it faster if I
didn't have to decode the Oz accent, hehe... powerboard = powerstrip, power
points = plugs
Roite. Yep, it's a good thing that the regular sparkies gave me the
flick cos otherwise I wouldn't have found Andrew, who's an auto sparky
and really knows his campers, batteries, inverters, etc. By the way, he
says the 300W inverter is a bit small but to try it for a while. I can
always plug a bigger one in later if I think it's warranted. He also mentioned
a generator for charging the battery during cloudy or wet weather, but
aside from the expense I'm not keen on carrying extra fuel. If need be,
I can always hang out at a caravan park overnight and use my small battery
charger to re-charge the AGM.
More prezzies arrived! The CO alarm, the telescopic ladder and Camps
Australia Wide #7.
FL Josh wrote: Your comment about being surprised that Stephen Fry
was lonely to the point of attempting suicide reminded me of that great
and Garfunkel song, Richard Cory. Well, there ya go, I don't remember
that song at all. Josh also mentioned that he loved Art's guide to retiring.
Yeah, great stuff.
Meanwhile, Steve W says: Having done a lot of travelling, do not
skimp on a roof rack or basket. I made that mistake with a cheapo and the
damage that it did made the price of a good one seem cheap. I only use
Rhino racks and baskets now. My 2 bobs worth anyway!
Just spent a couple of hours putting the historic photos (the ones Art
sent yesterday) album together and some of the photos decided to go crazy.
Dunno what that was all about - from black and white to an orangy color
that lost a lot of detail. They look okay in a regular viewer but not in
Jalbum for some reason. Anyway, forget it today, I'll try again tomorrow.
I hate time-wasting exercises! Wot? Dat me talking? The bloke who took
the longest route between two points to put the Odyssey together?
It's also been a dreadful day weatherwise. Started out okay, all bright
and shiny, and then came the clouds and showers, not to mention a cold
wind. So I've been using the hot water bottle between me and the chair.
From the Beeb: The US and Afghan presidents have "reaffirmed" their
support for holding talks with the Taliban, despite an attack in central
Kabul on Tuesday. Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai agreed in a video conference
that a peace process was the surest way to end the violence, the White
House said. They also reiterated their backing for a Taliban office in
other people understand the Afghan situation better than I but it seems
a mess to me.
A capsule carrying three Chinese astronauts has landed safely after
a 15-day mission in space. The astronauts travelled on the Shenzhou-10
craft to China's space laboratory, the Tiangong-1. Yep,
we're the big blue and white one.
Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International
Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague later, as public hearings get under
way. Australia is to argue that Tokyo's scientific research programme -
under which it kills whales - is commercial whaling in disguise. And
the whales are none the wiser.
Supporters of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd are seeking
to force a Labor leadership vote aimed at ousting Julia Gillard, reports
say. A petition calling for a caucus meeting to vote on the party leadership
is being circulated among Labor politicians, Australian reports say. Australia
is set for a general election in less than three months that polls suggest
Labor will lose. It'll
be a disaster for Labor whichever way it goes. As Labor PM Bob Hawke said
back in the '80s, "a party that can't govern itself can't govern the country".
US President Barack Obama has laid out a package of measures aimed
at curbing climate change, including limits on emissions from power plants.
He also unveiled plans for an expansion of renewable energy projects, improved
flood resilience and calls for an international climate deal. Administration
officials had earlier rejected the idea of a "carbon tax". President Obama
pledged in his inaugural address in January to act on climate
change in his second term.
Viewpoint: Did our brains evolve to foolishly follow celebrities?
Our obsession with celebrity culture is a result of our poorly adapted
brains, argues social anthropologist Jamie Tehrani. Yep,
I believe so. In fact we created a celebrity to explain our existence.
And now something you've always wanted to know but didn't realize it
- or something like that. We know how oysters make pearls, but how can
they be perfectly spherical? A new theory says their remarkable structure
them to naturally rotate in the shell.
I was hoping for some funnies on the GN forum but nothing today. And
I've run outta time because of that album kerfuffle earlier. So, it's time
to update and attend to my evening routine.
Hello! Way past my bedtime but I fixed the prob with the Historic
Photos album and posted it. Gary
June 25, 2013. Before I fergit, here's
a pic on Red Bubble of something taller than PJ. On weekends, I used
to ride on a bus just like that from Belmore to Enfield
baths as a kid on weekends. I think the fare was twopence. Wonderful
Anyway, it's all excitement here. Andrew the sparky arrived and checked
out PJ. He's a whizz. Sussed out what the previous bloke had done with
the wiring, battery, inverter, etc, in no time. In essence, it's a rough
job. He used the phrase "back on itself" to describe it. Can't explain
it myself, but he's going to wire the 240V inverter separately to the external
power input (for use in caravan parks) so that it has its own powerboard.
When I camp using the AGM battery, I'll use that board. When I'm using
mains power at a caravan park, I'll use the existing power points installed
by the previous owner.
As I suspected, Stan blew a fuse yesterday fiddling around with the
plug for the camper stop/turn lights hehe, so Andrew did a quick fix and
now I have my parking lights back on the truck. He also checked out TX
Greg's rear view camera. No probs. And he's gonna check out a few bits
I need like a solonoid that automatically disengages the truck battery
from the house battery when the engine's not running, and get back to me
within a day or two with a quote for the whole shebang. Sounds good to
me. Andrew has my total confidence. He's a cheerful chap, probably 30-something,
and waves his arms all over the place when he explains things. Hehe.
The postie's busy. The gas bottle gauge arrived as well as the pair
of Midland CB radios. Bit of a problem there... I can walky but I can't
talky. However, I do love my prezzies! As I mentioned to OR Richie this
morning, I'll miss my little shopping sprees on eBay when PJ is finally
complete. Oh well, one journey ends and another begins.
TX Greg wrote: Don't forget that the sparky needs to correct that
stupid double ended male plugs to keep someone, mainly YOU from getting
shocked. A really simple fix for that would be to install what's called
a Double Pole Double Throw Switch. It looks like a light switch but has
three positions. When you flip it one way it will use the inverter power
and the other way will use power from the land line cable. The center position
would be totally off.
Thanks, Greg, but Andrew seems to have all that sorted by keeping the
inverter system separate from the mains. He wasn't too impressed with that
double ended male plug either hehe.
There's no place for the spare tire under the truck? Agree a wind
deflector would really help with that much flat area. Check
out this home made one...
Yep, there's a spare wheel in a cradle under the tray but I figured
I could use the space on the roof for a second spare. As to the wind deflector,
I'll check with Peter the engineer along those lines. Also interesting
to read what that guy says about economy - 48mph returns the best mileage.
70mph uses a third more fuel. 80mph uses half as much again. 48mph is close
enough to 80km/h which is what I'll be doing.
From the Beeb: Militants have attacked the presidential palace and
government buildings in the Afghan capital, Kabul. More than half a dozen
explosions were heard as they clashed with security personnel at the palace's
eastern gate, the defence ministry and a CIA station. The police said all
of the attackers were killed. The Taliban said they carried out the assault.
I don't get it. Don't the Taliban want western forces to leave the country?
Perhaps the Taliban is worried about having nothing to fill in their time
when the west leaves. They've
been warring for hundreds of years so maybe they enjoy it.
South Korea has issued a cyber alert after an apparent hacking attack
on government websites. The website of the presidential office was one
of several official and media sites hit by an apparently co-ordinated attack
on Tuesday morning, reports said. The identity of the hackers was not known,
a government statement said. The incident came on the anniversary of the
start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which divided the Korean peninsula.
The US has criticised Russia and China after fugitive Edward Snowden
left Hong Kong for Moscow. President Barack Obama said the US was pursuing
"all the appropriate legal channels" in pursuit of him. US Secretary of
State John Kerry has said it would be "disappointing" if Russia and China
had helped him evade an attempt to extradite him. No wonder the US
is embarrassed. For years the US has been accusing China and Russia of
doing the very thing they've
been doing in secret all along hehe.
Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa
and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report. Governments
are increasingly criminalising "homosexual acts" by seeking to impose new
laws and draconian penalties, it adds. This sends the "toxic message" that
gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, Amnesty says.
Comedian Stephen Fry has thanked the "warm, caring majority" who
contacted him after he revealed he had attempted suicide in 2012. Writing
on his website, Fry said "the outburst of sympathy and support that followed
my confession" had touched him "very deeply". "I am luckier than many of
you because I am lonely in a crowd of people who are mostly very nice to
me and appear to be pleased to meet me. But I want you to know that you
are not alone in your being alone." That
surprises the hell outta me. I never would have thought Stephen Fry was
Saw young Keiran today - had to look twice before I recognized him.
His face is looking more Aboriginal as he matures into a young man, but
he hasn't lost that impish grin. It's more prominent than ever, if anything.
He has a little puppy, a black something or other. Very friendly. "I don't
want it to be a guard dog, it'll kill people."
NC Art sent the following series of options for retirees in America
looking for the ideal place to spend their remaining years:
Retire to Phoenix, Arizona where...
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2.. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water
in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face
when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING
You can retire to California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house
and your monthly taxes equal your house payment.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long
it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
You can retire to New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus
Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language
makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (Editorial: Note if you have a car, or
a driver's license, or even know how to drive).
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
You can retire to Minnesota where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco ..
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for casserole.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
6. Nobody has ever heard of "global warming."
You can retire to the Deep South where....
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Ellen, Betty
Jean, Mary Beth, etc etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder."
It's important to know the difference, too.
You can retire to Colorado where....
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he
stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
5. The "four seasons," are hunting, skiing, cycling, and snowed
You can retire to the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was
FINALLY You can retire to Florida where...
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind - - even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist, proctologist,
cardiologist, urologist, neurologist, or anything ending in 'gist.'
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.
6. Golf courses and medical centers outnumber every other form of entertainment.
Art also sent a series of fascinating historic photos which I'll assemble
into an album and post later, probably tomorrow. Thanks, Art. They were
Here's a GN who's currently motorhoming in - of all places - Turkey!
out the pic!
Sex at 68. I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing
me that I can have sex at 68. I'm so happy, because I live at number 72.
So it's not too far to walk home afterwards. And it's the same side of
the street. I don't even have to cross the road!
One GN suggested a Rhino
basket for the roof rack. The smallest is 4' 1" long - too long for
the Courier cab. And it's $175 plus fittings and shipping! No thanks.
And that's it for Chewsdee! Been a glorious day in the sun. 17C ain't
all that much but if there's no wind or cloud, the sun is most pleasant.
Nights and mornings are chilly though, and the heater's on at the mo. I'm
also looking forward to a steaming bowl of tacoodle with a heap of melting
Colby cheese. It's rather like mozzarella but with greater depth of flavor.
June 24, 2013. Busy, busy, busy. Yeah... busy wasting time. Stan
the Man turned up to spray the weeds so I got him to take a second look
at the plug for the camper stop/turn lights. He got some working, and some
not, so that was useless. Then Nancy did her thing irrigating my mouth.
Then I phoned a bunch of sparkies who all said "don't wanna waste your
time, mate, you're better of phoning so-and-so who knows more about that
kinda stuff than I do". Yeah, right. You mean the job's too small and not
worth your time. One recommended I get in touch with an auto electrician
but that would mean leaving the car there all day and having to organize
transport there and back. UNLESS the auto sparky is MOBILE! So I checked
the phone book and there's one due here tomorrow to check out PJ and quote
on the job. BTW, TX Greg's rear view camera arrived this morning.
So now it's after 1pm and half the day is kaput.
TX Greg wrote: Well that was some awwwwesome news to read. Congratulations
on the first test flight :) One small step for Gary, one giant leap for
I told Lindsay this morning that I made the local paper hehe, and then
brought Greg's graphic up on screen. Lindsay thought it was real until
I asked him who was reading the newspaper. Then he realized it was a joke.
He's not the full quid, that boy. Thanks, Greg... I love it! I also posted
it on GN.
Oh yeah... I was telling Stan earlier about the test flight yesterday
and how nervous I was. "You'll know it's on there, alright!" he said with
a grin. What an understatment. But it sums up the experience, really. I
don't know what I was expecting yesterday but there was no way driving
the truck was gonna be anything remotely like it was before - not with
an extra 700+ kgs on the back.
FL Josh wrote: Concerning your puzzlement that Justin didn't hope
to die, do you really think his religion teaches there is no purpose in
living and the only goal in life is to die ASAP and cash in on the free
His religion was also mine for many years, Josh. I was educated at two
Catholic schools and spent several decades thereafter believing all that
stuff. Anyway, does it really matter what I believe?
As to the roof rack, you might want to consider an aerodynamic enclosed
Not really suitable for my purpose, Josh - carrying a spare wheel. But
I do accept the aerodynamic principle. I'm thinking two roof bars connected
by a mesh tray of some sort. Maybe I can get Peter to design and make one.
I'm also thinking that the shape of the wheel lying flat will act as a
OR Richie pointed out that the recent Chevy pics symbolizing those halcyon
Happy Days of yore are a tad misleading in that they were not days of blissful
jollies and delight for many minority groups. Too true, too true, too true.
People who stutter are a minority.
Race day at Cunnamulla. Crowds of people everywhere you look. A bloke
pushes his way through the people around one of the bookies.
"M-m-mate," he stutters, "I b-b-backed a f-f-five t-t-to..."
"Go on, get out of the way will you?" the bookie responds. "Can't
you see I'm busy?"
The bloke goes but shoves his way in again within a couple of minutes.
"Hey, m-m-mate, I t-t-tell ya I b-b-backed a f-f-five t-t-t..."
"I'm getting a bit annoyed with you. Get! Now! I'm busy."
Once more the bloke goes but almost immediately turns back and pushes
his way in. "HEY! I'm t-t-trying t-t-to t-t-tell ya I b-b-backed a f-f-five..."
The bookie interrupts, pulls a $20 note out of his pocket and says,
"Here. Now piss off. You're wasting my time!"
The bloke seems satisfied, walks off towards the race track entry.
Meets his offsider who asks, "How'd you go, mate?"
Bloke says, "Well, I t-t-tried t-t-to t-t-t-tell him I b-b-backed
a f-f-five t-t-ton Isuzu into his M-m-mercedes and he g-g-gimme $20...!"
From the Beeb: Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in hospital,
the South African presidency has announced. President Jacob Zuma said he
had visited Mr Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams. South
Africa's first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier
this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection. Poor
old bugger. They keep patching him up and he keeps coming back for more.
Fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is due
to fly out of Russia in the next few hours in a bid to seek asylum in Ecuador.
Reports suggest he will be on an early afternoon flight out of Moscow,
heading first to the Cuban capital Havana. Washington says it is urging
countries in the "Western Hemisphere" not to let Mr Snowden enter their
or villain? Depends on your point of view.
As an eight-year-old boy Rich Gelfond used to shine shoes to earn
some money. At 16 he was running his own newspaper in New York, with a
circulation of about 25,000. The paper attracted national advertisers and
he would walk up and down Madison Avenue selling space. As someone who
showed such entrepreneurial spirit as a child, it is perhaps not surprising
that he has ended up running
a large and successful business.
Mieke the photographer person sent me this link to a "best of" video
of amazing feats of balance, daredevil stunts, spills and thrills and
all kinds of amazing stuff. Well worth watching!
So where am I? So much happening lately my head's spinning. Sparky's
organized for tomorrow. Gotta organize the gas fitter and a gas bottle.
A few more things to get at the local camping/outdoor shop. Talk to Peter
about the rear bolt-on bar and roof rack. And that's pretty much it! For
now, anyway. Depending on what the sparky and gas fitter charge for labor
I should have enough left in the budget for a 200W solar panel to replace
the old 60/70W BP panel, but I'm in no hurry for that. I won't be heading
off permanently for a while yet - got the op on the gum and dentures to
sort out before the Big Lap. Nancy says she wants me outta there before
BUT, I got me a camper to go, with all the goodies, so a few Mini Odysseys
will be in order. There's a stack of places an hour or two north, south
and west of here. Hell, I could even do an overnighter in the backyard!
And take the laptop with me! I don't feel complete without my laptop.
BTW, I did a bit of shopping today but rather than take PJ I walked
up to the Mall. Hehe. I made it - and back. Prolly did me the world of
good but I was a bit buggered when I got home. By the same token, not all
that long ago it would have been a feat impossibeele. It's all those noodles
Well, that's it for today ladies and genitals. It'll be interesting
to hear what the sparky says tomorrow. Gary
June 23, 2013. Later today I hope to take PJ for a test run around
town. I attached the old brackets to the rear of the tray as a temporary
measure to prevent possible backslide until I get the new bar. I also discovered
that the previous owner had penciled the wiring colors of the camper lights
(to match the indicator and brake lights) on the inside of a storage bin
lid. Woohoo! But he only did three of the colors and there are others,
so I better not fool with fixing the plug myself. Dangit. For a while there
I thought I had the problem solved.
Anyway, just as I'd psyched myself up to take PJ for a whirl, clouds
began to assemble. So I decided to postpone the whirl for a bit. If I'm
gonna tip over, I'd rather not tip over in the rain.
No luck on eBay or anywhere else with the roof rack so I left a note
on the GN techies forum. One suggestion is two single bars connected with
aluminium mesh (like security door mesh) to form a platform. Not a bad
idea. MI Bill suggested browsing a wrecking yard. There are a couple of
those in town. I've decided to call him MI Bill now because he lives on
Magnetic Island, just off Townsville QLD. He's the one with the red Courier.
Just took a shower and am waiting for the hair to dry while I enjoy
a cuppa. I wish this test were over and done with. I'm visualizing all
kinds of horrible scenarios.
BACK! Weeeeell, that was kinda spooky - like dismounting a bone-shaking,
bucking bronco and stepping onto the deck of the Queen Mary. PJ kinda floats
along, and you can feel the gentle sway as she rocks with the road undulations.
It's a much softer ride than I was getting before, to put it mildly, which
was most disconcerting at first. Then I remembered I only had 50psi in
the rear tires, so I headed for the servo and pumped them up to 60, which
is as high as the air compressor would go. It made a difference but I'd
like 5lb more as recommended by the handbook under a full load. Apart from
running around town, I took a straight stretch heading south then went
around the roundabout and headed back across the Martin Bridge. From there
I drove into the CBD and did some shopping, then drove home. Reversing
into the drive was a bit tricky. I couldn't see the gap between the gate
posts until I was almost aligned straight ahead. Took up part of the road
as I buggerized around hehe but traffic was very light. Reversing will
be much easier when I'm tuned into TXG TV.
Oh, did I mention that the camper didn't move? That it's still on the
tray exactly where it was before I left? I have to say, though, that was
the most nervous I've been since I first got behind the wheel of my first
car back in '62. I crawled around the first roundabout (just in front of
the house) in second gear, and every roundabout after that. I also negotiated
a couple of deep gutters - mine and the entrance to the Mall parking lot
- visualizing PJ doing the Hawaiian Hula as the wheels sank one by one.
Hehe. I was also studying the faces of other drivers and pedestrians expecting
to see expressions of horror. But no, not even a glance.
There was only one moderately steep hill on the trip which PJ handled
with ease. No problems starting from rest either, or climbing steep gutters,
so it seems the Courier will handle the weight okay. Nonetheless, it's
gonna take a few more drives, including a longer run along the freeway,
before I become fully acclimatized. It's a totally different car to the
one I'm used to, and nowhere near as frisky or stiff. Braking distance
is still fine albeit a little longer, and steering is fine.
NC Art wrote: I asked an English bloke why they had the steering
wheel on the right side and drove on the wrong side of the highway. He
gave me a pitying look and said, “Because that’s the only proper way of
course.” Seems you Aussies can’t take a hint either. The Chevy Bel Air
was a classy machine, and had a good run fer shure.
Calgary was muddy when I drove through the wretched
place in 1949. Yet there was something exciting in the air. Oil had just
been discovered in the mud and shale, and oil companies were just be-ginning
to find ways to get at it. Now, it flooded to no one’s surprise, and to
make matters worse a big pipeline has sprung a leak and spread oil over
hundreds of acres. The authorities claim there’s no environmental threat,
of course. There’s money to be made, y’know.
Justin sure had a scare, but glad to know he’s cancer
free and on the mend.
Yes, now there's a God-fearing Christian lad who often speaks of the
Heavenly Afterlife. But given the opportunity for an early boarding pass,
he declined hehe. He'll have the next 6 to 8 weeks of recuperation to absorb
the gravity of his experience and do some serious contemplation. But he's
getting it pretty easy compared to what I went through. I'm not bitching,
but he's in the care of his family and his lover whereas I had none of
that. I even had to catch a bloody train back to Taree alone. No help from
L&S either. They can barely take care of themselves let alone anyone
else. So it was up to me to take care of myself. If you remember, there
was a period of some months after the operation where I could hardly put
a sentence together. Even showering took every ounce of strength I could
muster. A couple of times I had to take a plastic chair in with me. I must
be one helluva tough old bird. Hehe. I also had a dream - and she's parked
in the drive as we speak.
Thanks, Art. Hehe.
From the Beeb: New clashes have taken place in Brazil despite President
Dilma Rousseff's attempt to respond to protesters' demands and halt the
violence. Trouble was reported in Belo Horizonte and Salvador, the two
cities hosting Confederations Cup matches on Saturday. I
wonder what Joao thinks of all this non-carnivale activity?
US President Barack Obama has promised to outline his plan to deal
with climate change in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday. He
said it would include measures to reduce carbon pollution and to lead global
efforts to fight climate change. Mr Obama has said repeatedly he would
tackle climate change, but has been blocked by Congress. He is believed
to be planning to pass the new measures by executive action, meaning
he will bypass Congress.
A wing walker and her pilot were killed when their biplane crashed
during an air show near Dayton, in the US state of Ohio. The plane carrying
Jane Wicker overturned and hit the ground, bursting into flames in front
of spectators at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Oh
dear, what a terrible thing for all those people to witness - kids included.
Well, there goes Sundee, and another weekend. Tomorrow I'll organize
a sparky and gas fitter. During the week I'll also visit the local wreckers
to see what they might have in the way of roof racks - otherwise I might
talk to Peter the engineer about making something. Most, if not all, of
the remaining stuff I need for PJ I can buy locally. And that'll be it!
Oh, and another thought about PJ's center of gravity - there's no water
in the fresh water tank yet. It's 50 or 60 liters so that's 50 or 60kg
when full. It's situated just behind the truck cab, east west at floor
level, and acts as a stair to the cab-over bed. I'm not familiar with the
tank but it should have baffles to stop sloshing when not full. The truck's
fuel tank is situated just under the water tank, and that's another 70kg
when full... all amidships.
Sunday, June 23, 2013, the day I drove PJ for the first time and survived!
I'm sooooo glad that's behind me! At least I'm not terrified of the thing
any longer hehe. Gary
June 22, 2013. Last night's poke around eBay ended up with a
bit of a spend. This is the telescopic
ladder I bought. And this is the pair of UHF
hand-held radios. I also bought a copy of Camps
Australia Wide #7.
I spent a few hours in the glorious sunshine this morning putting stuff
in the storage bins. It's amazing how much stuff fits in there! They swallow
stuff like an anaconda! And I haven't even touched the sides yet. Thought
about tidying the current battery which has one terminal covered in green
gunk but thought better of it. Too much spaghetti so I'll leave it to the
sparky to get rid of that battery and replace it with the AGM. The old
one could be worth keeping as a spare cranking battery. Hmmm. I also attached
the padlocks I bought ages ago on spesh - keyed alike which is handy.
wrote: Texas mission control to Gary, tie downs look secure. Are we
ready to start count down to test flight? :)
I'd prefer to wait till after the sparky and gas fitter have done their
thing, and Peter organizes the bolt-on bar across the back, but I'll probably
take PJ for a quickie around the block before that - maybe put some extra
air in the rear tires.
Speaking of diarrhororrors did you ever see the episode from Top
Gear call Campervans. This
makes PJ look very short... At the end of that show the guys
play a trick, hehe.... The full episodes of Campervans Parts
1-4 can be watched here...
Love that home-built motorhome, Greg. That's a hoot! Thanks for the
FL Josh wrote to suggest I may want something a little bigger than the
Courier: You may want to trade your ute for something
like this to mount your camper on... Thanks, Josh, I'll keep it
in mind. :-/
Justin from the Dunes Blog has been seriously ill lately - and I mean
seriously - right in the middle of his graduation. But he's on the mend
after major surgery and headed back home to Provincetown MA where he will
spend 8 weeks recouperating fully. You
can read about it here.
Carp (gold fish) is an introduced species to Oz that causes major problems
in our rivers, destroying habitat for our own species causing their demise,
muddying rivers and burrowing into riverbanks causing erosion. Here's
one river gum that's been attacked by carp. Bill, the bloke with a
similar rig to PJ and keen fisherman, has a recipe for carp. It's the carp
and rock method. You boil a rock and a carp until the rock is soft, and
then eat the rock. Europeans and Asians eat carp but Aussies won't touch
them. Pity because eating them out of existence would be a good thing.
Here's a phenomenon in Broome WA that happens at very low tide when
the exposed ridges in the mudflats cause the shallow water to look like
stairs to the rising moon. Staircase
to the Moon.
A devout middle eastern gentleman entered a black cab in London.
He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because, as decreed by
his religious teaching, he must not listen to the music because,
in the time of the prophet, there was no music, especially Western music
which is the music of the infidel. The cab driver politely switched off
the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door. The Arab Muslim asked him,
"What are you doing?" The cabbie answered, "In the time of the prophet,
there were no taxis, so piss off and wait for a camel!"
BTW, FL Josh thought this
video was really clever, and I concur indubitably! Or something.
From the Beeb: The US justice department has filed criminal charges
against a fugitive ex-intelligence analyst who leaked details of a secret
surveillance operation. The charges against ex-National Security Agency
(NSA) analyst Edward Snowden include espionage and theft of government
sure many people like myself will follow this case with great interest.
At least three people have been killed and more than a 100,000 forced
to flee their homes as floods triggered by torrential rain hit western
Canada. Officials have ordered the evacuation
of the centre of Calgary, Alberta, after both rivers that flow through
it, the Bow and Elbow, overflowed.
Buzz Aldrin calls for humans to colonise the Red Planet. On 21 July
1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the surface
of the Moon, it appeared as though mankind was on the verge of a new age
of space exploration. Now, one of the original lunar pioneers believes
the time has come to make another great leap for mankind. Buzz Aldrin thinks
that manned missions to Mars should take place sooner rather than later
- within the next quarter of a century. And we shouldn't stop there. He
thinks we should begin planning a permanent
colony on the Red Planet.
US aviation officials are investigating a near-collision between
two jets in the skies over New York City. On 13 June, a Delta Airlines
Boeing 747 and a Shuttle America Embraer E170 came within 200ft (60m) vertically
and half a mile (800m) horizontally from one another, the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) said. Both planes landed safely. US aviation regulations
require planes to be 1000ft
apart vertically or three miles horizontally.
5-ish already so how about a bit of Happy Days Americana from 1955 before
Isn't it gorgeous? And here's an interior shot of a '55 Chevy Bel Air.
You'll notice that it's the passengers who do all the driving over there.
Did you hear about Tiger Woods and Stevie Wonder having a bit of
a natter in a bar? Tiger asked Stevie how the singing was going, to which
he replied that it was going okay, and then asked Tiger about the golf.
Tiger said he was having a few problems with his swing but that it was
all fixed now. Stevie said he sometimes has problems with his swing, too,
but he takes a break and doesn't think about it for a while, and then it
gets back to normal. "You play golf?" Tiger asked. "But you're blind! How
can you play golf if you can't see?"
"I've been playing golf for years," Stevie explained. "I get my caddy
to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the
sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, when I get to where
the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green or farther down the fairway
and again I play the ball towards his voice."
"But, how do you putt?" asks Tiger.
"Well", says Stevie, "I get my caddy to lean down in front of the
hole and call to me with his head on the ground and I just play the ball
towards his voice."
Tiger: "What's your handicap?"
Stevie: "Actually -- I'm a scratch golfer."
Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie, "We've got to play a round sometime."
Stevie: "Well, people don't take me seriously, so I only play for
money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole. Is that a problem?"
Woods thinks about it and says, "I can afford that; OK, I'm game.
$10,000 a hole is fine with me. When would you like to play?"
Stevie: "Pick a night."
And there goes another Satdee! Might check out eBay again tonight for
a roof rack - a shorty for utes. So be good dear Breth and I'll be back
with another sermon tomorrow. Oh, just remembered, I posted the Prayer
for Granddad on Just Joking yesterday and one woman (who didn't get the
joke) asked if the little girl was my granddaughter hehe. Oh dear... Gary
June 21, 2013. Roite, this morning I attached the tie downs to
PJ, and it looks pretty good. Nice and tight.
In the pic below, you'll see the holes originally drilled for the brackets
which are now redundant. All I need now is a length of 1" square steel
tubing to bolt into those holes to stop any rearward slide. It probably
won't happen but it'll give me peace of mind if I'm travelling up a steep
grade. I phoned Peter the engineer bloke and he's gonna pop in next time
he's passing to measure it and check it out.
And now one last pic just to give all the Nervous Nellies the diarrhororrors...
NC Art wrote: Apologies to Stan for re-naming him Sam. Whutevuh,
the farming background explains a lot. Old time farmers … and probably
modern ones also … had to be handy with tools, or anything that got the
job done including muscle. My dad was a farmer and had to be a carpenter,
electrician, plumber, machinist, and everything else needed to keep the
wheels turning or mules harnessed. It was a hard life, but most farmers
I knew were pretty happy most of the time. Astonishing, since two bad crops
in a row could finish them off.
Chuckled over the Tabasco sauce thingy. I once heard
a woman say, “I’m so damned old I had to buy another bottle of Tabasco.”
A little goes a long way, but I’m on my third or fourth bottle! Go figure.
Yes, I'm partial to a dribble of Tabasco too. Which reminds me, I've
got the measurements of the tacoodle thing right now- right amount of noodles
to meat, liquid and cheese - and it tastes yummy. The cheese is New Zealand
shredded Colby which melts into the tacoodle.
Here's something else from Art: A Prayer For Granddad...
Dear God, please send lots of clothes to all those poor ladies
on grandad's computer. Amen.
TX Greg wrote: You asked if I had "Any more questions?" How many
surfers do you think you can fit into PJ's bed?, hehe. You mean without
me in there? Hehe.
You had some really good answers there (about PJ), which tells me
you are thinking things over and yes that does ease my mind :) Eases
mine too, mate.
Francois wrote to tell me he hasn't been too well lately: 1st I need
a surgery for a hip replacement and I've much pain and can't do anything:
walking is difficult, driving too, not speaking of boating! I can't nomore
go and swim, so my back and neck are painful too. The surgery will take
place at the end of July maybe. Winter has arrived and the cold temperature
isn't good for my old bones and yes, 15c (this morning) is really cold
when you've taken bad habits around 30c.
Same here in Taree, Francois. Sorry to hear about the aches and pains,
and I hope the surgery is successful and gives you a new lease on life.
2nd I worked 3 months around my house to insulate it and giving
it a good appearance to try to sell it and go away to have a secure surgery
in France and despite many advs to sell it I'd not a simple call. Bad time
to sell anything here: the time is hanging to the vote on the independence
of New Caledonia in 2014... Kaledony or Kanaky or ???: they're fighting
about the name, the flag etc ! Anyway I think I'm stuck here for some years...
Well, it's not a bad place to be "stuck", Francois hehe. Could be a
lot worse! Francois also has some concerns about PJ's height, and suggests
I take it easy until I become familiar with its behavior in different conditions.
Too true, Francois. Easy does it! And I take your point about the shock
absorbers, although the Ironman helper springs will assist in that department.
I'll know more as I gain more experience driving it over various surfaces.
the angle taken by your vehicle is not only dependent of the gradient of
the rodway but above all of the rocking after a bump... Yes, that happens
often to caravans and other vehicles with poorly distributed loads. They
hit an undulation in the road and, if the speed is too great, start to
rock side to side, or sway. If the driver doesn't correct the sway quickly,
it can, and usually does, end in a rollover. GNs on the forum are always
talking about that kind of thing. Inexperienced drivers go for the brakes,
which is a no no. The only way to get out of trouble is to "drive" your
way out. However, if speed is kept to a safe limit in the first place,
these situations can be avoided before they begin. As you say, Francois,
time isn't money for us retired oldies.
Just got a PM from the GN webmistress to say some old dear complained
about Art's nipples and asked to have the pic removed from the Just Joking
forum hehe. Oh well... takes all kinds. No biggie.
And now something else from Art: If you think Oz has some weird terrain,
check out the moving rocks in Death Valley and volcano in Hawaii … or other
Do Death Valley’s “Sailing Stones” Move Themselves Across the Desert?
From the Beeb: More than a million people are reported to have taken
part in protests in about 100 cities across Brazil, the latest in a wave
of anti-government rallies. Violence erupted in many places and an 18-year-old
man died when a car drove through a barricade in Sao Paulo state. Protests
began more than a week ago over high transport fares but are also highlighting
corruption and the cost of next year's football World Cup. They're
a pretty excitable lot, these hot-blooded Latins.
On the other hand: Brazil's Ambassador to Britain has said that,
despite the ongoing protests, recent research shows that Brazilians are
content with their lives and have a
positive view of the future.
A Jewish Israeli man has been shot dead near Jerusalem's Western
Wall after a guard mistook him for a Palestinian militant, police say.
Gunfire was heard on Friday morning at the wall - one of Judaism's holiest
sites visited by thousands of worshippers each week. Police say the guard
shot the man after hearing him shout "Allahu
The Ministry of Defence closed down its UFO desk because it served
"no defence purpose" and was taking staff away from "more valuable defence-related
activities", newly released files show. The desk was shut down in December
2009 despite a surge in reported sightings. Hmmm. I
suspect the U in UFO will forever remain U.
Yep, we humans have an obsessive predilection for wanting to believe
in wicked witches, spooks, boogy men, aliens and anything else that scares
the bejesus out of us hehe. Remember those gargoyle
thingies? Imagination is a wonderful thing... sometimes.
Thanks Ls & Gs for all the contributions and for visiting Waffledom.
Keeps me occupied and out of trouble. God knows what dreadful things I'd
be getting myself involved with if it weren't for this. Tomorrow I'll do
a few more things with PJ, like sort out the storage bins. Just checked
netbank and noted that my $1000 interest-free advance from Centerlink arrived
today, so now I can attend to sparkies and plumbers and spend a few more
bob on other things I need for PJ, like a collapsible ladder, roof rack,
UHF hand-held radio, and Camps 7 (the traveller's Bible). Can you believe
I'm now this close after all the crap over the past 3 or 4 years? Every
time I walk down the backyard and see PJ parked there it's like a mirage
- like it can't be real. About a block down the road, there's a motorhome
similar to PJ parked in the front yard of a block of flats. I've seen it
often as I drive home from shopping or wherever. I'd look at it and think,
"One of these days..."
So now I'm wondering how the hell I managed to stay positive after so
many disappointments and frustrations, many of which I brought upon myself
through impatience and pig-headedness. I can tell you one thing; if I had
to start over I wouldn't hehe. Once is enough. More than enough, actually.
Is there a sense of accomplishment? Not sure. A sense of relief perhaps.
However, this is only the beginning. And maybe that's the scariest part
hehe. Anyway, for now its a bit of telly and a bowl of tacoodle, and maybe
a bit of a poke around eBay to see what goodies are there. Gary
June 20, 2013. One of "those" mornings - and it's midday already.
Had a comp prob that took the phone techie ages to sort out using a program
called Teamviewer which enabled him to work on my comp remotely from the
ISP site. But the solution meant getting in touch with Microsoft and/or
Avast (my virus software). All too hard, so I'm bypassing the prob by using
my ISP's mail server instead of Windows Mail. If you see 'spin' in my reply
email addy, don't worry about it. Comcen is now Spintel but gary@ either
AND THEN the tap water here went all weird and I phoned the local water
mob. There's been a break in a main somewhere around here and the water's
gone milky - air bubbles. No biggie.
NC Art wrote: Glad for you and the big step taken to get you rolling.
Stan is a diminishing breed of people who can do just about anything, so
make nice with the bloke. Also, I was a bit anxious about the marvels of
a rear view mirror sans a camera to see what’s in the blind spot behind
your rig. A friend bought a camera for her new Volvo and sings daily hymns
to its value.
And yeah, your rig looks top heavy, but the weight distribution
goes a long way to stabilize. Experience tells me that you will find handling
beyond the open highway a bit tricky until you gain familiarity with odd
sensations when cornering and maneuvering in tight places. And take care
that a railroad overpass doesn’t scrape your house off its foundation hehe.
Yep, Stan is a jack of all trades - originally a farmer. He explained
to me one time that farmers are required to fix all kinds of things on
the farm - buildings, fences, vehicles and other machinery, etc - so that
explains his manual and mental dexterity. He sold the farm some years ago
and moved to Taree where he set up a lawn mowing biz. He sold most of it
a while ago so he could semi retire, but he still works every day. He's
done quite well - nice house, a couple of cars, large caravan and a work
ute. As to railroad overpasses and the like, one GN warned me about the
same thing, and posted this pic:
FL Josh wrote: Well. . . have you had a chance to test the inner
shedness of PJ in the new configuration????? Yes, I've had a chance...
but haven't taken it. It's interesting because it just goes to prove that
my #1 priority remains Waffle and the AO site. Everything else takes second
place - and cool weather lately hasn't helped. There's a wind chill factor
that makes it feel about 5 degrees colder than it really is.
And now TX Greg sticks his bib in: Well I'm not trying to "rain on
the parade" but only hope that if we all put our thoughts and ideas together
that you can embark on a happy and safe journey :) The camper might appear
top heavy to some, but the real question is, what is the true center of
gravity of PJ and the most angle it can take before, well you know.
interesting Jeep blog about figuring center of gravity... I was rather
surprised to see the side roll between the 40 to 48 degree range. That
makes me wonder if PJ's could be as low as the 20 to 30 degree side angle.
You mentioned that area above the camper waistline is basically shell,
but that shell does have quite a bit of weight. And don't forget about
the fridge, which weighs more than you, and that is at the very top with
the LP bottle below. I also started thinking that was odd for them to put
both those items on the one side stacked together with nothing to really
to offset that weight on the other side other than the cloths closet. You
know how you said that battery was heavy? Wait till you pick up a full
LP bottle. And I didn't realize, but you are going to need a ladder to
change out the bottle and even to reach in the compartment to turn the
bottle on and off.
Ok just for fun I did a quick photoshop pic without PJ's storage
Hmmm, now see that looks more like a normal truck camper to me. No
I'm not saying take the storage box off, I'm just using the pic for reference.
So the storage box is about one foot tall and the camper was originally
made to be in a tub bed instead of a tray back which would also be about
another one foot difference. So basically the camper is only about two
feet taller than the manufacture built it for. So the big question is how
much is this two foot difference really affecting the center of gravity???
We know it will play a role, no pun intended, but how much is the sixty-four
million dollar question.
Well, first to center of gravity. The Jeep diagram is for a 4WD negotiating
rough terrain. PJ won't be driven on any roads like that - or off road.
Dirt roads, yes, but nothing that would cause the vehicle to tilt more
than a few degrees. Next, the fridge. I doubt it would weigh as much as
me. It's only a metal box. The gas bottle is a 9kg capacity. The bottle
weighs maybe 2 or 3 so that's a total of about 12kg (25lb). The reason
it's forward of the camper is to put the weight in the center of the vehicle
rather than at the rear to equalize distribution. The weight of the fridge
and gas bottle on one side of the camper will be offset by the weight (27kg/60lb)
of the AGM battery in the storage box on the passenger side. Other heavy
items like tools, jacks, etc will be distributed evenly in the storage
boxes on both sides.
And now to height. Bill's is a tub type sitting on a flat tray with
no side storage boxes. His is 2.7m high. I just measured mine at 3m. So
mine is 0.3m taller (12"). His Courier is a later model 4WD with a higher
tray - probably 6" higher. As you can see, there's not much difference
between his and mine in the clearance height between the roof of the cab
and the floor of the cab-over. Remember, earlier this year he did a 15,000km
trip with no problems at all (apart from an altercation with a service
station awning). What's more, Bill's a keen fisherman and travels rough
country to seek out the best spots.
I concede that removing the bottom storage box would allow the camper
to sit lower and probably more securely, but being on the road permanently,
I need that storage. The 4 jacks go in there for starters.
All this got me to thinking about the tires. Back when you got the
truck I thought you said something about it needed a couple of tires, but
I don't remember you saying you got them.
Yep, I had the two front tires replaced with 8 ply light truck tires.
The rear tires are fairly new and also 8 ply light truck. BTW, Bill put
his rig over a weighbridge. His camper weighs 720kg or about 800kg loaded.
I'm guessing mine will be closer to 900kg fully loaded. The Courier is
legally able to carry 1300kg. As to the gas bottle compartment, I just
checked it. It's a little high but won't need a ladder - maybe a box or
something to stand on, or maybe not. Any more questions?
I was really impressed with the Ironman helper springs. PJ does look
to be setting very level :) Oh and have you jumped into PJ's bed yet now
that she's on the truck? It is sooooooooooo much fun and relaxing sleeping
on shock absorbers. François could relate, as kind of like sleeping
on a boat :)
Bill swears by the Ironman helpers. He drove his without them and says
it was okay but not great. So he fitted the helpers and they made a huge
difference to stability and ride. And testing the bed? Nah... been too
busy buggerizing around here at the comp and whatever. Today is disappearing
rapidly as well.
I appreciate the input, Greg, and all the research you've done. Hopefully
I've eased your mind about a few things. I intend to drive PJ carefully
and to suit whatever conditions I happen to encounter. Most GNs in motorhomes
or towing caravans stick to 85-90km/h (55-60mph). It's safer, allows more
reaction time in unexpected circumstances, and provides optimum fuel economy.
BUT, Greg has the final say: HAHAHA, Here's
a twist to the old saying "If this trailer is a rockin...
And here's something NC Art is sending only to his intellectual friends:
Remember Ling Lau Sweet Chariot? Well, this is a different Ling Lau.
He's the bloke who sold me the smoke alarm which arrived a little earlier
today. So I decided, with a little prompting from TX Greg and FL Josh,
to get a wee dose of inner shedness "in the new congifuration" and take
the smoke alarm and another do-dad with me. Yep, it's quite a novel sensation
to feel springs underfoot rather than concrete blocks. There's a bit of
wobble when I move around. I also tried the bed. Not sure if it's quite
the same as Francois experiences on water but there is a feeling of 'wafting'.
First thing I noticed was how far I can see - over the top of the garage
and down the street to the other houses hehe. And there's so much more
light now that PJ is clear of the garage wall on one side and all that
foliage on the other. Oh... and the windows need cleaning.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a bit of time to attach the turnbuckles
and chains so that I can drive around town and get a feel for the thing,
as well as do a bit of shopping. No more parking undercover at Woolies.
Now it'll be across the road at the open car park.
Here's a pic from the GN forum of the
Opera House during the recent Sydney light show.
And here's a post I spotted yesterday on the GN forum from someone with
a very special offer - one that I'd have been eager to accept some years
ago. What an adventure!
Hi everybody, I always intended to buy a vehicle and buzz off for
a while but went to Cambodia instead.
I have leased a house here and hope to start teaching English soon
to people who need conversational English for work, tuk tuk drivers, cafe
staff, for example. I thought "G'day Mate" a good name for the school as
this is what the locals all say when they know youre from Oz.
I would love some help, short or long term if anyone would like to
join me. I don't need money, just moral support and help teaching 1 hr
a day maybe.
My house is at Sihanoukville, a beach tourist area so there is western
food available, some english spoken and the people are so very cheerful
and friendly. Everything is cheap, living is easy. I can show you around
I'm an old gal, 72, and I would welcome long or short term visitors,
male, female, couples, all good. I have 2 spare AC bedrooms with bathrooms
I would rent $50 a week a room. Both furnished with queen sized beds. But
I may be able to pay you for some teaching time I hope. All negotiable.
Love to hear from you.
Tellya what, if something like that had come along when I fell on my
ass in the mid '90s, I'd be in Cambodia now. Isn't it amazing what you
find on GN?
did I just say?
From the Beeb: Consumers are becoming more willing to pay for online
news, although most still choose not to, a study suggests. The percentage
of UK-based web users who read paid-for content had more than doubled to
9% during the past 10 months, it said. Gains were also seen in the US,
France and Germany, although Denmark bucked the trend. We've been spoiled
by all the free stuff. But I supposed paid-for content will become more
accepted as newspapers move from paper to digital. I had no qualms about
parting with sixpence to buy the Daily Telegraph every morning before catching
the train to work, as well as the Sun or Mirror on
the way home.
Smart socks and rings are among the latest wearable tech to be announced.
US-based Heapsylon says it is developing sensor-equipped socks that help
their owners monitor their balance while walking or running. Meanwhile,
Chinese company Shanda has unveiled the Geak Ring - a finger-worn device
that can unlock a user's smartphone or pass data to others. I
wonder what they'll do with undies.
Slim Whitman, the American country singer known for his yodelling
abilities, has died at the age of 90. His son-in-law confirmed he died
of heart failure overnight on Wednesday at Orange Park Medical Centre in
Jacksonville, Florida. Whitman
had a string of hits in the 1950s and through the 1970s.
And that's about it, boils and goils. Been a hectic day! Hopefully,
tomorrow will run smoothly and I'll get a few things done to PJ in readiness
for her first foray into the world on the other side of the fence. Heater's
on, telly will soon be on, and then it'll be time for nourishment! Gary
June 19, 2013. Whoa! What a day yesterday! And, as they say,
what a difference a day makes. I've looked out my bedroom window a million
times at PJ sitting in the yard "whole" - just like a real motorhome. It's
been a helluva long time coming, with many disappointments along the way.
I was so excited yesterday I posted some stuff and pics on the GN forum,
only to have one woman determined to rain on my parade. She said she would
never buy anything like that because it looked too top heavy and unstable.
After I explained a few things, she carried on about cross winds. I kept
my cool and explained a few more things. Eventually, she settled down and
wished me well.
But I can understand why people are concerned about PJ's height. TX
Greg wrote: Congrats and WOW it is so neat to see PJ as ONE !!!
I must admit I am a little amazed at how tall she is. Steve W also
expressed concerns: I know I have mentioned this before but my concern
about the rig being top-heavy and now seeing it in place, I am still concerned.
Once all bolted down I would urge you to visit a reputable suspension shop
for their opinion. Just my 2 bob's worth.
Well, if you analyze the phrase "top heavy" you get top and heavy. Hehe.
The area above the camper waistline is basically shell. All the serious
weight is below the waistline. So it's an optical illusion, exacerbated
somewhat by the camera wide angle. Bill, the GN who has a similar rig,
and who incidentally has already had an altercation with a service station
awning, says his handles pretty well. He covered 15,000 kms recently on
a trip with no problems and no mishaps (apart from the awning). He was
the one who suggested the fitting of the Ironman helper springs, which
was done a couple of months ago. He says they work a treat. In fact, Bill's
is worse because he doesn't have the storage bins fitted. His floor area
is much narrower than mine because his was designed to fit between the
wheel arches of a tub tray. Mine sits on the whole 8' x 6' surface area.
FL Josh wrote: What a great day you had and what a thoughtful gift
from TX Greg. If the other guy you were expecting to help you load
the camper had shown up earlier, he might not have been as clever as Stan
and you might not have gotten it fitted so well, so it all worked out for
the best. Now, when you go to the places where you do your normal
business, you are going to have to try to resist the urge to say, "Hey,
can you close your register for a minute and step outside and see my camper???"
I appreciate Josh's restraint in resisting any "I toldya sos" hehe.
But it is most fortuitous that Stan was able to revert to the original
plan of sitting the camper base between the side rails of the tray. It
was easier than I thought because the camper has a bit of sway when it's
on jacks, which allows the camper to be maneuvered into place as it's being
lowered. It's a very snug fit - and relief for me, I must admit.
As to the brackets at the back that are now unsuitable, I'll replace
them with a straight bar that runs the width of the tray, and bolts on
to stop any rearward movement of the camper. Vertical movement is taken
care of by the turnbuckles on each corner. Forward movement is not a problem
because of the uprights behind the truck cab.
Well, if I were any more excited I'd need a straight jacket. BTW, TX
Greg included extra in his donation to cover installation of the rear view
camera, which was most generous of him. I guess Santa figured I'd been
a good boy and deserved something spesh. :o)
very welcome. And speaking of psychic, I was also thinking about surfers,
HAHAHA. Did you see that has two video inputs? You could add another camera,
or watch any other device video thru the mirror :) Make sure you tell the
sparky that you want to be able to turn the camera on at any time and just
not in reverse! That will require a wire (12V+) that power ups with the
engine running (So as not to drain the battery) to be run to the camera
instead of tapping into the backup light for power. I also like the way
it clips over the existing mirror and with the short wire pigtail there,
you can easy remove and hide it to keep from getting stolen :)
Oregon Richie wrote: At long last.... yes !! Seeing the pictures
of the truck and camper were very nice and must excite you a great deal
!! It will be fun to do a few "orientation drives" in the near future,
too. Looks like it will be just the ticket, indeed. He also sent
this pic with a note to say move over Qantas, PJ is now taking over the
route to Uluru.
And now you know why the outback is called "The Red Center".
Wanna see a monster croc? This
pic was taken back in 1914.
Mid afternoon now and I haven't done any more to PJ - too cold and windy.
There are even light snow showers west of here at Barrington Tops. The
next 7 days will be more of the same, cool to mild, tops of 16C (61F) with
the chance of isolated showers. Definitely winter, and will be for the
next 2 and a half months! I know what OR Richie is thinking... 61F is NOT
From the Beeb: The UN says 7.6 million people became refugees in
2012, with the total number now higher than at any time since 1994. A report
from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that
Syria is "a major new factor" driving up refugee numbers. The report say
55% of all refugees come from five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq,
Sudan and Syria. How
Four US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, hours after the
US announced direct talks with the Taliban. The soldiers were killed by
"indirect fire" from insurgents at Bagram air base, US officials said.
near and now so far. Imagine how the families feel.
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Berlin at the start of a
visit during which he will address crowds at the city's famous Brandenburg
Gate. He last addressed Berliners as a presidential candidate in 2008 -
drawing a crowd estimated at 200,000 in the once-divided city. He's
certainly sprouted a few gray hairs since those heady days.
Nasa's Cassini probe is going to try to take a special picture of
Planet Earth. The spacecraft will include our home world when it makes
a giant mosaic of Saturn and its ring system. In the Friday 19 July portrait,
Earth will be almost a billion miles in the distance - a mere pixel in
Galileo, where are you now?
In today's era of cell phone cameras and instant snap shots, it's
hard to imagine a time when photography was difficult, technical and time
consuming. But in the mid-19th Century it was confined to a few pioneers.
In the United States, they included the brothers Henry and Charles Meade,
the subjects of a new exhibition at the National
Portrait Gallery in Washington.
Something else I should mention about yesterday's job with Stan. FL
Josh would have been horrified if he'd been there. I was. In fact, I couldn't
watch and had to go inside the house while it was happening. When he decided
to shave a few millimeters off the length of one of the skidboards, we
raised the camper on its jacks and then I drove the truck forward until
it was clear. Stan used a large power saw but not in the usual way clamped
to a bench. He sat on the lawn underneath the camper and hand-held the
saw upside down, with a finger on the safety switch to stop it working,
and then, pushing upwards from the underside, positioned the spinning blade
so that it sliced into the skid. After slicing a small section, he moved
his bum a bit further along and did the next section, until he had cut
a series of slices, something like a perforation, along the length of the
timber so it could be peeled off. How's that for dangerous? And all for
a lousy $70. Now you understand why his parting words were, "What other
dickhead would do a job like that?"
The proper way to do the job, of course, would have been to remove the
skid from the base of the camper, perform the trim on a bench, then re-attach
the skid. But Stan took a shortcut because 1) I don't have a bench, and
2) he didn't have the time. All's well that ends well, I suppose, but it
was a pretty hairy situation - and yet another chapter in the rollicking
adventures of The Birth of PJ.
They were funny looking buildings, that were once a way of life,
If you couldn't sprint the distance, then you really were in strife.
They were nailed, they were wired, but were mostly falling down,
There was one in every yard, in every house, in every town.
They were given many names, some were even funny,
But to most of us, we knew them as the outhouse or the dunny.
I've seen some of them all gussied up, with painted doors and all,
But it really made no difference, they were just a port of call.
Now my old man would take a bet, he'd lay an even pound,
That you wouldn't make the dunny with them turkeys hangin' round.
They had so many uses, these buildings out the back,"
You could even hide from mother, so you wouldn't get the strap.
That's why we had good cricketers, never mind the bumps,
We used the pathway for the wicket and the dunny door for stumps.
Now my old man would sit for hours, the smell would rot your socks,
He read the daily back to front in that good old thunderbox.
And if by chance that nature called sometime through the night,
You always sent the dog in first, for there was no flamin' light.
And the dunny seemed to be the place where crawlies liked to hide,
But never ever showed themselves until you sat inside.
There was no such thing as Sorbent, no tissues there at all,
Just squares of well read newspaper, a hangin' on the wall.
If you had some friendly neighbours, as neighbours sometimes are,
You could sit and chat to them, if you left the door ajar.
When suddenly you got the urge, and down the track you fled,
Then of course the magpies were there to peck your head.
Then the time there was a wet, the rain it never stopped,
If you had an urgent call, you ran between the drops.
The dunny man came once a week, to these buildings out the back,
And he would leave an extra can, if you left for him a zac.
For those of you who've no idea what I mean by a zac,
Then you're too young to have ever had a dunny out the back!
Dunno who the author of that dunny ditty was but it was posted by Sarg
on GN. A zac, by the way, is 2 thr'penny bits (treys) or sixpence (5 cents
today). My dad said it cost thr'pence for admission to the Saturday flicks
when he was younger. 3d = trey, 6d = zac, 1/- = bob (or deaner), 2/- =
2 bob. "Silly as a two bob watch." 1 pound = quid, 10 bob = half a quid
($1 today). All make sense? Dozen madder.
And now a quick lesson in how to speak 'strailyun:
THE INTEGRATED ADJECTIVE by John O'Grady
I was down on Riverina, knockin' round the towns a bit,
An' occasionally restin', with a schooner in me mitt;
An' on one o' these occasions, when the bar was pretty full
an' the local blokes were arguin' assorted kinds o' bull,
I heard a conversation, most peculiar in its way,
Because only in Australia would you hear a joker say,
"Where yer bloody been, yer drongo? 'Aven't seen yer fer a week;
"An' yer mate was lookin' for yer when 'e come in from the Creek;
"'E was lookin' up at Ryan's, an' around at bloody Joe's,
"An' even at the Royal where 'e bloody never goes."
An' the other bloke said "Seen 'im. Owed 'im 'alf a bloody quid,
"Forgot ter give ut back to 'im; but now I bloody did.
"Coulda used the thing me-bloody-self; been orf the bloody booze,
"Up at Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin' kanga-bloody-roos."
Now their voices were a little loud, an' everybody heard
The peculiar integration of this adjectival word.
But no one there was laughin', an' me I wasn't game,
So I stood around an' let 'em think I spoke the bloody same.
An' one of 'em was interested to ask 'im what he'd got-
How many kanga-bloody-roos he bloody went and shot-
An' the shootin' bloke said, "Things are crook; the drought's too
"I got forty-bloody-seven, an' that's good e'-bloody-nough."
An' this polite rejoinder seemed to satisfy the mob,
An' everyone stopped listenin' an' got on with the job,
Which was drinkin' beer and arguin' an' talkin' of the heat,
An' stickin' in the bitumen in the middle of the street;
But as for me, I'm here to say the interestin' news
Was "Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin' kanga-bloody-roos."
I won't copy and paste this one. It's a very funny story about a
gay flight attendant.
And here we are again. Pay day tomorrow so I'll sort out the budget
and figure out what needs to be done next week. Till then it's telly and...
oh yes... the tacoodle turned out pretty well - not as nice as a taco with
those wonderful tastes and textures of sour cream and salsa and the crunch
of chilled lettuce, but not too bad all the same. Better than soup! Gary
June 18, 2013. Before I go any further, here are a couple of
links to interesting things on the GN forum. This one is a
pic of a shredded tire that caused one GN a bit of grief out in the
sticks in the Northern Territory. And this one is a new thread I started
with a couple of pics from the family album taken in the late 1920s of
parents and friends camping.
And speaking of the late '20s, NC Art wrote: If that folding ladder
you buy does not have non-slip steps, be cautious and find a way to make
them safer. I once had such a device with smooth aluminium steps, plopped
a wet shoe on it, slipped through and peeled my shin skin. Too late, I
added strips of ridged rubber to the step. It didn’t cure my bloody leg,
but prevented a recurrence.
And thanks for the link to that French semaphore telegraph story.
I didn’t know about the thing and thought it was a literary invention in
“The Count of Monte Cristo.” Live and learn.
Isn't there a story about Rumple Shin Skin? And yes, gotta be careful
with ladders, even in nylon stockings. A couple of prominent Aussie showbiz
personalities in fairly recent times came to grief while using ladders
and ended up seriously injured in hospital.
Stan the Lawn Man arrived so I asked him to help me carry the AGM battery
down to the outside laundry where it's closer to PJ. Whoa! He carried it
himself! He's one of those macho types who's got a thing or two to prove
about being 70 hehe. That's okay with me! So then he started giving me
heaps about not having the camper loaded onto the truck yet and yadda,
yadda, yadda, bitch, bitch, bitch. So I pointed out that it's not loaded
yet COS NO ONE WILL BLOODYWELL HELP ME. Then he took at look at the camper
and studied it for a while and said to my utter amazement, "Okay, let's
do it now." About an hour later it was loaded.
BUT... he wasn't happy about the way the camper sits on pallet boards
and fixed to the deck. So he went on and on an on and on about how it should
be loaded and talked himself into doing it for me hehe. His suggestions
were all my original plans anyway but I was forced to look for alternatives
because I didn't have the tools to make it happen. Well, he does. And as
soon as he's finished the lawn he's off home to collect his tools and come
back here to do the job. "It'll cost ya!" Fine by me. Stan is a "shoulda"
person... shoulda done this, shoulda done that, shoulda done the other
thing. It's pointless trying to get a word in edgewise or explain anything.
I'm sure he is still blissfully unaware that all his suggestions were my
ideas to start with. Never mind. I'm happy play his game.
It's a good thing I didn't try to load the camper myself. It was an
awkward job because it was sitting on uneven and sloping ground. It's now
sitting on level ground on the truck. But it needs to be lifted again,
and the truck driven forward, to accomplish the jobs he has in mind later
this afternoon. So how about that? Out of the blue, Stan arrives and it's
all go! No appointments, no warning, no nuttin.
Almost evening now and the job's done. Stan reminded me several times
of what a wonderful bloke he is before leaving. "What other dickhead would
do a job like that?" I still have to fit the turnbuckles and chains but
I'll do that tomorrow. As it turned out, the camper is now sitting directly
on the tray so the brackets I had made don't fit anymore. That's okay -
I'll get Peter to make a couple more, and this time he can do the measuring
on site. The camper sits snugly between the raised edges of the tray side
rails, so it can't move sideways, either way.
Stan had to use a power saw to trim a few millimeters off the length
of outermost skidboard to make the base fit between the raised edges of
the side rails - something I couldn't have done. Then he used a metal saw
to cut two obstructions off the tray that would have prevented a totally
flat surface. Something else I couldn't have done - the steel bolts that
held them to the tray were rusted solid. Sparks flew everywhere when he
did that job.
There was one more job he didn't do. I'd forgotten to unplug the lead
that connects the van's indicator/stop lights to the truck's towbar. When
I drove the truck forward to lift the camper for the second round of jobs
(mentioned above), the wires pulled out of the plug. Dammit! I'll have
to get the electrician to look at it when he comes to connect the battery,
You'll notice that the space between the roof of the truck and the floor
of the cab over is more than usual. There's enough room to install a roof
rack (basket type) to carry a spare wheel. My thinking is that the shape
of the wheel lying flat will act as a bonus wind deflector. You can also
see how the rear skidboard, under the storage box below the door, fits
between the tray rails.
So, for about three hours work, including the initial loading this morning,
Stan charged me $70. Not bad, eh? And it's a good job too.
Now that PJ is parked in open space, I can get busy loading all the
other stuff into the storage bins, and put the padlocks on. The electrician
and gas fitter can access all they need as well. BTW, that ladder is from
a swimming pool and hooks over a couple of brakets bolted to the channel
rail. It's in the garage now, and PJ has a lock on the steering wheel.
Can't afford to let anyone steal my baby.
So there it is, ladies and genitals. PJ at last! It's only taken about
5 years hehe. Not quite finished yet but almost. I helped Stan with a bit
of the heavy work and have bruises and cuts to prove it. I'm gonna be a
stiff and sore old bloke tomorrow!
Oh, before I go, I checked email and one of them was from Santa in Texas:
I would get you a little prezzie for PJ. To make this simple so the shipping
and all won't get screwed up I just put the money straight to your PayPal
account so you can do the ordering direct. Make sense? So what did I get
you, you ask?
I can show you where you're going,
I can show you where you are,
I can show you where you've been,
Ohhhhhhhhh, Greeeegoreeeeeeeee! That's fantazamagorrical! Just what
the doctor ordered. You must've known something was gonna happen today
- psychic. I always suspected you were a bit on the spooky side. BTW, the
rear view wing mirrors on the truck work just fine with the camper on,
but of course they can't see what's directly behind the truck. It'll be
handy when I'm parked at a beach and all the surfers are... nah... forget
it. I shouldn't have mentioned that. *ahem* I like the way it fits over
the existing interior rear view mirror as well. Very nifty, mate, and thank
you very much.
Well, that's enough excitement for one day. Time to take a break. More
June 17, 2013. OR Richie commented on linear and cyclic perceptions
of time: And there too is a bit of a coincidence with your leading paragraphs
on WAFFLE regarding some rather intellectual if not theoretical gray-matter
munchies for which the brain can chew on. "Albert Einstein once said that
the difference between the past and future is only A STUBBORNLY PERSISTENT
ILLUSION. Time is just another dimension, like distance. We
have no trouble looking forward or backward along a path, so why not along
So I wrote: Yep, linear and cyclic time. As a young bloke I used
to think that if we exist in the constant present, then there's no place
for the past to go, and no place for the future to be, so the only thing
that must exist is now. But I couldn't quite get my head around it. It's
interesting to ponder there being no past though, except in our memory.
Freaky. But I guess it would explain eternity - no beginning and no end,
just the ever present.
morning I was pleasantly surprised... thrilled even... to receive a pic
from TX Greg I thought I'd lost somewhere. I remembered it from the ad
on eBay for the camper, showing the extended awnings and storage bins.
wonder if you're going to need a ladder to pull the legs down for the side
awning? I see in the photo that the crank handle is long enough to reach.
I also see the legs on the rear awning latch to clips on the sidewall.
Now maybe it's just the camera angle of that pic, but the rear awning looks
too low for the door to close. Whenever I put those awnings on they always
came with a roller wheel to mount on the upper door corner so incase someone
had the awning too low the roller would push up on the canvas and not tear
Good idea, Greg. On the original (larger) pic, I can just see the tip
of the door above the awning and it appears as if it is higher than the
canvas. I'm wondering if those telescopic legs can adjust a bit further
to raise the height of the awning. I'll have to check it when the camper
is on the back of the truck. Otherwise I'll have to invest in a roller
wheel. I'm also getting a collapsible ladder... but as you say, the crank
handle seems long enough. Looks like the brake/indicator lens was missing
back then, but it's on now.
The manufacturer of Freeway campers (like mine) changed its name in
1978 to Winnebago after a deal with Winnebago in the US. But recently Winnebago
in the US tried to stop Winnebago here from using the name. Winnegbago
Oz appealed the decision and won.
Whoosh! Been buggerizing around with a bunch of things today, including
an irrigation by Nancy. All's well in that department. She asked about
my weight and was I eating more. Not really. I mentioned that I was stuck
for an idea for tonight and she suggested Mexican! Yes, I love Mexican...
so I bought ground steak and Taco seasoning/sauce and shredded cheese.
No corn shells, of course... no teeth. So my version will be tacoodles.
From the Beeb: Napoleonic semaphore was the world's first telegraph
network, carrying messages across 18th Century France faster than ever
before. Now a group of enthusiastic amateurs are reviving the ingenious
system. Before the web, before the computer, before the phone, even before
Morse code, there
was le systeme Chappe.
A new wine cork that screws into the bottle is being unveiled. But
why is there still so much snobbery in the battle between traditional cork
and screw-top? The sound is unmistakeable. A scientist might talk about
the explosive pop of a wine cork in terms of pressure or elasticity. But
for wine lovers, the distinctive creak and pop means something good is
happening. It triggers associations - social intimacy, relaxation, nuanced
aromas, celebration - that go far beyond just a slug of alcohol. Yes,
I've heard that screw tops are more efficient than corks, but is efficiency
what it's all about?
Apart from that, Syria is set to dominate the G8 summit, Turkey faces
strike action over government crackdown, an English Rose wins the US Open,
and the Kremlin opposes the idea of a no fly zone over Syria. All the usual
Roite, the taco minz is simmering. I'll chuck in the bottle of taco
sauce and mix it through since I'm having it with noodles. Then put the
grated cheese on top of each serving. Are you with me? Dozen madder.
One bloke on the GN forum, asked in response to my mention of women
drivers being able to handle buses, trucks, dump trucks at mining sites,
and fly planes, if a cockpit is where a male pilot sits, should a box office
be where a female pilot sits. Hehe. He shouldn't be allowed out.
And in response to that, a GN wrote: Ah yes - the early morning dawn
chorus in caravan parks - the screeeeeeech of smoke alarms!!!!!!! Others
say hair spray and insect repellant sets them off as well. Looks like I'll
have to figure out a way to stop my smoke and CO alarms from crying wolf.
That's it for Mondee, ladies and genitals. Time to bung on the telly
and test my culinary experiment with the tacoodles. Looks good, smells
good BUT... all will be revealed tomorrow. Gary
June 16, 2013. Something just made me wonder how Australian Aborigines
measured time before European settlement...
Perception of time differs across cultures. In the Judeo-Christian
culture time is perceived as having a ‘linear’ form (i.e. past–present–future).
People from this culture often ‘visualise’ linear time categories as follows:
the past is ‘behind us’, the future is ‘in front us’, and the present time
is ‘where we are (right) now’. The linear concept of time is based on the
notion that time is going in one direction and is durational and chronological.
According to Geertz, our awareness of ourselves and others as growing,
developing and ageing beings across the life span is a major source of
our perception of time as linear in nature.
Some cultures do not perceive time as an exclusively linear phenomenon
and their time calendars consist of multiple and simultaneously existing
time categories such as ‘practical time’, ‘social time’, ‘religious time’,
‘dream time’, etc. Many Indigenous people and a number of non-Indigenous
cultures do not perceive time as linear and describe it as having a ‘circular’
or ‘cyclic’ form. According to such a conceptualisation of time, time is
perceived as ‘static’ and the individual person is ‘in the centre of time’
(i.e. surrounded by concentric ‘time circles’). Life events are placed
in time along and across the ‘time circles’ according to their relative
importance to the individual and his or her respective community (i.e.
more important events are placed closer to the individual and are perceived
as being closer in time; unimportant or irrelevant events occupy peripheral
time circles, although some of them could have happened very recently according
to linear or ‘practical’ concept time).
you'd like to read more of that article, click here.
Hmmm, so it's all about perception, which means that all human knowledge
is the result of the way we perceive things. Sounds a bit biased to me
hehe. Maybe that's why so many humans need to believe in a god. There was
a story on telly the other night of a Pakistani Muslim who now lives in
Oz after being educated in the US and working as a journalist in the UK.
In order to come to terms with his Muslim heritage, he researched all religions,
including his own, and found "human fingerprints all over them". He's now
an athiest. Coincidentally, he's also a professional comedian. He told
the story of arriving in Oz after a lifetime of surviving terrorists and
suicide bombers only to be almost killed by an errant kangaroo. It appeared
from nowhere in front of his car doing 110km/h on a country road and caused
him to swerve. The car spun, overturned, and he was hospitalized for weeks.
NC Art was inspired yesterday, after perusing Humor for Smart People,
to send this: An old poem begins...
I shot and arrow into the air,
It fell to earth I know not where…
A wag parodied it thus:
I sneezed a sneeze into the air,
It fell to earth I know not where,
But rigid and froze were the looks on those
In whose vicinity I snoze.
Hehe. Yes, especially in crowded elevators or trains and buses. Ew!
I'm wearing red undies today - new ones - and the brand along the waistband
is WOW. Hehe. God only knows what my doc will think if he ever asks me
to drop my daks.
Speaking of daks, TX Greg wrote more on the subject of gas bottles and
level indicators: Geez you were quick to hit the "Buy it now" button,
hehe. Did a little research on how that gauge works... "Liquid crystal
thermometers are widely used as forehead fever indicators and fish tank
thermometers. Placing a liquid crystal thermometer on the tank can visually
indicate, by a color change, where that temperature dividing line is. The
level of the liquid propane is where the temperature dividing line occurs
between liquid and gas. Since it's a thermometer, it reads temperature.
Remember, a temperature difference exists only when the gas is evaporating
from a liquid to a gas state. Therefore, it will display a great color
change, the best when the gas valve is turned on and the gas is flowing.
If the gas valve is turned off, there's no flow. The temperature on the
outside of the tank stabilizes and hence very little color change on the
So basically, and easy enough, you need to remember to always check
the level only while the stove is burning and has been on for a few minutes.
It would be good to have two bottles so that swapping an empty one for
a full one could be done anywhere, anytime. But there's nowhere to put
a spare at the mo. Maybe I could have a cradle fitted somewhere.
Speaking of awnings... were we? Oh... I thought we were. Anyway, during
my dose of inner shedness I read the Fiamma awning booklet. Yeah, right.
Trying to follow those diagrams ain't easy, and the way the camper is parked
now I can't access the awning. It's too high for one thing. So I came back
inside and searched Youtube. Voila! Fiamma
how-to vids all over the place. I hadn't realized that the legs and
arms are packed inside a tube, so that the whole
awning is self-contained. The camper has two - one at the side and
another at the rear. The operation of different models varies a little
but they're basically the same. No biggie. I'm glad I checked it out though
cos I was about to invest in poles ropes and pegs.
Back in the early 50s there were Chevrolet utes running around Oz, and
suspiciously similar utes called Holden.
Soon the Chevies went back home and the Holdens bred like rabbits.
From the Beeb: Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of
Tehran, shouting pro-reform slogans and hailing Hassan Rouhani's election
as president. The reformist-backed cleric won just over 50% of the vote
and so avoided the need for a run-off. Mr Rouhani said his win was a "victory
of moderation over extremism". So
far, so good.
North Korea has proposed high-level talks with the US days after
cancelling a meeting with South Korean officials. The National Defence
Commission said in a statement it wanted "serious discussions" with the
US to "secure peace and stability in the region". Hmmmm.
After a string of newsworthy errors, a stumble through the annals
of time to choose a few favourites from history. It has been a hectic few
days for news of mistakes. Well, yes, I know that to be human is to err,
but we experienced connoisseurs of the bish and the blunder look out for
the ones exemplifying that to be human is also often splendidly absurd.
If I might quote Puck, from the Bard's timely A Midsummer Night's Dream:
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Outstanding
mistakes of all time.
Oregon Richie wrote to suggest I not let the little things (for the
Odyssey) obscure the big things too much. I'm not aware of overdoing the
little things. Toilet paper is a little thing but assumes far greater significance
if you discover too late that you've forgotten it. Batteries are little
things but big things can't operate without them. Anyway, I've got almost
all the big things covered - camper, chains and tiedowns, truck, bull bar,
helper springs, AGM battery, solar, awnings, fridge, stove, tools, porta
potti, camp furniture, cameras, yadda, yadda. I was absent minded one time
and doubled up on cutlery. And I've got two pair of tongs. Hehe. There
are a couple of bigger items still to go but they can wait till after the
electrician and gas fitter do their thing and I have a better idea of where
my budget stands. And, of course, further bits and pieces can be organized
on the road as the need and/or opportunity arises.
I won't know about the denture situation until after I see the doc in
Sydney in early August. And it's winter. Spring would be a good time to
depart but we'll have to see about that. The good thing is that everything
concerning PJ will be in readiness well before that. Oh, and about GPS
thingies - I read an interesting article on the web last night about GPS
incorporated into smart phones. Seems like the way to go. They're not cheap
though - but ya git two gizmos for the price of one.
Camps Australia remains the travel Bible. I bought the 4th edition
some years ago thinking I'd be on the road by now hehe. I'll upgrade soon.
Most of the GNs use it and quote the listing number when they mention the
place they're camped at. You can even download it to your smart phone and
use the GPS function in conjunction with it.
And there goes another one. Telly time and din dins. Gary
June 15, 2013. TX Greg wrote re gas level in propane tank: You
might want to check this out.... Hmmm, they don't say how it works,
but they do state it doesn't require the hot water trick. This one is magnetic,
so would be great if youre swapping out with pre-filled bottles. Just don't
leave it on the return empty bottle! The other way to check the level in
the bottle is to pour
hot water down the side and the area that feels cold is the level.
Thanks, Greg. I just bought the magnetic stick-on indicator. Another
prezzie! Speaking of which, I just took the others down to the camper.
The camp oven is an impressive piece of work. Must be smart dudes over
there in Wichita. Too easy to set up and then fold away. I was a bit worried
about that nifty casserole baking dish I bought a while ago being too large
but it's not... it's just right. The oven is limited to 8" x 8" baking
dishes/trays for ideal circulation which is plenty big enough for me. Even
when I bake bread I'll bake half loaves. The oven also allows the second
burner to be used for other things while baking. And everything stows away
nicely in the cupboards. Oh! I discovered inside the closet something I
hadn't noticed before - 2 x 12V plugs (same as the ciggie lighter in the
truck). That'll be handy for certain things.
Workspace in the camper is good too... kitchen bench space in front
and the table behind - plenty of surface area to put things while preparing
a meal or unpacking groceries, etc. For bulky items that need to be stored
temporarily, the cab over bed is ideal. So it's all good. Playing cubby
houses as a kid was never this much fun.
I read some comments yesterday on the GN forum about GPS devices and
which were the best, yadda, yadda. But now I see that smart phones also
include a GPS in their options (not to mention all kinds of apps). So why
buy two devices when one will do? In any case, I'm not sure just how useful
GPS will be. It's not like I'll be on the road all the time, and I'll have
the latest version of Camps Australia Wide with a stack of maps. There
are also sites on the internet you can access for travelling Oz.
Back from MORE shopping. I'm becoming a shopaholic. Just kitchen utensils
and bakeware to fit the oven - all on spesh, of course. Even a rolling
pin! Six items for $34 which was cool. The medication from the pharmacy
cost more than that... $52. Sheesh. When I got back to the camper to sort
out all the stuff, I had to find a new way to organize what goes where.
I insist on order in the kitchen... a place for everything, and everything
in its place.
From the Beeb: Early results from Iran's presidential election put
the reformist-backed candidate, Hassan Rouhani, in the lead. Official figures
give him 51% of the five million ballots counted so far - well ahead of
second-placed Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on 17%. Although all
six candidates are seen as conservatives, analysts say Mr Rouhani - a 64-year-old
cleric often described as "moderate" who has held several parliamentary
posts and served as chief nuclear negotiator - has been reaching out to
reformists in recent days. Looks
Facebook received 9,000-10,000 requests for user data from US government
entities in the second half of 2012. The social-networking site said the
requests, relating to between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts, covered issues
from local crime to national security. Microsoft meanwhile said it received
6,000 and 7,000 requests for data from between 31,000
and 32,000 accounts.
Google is launching balloons into near space to provide internet
access to buildings below on the ground. About 30 of the superpressure
balloons are being launched from New Zealand from where they will drift
around the world on a controlled path. Attached equipment will offer 3G-like
speeds to 50 testers in the country. Access will be intermittent, but in
time the firm hopes to build a big enough fleet to offer reliable links
to people living in remote areas. Good
idea for travellers too!
A UK aircraft engine claimed to be the most efficient in the world
faced its toughest test on Friday. A Trent XWB, produced by Rolls Royce,
was fitted to the new Airbus A350, which made its debut flight from Toulouse,
France. The new engine includes novel technologies designed to shave off
weight and minimise
Oregon Richie wrote: I sent you a link about this trip
our President is taking to Africa, which is interesting enough but
the nearly 50 pictures in the slide-show is the real reason and I thought
it was very interesting. Most things like that are, and so many of
his poses and events and things he does around the office are really so
very different than the image usually presented of other Presidencies.
Some research company just phoned and asked if I could spare 2 minutes
to answer questions about media usage, so I said "fire away" and she hung
up. Hehe. Maybe "fire away" sounded like something else. It ain't easy
articulating some words without teeth. Actually, the gas bottle bloke at
Bunnings yesterday told me twice he didn't have any full bottles and appeared
to be irritated by my questions. You know those jokes about retards that
use speech impediments? Yeah... that's how I feel.
Speaking of retards, Lindsay just announced that he was going to the
shop for something, so I asked if Sue was okay, and if she'd been to the
toilet. "Yeah, she's sound asleep... even the Bank of England couldn't
wake her up." He has a problem with metaphors, that bloke.
The sharing of marriage....
The old man placed an order for one hamburger, French fries and a
drink. He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing
one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the French
fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front
of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set
the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger,
the people around them were looking over and whispering. Obviously they
were thinking, 'That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal
for the two of them.'
As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table and
politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said,
they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything. People closer
to the table noticed the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She sat there
watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.
Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal
for them. This time the old woman said 'No, thank you, we are used to sharing
Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with
the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had
yet to eat a single bite of food and asked 'What is it you are waiting
Humour for smart people ...
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers
to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting,
or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
you realise it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little
sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person
who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like,
a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming
only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've
accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm
in the fruit you're eating.
The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its
yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings
for common words.
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been
run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies
up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
Time to flee again, as in catch a bit of telly - nothing much on Satdee
nights though. But I've had a good day with my camper domestics, and visualizing
the time I get to use all those things when camped somewhere exotic. The
best is yet to come! Gary
June 14, 2013. Here we are again... almost 3pm. I've been playing
with prezzies again or, more correctly, buying them. The AGM battery arrived
earlier than expected - this morning - and it weighs a ton! Even the young
courier remarked on how heavy it was and he was the strong, muscular type.
Took all my strength just to get it inside the front door!
Later I went shopping for a 9kg gas bottle but Bunnings didn't have
them full. No matter - next time. They're $55 BTW - $22 for the gas. Once
you've got a bottle, you exchange it each time you need a refill. Bunnings
didn't have collapsible ladders either. So then I went to Supercheap Auto
and found a collapsible rake. It works like a Chinese paper fan which makes
it easy to stow in one of the storage bins. They're useful for cleaning
up camp sites and raking over campfires (it's a metal rake). I also spotted
a folding umbrella to keep as a spare in the car. So that was $20 worth.
But after a bit more buggerizing around town I decided to go back to Supercheap
Auto and buy a 12V air compressor for tire inflation. It was on spesh during
stocktake and I saved almost $20 on that one. :o)
Originally $70 but I got it for $52. I also have a foot pump with gauge
- Averil donated it to me after old Kev next door died.
So there ya go... 3 prezzies yesterday and another 4 today!
NC Art forwarded a bunch of notes written by little kids to "Dear God"
which are wonderfully innocent and sweet. Too
many for Waffle so I made an album. Thanks, Art - I got a kick outta
From the Beeb: Syrian forces under President Bashar al-Assad have
used chemical weapons "on a small scale" against the opposition rebels,
the White House has said. A senior aide to President Barack Obama said
the US estimated 100-150 people had died in "multiple" attacks. Ben Rhodes
said the US president had decided to provide unspecified "military support"
to the opposition. What
a terrible mess that place is in.
Millions of voters across Iran have begun casting their ballots in
the country's presidential elections. Although all six candidates are seen
as conservatives, one of them, cleric Hassan Rowhani, has been reaching
out to the reformists in recent days. The election will decide a successor
to outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His eight years in power have been
characterised by economic turmoil and Western sanctions against Iran over
its controversial nuclear programme. Same
recipe, different cook?
A radio presenter has been suspended in Australia for asking Prime
Minister Julia Gillard in a live interview if her partner is gay. Howard
Sattler suggested to Ms Gillard that her partner of seven years, Tim Mathieson,
had to be homosexual because he was a hairdresser. Ms Gillard characterised
his comments as an absurd generalisation. Sattler is from Perth. I
dunno about Gillard's partner being gay but he would certainly need a keen
sense of humor.
After many years on the drawing board and $15bn (£9.5bn) of
investment the latest potential blockbuster from Airbus is due to make
its long-awaited first flight on Friday. The A350XWB (extra wide body)
is an aircraft which Airbus says will set new standards in fuel efficiency
and environmental performance. The long-range, twin-engined plane is being
pitched as a direct rival to Boeing's radical 787 Dreamliner, another airliner
which claims to have taken aircraft
technology to new heights.
An angler caught a giant catfish after a two-hour battle during which
he was dragged neck-deep into a lake. Daniel Sibley, 21, of Blaby, Leicestershire,
landed the 108lb 4oz (49kg) "beast" while angling for carp at Bluebell
Lakes, near Oundle, Northamptonshire. It is thought to be one of the heaviest
ever caught with a rod and line in the UK.
A man has been warned after he dialled 999 to complain about a prostitute's
looks after meeting her. West Midlands Police said they were contacted
by the caller who said he "wished to report her for breaching the Sale
of Goods Act". The force said the call was received at about 19:30 BST
on Tuesday complaining that the woman was not as attractive as she had
have now sent the man a letter warning him about wasting police time.
The Grey Nomads photo comp has been won. Click
here for the top 10 finalists. And when you've finished perusing those,
here for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters.
Well, time to vamoose. I haven't even had time to open the boxes to
my prezzies yet to check if all the contents are there. I can't remember
ever having bought this much stuff before, not even when I had my little
house in Sydney! And it's not over yet! Plus, there's a bunch of stuff
I already have from buying sprees in the past... porta potti, tool box
(with tools), camp table, camp chairs, cooler boxes, hydraulic jack, tarps,
a zillion padlocks, bicycle rack, pop-up shower tent, beach shade, and
god knows what else. Hehe. Five star camping, folks.
So, that's it from me. Catch you tomorrow. Gary
June 13, 2013. Almost 3pm and here I am just starting Waffle.
Santa Claus arrived wearing a motorcycle helmet - and she was a she - riding
a little red 90cc Honda. Rudolph? My prezzie was from Tran Dung Khanh.
Who? The Vietnamese bloke from whom I bought the 2 x drip coffee makers.
They're only small, made for proper coffee cups and not mugs like I'm used
to. But I made a coffee just now and it worked a treat - with no
dregs. I'll use a cup next time.
Santa #2 arrived shortly afterwards - a bloke, 20s, slightly overweight
and driving a van. His prezzies were the Coleman foldable camp oven and
two piezo-electric gas ignitors. Two? Yeah - the deal was a pair. Coleman
is in Wichita, Kansas just like the old cowboy movies I remember as a kid,
but the oven is made in China. It's surprisingly heavy, as are the two
ignitors. So I've been playing with my new toys.
Speaking of toys, TX Greg found another example of the camo undies,
but I have to say I have no idea why see-through undies would be camouflaged.
Hehe. BTW> Did you happen to see this pair of Camo... "Contour
pouch shaped to keep package supported front and center for lifted effect"
Francois wrote yesterday with something interesting, sent to him by
Dio. Anyone remember Dio from the old chat days with the FunTB crowd? I
do. Anyway, this pic of a 1910 Ford serves to illustrate the way things
were just over 100 years ago:
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist
$2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and
a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead,
they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in
the press AND the government as 'substandard.'
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or
egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into
their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant
or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it
myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD...all
in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100
Well, I reckon that's about as possible as my father (born 1903) trying
to imagine what the world would be like now. He gave up in 1969 when he
watched the moon landing on telly and figured it had to be a hoax. And
here's something you might not know about 1910 - the Australian Nation
was just 9 years old.
From the Beeb: The US electronic spying chief has said massive surveillance
programmes newly revealed by an ex-intelligence worker had disrupted dozens
of terror plots. In a US Senate hearing, National Security Agency (NSA)
Director Keith Alexander defended the internet and telephone data snooping
agree with him. We live in a world now that necessitates compromise in
terms of privacy issues if we are to maintain an acceptable level of security.
North Korea has blamed South Korea for "arrogant obstructions" that
it says led high-level talks to be cancelled. South Korea's "deliberate
disturbance" by changing the head of its delegation made "the talks between
authorities abortive", North Korea said. The planned talks, which followed
months of raised tensions, were aborted after the
two sides failed to agree on the composition of the delegations.
Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to?
Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you're not around?
Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap?
Armed with GPS tracking devices and micro-cameras, a team from BBC Two's
Horizon programme in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College set
off to a Surrey village to find out.
South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela is "responding
better" to treatment in hospital, President Jacob Zuma has said. Mr Zuma
told parliament he was happy with the progress being made by Mr
Mandela after a "difficult few days".
Just got a note from eBay to say the AGM battery was posted today and
estimated delivery is next week, which fits into the schedule just fine.
Then I'll organize an electrician.
I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and
exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing fairly well' for my age. (I just
turned sixty-something.) A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't
resist asking him, 'Do you think I'll live to be 80?'
He asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?'
'Oh no,' I replied. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!'
Then he asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?'
I said, 'Not much... my former doctor said that all red meat is
'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating,
sailing, hiking, or bicycling?'
'No, I don't,' I said.
He asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lots of sex?'
'No,' I said...
He looked at me and leaned forward, 'Then, why do you even give
And on that note, ladies and genitals, the time has come for me to say
hooroo and bung on the telly for a bit of edification. Byeeeee. Gary
June 12, 2013. Steve W has something to say about maggots: I
must apologise but am a few days behind in my reading of Odyssey but had
to comment regarding maggots. I agree that (farming maggots) makes a lot
of sense as they are a great source of protein…….however, since maggots
are the laval form of flies, what happens if you can't harvest the maggots
in time……..a huge outbreak of flies……just what we need in Oz. Also, did
you know that maggots have been used as bait for fishing for hundreds of
years as, again, everything loves them but to give them a better persona,
they were usually called "gents". Make of that what you will!
I found this on a fishing forum: Gents is short for the old english
word for maggots which is gentles. Look it up in the oxford dictionary.
Another contributor to the forum said he remembers 'gents' being used in
England when he was kid living there.
TX Greg, on the other hand, was more interested in the undies: You
should have gone with camo undies. That way you can stroll
around camp and no one will see you :)
Back from a dose of inner shedness, and nodded off again. This time
I unpacked the sleeping bag which I bought last year sometime. Which way's
up? Buggered if I know. But I like the side zip on my left (near the entrance
to the cab over) so whatever that is, it's up as far as I'm concerned.
No it's not! I just checked the pic. Hmmm. Anyway, it's very comfy so I
kicked off the shoes and gave it a test run. Pretty soon I was stacking
From the Beeb: Google, Facebook and Microsoft have asked the US government
to allow them to disclose the security requests they receive for handing
over user data. The move comes after recent reports claimed that US authorities
had direct access to the servers of nine major US tech firms, including
Google and Apple. David Drummond, chief legal officer of Google has written
to the US Attorney General seeking permission to publish "aggregate numbers
of national security requests, including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act (FISA) disclosures - in terms of both the number we receive and their
scope". "Google's numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these
requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google
has nothing to hide," he said in the letter.
A video featuring Devon school teachers dancing behind unsuspecting
students has become an internet hit. Teachers at Honiton Community College
wanted to offer their Year 11 pupils a unique leaving gift. The students,
who thought they were being interviewed for an advice video for new pupils,
were unaware of the stunt until they saw the film. Teachers
with a sense of humor! I like it!
Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has passed a law imposing
heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under
18. The measure was passed unanimously and will become law when approved
by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin, a virtual formality.
if a homophobe passes information? Does that count?
I was thinking this morning, for some obscure reason, about my not having
kids. There was a time, if the opportunity had presented itself, that I
would have liked kids. But not now. No way would I want any kid to go through
what I've been through - or even risk it. It's a biased point of view,
of course, but so are all points of view hehe. I think Cody was the final
straw for me. He was the son I never had, as well as the mate I never had.
And then, down from a cloud in the sky came the fickle finger of fate and
snatched away his life. Just like that. *poof* Gone. Steve was a godsend.
He had far greater difficulty than I dealing with Cody's death so, naturally,
I focused on helping him which, in turn, helped me... and I think it also
helped many others who followed the lives of those two lads. It was a diversion
- a very addictive one - and one with many, many special moments, not the
least of which was the patch-up between Steve and Mark and the enduring
friendship that followed.
But having said I wouldn't want to bring a life into this world, how
do I feel about my parents having brought mine into this world? Well, you
know, if it exists then you do what you can with it hehe. You make the
most of it. I figure the Odyssey will give me the opportunity to do something
useful and worthwhile; something I can share with others to brighten up
their cornflakes, just as my volunteer Waffle assistants brighten up mine.
It may not amount to a hill of beans in the great scheme of things, but
it's MY scheme of things that's important to me.
Speaking of the great scheme of things, I spotted another of Mieke's
photos on RB this morning that blew me away. It's a pano, so click on the
image to enlarge it. Pity it's not full-screen but I'm sure you'll be impressed
Dove is in Tasmania, by the way.
Also, on RB, I spotted this delightful houseboat with more character
than a roomful of NC Arts. Again, click on the image to enlarge it. It's
Yes, that's what I call the ultimate in floating inner shedness.
Donald Duck and Daisy Duck were spending the night together in a
hotel room when Donald wanted to have sex with Daisy.
"Do you have a condom, Donald?"
"No buts, Donald, no condom, no sex. Maybe they have them at the
So Donald went down to the lobby. Five minutes later he was back
in the hotel room.
"What happened? Didn't they have condoms?"
"They had a whole box, Daisy, but I told the clerk what he could
do with them."
"What are you talking about?"
"He asked if I wanted him to put them on my bill."
An Australian tour guide was showing a group of American tourists
the Top End. On their way to Kakadu he was describing the amazing abilities
of the Australian Aborigines to track man or beast over land, through the
air and under the sea. The Americans were incredulous.
Later in the day, as the group rounded a bend on the highway they
discovered, lying in the middle of the road, an Aborigine... He had one
ear pressed to the white line, whilst his left leg was held high in the
air! The bus stopped and the guide and the tourists gathered around the
"Hey Jacky," said the tour guide, "what are you tracking and what
are you listening for?"
Jacky replied, "Down the road about 25 miles is a 1971 Valiant Ute...
It's a red one the left front tyre is bald... The front end is out of whack,
and him got bloody dents in every panel.... There are 9 blokes in the back,
all drinking warm sherry. There are 3 kangaroos on the roof rack and 4
dogs on the front seat."
The American tourists moved forward, astounded by this precise and
detailed knowledge. "God Lord man, how do you know all that?" asked
"I fell out of the bloody thing about half an hour ago!"
I'm half tempted to sleep in PJ tonight but I won't. It would mean buggerizing
around with the Porta Potti and making a thermos of tea. Some other time.
As to more spending, I'm holding off till I get the sparky to do this thing,
and then the gas fitter. I really don't know what their labor costs will
be. Once those two jobs are done, I can budget for the rest of the stuff
(of which there's not all that much, really). Getting closer, dear Breth!
June 11, 2013. Chewsdee! And another day closer to whatever it's
closer to. You can quote me on that. Nancy will be peering into my mouth
again shortly, and squirting stuff in there while the nurse does the Hoover
trick. Ho hum. One day I'll be munching on pizza remembering these times
and how brave I was hehe. Nah... brave schmave. You just do it cos there's
no option. And you don't bitch about it cos there's no point.
NC Art remembers Robert Frost: The sigh is symbolic of all
the consequences of choosing not to travel with the herd on the easier
road, the independence of a loner, if not a misfit. Actually that describes
Frost quite well. A crusty, testy man with little patience for foolishness…or
what he considered foolishness. I heard him recite some of his work
in 1948 when he was a bit doddery and forgetful with age, and he had to
resort to printed copies. He candidly admitted that he was getting forgetful.
No matter, I’ve read nearly everything he wrote, and love the imagery
and the honest and surprisingly compassionate view of human nature.
He spoke at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, and that was a pitiful performance.
It was outdoors, cold and windy, and the poor old fella had to fight to
keep the papers from flying away. Durable old New Englander!
I'm familiar with the consequences of choosing not to travel with the
herd on the easier road and the independence of a loner. Long before I
was old and crusty, a boss called me obstreperous. I had to check the dictionary
but couldn't find it. Eventually, I realized he'd mispronounced it "opstropolous".
So much for him.
Back from the dentist. As usual, it was lunatic time:
What did you do on the weekend, Gary?
I can't remember.
(To everyone in reception) Gary had a wild weekend... he can't even
remember what happened. Hahaha.
I bought a watering can.
Oh... that's exciting! What color?
Olive, ha ha. Not green... olive! Ha ha.
With a detachable spout.
Oh, that's even more exciting!
And a hatchet.
Having trouble with the neighbors, Gary?
Not any more. And you know those taps in public parks with the handle
You bought a handle?
Yep... a 4-way one.
Now that really is exciting!
That's not how I remember dentists from my younger days. They were all
formal and boring. Not these guys.
NC Art sent this beauty: The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons
him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed
up with his attorney. The auditor said, 'Well, sir, you have an extravagant
lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that
you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable.'
I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it,' says Grandpa. 'How about
The auditor thinks for a moment and says, 'Okay. Go ahead.'
Grandpa says, 'I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my
The auditor ponders the scenario for a while and says, 'It's a bet.'
Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor's jaw drops.
Grandpa says, 'Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my
Now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet.
Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye. The stunned auditor
now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa's attorney
as a witness. He starts to get nervous.
'Want to go double or nothing?' Grandpa asks 'I'll bet you six thousand
dollars I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket
on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between.'
The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but looks carefully and
decides there's no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so
he agrees again. Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but
although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket
on the other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor's desk.
The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss
into a huge win.
But Grandpa's own attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.
'Are you okay?' the auditor asks.
'Not really,' says the attorney. 'This morning, when Grandpa told
me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty-five thousand dollars
that he could come in here and piss all over your desk and you'd be happy
Don't Mess with Old People!
Back from shopping. The bloke next to me at the checkout had no teeth
either, and the CC said she broke a tooth on the weekend, so we all had
a good ol' chat about being gummy. Glorious sunshine today, the kind that's
warm without being hot. I could camp in this kinda weather forever.
From the Beeb: An ex-CIA employee who leaked details of US top-secret
phone and internet surveillance has disappeared from his hotel in Hong
Kong. Edward Snowden, 29, checked out from his hotel on Monday. His whereabouts
are unknown, but he is believed to be still in Hong Kong. Earlier, he said
he had an "obligation to help free people from oppression". It emerged
last week that US agencies were gathering millions of phone records and
monitoring internet data. Interesting comments about that bloke on
The Drum last night, including the fact that he had access to all kinds
of ultra-sensitive material he could have released but chose instead the
surveillance details because he felt that it affected the privacy of ordinary
Americans. Oddly enough, when ordinary Americans were asked about the leak,
the vast majority shrugged and said they already figured that kind of surveillance
was happening anyway, and/or
they didn't really care.
A German World War II bomber has been raised from the bottom of the
English Channel. The Dornier Do-17 aircraft was shot down off the Kent
coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to
be the only intact example of its kind in the world, it has lain in 50ft
(15m) of water on
the Goodwin Sands.
Activity observed in the brain when using a "mind machine" is similar
to how the brain learns new motor skills, scientists have found. Participants'
neural activity was recorded by using sensors implanted in their brain,
which were linked to a computer that translated electrical impulses into
actions. The researchers believe people will be able to perform increasingly
complex tasks just
by thinking them.
Photographs from former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr's personal archives
that have never been seen before have now been published in an e-book.
They range from his childhood growing up in Liverpool during the forties,
to his life on the road with the band. The musician described the collection
as "a trip down memory lane" with the band-mates he calls "his three brothers".
were the days.
FL Josh mentioned empathy the other day, which reminds me of a program
on telly that filmed several dogs to see how they would react to their
owner crying, as well as the presenter crying. Most of the dogs didn't
react except to lift their head off the floor to see what the noise was
all about, and then promptly went back to sleep hehe. But one of the dogs
did react empathetically, both with its owner and then with the presenter.
When I was a kid I had a little pooch called Scamp. I'd pretend to be dead
on the lawn and she'd sniff around trying to figure out what the problem
was. Then she'd run to the back door to alert mom. As soon as I'd "miraculously"
recovered and called her, she jumped all over me. So I guess all dogs are
not empathetic, just as all humans aren't. On the TV program, they also
tested young children. Toddlers tended to mimick their mothers and cry,
but not because they were empathetic. They were sad for themselves and
made no attempt to console the mother. Older children of 2 or 3, had learned
that the sadness belonged to the person crying, and not themselves, and
therefore gave comfort to that person out of empathy.
Weeeeeeell, it's that time again. Whoosh! No sooner outta bed than the
sun's disappearing again. Did I tell you I bought a pack of 3 undies? All
different colors? I should take a photo... not with me wearing them though.
Hehe. Heaven forbid! The elastic busted in the last pair I wore and
I had to trash them. Apart from the undies and groceries, I resisted the
temptation to buy anything else - for now. I expect a bunch of stuff to
arrive this week - battery, camp oven, whatever. That'll be fun! I love
prezzies. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Gary
June 10, 2013. FL Josh wrote: You missed my point on the company
selling the battery. It was not that they have some negative feedback,
but that they are dishonest.
Well, there's a first time for everything, Josh.
Thanks for the explanation on cash for comments. Based on that,
I gather the advertising you were doing for the drive in and auto dealership
was not advertising they had paid the radio station for and the radio station
had assigned you to do the copy, but instead was something you were doing
behind the radio station's back. Didn't the radio station figure
this out pretty quickly?
Yes, they did... so quickly, in fact, they actually organized it for
me. I guess they figured it was cheaper to let the sponsors give me free
cars and burgers than for them to.
As to people being killed with guns in America, there are on the
average 11,000 firearm related homicides a year here, and if we did away
with guns, a percentage of those that would still be killed, the killer
just using a different method. There are an estimated 2.5 million
crimes thwarted each year in the US because the criminal was confronted
by a victim with a firearm. Also noteworthy for comparison purposes
is that about 50,000 people die each year here from secondhand smoke, and
if we did away with smoking, none of those would be killed by other means
by the ex-smokers.
Yep, there should be more thwarting, I say. Thwarters unite! I think
I'll get a t-shirt made with THWART on it.
As to government surveillance, your comment was that if you have
something to hide, don't put it on the internet. The issue in the
news has to do with recording people's activity on the internet, such as
the searches they make. In our country, that is an invasion of our
right to privacy. Oz may be different with your government having
the right to open your mail and enter your home at will to do a search,
or do other such invasions of privacy, but here, we are supposedly protected
against such, and it is one of our most important constitutional rights
but it seems to be getting eaten away. In my work, I see case after
case where the government presents evidence at a trial that may be quite
innocent but they present it in a way that makes the defendant look seedy
and guilty. So with the government watching everything we do, it
gives them limitless ammunition to twist around in order to paint someone
out to be something he is not.
I know the feeling well. *sigh*
On the love thing, you say that is something you know nothing about,
which I picked up on from your comments the day before and was the reason
I chose to use the word "sad" for it showed that you have never been in
a truly loving situation with another, where you loved unconditionally
and were loved in return unconditionally, be it family, friend, or significant
other. True love is actually less common than people think, for a
significant segment of the population is simply incapable of feeling love.
I haven't seen any studies tying the ability to truly feel love to high
levels of empathy but I am convinced there is a direct connection for how
can a person with little or no empathy truly care about another.
I figure love is something that grows and matures with time. Nature
has a little trick - cupid with his bow and arrow, except the bow and arrow
is actually a chemical that floods the brain and causes an instant physical
attraction - lust. That physical attraction then has the opportunity to
take root and grow into the condition we call romantic love (as distinct
from love between siblings/parents/friends etc). But my lack of expertise
(and experience) regarding romantic love is compensated by what I know
about unrequited love, Josh. Unrequited love is often equated with the
idea that for every action there is an equal and reciprocal reaction. When
person 1 falls in love with person 2, and person 2 is unresponsive, person
1 gets pissed off with the lack of an equal and reciprocal reaction and
endeavors to make person 2's life as miserable as his own.
I'm a skeptic, Josh.
As to your question about hatchets, yes I have used them, as well as
splitters and axes. I also have a saw - two - a small fold-up pruning saw
and a 500mm hand saw. But hatchets and saws have something in common with
porta pottis. There was a discussion recently on the GN forum about porta
pottis. Many GNs have carried them in their caravans for years without
ever having used them because most parks and camping sites have loos, just
as they have showers, fireplaces with stacked wood provided by park caretakers/managers,
and coin operated electric BBQs. Add to that the gas stove in the camper
and the need for hatchets and saws becomes something of a rarity. But it's
good to have them "just in case".
Who else but TX Greg? See, they are easy to take with you, hehe.
You should post that pic on GN :) I just did. :)
I really liked what you said about life being a journey and the Odyssey
is not a destination. You really reminded me of Robert Frost's
Road Not Taken"... That's a pretty cool vid and relates so much to
what you're about to do :)
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
From the Beeb: A former CIA technical worker has been identified
by the UK's Guardian newspaper as the source of leaks about US surveillance
programmes. Edward Snowden, 29, is described by the paper as an ex-CIA
technical assistant, currently employed by defence contractor Booz Allen
Hamilton. The Guardian said his identity was being revealed at his own
request. The recent revelations are that US agencies gathered millions
of phone records and monitored internet data. Big
Brother is Here.
The annual conference of the secretive Bilderberg Group is meeting
near Watford, with some leading political and business leaders from the
US and Europe. American "shock jock" Alex Jones joined Times columnist
David Aaronovitch to discuss it - and ended up disrupting the show in spectacular
fashion. Presenter Andrew Neil described him as "the worst person" that
he had ever interviewed. Alex
Jones believes in Big Brother. Hehe.
Thousands of naked cyclists have ridden through the streets of Mexico
City to mark the World Naked Bike Ride. The event is to raise awareness
of the importance of cycling for exercise and as a way to reduce fossil
fuels. Organisers say riding naked also highlights the fragility of the
human body and the need for drivers to be more careful on busy city streets.
way you'd get me to ride mine on busy city streets.
Message to Oregon Richie: just got my second "returned mail". For some
reason AOL is not accepting my reply to you. I'll try sending it via TX
As to the water container with pump action, a GN suggested something
12v shower that plugs into the car ciggie lighter. Like the hatchet
and porta potti, it's something you'd use if there were no shower available
at the camp site. Another GN uses a small spray bottle with warm water
and a toweling cloth for a "quickie" inside the van while standing on a
towel. Others avail themselves of coin-operated showers at roadhouses.
And there are those with larger RVs that have an inside shower and loo,
but that requires carrying a LOT of extra water.
Oops! No connection. Redial. Nope. Try again. Nope. Unplug modem and
replug. Nope. Reboot computer. Nope. Change modem to another USB port.
Nope. Phone ISP. Engaged. Try again. Engaged. Try again in 5 minutes. Still
engaged. Try the modem again. Nope. So what now? Wait.
Not only is it a public holiday but it's also 5pm. Murphy's Law? Ooer!
Here we are 20 minutes later and we're back in biz. Just checking the GN
forum before I update AO and saw this... another spoken version of The
Road Not Taken, and very nice it is too.
A noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function
where Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)
happened to appear. Ms Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good
doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease.
'Would you mind telling me, Doctor,' she asked, 'how you detect a
mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?'
'Nothing is easier,' he replied. 'You ask a simple question which
anyone should be able to answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates,
that puts you on the track..'
'What sort of question?' asked Pelosi.
Well, you might ask, 'Captain Cook made three trips around the world
and died during one of them. Which one?'
Pelosi thought a moment, and then said with a nervous laugh, 'You
wouldn't happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don't
know much about history.'
Roite, toime to vanish into cyber space and catch a bit of telly - which
basically means I haven't vanished at all. Gary
June 9, 2013. I've got the buyers bug. Couldn't resist just one
more purchase last night before hitting the sack - a carbon monoxide alarm.
GNs have been talking about CO and the dangers. I also remembered something
missing from my list - a tap key. Wot dat? It's a multi-purpose handle
that fits taps in public parks with the handle removed by the local council
to prevent nitwits and vandals turning on the taps and wasting water. I'll
get one from the local hardware store, plus one of those pump-up water
containers, and a watering can with detachable spout.
Bewdiful day! Sunny and bright with a clear blue sky. And the Smarty
Pants Award goes to TX Greg for figuring out NC Art's brain teaser
I think Art knows a primitive form of text messaging, hehe
FUM? = "Have you ham?"
SVFM. = "Yes, We have ham."
FUX? = "Have you eggs?"
SVFX. = "Yes, we have eggs."
OK, MNX. = "OK, ham and eggs."
I got as far as "have you" and gave up. But Greg couldn't resist commenting
on my remark yesterday about the sparky and gas fitter: So if the sparky
and gas fitter aren't coming along here's
a handy one you can pack in PJ, hahaha... No comment.
Isn't shopping fun? I'm now the proud owner of a new watering can with
detachable spout, a 4-way vandal proof tap key and a hatchet. Bunnings
didn't have a large container with pump action so I settled on the hatchet
(which was on my list anyway). It's guaranteed for 25 years which will
make me 93.
From the Beeb: US President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping
have ended a two-day summit described by a US official as "unique, positive
and constructive". US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said Mr Obama
had warned Mr Xi that cyber-crime could be an "inhibitor" in
Officials from North and South Korea are holding their first government-level
talks in more than two years. The talks are taking place at Panmunjom,
a military compound in the demilitarised zone between the two countries.
is cheap... but more importantly cheaper than war.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is spending a second
night in hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection. Doctors
say there has been little change and his condition continues to be described
as serious but stable. To quote OR Richie, He
deserves the best of care or at least a graceful passing. He was
and is on balance a magnificent and visionary human being.
Watched an interesting story on a science show the other night about
a bloke who operates a maggot farm. Maggots? Yeah, he reckons the future
of the world's ability to feed itself depends on two things: Better food
distibution (with less waste) and improved production efficiency. As to
waste, he pointed out that a lot of the food we feed to farm animals is
wasted because it takes up valuable agricultural land that could be used
for growing crops for human consumption. We feed poultry pellets made from
grain. We feed farmed fish pellets made from fish leftovers. He suggests
feeding them maggots instead. Maggots are pure protein, which is why chooks
love 'em. And if you use maggots to devour a heap of rotting organic matter,
they'll turn it back into usable protein to feed something else. He estimates
that a third of the world's food is tossed out and ends up as land fill.
Feed it to the maggots, he says, or make better use of it in the first
place. So there ya go, maggots are cool.
Well, I got more than a dose of inner shedness this afternoon - I nodded
off! Very pleasant it was too... cozy and relaxed. Pity I needed to return
to the house to pee and make coffee.
For a lotta peeps, Ferrari is the ultimate macho machine. A mate of
mine has one. He also has Parkinson's Disease so he can't drive it. It
sits in his garage till one of his friends pops in and they go for a drive.
Meanwhile, he can't bear to part with it. When I first met him in the early
'70s, he was struggling to get on his feet. By the time he was in his 50s,
he was the owner of a successful advertising agency and a multi millionaire.
He sold the business and is now retired, living in a luxury apartment with
his wife on the Gold Coast. To him, I suppose the Ferrari is a symbol of
his wealth and success - the young Dutch immigrant who arrived on Australia's
shores virtually penniless but with high hopes. In any case, I've never
been a fan of Ferrari. I'm not sure why. Maybe the styling is too aggressive
or something; too macho; too much testosterone. But this morning while
cruising an auto newsgroup, I saw a Ferrari I really liked - graceful,
elegant and classy. It's a 1967 model.
As to symbols of success, I suppose they are things that represent the
achievement of whatever it is one sets out to achieve. For my mate Mark,
was a successful business and wealth. He had something to prove for sure.
When he married (for the second time) he hired the ballroom at the Regent
Hotel in Sydney and invited everyone he knew (including me). Must have
cost him a fortune. For me, it'll be the realization of the Odyssey - nothing
to do with wealth, nothing to do with power. If lots of peeps visit the
web site over the years and get a buzz from reading my adventures and checking
out the pics, that'll do. Entertaining people is what drives me.
When I bought those things at Bunnings today, I got a real sense of
satisfaction. The tap key means I can access fresh water in parks and reserves.
The watering can means I can transfer water to the tank in PJ. The hatchet
means I can chop wood for a camp fire. Ya can't do those things with a
Ferrari. Hehe. It's the same whenever I buy something for the Odyssey.
They're like little pieces of the jigsaw - little pieces of the dream -
and they all have a special meaning. Kinda like decorating a room in anticipation
of a birth.
So that's what the Odyssey is all about, ladies and genitals. It's about
I often hear people quote the adage, life is a journey, not a destination.
Yes, that's the great thing about the Odyssey. There's no destination hehe.
And here I yam on a Sunday evening as the sun goes "over there". It's
a long weekend this weekend - Betty's Birthday. It's not her real birthday
but a day chosen to celebrate the link between Oz and Mother England. How
much longer that lasts, in its official sense, is a matter for debate.
Half the pop wants Oz to become a republic and the other half is content
to keep the country the way it is, a constitutional monarchy. I tend to
favor the latter but there is an increasing number of Aussies from countries
and cultures that have no affiliation with Britain, and who fail to see
the relevance. I suppose becoming a republic is inevitable but it won't
mean much other than replacing the Governor General as the respresentative
of HM the Queen with an Aussie. The system of government will remain the
same - I suspect. Gary
June 8, 2013. Nudja Satdee! I had my CD collection on auction
on eBay for the past week starting at $49. Nuttin. Zilch. Not a brass razoo.
There's simply no interest in CDs or stereos any more. Might as well take
it all down to the Sallies and give it away. I've read quite a few comments
from GNs who are selling up before hitting the road, and they're having
the same experience - no takers.
FL Josh wrote to inform me that the seller of the AGM battery has had
a few complaints from disgruntled buyers. He suggests buying from a retailer
that has lots of stores scattered around Oz so that I can claim on warranty
if I need to. And he suspects that the battery is made in China. Of course
it's made in China, and it's no surprise to me that the seller's feedback
is not perfect. As to warranty, there's no way I'd bother claiming warranty
once I'm on the road with no residential address. We're talking $250 here,
not $2500 or $25,000. I've given up asking GNs what they think of certain
brands - you get those who say a particular item is brilliant and those
who say it's terrible. You get those who say they've had no problems at
all and those who say they've had nothing but trouble. Hehe. So I'm prepared
to take the risk. Besides, Paypal automatically insures all purchases up
to $20,000 if the seller can be shown to be at fault.
I did a search and found what one GN had to say about autoelecau (in
reference to someone asking about 4WDextreme): can't pass comment on
the charger and have not dealt with that eBay seller. However a fav seller
of mine 'autoelecau' has the same unit for the same price. I've bought
a lot off autoelecau and found them great to deal with, and usually as
competitive or better across the board than a lot of others. 4wdextreme
and autoelecau both have 100% feedback so service could be similiar.
Josh also wrote: I found terribly sad your puzzlement as to why people
would choose to be married for a long period of time, particularly your
speculation as to what the reasons might be for people who choose to do
that. Nowhere did you mention love.
Quite right, Josh. I didn't. It wasn't intended to be an exhaustive,
in-depth analysis of a subject about which I know virtually nothing. And
finally, Josh wants to know what is meant by "cash for comment". In
the US, people like Tiger Woods do commercials for companies like Buick
and Buick gives them free cars. The reason you're aware of that, Josh,
is because it's public knowledge. Cash for comment is when the arrangement
is under the table; endorsements made without proper disclosure of the
relationship between the endorser and the endorsee.
Meanwhile, as I expected, NC Art's heart was all a-flutter at the mention
of Esther Williams: Oh yeah. A large print of Esther Williams was the
prime pin-up art in our barracks in England during that old war. Twenty
four horny young men kept their batteries fully charged even without ever
plugging into a generator!
I'm glad I never served in the armed forces. God knows what the other
guys would have thought about my posters of Snap, Crackle and Pop.
As to ethnic speak, Art poses this little brain teaser:
An old man goes into a cafe in a neighborhood of recent immigrants.
How long did you take to translate, Gary? I'll let you know when
I know, Art. :-/
Well, just did the measurements for the AGM battery. No problem - room
to spare. So let's check my purchases over the past few weeks: AGM battery,
stove-top fold-away oven with thermometer, piezo gas lighter (2), wireless
smoke detector, power outlet lid, drip filter coffee maker (2), fire extinguishers
(2), fire blanket, solar LED garden lights (6), folding adjustable table.
There have been assorted kitchen things as well. The list is getting shorter
but there's still a fair bit to go, including an electrician and gas fitter.
Not that they're coming with me, you understand.
I wouldn't mind a
comfy arm chair as well as the folding chairs I already have (leftovers
from the old Kombi) - something conducive to midday siestas. But that's
not on my essentials list, so it can wait. Some things I don't buy on eBay
if they're available locally at the same price. One GN recommended a 20
liter pump-action water container like those used for spraying weeds/lawns.
You use your solar bag to heat water during the day, then transfer the
hot water to the container, pump up the pressure, and use it to shower.
It does away with the need for an electric pump and/or hanging the solar
Also a watering can with a spout from which the spray attachment can
be removed. You use it to fill the camper water tank when you can't attach
a hose from the tap. How sensible.
And a bucket to place at the end of your kitchen hose to collect gray
water rather than let it annoy the neighbors. Then you can dispose of the
gray water at a more appropriate location.
From the Beeb: Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack
Obama have begun a two-day summit in California. The two leaders spoke
of overcoming differences and forging a new relationship between their
countries. President Obama spoke of "areas of tension" and mentioned their
rivalry in the Pacific, North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and cyber espionage.
what happens when you've got something the other guy wants?
At least five people are dead and several others injured after a
gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, police
say. The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where police
say they shot the gunman in the library. The gunman was in his late 20s
and had been carrying an assault-style rifle, say witnesses. You'll
continue reading such stories while ever the gun laws remain as they are.
And that's a fact.
A man accused of imprisoning three women for about a decade in his
home in Cleveland, Ohio, has been indicted by a grand jury for rape and
kidnapping. Ariel Castro faces 329 charges, with 139 counts of rape, 177
of kidnapping, seven of gross sexual imposition, three of assault, and
owning criminal tools. The 52-year-old also faces two counts of aggravated
murder for terminating one of the women's pregnancies. Three
Hail Marys and you'll be right, mate. Heaven awaits those who repent.
President Barack Obama has defended newly revealed US government
phone and internet surveillance programmes, saying they are closely overseen
by Congress and the courts. Mr Obama said his administration had struck
"the right balance" between security and privacy. I
agree with one of the commentators on The Drum last night who said if you
have something to hide, don't put it on the internet. Simple.
To mark what would have been the 100th birthday of photographer Robert
Capa, the Atlas gallery in London is holding an exhibition of his work.
It comprises a wide range of prints from his time in Spain during the Civil
War through World War II, and ending with the Indo China conflict where
he lost his life. Photo
journalism versus art.
It is not often that one automaker sends birthday wishes to another,
but it is not every day that Europe’s most famous sporting automobile turns
50, either. This week, the BMW Group – by way of its Mini division – cheered
Porsche’s 911 on the occasion of its big five-oh. The gift? A photo shoot,
pairing a classic Mini with a first-generation 911 Targa. The two cars
do not have much in common, beyond the early motorsports successes that
sealed their reputations among enthusiasts. No matter: The
images are pure eye candy.
I have a real soft spot for the little Mini. In 1959 when they were
first introduced to Oz (with the 850cc engine and sliding windows), I took
an interest in buying one for my first car. I had the obligatory brochures
and posters. But when it came time to buy in 1962, and I was old enough
for my learner's permit, I hadn't saved enough and lost patience. So I
bought a used Morris (at least it was a Morris). Three years later, I bought
a Beetle. In those days, if you owned a Beetle you were automatically a
Mini hater, and raced them every chance you got. I was about 30 before
I bought a little used Mini. They'd been beefed up to 1100cc by then, and
had wind-up windows. I was most impressed with its handling and performance,
as well as the sound it made as it burbled along the road. But then a nice
man offered me a new Valiant every few weeks if I said complimentary things
about his car dealership on air, so the Mini became redundant. But our
short time together was enough to convince me that they were indeed a great
little machine and a lot of fun to drive.
Speaking of motorized wheels, here's what OR Richie had to say about
that T-Rex thing yesterday: That "trike" thing is an interesting creation,
too. Most trikes are done with aftermarket components and assemblers
but having two front wheels and one rear it would seem to be a very modified
Can Am "Spyder" three wheeler which has been on the market now for a few
years. That's the way they are built, and I am betting that with
some engine modifications that's probably what that thing is.
As to the V12 Bentley, seems it ain't a V: Interesting too that I
believe the vehicle has a three-bank W 12 engine rather than a V-12.
Three banks of 4 and some versions can use two cylinder heads for the three
and others use three for three.
Roite. Well, my little bus is just a straight four, north south - bang,
bang up and down - driving the rear wheels. It's surprisingly long though...
maybe a foot longer than the average family sedan. It's all tray - 8' long.
It's been another cloudy and wet day. So much for yesterday's forecast.
However tomorrow is supposed to be "mostly sunny". No one turned up to
offer assistance with putting PJ together so my attempt at fortune telling
went pear shaped. Must be some kinda psychological rocket reminding me
that it needs to be done, and fairly soon if I'm to get sparkies and gas
fitters to work on it. Imagine that... me, finally the proud possessor
of a proper motorhome.
Ya know, I don't care how many times I've rationalized it, and how many
positive comments I've read from GNs who are out there enjoying "the playground"
(and have been for years), it's still a weird feeling to think that I can
throw a dart at a map of Oz and that's where I'll be at some stage. No
fence, no mail box, no street number. One GN wrote this morning that he
was in some town up north in QLD for the rodeo, and there were 100 RVs
in the park, twice as many as last year. He'd arrived from spending a week
somewhere or other, and then after the rodeo he plans to be somewhere else.
Hehe. How the hell do you get used to that? What happened to A to B and
back to A? Weird is what it is. Weird.
Telly time again, and more of that curry which wasn't bad. Not the best
I've tasted but not bad. The best is a recipe I've been using for decades,
from an old Common Sense Cookbook, designed for new brides. It contains
a lot of the old fashioned dishes that "mom used to make", which I particularly
like. Seeya! Gary
June 7, 2013. G'day and tenjooberrymuds. TX Greg wrote: Way
too early in the morning to get my pea brain to finally get that. For some
reason I kept wanting to think old CB radio talk and thought the tenjoo
part meant 10-4. Then I finally got it, with no help to google as the answer
doesn't pop up anywhere. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, HAHAHA
When I first saw the word I didn't have a clue. But as I read the story
and saw it again about half way through, the penny dropped. The rest of
the convo about breakfast cracked me up. Room Service: "Ow July den?!?...
Pryed, boyud, poochd?" Hehe. Whoever wrote that yarn is very clever.
I love this next one too!
A Muslim was sitting next to Bill on a plane. Bill ordered
The stewardess asked the Muslim if he'd like a drink.
He replied in disgust "I'd rather be raped by a dozen whores than
let liquor touch my lips!"
Bill handed his drink back and said, "Me too, I didn't know we had
Lovely day today - if you happen to be at 32,000 feet. But down here
on terra firma it's wet and cool and DREARY! Not much good for people relying
on solar panels either. However, the rest of the week and into next week
is looking good with plenty of sunshine, which is something I'll be happy
to see on the Odyssey. Gotta have my lecktrickety.
Then again... I suppose my habits will change. Here in Taree I tend
to rely heavily on the internet to pass the time - I never write Waffle
off line. But on the Odyssey there will be much more to see and do, and
places to go, and photographs to take, and a bicycle to ride. Yep, come
to think of it, when the weather's fine I'll most likely be out and about
most of the day. Updating AO will be done at night... and perhaps not every
night depending on who's around. Comparing my routine here with the one
on the Odyssey will be like comparing apples with oranges.
There's one thing I won't be doing though... and that's socializing
to the extent many GNs do. It's like a big club for a lot of GNs, organizing
get togethers, and visiting old friends. I'll be too busy with the camera
and the keyboard to devote much time to jawing. I'm on a mission to document
everything that happens for the next whatever years. And then? A book or
From the Beeb: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila
have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for
30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending
a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision: we hardly see each other,
each of us has our own life", Mr
I often wonder about people who stay married for very long periods,
or short ones for that matter. In my case, I can't imagine sticking to
a decision I made during my youth. I've changed a helluva lot. But I suppose
if two people share a life together with children and grandchildren, those
things help to bind them. It would also help if their lives run in parallel.
And I suppose there are those who remain together because of convenience,
and/or a lack of opportunity to do otherwise.
US swimming champion-turned-movie star Esther Williams has died in
Los Angeles aged 91. Her spokesman said she died peacefully in her sleep.
She had been in declining health due to old age. A national swimming champion
by the time she was 16, her success led to a career in Hollywood "aqua-musicals"
designed just for her, in the 1940s. NC
Art probably lusted over Esther.
The drive-in at 80: What next for an American icon? The American
drive-in was born eight decades ago. But with only 350 left in the US,
Tom Brook takes a look at what the future holds for this symbol
of a bygone age.
Ah yes, the drive in. During '69 and '70 the Drive In was my Saturday
night ritual. I did the ads so I got free entry and free burgers and drinks.
Many years later, one of Sydney's leading radio personalities was charged
with "cash for comment" and it was a very serious matter. Mind you, he
was getting a bit more than burgers and drinks but even so, what I was
doing was against the law. In the mid '70s, when I was working at a Sydney
radio station, I used to get a new Valiant to swan around in every few
weeks. I didn't get to keep them but the fuel was free.
Yesterday, I posted pics of the new Bentley. Its 6 liter, twin-turbo
V12 produces 616hp. "There is something deliciously absurd about a 5,445lb
lounge accelerating from zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds while massaging its
occupants’ lumbar regions, but the Spur makes an addicting pastime of it."Check
out the road test.
Roite, the minz curry is simmering on the stove and smells pretty good.
Just the thing for a winter's night.
My lid for the power outlet on the camper arrived. Isn't that exciting?
Okay, maybe not so exciting, but this is the first time in my entire life
I've ever bought a lid for a power outlet. Camping opens a whole new world
of interesting things... like ground sheets, and tent pegs and porta pottis.
How many of you can claim to have a stove-top whistling kettle? I can.
Ooer, that reminds me - better add a gas gun lighter to my list.
Justin hasn't been updating his Dunes blog for a week or so but he did
say recently: So it seems very likely I will participate in Commencement/
Graduation which takes place in early June . . . . .we are somewhat late.
. .just goes to show ya the University doesn't want to let go of us!
Ho Ho Ho... So Ho Ho Hopefully that's what he's doing, being busy with
graduation ceremonies and celebrations. I've emailed him anyway.
Two Irish couples decided to swap partners for the night. After 3
hours of amazing sex, Paddy says "I wonder how the girls are getting on".
Wot dat? A trike? A bike? A three-wheeler car? Maybe OR Richie knows.
He's a bike man. It's called a T-Rex, if that helps. In any case, it's
not the sort of thing you'd ride around in if you were planning to travel
Late in the day but the cloud has cleared which means tomorrow will
be as forecast, pleasant and sunny. I have this little idea in my head
that someone will help me put PJ together tomorrow. Dunno why - I just
do. I'm ready - I just need someone to lasso and haul into the backyard.
And don't say Lindsay. I bought some extra chains the other day and also
I think I'll start part of the Big Spend a little early since the AGM
battery will take 10 days or so to get here by courier. This
is the one I'll order tomorrow after I've checked the measurements
of the side storage bin. Should be an easy fit. For an extra $65 I could
get a 130ah but I don't think I'll need it since I won't be running the
fridge on elec. All I need the battery for is lights, a bit of TV, laptop
and charging camera/phone batteries.
And that's it for today, ladies and genitals. Time for the you know
June 6, 2013. A pretty butterfly landed on the wall outside just
beside me as I absorbed the warmth of the morning sun. So I came back inside
to grab the little Fuji and... yes, you guessed it. The pretty little butterfly
decided to flutter off somewhere else. But the sun is nice.
NC Art wrote: I am puzzled about that double brick construction with
space between wall brick. Seems to me that insulation of air between walls
would be rather efficient. Once heated from within, the residual heat should
last for hours with little additional expense. Likewise, night time cooling
should hold for hours of daylight’s sun-warming effect. But what do I know?
Less and less I fear.
Yep, the more we know the more we realize the less we know. The cavity
of air between the two brick walls helps to keep the house from getting
too hot in summer, and too cold in winter. That's the theory. But in winter,
the sun is not strong enough to heat the external wall so the house stays
cold during the day. If it were heated from the inside it would be fine,
but heat = $$$. On a day like today, I'd be sitting outside PJ in the sun,
with the laptop plugged into one of the external power points in the side
storage bin (where the AGM battery is stored). But that's not really practical
For proof, I have no idea what all that is about links, http, html
jargon. For me links…maybe.. open in separate window using Google Chrome
[tab] which I close to move out and on to another. I got to this computer
crap w-a-a-a-y too late.
Maybe Chrome does the separate window thing automatically but I still
use Firefox (and sometimes IE). Anyway, opening a new window while keeping
the old one open means you can swap between the two, and then close the
new when you're finished and resume where you left off. Make sense? Dozen
madder. I don't really understand HTML either but I do know a few bits
of code that make life easier. And now that Greg has told me about target="_blank"
I know a bit more. I use an HTML editor (Netscape Composer) to write these
web pages. It's a WYSIWYG program that allows me to type normal English
while it converts it all to HTML in the background. Pretty nifty, really.
Makes me look intelligent.
Whatever, it’s somewhat amusing to consider you will go on
an odyssey into the wilds of Down Under … but carrying a house on motorized
wheels, equipped with TV, radio, telephone, computer, bed, cook stove,
and all the civilized accoutrements of electrified modern life. Then, stopping
where many other creature comforts are on site. Parks with showers and
toilets, and security lights even!
Just recently, the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains,
south west of Sydney, was celebrated with a re-enactment of the original
crossing by three courageous explorers, Wentworth,
Blaxland and Lawson in 1813. The fledgling settlement was growing but
also in danger of starving. It desperately needed to find suitable land
for farming, and so the three adventurers set off to find a way across
the seemingly invincible barrier, the Blue Mountains (part of the Great
Dividing Range that runs all the way from southern Victoria to a group
of small islands off the top of the northernmost tip of eastern Oz). Those
blokes did it tough on foot with pack horses and dogs. Now, of course,
you can drive the route they opened in air conditioned comfort. Ditto touring
Oz. Can you imagine an army of gray haired sexagenarians and septuagenarians
exploring Oz if they had to rough it in tents and live on wallaby stew?
I donna theenk so. Most have their laptops, phones, GPSs, various appliances,
CB radios, etc, as well as Taj Mahals on wheels. Mine doesn't exactly belong
to the Taj Mahal class but it still has all the goodies.
Which reminds me of plurals. The host of The Drum the other night used
the expression 'Ms P' hehe. Sounds weird. We're used to hearing MPs. But
MP is an acronym for Member of Parliament. The plural is Members of Parliament.
But that's the first time I've heard the acronym Ms P. Shortly after he
used it, the panel went back to using MPs.
FL Josh wrote: I, too, have been doing what TX Greg does, right clicking
on a Waffle link and pressing "w" to open it in a separate window. The
link to your Red Bubble stuff, when I left clicked on it, did indeed open
the page in a new window, as did the other links in the Waffle for the
And that's how all links will be from now on. Josh also sent this link
to an article on smokers
costing business $6000 more per year to employ. It cost my ex-employers
a bit more than that. When I left one station, they replaced me with 3
people, and 2 at another station. Would have been cheaper to keep me hehe.
NC Art sent this: Two little boys are going to the hospital the next
day for operation.... Theirs will be first on the schedule. The older
boy leans over and asks, "What are you having done?"
The second boy says, "I'm getting my tonsils out, and I'm afraid."
The first boy says, "You've got nothing to worry about.
I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep, and when
you wake up they give you lots of Jell -O and ice cream. It's a breeze."
The second boy then asks, "What are you going in for?"
The first boy says, " Circumcision ."
"Whoa !" the smaller boy replies. "Goodluck, buddy. I had that
done when I was born. Couldn't walk for a year."
Wanna see a
tug and 5th wheeler from the late 20s early 30s?
custom built RV from one of the GN newbies. Veeeeeery nice.
Back from a little shopping. Jeez, it's not hard to spend money! And
I'm pissed off that two people with shopping trolleys were yakking away
in an aisle and preventing me from getting what I wanted from the shelves.
When I did get access, I wasn't concentrating and picked the wrong brand
of noodles which cost twice as much as the home brand. Grrrrr! I didn't
notice at the checkout either cos the CC wanted a full medical report.
I had to order more of my hospital food today too, which is expensive.
Never mind, I'm still reasonably on track for the Big Spend in 2 weeks.
From the Beeb: Syria conflict: US condemns siege of Qusair: The US
has condemned the Syrian military's attack on Qusair, a strategic town
over which it gained control after a bloody siege. The White House also
called on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to withdraw fighters from
Syria, where they have been helping government troops. According
to commentators on The Drum last night, the big worry is who's worse...
the rebels or the incumbents?
Australia's election: 100 days to go: "Australia, it seems, is not
having an election on 14 September," says the ABC political presenter Barrie
Cassidy, "but a handover. Never before has there been this level of expectation
that a government is about to be thrown out." And
Paris Jackson, the daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson, is
in hospital after attempting to kill herself, a publicist has confirmed.
Paris, 15, is "doing good" and recovering, said Angel Howansky, her grandfather's
and fame ain't everything.
An 84-year-old Florida woman has won the largest unshared jackpot
in US lottery history - a prize of $590m (£383m). Mother of four
Gloria MacKenzie, who retired to Florida from Maine, bought the ticket
in Zephyrhills on 18 May. I heard on the radio today that the bloke
in the queue in front of her stepped aside like a gentleman and let her
go first. So
she bought the ticket that he would otherwise have bought. Oh dear...
Anyway, silly woman buying lottery tickets. Doesn't she realize no one
wins those things?
Now what did I see on the auto newsgroup this morning? Oh yes... a lovely
and sophsticated Bentley...
They finally got the styling of that front end right... a pleasing blend
of traditional and modern. What a lovely thing. OR Richie enjoyed the MGB
yesterday, which I knew he would: And of course the MGB-GT is one of
my all-time favorites. I just love that car. British though
it is they had a German firm... Karmann, I think... do the styling for
it. There are probably less than 2,500 of the MGB-GT V-8 models left
in the world because Rover could simply not supply enough of those aluminum
V-8 engines ( such as in the LR ) and they are fabulous cars and literally
collector items now fetching big bucks. But that is a car I love.
Do you understand tenjooberrymuds? You often hear tenjooberrymuds here
in Oz - multiculturalism, you see. Anyway, this is a very funny piece on
GN. I won't cut and paste it... you
can read it on site. Hilarious!
And that's about it for Thors Day as Richie calls it. Time now to check
the telly and have the last of the savory minz. I'll do a curry tomorrow
- mild cos my taste buds are still sensitive. Back same time same station
June 5, 2013. TX Greg wrote: Your walls are actually double
thick in brick? I've never seen or heard of that before. Is there an air
gap between the two layers? Most people here think a standard brick wall
adds structural strength to a house, but that's not true. It's more for
looks and maintenance as the brick is just free standing on the slab with
several straps attached to the inside wall to keep the brick from moving
Yep, double brick with an air cavity between. This house was built in
the early '30s. All pre-war brick houses in Oz were double brick, with
the inner wall made of rough bricks that didn't need a pretty face. Plaster
was applied to the inner wall by hand and trowel. The bungalow I was raised
in was double. I remember my mother referring to the post-war houses as
"only single brick" as if they were inferior. They were called brick veneer.
Replacing the inner wall was a timber frame lined with plaster board. I
guess building materials were scarce during the early post-war period.
My little house in Glebe was a terrace - shared side walls on both sides,
but they were double brick. It was built in the mid 1800s. From pictures
I've seen on telly of new housing estates, brick veneer these days seems
to be the norm.
Many government-built housing estates after the war and during the early
'50s were timber-framed
and clad with 'fibro' (fibrous cement sheets). They had no insulation
qualities at all but they were cheap and quick to build. Later, people
attempted to 'modernize' them with cladding made to look like brick but
it was even worse than the painted fibro. Then real brick cladding - sliced
brick stuck on sheets - was introduced but it wasn't a success either because
you could always tell a house that was originally fibro. Then came vinyl
cladding made to look like weatherboard. Averil's house next door has vinyl
cladding and it looks okay. My garages and the laundry use the same material.
As to links not working: I've notice in the past few days YouTube
has been having some problems with vids playing. It seems they just lock
up. I've had to dump and clear the temporary internet files in IE then
go back to the link for it to play. Not sure if that's the same problem
Richie and Art were having.
The other thing I do when reading the waffle is to right click on
any link and open in a new widow. That way the waffle page is always open
and I don't have to keep using the back button to keep reloading the page
over and over again as I look at each link. Are you sure your Netscape
Composer doesn't have the option when inserting a link for it to auto open
a new window? The code for that is really simple...
<a target="_blank" href="http://YOUR LINK GOES HERE.htm"> Basically
it just adds the ( target="_blank" ) between the <a & href=
One way to find out, Greg. Here's
a link to my RB Favorites page, with two new favs - a shot of a boatshed
on a lake in Tasmania, and one of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Do you see
a new window to the right of the Waffle page? There an 'extra HTML' button
in the Netscape link window. I just typed target="_blank" in there and
whoopee do. How come you didn't tell me that 12 years ago?
Anyway, if you look at Mieke's boatshed pic enlarged you'll notice how
well she's framed it with the tree, and used the side lighting to highlight
the bark as well as some of the foliage, and the mountain in the background.
It's a stunning shot, and she's managed to capture the magic of that place
perfectly. The St Peter's Basilica shot is just awesome with its detail,
and it goes to show the extraordinary lengths to which religious hierarchies
are willing to go in order to create an atmosphere that convinces the faithful
that there really is a God.
Exciting news on telly last night. A medical professor just back from
a cancer conference in Chicago said that a major breakthrough in the control
of cancer cells has been discovered. I don't understand all the technical
jazz but, in essence, till now cancer cells have managed to obstruct the
body's natural defences in order to multiply. The immune system just sits
there, waiting for the trigger to go into action. But the trigger doesn't
come. This new drug simply unblocks the trigger, and the immune system
goes into action, killing the cancer cells. The prof said that further
trials are necessary before the new drug can be introduced to the public
- which is a pity because trials so far have been nothing short of jaw
dropping. He says the drug should be freely available in 12 to 18 months.
It's not a cure, he said, but the next best thing to it. In my case, with
mouth cancer, a simple drug could have killed all the cancer cells without
the need for an operation or radio therapy (at least that's the way I understand
it). The drug has been tested on melanoma cancer, but he says it's good
for various types including lung, kidney, head and neck, breast, prostate,
Imagine that, one little pill will make all that complicated and dangerous
surgery as well as those hugely expensive radiation machines redundant.
I guess some people are gonna be pissed off about that.
From the Beeb: There is no doubt Syria's government has used sarin
during the country's crisis, says France's foreign minister. Laurent Fabius
said lab tests in Paris confirmed numerous uses of the nerve agent, adding
who resort to chemical weapons must be punished.
10 things you might not know about India: For many people writing
about India, the common cliches of Delhi belly, lengthy traffic jams, bureaucracy,
corruption and yoga retreats are the
subjects that fill the column inches.
The president of Ohio State University has announced he will retire
after an off-colour joke about "those damn Catholics" at a rival college.
we go with more political correctness.
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has cancelled a tour of Australia
that was scheduled to begin next week in order to have heart surgery in
London. According to tour organisers Lateral Events, the 87-year-old broadcaster
has been advised by his cardiologist that he is in urgent need of a pacemaker.
heavens, the old geezer is as old as NC Art!
It was most pleasant in the sun today so I took a ladder down the backyard
and had a close look at the pop rivet situation. Got rid of the old rivet
and realized I need a hole... a small hole. I don't have a drill so that's
as far as I got. Then I took the fire extinguishers into the camper and
fixed the brackets to the walls. One just to the side of the entrance to
the cab over (next to the bed), and one inside the back door just above
floor level where it can also be accessed from outside the van. The brackets
are stuck on with 3M pro quality velcro so I'll wait a day or two for the
adhesive to set before I add the extinguishers.
I was telling Richie this morning that once the camper is on board the
Courier, and I start filling the storage compartments, cupboards and other
areas with my stuff, I'll have a very different attitude towards it. At
the moment there's a bit of stuff in there but it's still largely a shell
- and a shell ain't a home. Know what I mean? Once all my stuff is in the
camper, there'll be no reason to be in the house, and nothing to miss about
the house. Er... well, depending on how well I adapt to the porta potti
hehe. But I keep reading reports from GNs about freecamps where the facilities
are quite good - fresh water, loos, covered picnic tables, BBQs, and even
showers and town power in some cases. So it's all rather civilized "out
there". And if I have to rough it a bit in more remote areas, I'm sure
Pay day tomorrow so that means a few more bob in the kitty. Will I rush
out and buy something? No, no, no, no, no. I'll walk out slowly and buy
something. Well, maybe a few small things. Then it'll be just 2 weeks before
the next pension and the 'Big Spend'! I'm looking forward to that, dear
been a long time coming.
Would you like to see what sporty Brits were running around in in 1970?
(apart from flares and built-up shoes)
Still a good look over 40 years hence. Pity the same can't be said for
yours truly. *sigh* Anyway, skedaddle time. There was one kinda half decent
joke on the GN JJ forum. A bit laborious so I'll paraphrase it. An old
lady went to the local market to buy cat food but the checkout chick refused
to sell it to her unless she could prove she had a cat, on the grounds
that too many older peeps were so poor they resorted to eating cat food.
So the lady went home and brought back her cat. The next day she wanted
dog food and got the same response from the checkout chick, so the lady
went home and brought back her dog. The following day, the little old lady
needed toilet rolls... I'll leave you to figure out the rest.
So it's telly time, and noodles time, and update time! Seeya. Gary
June 4, 2013. Chilly morning, dammit. Nice in the sun though
but this house is summer proof with its high ceilings and double brick
walls, which explains why it doesn't warm up in winter. I'm off to see
Nancy for another irrigation shortly, and a bit of small talk. She's by
far the friendliest and most personable dentist I've ever encountered.
So the little walk there and back will get the blood circulating. Then
I'll have a nice hot cuppa when I get back.
Back! She's a funny girl. I told her that I'm a normal, respectable
person until I walk into that room, and then I become some sort of lunatic.
I also accused her of not being a real dentist because real dentists don't
behave like she does. Hehe. "And not only that, there's nothing on your
walls to say 'I am a dentist!'" So she reckons she's gonna get an 'I Am
A Dentist' badge to wear. I mentioned that my appointment with the doc
in Sydney yesterday was put back to August 5. She responded by saying we've
been hanging for quite a while now. "I've had relationships that
haven't lasted this long," she grinned.
Both Oregon Richie and NC Art said they had probs with yesterday's Waffle
loading. Art said most of the links didn't work. Got the waterfall pic
and one image of Cape Town under a blanket of hail, then zilch, nada, nuthin!
No links would open at all. Frustrating. Any thoughts? I checked this
end and it all worked fine, so I dunno. Hopefully whatever the cause, it's
somehow resolved itself.
Art also wanted me to describe the fire blanket. Well... it comes folded
in a plastic bag about the size of a novel with a hole at the top for attaching
to a wall hook. Hanging from the bottom are two short straps. During an
emergency, you pull the straps which drag the blanket from the bag as it
unfolds and readies itself for use. The straps act as handles so you can
throw the blanket over a fire - usually a stove-top fire caused by hot
fat or oil. The blanket smothers the flames and starves them of oxygen.
Dunno what the material is but it complies with Australian Standard 3504.
I'm doing quite well. Not only did I save some bucks on the fire extinguishers
yesterday but I also won $11.10 on Lotto last night. That's the fourth
small prize I've won in the past couple of weeks. Ooer! Is it some sort
of sign? Hehe.
And there goes another $20 - a lid for the power inlet on PJ which is
missing. I figure the sparky I get to fix all the electrics and solar stuff
won't have one so I'm being proactive. The lid was less than $10, the rest
was postage. But buying on line saves buggerizing around looking for some
caravan parts place. I also bought a smoke alarm on eBay.
From the Beeb: Hollywood actor Michael Douglas did not say he developed
throat cancer because of oral sex, his publicist has said. Douglas, diagnosed
with cancer three years ago, was quoted as telling the Guardian his strain
of cancer had been caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). But in a statement
to the BBC, the 68-year-old actor's spokesman sought to clarify that Douglas
was not talking about his own cancer. The World Health Organization says
can cause cancer of the head and neck.
And it's not only cancer we're talking about here, dear Breth. It's
tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, assorted pillaging, and plagues. Ask any
Baptist minister from the Deep South and he'll tell you that the Lord said
go forth and multiply, not go forth and do all that other funny stuff.
That's not multiplication, that's algebra which, as we all know, doesn't
make babies. Are you with me?
I got a gum infection way back in my early 30s and dreaded having to
tell the doc how I got it hehe. Fortunately, he didn't ask. A dose of penicillin
fixed the problem, no worries.
Anyway, it's no wonder that society gets its knickers in a knot about
sex. It's such a grotty business - all those juices, and sweating, and
making weird noises, and writhing, and grunting... It's simply at odds
with our perception of human dignity. For example, exposing one's nose
in public is not referred to as decent. In anatomical terms, there's no
such thing as decent exposure, only indecent. And it's only referred to
as indecent when a naughty bit is flaunted. Why indecent? Because it's
associated with sex. And sex is associated with crude animal behavior.
It's unbecoming to humans. That's why the Lord said "go forth and multiply"
hehe. No mention of heavy breathing and juices in that sentence. No. Nothing
naughty at all. In fact, the Bible never refers to juices, only seed. Seed
is not naughty. Juices are naughty. Are you with me?
Humans are crazy, yes. But you have to admit they're a wonderful source
How's that for clean, uncluttered lines? It's a Jaguar XK8. We say Jag-you-ah
and you say Jag-war. There's not all that much reminiscent of previous
Jaguars except for the subtle hip, that clever bubble in the hood and the
oval grill similar to the E type from the '60s. Very posh.
Here's a couple from the GN Just Joking forum:
And that's when the fight started:
My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and
she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at
a nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed,
"He's my old boyfriend. I understand he took to drinking right after
we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't been sober since."
"Oh my!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating
Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and
slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked the boat up to the van and proceeded
to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so
I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that
the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into
bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back; now with a different anticipation,
and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid
husband is out fishing in that?"
a bunch of them if you'd care to browse.
Anyway, been a pretty quiet day (as well as cool and cloudy) - even
the Beeb is quiet. When I saw the Michael Douglas story I thought, Ah ha!
Here's a chance to employ my Waffle skills and write a few paragraphs of
nonsense. Hehe. It's called 'padding'. So now I can turn my attention to
a bit of telly and dinner/tea/supper/chow. When I've finished the savory
mince, I think I'll try a curry. Those packet sauces are pretty good -
no waste - just mix and cook. And the noodles give it a bit of bulk. Not
quite what I'd like to be eating but better than soup every night - and
I am putting on a little weight. Gary
June 3, 2013. Mieke, my friend in Derby, WA, near Broome, is
a sensational photographer but this time she's really done it with this
waterfall shot. It really is magic. When you get there, click on the
pic to enlarge it.
Cody's hometown of Cape Town was inundated with hail on the weekend.
TX Greg sent a couple of links: Geez the weather is just crazy everywhere.
out these Cape Town hail photos from yesterday... And this guy gets
little overboard watching it hail, hahaha...
FL Josh wrote to say he has no comment to make about yesterday's Waffle.
He says we can both have a day off.
I wrote Ohio Jace last night asking him to choose something from my
PJ list as a prezzie for the Odyssey. I still have USD80 that the Ohio
gang has sent over a period of time. I've been waiting for the Aussie dollar
to come down before exchanging it. It's down about 10 cents US on what
it was a month ago so I guess that'll do. That is a good list you have
there. After some thought I've decided that the fire extinguisher should
be at the top of the list so....
I figured you'd choose the fire extinguisher, Jace. I checked the local
hardware store this morning and they have them plus a fire blanket for
about $80, so that's two prezzies from the Ohio gang! But Jace has more
We are still waiting for our first grandchild. He is about a week
late so should arrive any minute now. How does Aidan Christopher sound?
Aidan Christopher sounds great, mate. Go for it! And congrats on the
birth - which as you say could be happening as I write this! Bloody amazing
isn't it, and you didn't have to do anything. Well, you did, but not this
time. Sooooo... no shortage of baby sitting jobs for a while yet!
Here's part of what I wrote OR Richie this morning: I watched the
final episode of the Dismissal of the Whitlam government back in '75 last
night and it was horrific - the way those power manipulators managed to
get their way. Whitlam was an idealist who wanted the best for ordinary
Australians. It wasn't until he retired from politics in the late '70s
that he was finally vindicated by people who began to write him, thanking
him for introducing free education at universities, medicare, Aboriginal
and women's rights and other social reforms that transformed their lives.
As one commentator said on the show last night, "in Australian politics,
there's pre-Whitlam and post-Whitlam, and you can't say that about any
other politician." Whitlam was the first international politician from
the West to embrace China. His visit there preceeded Nixon's. Whitlam abolished
the White Australia Policy and embraced Aboriginal land rights among other
Whitlam and Fraser (the incoming PM) absolutely loathed each other.
One observer said you could see the hatred in their faces when they confronted
each other in Parliament. Now, decades later in their old age, they're
great mates. Whitlam was asked in recent times why he and Fraser were friends
now despite Fraser having engineered his dismissal as PM, and he said,
"Well, no one's perfect."
Anyway, politics is one game I'm glad I never got involved in.
Richie is also pleased to know that PJ is nearing completion: I went
over pictures of PJ and the camper again this morning. I'm yearning
of course to see them properly mated as a made-for pair with a certain
driver to complete the trio; the triangle if you will.... the "Delta" symbol
which represents a very sound and strong structure... or in this case,
your personal SAFARI, and a great photo-safari at that, and of course,
being Kwa-Swahili for "journey". Like no other, of course.
Well, Jace, I'm back from getting the Ohio gang prezzie. On the way
to the big hardware store (Bunnings) I stopped at Super Cheap Auto to see
what they had. Da da! They had fire extinguishers on spesh, so I bought
two plus a fire blanket - all comply to Australian standards. How cool!
One for the entrance to the sleeping area, and one for just inside the
rear door. The blanket will be in the main kitchen area. AND... there's
enough change left over for a smoke alarm which I'll get next.
From the Beeb: The US Army private accused of leaking large numbers
of classified documents to Wikileaks is due to face court martial in Fort
Meade, Maryland. Pte Bradley Manning allegedly sent 250,000 diplomatic
cables and 500,000 battlefield reports from Afghanistan and Iraq to Wikileaks
in 2009 and 2010. He has pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against
him but not to the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. The
slow arm of the law - he was arrested 3 years ago.
The crocodile population of tropical Australia has exploded in recent
decades. How are people learning to live with the creatures in their back
gardens? From behind a steel fence, a fully-grown adult crocodile - Harold,
a heavyweight at 4.6m (15ft) long - peers at me suspiciously. Despite the
security, it is unnerving to be so close to such a fearsome predator, especially
one that won't take his eyes off me. Here
croccie, croccie, croccie. Nice croccie, croccie, croccie. Now don't you
bite me, you naughty little reptilian person.
One of Australia's leading indigenous figures, singer Yunupingu,
has died at the age of 56. The lead singer of Yothu Yindi died at his home
in the Northern Territory after suffering from kidney disease. Yunupingu
was a significant cultural figure whose music helped bridge the divide
between white and black Australians. Treaty
- what a great song.
Goodness, gracious me, I've just had another little splurge. Some time
ago, Francois suggested paper filters for making coffee so that I don't
have to worry about using lots of water to clean the plunger of ground
coffee beans. I couldn't find any paper filters at the local supermarket
- only ready-made coffee bags (like tea bags) which are expensive. So I
took a look at eBay and discovered a Vietnamese
stainless steel drip coffee maker 2 pce for under $10 ($14 delivered).
That'll do. Just tap the used beans onto a paper towel, give the container
a quick rinse, and Bob's yer uncle.
Well, I think I've done well today... a couple of fire extinguishers,
a fire blanket, coffee maker and a smoke alarm to come, all for less than
$100. I hope I'm as lucky with the rest of the stuff on my PJ list! Shopping
can be fun! Especially when everything can be nicely accommodated by PJ
hehe. NO MORE PACKING AND UNPACKING. Yeah, been there, done that waaaaaaaay
too many times!
So now it's telly belly time again. Oh, and since there are no pop rivet
experts here, I figured out how to do the job myself. :-p Gary
June 2, 2013. Dreary, dreary, dreary. Wet and chilly. And the
rest of the week? Fine and mild to warm. So there ya go.
Last night I
went to bed thinking what's the bet FL Josh will say a Model T is not a
Thunderbird. Well, I wasn't all that far wrong. You said that a Chihuahua
was a Wolf and that you were an ape. Hot damn, I've been looking
for someone who thinks like that. How would you like to buy a 2013,
Rolls Royce for only $500.00.
So now I can say that FL Josh has accused me of being a fool; that he's
insulted me. Alternatively, I can say that I know I'm not a fool so therefore
I'm not insulted. Yeah?
It's true that the car in the photo is not a 2013 Rolls Royce, but both
cars nonetheless do have something in common. A chimpanzee is not a gorilla
but nonetheless they do have something in common. A rabbit is not a rat
but nonetheless they do have something in common. A human being is not
an ape, but... well, you get the picture.
Now, if the indigenous footballer in Oz was insulted because someone
called him an ape, what does that mean? Let me put it this way, if I'm
not insulted by FL Josh's insinuation that I'm a fool because I know I'm
not a fool, does it follow that the footballer is offended by the 'ape'
insinuation because he's not too sure if the ape reference is lacking credibility?
By the way, those are questions, not statements - as was my comment about
chihuahuas and wolves.
Lemme tellya something about insults, ladies and genitals. When I went
down the tube back in the '90s, I wasn't called a failure, but I was treated
like one. I know a thing or two about the pain and hurt caused by an insult,
spoken or unspoken. I know a thing or two about being treated as a reject;
avoided by former friends and colleagues. I know a thing or two about the
struggle to claw back self respect alone and against all odds. When a football
star is called an ape by a 13 y/o girl, and stops the game to have that
girl ejected from the stadium, questioned by police, and vilified on the
front page of every newspaper in town as well as on the screens of all
the television stations, that's not the reaction of a man who's being kicked
while he's down and defenceless. He turned an incident overheard by a handful
of people within close proximity to the girl (including himself) into a
national headline. Predictably, political correctness being fashionable,
all the celebrities and politicians and commentators and anyone else with
a voice jumped on the overcrowded bandwagon to denounce the evils of racism.
Anyway, racism is just another stupid device used by morons to elevate
themselves. It's a form of bullying. Paradoxically, that's what the footballer
did to the 13 y/o girl. Instead of consulting her and showing her the error
of her immature ways, he publicly shamed her. We're constantly reminded
by Nature that all living things are equal. If they weren't, microscopic
bugs wouldn't be able to kill human beings. In my book, all races, creeds,
genders and cultures are equally regrettable.
NC Art is at it again: Recalling those awful raincoats made my skin
crawl. In cold weather they were too stiff for moving in. Hot rainy days,
they stunk and boiled you like a lobster. And they were heavy as a mediaeval
knight’s metal armor. And, you’re right about boring porn. Even the performers
seem to be wondering how much longer we have to keep up with this stupid
stuff. Gets so old so quick, like watching race cars go round and round
in a cloud of choking exhaust fumes for four hours.
If it weren't for society's paranoia about all things genital, there
would be no porn. It's the forbidden fruit syndrome. The sight of a naked
ankle. Kids snickering in class during biology.
Um, Darwin didn’t commit much to atheism or some sorta belief. He
was supposed to study for the church, but found observable science a helluva
lot more interesting. Thank you Charley! Actually, he was kept out of the
Royal Academy of Science because he was not a priest, and therefore didn’t
know how the world was made in six days … by God!
Yes, I remember watching a doco about Charley and his findings on Galapagos.
His original intention was not to dispute the Bible's teachings but the
more he researched his subject, the more he realized he was indeed doing
just that. It was his greatest conundrum - to publish the truth or conceal
Telly was a bit lamo last night, as it tends to be on Saturdays, so
I watched a cooking show on one of the more obscure free to air stations.
But it was worth it cos I learned a neat little trick to improve the flavor
of the humble burger. The chef fried the onion and garlic in olive
oil before adding it to the burger mix. I've always added it raw. Thilly
me. The burger mix was otherwise pretty straight forward - ground beef,
ketchup, Tabasco, beaten egg, breadcrumbs, chopped parsley, s&p, and
the cooked onion and garlic. Also, he removed the hot pan from the heat
before adding the patties to seal on both sides, then put the pan back
on the heat and turned the patties every 30 seconds till done.
Have you noticed the use of the word 'issue' lately? Everybody's having
issues. Politicians have issues - actually, they have a range of issues,
or even a broad range of issues. Medicos have issues. Economists have issues.
Sports people have issues, such as those with performance enhancing substances.
People who have a disagreement have an issue. Racism is an issue. So is
same sex marriage. I can't remember having heard the word 'issue' used
all that much 10 or 20 years ago. Now everybody's into it.
An old man in Miami calls up his son in New York and says, "Listen,
your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," he says. "I'm
sick of her face, and I'm sick of talking about this, so call your sister
in Chicago and tell her," and he hangs up.
Now, the son is worried. So he calls up his sister. She says, "Like
hell they're getting divorced!" and calls her father immediately. "You're
not getting divorced! Don't do another thing, the two of us are flying
home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don't call a lawyer, don't
file a paper, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and she hangs up.
The old man turns to his wife and says "Okay, they're coming for
Christmas and paying their own airfares."
Checked the Beeb earlier today and again just now and it's all a bit
ho hum - which may not be such a bad thing. Anyway, I'll be glad to see
the end of today weatherwise. It's easing off a bit now but it's been pretty
wet and wild. The rest of the week is looking quite good. I've also been
thinking about who I can con into helping me load the camper. The fence
bloke and Stan the Lawn Man look like renegers so maybe Alex the bloke
who sold me the Courier is a chance. He was friendly and helpful six months
ago and seemed interested in what I had in mind. Hmmm. He works as a barman
at the local sailing club. Maybe I could pop in for a beer. Meanwhile,
the "big spend" is about 2 weeks away so I better get cracking.
Well, that'll be interesting. At the end of this month, PJ will be a
reality complete with all the goodies. I'll be broke, of course, but at
least all the major expenses will be over and I'll be able to focus again
on saving. Imagine that! Bluey, Das Busse and all the other frustrating
interruptions of the past will be dead and buried. Finito. The only thing
holding me back now is a set of dentures. And a garage sale.
Yes, I'm nervous. It's a major departure (no pun intended) from the
life I'm used to. I think it'll be wise to have a trial run or two before
the biggie, just to settle into the new routine and get the feel of it.
The Big Day will, of course, depend on the doc in Sydney. I'll be seeing
him August 5. On August 29, I'll be 69 - the year I started my first job
in radio, and the year I first left home to start a new life.
But for the mo, it's time for the telly and nourishment... and a bit
of dreaming. Gary
June 1, 2013. How does the song go? June is bustin' out all over?
Not too much bustin' here hehe. Cloudy and cool but the weatherman says
it'll improve later in the day. FL Josh wrote: Interestingly, your seasons
change on different dates than here in the States. Your Winter starts
on June 1st whereas our Summer starts between the 19th
and 23rd of June, whenever the summer solstice occurs. We're a
bit lazy in Oz. In reality our seasons change with the solstice too but
we settle for the first day of June, September, December and March.
On Voltaire, one of my favorite misquotes is, "I may disagree with
what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to tell
Yes, and one thing I've noticed about being an athiest is that if you
meet another athiest you don't ask them which denonimation of atheism they
belong to. Hehe. Bill Gates is in Oz at the mo on a selling mission for
his charity work. During an interview he was asked if he believed in God.
He thought for a moment and said, "I believe in some sort of higher being,
yes." Actually, I can't remember whether he said 'God' or 'higher being'
but he was pretty vague about the matter. I think many non-believers are
frightened of the word 'athiest' because it's so final. Once you've committed
to being an athiest you're doomed to eternal damnation.
Another interesting aspect of the 'ape' case, and that footballer who
took umbrage at being called 'ape' or 'King Kong', is that all human beings
have the same ancestral heritage. Both the insulter and insultee share
the same evolutionary origin. But human beings like to disassociate themselves
from apes. Apes don't go to heaven but humans do. Apes don't wipe their
butts but humans do. Well, how about a thoroughbred? Is it still a horse?
Is a chihuahua still a wolf? Does God have a penis? I think there's a lot
of wisdom in the old children's adage that sticks and stones will break
my bones but names will never hurt me. A rose by any other name would smell
Critics of Darwin during his time poked fun at his preposterous notion
of human beings having descended from chimpanzees. Everybody knew that
the human race began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, created in
the likeness of The Almighty. Darwin was a ratbag. Not only that, he was
an infidel! We were the children of God, not the children of apes!
So, it seems to me that there are people in our midst who are apeists...
those who find it insulting to be associated with apes... those who think
that apes are a lesser form of being - unworthy of respect - despite our
common ancestry. Apes are animals but humans are... well... different.
It says so in Genesis.
Am I an ape? Yes, I am. And frankly m'dear, I don't give a damn.
As to TX Greg's suggestion he move to Oz and join you in PJ, did
you mean by your comment, "Only if you don't mind being permanently horizontal,"
that, "No one rides for free?"
We'll ignore that, won't we Greg.
Thanks to NC Art for forwarding the hatch pic. Art also wrote: I’ll
try to remember to refresh (the Waffle index page). Or I will write another
snarky comment for you to enjoy.
That old truck did bring memories. Very much like the T Model Ford
used as a school bus by the orphanage. That one had bench seats running
along each side and one in the center. Could handle 15 youngsters. Also
had side curtains that rolled down and fastened to keep [some] rain out,
but not quite efficiently.
No starter, the thing had to be cranked by hand, an operation which
could break an arm bone if the crank handle kicked back before you let
it go when the engine fired. Ouch!
Yep, things have changed amazingly. I recently mused that if the
internet and digital cameras had been invented when I was about 12, I could
have gotten wealthy selling porn vids of myself posing provocatively over
the next 10 years! Hmm, if a purveyor wanted a shot sans pubes I would
have charged much more for the itchiness of growing a new patch. Poor Wingnut
missed that opportunity too, hehe. He was sooo proud of his silk.
Kids and teens who bare all for the titillation of their peers and others
are a dime a dozen now. I think it's probably a good thing that porn will
hopefully become commonplace to the point of being BORING, which it is.
As to school buses, on rainy mornings I caught the bus on the corner of
our street. It wasn't a school bus but did the job and stopped at the railway
station not far from the school. It was a late '30s Chevrolet truck with
a bus chassis, and I remember how steamy it was when crowded on wet mornings,
with the strong smell of damp rubber boots and raincoats. Raincoats were
made from rubberized material back then.
And now to rivets, a popular topic with many Australian families. There's
a rivet missing from PJ. Actually, it's not missing, it's just separated
from the two bits it used to join. Now it's wobbling around in one of the
bits. How to get it out of its hole is a problem. It wobbles but it's stuck.
I've tried pulling it with long nose pliers but to no avail. Is there a
rivet person out there who knows how to remove a dead rivet? It's part
of a hinge arrangement on the flap that covers the front window of PJ which
allows the flap to be raised and lowered. The twin at the other end has
also lost its rivet but has been replaced by a screw, which is what I'll
do with the current rivet.
A GN the other day suggested an all-purpose remedy for anything mechanical
- hit with a hammer. And if that doesn't work, get a bigger hammer.
Actually, I spent a bit of time getting a dose of inner shedness this
afternoon and even cleaned the stove top and sink with Ajax. I was thinking
about what I might miss about living in this house. The space? No, I don't
think so. The furniture? No. The kitchen? No. The neighbors? No. The bathroom?
Yes. So what will I miss apart from the bathroom? And then it dawned on
me that my life here revolves around the internet and my web site. There's
nothing else I'm interested in, except the Odyssey, of course. As long
as I have my laptops, cameras, phone, wireless dongle, music, radio and
TV, I'm sweet. And the comforts the camper provides.
When I go to Sydney to see the doc, by late afternoon I can't wait to
get back to Taree. But it's not Taree per se, or indeed this house I long
for. It's my THINGS. Hehe. I'm a fish outta water without my things. One
of those things is internet connection so when I'm checking out some place
in Oz that doesn't have a signal, you can bet your sweet bippie I'll be
itching to move some place that has.
Sounds like an obsession, doesn't it. All my eggs are in the AO basket.
Well, there was a time when all my eggs used to be in another basket that
went belly up. But the main problem with that basket was it was controlled
by other people. Hopefully, this basket will avoid that fate.
From the Beeb: A new series of tornadoes has swept through the US
state of Oklahoma, killing at least five people, including a mother and
child, officials say. The tornadoes struck near the Oklahoma City suburb
of Moore, where 24 people were killed by a violent tornado nearly two weeks
I've heard interviewed on TV simply shrug and say it's something you learn
to live with.
A law banning smoking in some public places and restricting tobacco
advertising is due to come into effect in Russia on Saturday. Smoking will
be banned at workplaces, housing block stairwells, buses and commuter trains
and within 15m of train stations and airports. In 2014, the ban will be
extended to restaurants, bars, ships and trains. Russia has one of the
highest smoking rates in the world with around 40% of its population smokers.
Kot? He was never without a packet of ciggies handy.
Scientists have discovered that about one in thirteen people have
flexible ape-like feet. A team studied the feet of 398 visitors to the
Boston Museum of Science. The results show differences in foot bone structure
similar to those seen in fossils of a member of the human lineage from
two million years ago. Darwin
would be impressed.
And there goes Satdee and the 152nd day of the year. Gary
← Older posts
Waffle Index Newer
Return to Home Page