Spring has Sprung

Posted: August 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

Which of course in these grim times means the one saving grace – cool weather – is about to evaporate like an Aussie’s chance to win the Fed Ex Cup. It has been the usual glorious, if dry, short winter here and even had a grey nomad – in disguise – drop in last Friday so showed her the sights of the region. Yes both of them.

What was a glorious afternoon at the Bay did end on a disappointing note, much self inflicted to be fair. As it was approaching 4:45 pm it was time to seek out our fish and chippery for dinner. Our usual one, where we had parked, was closed. In the car and head to the Pier. On the way passed Madigans and even at that time had a crowd with a likely 15 minute wait so continued down to the Pier to the apparently only other FC open and lined up for order. After 5 mins of watching a 10 yr old completely stuff up order in front we got back in car and drove back other way. Lets stop in at Dan and Stephs. Parked car, got out and it was closed. Drove back to Madigans and only waited 30 minutes this time! By then it was dark and mossies out so we drove home and reheated the food to eat while watching I Am Woman. What a piece of crap. At least then we were able to sleep in comfort of single digit temperatures so as usual good weather can save most scenarios.

On the travel front no news is bad news. Still waiting on refunds from Qantas from March(TA booking) and June (Direct) Its tough times sure but if they ever want my business again stop bombarding inbox with emails to earn points to use who knows where and work on the bloody refunds! A planned trip to Victoria in October is dead. About now would have been getting a tad excited about Vegas 21 – DOA. Africa 2021, previously known as Africa 2020, is firmly in the “too hard” basket. USA 2021 grounded like a Qantas A 380. Two years ago we booked a cruse for Sept 2021 and then promptly forgot about it. As we now approach the 12 month countdown even that is looking dicey. Not to be de turd 😉 we booked a River Cruise for 2023 on the Mississippi River for my 65th birthday.

Heart of the Delta

The thought of becoming an old man on the river was too much to resist. Of course planning doesnt always work out perfectly and to avoid Mardi Gras in New Orleans our trip starts day after birthday. As we will be in Memphis for my actual birthday I see a trip to Graceland a distinct possibility. Still eh…..

When it comes to future travel have been saying if international travel isnt open by –/–/– then the world is screwed. Lets acknowledge the world is screwed and we are just haggling over the degree. A determining factor in that of course will be Nov 3 in USA. Dont be fooled, Buffoon Bob is a realistic chance of being re elected mostly due to the 3 most notable characteristics of many Americans – simple, arrogant and patriotic. As unbelievable as many things that happen are they just dont seem to resonate much with many Yanks. Its a different country now for many reasons and one never really sees it returning to any degree of normality ever with so much obvious division and corruption.

In sporting news the PGA Golf is the shining light and now smack bang in middle of Fed Ex playoffs. So great to have a tough course last weekend. Too tough for Scotty obviously. NRL mostly seems to be whoever stays healthy will win but would be surprised if Roosters dont three peat. Cricket is very much in the who cares category

TV land is busy as usual. Yellowstone is Dallas without Victoria Principal sadly but after a good 3rd season had a ludicrous ending 5 minutes. Ted Lasso is ok in small doses which is all you get anyway. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was a good story not told particularly well. Perry Mason was a good period piece and will be better in second season methinks. In these quiet times have finally bitten the bullet and got the kitchen redone. I do hate having Tradies on site but they did a good job for a good price. Also got some Carpet and Lino replaced which is certainly less value for money

When one cant spend money flying overseas one has to do something with it I guess. Here is one I prepared earlier. At least I can look at the fridge magnets and dream of better times…..

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