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CLP Becomes An RLP

Posted: October 1, 2019 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole
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As in Retired Lady Person. Having recently turned 60 and realising she was in fact 10% of rolling in it, CLP has pulled up stumps on a working career in the Health field of 40 years. Some public and some private and sometimes even up to 5 days a week. As in most significant life events it all started back in Maryhole and from there on an endless search to try and recreate that magic mix of culture , class and confusion that Maryhole so completely embodies. Alas no success but my presence as her guiding light in later years ensures the connection is never lost.

So, in keeping with the momentous occasion of turning 60 and no longer having a reason to live we decided to celebrate with a couple of days in Brisvegas. As old habits die hard CLP still wanted to catch the 5am train down but assured her we could drive down at a more reasonable hour. I suspect she just wanted to try out her new Seniors Card on the train.

Visited Ferguson Matriach at Twilight Home for a lovely morning tea and then onto Group Linen at TPCH for their Multicultural Day which CLP had been kindly invited too. What a marvellous event to attend. Plenty of great food including a spit roasted Pig shared with such warm and wonderful people. They danced and sang and I even shook my booty to a Samoan Love Song. They gave us a lei but as no fresh flowers it was made up of Cadbury Favourites. I feel this could catch on

We had two nights booked at our go to hotel in Brisvegas – The Stamford. Great location and views with good facilities. Only real gripe is paying $57 a night for valet parking. Hey, that train down not such a bad idea after all….. I said I was happy to park it myself Chauncey but was then informed it would then be charged hourly and for a full day would be $89! Threw him the keys and headed to our room. Mine came with a 60 yr old Flower arrangement on the bed! To the pool Boy Wonder


Two major celebrations planned – one known, one a surprise. Surprise for CLP that is, obviously one of us had to know all of the plans……The surprise part was dinner at Alchemy Restaurant with da boys and partners on Monday night. Tuesday night would then be spent with Dame Edna at QPAC. I suspect there may be others there as well but one can hope. In between and all around some chilling by the pool, some drinking at watering holes adjacent and even a bit of shopping. Having had a rather bigger than expected lunch it was time to take it easy for a few before hooking in again big time

CLP was suitably surprised when progeny were noted loitering adjacent to our table. It was a wonderful night with great food and even better company. Alchemy do a special treat with nitrogen infused ice cream at the end of night which is perfect ending to a gourmet delight

Tuesday morning dawned clear. Now if my head will catch up. The room at Stamford is great but think the AC runs on a couple of rubber bands. Have to set it to “Wind Tunnel” and 16 degrees to have the room feel close to a pleasant mid afternoon in Maryhole in Summer! Time for a walk and find some breakfast options. Once again being next to Botanical Gardens is another thing we love about this hotel. Simple breakfast for simple folk and then some shopping before morning tea in the Brisbane Arcade

Back to room briefly to offload shopping spoils and then around to Felons Brewery for a frothy lunch with cheese. It certainly is a growing area at Howards Wharves much like my waistline after the last 36 hrs.

Last thing to sort out now is dinner options before Bazza tonight. May need to sleep on that

Settled on OLE for dinner, always a safe bet . Good crowd at Bazza and they opened the doors quite early for a change. We had great seats with unobstructured view and a walkway in front. Barry Humphries is a true comedy legend but time to give away mate at 85. Reading of TelePrompter is a tad embarrassing. At his best when ad lib with audience but highlights few and far between and even though I could hear what the audience member said 25 rows away Barry struggled from 3 rows in front. The songs have great lyrics but the voice falters. Glad we saw him but couldn’t recommend the show for your hard earned especially with no Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson

A great 48 hrs to celebrate a special occasion

It was shaping up as a big 36 hrs but first the usual Friday morning bunker run. Or walk it seems as the Bunker Bike is broken and the only way to get parts for it is to find Noah who built it at same time as the Ark! So time to hand rake a few. Then the long drive to Brisvegas for Richards Bucks Night at The Footy. First though time to drop in to the Medium Security wing at The Twilight Home to catch up with Ferguson Matriach and she even had her hair done special for the day release. CLP thinks my hair looks the same – yeah if only.

Then onto Pullman at King George Square and of course room not ready at 1 pm but “we will upgrade you to a balcony room Sir. Come back at 2pm” Ok, no big deal drop off car and bags and limp the 100m to mall. What can one do though to fill in time before a big night out. Well, just the one……

Back at 2:15 pm to reception. “Ah no Sir room not ready so have put you back to original room” It was that sort of day. The room was perfectly fine on 12th floor but despite double windows can still hear some traffic. So, chilled for a couple of hours before CLP arrived from work (he he) and then around 5pm headed off to Caxton Street pub for a pre game meal. Its a long walk actually and already very crowded with a surprising number of Rabbitoh supporters. Luckily they only eat lettuce. Booteeful evening though

Yeah I was a bit early but got choice of seats:) The man of the hour turned up duly and we settled in with a good group of guys and a few Sherberts before hooking into a couple of slow moving cows as you do

The place was jumping by now and took a while to actually get meal but that was fine. Organising bill and paying same took a bit longer mind you but eventually headed off with the throng to the big lit place. In the distance I could faintly hear the pre game entertainment 😉 Mind you as we were approaching gates about 10 mins before kick off there was still a mass of people rocking up – must be the Brisvegas thang. Good seats and really is a great stadium. Of course if down one end you do miss some of the action at other end and tend to watch on big screen. Its almost as good as being at home in front of TV……

It was not a great game per se but was a great experience and really exciting last 10 mins. I left the younguns to it after the game and hobbled with the masses back to hotel. It was crowded but as always the Police do a great job with crowd control. Ankle was officially broken and this led to a rough nights sleep but at least not full as a state school hat rack. With age comes wisdom.

Had an excellent breakfast next morning with full buffet on offer for only $1 – special internet deal. We had booked to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in Gold Class for 10 am so duly arrived in plenty of time and parked and ordered our refreshments as you do. Its a long movie at almost 3 hrs so we organised very clearly to get a coffee at 1030 am, some sliders and chips at 1130 am and finally the big dessert just after midday. Spread it out nicely as we had had a hearty breakfast. Made myself comfortable in a surprisingly empty ( about 8) cinema. Here is one I prepared earlier

So coffee turned up at 10:10 quickly followed by meal at 10:30. When the dessert turned up – in a wheelbarrow- at 10:45 told them to take it back and buy themselves a clock! Seriuosly what is the point of pretending to take down all the info at the counter? The food was fine and the dessert enormous but really dont want everything served so quickly #firstworldproblems

And so to the movie. It was a disappointment. Great period feel but way too much time spent on DiCaprio acting in movies within movie. Pitt was great whenever on screen and the small part of Lewis as McQueen was rather mesmerising. The Bruce Lee bit just jarred. No issue with ending as it was a fairytale after all. QT is always a bit different but really think he missed the mark here.

A slow drive back to Maplehead then with the rather baffling nature of traffic on full display. There were no accidents but you would just come to a standstill for a few minutes and then speed up and then another standstill. Defies logic really but a rather common phenomenon at certain times of day on highway. Can only assume too many female drivers out there ? Made sure left early next morning to avoid the traffic and just enjoy the fog

This could be fake news of course. Still very dark when I arise and still dark, luckily, when the jammies go on at 530 pm in arvo. Its a conundrum. I do love my QLD winters but would like some daylight at 6 am to start mowing on GC. Of course as soon that happens then you know the pleasant nights for sleeping will soon become a long lost memory. In the meantime the days are glorious apart from that one frosty morning last week. Here is one I prepared earlier

July also means we get to celebrate that quirky little event known in the trade as Xmas in July – another excuse to eat and drink too much but at least be acceptable to be wearing trakkies! The annual gathering is at TB @Canungra where it can also get a tad frosty. First up though lets lunch at Mt Tambourine as you do. Tres impressive Fortitude Brewing establishment with some very passable amber fluids and even better pizzas

The highlight though of course was right next door where there was a very clean cheese shop with a well know proprietor

Then it was down the mountain and across the plains to YabbaDabbaDo and the McLeod Spread. Would be adding to my spread lickety split. We took the 2 night B&B package – as in beer and bacon – so we were able to choose the deluxe suite next to the Galah Cage. The tribe didnt arrive until next day so thought I was rather smart here until I realised it meant I had to help set up the next morning! Used my slide rule and TSquare to fit the required 16 seats around the table only to then be informed numbers had dropped to 13. My angst at having to deal with an odd number at a rectangular table had to be balanced against the realisation that it meant more food and drink for moi. Life is a balancing act after all. Tribe duly arrived at staggered times so I staggered out to greet them and line up the 4 skinniest on the side with only 4 chairs. Being a Della gathering of course meant they were all skinny. Bastards. We ate, we drank, we hunted treasure. Rinse and repeat. A great time had by all

Fairly busy in TV land in what is a mixed bag. Loudest Voice continues to impress. Saw Rusty in recent interview so now not so sure how much is fat suit and how much is him but suggesting its about 50/50 now. Great performance though. City on a Hill is good rather than great and suffers when Bacon is not front and centre. Perpetual Grace is Fargo Lite so interesting but one needs to concentrate. Big Little Lies Season 2 started out great with Streep on Full Ham alert but that was eventually cancelled out by Kravitz’s perpetual angst and frown and poor writing. For a seemingly rushed season it dragged at times and dont be surprised if Eric wins an Emmy nod even though he was dead the whole season. Ah, thats right he is a vampire of course. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee may well be suffering the well known Netflix effect as now more than ever just seems to be rich guys driving around in rich cars for hours while Jerry bends over in very loud but silent laughter. The first episode with Murphy E was dull apart from a few interesting anecdotes about Pryor and Cosby. Picked up after that but not sure how Matthew Broderick qualifies as a Comedian? He did Ferris Bueller and then married Carrie didnt he? Highlight so far – havent seen Short – was the Gervais line from his standup

Sober 18 yrs

Crowd applauds and Cheers

But as soon as I turned 18 have been pissed every night

In Sportsland the predictable happened in CWC. Aussies lost to South Africa and then England and NZ cant win because they wont cheat. That last ball had be an underarm surely. NRL top 4 is sorted and one could argue so are the premiers – Roosters with Storm an outside chance. The Open was on but at the wrong time of night for this LBD with the real highlight being Connor as usual. His line from “DJ” is classic

The Open 2019: Watch as Conor Sketches praises the new Open champion

DOT has approved the Qantas and AA alliance so the new flights to Chicago and SF should be announced soon. Not that I will be rushing into anything as still have to wait and see the outcome of my DSC claim for the Call Me Bwana South Africa trip next March. If successful then its straight to Gold FF for me. If not then may need to supplement a couple of soujourns before Oct 31 next year. Be nice to feel Golden for at least one year before I croak. Qantas send me about 3 emails a day but simply refuse to confirm my registration for this!

Visited Mum at the Medium Security Twilight Home on way to Canungra and she seems well settled there although still issues to deal with health wise. Focus now moves to CLP turning 60 – and retiring – at end of September and then onto the Big One – Ranny Wedding in October.

If CLP enjoys retirement I am thinking I may give it a go too. One can only work “15 hrs” a week for so long after all and still find time to watch all these TV shows

And it was a lovely 3 days! Qld winters are tres pleasureable but it dont exactly get very cold for very long. A couple of days of single digit overnighters and the moaners are out because they can only afford one pair of Ugg Boots and matching flanno shirt. On a side note why is it so hard to buy flanno PJS now ? Everything is bloody sleep sets. Anyhoo, as one gets older do find the 10-12 degree nights are a bit easier to cope with than the 4 degree nights and also prevent causing that track in the carpet from bed adjacent to toilet! Its the crystal clear 22 degree days one craves

Since last we met our hero he has returned to golf with moderate success ie he didnt retear shoulder cuff. The short game has lost some touch and the tee shots are more the 180 straighty than the 203 in the tree but this is not a bad thing. Sadly my handicap remained the same – 11 – for the 7 months off so shooting a 2 over handicap in 3rd game back was very passable. The shoulder has in fact settled down quite well now and mostly due methinks to getting back to gym. Of course improvement in said appendage also means reacquainting myself with oldest piece of equipment on golf course – The Bunker Bike! The weeks are slowly filling themselves in a bit better now but when one still gets up at 5 am even on a “free day” then some can drag

Speaking of Winter coming and going GOT ended with simply the dullest episode known to mankind, befitting a very ordinary season. Still plenty of good stuff on of course and starts with local production of Harrow. Maybe its the familiar Brisvegas surroundings that appeal but its an easy watch. Killing Eve second season was rather dull. Billions was good if predictable and saving up some Stan originals – which look good – like Perpetual Grace and City on a Hill for a multi episode watch. Veep was a good series ending but think show wrung every last gag out of yarn. Chernobyl was excellent and usually find more drawn to a good docuseries these days rather than “another drama”. In keeping with this theory just rewatched the excellent “OJ Made in America” 5 parter. Luckily 30 for 30 still roll out new docos every couple of months

In sporting world the SOO is front and centre and fear the second game may come back to bite us and mostly because Pearce got injured! Maloney is such a dangerous player. Of course he can also have a howler at times 🙂 I fear the QLDers , being mere footballers, will be complacent despite all the lectures they will get. Exhibit A Your Honour – The Broncos! Have you ever seen such an inept display by a bunch of highly touted millionaires as the last two games?? The US Open Golf was a great watch as always and Pebble is probably the second best viewing tournament after Masters. World Cup cricket is in its 3rd month I think but still in pool matches with Aussies playing Ethiopia tonight I believe! Of course it did bring back Roy and HG to the airwaves so is to be applauded for that alone. The fact that some idiots dont find Roy and HG humourous only confirms the well know view that the world is full of morons and mental retards

Speaking of which – US Politics! Nah I cant be bothered its all too unbelievable

On USA though it was interesting, bordering on life altering, to read about the new direct flights from Brisvegas to San Fran and Chicago – two of my fave US Cities and you can also avoid LAX! Then the reality kicks in. They are amongst the two most expensive cities to stay in with city taxes etc and crack down on STRs (Short Term Rentals for the Plebs). You look at a hotel and what starts of at $1200 USD for the week ends up $3500 AUD after conversion, taxes, cleaning fees, wall fund………. The idea of a 10 day stint in one of these cities though with only two flights to deal with does appeal. At short notice could grab a good deal or even a DSC (Double Status Credit for Plebs) deal for a few months down the track. This week also saw a much heralded Qantas FF programme rejig and didnt have to be Einstein to know you would get screwed over somehow. Its not all bad of course but for this LBD (work it out yourself!) two negatives were

1) More crowded Qantas Lounges because of the “Points Club” concept – drunks who never have to catch a flight
2) More points needed to upgrade to higher class for booked flights eg PE to BC – one of my go to options

Yes first world problems but in case you hadnt caught on yet that is where I live : )When last our hero ranted the prospect of a solo RTW was in the wings so to speak and still a distinct possibility although to call it RTW may be a stretch. Basically a few stops in USA via Helsinki and London as you do of course.

In an ever changing world the one constant is the joy of grandchildren and the fact they live so far away. Only joking…….

They are all growing up so quickly and doing new and wonderful things each day. A quick trip out to Toowoomba next weekend will at least allow some time be spent with 2/3 of gang. Trip is needed for suit hire for Rannys wedding in October. I have added on a few kgs the last month so when get suit fitted next week I know I dont need any of that pesky dieting afterwards for next few months 🙂 I may be old but I aint dumb

Speaking of dumb I just saw this typo? Folau has started a GoFund Me page to raise 3 million dollars! When I went to school am pretty sure it was spelt with a ck on the end ………

As in not counting my shots on golf holes. It would be fair to say my usual optimistic take on life is temporarily on hold, perchance forever buried

Shoulder is not good 6 months post surgery. Despite the surgeon being very happy with progress and range of movement at sign off a couple of months ago it seems months away from any full function as in playing golf and going to gym. Every time I start to increase exercise I am met with pain the next day. The cooler weather is not helping now of course as arthritis from earlier botched job overlays the new pain. Still have tuckshop lady arms and simply cant put muscle back into deltoids etc. Playing golf seems an eternity away. At least with the cooler weather the arthritis in my “good” shoulder now makes me feel like a more balanced individual. If I could just break my left ankle on the QT the symmetry would line up booteefully.

In more concerning developments on this Mothers Day 2019, the Ferguson Matriach has moved up in the low security Twilight Home to the slightly more secure next level. Several weeks ago a fall at home led to broken hip and hospitalisation for a few weeks. Despite rather impressive physical recovery for a 92yr old the memory loss and associated inability for independent living has led to this inevitable move. Dealing with Aged Care facilities in general is a bit of a nightmare and they dont miss ya in the money caper but all family is working well together and hopefully some semblance of normality will return to Mums daily routine. Sadly also means very unlikely to attend Rannys wedding in October but maybe we will just tell her she did go so we can still get a present 🙂 Well, come on you dont expect me to be maudlin 24/7……

In happier news May is a month of many birthdays in family starting with GD 1 Jess and proceeding with GS 2/3 as well, Pat and Harry. Throw in a few old farts as well and its a packed schedule

In TV land would have to say GOT 8 has been underwhelming but can still pull it out of the fire – as opposed to two more dragons! Dead to Me on Netflix is a pleasant surprise while Brooklyn 99 has been a mixed bag. Veep finishes this weekend and will be missed but there is still plenty to catch up on. Bosch was another solid season and Fleabag Season 2 a delight. Actually mixed with the GU to see a movie but as in GC a slightly skewed GU perhaps. Not an MCU fan but Avengers Endgame was pretty good and the 3hrs seemed a lot closer to about 2hrs 55 mins at times. Still morons abound of course – you know the ones who look at the food menu for 10 mins then wadddle up to counter and take another 10 mins to actually order. GC certainly need to open doors more than 20 mins before screening time

Have had a couple of visits to Brisvegas with Mums situation and has been very handy that CLP is house sitting at present in Windsor. Celebrated 17 happy years together on our 19th anniversary earlier this month by going to Three Blue Ducks at the W Hotel in Brisvegas. Lovely restaurant and a great night but for a classy place they lack many subtle touches that good restaurants do

And of course since last we saw our hero we have had the Annual Della Easter gathering at Flashman Inc, Maplehead. Weather not ideal but didnt interfere with eating or drinking strangely enough. Eloise continues to grow of course and she and Nonna have a very special bond

So as always life tends to be a mixed bag with the good mostly outweighing the bad and when it doesnt there is always wine. Or holiday planning. Not that I will miss out in next 12 months with Melbourne Road Trip and Call Me Bwana in the works but also working on that bucket list item of an RTW solo plane trip – round the world for the younguns – for later next year. Even if never eventuates sure is fun planning. Paying for it on the other hand…….

Oh well its only money and Buffoon Bob has to blow up the world soon so why wait?

Back home for a month in the wide brown land and good/sad to see some things never change. The weather is totally predictable unless of course that is actually the job you are paid for but 34 degrees in last week of March is a concern. Summer may start later sometimes but sure hangs around longer now. In USA in winter its the wind chill that catches ya out, here in summer its the humidity. And of course The Dome got a good lube and oil change recently and back in full effect. One day in particular last week a storm approached Maryhole got to about Puma South Servo and did a sidestep that even had Freddy Fittler scratching his head. Probably a regular occurrence with FF mind you. The actual weather forecast for Fraser Coast is fine as certainly rain in the general area but would be great in these technologically advanced times if there could be an addendum to all forecasts for Fraser Coast along lines of ” Please not that historical records indicate that for purposes of weather predictions Maryhole is not considered part of the Fraser Coast let alone civilisation in general #Dome

Some things are certain of course and at top of the list is that Buffoon Bob is a shocking loser but even worse winner. Maybe because he gets so little practice. He got the rub of the green with the wasteful Mueller Report and could have basked in the glory but just finds he cant not lie. Of all the things he could say he had to harp on about “being completely exonerated” which was the only thing that came out of the report really – ” he couldnt be exonerated” ! Now he is a very ignorant fool but one has to wonder whether he just says these things so that the media will pounce on it and then he stirs up his base – who to be fair cant read or write but only watch Fox News – with cries of Fake News. He was still at 41% popularity with the report hanging over his head. The Dems simply dont get it and now have a Melbourne Cup field and you just know they will go with a safe option ie white male after Hill the Dill lost the unlosable election. Of most concern to this LBD is there has to be a stock market adjustment/crash coming and methinks it will be sooner rather than later

The other certainty in life of course is how dumb NRL players are. You just knew that the Broncs forwards and TPJ in particular would be busy all week reading their press rather than worrying about Dragons who flogged them in last game they played. Simply no bite or sizzle in their play. Roberts is not 100%, Boyd is a turnstile at the back and this team cant threaten title with halves they have. Milf did run more sure but mostly in circles and the defense of both is hopeless. Storm/Roosters final again barring serious injury. Of more concern though this year is the emergence of a dominant Blues Origin team while Qld falls away. Could be a painful few years ahead.

For some relief in a grim world there is of course always the grandkiddies. Was able to spend some time with the Piper ratbags at Rainbow beach shortly after return and will see the rest at Easter. They are all growing and changing but strangely remaining adorable still. CLP is really enjoying her time watching Eloise grow and sees her regularly at this exciting time of growth

Quite 6 months ahead with the usual Della Campout at Easter the next highlight to look forward to. Then there is the CLP retirement in September. She will be both happy and sad with the latter becoming the overriding emotion when she realises I am not moving straight down to Maplehead. I am just throwing subtle hints out at present so the shock isnt too much at the time. The big event this year is Ranny Wedding in October. Always great events and good to catch up with family from far and wide. Then we start a driving trip of mostly far but not wide for a month down to Kangaroo Island and back with stop offs in Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Coonawarra and Northcote for starters. There is a theme with those places but cant quite put my finger on it but if I start whining about it am sure CLP will tell me to put a cork in it. Then we have “Call Me Bwana” safari to Africa to finish planning for March 2020 before I can start planning next USA solo trip:) Texas looking good at present but when you look into the fine detail of internal flights etc you realise why you often end up back in the same big cities. Another developing story is the crackdown on all short term rentals eg VRBO across all USA and not just NYC anymore.

After a month away always a lot of TV to catch up on but often a case of quantity not quality. The standouts have probably been a few docos like The Inventor which was of particular interest given work history. Started watching the Maddy McCann doco on Netflix but really a bit over all these true crime yarns with no conclusions. Broad City has been fun in final season as has the return of Brooklyn 99. Couple of UK comedies like Catastrophe and Fleabag always worth chasing down too. In between plenty of new “procedurals” but mostly rubbish. Luckily been some great golf on TV with Florida swing leading to Masters next month. And of course GOT finally returns for last season but they have really been dragon that one out…..

So all in all life is in a bit of a holding pattern waiting for summer to piss off – yeah Autumn is like the Yeti, seen at times but never really confirmed. Back in the routine of mowing on Golf Course where fairways have held up pretty well really. Got all clear from surgeon last week and now close to 5 months post op. Movement is all good but strength still way off and presently have the tuckshop lady arms to prove it. Slowly getting back into the gym with a return to golf likely 6 weeks away and even then it will be slowly goes it. One hole at a time , even though I may be on the adjacent fairway ok

2019 has Arrived

Posted: January 5, 2019 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Settled back in Maryhole now after rehabilitation at Flashman Inc for 6 weeks followed by the week of festivities (ie drink, eat,drink) that is Xmas and New Year. Luckily the weather has not been too bad although 31 in Maryhole always feels warmer, and muggier, than 31 at Sunny Coast. Shoulder has a good range of motion now although actually having more issues with bicep at present along the lines of am sure there was some muscle there 2 months ago 😦 Slowly adjusting to driving again and back into mowing on golf course etc. More importantly back home for my 0530 coffee runs!

As always Xmas period was a joy spending time with grandkids and the Della clan. Started with visit to Hervey Bay just before Xmas day to see Ranny and family. Its a lovely beach for young families. Ryan is such a lovely young lad always with a smile on his face

Then it was onto Sunny Coast for Xmas Eve before driving to Brisvagas on Xmas Day for Della gathering at RJE of Coorparoo fame. Quick detour via Carseldine to catch up with Mum first. Due to other family commitments the Della Lunch was actually two lunches and dinners over two days. Glorious weather also meant some serious pool time but didnt let it interfere with the true meaning of Xmas – drinking alcohol

Boxing Day saw a quick trip up to Toowoomba to see the kidlets. They are all growing up so quickly. I also discovered my left handed table tennis skills need some work.

Time to head home on the Thursday then but first we dropped in at Beachmere to complete the six pack. Always a treat to spend time with the two ratbags even if in disguise

So a busy but very enjoyable 48 hrs saw us decamped at Maplehead before saying our goodbyes and getting back into the routine of normal life. CLP works and I dont 🙂 Mind you this will be her last year so interesting times ahead. She cried when I told her I would be going home on Friday morning. Apparently she thought I would have driven home that afternoon…..

Anyhoo not all doom and gloom folks as now WFW is only a month away and surely the US government will be open again by then! Amongst all the moronic things Buffoon Bob says he can still amaze – ” we may keep Govt shut down for months even years” His ignorance and arrogance is mindblowing and clearly still doesnt grasp the concept of 4 yr terms! Not sure any shutdown would impact my visit too much apart from some slowdowns at airports I imagine. Mind you, I think the atmosphere amongst the unpaid workers could be a tad frosty by now let alone in a month. Not much prebooked apart from lodgings and flights and my usual visit to Daily Show.

In TV land the Aussie show Bloom wasnt too bad at all.January sees most of the big shows return so plenty to watch. Its been a very sad Screener season though for some reason. After a slow start second season of Mrs Maisel was good and happy to have Luther back. Watched our standard list of movies over Xmas – Die Hard, Love Actually and When Harry Met Sally – which never really age

In world of sport Cricket is about as bad as it gets and one has to ask – Is Mitchell Starc the Sam Stosur of Australian cricket? Anyone who says well we dont have Warner and Smith have to tell me just how wickets do you think Smith would have got with his part time spin ?? About time we stopped calling them ” the worlds greatest pace attack” Mind you these drop in pitches are a disgrace. What is the point of home series if you dont have wickets that suit your bowlers! Just glad that golf is back on the big stage.

So no great insights to share at this stage and after the joy of the festive season just in a bit of a holding pattern for next month. Enjoy the photos, the witty prose will follow at a later time…..

6 weeks post surgery and not 6 feet under ground counts as a win for this little black duck. More spookily it is also now 6 weeks until Wired for Winter in USA. Do the math. Now we just wait for obligatory US Govt shutdown…..

Now firmly under Physio instructions and improvement continues although still some pain at times early in morning. Finally ditched sling 95% of time unless feel it could be useful like on a packed train or early book in at hotel 😉 Tomorrow see surgeon for final sign off and then back on train to Maryhole ( weather permitting) as will be able to drive car rather than just CLP around the bend. It’s been an interesting 6 weeks but we survived and could not have done it without her help and caring. And I get to take some fruit cake home! Win Win

Before the Zombie cyclone arrived on weekend we decided to have a night in Brisvegas midweek to break the monotony , an early Xmas celebration and also one less early train ride for sweet pea. Instead I got one. All works quiet well. A full day in Brisvegas loomed so slipped on the sling and fronted reception at Stamford Plaza just after 9 am and asked if room ready as I think my staples have burst ( you know if they were still in there…..) and need to change shirt. Well poor old senior your room isn’t ready but for $30 extra you can have a better room on a higher floor right now. Where do I sign sweetheart? “Ah lucky your are left handed then eh.” Um yeah guess so…….damn foiled again. So up to room and then into pool by 0930. Glorious

Time to then check out Felons Brewery for some relatives around at Howard Smith wharves, a relaxing 20 min stroll along the superb riverwalk. What an amazing new establishment of 3 drinking and eating places. Well I assume u can eat there 😉

Then back home for another swim before short stroll into CBD for couple of last minute pressies. Relax for an hour before CLP arrives from work (He He) . Then we decided to head back to Mr Percival’s next to Felons and the place was a jumping by now. Snagged last 2 chairs by railing. Amazing place but too crowded and poor service. a concerning combo.

So we decided to retrace steps, a little less steadily admittedly, and go back to Jellyfish for dinner. Lucky to get a table as the whole riverside precinct was packed. Great meal of cod and salad in a beautiful setting. Its a superb area these days and really elevates Brisvegas as a dining and drinking hub now.

We knew there was a light show on at King George Square which was a bit lame but the young Carol singers were great and suitably festive. It was a lovely night to be out and about . Luckily we found the light show at St Stephens Cathedral on way home and it was brilliant if a tad religo heavy

M

With our great Stamford deal we also got a $20 dining voucher so thought would get a dessert at Pav Bar on site as it was now a bit after 8 pm. Only two in establishment so ordered the chocolate torte and small ice cream for $21 . Yep , living life on the edge baby. After 20 mins waiting I said aloud “ this is hopeless” Staff came over and said just checked will be out in a moment . 10 min later we left and said if ever turns up send up to room. About another 10 mins later it arrived. 40 mins for 30 s work trust me. Get ice cream small tub out of freezer and cut off one slice of torte . Put on plate together .Hopeless indeed

Another morning at the pool next day although some cloud rolling in. Tan is progressing well and while I have to suffer the Della Miraculous Metabolism, CLP has to suffer the Flash Fabulous Quick Tan 🙂 Decided smart time to get new iPad as old one showing its age and that filled in rest of morning . Spent a few hrs with sister Anne and hubby at Strathpine before joining CLP on train home at 5 pm . Yes I caught the right one even using my Senior Go Card!

By now the media was in usual hysteria about the havoc wreaking weather event approaching. Maryhole copped a hiding actually but all in all overblown as usual at least in Southeast . Good rain at Kureelpa on Sunday and by now just keeping an eye on further north in case Tilt Train cancelled on Tuesday. The Golf Course should be green by now and hopefully back into mowing routine by Thursday

Its been an interesting and mostly enjoyable 6 weeks confirming at this stage that going early for op was smart move. The shoulder has plenty of movement now but of course still very weak. I am lucky to have a bad left shoulder as well because when it hurts as well during exercise I know its not me doing too much with right shoulder! Like a positive control….for old age 🙂

A few days back home and then back down for Xmas festivities and family catch ups

I wouldnt say its a great life but dang it will do for now

The lesser known sequel to some early work from Dimple, K.

This week it is Coorparoo with the silent “r” and the loud planes. Our AirRnJ residence is great with pool and a lovely flow through of breeze. It is under one of several flight paths but do get use to it and even prompted me in my spare time to look into the flight paths and found an actual booklet explaining it all. There actually is a “ roster” like operation with some very quiet times. Also a great location for walking to cafes and plenty of public transport options abound. If had been smarter would have got my Senior Go card organised prior. Not all of us Seniors can go when we want ya know 😏 Also walking distance to a Physio which is very handy

I have become an expert at this public transport caper and have even been known to catch a bus, train and rivercat all in the same day . Ok I got lost ,fair cop. As CLP is now working most days I have gone into work with her a couple of times on the bus and shared a breakfast and coffee or two. Well someone has to butter my toast ! Usually entails two buses to RBH and then left to my own devices to walk back into city through the Valley . Pleasant walk with plenty of interesting stops along the way including cafes. There was another option of course which I wisely resisted

Taking a rest after arriving at lower end of city around Riverside and posted a pic which started a short dialogue with a friend of a friend whom we shall call Earle . Because that is his name .

Earle is out in Brisvegas for 6 months while wife Suzanne remains in Italy for start at least. Suzanne is school/college buddy of CLP and in a recurring theme we also stayed in their lodgings gratis a few years back when in Italy . Earle enquires whether would like to catch up for a beer. As it had only just gone 8 am I thought this sounds promising! A rivercat to Tenerife had me dock adjacent before 9 am so we started with a coffee at Campos first in the always excellent Gasworks precinct. Then it was time to blow the froth of a few. Then it rained. Well we couldn’t get wet so went back to Italian Kitchen ( so Earle would be reminded of wifey – am thoughtful like that ) and had Pizza and Peroni again as you do

By now it was time to catch a few buses home after some Xmas shopping in City Mall. Australian Geographic is one excellent shop

Enough adventure for a couple of days . The sun was out and the pool was wet . Also time for first Physio appointment . All went fine and some more exercises to do and less of that pesky cash to carry around in wallet….

On Monday this week was able to catch up with Mum and Sis again as Jas bought Brody down for a visit. Breakfast with CLP first in city and then a bus out to Carseldine Low Security Twilight home before all travelling onto Strathpine. Brody is a delight of course and was a lovely day before a train and bus back home

This morning was second visit to Physio and luckily CLP was able to come along and take notes. Very thorough Physio and he was very happy with progress and “ am ahead of schedule” Then he dropped the turd in the pool so to speak

“ You should be back at golf in 12 months “

What
the
Fuck

He did suggest I could work on my short game first and within 6 months be hitting 7 irons. Yeah could just imagine lining up with Hoges on Wednesday against Beddows and Smails of Burglars Inc and pulling a 7 iron out for tee shot on 450 m Par 5 10th! 6 shots later I could even be in the greenisde bunker with any luck 😰 Mind you this guy does seem a bit on conservative side and just a tad alarmist

Last week “ Have you dislocated your other shoulder “ Um, maybe

Today “ Did you tear your tricep as well “ Um , I don’t know

I tell ya, not dropping my shorts in front of him anytime soon ! I did show him my ankle in all it’s naked glory and he just shook his head and laughed 😏He taped me up some more and we left

So all in all it’s been a good third week and all indications are surgery has held and healing well. The golf prognosis is a concern but lets see how I feel after USA in March next year .

After all I am a superb physical specimen

2 weeks have now passed and all things appear on track. The weather has been pleasant for November which has been very helpful as sling makes you feel like you are trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey at times. No pain at all , just the restriction of mostly one arm activities. And not the usual arm 😏

In between being waited on hand and foot there has been some socialising or as I call it “ seeking pity from a larger audience” . My brother is back in country full time now so the Ferguson clan with matriarch in tow were able to all get together last Friday for lunch in Brisvegas. An all too rare event sadly

Lovely afternoon and then spent the night in Coorparoo with RJE of the Della clan. Some time with the delightful Eloise and then a quick catch up with BC2 also of said Della clan in the rather excellent Gasworks district

Back home for weekend and then some medical stuff to deal with. First up yesterday was removal of staples. Not especially painful, except to the wallet , and wound looks nice and clean. Mind you have not had a scar on my body that long since my circumcision 60 yrs ago. Here is one I prepared earlier

Today then back down to Kawana to see Surgeon for 2 week check up . It was an interesting visit

1. “ Ah youhave had staples removed”?
Yes , you made the appointment at my GP for me after surgery
2. “ Good you came this week and not last week, I was away “
It’s a 2 week check up. The op was two weeks ago duh.
3. “ Have you started Physio yet “
No, as per printed instructions signed by you , start Physio at 4 weeks!

Fuck me slowly. I yell ya, if not cutting they ain’t concentrating. Eternally grateful he actually did the right shoulder we quickly left . The only real negative news being that golf looks like a 4-6 month delay 😰

Now we are decamped at RJE in Coorparoo for 10 days and need to find a Physio. Hmm. “Orthophysio” specialising in post ortho op recovery is only a 10 min walk away. Sounds promising . Ring Ring ….. Friday 7 am booked.

“ We have to be back in Maplehead in 10 days” .

“ That’s fine, have a uni mate did physio with that works at Maplehead, he can continue work”

Knobber Knobber

I tell ya some days just work out well. If only there was a relaxing place to have a cold beer after a long if very successful day . Oh well, guess this will have to do…..

And on this day let me sign off by congratulating Jasna and Grant on 8 yrs marriage and John and Lorraine on 62 yrs I think. 😘

Also to my old neighbour Bruce Long am thinking of you and Brenda mate on this sad day 😰