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The time is flying by indeed. Only two weeks now until we leave for Ireland and have a Fling or three. Maybe even a Guinness as well. Big month all round with the big 60 approaching too

So to refresh the late comers IF involves a couple of weeks in Ireland, a few days in London and a few days in Dubai. And a lot of time at 30,000 feet . Caught one of the last Qantas A 380s that will still fly through Dubai rather than Singapore which is good as always a nice place to laze by the pool with a hubbly bubbly for a few days and destress. Have PE natch so should be relatively comfortable even on the long 14 HR legs. Hopefully CLP doesnt fall asleep in the lounge before we actually board and I have to carry her on again. Stuffing her in the overhead compartment is a bitch trust me. 60th Birthday will actually be spent in Killarney at a rather salubrious Lake Hotel and rather than renting a car we are mostly bussing it between towns. In February the weather ain’t great and the days are short and its all my Mother’s fault as I cant change when I was born. Still, should all be a hoot and great to see a new place even through the mist and rain. Wont be able to do Ireland justice in that short time of course but should get a feel for the place and can always return especially if Buffoon Bob blows up USA anytime soon

Speaking of said clown still planning USA Solo 2019 as well of course and interesting with the news of the Qantas flights to NYC from Brisbane later this year. Of course a simple post on FB has your average moron getting all excited as they cant read past a headline so assume that it is direct to NYC and also that the Dreamliner is the second coming. Wrong on both counts. A newer plane has some good features of course but they dont necessarily include comfort and space. Economy is back to the horrid 3-3-3 and Kid Curry or whoever designed the new “super recline” seats in PE didnt consider there may be someone sitting behind you! In usual Qantas style too they remove toilets every new design. Pretty soon if ya dont go before you board “your fault Sir “. Yes first world problems but I just cant stand morons or companies who treat you as morons. Thank me for forums. The real issue of course though is nutting out dates as each new version starts a week earlier to “make sure I catch winter” At this rate I may be flying there from Dubai rather than returning home. For once CLP thought I had come up with a good plan ! Hmm.

Speaking of morons 2018 sees the media , in all facets, reach new lows. A few examples. The coverage of Tomic the Tank is ludicrous. No one cares , its just channel 10 drumming up news for that jungle drivel and then he pulls out early! Cue a The Project interview. He is a flog. The Stormy Daniels crap in USA puts that in the shade of course. I though her 15s of fame was the actual sexual act with BB but she has dragged it out into a few weeks and now says “nah never happened”. She was even on Jimmy Kimmel for a nothing interview. Why ??? And then the Sophie Monk backflip. She reckons she owes Australia an explanation but as Shaun Micallef best put it “We wave that debt”

Sporting wise and in a slightly different vein but one that annoys me has been the Tiger mania with his recent return to the Tour. 5 articles a day leading up to it including what he had for breakfast the first day. Then we saw every shot he played for 4 rounds even though never in contention. First two rounds maybe, last round ridiculous! And then after it all died down – and an amazing 5 hole playoff – the same media were making another story up the next day about “was there too much coverage of Tiger” ? Ya cant make this shit up. It was in fact an impressive return especially with his short game but he is no longer “The Game” but merely another multimillionaire player in it. Great win by JayDay of course. Cricket wise it is clear that Australia has to introduce some speed limit to bowling in ODIs. As in ya cant bowl below 120 kph! Our batsmen simply cant handle the “hit and fetch” brigade and shouldnt be expected to. Hell some of them have played up to 15 days in the last month. Luckily the IPL will roll around soon and they can have a rest while they count their Tomics. Oops I mean their millions. The best thing about cricket of course is the Leibke rating s on The Roar . Always count on at least one classic line in each review but maybe my fave in recent times was about the Bradman Smith comparisons.

Still, Bradman was never caught, bowled, or caught and bowled by Moeen Ali. So plenty of stuff for Smith to work on.”

http://www.theroar.com.au/author/fake-nathan-hauritz/

In TV land have really enjoyed the development of The Detour now in its 3rd season. I started This is Us Season 2 but have simply had enough of this tragedy porn. When Rocky is the best actor in the episode you have a problem . UK drama Rellik was an interesting take on the serial killer yarn. There is certainly plenty to watch as always but must admit have enjoyed starting a rewatch of Breaking Bad for the first time. Such a smart show and already ripped through Season one in a day and a bit. Well, I still have to fit in nanna naps! Almost 60 now ya know…..

When next we meet I should be hooking in at one of a possible two Qantas Lounges tarmac adjacent in preparation for Ireland Fling . Surely will be shortened to IF I imagine. Makes you think though eh. IF a picture does paint a thousand words why would I write this nonsense every day when there are pubs still open ? Ireland is the Ring of Kerry. Here is a picture I prepared earlier. Later dudes

Yeah its been a while. Xmas has come and gone but the kgs remain along with the heat. A couple of good rain periods in between have kept the fairways green and the bunkers full πŸ˜‰

A lot of driving over Xmas/NYE to see all family and spend festive season in Brisvegas. Gathered in Burbank for the Ferdella xmas soiree and as each Della drops off a Ferguson is added. There was even a cat.

Saw kidlets at Beachmere the day before and rest of tribe in Toowoomba on Xmas Eve. All are booteeful and healthy as one would expect with these genes coursing through their bodies. Ryan continues to do very well and all onward and upward from here hopefully

Xmas Day was very quiet itself working our way through leftovers and cementing our Holiday tradition. Maybe a little tweaking still but looks like

Xmas Eve – Scrooged
Xmas Day – Die Hard
Boxing Day – Love Actually
NYE – When Harry Met Sally

And you can forget Festive Season, its Screener Season! NYE was equally quiet but did spend a pleasant couple of hours early in the day at my go to Pub in Brisvegas which oddly enough is named after me – The Charming Squire. Say what? Oh that is an “i” not an “a ” ? Oh well

After a couple of litres of the golden frothy stuff there was only room for some bubbles by 5 pm and of course my mandatory muscatel feast which sweetpea kindly provided

Of course a lot else has been happening since last we spoke. Ireland Fling is a mere 5 weeks away now and hopefully all booked and settled. There is a disturbing trend for airlines to change flights and not really tell you so always need to check these things regularly. Our first flight to Melboring was put back 45 mins which made connection tight so we changed for earlier one – not notified mind you. Our BA flight to Dublin doesnt even exist anymore but we were bumped to a later one – again no notification by “agent”. In future probably book all flights ourselves. Plans to visit Doha were scuppered a while ago so have to struggle through a few days of 5 star luxury in Dubai. No one said life was meant to be easy. USA 2019 is forming slowly and keeps getting bought forward to try and ensure get some snow but of course it still is mostly potluck although with the big freeze this year a brutal winter less likely next year I guess

In TV land mainly stick to old faves as nothing too new grabs at present. Both Wolf Creek 2 and Romper Stomper were poor. Latest season of Shameless has been very good and The Crown continues to enthrall despite its very pedestrian nature – maybe the thought of Bessie as a bit of a stunner with all that power does it. Or could be the corgis. The Canadian 19-2 cop show had a very good 4 season run and great to see Cardinal back. Blacklist has actually improved and Brooklyn 99 is consistently good while return of Will & Grace mostly sad with the insertion of Nick O last week a particular low point. Speaking of low points the Golden Globes were tres ordinary from the starting monologue to the pathetic set pieces by presenters. Never been a fan of award shows at all (apart from the offshoot of screeners natch) but they get weaker each year and more full of their own perceived importance and social standing

In sporting world the Ashes ended predictably and of course Englands poor effort covers up some glaring Aussie weaknesses. Worst fielding side for a decade and the much vaunted bowling attack lacks imagination. And of course the ugly Aussie is never more evident than when winning. I find the BBL more entertaining most days. Golf is finally back just in the nick of time even if only in Hawaii . Now we just need NRL to fire up again or at least a juicy off field scandal to get the interest bubbling

In world news hard to ignore Trumpy Von Trumpster – the “stable genius” because he shovels horse shit day in day out. He is not a political genius but rather a media manipulator and the masses fall for it hook line and sinker. While irretrievably destroying the world as we know it through legislation he does something “stupid” every second day to draw the media away from what is really going on because they and the public love the soap opera. Now we have the book simply telling us things we already know while behind the closed doors actual change is happening and the consequences will be felt for years eg off shore drilling

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/trump-proposes-to-open-nearly-all-us-waters-to-offshore-drilling/

So while a lot of time has passed nothing startling, let alone particularly humorous, has happened. Of course it has been a great time to spend with family and work on those New Years resolution.

I resolved not to make any and thus they were easy to keep.

Time is flying by indeed and I either have a very boring life now or just a lot busier ? Bit of both maybe πŸ™‚

Has been a very pleasant November weather wise with some good rain and pleasant temps over night. Has been especially good for the golf course where in fact I have been spending more time mowing on many new machines . Well at least the ones I dont break on first go. Which brings us to the bunker bike which broke down last week necessitating hand raking all bunkers on Friday. No wonder I shot 86 off the stick yesterday! To be fair with a good back it is usually closer to 90…

With November almost over it leaves only one question. Too late to start on Movember ? It is a significant month of course as Mummy’s little star Ryan turns one this week. What a tough year it has been for that little family but equally how well they have coped with each new hurdle. I know where Ryan gets his toughness from. And lets not forget the amazing team at Lady Cilento who have performed both surgeries superbly and then the parents take over and nurse him back to full health. This week he even got a normal pass for hearing so its all onward and upward form here

Growing – and I do mean growing – along side him all the way of course has been Rocky. Hopefully these guys will be pals for years to come

Across town the three amigos are all progressing well at school and life in general. Will be great to catch up with them all next weekend and then again for Xmas

Hit the highway and head east and then south and come across the little hamlet of Beachmere and the remaining two of the famed six pack are living the life only a beachside residence can offer. Little surfer dude had his booteeful locks trimmed – at his request – and suddenly looks 3 yrs older. They grow up so fast

As December approaches the fairways will just have to grow a little bit more as heading off to Melboring for a week culminating in a big family reunion – including all Dohaites – for nephew Mitch’s engagement party. Will be great to catch up with all as probably wont get to Doha next February as originally planned for reasons beyond our control. Ok I hate sand in the my jocks, ya got me. A few days at Mornington Peninsula wineries and then Healesville Gin houses should have us well primed for the party at end of week. Back home and almost Xmas which means a lot of travelling, a lot of eating, and to be fair probably usual amount of drinking πŸ˜‰ By time New Year rolls around will be getting serious about Ireland Fling only 6 weeks away. Which means the big 60 only 7 weeks away….. As a planner more than a doer this holiday has been planned and booked for a while so eyes scan the horizon for the next solo adventure which after many incarnations will mostly be Winter in America early 2019. The earlier the more wintry I guess. At some stage do need to have a white Xmas one year but that is best done with CLP in tow with all that mistletoe around

In sporting world the RLWC has been one of the more boring sporting events in recent times. Its Australia by how far and can Holmes score 7 tries next week ? Tonga has been great – as have all island nations – and were robbed in match against Poms. Maybe now all the fans of “one referee” may have a second think? First session of Ashes series always so important so was rather disappointing with the much touted Aussie pace attack largely insipid and certainly unimaginative. It may still have an interesting result. All hail Steve Smith. Marginally more likable than Pup I guess but such a reliable batsman

In world events glad to see Qld didnt quite fall heavily for the Hanson One Trick party. The Greens likely benefit from LNP disfavour and usual backlash against a sitting government. I usually enjoy election night coverage but this one was annoying. 7 and 9 seem to like their pit bull shock jock type political commentators that are simply embarrassing with Condren clearly the worst of the bunch. His questions to delegates last night were insulting and inane . No wonder 4BC sacked him. They have this smug look all the time like they are WH Press Secretary or something. Speaking of which, the best part of Twitter is when someone tries to fool the public and be one of the gang and get caught out horribly by the backlash. Yanks may be dumb at times but twitterati are both clever and savage at times. The latest one is #piegate with Shuckabee Handers.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/piegate-white-house-press-secretary-sarah-saunders-accused-of-posting-fake-photo-of-thanksgiving-pecan-pie/news-story/1fa9a5bb46155c8d95511f1910b0a5a6#.tm9df

Of course the Trump idiocy knows no bounds. Every second day he says or does something stupid with his knockback of Times Man of the Year simply the latest fake news. Not much to say really about the string of predatory behaviour surfacing now that hasnt been already said. Its a sad reflection of certain aspects of society. It is a shame though when innocent hard working people – like on the set of HOC -have their lives turned upside down by actions of one man especially when his particular proclivities were rather well known for a long time

Yeah its been a rather dull blog to be fair but just clearing the decks before next week kicks off. Always more inspired on the road. Especially if that road turns into a winery or brewery just down a bit. Its been a month to rejoice in the grandkids and their growth and that is nothing really to make fun off.

But man it does make you feel good.

Been a rather quiet month after Red Rock but a very busy week. You know that old saying “Be careful what you wish for” ? I always thought it was a furfy like “Size Does Matter” but after this last week starting to wonder. It all started about a week ago when the usual storm approached from the south which could only mean one thing – safe now to hang out the washing. It seems however that when the FCC sent off The Dome for “recalibration” the work experience kid on the front desk thought it said “relocation” and posted it off. Knowing Australia Post it probably hasnt actually left yet but is lost in the ether somewhere. So the storm kept a coming and coming until it was sitting right over Maryhole and a glowing red. Like Tyrion on the piss it was short and nasty but caused a lot of damage with winds especially. Not a lot of rain mind you but made a mess of the golf course trust me. So that passed and then the copy editors started barring up and got out the Gothic Font in preparation for “The Big Wet” approaching in a couple of days. Yeah right. My plans this last week all revolved around a visit to Toowoomba for GC4 aka GD1 Grandparent day at Kindy on Wednesday starting at 0830. A leisurely drive down Tuesday morning to Sunshine Coast HQ and then a slow meander to Brisvegas that afternoon with a slight detour to Beachmere and finally stop off at Ferguson Matriach abode. Had booked into Strathpine VRBOS (Vacation Rental By Older Sister) for the Tuesday night and although charged the full B&B rate would be leaving at 5:30 am the next morning thus forgoing said nourishment. All sounded easy peasy and even quite relaxing.

After the first 100 ml fell on the weekend things were looking a bit uneasy. Then it just kept coming with BOM resembling Blue Poles with some yellow splotches. For once it was really hovering around Wide Bay and not going anywhere soon. Another 100-200 ml before check into GC early Monday morning for usual work. Fed the ducks – which were on the 9th green for some reason which had added a new water feature – and then did beer lines and it was still only 8 am. No Bunker Boy activity this morning unless it suddenly converted to a hyrdofoil. (Editors note: the following image was picked up by Courier Mail and sent worldwide. Well at least some parts of Qld….)

By now the forecasts were getting grimmer including some local road closures. Figured safest to head off to Sunshine Coast on the Monday then rather then wait for Tuesday. Drove down in torrential rain but made it safely. Rather obvious really or else would not be here to tell this enthralling story I guess. The rain continued overnight so decided best to get to Brisvegas early next day in case highway got cut at all. Saw da boys at Beachmere and then Ma for morning tea before dropping off car at Strathpine late morning for valet parking and detailing and then catching a train into the city for a few hours R&R. How could I measure a few hours you ask? Well with a new Apple Watch 3 of course! Always love gadgets but had resisted earlier versions which seemed mainly like fitness monitors the series 3 looked the goods and will mean the iPhone 8 will have to wait a while now. Always try and last for every second version but not easy. Checked new watch and it was beer o’clock – yep there is an app for it. Actually it is an arrow to tell you where to place next beer. You can also stay in pub all day and pretend you are already home….

Back to Strathpine for a lovely meal and chat before retiring to our room for our choccies – but no Port. Thats why only gave you 4 Stars on Trip Advisor in case wondering Anne. Early start next morning for drive out Toowoomba to see boys before they went to school and of course the final piece of the puzzle fell into place. It was raining and wet on the roads but now we had wonderful fog to deal with! Anyhoo somehow navigated around and back to Kindy in time for a lovely couple of hours. TACAPS is one great school. Then it was time to catch up with Ryan post op. Man this is one tough little tyke. Despite what he has been through – and continues to go through – he is always happy and simply a bundle of joy. He was almost walking when I was there and great to see by the following day when the doorbell rung and he thought Grandad was back he took his first steps! Back to his room to hide apparently 😦 Lovely visit and then time for the 4 hr trek back home (3.5 actually but cops probably read this) with no certainty all roads would be open. They were. Still a few scuds around but a good drive home. Had been a massive 24 hrs but always wonderful to see the 6 pack

Back home to reality – and still pink finger nails! – and a flooded golf course – which remained closed until this morning! Been out last two days and some bunkers still have half a meter of water in them. No fairway mowing etc and more rain predicted this weekend. Enough bunch. People ask when will I shift house? I dont have to – it shifts itself! A few months ago needed to replace front door as was stuck and was old anyway. Builder jacked up house a bit which fixed problem and installed new door. Then came the “Big Dry” and door was stuck again. Builder came back and lowered house back down. 400 ML rain last week and house has shifted again and door wont open! Not game to ring builder again just yet….

In TV land the “Mindhunter” series was excellent. A few UK dramas here and there along with the usual suspects and the day fills in rather easily. “Ireland Fling” pretty well sorted for now as is the week visit in Victoria early December. Be great to catch up with family . The year is flying past rather quickly which can only mean one thing

I am almost 60

Gulp

Back in the land of the almost living for a few days and it is warm and dry. Someone stole my grass from the backyard while away but the bastards left the leaves! The front door wont lock as ground is so dry house has shifted. I still found it though. Luckily there is no climate change to impact further. In good, but puzzling, news the garage door still needs 4 attempts to actually open fully. Speaking of which, happy to report bowel movements are back to normal after all the imbibing. Sexie Coffee has gone and Oliver’s “real food” is about to open. For real. In meantime they have a coffee truck in car park but good news is the drive through opens back up on Thursday. The bad news is it is organic coffee.

Have booked our flights for short visit to Melbourne in December. Much like Premium Economy once having had taste of exit row seating hard to go back and realistically in the scheme of things $30 is not a big slug for the benefits. Of course only after booking you realise it means you cant check in online 24 hrs before hand now which wont help my OCD nature. For domestic flights I can probably cope, for international I could be in fetal position the week before. Speaking of latter we are hoping to see the Favourite Son and wifey when traversing the Middle East on way back from Ireland Fling in Feb 2018 but at present UAE banning all flights to Doha. We land in Dubai of course and could catch a flight to Oman, a dhow to Bahrain and then a camel to Doha but going to be tricky with only a few days in between flights. Have already crossed camel ride off bucket list. We may be stuck in that dump Dubai for a few days – the perils of international travel eh.

Good to be back in a state where they cover all sport and not just AFL. Seriously SA is worse than Victoria. Great to see Leishmann win the BMW and JD hovering. Its Spieth’s to lose though. No shocks in the one day in India. Looks like a Melbourne and Roosters final with the former winning. Broncs no chance, Cowboys a rough smokie to at least get to GF

In TV land a lot to catch up on but first The Emmys. Colbert was good but really a bit tired of all the political comment especially from “celebrities” .A great opening skit as always. Winners were generally deserving with a couple of notable exceptions. Handmaid and Big Lies deserved recognition. Baldwin did not (weak field) and really Veep is the new Modern Family and JLD – as much as I love her – is the new Sheldon. Its a good character but nothing new and never evolving. She gets cruder each year and thats about it. Again, not a strong field apart from Adlon and maybe Janney but really 6 times ? And of course the twittosphere erupted because Nice Hole didnt give a shout out to her two Cruise missiles. Those kids probably dont have a TV in their camp and are about 25 I think hence dont “need tucking in at night” which was the thrust of her argument. Speaking of thrusting what was the deal with her and Northman, E? I find her constant need to declare her love for Keefy both nauseating and suspicious and I think her kiss with Eric tells us who she wants strumming her G Chord. The lasting image of the night though probably was Hanoi Jane at 79

She has always looked good of course but the hair was odd. Immediately had flashbacks to I Dream of Jeannie and the sudden desire to rub something , wishes or not.

Luckily I then saw Lily Tomlin and the moment quickly passed

No, not especially busy but feeling rather uninspired. You may think I still am after the following drivel

Last weekend was spent visiting the gang of 4 at Toowoomba followed by a night at Crane Winery in Kingaroy. A lot of driving to be sure but a lovely weekend. A late celebration of Will’s 8th birthday and a chance to see him play rugby again. He is no SBW but probably could still get a start for the Wallabies πŸ™‚ Once again had dinner at that extraordinary little gem in Kingaroy – Cassis. A Saturday night and only 4 bookings – the locals do not know what they are missing. Ryan is as gorgeous as ever of course and that Rocky is going to be one big dog!

In world news we had the Urinal stand off for a while until both realised they had enormous dicks – I mean were enormous dicks. Of course with Buffoon Bob you only have to wait one news cycle for some new nonsense. First it was his pathetic response to Charlottesville but the one that summed him up best – and his stupidity combined with denial of all scientific fact – was the Eclipse photo

One can only hope that his followers in Bumfuck, Idaho did the same and will be blinded and not able to vote next time. His rallies continue to amaze if only for their pathetic nature and distortion of truth. Already the secret service budget is blown for the year with 4 more months to go! One does wonder where it will all end and is a pity as is a country I love for many reasons. I check out a lot of things on You Tube and always fascinated by 911 and all of the conspiracy theories that abound. Some skullduggery theories eg bombs in towers have a tinge of merit considering how the towers collapsed but the ones about no planes at all loses me.

In TV land it is all GOT and hacks and whacks. The next episode is either leaked or the most recent one ridiculed for time inconsistencies. As the writers say – why are people so worried about the speed of an unladen raven but easily accept dragons and zombies? Of course only one memory comes to mind in this discussion

I do think the writing has become sloppier as the action scenes have become bigger but it is all acceptable in the scheme of things. The geeks are very defensive of their baby mind you and consider it the best TV ever made. There is always a distinction between best and most watchable that many cant grasp but each to their own. There are always plenty of memes around but this one was the most obvious one that fit in with my sense of humour

In other TV news the second season of Top of the Lake was very poor. The Canadian TV cop show 19-2 is a very good example of the genre

“Between a Hard Rock and a Soft Red” approaches very quickly – Saturday Week – and from here on in will simply be referred to as Red Rock. While we may have been very lucky and a tad ignorant in the past there was a bit of a shock with the car rental insurance costs. In a typical underhanded way the actual rental costs are quite cheap but include nothing really. To insure the car and prevent a $4000 hold being placed on credit card for possible excess (amongst other nasty surprises)you need to pay about $40 a day for cover ( Hertz) . This is more than the actual rental costs of course. Hopefully the bad weather in SA has passed by time we get there and not yet stinking hot at Uluru. “Ireland Fling” (pending – not convinced) is well planned including most of accommodation. Car rental not explored yet – nor the Qatar stay over – but that will be a job for post Red Rock. Of course around time we have our first guinness it will be 12 months out from next solo USA trip and will be looking at flight specials πŸ™‚ The plan is still not solid though, being caught between desire to see some new cities and longing for wintry repeat of Feb 2015 in NYC and Philly. San Diego still appeals and will be time spent in NYC and Boston as well with still maybe one more city. No more 2 week only visits for this LBD

Sadly Suze has indeed gone and is missed more than expected. With that and Sexie Coffee Drive through closing permanently tomorrow am not sure if I can go on

Luckily I shot 76 off the stick yesterday so will probably hang around at least one more week

Now that you have returned form the store having stocked up with canned goods and bottled water for the pending apocalypse this image suggests at lets investigate a bit further. The dire warning accompanying this nonsense is “winter heatwave” approaching. Now I for one – and the only one that currently matters – love our current weather with coolish nights and glorious clear days. Clowns with darts in hands of course cant handle simply good weather so need to find something to alarm the citizens with – not a difficult task mind you

What we mean by this is, the thresholds for heatwave criteria are about four to five degrees above average for both maximum and minimum temperatures for at least three days.”

Ergo, we can claim 3 days of 26-27 degrees max as a heat wave and attach scary image as well to really force home the message. While this is bad enough what really ticks me off are the attached 95% comments along the lines of “yay need some warm weather” Yeah because 340 days a year of that shit aint enough eh. Fuck off to the equator will ya

Speaking of glorious weather , CLP dropped up for the weekend. Luckily I was home. As always we planned a trip to the bay and catch up with some old workmates or as I call them nonreduntirees. You know, suckers. First up though a leisurely walk through Queens Park on this beautiful day. It really is a prize gem in the middle of town mostly underused which is fine by moi. There were about 10 times amount of people in Dan Murphys when we visited later which kinda sums up Maryhole πŸ™‚ In the meantime though

A quick coffee at the old Muddy Waters – which has changed name but sadly left the mud behind – before another walk through Portside Heritage precinct and town. The former is a credit to the town and reminds me I should visit there more often. The latter is the town. Duh. Home for a bite and check internet is still working – more later – and then off to the Bay to catch up with Cec and Brian. Simply spectacular day and as Cec was on call – having gone over to the dark side which came with a surprisingly bright shirt though – we started with a coffee at Black Dog cafe. Simply shocking service as guy wanted to close up. Only cafe ever been to where they serve you the coffee outside and then lock up and leave. 2 hrs later the cups were still there! We know this as we were next door at Houlihans – I know how to plan for contingencies πŸ˜‰

Cec had to go back to work – those ESRs dont read themselves – but we made plans to catch up later in the year when we can all drink! Then it was down the road a bit further for a long walk of a short pier before tucking into some fish and chips sandy side as you do. Simply a glorious day and again a place should visit more

And now to the “world is ending” previously alluded to ie internet problems. Devoted fans would know of my belief that the cool nights cause appliance issues in Flashtown – garage doors, fire alarms, mousetraps etc. Not too surprising then that from Tue to Fri had some internet problems with many drop outs after a minute or two connection. The modem is a couple of years old so a likely contender but by 10 am all was sweet for rest of day – amazingly the same time the garage door finally opens. By Friday though things had worsened so rang Internode – always reliable support. Went through the usual crap like – “Is it turned on at the wall Sir?” etc and then she noted that Telstra was listing issues online for “ADSL in Maryhole” which was clearly urgent as they expected it fixed by next Tuesday having been working on it since last Sunday! This seemed like a plausible excuse but the helpful lass reset the port for me anyway. Then we lost all connectivity, forget simply dropping out . “Yes, that can happen sometimes Sir” No shit Sherlock! Still not convinced it was only Telstra asked CLP to bring up her modem as a backup while contemplating “resetting the modem” which is right up there with ” time for that prostate exam Sir” It was strange that the puter couldnt even recognise the modem was connected but after listing down some modem sales sites in Hervey Bay took the plunge and hit reset button. Then the fun started. Had my Billion 7800n router set up guide for Internode open on iPad. Fairly simple really with basically username and password and tick a couple of boxes. Nope nothing and now the green DSL light was not only not flashing it wasnt even green. As hard as it is for me to do I knew it was time to leave it, watch the Broncos get smashed and then go to bed. Woke up the next morning red eyed and bushy tailed and turned on puter and modem – yep still yellow light. Hmm wait a minute I have been using my network security password ( 12345 – please dont tell anyone) rather than my actual Internode password (1234) . Tried the latter and colour me Chauncey everything worked.

Fair to say with internet back up and a booteeful day at the beach Saturday was pretty sweet. Some more holiday planning done with a week now in Victoria planned for December and I am officially broke but happy. And then the sadness hit again – self inflicted mind you. Had been contemplating selling Suze for a few months ( Susuki SV 1000) but fairly half hearted effort with only 1 free ad on Gumtree. Lo and behold someone took bait, dropped in (from Emerald) last week and now confirmed they will buy it and take it next Monday. So I took her for a ride this morning and remembered why I loved it so much. Still think it is right decision as hardly ever ride it anymore but it will be hard

You know how it is – that feeling when you love to throw the leg over, the wind in your hair and that feeling of power between your legs not to mention a comfortable slight vibration ?

you would miss it right?

Now imagine not being able to go for a ride on a motorbike afterwards as well 😦

Now imagine

Middle of July and Winter is Here. Unless of course you were trying to stream GOT premiere on Foxtel Go πŸ˜‰ Foxtel were devastated. Until they looked at their new subscriptions and realised they would be ok. Claim the interest was “unprecedented” and totally unpredictable because there was no hype around the “event” . Now, devoted fans would know of my ability to gain an audience by a well thought out “status update” on the perilous state of the world. I assume they know of course because there is never any actual discussion entered into. That is of course until you dare to suggest that the hype around the GOT premiere was a tad over the top and suddenly they come out of the woodwork. People I thought were dead suddenly rise up like well ….. a White Walker I guess to smack me down to dare suggest that their lives may not have changed forever upon this unveiling. Now this is a great show indeed with simply some of the best action scenes you will ever see spread out over their first 6 seasons. And spread out it is because there is a bit of padding in between which of course is fair enough and mostly needed. All previous seasons have been a slow build until the penultimate episode usually so with only half a season basically this year it is a fair assumption that it may not get real tasty for about 5-6 weeks and then finish on a real cliffhanger which will leave us all looking like

It has of course been a mild winter so far. July does mean its time to gather for the annual “Della Xmas in July” at Canungra. Try saying that 3 times quickly after a few sherberts. The forecast was “bone chilling” @ 3 degrees in morning so packed the fur lined thongs. I should have taken some footwear too. Mind you when I limped in and saw Bruce sitting in chair in shorts and T-shirt twanging a guitar and singing ( I think?) “Put another log on the fire” I knew it wouldnt matter. It was toasty 24/7. Speaking of which it was a reduced gathering so were relying on “other suppliers” for the imbibing stuff to toast health and wealth with. Of course I always find with drinking if the company is great that is all that matters ergo we had a great time. Until someone popped the champagne and almost took out CLP’s eye . (That one will cost me)

SOO dominated the sporting landscape of course and have already enthralled you with my views on that. The Blues Blamegame has been fun to watch in the following days leading into that fun time filler game “Who will coach the Blues next year” ?. The NRL premiership seems like a game of 3 – Storm, Sharks and Roosters – but all depends on injuries over coming weeks. Apparently Wimbledon was on – I only know because of my smartphone app “What is Kate wearing today” alerted me and I saw some grass and white lines in the background. At first I thought it was Josh Dugans verandah……

Mum turned 91 so that is a fair feat. I may never catch her at this rate . She is so old in fact they didnt even have colour photography back then

Yesterday my life flashed before my eyes. But first some backfill as the Bishop said to the actress. As a reduntiree my tax, and life in general, is rather simple. I pay some and I get it back and its all very easy on the My Gov website. This year was slightly different as apparently there is a limit to how much Super you can drag down without paying tax on it and my limit was “10 months ago ya clown”. This then bought up a new term in my calculated refund so put in a quick call to ATO 2.5 weeks ago ( remember that date folks) just to check. As always the 24/7 help line is thwarted if you enquire about anything more complex than what is my TFN? I was promised a return call within 48 hrs though. Ok I can wait just to be sure. 72 hrs passed and I figured stuff it what could go wrong and anyway horizontal stripes are “thinning” and black and white my two fave colours. Duly uploaded and got assessed and refunded 10 days later. Quickly went online and splurged on EBay for a Pauline Hanson signed Drone (surely a marketing dream not yet realised?)and sat by the letterbox. Yesterday – still following?- my phone rang and it was the ATO. Gulp! “Hello Sir How are you today” ? ” Still out of jail, how are you”? “Fine , Sir , just giving you the promised callback about the Q Super lump sum tax” ? ” No mate she is sweet I was mistaken, no problems at all. Sorry I have another call to take” ” Well you have a nice day Sir” Well I will now !

Its not all peaches and cream in Maryhole though. Shocking news this week with Sexie Coffee to close down next month! What is a man to do for that 6 am caffeine hit via the drive through while still in PJs? Get out of the car and speak to people ??? Not only that, it is actually the best coffee in town. Research will be required but I am a man of routine and this has thrown a spanner in the works .

Hey wait a minute – can I claim that spanner on my tax ?

Meanwhile

And as the financial year draws to an end it appears I have less finances than same time last year but have seen new places. Fair swap methinks. Of course also means we are in the middle of winter. Apparently. Of course the predicted rain for today in Maryhole did not eventuate but at least the cloud cover is keeping it warm for the cry babies who panic if it dares to hit single digits. I know where I would stick their single digit. Now you would have to be a Trump supporter not to know that a cold spell is on its way in every part of east coast but here this weekend and in keeping with same it brings up the fake news like the headline in Courier Mail yesterday that temperatures would “plummet to 13 degrees over night in Brisbane”! Seriously? In the good old days overnight temps of 13 meant it was September at last. Its similar on You Tube where every caption is something like “watch CNN DESTROY Trump supporter”

As hard as one may try and stay away it is almost impossible to ignore Trump at present. Sadly. Everytime you think it cant get weirder it does. Has there ever been anyone with less grasp of reality yet still supported by his enablers. He has achieved nothing except the lay down misΓ¨re of a Supreme Court pick yet is already fund raising for 2020! He complains incessantly of “fake news” yet has fake Time Cover stories plastered on the walls of his private golf club. His tweets continue to be those of an unhinged mind and just when you though Spicer was the biggest goose on the planet they roll out Huckabee Sanders to “explain”. I hate biased reporting from any side but really can anyone match Hannity for rabid dog behaviour? And of course there are cameras everywhere now clown – despite your wishes it aint 1950 still

Knocked off several great shows since last we spoke. Wentworth is a great Aussie drama and ended yet another superb season with a beauty. Leftovers was hard to follow at times but well worth the effort and Fargo is reliable as ever if a little “more of the same”. Better Call Saul is a brilliant example of the perfect prequel but is moving rather slowly it seems. Veep is running out of legs and at its best when Selina isnt on as most of her lines are simply frat boy banter. A good final episode at least. Am enjoying the Netflix show Glow. Foxtel Fools are giving away 3 weeks of free drama pack that expires on July 16. The day before GOT 7 returns πŸ™‚ Wentworth, Veep etc all finished . Its the dullest 3 weeks in the year!

As a weekend hacker – transplanted to Wednesday – it was especially pleasing to see Spieth struggle last week and still win. Seriously driving wise he couldnt land a paper plane in the Pacific Ocean and he was missing putts from 3 feet and not even hitting the hole. By the end he was deliberately aiming for bunkers so he wouldnt have to putt. Worked a treat πŸ™‚ The only talking point though this week is SOO 3 and who comes into Maroon team although there is one bigger question – does anyone actually like DCE? For me, I would keep Morgan on bench as better value there. Bring in Munster to centre and DCE to number 6. Does anyone really care all that much about the cricket pay dispute. Nope. Until Ashes rolls around and Glen Maxwell is captain

In Golden Triangle talk the triangle is getting bigger and a tad out of shape. Its early days still of course but these are the best days. Las Vegas just doesnt seem to grab despite a couple of flirtations over the years. Continually drawn back to the other side with prospect of reliving the wonderful winter of 2015. So while San Diego still appeals the lure of NYC and Boston is strong. Preferred accommodation is a big issue for us old farts and is getting harder and harder to get an “apartment” in many cities. NYC is basically impossible these days and one accepts that you can find a suitable hotel to lay down your head for a few nights as all the action is on the streets. I dropped a quick email to my old Boston lodgings from 2016 to see if thought still open in 2019 and he rang me back in 5 mins! This is the sort of service that makes one comfortable when visiting the land of Trump. As fly in and out of LA coming back to San Diego is not a deal breaker although direct flights from Boston are problematical. First world problems

At least there is always Facebook and their helpful messages like – “do you want to know what happens when you unfriend someone? “. Nope, pretty sure I can follow the concept. The only real benefit of Facebook these days really are the regular pictures of the 6 pack that appear as they continue to grow and explore the world. Nothing better of course then when they congregate as a herd πŸ™‚

Yeah its been a while. Been busy enjoying the Qld “winter” experience while it lasts. Cool nights and glorious blue sky days. Heaven on earth. The prospect of an approaching EVENT have the darts all stiffening over at Weather INC but does seem to be mainly northern NSW and creeping into Gold Coast

Speaking of the dawn of a new era and creeps from NSW, Kevvie has thrown both of “da boys” in the wheelbarrow and fronted up to the media with a new look team for SOO 2. Of course NSW media couldnt resist the dig about the “loyalty” chant which of course shows their combined IQ has them limited to the front row in any team put on the park. Qld were loyal in game 1 and it cost us big time. The irony of NSW naming same team is not lost on this LBD but it is all swings and roundabouts. QLD had a great run on continuity over last decade and it was never going to last. Scott and Inglis going down early were first signs. 7 changes are a lot but at least 4 were easy peasy – ONeill, Myles, Lillyman and Guerra had to go. Oates was a good call because although he “looked” good in game one and made no mistakes he also provided no real penetration. Wallace is the inspired call because with suspension likely we can all cry “foul” and ” rigged” when he gets a week tonight πŸ™‚ Stirs up the supporters well. While I suspect NSW will still win in Sydney with Qld winning dead rubber to farewell JT, blooding some new blokes now will help in years to come. On the local front, no one likes to see a gifted player like Milf get injured but I for one think Broncs will do just fine with Benji there. Devoted followers know my view of Milf as one of the most overrated players pulling on the shorts and socks these days. In the meantime, here is hoping……

In TV land two media darlings – HOC and OITNB – have returned for season 5 and both show signs of maybe 4 was enough. Finished HOC and very predictable on one hand and unbelievable on the other but at least kept you engaged to a degree. If the Dark Knight tried to blackmail me so I could see season 5 of OINTB he would not get a brass razoo dear readers. Only 2 eps in and it is dull dull dull. Not sure will even finish this season but certainly wont be no binge watch. Not with shows like Fargo and BCS still going strong. For Caged Heat requirements always have Wentworth. Will save up the mind fark that Twin Peaks and American Gods will be for when suitably rested and heavily medicated

Online community is both a wonderful resource but also a place where assholes flourish in relative anonymity. I tend to peruse Trip Advisor for travel, Whirlpool for TV/Movies and LINE for in game chat. For every helpful tip on TA there is always an equally useless/sarcastic comment. Not sure what the criteria is for “TA destination expert” is but suggest it may involve ” must have left school at 15 and still living with parents at 30″ type scenario. Locked away in the attic busily spewing forth invective while baked beans are reheating. Interesting show a few years ago about how these so called “experts” had sent several businesses into bankruptcy with their reviews. Of course if you follow everything you read on TA then….

In the media world all opinions are subjective of course but the way some folk get so precious if you dare suggest that the latest season of “blockbuster” may have dipped a tad in the quality stakes is amazing. They seem to struggle with the concept that you can be critical of a show yet still watch it . If it was a new show that didnt engage in first few episodes then you would dump it but when a show like OITNB that was good at the start then you are going to keep watching it and hoping it picks up. Until that one whole bad season like with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Didnt even come back for Season 3. The same will likely happen with OITNB Season 6. Then there are the in game forums which sadly are mostly an avenue for a sticker off contest to see who can post the cutest one combined with most inane comment. You come back after 24 hrs and the feed there are 120 messages with only one useful actual bit of info in there that you will never find. Usually have one game on the go until it gets to the point where will need a significant financial input to progress further. Rival Kingdoms was it so have walked away now. To Guardian Kingdoms πŸ™‚ Great little game initially which became very popular. So developers opened it up worldwide and the rich Asians have now joined and the game will have a finite life as soon becomes unplayable due to the number of “big” players with even bigger online accounts. Mind you I once spent $2.99 in Candy Crush but in my defense Your Horror , it was a bitch of level. Here is hoping level 2 is easier. In general people have been pissing me off this week in case you hadnt noticed

In holiday land β€œBetween a Rock and a Soft Red” is well bedded down with the occasional winery/foodie event added as time approaches. The Ireland Fling is at the stage where start looking at accommodation with only 2 real stipulations – must be open in February ( a bit of a deal breaker to be fair) and must provide complimentary umbrellas. That then leaves the fun part of planning USA 2019 – The Golden Triangle. This initial monica basically covers all USA trips in early stages as it involves drinking beer in 3 cities relatively close to each other πŸ™‚ Early faves for Feb 2019 are Los Angeles/San Diego/Las Vegas but heart not quite sold yet. One problem is at least two of these are predominantly “hotel” cities which is not my ideal choice for week long stays. In trying to recreate the glorious winter holiday of 2015 flirted with Chicago again but they now have a 17% lodging tax and basically conventions 10 months of the year and for the other two are under the polar ice cap. So likely will change over time and as it is the planning that is fun not a big issue. To be honest could really go back to New York in February every year and have a great time but not particularly adventurous eh. Probably need to start thinking more seriously a year out by which stage will be in Ireland drinking Guinness.

What could go wrong….