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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 😰

When last we left our hero he was looking forward to a sponge bath from a nubile nurse after a minor Nick n Stitch in general vicinity of right shoulder.

Wrong on both counts

Headed off to SCU Private hospital in plenty of time for 11 am admission. It’s an impressive looking place and all seemed to work smoothly. When they get most of your name right and a general idea “we are working on upper body today” then you are in pretty safe hands. Straight to Pre admission then and onto theatre so no time to check out my luxury suite for the night. We were ahead of time really so was surprised when 5 mins into admission a theatre nurse knocked on door and gleefully asked “ Is that David, we are ready “! Well, you may be Sweetheart but I have things to do. As did PA nurse including a shave. I thought she could have let it grow another day and concentrate on me but each to their own. Wheeled into waiting Bay adjacent to my theatre and still barely 1130 am. Then mostly lay there for at least 90 mins with occasional visit 😏 The Anaethetist was an impressive fellow but did comment “ have you had a lot of damage to this area in past, I can’t find the Bracchial nerve”? I was getting the full nerve block apparently as while surgery not major post op pain is they say . We tried several positions mostly involving neck at odd angle until he found it on the US and the fun started. I imagine the pain without it is monumental but when they load it up it ain’t no party for a minute or two. Still waited another 20 mins and rest is mostly a blur until woke up in post recovery

Back in a very pleasant private room and quite alert and no pain really . All obs were good and regular pain medication given. For a private hospital the actual nursing interaction was ordinary but the main things were done. There seemed no real allowance for fact I was one armed and if CLP had not turned up then dinner would have been very difficult. Things like a new bottle of water promised but never delivered etc. Minor things. Slept ok with usual obs breaks but was kinda amazed when it was approaching 7 am next morning and not even a cuppa. Did have a light dinner last night yes but had fasted from 2 am prior to that! Finally asked a nurse for a cuppa and she begrudgingly made one with scowl and comment that breakfast will be soon . Yep, a bowl of cornflakes , a small yoghurt and a juice, and a piece of toast . And yep no help at all in opening or spreading anything .

Hospital make a big deal of discharge at 10 am so seemed very lax in working towards this goal . “ Will surgeon visit this morning as promised ? “ Don’t know” I should add anaesthetist rang personally night before to check on me . Physio arrived and was great. Pharmacy order for the heavy stuff “faxed off “ and then time to remove bandages and clean area before that first all important shower. Luckily by now CLP had arrived other wise shower would have been pointless, not as if any help offered by nurses.

The new waterproof bandages held up even if some new bleeding occurred . Around 0930 now so well on track. I could have slept because no one came back in until 11 am, certainly no surgeon. “ Can I go home?” “ Just waiting on pharmacy , or u could pick up on way out “? That info would have been useful an hour ago Sweetheart .

We left . Again CLP did everything for me , we dropped into pharmacy where the security check before handing over nuclear strength opioids was “ what is you middle name “ ? So back to Flashman Inc Sunshine Coast still relatively pain free

Basically on mixture of Panadol (useless) , Clindamycin, Iboprufen and Oxycodene. By now first hints block was wearing off and hello pain. Of course the sad thing about this drug cocktail is no other cocktails or alcohol may pass your lips. Or at least I thought that was the worst part. Line 27 in the fine print for opioids mentioned constipation! By end of day 2 now I needed a few opioids for night along with other stuff during day. The test would be when the pain was no longer sufficient to still not be drinking alcohol 🤠

Actually a bigger issue arose before then. It arose around upper colon and stayed there actually! After 3 days of NO ACTION in the bowel movement arena and oxycodne stopped for 24 hrs it was certainly time to drink and eat . And the menu was limited

Then it was Epsom salts time. And some praying . By now night time sleeps were hit and miss with simply difficult to get comfortable on back for sleeping. Morning of Day 5 saw some surprising good action , one could even suggest well formed packages were dropped off. Of to Maroochydore for a walk and breakfast with healthy food top of agenda. And close proximity to a toilet . Yes, once the well formed passed we were left with the deformed before we finally found where the Epsom salts had been hiding. An interesting day followed to say the least but was an enjoyable breakfast

Day 6 was time to visit Toowoomba to catch up with the 6 pack all in one place, doesn’t happen often. Lovely day and they really are a treat. I especially enjoyed conversation with Harry who has all his major milestone birthdays lined up with main one being 18 th when he can watch Deadpool and drink Coke😂

So , as the first week passes all seems ok. No real pain anymore , just discomfort. Have staples removed next Monday and then first follow up visit with Surgeon. Surgeon did ring me at home that second night which was great . He explained what he had done and was surprised how bad the bicep tendon was and so had to screw it back on when in theatre 😳 4 weeks with a sling, and then start more Physio and no driving for 6 weeks. Which brings me to the standout this week

CLP has been amazing and would be totally lost without her. At my beck n call almost as if we were married 🕺🏼 She has tended to all my needs and then supplemented with delicious and thoughtful meals and treats. Thanks kiddo 😘

SliceNDice

Posted: November 1, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Never been a big fan of Halloween in Australia with the usual over commercialisation but have slowly come around to letting it flow over me as kiddies do seem to enjoy it. Luckily none come knocking on my door and suspect the poisoned spikes on every second step may assist in this regard. When last we left our hero he was awaiting an “over the phone” prognosis from MRI with plan to defer until March next year any surgery so no impact on USA 2019. Surgeon did call that afternoon and as expected gleefully said “I wanna cut you up” . When he added that the bicep tendon had also “slipped off” as well as ruptured supraspinatus tendon it at least explained that particular pain. He agreed it could probably wait until March as long as didnt breathe too heavily or cough or you know … fall over. He He

Quick conflab with CLP and we agreed that if I waited then basically life such as golf and gym etc would be on hold for up to 9 months. Doing the math and allowing for 3 months recovery given my supreme physical fitness thought if we could get it done quickly WFW 2019 would be ok. Ring Ring – “when is soonest I could have surgery” Friday! Nah too soon. Monday , sweet. So the point of this fascinating ramble is that on Halloween 2018 I joined in the festive spirit and agreed to have my shoulder cut up like an old diseased pumpkin! Should then match my head

So now we run around and organise Flashman Inc Maryhole lockdown for extended period. First painful job – contact Centrelink. Wait an hour with GU and then my 20s interview says get surgeon to fill in Form FU123 and then upload completed doc to us with our amazing technology. Simple pimple, although unlikely Surgeon would fill it in quickly. Oh thats right, havent paid the gap yet – ding ding its back in my inbox already 🙂 36 hrs later that is where it remains because of course the “upload document” function at Centrelink isnt working at present! Lets go to dentist, overdue and will be out of town for a while. All good or at least if you think all good includes paying $200 to be told you dont have any problems. Well I do now sweetheart! Still its a nice feeling to think your teeth have lasted another year. Lets celebrate with a wafer thin toffee as have to clear out fridge anyway. Crack – one filling gone 😦 Ring ring, ah I just found I still had $200 in my life savings, any chance of another drilling in next 24 hrs ? Well of course

So have booked train ticket for Sunday to travel down to Flashman Inc Maplehead HQ as no point having car down there for next 6 weeks. CLP seems especially gleeful at present with prospect of carers leave while she sits back laughs at me trying to do everything with my left hand. Well, not everything………I aint that skilled 🙂 The next 2-3 months is a bit of an unknown quantity which of course fits in perfectly with my generally relaxed approach to life and devil may care attitude. I may even get that bloody document uploaded to Centrelink by February. There is at least one thing to look forward to in my short hospital stay

Monday 630 pm

Will sign off now while I still have two hands to type with. Scan the obituaries on Tuesday and if I dont appear you know I woke up.

Well, Hello Summer

Posted: October 28, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

You could have blown me down with a feather, especially with that howling wind outside late yesterday afternoon. Clearly the work experience kiddie was running The Dome and had left it parked out over Hervey Bay for a change. Around 5pm suddenly an orange red mass that wasnt POTUS appeared south of Tiaro and on track to slip under us as usual. Then it kinda straightened a tad – a well known meteorological term – and came straight for us. Despite the almost black dot sitting right over Maryhole not much storm activity but some nice rain. They say 20mm but suggest that is some guy measuring that 😉 It was a perfect follow up to the deluge pre SOS. Devoted followers and casual stalkers would know that due to some current physical impairment – ok additional physical impairments – I am limited to mowing fairways at GC mostly at present. The fairways were rather perfect last week but only takes a couple of weeks of scorching temps to brown them and associated staff off! This 1-20 mm will do wonders for at least 3 days. Another 5-10 today would be tres nice.

After SOS had to stay around Sunny Coast for MRI and Surgeon appointment on Monday – surgeon of course cancelling at short notice on Friday. Despite being assured said surgeon would review MRI and phone me am still waiting a week later. Not a big issue as not lining up in any hurry if the slice and dice caper is indicated but at least would appreciate the prognosis as fans are necessarily concerned. Of course two guarantees with surgeons are they charge like a bull and are arrogant. The MRI was an experience in itself. Not claustrophobic as such although a little unsettling. Because of needing to do shoulder I was told to breathe at absolute minimum as shoulder needed to be steady for shots. This I found to be very difficult to do and as such images not crystal clear but at least “informative”. As in yes you do have a right shoulder still. Not being one to let grass grow under my feet despite recent rain have booked in to see Physio today to start some sort of regimen to strengthen shoulder sans surgery. If that works will proceed onto rest of body. Could be 40 days and nights of banging and hammering but at end of it may just be ship shape. Or at least a lot poorer

Apart from not being a big fan of men in masks with knives it is now <100 days until "Wired for Winter" in USA and while actual procedure may not be that big the after surgery care is prolonged as in 3-6 months. Cant be chipping ice of may galoshes with arm in sling. While waiting for WFW to roll around have been looking a bit into the RTW options with Qantas as my FF accrue at a steady rate. Not steady enough it seems as only just half way to the golden 280k which can get you Business Class all the way travelling up to 35,000 k. Of course that is in theory. Try actually finding "reward" seats in BC for the majority of flights you want and you have better chance of finding a Marsh that can bat on UAE pitches. Still it filled in a couple of hours in the day and at the end just left frustrated so Ladies now I know how it feels

Speaking of USA, the Mid Terms approach with what seemed a fairly obvious result but nothing is routine in US Politics. A range of mostly sad events have cast a pall over it all and quite hard to determine which way the rather dumb masses will go. I have never seen anyone in a position of power like Buffoon Bob tell so many blatant, easily disproven , lies and just keep going day after day. Then he has his moronic suggestions like arm everyone in churches and it will all be fine. Of course , not as if the Dems are rolling out an A Team anytime soon. You wish you could say well its not my country so doesnt matter but when it is USA it does matter. And there will be an economic collapse sooner rather than later

Sportswise the NRL coaching merry go round is embarrassing to say the least and totally predictable. Journos, the good ones, know what is going to happen months out and although scenarios seem unlikely they invariably happen as predicted. Much like an Aussie batting collapse in the cricket. My interest in all forms of cricket is plummeting at an alarming rate. Good golf can still be found all around the world luckily as their wrap around season seems to run 14 months every year now.

So, while last night was a very pleasant interlude from the 34 degree scorchers you know they will be back with a vengeance and here to stay. Maryhole summers are unpleasant with scorching dry heat most days interspersed with the occasional dangerous storm. One could spend all year chasing winter quite easily – apart from the financial aspect of course. Mind you when you do catch winter as we did in Corkilkenny earlier in the year it can be brutal. The beauty of growing old though is those bad memories fade quicker than golf ball size hail on the ground. In summer. In Maryhole.

SOS Trouble Ahead

Posted: October 1, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Ahh such memories. SOS of course can mean many things but as is my keg half full attitude (#kavanagh) lets start with the good ones. Sydney October Soujourn begins next weekend where me and the missus hit Old Sydney town for a quick 5 days just when Harkle is in town 😦 At least WE wont be mobbed at the airport for a change. It was planned some time ago long before we knew of pending royal visit and is a bit of a filler between trips OS. While Melboring remains our fave Aussie town Siderney does have some appeal especially around the bigly wet bit in the middle under the coat hanger. 5 days sounds about right and just for a change flying into and out of Sunny Coast airport. Not sure about the secure long term parking there but at least its not a cut lunch to get to the terminal. They do have terminals I hope! Certainly no Qantas Club of course, maybe two jatz crackers and a bit of cheese if lucky. We shant starve. I may well have thrown my lot in with Qantas a bit early mind you as with so much time on my good hand these days do a lot of reading about all things sky flying related and does seem Qantas are getting a tad stingy with their product. Around about the time I now have 150 k points to play with. Still a good product for flying to USA but not so much going the other side of world. First world problems of course but then they are the only ones we should concern ourselves with at this late stage in life eh

Trouble does loom ahead though with the old bod starting to show its age while the face remains remarkably untouched. Having had some increasing shoulder pain of late and as it was time for yearly digit up the date time thought would get some xrays/scans done to rule out something worthy to whine about. As it turns out there is something wrong there – a torn supraspinatus tendon, one of the 4 in the rotator cuff of shoulder. Also known as the “Cronk Crock” until 8 pm Sunday night! Obviously he could play with a 15 cm break in scapula but not with a rotator cuff tear 🙂 So off to surgeon this week to see what the options are but suggest most will include moaning ” woe is me” . Not keen on the knife caper given the long rehab time involved so will be pushing for more conservative approach like a Bex and a laydown. Basically my daily plan most days anyway. The real issue of course is cant play golf at present and generally limited in most other activities. Yes, before you snicker it is the right shoulder. And is the one dislocated many moons ago which was fixed, wired and then came apart again. Not sure what this image shows but if you have it show it they say. At leasnt now I know where those missing shirt buttons went

Speaking of Cronk it was an odd week. Some would say karma was served with Billy getting off shoulder charge and then having a sad farewell game. Love Billy but he does have grub in him but no one deserves to be booed like that after the game. Lets not become Yank sporting crowds. The subterfuge around Cronk injury was rather immaterial in end but you have to feel sorry for the guy who was in line to replace Cronk but then Coach decided “nah think the one armed guy is better option” Hard to come back from that slight. It was over after 20 minutes and Roosters simply out muscled them early and never let them back in. Mitchell is a star indeed but also has grub in him which will cause issues over time. Sad news if as just reported GI has fallen into the old DD caper just when all the life ducks were lining up. In the clearly best sporting even of the weekend Europe beat USA in Ryder Cup golf in a simply stunning made for TV arena. Tiger looked shagged on the first tee and never impacted while the usual reliable players like Poulter and Molinari starred again. Its a brilliant format. Of course also signals the end of great sport for a while following on from league. Cricket? ZZZZZZZZ Another SOS on the horizon

What can u say about US politics these days that hasnt been said a 1000 times already. Buffoon Bob should do weekly press conferences, they are mesmerising. Its like Forrest Gump if he had a lobotomy. The Kavanagh hearings are bizarre to say the least but does give SNL an opportunity to unveil a new character and Damon nails it. Still suggest the result is done and dusted but will drag out another week or two

So, the days have become even longer now and not just talking the sun up sun down routine. Work on course mostly limited to mowing fairways and cleaning beer lines and not as if the grass is growing before our eyes . The nights are still pleasant and we even got a little rain on Sunday which was much needed. Devoted followers would know of the Dome that sits over Maryhole in most weather events but it was pierced on Sunday . Or was it?? Powered down but watching approaching armageddon on BOM I was tempted to get some planks of woods and nails ready for my Noah act as surely we had a bucket load coming. It came, sat for an hour and went. During the blue deluge the sound on the roof never quite matched the images and this of course was confirmed later by reports of about 9mm downfall. Hell I do that most nights myself! It was good but could have been so much better

Where have I heard that before…….

Spring has Sprung

Posted: September 7, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Earth, Wind and Fire pretty well sums up the first week of September in Gods Country just a tad north of Brisvegas. Drier than a dead dingoes donger except , oddly enough, on Fraser Island where they all live and feed on careless tourists. But you know it is Spring with the birds are a chirping early in the morning. Now where is that slug gun of mine….

And so Burt has gone. Some reports refer to it as tragic and it may well be for his family and friends but certainly doubt Burt would be too upset. He packed more living into one decade in the seventies then you or I ever will in our lives. He was the King and it coincided with my peak movie watching period. Perhaps I should clarify that with “peak as in went to the cinemas and actually paid to watch the movie with some jaffas and a bag of marella jubes” . In Brisvegas we were blessed with many cinemas in those days and would easily see one or two every week whether at the local Dawn or in the big smoke. Many folk would list Deliverance and Boogie Nights as his best movies and probably Smokey has his most iconic role but for me the one I go to is The Longest Yard with Hooper as back up . Watched TLY yesterday and no surprises not terribly PC. Apart from being a beefcake he was a fun guy with a good sense of humour and often self deprecating. Popular guest on the Tonight shows. RIP Burt

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Burt Reynolds Actor At The Dorchester Hotel.
Burt Reynolds Actor At The Dorchester Hotel.

US politics continues to ask only one question – is this the week it all comes tumbling down? It seems that question may never answered. The Sco Mo make over as Joe Average with a Bible continues. Doesnt quite register on the genuine scale for moi but mostly in the who cares list anyway. Only important thing for moi is the economy and Aussie $ and latter looking a bit shaky at present. Oh well

Big month of Sport of course. Feel the Broncs have peaked a week or two early and Dragons could be a danger game because being mere footballers does mean they are susceptible to being complacent and stupid. Which brings me to the naked elephant in the room. The Bulldogs behaviour was pathetic but not as pathetic as ex players defending them. They just dont get it. The one excuse that galls though is they had a tough season they deserve top let their pants – oops sorry, hair – down. Of course they can but not in public ya goose. When was the last time you saw a group of soldiers return from 6 months in Iraq – admittedly not as tough as a season of football where you almost won 3 games – and start dancing naked in the streets as they destress? Its a croc of shit. Great golf at present in USA with Fed Ex playoffs in full swing and Ryder Cup just around the corner in Frog Town. If only you could get updates on how The Striped One was going occasionally it would be sweet……. Cant get enthused about US Open tennis even if an Aussie gets into last few rounds but at least it does give an excuse for Roy and HG to put all into perspective. You cant beat that live cross to family as cringe fest. And of course stay on for The Batchelor review

Some quality TV around at present. Sharp Objects was a treat, although did have to pay attention. Left you thinking about if for a few days to follow. Ozark Season 2 is equally impressive and a step up from first season. Bodyguard is all class as expected and Deep State a well made “spy/agent” yarn. Aussie TV continues to struggle with latest Rake simply an embarrassment . Cleaver has gone from lovable rogue to annoying buffoon

Time to sign off and get ready to scorch the links once more as current B Grade Monthly Mug winner. For the GU, apart from getting a mug to keep one can also get free beer in said mug from members for the month u r said Biggest Mug. Sadly I wont take any advantage of this as given our little group of 4 already has $80 on the counter to drink from “the match” I already have the wobbly boot on before starting that nonsense. Does remind me of a classic month back in the eighties when you could drive while full as a state school hat rack – apparently – and the Golf Club would rock on a Saturday afternoon/night. A certain member who will remain nameless although it was Max McBean got a list of every member of the golf club to hit with said mug. The only rule is you cant ask the same member twice in any month. Most players were happy to hit their own close circle of mates but not Max. He introduced himself to every member as they came in after the round with a handshake for the right hand and the mug in his left hand. Ahh, the memories when life was simpler and the liver was healthier

But, I digress. It is Spring so time to plant some bulbs

May even do some gardening later

Has been a glorious winter but would not be a weather related comment without a whine so – we need some rain! When my drives are rocketing past 180 m then you know the course is too dry. A few more cold mornings to come they say but before you know it the single digits overnight will be gone. We can go back to a full hand and no glove…… Pretty well the sweet spot now with still pleasant nights and sun coming up just before 6 am which ties in well with my post nocturnal activities . Rake, coffee, sleep. Repeat. I suspect reversing that order could help significantly

Its a strange world we live in these days and no sign of changing anytime soon. I have more than a passing interest in US politics but it gets a bit too much week in week out in the land of Buffoon Bob so try to just catch up with every 3rd “white house disaster” You know, twice a day. Omarosa is such a clear example of what is wrong with the world today. How did this bimbo ever get anywhere – did we run out of Kardashians suddenly ? The classic example of an oxygen waster given way too much airtime. Why does anyone really think the BB brigade care if he used the “n” word. (Sidenote – while not disputing the appalling nature of the word and what it implies always seems a bit odd when African Americans use the full word for “comedic effect” like Roy Wood Jr did on Daily Show ). The more disturbing issue here surely is that a clown like Omarosa was running around the WH with a tape recorder! I am sure BB was just giving us his respected thoughts on Elba, Idris Elba playing James Bond. Speaking of RESPECT it is amazing even after all this time how thoughtless Agent Orange is. He starts his thoughts on passing of Aretha Franklin with ” knew her well, she worked for me a few times”. If they ever remake Clueless he has to be the lead

Some quality TV around at present. First up tried some Aussie drama. The main problem with these of course is same 6-10 actors appear in every local production. Jack Irish was a jumbled mess really as much as generally like him. In keeping with flavour of month – international students – Dead Lucky started well but then threw in a weird plot direction and never quite recovered. And why exactly did she do the Kojak lollipop thing anyway? Bite Club just started and again some promise but a weird scene at end of first episode involving incisors/molars was either a weak distraction or even weaker writing? Time will tell. In the meantime the always excellent Unforgotten is drawing to a close on another great short season. Not impressed with Season 3 of The Affair but had a look at Season 4 and must admit it looks much better and rather engaging. Back to split storytelling style of Season 1 but with less crossover it seems . Saving shows like Better Call Saul, Castle Rock and Sharp Objects for full season watches – if I can resist. In movie land thought the Aussie drama Breath was very poor sadly but not as bad as Skyscraper of course. Latest Avengers movie reminded of a Rat Pack movie where a group of millionaires get together to have fun but not much else. Not just into this whole series after the first – and best – original Iron Man. Deadpool 2 on the other hand was just fun

Sporting world locally is pretty much dominated by the NRL coaching merry go round. What an embarrassment to the game. A combination of poor management at club level and self serving media fuelling the fire leaves most fans cold I imagine. BBQ Gate was probably the low point but its a bee’s dick of the ground anyway. The Broncs dress in stolen Storm jerseys and suddenly can beat the Rabbits . It is just frustrating for supporters as means we have to sit through first week of finals now before Mad Monday can start. I prefer the certainty of Rugby where you just know we are no chance of taking the Bledisloe Cup, especially under the current system where it is very hard for NZ to actually lose it. Much like Steve Smiths world batting rank it seems

In travel news SOS is less than 2 months away. As in Sydney October Soujourn. A short 5 days in Sydney in part as late celebrations for CLP birthday but also because Wired for Winter still seems so far away. A Night at the Opera , a day at the zoo sprinkled with a few nice meals and the week will fly by. For something different flying into and out of Sunshine Coast airport. I think the Qantas Club there is a packet of Tim Tams and a Thermos. Fear not fans we shant go without. So not a lot happening at present so rather spookily life is in a bit of a holding pattern as well while trying to dump excess fuel 🙂 After all summer just around the corner and that means its swimming trunks time!

In more important news Daughter 2 has set a wedding date and GS1 turned 9 this week. Someone must be getting old……

Yep thats fake news but “a long time between blogs” has a certain gastrointestinal issue aura about that and my straight laced fan base would be turned off by that

So, since last we met our hero a lot has happened in what is simply a glorious time of year. Some brisk mornings indeed but the real winners are the days – blues skies, low 20s. Darool Darool. I suspect heaven on earth is drawing to a close so lets enjoy last few days. One thing people forget in winter is their pets but not Brody. Beardy has officially the highest Vit D level of any cold blooded animal recorded

First big event back in middle June was engagement party for Ranny and Richard. Always great to catch up with family and a great night was had by all. We stayed at a B&B again and Woomby certainly has some gooduns. Tony and family were driving to Brisvegas to catch a flight for a NZ holiday next morning and luckily all made it and judging by photos had a great time. No, not these photos. Other photos

July saw Mum turn in her grave. Nope, actually still with us and turned a mere 92. Anne and John put on a lovely morning tea and also able to catch up with Auntie Noela, an all too rare event these days. Then it was onto my life story as told as a musical at QPAC – Beautiful. It is of course the Carol King yarn and was simply brilliant not just with the songs but the set designs and humour throughout. Do yaself a favour and catch a couple of live shows every year

A couple of weeks at home rearranging sand with Miner’s Helmet in place as big events at course and work stated at 4 am for 3 days! Fun fact. Its actually colder when sun comes up then at 4 am. Speaking of cold it was then down to Canungra (try saying that 3 times quickly after a few sherberts) to celebrate the 60th birthday of Bruce and also usual Della Xmas in July. Had the day before hand to walk around Brisvegas for a few hrs while CLP worked. Yep that is as funny as it sounds. Lovely city to explore on foot even if not much open at 7 am! Two nights at Chateau Canungra had the trakkies fitting nice and snug and the liver earning her keep. Has to be a woman with all the moaning she does

So after that rather hectic, but enjoyable, few weeks time to detox for a few weeks back in Maryhole. One no longer feels the need to comment on Buffoon Bob because nothing ever changes. You think well that will be the last straw but nope just dyes it orange and sticks it on top of his head and moves on.

In TV land have really enjoyed some Aussie TV of late. Jack Irish is back but also enjoyed Safe Harbour on SBS and just started Dead Lucky as well. With Castle Rock just dropping also found another SK adaptation with Mr Mercedes – recommended. Of course has been a lot of talk about Cohen’s latest Who is America which I find dull and cringeful apart from maybe the Mosque in Arizona segment. Of course many forumites think if you dont think it is hilarious then “tyou dont get it” which is rubbish of course. Humour is subjective and just because you dont find this dross funny doesnt mean u dont get it. It aint rocket science. I prefer the more subtle approach of a Daily Show which just talks to Trump supporters at a rally. That is of course more scary then funny anyway. We now have concerns about whether Barry Humphries humour is too feral now? Nope it is as funny as ever, its the world that has changed. Seinfeld latest Coffee in Cars was mostly good

In sports world the Broncs are hot and cold but simply have worst 5th tackle options of any top 8 team. They wont threaten at pointy end but could be good next year. If they buy a halfback! The Open was good as always and while I didnt see last round live was intrigued by screaming headline next morning before watching recording “Molinari beats Tiger to win Open” Most sane folk would assume that meant Tiger came second? Nope. Tied for 6th from memory but of course he is all the vast majority of media write about. Yes he is competitive and its a great return but methinks his last putt in that Open – even though out of contention – tells you what we all know. It aint the same Striped One anymore. Now just tell the media purleese

Wired for Winter is slowly percolating away in background. As I write this I see Qantass has FINALLY released some sale fares for Feb 2019 and could have saved $600 if waited but think we both know that would have been spent now on anti anxiety pills and yoga lessons to get out of fetal position each morning. Speaking of which the ankle may have entered next phase. Which could be its last. Yes one does get older each year but man the joints are bad this year and the ankle mostly swollen after any activity. Much better when activity leads to loss of swelling

Ya with me…..

Well, Winter has certainly come a knocking as we enter the best time of the year in Maryhole. Brisk nights and clear days with max of low 20s. I love the daytime low 20s but maybe in a sign of old age approaching a couple of degrees more in morning would be ok, like around the 10C mark. As CLP always says , well just a little more would be nice . Not sure what she is referring to…. Thinking of getting some of the airplane aisle floor lights installed in house between bed and loo! Of course early starts on the golf course dont help I guess but I am a creature of habit. Mind you not only is the weather glorious here but Maryhole is leading the world into the 20th century. Dont believe me ? Check out this non fake news item I prepared earlier

May is a busy time of year Grandkiddy wise especially the last week. Started with annual camping trip to Rainbow last Friday for Harry’s 6th. By camping I mean I drive down, look at the camp, spend some time with Harry and family and then move onto more salubrious accommodation at Maplehead. You know, walls, roofs and that sort of stuff. Mind you the Pipers now have a camper trailer which could almost entice. Once they get full plumbing and an ensuite of course. It was a very windy day so no swimming undertaken but a lovely time all the same

By end of week time to celebrate Pat the Lad turning 7. What do you make for such an event? Well patty cakes obviously. What is interesting though looking back on photos is that while Pat has changed a lot in 7 years I look exactly the same. Spooky stuff

And of course as Winter hits not many places in Qld colder than the old Toowoomba as am sure Ryan would agree. Will be great to see the Woomby clan again in a couple of weeks for Ranny’s Engagement party

So, in other inconsequential news a lot is going on I guess. SOO approaches and while always thought this was the year we start losing even before Eyelash Boy bailed the side NSW has picked does give us an outside chance and by that I mean we could lose by 50 or win by 8. Its a side brimming with speed and talent but is inexperienced and if get behind early could be some panic. If NSW lose the first game, let alone the series, they will be in the foetal position for years to come. Of course with first game being in Victoria we need to help that mob work out their allegiance

TV and Politics entwined again as is the norm these days. We had the Roseanne nonsense followed by equally deplorable Sam Bee comments and floating around all this was the bizarre image of a Kardashian in the Oval Office. So many great comments and memes served up of course with this maybe my fave titled “Massive Arse meets Massive Arse” . Too easy really

Of course the truly Trump result of all this was that yes he did pardon a few people but not the one that KK saw him about!

In actual TV Land there have been some good shows out and about. The ONJ biopic with Delta was not one of them. Likely the worst TV will see all year and onl6 half way through. The Americans has wrapped up now so that is next cab off the rank. The Terror was rather compelling viewing and an interesting subject matter. The Picnic at Hanging Rock remake was mostly style over substance as expected but really any lavish Aussie TV production is generally better than current US slop. Of course when discussing this story always reminded of Sir Leslie Colin Patterson’s original idea. Check out from about the 4 min mark. Better still watch the whole clip and get some edumacation – Pissup on Hanging Rock. Classic humour from those glorious non PC days

With flights now booked and paid for Wired for Winter is set in stone. Or Ice as the case may be. Have my new Qantas Premier Mastercard so accumulating points at a rapid pace now. Always fly PE but with now being a Dreamliner plane with some rather poor PE reviews will be trying to upgrade a leg or two to BC as one does #firstworldproblems. Accommodation mostly sorted as well with just a train here or there or book. Was looking at a few non Qantas options for internal flights but they have some strange rules regarding entry to their domestic lounges so Qantas seemed the best answer on many fronts . One always need to load up suitably before any flight just in case. As someone who really doesnt sleep on flights upgrading first leg appeals most as can really hook in to the great service (food and DRINK) and get PJs to use rest of trip. Sweet.

So as the sun slowly sets and the temp drops accordingly all is good in Flashland. The Grandkids are and always will be pure joy especially as all different in their own way in age and character. Jacks tournament is on at present so that is daytime TV sorted for tomorrow. My own golf today was rather embarrassing today but still enjoyable especially any day get into Hoge’s back pocket. Glorious weather, great company and free beer.

Its not the Holy Trinity but dang its close folks