Monday, May 31, 2010



again I feel like I am at the crossroads of my life...I was visiting an Ocean St. mate
and the herbpiphany came over me as it so often does...
but the idea of dedicating the next half of a century
to my son and his growth...
Im sure, I won't still be around in 2060...but it would be nice to satisfy my curiosity of what will the world will be like 50 years from now??
when the world is very overcrowded


and wonder if I'll have a good a view as I do now...
I asked the gardener to extend our backyard a foot or two
since our nice neighbor extended his more than a body length...
I thought it might be nice just to have a little more yard for our Colin to run around...
just for a couple of weeks...Is that selfish or thoughtful??
there has been this continual battle over the past couple decades years people's desires to extend their lawns well into the commonwealth's natural dune vegetation...
Many of the rich castle owners have slowly encroached on it
extending their yards...
I feel like taking pics of them...
but that would sure churn up a hornets the nest
the way Eva Milik of channel 9 news pissed off the residents who live on the beach
about the city council's intentions
so I thought for the last couple of weeks(?),

it might be nice just to have a little more yard...

especially when the Gold Coast city council has been threatening to tear up the indigenous dune vegetation for a concrete boardwalk.....

many dont realize the damage the environmental impact of that would be!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Thanks so much, LA, for

taking care of Buffy Ruffy!

She looks so happy!

Wonderful pic!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I suppose there are moments with your spouse when you are both happy (?)
and then the vacation/honeymoon is over...

kinda like Obama halfway into his first year...
suddenly realizes that his honeymoon is over with the U.S of A...


but maybe I ought to put on Mom's sweater to help us feel just a little better... Im not looking forward for our Oz vacation(?) to end even if for some R and R in rkansas...or worse...
I just love the comfort of my home in Oz with the cooling ocean to invigorate me with life again twice a day on good days!
and just feel the surf take me to wherever I want...and maybe swim with the dolphins without getting hurt..

and then I can think of this little river in the shire near Hobittville in the land of the Kiwis...
where we magically took these pics

and we can live happilly ever after in a little utopian village...
with our little family...?

maybe Ill feel better when I find moms sweater...


ok...am I crazy but wanna feel that energy of my mother again...

so I put on the sweater and Im waiting for her energy to help me deal with the worries of parenthood and even tougher the issues of being a good husband...

how can I do this in easy baby steps... well the first was putting on this sweater and letting my son feel the energy while he slept >..I took a pic just now of him and how he likes to roll over in the wierdest spots against the mesh of the little blue cot.. He is so cute ... we are really blessed..

quit worrying so much mate!

Darn man you got it... It seems to me that you're getting there...to the door of happiness. If see it from my Venezuelan perspective, in my culture we say: As you start thinking of being a good husband and being a good dad then is when you realize that your life is about to reach the coasts of that hidden island called "Happiness". Now I know you're a good guy and you're smart, just don't loose the way.. I've learned that marriage is just a combination of pure patience and love.. one can't success without the other ... patience to stand and defuse situations that could lead you to confrontations (with you wife...mainly) and love to keep going and going again one day at the time. But not all is rain and wind in a relation there are also moments of joy and the smart guy live and treasure those moments because that's at the end the only think you take "when you leave". Happiness is like diamonds to trade in the afterlife...so...BE HAPPY...ENJOY YOUR WIFE AND ABSOLUTELY ENJOY YOUR KID...you're right kids are a bless.. by my friend I miss the conversations in the office hahahaha.


Thanks, Buddy! I just wrote you a little note on here and it was all erased ... This happens frequently on this laptop...
it's stormy and rainy outside this Saturday morning while my family sleeps in... Colin woke up early this morning..
so Im enjoying the peaceful time looking out at the rough Pacific ... I want to enjoy every moment here even though it's approaching winter here...
I also want to enjoy every moment with my new little family like you said... You write beautifully with great heart, especially knowing that it is your second language.. I wish that I could do the same! I know a little German and sprinklings of other languages...
I think often of our patience with our favorite special ed children and have to learn even more with my family...
but I believe as you do that it's our greatest endeavor in life...
we live on through our children ..
I have the warmest feelings when Colin comes up behind me and hugs my legs...
soon we'll be coming back to the declining empire of the USA and all of it's issues...
I figure that we are now in an upward trend...
when you are down in the sewers you have no where to go but up... Maybe we could come visit you on the way to Colorado!
well, they are all awake now so I will cook them all brekkie!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ok... there a lot of things that I could write about...
but then the best image I had was swimming in the calm waters and just wanting to stay there as long as we could...
and I felt there was company...
I look up and a mate tells me look
and he does the motions of a dolphin with his arms...
and I look and follow this herd taking 100s of pictures with my waterproof camera..
I hope one will work
if I figure out how to connect this new camera to the internet...
but I was hoping that it was a sign
and now Im thinking maybe not...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"I can't say that I have a favorite essay because of the way everything ties together. I note the change in cadence from one post to another, and how you use shape in your presentation. I've always enjoyed how you play with word structure, and appreciate the fact that you are still a card carrying liberal. But more than anything else, I am comfortable with your voice. I could pick what you write from a hundred others because what you write is an extension of you. As I sit here in front of my computer, I can read what you write, and I am carried back to Utohatchi, and I sometimes get the feeling that I am there with you on the beach in the blowing sand of afternoon, or catching a wave. What you write is real, and it is you.
"
Thanks Buddy! That makes me feel good that the writing is reaching you... I wonder what chance there might be for any of it to be published?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


a lot has happened today...

an important call to the states

a giant jew fish or was it dhu fish was caught outside my yard past the shark nets and at the Mermaid reef!

I saw the wave almost tip his kayak as

my neighbor comes in with the large fish...

I see a large fin attached to a leg

and momentarily think is that a human foot...

no it's a fin!

and now Im taking care of Colin during girls' night out...

He's now playing with old toys that have been out of his sight for the last month...

He is having a great time...

Like I did looking through old comic books after a great trade!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I wonder where I can go with this blog..
I suppose to most people, the writing doesn't make sense..
it's frustrating to know what works...
I just know that I have a beautiful family in a beautiful place.
I just wish that my wife felt the same way..
If we were on the first floor it might be easier for us... but walking downstairs to the most beautiful backyard can't be too bad..

Saturday, May 15, 2010


it was the cooolest party in a long time
that I've actually been invited to (just kidding)

and just feeling a strong sense of common with these blokes,...
the host and long time veterans of Mermaid Club..all veteran lifeguard volunteering to help save lives...
and never more had I felt such camaraderie...

and then 4 decades later he wakes up each morning in this house that became his home he's always wanted.. Can their ever be happy endings... or just living happilly ever after would be nice!



this party made me feel so welcome in their surf community...part of this fraternity of folks that all have a tremendous love for the sea to commit to weekends of patrol and connectedness...




Never have I felt so strongly about a place
and the warm homelike feelings each time I go out on the beach
and meet new friends...

seeing Colin run down the sand dune with the vegetation holding it together
and meets up with another family playing in the sand between the flags!

I have been so blessed (lucky)
with him and inheriting this little spot on the beach
that my son and I have been waiting for...

(I've never more felt that he is an old soul, sometimes just the way he looks at me as if he's been around another time)
I was thinking about this energetic 9 year old boy sneaking into an old haunted(?) and abandoned boarding house up on the hill overlooking Mermaid Beach '....
going along the walkway alongside the outside of the building wondering about it

He looked through the kitchen windown at enticing large green bottles of coke waiting to returned to the store for the deposit...a few shillings could buy some cool toy soldiers and a tasty home made ice cream at the corner of a street and Hedges Ave....
then because of that moment, his father a few weeks later asks him about the house
in front of all his relatives
and was he in trouble??
or his was an opportunity for his Dad and his Uncle Ron to buy 3 blocks of land on the beach
and then 4 decades later he wakes up each morning in this house that became his home he's always wanted.. Can their ever be happy endings?... or just living happilly ever after would be nice!


and then his older brother thought that the Parthenon would be the best name for the new family home for the 2 extended Aussie/American families...



Xmas of 65 was there in that magic nostaligic time...







Friday, May 14, 2010

coool!
Muchas Gracias, Eliazar!

How are things in Utohatchi?
Is school almost over already?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010




I had another epiphany last night as I was looking out from Burleigh remembering the coast as a child of the 60's... I will go into in more detail sometime...It would be so cool to write a screeplay.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Future Scholar?

" As you attempt to complete each of your day’s tasks, you may find that you are preoccupied or easily distracted. Unless you fulfill your responsibilities, however, they could end up weighing heavily on your mind and keep you from truly relaxing or enjoying yourself. You’ll likely feel much more at ease when you have dealt with all of your duties. Consider how satisfied you will feel once you have taken care of all of your tasks. The promise of unhampered peacefulness could give you a sense of enthusiasm for what you must do today. " Daily OM

It's 930and Colin is still awake having had a very long nap this avo... Daddy has to make some important calls in a very different time zone and then he can relax a little more!

Sunday, May 09, 2010



today ended kinda well when I decided to spend Mother's day with the mother of our child!
and watch "Under the "Tuscan Sun" instead of playing pong with my Ocean st. mates...
it makes me realize how much I would love to turn my life into a great American/Aussie book/movie/ bestseller..


I probably need to join a writer's club somewhere out there in the blogosphere?? any ideas, LA! That is a wonderful piece of writing describing Buffy's antics!


I was kinda depressed as the sun sets earlier each night on the beautiful Gold Coast...


but then after 4 or 5 hits of the herbal antidepressant and a beer and cheesecake, I felt much better especially after magically finding the last little bit of bud hidden away in a drawer! That is one of the best feeling when u find one little bit more just to help you epiphanize about your life!


I had written some more eloquently about my life and how lucky I am...and the puter freezes up...oh yeah ..I was listening on TV tonight about how a bloke shouldnt feel guilty to take years off to be a father! I am so lucky to have a wonderful beautiful family and wouldnt it be great to write a story about it??




I hope u don't mind LA? i couldnt resist since at least the beginning of my story was about her bringing me out of depression and living vicariously through her! Thankyou LA!

"She's fond of rugs, and has two outside that she likes to play with. You have to chase her around and say, "Gimme that rug!" and she'll get close enough with it that you can try to pull it away, but she growls and holds on tight and and acts all mad (but her tail is wagging happily) ... then you let go of the rug and she throws her head around and wrestles the rug to the ground... then brings it back to you so you can chase her again. The process could repeat itself indefinitely. Trouble is, you can't fold towels around her for the same reason. I have to put her outside when I'm folding clothes because she wants to grab the towels and play "Gimme that towel..."

She loves balls, sticks, just about anything. She wants to take everything outside, and spends a lot of time out there now, to the relief of the cats. She's got two German shepherds next door that she runs up and down the fence line with, barking. But they seem to like each other. She's got a soccer ball that's just about decimated... and my dad ... comes over at least once a week to bring her a rawhide bone or some such, which she immediately takes to the door to take outside, where she keeps her favorite things.
"
U write so well, Leigh Anne! I can just imagine her right now so vividly as I know her behaviour all too well!

Friday, May 07, 2010



Thanks so much for the pic of Buffy and watching her for us, LA! Maybe you could put a fish tail on her so shed be Merdog/sharpe/chow/lab?

Colin was just looking at the pic when he sat on my lap and warmly said his name with great affection!


Today is a gorgeous day... I wondered if u'd all enjoy some pic of the very large gorgeously blue waves as the surfers and boogey boarders ride down them diagonally endlessly.. as fall gradually turns to winter...the surfers are starting to wear their wet suits on when the water falls to 22 degrees c. and below...still bloody warm for me (about 74 in F)







Thursday, May 06, 2010




Thanks,LA!


For all the help on my blog!


The best things in life are free!


We all took
a little bike ride to Burleigh today!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

"
May 4, 2010
Open Mental Plains
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope
You may feel particularly innovative or open-minded today. If you come up with a new twist on an old technique or discover a way to finish your tasks more effectively, you will likely feel accomplished and clever. You can nurture and maintain your newfound ability to creatively alter your world for the better by remembering that your possibilities are endless. By disregarding the limits you may have set for yourself, you can see the numerous options that are open to you rather than a hallway full of closed doors. You may want to try making the most of your inventive mood today by addressing your obligations in a new way or in a new order. Even something as simple as having breakfast for dinner could open your awareness to your infinite potential."...


fishing for Mermaids...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I finally made it to Byron sat night with a cheap night at the YHA HOSTEL...
im waiting for this pic to be published...
Im glad I swam the 2.3 swim from Watego
to the surf club... I felt fresh and a little guilty that I didnt feel like paying 50$ to do all that swimming.. I swam a little after my age group.. they were all wearing orange swim cap and and ankle bracelets to properly record every bloke in the particular category's time.. I should have looked at my watch closer or maybe even started out with the rest of the oranges so I could have known an accurate time but I looked at my watch and saw that it was about a half hour...several old blokes like me were I believe a little ahead of me.. Now I know about something to work for next year... and swimming full on the whole race without doing breastroke or backstroke so often...


my good friend, LA, said that pics would come out quicker which they have
when I try to download them to my blog..

Ill make a cup of cappucino instant so I can speak with you a little more before we relay babysitting duties!

ok... guilty of pretending it's 420 at 1220....while babysitting our Forrest Gump child...

and my better half goes for a long walk for a couple of hours way down towards Miami and little Burleigh I wait for another video of our little existence upstairs from the beach...

I thought Id chat with you before my thoughts are interupted with questions that I dont feel like answering... all I want to do is go for a swim and maybe and check out my surfswim mates at the Miami Club... Today is the last day of the patrols before they close before winter!