Saturday, December 31, 2011


Thanks for the wonderful pic of Buffy, Eric and LA! I wish your family a wonderful year, too!
She looks so adorable!

looking for a chair...

I could get upset at my neighbor and ex neighbor who are now best mates, they enjoy getting drunk together and then when intoxicated, they  have a sport of throwing my dune chairs into the dune vegetation...maybe I'll take a pic of the chair since it's in plain view of everyone...I'm sure that will affect his short temper!...

and the new day arrives, seeing the two chairs sitting in the vegetation,
but it's a beautiful day, and they don't bother me as much,
so  check out the waves sitting on my green chair that was an object of last night's chair throwing contest
I run down to the sea
 and feel the cool blue salt water as I duck dive to the last wave that crashes down on the sand bank...I race and face it head on with no fear
and dive for the bottom where you can grab the sand..
and pull myself away from the bullshit of Parthenon Place...

can you find the chair in the dune vegetation?
I decided to just take it easy in the race, but then I think I'll just keep pace with Grant and Gunner who all went off with the same handicap as me...
but then I only saw Cale, who is far faster swimmer pass me in our 2nd lap and I thought that my chances for 1st were nil... He had the race, so I took it easy, but just playing it smart with conservation of energy,
before the strong waves broke  I saw Cale and another young bloke already at the finish line,
I swam up current, so I wouldn't get caught in the gutter where it's a long haul before one emerges with a foothold on the sand..

I took a very strong wave and I was standing up, so I waited thinking that if I wait long enough(2 minutes)
I'll come in last so my handicap wouldn't decrease in time for the next race...
unfortunately, I found out Cale started too early so was moved to 5th and the fast bloke behind him was not counted , since they didn't know his ability...
I could have easily beaten the first place finisher who counted, Grant, since I waited in the shallow water while he had to come out sprinting out of the water 50 meters down the beach.. oh well,
missed out on a chance for winning free Brekkie at the surf club, and my family was very hungry...
we would have enjoyed a $20 breakfast ...
but at least I finally know that I can win this challenging race in the next week or two, since I have just the right handicap to do it!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I could easily get frustrated with some things, but  what I have noticed about things is that I keep getting back up and I'm ready for the next surf swim race...
I weigh my tactics
I see the way the rip is going
and I go with the flow
duck diving underneath
the waves, swimming under them as I grab the sand
and I know that I'm making distance past the biggest waves (in life)
and I'm ready to have smooth swimming around the buoys
before taking the winning wave of my life
and catch her in
with the energy knowing that I can easily outsprint my opponents to the finish line...

I went to bed early tonight after going through the trauma of shopping with my wonderful  family...
Ok...I'm on a shoestring budget, hoping the $ doesn't run out
and so I don't get the sympathy of those that are having to work for a living..
and either are possesed with the green eyed monster of envy or her uglier sister, Jealousy..
I was just figuring everything was going great with the neighbors of our lovely Parthenon apts..
older brother, Ron, thought of the name back when our families acquired the inexpensive large block of beach back in 1965 just before Australia went from English currency (pounds, shillings and pence) to the decimal system.
As usual, we've had thoughtless tenants living  in our humble abode on the beach
 wreaking havoc with very loud parties overnight and even blokes sleeping on the roof (that should be a balcony)
 and so se sense  there already  there is some animosity from some of the neighbors as we walk by them and perhaps make the mistake of saying
 and find ourselves engaging in conversation with someone that doesn't want to talk to us..
so will it be the same ole same ole
or will eventually the folks that don't like us
well, it's happened in the past and it will continue to happen
as people come and go,,,
but some are the keepers who accept us for who we are
and we don't have to change for them
 sometimes  people that like us will  serendipitously move in next door...and actually are happy to see us
so what can I do but just wave hello or don't even acknowledge them as we run by them
avoiding the angry stares of those 2 green eyed sisters
eager to sprint into our ocean beckoning us each morning...and pray that a shark doesnt eat us...
and taste the clear salt water in our mouth and look through the crystal blue sea
with the wonderful chance that a beautiful dolphin will swim by us with a smile
as she dives for brekkie..

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My club is entering me in the open comptetion tube race and surf swim race. I will be competing against some the best  and youngest open comptetitors in Australia...perhaps even Ky Hurst, who has been the best for a decade!
Im not afraid to finish last! I'll get the loud ovation last finishers always get!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FIRST DAY , according to the solstice, of summer in the southern hemisphere...and my family will be in the sun too long
made coffee, freshly ground with aussie honey and whole milk....
for my wife to take down to our perch,

so she  sits on our little chair at the edge of the dune vegetation (grass) overlooking the beach..
(she'll be burned again, for not wearing her hat)\and frolics in the little pools or rivers of the rip during low tide...
while I look after colin
 he watches an aircraft movie about going back in time to       to just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for about the 100 th time... he watches it about 3x a day...he's obsessed with jet fighters...
so I have to watch Colin and delay my morning swim...because "happy wife, happy life"

last evening, I had so many epiphanies, wishing I had a tape  recorder to ell u all of them...telling English Mike from downstairs, while sitting on our favorite perches on the edge of the dunes...of my dreams and wishes coming to fruition...
a life on  the beach....
 cramped people in overcrowded cities
might give their left testacle for this lifestyle...
 folks here have this lifestyle/play as their priority
and their various careers most often come second
to their mutual people

my son has just run down to see Mama!
and has left his movie back in time
putting that period of his movie on pause
and I walk down the stairs to make a
mental image of this beautiful connection
and seeing he can chose to inherit this
and be a fair dinkum Aussie born mate of this wonderful southern land.!
I'll bring down our beach tent and we'll camp out
withstanding the 30-40km winds from offshore..

occupy Mermaid Beach

time for a nap, from all this stress occupying the beach!
this movement has already happened with at least 90 percent of the people...maybe 99%/...
deciding to have your lifestyle as an intimate relationship with the majestic sea...
beckoning her lovers every gorgeous morning that she feels like having your company...
the lifestyle determines your career...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

as usual, I did a bunch of writing and it was erased frm this damn computer!
I was telling you that we have a low carbon imprint lifestyle, with the TV and car not working... I could get into why the car isn't working, but maybe that's a good thing with the agro drivers here on the coast... so now I have to get all the groceries in my baby buggy hooked ingeniously on my bike.. Colin looks forward to going for rides with me and I get more exercise, so I've lost 4kilos!
I only have 11 more to go to get to fighting weight where I'll be on the younger side of my new age group for surf swimming competition with the lifeguards!
We go to be early , now without TV and Colin wakes us up soon after dawn, often as early as 5 that is the best time to check out the calm Pacific in our backyard..and I won't miss out the lifeguard workout 200 meters up the beach at 6!
so what can I say, but happy days are here again...
and folks actually came to my birthday party on our lawn, without the hostile angry neighbors upset at us for having the cheeseburgers in paradise barbecue on the lawn overlooking the beach!
They have left...just like the angry hostile republicans will soon leave congress, and Obama will be able to his job, when they are gone!

and the world be will be on the road to recovery!

Friday, December 16, 2011

cheeseburgers in paradise sans the cheese...

the angry neighbor, who used to bully us about "his Yard", no longer resides at the Parthenon, so we peacefully had my best birthday party in decades, at least as far as the atmosphere and abundance of friendly faces who actually like me...

and so we celebrated our newly discovered parking lot in the closest place ive been to paradise...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How about a cheeseburger in PARADISE?


and celebrate the event for 2 days, since I was born in the states and it will be Thursday, Friday!
logic... could life be any better?
but it might be harder to find anybody with a better lifestyle than us...
swimming in our backyard several times a day, with a chat with Stu and the lifeguards..
living the "no worries" lifestyle...
being with other who share this love for the sea
in what feels like a small town/community by the beach seperated by the Gold Coast 4 lane highway
with the large divider and 4 lanes of agro aussie drivers!
so much to do all within a quarter/kilometer of our home...
and then training for our proficienies this saturday
with the English contigent of our club...
...moonlight beckoning me
and now rain comes across the sea..
so much ...where we are seeing everthing from the edge of this great island/continent!

Monday, December 12, 2011

another gorgeous day...
it's good that Dad's big TV went into a coma
so now I go to bed of about hrs earlier
each night
and waking up at 5am after the
sun has been streaming in for half an hour
I thought about LA's "cool change"  music
with the dolphins, and then I had my closest alien encounter with a dolphin
and wondered if he/she was smiling at me
while doing her/his fishing..
last night the almost full moon was so mesmerizing that I didn't want to go to bed
so I had to go outside away from the building and lamp lights
to absorb this moment of the moon shimmering above the clouds that were having fireworks
of lightning before the audience's eyes...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

recovering from the weekend!

weekends are the busiest and most fun time of the week... culminating on sunday with the handicap surf swim race...putting on the brakes , so my handicap won't increase until I'm in shape...

ive been feeling better losing about 3 kilos in body fat, but increased muscle weight, seeing what my old body and lungs can handle!
losing the TV reception was the best part of our relationship..
now we don't fight over the volume and I have to let go of my obsession
with the news and how the world is    faling apart!
now, we are all asleep before 9
and I was awake before the rest of the family
when the ocean was still
and I had my most intimate
meeting with my dolphin
only about a meter away from me
and i wonder at first in admiration of such b eatuty and intelligence
swimming right beside me in the crystal clear water
and then wonder if it was attracted to the reflection of new waterproof watch!

then later I did the  timed swim with stu
so I can be proficient to continue lifesaving with the club and competing
after losing my extra american luggage!

Monday, December 05, 2011

my family  liked ur song, LA!

"it's a cool change!"

colin sat on my lap and watched it twice with me..
(awe of the santa monica pier)
it was very windy day with a strong southerly flow...

enough that I would see if i could catch my wife and child walking down towards Broad Beach..

(airport lax xmas tree)

it was a stormy and cloudy enough day to actually think of that moment when Dr. Zhivago runs after his family in the snowstorm to find out that they were peasants just trying to survive in the blizzard!

i thought they might have walked inland to check out the really cool multimillion dollar park, designed for education and athletics for young children...

a new place with sand the beginnings of sand castles... was started,,,

I swam and floated about a km before thinking where they might be...

( wondering if Stu was watching me float by in my mermaid club shirt and rip curl hat)

and then gradually walked back checking out the palaces

that might compose one floor of these 10 story residential apartments...

one of these gorgeous laps of luxury would be up for auction in this very down market....

and then while walking back to our humble abode (with a nice view)

i chatted with surf club mates

about the politics and the group think that might occur

among volunteers who should want to help

but still have a very strong motive for power...

for what was once an all male club...

this club started after the war, and the whole organization of surf life saving

has permeated and completely soaked into the coastal culture of greater Oz!

but even in something so utopian altruistic as the desire to help save lives in need of rescuing

but we cannot get away from that evil quest for power and control...

or even the makings of a Lady Macbeth
while macbeth stands back and gives the control to his lady...

the queen of the metaphoric chess game most call surflifesaving .....
a pawn in the game who has reached her 8th rank
and become queen/matriarch of her domain

wow!.. I could get carried away that thought and some might wonder who that queen could be in their club??

when perhaps they take a chance look at the blog

that fraternizes and utopianized this culture!

everywhere you go u can see microcosms of the quest for power in our various world governments..

and perhaps if we decide that the tables where we all be eventually invited to sit and discuss

will be round...

without the sharp corners that hurt when trying to make your way around your corner of the conversation...

we are in a change in our club government perhaps similar to the way other governments have taken over in the past...
but here in the closest place to living in a utopia that ive encountered, we had a nice day getting some Baramundi Monday specials at the surf clubs... with my family , ... trying to let go of the anger when our darling son peed on our newly put in bedroom carpet!... I think it was a lot easier to toilet train Buffy!

Saturday, December 03, 2011


weve finally got into  the swing of things..
my better half and I had a wonderful day in paradise ...
taking care of my family...
and realizing we do actually have a fun life!
there is so much to tell u and actually cannot believe how wonderful this trip can be..
happiness is the best revenge!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

is this Oklahoma, Mommy?

thanks, LA, for the nice note!
I wish that I had seen Colin say "Is this Oklahoma?"
it is so ironic when you know much I've been wanting to escape the "okie Zone"!

I was in my first surf swim on Sunday, and purposely finished last..
they started me off with a large handicap, so I expected to finish as one of the last!
It was a 15 minute swim...
more than I had swum since I was away!
Everyone welcomed us back and Angela wants to get her Bronze so she can be a "lifesaver" also!