There are "good" and "bad" people in most groups. The 4WD club I most
recently was a member of, has included activities such as removal of burned
out and damaged wrecks of cars from bushland, as a community service and
contributions towards maintaining historic bush huts. I have been a member,
mainly to learn about how to handle the car in bush settings. Sometimes some
members do need just a bit of further encouragement. On one of the trips I
went on, I chastised another member for leaving his cigarette buts in the
bush. I pointed out that he had a ashtray worth about $50000 attached to the
rest of his car and that he should use that, instead of the bush (of course
I think smokers should eat their cigarette buts).
On Behalf Of Robert Inglis
Sent: Wednesday, 13 June 2012 8:03 PM
Subject: The front line begins behind the lines.
Chris Ll, I remember with sanguine delight our all too brief musings over a
bottle of red at Bowra......................... And, from that, I can easily
'feel' your emotions during your encounter with the 'possum' possums.
And your story brought to the front of my mind the time, a few years ago,
when I was spending the night in a motel unit at a popular location in Alice
Springs the day before I officially joined a group bound for the Mitchell
In the next-door unit there was a pair of your typical Aussie outback
four-wheel travellers equipped with a very large, somewhat expensive,
4-wheel drive vehicle. Perhaps I could say a "pose vehicle" but I won't. It
wasn't a Landrover product. When you drive a Subaru it is not possible to
Being a very convivial person and always hoping for the best from my fellow
person I struck up a conversation from these obviously very experienced
travellers and I discovered they were heading out west (of Alice Springs) so
I hoped for some erudite information on how to do that.
Benjamin Franklin once said:
"He that lives on hope will die fasting."
George Herbert once said:
" He that liveth with hope danceth without a partner."
Francis Bacon once said:
"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."
Bob Inglis once said (just now):
"Seeing a luxury 4-wheel-drive heading for the outback (of Alice Springs)
loaded with dozens of "slabs" of (expletive deleted) full beer cans tends to
destroy all feelings hope."
My "interlocutors" obviously weren't birdwatchers - they probably only
planned to watched the speedometer - and I saw no evidence of projectile
type weaponry - but it was a BIG vee hick ell. Obviously, hunters and
shooters (maybe not all of them) are a real problem. But we should also be
aware that there are other 'problems'.
When will this all end? (that's the second time I have asked that question
in an email today).
Bob Inglis (my real name - "Bob" is a diminutive of "Robert") Sandstone
Point (a real place) Qld (another real place)
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