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Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, March 21, 2013

I feel like I should introduce our Canadian friends to our Australian friends. If our Australian friends are reading this blog (I don't think they are) I would do a proper introduction and introduce you, our Canadian friends, to our Australian friends too. But, I think it's going to be one sided. Hopefully you're ok with that. If not, then read no more.

Ok, still here? I thought so. Canadians are nothing if not pleasant (most of them, most of the time) and eager to meet others. Kara works with a great group of people and we've gotten to spend a lot of time with them over the last 7 months. We go out for drinks every Wednesday with Paula, Tanya and Michelle, all coworkers of Kara's. Between the three of them, they know everyone in town and we sit at the pub by the window and watch the goings on at the local fish and chips shop across the street, commenting ever so nicely about each and every person that goes in. Ah, we're mostly nice, but so many people go for fish and chips (at least) every Wednesday! It's hard not to make comments!

Anyway, we've gone for barbeques, for drinks, for dinners and for Christmas parades with these three Sheilas and their blokes and we've become quite close with them. Paula is married to Angas (the fella for whom I did up that Bawco Building website) and they let us come over to their house all the time and fill up our drinking water containers since our house ran dry a few months ago. They're a lot of fun and have a wide variety of karaoke discs to choose from anytime we go over for dinner. Nights with them sometimes devolve into Kara and I singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the karaoke machine and/or Angas and I drinking whiskey and playing pool. Angas is a guy with a taste for James Bond movies, a distaste for rice and a penchant for snorkelling in shark infested waters. Paula on the other hand, has a distaste for snorkelling in shark infested waters but enjoys a good day at the beach nonetheless. She puts together a mean meal and is always willing to go head to head in a witty repartee-a-thon (you'll always lose though).

Angas owns and operates Bawco Building in town, just down the street from our house actually. He started this company up about 5 years ago and does all kinds of local construction and renovations. Angas and Paula's son, Ryan, also works at Bawco and is in charge of new homes. He spent some time in Canada when he was younger and likes hanging out with Kara and I, talking about music and beer (two of our favourite things!). It was at Bawco that Paula and Angas (and Ryan and the rest of the crew) put together the Christmas Parade float that we were a part of, and which ended up winning first prize.

Tanya is another of Kara's coworkers, and her and her husband Darren enjoy another life as motorcycle enthusiasts, or bikies as they're called here. They also enjoy caravanning around and their input has greatly helped us on our caravanning trips. They lent us some guide books of different areas and even lent us some dvd's of Tasmania before we went out there. They're a lot of fun to hang out with too, always ready with a joke or some well placed dirty comment. Michelle is the final pea that fits in our Wednesday night drink pod, although certainly not the least... pea? My analogies don't always work. Michelle and her husband Daryl are always up for a drink or two as well. Michelle is an extremely hard worker and takes on a lot of responsibility at work and so her drinks are always well deserved. Not like some of us. Sometimes I have a beer whether I deserve it or not! Don't tell anybody.

I've mentioned Bill and Lee before in some of my posts, so some of you may be aware of who they are and what they're all about, but you don't know them like I know them! I work alongside them day in day out and I gotta say, part of the reason I like it here so much is because of the relationship I've developed with them. They're the owners of the motel I work at and I was hired on just as they took over (Aug 23rd was the effective takeover date and was my first official day at work) so it feels like we're all in it together. They've owned hotels before and have owned a number of other businesses and so are old pros at it, I've been learning a lot from them. They've travelled around Australia and lived in a number of different towns and states. This is the first business they've owned in South Australia though and so we're all new in town.

I've learned some new words from Bill, although most of them are just new compound words, something with the word 'bloody' in front of it. Lee and I have spent our time developing an effective invoicing system and figuring out how to get the most out of the computer system. They just bought their first iPod and so naturally I helped them fill it up with all the greats; Phil Collins, Mike Nesmith, Jerry Reed, Gowan and heaps of Monkees. I've now met a lot of their family as well; their son Marcus and daughter Briony and their partners and kids, Lee's sister and her husband, Bills sister and brother and a whole bunch of their friends. That's the beauty of owning a motel, you can have visitors come from all over and they've always got a place to stay!

I felt that I should dedicate a post to these people because they've all made our time here so much more enjoyable than it otherwise would have been. We miss all of our friends back home a lot obviously and we think about you all quite often, but... you've all been replaced.

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