I Hate Goodbyes

Trip Start Oct 12, 2005
Trip End May 04, 2006

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Howdy Folks,

well, I'm back in Rockhampton at my aunt Ann's friend Veronica's. My cousin, aunt and all the kids dropped me off a few hours ago. We drove down to Yeppoon again on Wednesday for an awards ceremony for a waste poster contest that Jamie was recieving an award for. She came in third for her region.

I hate goodbyes more than anything ... feels like that's all I've been doing since I left Iqaluit, saying bye to people. It sucks. I got all choked up when I was saying bye to them and started crying ... and thinking about it I'm crying again. When did I turn into such a fucking wus.

Anways, I had a great time with them and am going to try and convince my aunt to come visit Canada. It's amazing how different siblings can be. My Dad is ... well, most of you know my dad and how he is. My uncle Michael is a freak (and I didn't visit him on this trip) and my aunt is sooo cool. She'd give you her arm if she thought you might need it .... and dispite her extream friendilness and kindness shes not the type of person who can't just relax and have a good time. She's always up for a few beers each night and some good laughs. I think she got the best of everything out of the Clay kids.

I'd like to get Karen to come to canada too, but with 5 kids it's a lot to wish for. Hopefully when the two older ones are a bit older they'll come out. Karen is another character. She's the toughest lady I know. She doesn't take no shit from anybody. She's the only person I've ever seen give beer to a baby (only a little when her husband wasn't around) and has managed to find a nice balance between scaring the shit out of her kids with threats of sever beatings and unconditional mummy love for all 5. I don't know how she copes with 5 kids and managing a farm all at the same time ... actually I do. Booze. she's a great lady though and I'm gonna miss her (and her hastling me about what a slow drinker I am).

I'm off to Sydney tomorrow to spend my last couple of days in Australia before the long flight home. HOpefully this time I don't have a window seat and am not trapped in my chair for 10 hours straight because the guy in the middle seat took a tranquilizer when he boarded. Jerk.

Once I'm in Sydney I'll try and get some pictures up ... this computer wont let me and I have a bunch to post ... dn't think I've put anything up since New Zealand!!

In any case, I'll be seeing a bunch of you real soon and I can't wait (Hightower wedding .... hahaha, gonna be a fucking good time!!!!!).

I'm going to do my best to try and get in touch with a bunch of you when I get back home, but in case I don't (because I'm gonna be running around like a madman trying to get ready to head to the states) you can call me at my parent's place. If you dn't have the number just email me and I'll get it to you. Also, much to my own protest I think I'll be getting myself a cell when I get back too ... makes sense seeing as I don't have a home anymore and will be bouncing around Canada for a few months till I figure out what i'm going with myself. So I'll get that # out too when i get it.

Okay, I'm going to go sulk and watch tv.
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