Survivor Down Under (without the voting stuff)

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Mar 19, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sharks, spiders, crocs, heat... private school boy rugby players??? I know. I wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Physically... all of the boys emerged from the game unscathed. Mentally, emotionally... thermally... it was a bit of a butt kicking. And it was our pasty white butts who were getting booted. I suppose heat and jetlag could be used as excuses. There was one player, however, who didn't seem to be affected by these factors. The man so nice they named him twice... Mr Johnny Ray Houston was singled out by the opposing coaches and team as the Man of the Match. (Could have been the Toohey's New his dad was plying on the other coaches the night before though... nah!)

Despite a rather lopsided loss, the boys survived. As did they all in their first night in a hotel as a team... in Surfers Paradise. So named, I am assuming, because of all the surfers who seem to know what they're doing with a surfboard under their feet. If we had a name for it it would probably sound something like Wowsaltwatertastesgrossheytheregoesmybreakfastijustpukedupandwhyamiupsidedownagainunder
jokingwhentheycalledhisplace Paradise. But I think those long names are reserved for the interior areas of Australia. Like places that were named after an abbo's second cousin or something. 

There were two fellows who would be stars on the Argyle Surf team; Soccer Guy (Mr. Hathaway) and Lo-fat (Mr.Dimanno). Both looked like naturals on a surf board. Mr Giles has said he enjoyed surfing so much he's going to get a membership at the Karen Magnusson Wave Pool... so he can practice every morning before school. Atta boy Darcy! You're such a keaner.

The boys are now all safely in the hands of their next billionaire billets (apparently they hand out gold mines here like they hand out parking tix on Lonsdale!) Which would explain who can afford to pay $13.42 for a chicken wrap and a bottle of water. Internet is also insanely expensive, which is going to make these daily updates not so daily... as our relentless tech support guy Jerry Karvalis searches out our best options in each stopover. 

Oh yeah... we started a blog here. I'm only the writer. I don't know how to do all of the other technological stuff (pics, video, email addresses, etc). I'll pass you off to Coach Schutz now. Thanks for reading. I'm off to throw another shrimp on the bahhhbie.

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