One trip we went on we camped at Lake Keepit near Tamworth N/S/W.
One night just after midnight, a not so gentle zephyr started to blow from the West.
I was fast asleep in my van when I was awoken by Kevin who was in a state of panic that the wind would blow his tent down.
Kevin was running around saying, “The wind is going to blow my tent down.
Look, at that tent over there. It just blew down.”
This went on all night keeping every one awake.
The next morning, after the storm, although his was the only tent still standing, he was not happy.
Usually anyone who owns a dog calls his dog something like Rover, Spot or Rex. Well called mine Sex.
Well, Sex can be a very embarrassing name as you will see.
Please let me share some adventures with you.
One day when I took Sex for a walk he ran away from me.
I spent hours looking for that dog. A police officer came along and asked me what I was doing in an alley at 4 am in the morning. I said, “I’m looking for Sex.” My case comes up next Tuesday.
When I went to the Town Hall to get a dog License, for Sex the Clerk asked me what I wanted so I told him a license for Sex and he said he would like to have one too. When I said, “but this is a dog” he said he did not care what she looked like. I said. “You don’t understand, I’ve had Sex since I was 2 years old.” He replied, “You must have been a strong boy!”
When I decided to get married I told the minister that we wanted to have Sex at the wedding. He told me we would have to wait until after the ceremony. I said.
“But Sex has played a big part in my life, and my whole life revolves around Sex.” He said “he did not want to hear about my personal life and would not marry us in his church.” I told him everyone coming to the wedding, would enjoy having Sex there.
The next day a justice of the peace married us and my family is now barred from the Church.
My wife and I took the dog along with us on our Honeymoon. When we checked into the motel, I told the clerk that I wanted a room for my wife and me and a special room for Sex. The clerk said that every room in this hotel is for sex. So I said, “You don’t understand, Sex keeps me awake at night.”
The clerk said me too.
When my wife and I separated, we went to court to fight for custody of the dog. I said “Your honour, I had Sex before I was married” and the judge said “me too.” When I told him that after I was married, Sex had left me he said “me too.”
Well now I have been thrown in jail, married, divorced and have had more damn troubles than I ever bargained for with that damn dog. Why just the other day when I went for my first session with the Psychiatrist. She asked me “what seems to be the trouble”? I replied, “well Sex has died and left my life and it’s like losing a best friend and it’s so lonely.” The doctor looked at me and said. “Mister you and I both know that Sex isn’t a man’s best friend so get yourself a DOG.”
We met in September 0f 1998, when we went to a dance together, Andrew was my partner, I needed someone to to help get me there. Our second date was at a New Year’s Eve party.
We started courting and the courtship was very shaky at first, as time went on things improved.
We became engaged on July 15 1999. This was the day that Andrew got his divorce to celebrate our engagement we began wearing identical Elephant rings on our ring fingers – elephants never forget!
Commitment Ceremony 21/08/1999
We had a commitment ceremony at the Wayside chapel, in Potts Point, on the 21st of August and celebrated afterwards at St. Canice’s Kitchen.
Our first honeymoon – well we did have two!
Our honeymoon was at Lawson with the Good Samaritan nuns where we had a very peaceful time visiting the surrounding country and towns
OUR WEDDING DAY
We invited our friends to share in the joy as we took our marriage vows and about 50 of 60 of our friends attended the service and most attended the reception afterwards.
Nearly everyone who joined us for our celebration brought a plate (of food) for the reception so we had a very well catered and enjoyable reception afterwards.
The Celebrant: was The RT Rev Ronald Langham Bishop Primus, of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia.
The Celebration was at 4pm on Saturday, the 31/05/ 2003.
At the Pro-cathedral of St John the Beloved.
(In the Unitarian church building).
15 Francis Street Sydney.
On Saturday 31 May 2003, our hopes become reality, when The Rt Rev Ronald Langham Bishop Primus, of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia, in the Pro-cathedral of St John the Beloved, married us in the eyes of God and our government.
Updated on 22/01/2014
On Sunday 31/05/2003, we went by XPT to Dubbo and Coach up to Lightning Ridge13 hours.
The entire trip was an all expenses payed wedding gift for our honeymoon and we stayed at the Lightning Ridge Hotel/Motel.
On Monday, we went on the Black Opal Tour all around and also under Lightning Ridge donned a hard hat and went down the Walk in Mine.
On Tuesday, we went down the Big Opal mine 113 steps down a spiral stair case for a guided walk around the workings then yes, 113 steps back up puff! puff!
In the afternoon, we just walked around Lightning Ridge looking in shops and talking to people.
Coming home we caught a Coach from Lightning Ridge down to Dubbo and then the XPT back to Sydney the trip only taking 13 ½ hours.
One morning I was picking mushrooms for my Grandfather so I was last getting on the bus. The driver never stopped for us to get on but slowed to a crawl so that we could jump on. The bus was an old crate and so the driver couldn’t stop for fear it wouldn’t start again, or that he would be late for the next pick-up anyway -At this time the road had just been graded so there was a hump at the side of the road and I was running onto the hump to make my leap onto the bus but lost my footing and fell underneath the bus.
The driver stopped but the dual wheels at the back had already ran over my legs, the thing that I member is that the bus had left tyre marks on my legs my legs hurt and at the age of 6 years old I thought that if the tyre marks were removed the pain would go.
The bus driver put me into the bus and drove me into the village where my grandfather did first aid, then the local police sergeant drove me towards the hospital and met the ambulance halfway to town.
My next memory is in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Most of what happened after the bus run over me was told to me much later.
I was in Sydney for 18 to 29 months and after I was released from hospital I stayed with my aunt and uncle in St Peters; my aunt and I travelled to and from out-patients by taxi the bills were paid by the Far West Scheme,
After I started recovering I went to Camdenville Public School Newtown NSW where the staff used to carry me up to my classroom in a fireman’s carry.
With all the trips to out-patients I missed lots of school and my education suffered very much but later in life I attended TAFE to improve my education
I had leg irons on both legs from the bottom of my feet to my hips, even so I was able to travel home for Christmas by train it was a interesting trip by today’s standards:- My aunt tied a label around my neck with delivery instructions, well the trip home went like this, I took a train from St Peters to Central then from Central to Lithgow, then from Lithgow to Bathurst, then from Bathurst to Blayney, then from Blayney to Cowra, then from Cowra to Koorawatha, then from Koorawatha to Uppingham and was met by hose and sulky for the last leg home in time for Christmas, The trip back to Sydney worked in the reverse.
I did two trips like this but the second time I stayed Home, my leg irons were removed a few months later.
We had to travel to school by goods train from the siding near our farm into town; the trip into town by train sometimes was very fast taking only a few minutes, however when the wheat harvesting was on, sometimes the train was overloaded and with the extra load the old steam engine had a hard time slowing going down the hills.
Before the train left the Uppingham siding , to go down to Greenethorpe, it had to be taken down in two or three sections as the grade was very steep. Even in sections the train sometimes had problems slowing down for the bend at the bottom of the grade.
In 1956 the train left the tracks at the bottom bend they say it was doing 90 M.P.H. when it crashed. I remember thinking “ why was the grass growing into the window” – the carriage was upturned and the windows on the other side so high up that we couldn’t get out.
When some local farm hands and other passengers pulled us out of the train the carriage we were in was on fire. The other carriages were scattered everywhere with two carriages standing on their ends forming an A shape and the locomotive was on its side with steam and thick black smoke belching from it.
The trestle was destroyed in the crash so they put on a, very old bus (a 1948 Maple leaf Chevy with a outthrust bonnet) on to take us to school in Greenethorpe, but the bus also had to take the older kids to high school, the bus used to slow down to a slow crawl so we had to run beside it and jump on to it.
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