I’m still alive.

OK.  Is it safe to come out?  It seems safe.  Nobody’s died in over a week.  Well… nobody I know, and nobody famous.  But somebody somewhere is bound to have died.  It happens a lot.  Only I don’t tend to cry quite so much if it’s a total stranger. 

Alrighty then.  Back to our scheduled programming.

I’ve been sitting on half a story about my bike for a while.  But it still isn’t ready to hatch.

So here’s a reminder about how big Australia really is.  I’ve covered this before, but I got a bit of junkmail from my little sister this week and it is a very graphic depiction of how huge this place really is.  Someone has inserted a scale model of Europe into Australia – quite a painful procedure unless you use a water-based lubricant or a general anaesthetic.  The picture is a copy of a postcard, so we’re stuck with the cute animals.  And, yes.  If you’re planning on visiting Australia, all 3 animals pictured have been directly linked to the deaths of tourists.  But they’re still cute in a we-don’t-care-much-for-the-idiots-that-get-too-close-to-the-fauna kind of way.

How big is big?  And how little of our wide brown land do we actually use?  Here’s a hint.  Australia’s population is just over 20 million.  According to the highly esteemed and trustworthy CIA, the European countries in the picture have a total population of over 570 million.  But I guess they don’t mind body odour too much.  And that’s necessary because there are nearly 30 times the people crammed into about 70% of the real estate.  Stinky-poo.

And in case you’re wondering, I live on the coast near Romania (between Brisbane and Noosa).

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7 Responses to I’m still alive.

  1. Unknown says:

    For goodness’ sake!  I didn’t realize you lived so close to where one of my dearest friends lived and where his family still lives, in Noosa.  I also have friends in a town about 200 miles north of Noosa, and some in Brisbane proper, and did have some way out in Quilpie, as well as several in other locations in Oz and NZ. One of those is a radio deejay in Brizbane and he contacted us about Steve Irwin’s death about 2 hours after it happened because he was in the studio when the news broke.
    Thanks for the information about that "bridge" loan. I did try for something like that, an interim kind of loan, but the lenders weren’t interested.  If what I’m doing right now doesn’t work, I’ll approach them and ask about that idea.  It’s not something I’ve ever come across here, but I sure as heck don’t know everything. 

  2. Courtney says:

    Holy crap, that’s a big country!

  3. Star says:

    Hi Big Mike, Came by to see how you were doing.  Haven’t been around for awhile.  I was so sorry about Steve Irwin.  He was such an example of living life to the fullest!
    I’m hoping to visit your country in March.  I have a friend in Sydney and will stay there for a couple of weeks and I’m hoping to rent an rv and travel around for a couple of weeks also.  I know how big the country is, my Ozzie friend keeps telling me it’s as big as the 48 states.  I wonder how far I can get in two weeks?  I am more interested in the flora, fauna, geology, geography and archaeology of Oz than the cities. 
    On my way to catch up on more of what I’ve been missing here.
    Love, Light, and Laughter

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