Be care­ful on the road, for cows lurk

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

WHAT do you do when it’s 100km to Monto, you have a quar­ter-tank of gas, it’s dark and you can’t re­mem­ber where you put your sun­glasses?

I don’t ac­tu­ally know, be­cause when I found my­self in that sit­u­a­tion a cou­ple weeks ago, I was too ter­ri­fied to worry about how the rest of this Blues Broth­ers ref­er­ence would go.

When the topic of wan­der­ing cows came up on the coun­cil’s new com­plaint sys­tem (see page 8), I was think­ing “you don’t say”.

I had just fin­ished up a week work­ing in Kin­garoy and was head­ing back to my post out in Monto.

I stopped in at Mundubbera for din­ner with my col­league and let the night grow late, so when I got back to the car I re­alised that I had only a quar­ter tank of petrol left and Mundubbera doesn’t have 24-hour fuel.

I could have asked if I could stay the night and fill up in the morn­ing, but men do not ask for help and I had a soc­cer game to cover the next morn­ing.

So, I set off into the night with one ner­vous eye on the gauge, and an­other on the road.

In hind­sight, I should have known I would make it as long as I drove con­ser­va­tively, but my past self was too wor­ried about the cows on the road.

Don’t worry, I’m not dob­bing any­one in; I don’t even know where I was.

I made it in the end, as you can guess, but con­sider this a cau­tion­ary tale.

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