Debbie the Soccer Mum got nostalgic this week with the reminder that it was a decade since Cyclone Larry came and smashed up parts of the our tropical idyll. It cast her mind back half a decade to Cyclone Yasi and what an interesting time she’d had of it. Back then, as the cyclone approached, appearing to get bigger by the hour, Debbie and family decided it was heading for Port and the best thing to do was to flee. So they jumped into their family sedan and hightailed it down to Townsville – with Yasi right on their tail, as it changed course and headed south. Now hostage to Yasi, they were stranded in Airlie Beach for a week until the roads were reopened. They deemed it sensible to return to Port via the Tablelands. The road at Bushy Creek was flooded and Debbie’s ancient sedan found itself unwisely afloat. Her intrepid husband grabbed the two crying kids and bravely waded through the water to deposit them on the opposite bank. Since he’d opened the doors, Debbie, alone in the car, found herself chest high in water and the car sort of bobbing in the stream. Welcome back! driving down the highway in Excalibur, the Austin 1100, with his new fog lights on. Coconut had seen many fine young male drivers steering their utes around the shire with the fog lights on. The better examples are lit up like an Afghan lorry (pictured). In the middle of the night they look like cruise liners coming at you on the other side of the road! He has experienced some on the quieter stretches of road at night – say, the long straight just before Miallo – where the odd passing vehicle has been festooned with headlights, spotlights, driving lights, fog lights and possibly a searchlight, lighting up everything including the possums in the trees a mile down the road. Critters must think dawn has come early. Anyway, thinking he would like to catch up with this modern breakthrough, Coconut added some modest fog lights to the svelte lines of the front of his car. And enjoyed driving around with them on, even on bright days. No one told him it was illegal! According to the RACQ such behaviour resulted in a huge number of fines for road users last year, in fact double those for using a mobile phone while riding (an activity Coconut is in no danger of infringing due to an aversion to two-wheels – or horses – and mobile phones both separately and together).
two of them were strictly no alcohol and just breakfast for a week . . . must have been a goody