CY­CLONE DEB­BIE

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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