Your dose of gossip from the road
A GROUP of truckies were having an enforced fatigue break at a roadhouse on a quiet September Saturday morning and decided to patronise a nearby cafe.
They couldn’t have predicted what they would see while sitting at a table near a window from which they had a great view on what was unfolding outside.
A man who looked to be aged in his early thirties was dancing on the edge of the busy road near the footpath.
With not a stitch of clothing on and wearing a pair of cowboy boots.
Human nature ensured his antics attracted the attention of most in the packed cafe and passing traffic.
One of the waitresses phoned the police and after about 10 minutes three cop cars arrived and two ambulance vans.
It took the long arm of the law a few minutes to catch the would-be-thespian as he took off.
But when they did he was handcuffed and taken away presumably to the watch house.
The lads reckon they would have paid a cover price for entry to the cafe for the bizarre entertainment.
SOME drivers our correspondents come across reluctantly decline to have their picture in Big Rigs.
They nominate company policy which won’t allow them to talk to any media.
It is included in a clause on the work agreement contract they sign.
Spy is mesmerised about this because the majority of drivers we interview say nice things about their employer.
However Spy had never heard this following excuse before when he yarned to two drivers from a certain organisation at a roadhouse.
“We would like to have our pic taken but if we do appear in Big Rigs we face a fine,” one said.
That really got old Spy curious as I pondered how they could be fined for this.
“If our photo appears in a local paper we get fined one carton of beer and in a national publication it is two cartons. Our colleagues get free beer on us,” he added.
OCTOBER is the month when many men and women including truck drivers and road transport industry workers get behind a national fundraising initiative to reduce drug and alcohol related harm among young people.
It is called Ocsober and during the 31 days, participants don’t drink alcohol. They get sponsorship and all money raised goes to help Life Education.
The campaign’s mascot is named Healthy Harold and the aim is educate 720,000 Aussie kids to make safer, healthier choices for the future.
Confusion over name
MORE than 40 people gathered in the conference room at a Queensland hotel for the 50th birthday party of the wife of a well known transport industry gent.
Included in their number were some truckies and they had a bar attendant named Fiona serving up drinks.
Anyway one of the lads there was named Peter and Fiona was standing behind him without his knowledge.
“Peter why don’t you book a room upstairs for the night and have a romantic evening with Fiona?” one partygoer said.
Bar attendant Fiona almost swallowed her Adam’s Apple as she is a happily married lady.
But then somebody came to the rescue soon after the awkward moment.
DANGEROUS BIRDS: A magpie up close.