316. Sunday 19th May 2013. Family visit and adventures on the Gold Coast…

Friday 17th May

HarrumpH!!!!

It is Friday already and I have not written about anything so far this week. So, far, no photo’s either.

We have both had dental appointments and we have been tied up while waiting on other people to contact us so we can make decisions.

First, we have placed our Airlie Beach property on the market. Auction date is 17th June. I am not a great fan of auctions but the market is slow and on the agents advice seems sound. Interest rates have dropped by .25% this month to a 50 year low so perhaps that will help the market. We did have some problems with the tenants who were trying to withhold permission for inspections to be carried out. I can understand their reluctance but it seems they were delaying us while giving themselves time to look for another property. Reason has prevailed. They will continue to stay in the house, pay rent until the house sells and a settlement date is known. They will have at least 6 weeks to find another rental.

We have also discussed several options for collecting my Subaru and Yamaha from my daughter Shelley in Townsville. As well we have a shed full of furniture in Airlie Beach, some to be moved to the new address, some to give away to family and some to be donated to St Vincent de Paul Society.

Today daughter Averyl, hubby Paul

Paul was not well and needed a couple of hours rest.

Paul was not well and needed a couple of hours rest.

and the grandchildren, Shelby-Rose

Shelby-Rose is usually quiet and camera shy.

Shelby-Rose is usually quiet and camera shy.

and Anakin

Frank and Anakin flying the Parrot A R Drone

Frank and Anakin flying the Parrot A R Drone

arrived for lunch and an afternoon visit before they went to Suncorp Stadium to watch the Bronco Vs Titans Rugby League game.

Averyl, Paul, Anakin and Shelby- Rose with Donnis

Averyl, Paul, Anakin and Shelby- Rose with Donnis

It was wonderful to have them visit but all too soon they were gone.

In the last month I started reading three political books.

1. My Life by Bill Clinton

2. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

3.Decision Points by George W Bush.

The trouble with reading books such as these is that they are of course about the USA and as the rest of the world knows, noboby can figure out their system of elections and why there are so many people with titles which seem meaningless. As these books are about the last three Presidents of the USofA does make them topical.

So… here is my synopsis of what I have read.

  1. Bill Clinton. Tough to read. He writes the same as he speaks. Words tumble about disjointedly in utter confusion. Every person he has ever encountered in his life is in this book with a detailed explanation of where and how they fit in. There is also an historical account of governors,  past and present and how they got into office and really I gave up when I was 9% through the book. Frankly I did not care about his presidency anymore and what he did or did not do. He failed to capture my attention.
  2. Barack Obama. The current President of the USA. He writes almost exactly as he speaks. Sentences are clipped and precise and spat out in a staccato fashion. Sentences are full of statistics and delivered in a no nonsense “listen to me and do as you are told” style. I gave up after I struggled through 10% of the book which also includes potted history of every person he ever came in contact with. I am tossing up as to whether he failed to get my attention or just plain bored me.
  3. George W Bush. He writes just as he speaks, slow and with a southern drawl. George also mentions everybody he has met and gives his history of state and federal politics and honestly he has held my attention, at least until I am 54% through the book. I am likely to reach the end. Not so with the first two books. Make no mistake the book is boring as far as I am concerned. It is less boring than the other two.

On the subject of boring I will also mention a book by Whoopi Goldberg. You know, that crazy actress with a fun personality and a wicked sense of humour?  In real life she is not that person. The book takes on the award of most boring. I struggled, really struggled, as far as 5% and could read no further.

This year I have read two books by Michael J Fox who by the way becomes political in one of them, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future”, where I almost stopped reading altogether. He also gets a mention by George W Bush in his book.

For a change of pace when I finish George W Bush book I will read a murder mystery or a thriller or perhaps even a recipe book. At least something which will keep my attention.

Saturday 18th May

For a change of pace we collected grandson Chris and took him for a drive to the Gold Coast.

Donnis prepares Chris for a flying fox ride at The Broadwater.

Donnis prepares Chris for a flying fox ride at The Broadwater.

After lunch we ran through the sand and water at the Broadwater, which by the way he claims he has never done before.

Frank shows Chris how to make sand balls.

Frank shows Chris how to make sand balls.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast_Broadwater

The Skyline of Surfers Paradise as seen from The Broadwater at Labrador.

The Skyline of Surfers Paradise as seen from The Broadwater at Labrador.

 

A local metal detector company sponsored a field day for current detector owners and potential owners. Here they are searching for Imperial coins hidden in the sand.

A local metal detector company sponsored a field day for current detector owners and potential owners. Here they are searching for Imperial coins hidden in the sand.

 

Sunday 19th May

Hmmm! Can you believe Donnis and I drove to the Broadwater again today, by ourselves and this time drove to the other side, past Sea World and on to The Spit, entrance to the Broadwater.

Setting sun highlights the tall buildings overlooking The Broadwater at Biggera Waters.

Setting sun highlights the tall buildings overlooking The Broadwater at Biggera Waters.

There is not much we can explain about our trip except to say it was a long, tiring but completely satisfying.

Motorised Para Glider over The Spit.

Motorised Para Glider over The Spit.

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