Monday 21st October
We woke to another hot and windy day in our delightful camp spot at Boulder Creek then drove to Airlie Beach and met with Maria and Keith my previous employers. Long story short, we discussed my possible return to Marine Insurance.
Timely. Both our rental properties are in need of TLC and perhaps even an injection of funds to jazz up each house. We have also been asked to travel to Fiji in April next year to attend Enid’s 00th birthday party.
We returned to Boulder Creek and enjoyed a good night’s sleep in cooler temperatures.
Tuesday 22nd October
We packed WWWGO then drove back to Sandra’s house. After setting up our site I spent the rest of the afternoon pondering a possible return to the workforce.
The thought is kinda scary.
Wednesday 23rd October
More thinking, thinking, thinking.
More scary moments.
Thursday 24th October
OK. There is now a little more to the plot twist. When we first arrived I applied for work as a senior General Insurance Broker with an Insurance Brokerage in Mackay. Today I had an interview with a senior partner from Brisbane and the local office manager.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
What if they offer me the position?
We lunched with Pam and Jerry at Hotel Whitsunday.
Afterwards we looked for some suitable Insurance Broker clothes before I got to thinking, thinking, thinking again.
Friday 25th October
In the morning we visited niece Kelly, her son Cooper and latest edition, only two weeks old, Oliver, at their beachside house at Bucasia only about 1 Klm from our beachside house at The Shoals.
In the afternoon I received a call from the Mackay Insurance Brokerage offering me the job!!!
I received an email from Maria confirming the offer for the position in Airlie Beach!
Donnis joined a Reclaim the Night March http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/walkers-recall-victim-shandee/2033954/ while I spent time with Averyl and grandchildren Shelby-Rose and Anakin.
Saturday 26th October
The day dawned hot and humid just like it would be in mid- summer. Only, it is not yet summer, it is mid spring. The day became hotter and hotter so seeking shade and a fresh breeze was paramount in our thoughts. Sigh! That’s one of the side effects of living in the tropics.
The Mackay Kart Club was having their annual club championships racing over two days at their Palmyra Kart Track.
Dave is normally one of the keen racers – he has three karts – but because of a broken ankle several months ago, he is still recovering. He spent the day on the sidelines doing other work behind the scenes. Donnis and I visited the track and learnt something about the karts and racing. Today was the preliminary heats and the serious finals will be held tomorrow.
A local TV station wanted a scene with all the drivers, the oldest down to the youngest – about 7 years old -.in their racing suits and on the track in a group.
They were soon joined in the sweltering sun by a lovely young lady who sang the national anthem acapella . Next the Mackay City Pipe and Drums band marched along the straight and performed two numbers and marched off. You could tell by their red faces they were keen to get off the track and into the shade and tuck into a few cold beers.
Racing was almost continuous, noisy, fume filled and the PA annoyingly announcing something every minute. While all this noise and fumes and confusion was going on the nearby Palmyra Drag Strip was also carrying out drag races. http://www.palmyradragway.com.au/aboutus.html
Hmmm! They are noisier!
We had a great day but were pleased to get away and take a couple of Panadol for my headache!
Sunday 27th October
We had another hotr and humid day. The kind of hot and humid where just resting a bare arm on paper or plastic and it sticks to the arm. We drove to Canelands and bought a Multiplier Fan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bladeless_fan The one we bought is a cheap version of the Dyson and one which was subject to a nasty international court case a few years ago when Dyson sued several Chinese companies. Basically we could never afford a Dyson but the Chinese version was cheap as chips.