Monday 7th March
Dear reader, this blog, as I and you know it, will soon change. WordPress has been the Content Management System and Domain Provider for thousands of blogs, including mine, since I started way back in 2002. Over the last few years WordPress have been pressing me to establish and pay annually for my own Domain and unique blog address. I have resisted their attempts but have come to a cross roads which will very soon require a decision. I would appreciate some feedback from readers.
If I keep the blog as it is, it will soon be stopped in its present format and a new address established requiring readers to make the switch then store the new address in their browser.
If I take the option to establish my own paid web address it can be more professionally upgraded and will allow video to be included in posts. It will also mean paid ads will be seen on the post. I expect they will not be intrusive but could be used to pay the annual fees to maintain the site.
May I have your thoughts??? Leave as is and possibly require a new blog and blog address. OR keep the blog with only a small change to the address but this means ads will appear more often.
We spent a lazy Monday morning then joined Tony and Dawn while they looked at a new high rise unit at Labrador overlooking the Broadwater and some views of the Gold Coast Seaway.
The views are delightful but that is tempered by constant, loud, annoying road traffic noise. Although the balcony views really are something special you would become a prisoner in your own unit – unless of course you could find a way to disregard the noise. It meant living inside 90% of the time and would require the use of air conditioning almost 24 hours a day, summer and winter. Dawn was keen to buy. Donnis Tony and I held back our enthusiasm which was dampened by the traffic noise.
Tony and Dawn took us out for dinner and instead of the Yum Cha originally proposed we went to a pasta and pizza franchise. That was our first and last visit.
Tuesday 8th March.
Tony and Dawn were due to leave this morning but agreed to have a look at the new Waterpoint Apartments being built next door. http://www.realestate.com.au/project-waterpoint+residences-qld-biggera+waters-600008633 Although further back from the beach than the apartments we saw yesterday, the build quality is much better and no traffic noise. They finally hit the road at 1pm and have a few hours drive ahead before they stop for the night. It was great having your company and we look forward to seeing you when we hit the road later this month. Stay tuned for details.
Saturday 12th March
Today I dropped Donnis at Robina Shopping Centre while I continued on to Elanora. I wanted to see the National Skateboarding Championships, part of the Bleach Festival and the Bowlzilla Sport Music & Art Festival at the Elanora Skate Park. The competition is part of the Australian Skateboarding Federation programme of events for 2016.
I know next to nothing about skateboarding although I will admit to making my own when as a teenager I saw skateboarding in a Surfing Movie. Friends and I dismantled our skates, screwed them to a piece if pine and away we went. After a few near misses with cars on a steep hill we drifted back to surfing which was more friendly if you fell off the board.
The actual skate bowl is well set up and challenging.
It is in good condition and is one of a handful of skate bowls which has a full pipe (tunnel). I saw a number of broken arms in the audience and some on skateboards.
Every competitor wore a yellow wristband. Look carefully and you can see almost every person in the audience wears a yellow wristband. Very few skaters wore safety equipment and the number of near misses and falls suggests some skaters have not learned any lessons. Although advertised as a family event some of the skaters threw bad language (and bad sportsmanship and manners) around in full view of spectators. I was surprised to see older skaters
alongside teenage boys and girls while even younger skaters showed what can be done when you have no fear. (Also mum and dad have to pay for the equipment and hospital fees)
It was a typical hot summer day (although it is Autumn) with lots of humidity.
Lots of action photos were taken.
Sunday 13th March
We have had rain, mostly at night, all this week. Today has been raining on and off while temperature has plummeted from a hot 31° to a less hot 28° although humidity levels are high. In the afternoon we played bouche or bolle in our park. It was a nice friendly afternoon between rain showers.