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Hey!! No one joined us for the mud wrestling!!!!

This is a discussion on Hey!! No one joined us for the mud wrestling!!!! within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; Well, I don't think Jenn was challenging me - it was sort of a salute! ...

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    Well, I don't think Jenn was challenging me - it was sort of a salute!

    Yesterday I spent the morning working, (yeah, even on my vacation) so didn't get out. But Tim and I had a wonderful afternoon going to an orchid nursery up in the hills. Royale Orchids. Then last evening we went to his orchid society. Tim will have to tell you about THAT little adventure....

    As for the taxi ride. Well, that morning I arose at 5:30 am in order to be birding at 6:30. We did about 5 miles of hiking in 2.5 hours in rather humid conditions in the Wollemi National Park. Returned back to the house we stayed at and had breakfast, then headed off for another 5 hours of birding as we made our way back to Katoomba, where I had to catch the train to Sydney. (Oh, Gin, you would love the Glossy Black Cockatoos!) We arrived at the train station with 10 minutes to spare, I was hot, thirsty, dirty and sweaty... Got on the train, which everyone said would be empty that time of day - - well it was packed! With other hot, sweaty people. The AC wasn't working either.... This sets the mood for the taxi ride.... knowing that the train arrived at 5:30 and it's 30 - 45 minutes from the train station to the hotel, and Tim was picking me up at 7:30 for dinner....

    I leave the train and hauling all my luggage with me, ask the attendant where the taxis are. He points to the left (up a ramp) and says to turn right at the top. I follow his instructions, and find myself in the Bus queue. I see what looks like a taxi at the end of the buses, which is down a rather steep hill. So off I go.

    The taxi was in fact, a police car... I am now at the bottom of this hill and so I realize the taxis MUST be on the other side of the station. So I figure I'll just continue a few feet to the cross street, go under the tracks and back up the hill to the taxi stand. Well, there was no sidewalk under the tracks.... just dirt. Dragging my luggage I make it to the other side, and yippee - sidewalk. I start up the hill and I can see the taxi sign about 100 yards ahead. (all uphill). I am now sweating like a race horse and am beginning to find myself imagining a cool shower and fresh clean towels...

    Now gasping for breath I stagger up to the taxi stand. (you must understand that my luggage was one large wheeled suitcase, my laptop case, which is quite large, and my purse.) There is a taxi!! I can almost hear the angels singing!! The driver looks up at me and smiles, I say, I want to go to the Courtyard Marriott in North Ryde. The driver smiles, says okay. Then just sits there.... (slight sense of unease appears). Then he looks back up and says "You have baggage." (that's getting a little personal, I think... so what if I do have some baggage.....It's none of his business!!) I respond, "Yes, I have some luggage". He gets out, opens the trunk and puts the suitcase in. The rest of the stuff I have to take in the car with me. Relief! I'm only a taxi ride away from that shower!! He gets back in the car, but doesn't start the engine. sense of unease increasing

    He reaches down on the floor boards and pulls out a tattered map book. Alarm bells begin ringing! He asks for the address and I hand him my reservation slip, pointing out the street address. He turns to the back of the map book and starts looking for the street... (staying calm, staying calm....) About 5 taxis have pulled up, picked up other people and left. I am just about to tell him forget it when a taxi pulls up along side and the driver starts to talk to him in Afgani. All that I can catch is "Marriott North Ryde", and the other driver saying a lot of stuff and then "all the way to the end, ALL the way to the end". My driver replies, and the other driver answers with "ALL THE WAY TO THE END" again in the conversation. Uhh Ohh!!!

    We get under way. (FAINT lessoning of the uneasiness). Then I look up at his drivers card posted in the front. It's his FIRST DAY DRIVING A CAB!!! Unease increasing!!! He asks me "Where you from?" I answer, "California". He says, "I Afghanistan", smiles and then says, "Just come"! Unease now giving way to mild panic...

    I know that it is supposed to be about a $40 cab ride, so I am watching the meter... Then a bright red light on the dashboard catches my attention.... THE FUEL LIGHT and we've only gone $6 dollars on the meter... Definite feeling of panic It's rush hour, this guy is almost out of gas, has been driving a cab for a few hours, fresh from Afghanistan, and doesn't know where we are going..... I look at the fuel gauge. It's pegged on E. Real panic sets in All I can think of is being stranded in the middle of traffic, during rush hour, with a non-english speaking cabby who has no radio to call for assistance... The meter is up to $15.

    The engine misses a few times, and I'm sure that we've had it. It's really hot, but I don't dare ask for the air conditioner to be turned on, because that will suck up that last precious drops of fuel..... The meter is up to $20. I begin praying - Oh lord, please let me get to the hotel, I promise to find a church on Sunday... Please, Lord!!! I swear that the fuel light is now glowing red, pehaps even pulsating - I'm wondering what the penalty is in Australia for strangling a cabbie.... I could definitely claim temporary insanity.....



    Then, a few minutes later (seemed like an hour) - I see the sign for the hotel!!! (Light streams down from the sky to illuminate the sign, angels singing.....) I calmly lean forward and shout "THERE IT IS!!!! Turn left, TURN LEFT!!. The driver will probably never hear correctly with his left ear again............

    We pull into the hotel, the meter reads $32. The fuel light is still on, the engine is still missing... I literally jump out of the cab, the driver opens the trunk and hands me my suitcase, I give him $40 and run for the hotel.

    Gee I love to travel, it's so relaxing.....

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    LMAO, Diane!

    Gosh that brings back all those years I lived in Manhattan! I swear the newbie taxi drivers just off the boat would tail me hoping to pick up a ride. I've shared your agony a hundred times! (But never with a date with Tim-O hanging in the balance...your stakes were much higher.

    Glad you showered first...

    Julie

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    Great story, Diane!
    These stories just remind me of my own traveling when I was still a student. Traveling around Europe by hoping between trains and buses, most of the times, I had no idea where I was going to stay or eat dinner! Somehow it all worked out at the end even though you had to sweat "a little". But those are the fond memories that you would forever cherish and share with loved ones. Just enjoy these adventures or mis-adventures and as some old french song says "Que sera sera"! Just Let It Be! (Don't I just love the Beatles!)

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    I'm still LMAO!!!

    oh and to Oz!


    So... guess I need to let y'all know about the latest action hero to have landed on planet Oz!

    Well, as Diane mentioned, we went to Royale Orchids on Thursday arvo... so I managed to figure that if we left at 5.00pm, we'd be back at Diane's by 6.00pm... got there in plenty of time of course! 5.45pm and I'm heading back home to feed my pups, do my hair, pick up a few plants for the Orchid Soc meeting, and maybe have a diet biscuit for dinner.

    Well, traffic of course does not play nice all the time, and an hour and fifteen minutes later, I am home... the same time that I am suppose to be picking up Diane!!! EEEK!

    Well, definitely had to feed the pups... and in record time... and phone calls to hotel and messages, etc etc... and I am off heading back to the hotel... did it in 25 minutes!

    So, Diane was there waiting (sorry sorry sorry) and we head off to the Orchid Soc meeting!

    Got there and they have already begun... and seriously, they didn't even wait for moi!!! How inconvenient! (hehehehe)

    Anyways, no sooner have we sat down and I get asked by the president to have a chat... I thought, oh oh... I shouldn't have been late... (scared)

    Anyways, enough about me... yadda yadda... next thing you know...

    There's Diane wonderfully giving a talk about how she grows orchids in Thousand Oaks California!!!

    See, the mob that was suppose to give a talk on greenhouses did not show up! GRRRR!!!!

    So, Diane kindly helped out by giving a talk! Saviour!

    She talked about her indoor set up, which is great information for the many novices who are starting out and need to know where they may be able to grow and put more orchids! So thank you, thank you, thank you Diane!

    Oh, and also Diane won a tub of fertiliser in the raffle! Hopefully the TSA doesn't give her a hard time through Customs on the way back!

    So anyone else wanna come over and give our Orchid Soc a talk

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    OMG! TOO FUNNY! Poor Diane, as if your down time needs this much up time. Great stories though
    I wish I could Tim, I wish I could.

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    Maybe in the future, Tim-O. A visit to Australia, especially Sidney has been on my list for a while!

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    ORHCID FORUM FIELD TRIP!!!!

    Julie


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    Hmmmm..... something tells me our newer members may want to know a bit more about ya'll....
    Actually, I was just poking around on the net - this was a bit before my time heeheehee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai View Post
    this was a bit before my time heeheehee
    Heh, me too. But it looks like some things NEVER change around here! Thanks for digging this up Tmai!

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    Mahy Pleasure, moi cherie Or somedem lik de cajun talk

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