I sit in Cairns, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,
in shock. And no, I have not been stung by one of the Blue Bubble
Jelly Fish, which are fatal if stung by one. And no, I have not been
bitten by one of the 8 killer snakes that are native to Australia.
I am in shock because the Red Sox have won the World Series and can
now call themselves the 2004 World Champions! Wow! Talk about a "Wonder
of the World" I thought I would never see.
I, along with many of you back home, have spent the last 3 weeks organizing
my life around baseball games, so I have to fill you in on what I
have seen since my last entry. I have to back track to New Zealand,
since my entries were quick notes sent off before frantically trying to find a
place to watch the Sox games.
The blue penguins in New Zealand were very cool. They were very timid
little creatures, they stood about 9 inches tall and they moved like
E.T....a few steps, stop, look around, look at this 5 foot 8 inch
person (me) standing still about 6 inches away, with a look that seemed
to say, "Please don't eat me," then a few more
look back at me. It was pretty cool to see them come ashore one by
one, in a little procession.
Even though the blue penguins were cool, I must say I was disappointed
once again to find out a "tramp" in New Zealand is hiking
trip and not a term my mother calls most of my ex-girlfriends. I was
hopeful I might find the next girl to bring home to Mom in NZ, but
no such luck.
On to Sydney, Australia. My cousin Jenna was able too hook me up
with her coworkers sister, Lucy, and her boyfriend Shane. Did
you get that connection? Lucy and Shane put me up for the nights I
was there. They escorted me to the oldest pub in Sydney and Manly beach, which I was glad was not as "Manly" as the name would suggest, in fact,
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that attractive female Australians like to go
to the beach topless (Sorry Adam, I don't have any pictures of "the
beach", nudge, nudge, wink, wink.).
Thanks again to Shane and Lucy for hosting me, and I hope to return
the favor in Boston.
I saw the three highlights of Sydney: the opera house; the steel
arch bridge over the harbor; and RED SOX Nation! I was wearing my
sox hat and some folks from Lexington, MA and Jamestown, RI who moved
to Sydney invited me to join them for a tour of the town. I spent
Game 2 with about 10 folks from New England who worked in Sydney.
They were all taking a 3 hour "lunch break" to watch the
game. Red Sox Nation is strong in Sydney. It was good to talk about
home with people familiar with my local haunts.
I am now in Cairns, Australia to get my Scuba certification on the
Great Barrier Reef. Most of my days are spent in a class room, but
tonight I was able to catch a tree full of fruit bats take flight
at sunset. I tried to take a few photos but it was dusk so only a
few came out. These bats are huge (I actually saw them first at the
Boston Zoo a few years ago). They have a six-foot wingspan, so when
they fly above you they look like the Dracula bats in movies. Very
That's it. Youre up to date. Tomorrow I actually go scuba diving
on the Great Barrier Reef; hopefully I'll have a good story for you
upon my return. In the mean time, please don't flip my car, or set
my house on fire while your celebrating the Red Sox win.
I wish God Speed to the Chicago Cubs...may their Curse be broken
soon too. Way to go Red Sox!
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