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Day 2 Canberra - Batemans Bay

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 15 February 2008 | Views [787]

Day 2 Canberra - Batemans Bay

We woke to the bip bib bib bib BIP BIP BIP!! BIP!!! BEEP!!!!!! of a nokia phone alarm and jumped in
the front of the van to race our friend Dana to the airport. All should have been well but for some reason,
although the airport road seems to travel through an abbyss of cow paddock, it was like driving London's M25
at peak hour. She missed her flight but managed to reschedule, for a small fee, and it was Just me and Leesa
2 accross the front of the van, a position we'll surely be comfortable with after 10107Km's (thankyou whereis.com).
What looked like it might be a quiet night turned into a great gig last night. I think i can confidently say it went well
cause its not often that the publican gives you keys to their holiday home but this is exactly what Joan at the pot belly did.
She also told us that there was an oyster 'schucker' at the end of her street. If you dont know me, I must tell you
I'm obsessed with oysters, cant get enough of em, so apart from looking forward to a nice hot shower and a gig, Batemans Bay
was all about the Oysters.
Im not going to get too dramatic but we went to the shuckers and were confronted with a horrible horrible site. RIVER CLOSED - NO OYSTERS!!
Short of grabbing the hammer and a flat head screwdriver and making for a low tide mission it was looking bad.
Unfortunately the low tide was at gig time so oysters were put behind us and we headed to the gig.
The music business and touring in particular is a funny little world and by chance Billy, who was doing sound for us recognised
me from a gig I'd done years ago with my band Project Winterhaven (www.projectwinterhaven.com) and apparently really liked our old CD.
Thats always a nice feeling, and man his little dog Mischka was adorable. The night was looking up. Brice from the venue then offered us
some free dinner and was also a champion and when he explained the river closed situation he also said that there is a 36 hour waiting period
(i'm not going to go right into Oyster law but it had something to do with the massive rainfall and the silt) and this 36 hour period might end at 8am tomorrow.
More happened that night, we did the gig, met some cool people etc etc .. but all i could think was only 16 hours to go ... only 13 hours to go ...
fingers crossed ...tomorrow oysters ...
julz

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