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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:01
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The difference is, in NZ you can get away from it all by going bush
and avoid all the BS.
Not really, as Ben just posted about areas in Michigan, there are areas in just one state in the Northwestern US, larger than the entire landmass of New Zealand combined where one can do the same.

Not for me though, I like indoor plumbing.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:03
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Mind you, this plan changes week to week.
Amen and God bless you both. Life is a plan that changes around us all the time while we are (hopefully) having fun.

My better half (Polish) has more relatives in Australia then anywhere else but I ain't done here yet!

On the Cuban thing, they are just humans like us you know.

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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:03
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You've been saying that for ages. Get on with it man !

What happened to Cairns ?
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:13
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The relatives, MIL/FIL/BIL+fam were living around Innisfail when a cyclone convinced them they were living in the wrong place. They all moved back to Adelaide, from where they originated, and where more in-laws, and a dozen offspring reside.

I beg my wife to let me retire, saying we're not going to be any richer if I work two more years. Deaf ears. "Keep going as long as you can", she says. I actually like my job, the money's good, and I'm saving more than ever. But I'd like to be done with it, the money's not that important anymore, and I want to enjoy all the retirement I can before I keel over.

The absolute longest I can legally work is June, 2016. Then all hell breaks loose. I'm modeling on Ted Nugent.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:22
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"were living around Innisfail when a cyclone convinced them they were living in the wrong place."

Didn't they know you got cyclones up there ? Albeit very rarely.

Surprising, that's all although I suppose everyone thinks it will never happen to them !

Which is what I thought until a couple of years ago when a Cyclone that hung around off the coast for a couple of days decided that instead of heading to Darwin - which is what people thought it would do - it came directly inland, straight over the top of us.

Luckily it was only a Cat 1 by the time it hit but it was fascinating when the eye got to us, everything went dead still, eerily still with a white mist descending down the shaft in the sunlight.

Hopefully that is the last one I go through !
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:25
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Uh Ben,

I beg my wife to let me retire, saying we're not going to be any richer if I work two more years. Deaf ears. "Keep going as long as you can", she says. I actually like my job, the money's good, and I'm saving more than ever. But I'd like to be done with it, the money's not that important anymore, and I want to enjoy all the retirement I can before I keel over.
Err, do I see a plan here?



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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:30
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I was laying over in Miami when Hurricane Katrina went through as a Cat 2. It was all I ever want to see in a storm.

The lights and power went out at dusk. All night long the tree outside my bedroom window was thumped against the wall of the building (In the morning the tree was lying flat, dead on the ground). All the streetlights and stoplights were out of commission. Debris was everywhere.

I remember thinking that as you live through a storm, time is on your side and the storm will pass. Life is like that, too.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 22:39
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The funniest thing out of the whole shebang of the Cyclone ?

We spent a day putting up tarps to stop the horizontal rain, I then ducked under one to get out and promptly went head first into the corner of a Galvanised sheet of metal and put a nice gouge on the top of my head.

Which of course bled profusely and I walked into the kitchen with blood
pouring down my face and stuck my head under the tap !

My mates casually asked if I was OK and then carried on

I still have the slight depression as a momento
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 13:57
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I still have the slight depression as a momento
Well, I'll cheer you up then. (sing to tune of o sole mio)

"Just one memento, of a careless momento"


Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 14:25
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 15:36
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Originally Posted by John Hill View Post
Lonewolf 50, it patently obvious that the American policy towards the regime in Cuba (and North Korea) is achieving no good purpose
Opinions are like sphincters: everyone has one. Opinion does not equal fact. Suggest you educate yourself on the internal American politics of why that embargo remains. I realize that means you have to do work and think out of your normal box, but please do. Two hints for you:
The Cubano population in Florida
Sugar production

There are other elements to it. Remember, John, in the end all politics are local.

That said, I am in the camp that find the embargo on Cuba to be past its sell by date, but I do NOT want to see yet another mass migration of Cubans to our shores. We have enough problems with our southern border as it is. I thus see no hurry in making any change, there are far more pressing issues that need to be addressed by our country.

It is too bad that more people can't just take off from the US and visit Cuba, as our OP did ... but again, that's not that important of an issue.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 16:28
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Sorry, we aren't accepting immigrants atm...

Of course the New Aussies we did get only have to be here five minutes and they are more true blue ridgey didge than the 'Abos' (sic)

p.s John, whilst I've always admired the pluck of the bros over the dutch, don't be too harsh on our treachery. Unlike you lot, we have something worth stealing, and we aren't ugly enough to protect it ourselves..
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 19:35
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Hempy, one day even the true blues will come to realise that the cuzzies only 'protect' your stuff when it is in their interest to do so.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 20:06
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And NZ doesn't do the same ????
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 20:20
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John, why are you prohibiting nuclear power? Could it be because you think it is "in your interest"?
 
Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:10
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And NZ doesn't do the same ????
Of course we do and I hope you understand that. This is not 1915 and if the Skippies want to run off to war somewhere we do not automatically support them.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:12
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Don't they ?

They seem to have been involved in most if not all.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:15
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They seem to have been involved in most if not all.
I saw plenty of Skippies at ORBI but only a handful of Kiwis (and none of us carried guns).
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:20
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What is ORBI ?


Look at the wars since 1945, Kiwis have been in most,
even if it is only the NZSAS.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:23
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I take it, as a self-professed SF operator, you have been involved in quite a few wars yourself.
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