Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Crap driving

I noticed when we went to the wedding way out in the west country of Victoria, how much better the standard of driving is than around Melbourne. Melbourne drivers are appalling. Arrogant, ignorant, stupid, hesitant..........just thoroughly incompetent.

Sunday before last, we went to Geelong to see Little Jo perform in her theatre group and again, once away from Melbourne, the standard of driving improved.

We stopped off at the take away Scottish restaurant, and noted how high the water in the drain creek had risen during our recent rains. We always used to stop there when journeying west to see our old friend at the foot of Mount Elephant and later to see Sister in Highton, a Geelong suburb, for a break and food for us, and a break for our dogs. Naughty Toby once plunged into the creek, which later made the car rather messy.

I think you can see how high the water was is creek/drain in my camera photo.


We just had to time to check that the Geelong Christmas tree was up and ready to perform.


Little Jo has been rehearsing, for singing carols at the lighting of the local Christmas tree, that can be seen many kilometres out into Bass Strait. The tree lighting was rained out and the performances were held in the local school. She has been rehearsing for this performance of Snow White this day, and rehearsing for her role as a boy in a amateur theatre production of Peter Pan. Frankly dear reader, June past, she was pretty ordinary on stage. This December she has learnt how to project her voice, move on stage and so much more. We were very pleased with her in the show, and it was mercifully short.

Afterwards we had dinner with Little Jo's Mothers and her bio father and his wife and grown up daughter at ok pizza place. It was all very nice, but just all so very exhausting, hence me being unwell the next day and not going to work.

Little Jo on the far left, playing Snow White's mirror. She looked good and performed well.


24 comments:

  1. Goodness she is kept busy. Glad to hear she is improving.
    Country drivers have their own issues, but many of them drive a great deal more often than their city counterparts. Skill developed through practise?

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    1. Too busy in my opinion EC. You are possibly correct about country drivers. Even in city traffic they seem to know better. Some country towns can have pretty busy traffic too.

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  2. Its so nice when the concerts are short! I know- I am a Bad Grandma.... but one of the grand kids is just starting the violin and the concert is tonight so I will be amongst the shocking Melbourne drivers too!!

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    1. Lady J, better you than me. At least you attend so you aren't such a bad grandmother. I am sure you won't be one of the shocking drivers.

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  3. I never imagined I would be in a position to say this but Little Jo and I share a theatrical experience. Both of us have played the mirror in a Snow White play.

    In my version (more than 45 years ago) the wicked Queen approached me (the mirror) and asked the ‘who is the fairest of them all’ question to which my (the mirror’s) response was;

    “Even though you’ve had her banished
    Snow White’s beauty hasn’t vanished’

    I walked off that stage, a star!

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    1. Victor, I just left a message for Little Jo telling her the line you said. I love it.

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  4. I love Geelong. Not because the traffic is better behaved than in Melbourne, but because it has wonderful places for tourists to visit and enjoy. I have taken the grandchildren on day-trips a number of times, each time with a different programme.

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    1. Hels, I have really come to like Geelong too. Next visit with some free time, I hope we can see the wool museum.

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  5. Little Jo is a busy young girl. Always enjoy children's concert, so much practice on their part to get it right.

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    1. Margaret, so long as it short, I enjoy them, but I recall with horror the long drawn out concerts of the nieces and nephew when they were kids. The just went on forever.

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  6. Good to hear Little Jo has made progress with her acting. Knowing how to project one's voice is a good thing. It will come in handy whenever she needs to be heard above a crowd.
    City drivers are always worse than country, they always seem to be in a rush and with all the stop and start from traffic lights, tempers flare. And many newcomers don't seem to know the road rules properly. Out in the country lights are fewer with more space between so you feel like you're actually getting somewhere before the next red light comes up.

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    1. River, her mother, I suppose partly from being a school teacher, projects her voice loudly but she did so from when she was young. Little Jo has learnt it.

      Just to take one point, the newcomers. They are not responsible for car crashes but they are responsible for great frustration to other drivers. It is not hard. A light goes green and you moderately accelerate away until you reach the speed limit and then back off.

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  7. I have two grandsons who are potentially quite theatrical. I keep trying to encourage their parents to let them experience 'the stage', but it seems as if such opportunities are becoming quite rare. In my day the annual play or panto was obligatory.

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    1. Cro, that's unfortunate. I assume you went to pretty good school, sorry if I have forgotten, and such performances were par for the course. I also assume your sons went to good schools. Why not now?

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  8. I'd hate to be driving around in a city these days. In fact, I never go near the motorways these days, either. I'm quite happy in the relative peace of driving just around here on Tamborine Mountain...even then there are some clowns on the roads!

    How great it is for Little Jo's confidence. It's wonderful she is doing what she loves to do. I'm sure she will continue doing well. :)

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    1. Lee, if uncongested, motorways here aren't too bad, although I do tire of people overtaking me, pulling in front of me then slowing down.

      I really don't know if Little Jo loves what she does. She is pushed to achieve.

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  9. Probably city drivers are too stressed and want to be the first everywhere, always racing...
    I've noticed in Sydney drivers hoot the car horn a lot which is unheard of in Perth.

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    1. Sami, we are probably in the worst place in Australia for car tooting and we have tram gonging as well. Much of the tooting is by drivers to move on the person in front of them at a light that has just changed green but the front driver is looking at their phone.

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  10. Many congrats to Little Jo. I'm sure you were so proud of her:)

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    1. Indeed we were Sandra, thanks.

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  11. When I was a uni student in Canberra, my Victorian friend used to complain that Canberra drivers were not aggressive enough. It's all relative.

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    1. Ad Rad, I do find over politeness annoying. Melbourne's drivers are becoming more aggressive, perhaps because of the extreme traffic congestion.

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  12. Well done Little Jo! You were lucky Andrew, I went to my 6 year old great niece's first ballet concert on Sunday night.. two and a half hours!!! And she was on for all of five minutes, sacre bleu! Still it was so worth it to see that sweet child enjoy her time in the spotlight! Hope you're feeling tip top again ☺

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    1. Grace, I admire your stamina. I couldn't have done that and that sort of thing is often not done in spaces with comfortable seating. However, good that thought she was worth it.

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