This staff t-shirt in vintage condition with STAGE on the back fromThe Kool Pacific Music Fair in 1978 just fell on my head in my bedroom closet as I was clearing out ‘older stuff’ like the Miami Vice baseball hat I’d also found. It’s about a fortnight before I click one more notch on the […]
Old Timer–New Times
A Helluva 12 Month Ride Since July 2021–But I’m Back
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter Thompson Phil on the balcony with his carved […]
The .6 Million Dollar Man
People keep saying “Your colour has really returned!” as I was appearing grey and corpselike as I fought two near-death incidents in the last two months. Just like they say “Gee you’ve lost weight!” when they see you after a while and never mean it. They figure that’s what you want to hear […]
DAY OF THE DEAD v5
This is Antoinette Rigoni who caught me as I fell down a stairwell at my home only two weeks after major open heart surgery and hauled my sorry near unconscious butt to hospital for the latest chapter Dio De Muertos (Day of The Dead). I had hired her six weeks ago to take care of […]
SOMEWHERE…Over The Rainbow…10 Days & Counting
I’m now about 10 days out from submitting my body and mind for open heart surgery at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Sydney May 7. My parrot will playfully stay at home with this view and an experienced playmate to keep him occupied and in familiar surroundings as well as keeping the house occupied and […]
Livestreaming From A Dying Heart
Following the diagnosis of mitral valve failure in the left side of my heart, the need for open heart surgery to replace it and a triple bypass procedure while they are in there, I am now lined up to enter St Vincent’s Private Hospital to go under the knife in early May with my […]
Somewhere… Over The Rainbow!
My home’s balcony is a palette for magnificent sunrises, wild wind and rainstorms and the beauty that is overlooking Coffs Harbour from high on The Hill. Up at 4:30, I’d departed from Coffs at dawn on the puddle jumper aircraft all masked up. I had a 9am meeting with my incredible accountant of 30 […]
Another Shock To The System…
Don’t feel sorry for me or be overly alarmed. I am posting this in my regular blog and on my recently restored Facebook page to keep my friends informed. At 70 now, I am facing one of the biggest challenges of my life–suddenly put onto me for drastic, fast action. I took a routine heart […]
2021-Bring It On!
Greets from Coffs Harbour, Australia where COVID has been non existent for the past six months, the sun is shining in deep summer and we’ve had over a foot of rain already in January due to El Nino conditions. Everything is growing like topsy and the fields or forests are a verdant emerald. Wildlife is […]
Life v 3.0 in the COVID Age at 70
Getting back into the blog with monthly updates started three weeks ago but took this long to complete. I’m happy to report that I feel at a peak of health relative to my turning 70 and also mentally pretty acute rather than doddering or drooling. And emotionally I have reached a zenith of calm, being […]
What a Long Strange Tripp It’s Been! v 2.0
I decided to compile this a few days after my mid September blog entry to give a little perspective on my music backstory and also for typing practice with some classic pics. The title of this blog item is also the title of the book I’m about three chapters away from finishing. And yes it’s […]
Greetings From The Pre-Apocalyptic Cocoon
Most view the new COVID world order as a torture or gross inconvenience. I see it as a great opportunity to change and enhance my life in the natural cocoon I’ve developed up here on The Hill–500 metres from the nearest street on a steep uphill grade keeping the religious conversion squads away. And […]
A Green Parrot Saved My Life
My feather kid Jackson turned 22 this week and I’ve been his companion since he was a couple of months old. I found out his age taking him to his regular avian vet for the past decade for a well bird check, microchip reading, chlamydia blood test and nail clip. As Dr Grabowski has said, […]
Escaping From America, Into Quarantine and Marooned Happily on Top Of The World Down Under!
In need of a shave and an eyebrow trim, yes. But happy. Though the stubble is only a week old, I hadn’t updated this blog since the beginning of the year. A most incredible time in my life but I am safe, uproariously happy and filled with wonder at what revolves around me in my […]
Life Is A ReLaunch!
In This World, There Are People Who Live For a Long Time, And There Are People Who Live For a Good Time! You may not have heard from me for a while as I go through another transition. This blog page is the only way to keep up as I doused the fire on Facebook. […]
Still Alive at 69 But Dead To Facebook and All Other Social Media
I turned 69 years young mid November, am fully retired now that I left SXSW as their Pacific Senior Regional Development Manager of 17 years in July. I wintered in Hawaii for a couple of months, planted new crops in the spring (chilli, okra, collards, eggplant and others) and am shutting down my Facebook Page […]
THIS IS MY TIKI LIFE!
Blog June 2019 A couple of y’all got in touch worried I had died because there’s been no action on social media from me. My Bad… The start of winter sunrises again. In pursuit of finishing my book, “What A Long, Strange Tripp It’s Been”, I went off Facebook and all social media about three months […]
Book Excerpt: The Basement Tapes
Another excerpt of the almost finished tome. The Basement Tapes is a darker chapter of the book that occurs after a burglary that my ex-girlfriend committed while I was away on the road. I was an extremely vengeful person back in those days post-breakup and rip-off and this chapter shows the extremes that my mind […]
Book Excerpt: Up For The Down Stroke
From a year ago… Well, I’m hurtling through the pages with thousands of words pouring out of me every day starting at 7am when I hit the keyboard with my parrot behind me chirping away and the stereo tuned to a new act each day. This week it was Drive By Truckers one day, […]
Fifth Week of Book Excerpts… and a Brisket!
From a year ago… Five weeks in from my start writing this book I’m about a third of the way through it and the stories are pouring out of me at a rate of 2000 words a day. It’s a real joy writing and because of my lurid past in the business of importing fine […]