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Iwas at the club the other night and the
blokes were talking about going fishing
on the weekend.
“ We’re taking the old tinny to Nambucca
so we can fish on the river. Do you want to
come? ” asked shaky Pat a retired teacher
who has the shattered nerves of many an
ex-teacher aware all the time in his career
that the class might erupt. I ’ve even sailed
with some ... they make great lookouts!
“I can pick you up at 7.30. Old Tom is
Next morning I was up at the gate
waiting with my dog Dehli when I heard
an old LandCruiser wheezing up the hill
towing a tinny. I thought this vehicle will
not make it to Nambucca it’s only just
making it to my driveway.
“Hi Chaos. Throw your gear in the back
and hop in. I have to keep the revs up or
it will stall.” Pat had no sooner said that
than the motor cut out. It cut out three
times before we could turn around. Pat
looked over and saw the look on my face.
“Hey, don’t worry it gets like this some
times. It’ll be all right when we get on the
We jerked our way across town and
even Dehli started to look worried. We
pulled up outside Old Tom’s place. He
appeared out of a cloud of black smoke that
the car blew out before stalling. Pat turned
the motor over until I thought he would
run the battery flat. The motor coughed
and started to run roughly.
“Hurry up, Tom jump in.”
“ Sounds a bit rough Pat.”
“Don’t worry it’ll clear when we are
on the highway.” Tom looked at me and
shook his head. The dog was on the floor
hiding his head under the seat. Pat tried to
overtake in the outside lane with other cars
banked up behind us. Suddenly the motor
stopped. I now started to worry about the
boat. If Pat’s car was like this what would
the maintenance be like.
“Hey Pat, when did you last take the
boat out? ”
“ The boys had it out a couple of days
ago down on the river.”
As we came down the hill on to the old
highway the car started to cough and stall.
Pat was frantically turning the motor over.
“It’s Ok fellas ... it does this all the
We had coasted down onto a straight
stretch and the car drifted about half a
kilometre before it came to a halt. There
was nowhere to get off the road. We were
sitting blocking the lane with double white
lines next to us.
“I think I better ring for a tow,” Pat said.
I glanced out the back window.
“Bloody hell! Turn your hazard lights
on. Get out! There’s a Kenworth B-double
coming straight at us at about 100k.”
I frantically tried to open the doors.
We were right up against the guardrail and
I was stuck. I looked down the road and
all I could see was this HUGE BULL BAR
coming at me. The truck hit the air horns.
It was fear that got me out. Grabbing
the dog, I dived through the window
over the railing down into vines and
undergrowth. We lay down expecting a
huge crash. We were lucky it crossed over
the white lines and flew past with only a
cigarette paper between the two vehicles.
“ We should walk back down the
highway and warn other vehicles to slow
“ You suggested it Chaos. Away you go!”
both Tom and Pat said together.
Just then there was a loud screeching
of tyres. Looking up we could see a truck
stopped inches from the boat. A few
more feet and the boat would have been
The tow truck arrived with a ute to hook
up the trailer. We got dropped off at a boat
ramp ... we were still going fishing! The
boat floated and we all clambered aboard.
Pat was trying to get the motor going when
we realised that water was coming in from
a crease in the stern.
“Bloody hell the truck’s bull bar must
have just bumped the boat.” Of course
we had no oars so we used our hands to
paddle to the shore ... and got good and
We sat around chatting, waiting to be
picked up. It turned out that Pat’s son had
topped up the LandCruiser’s diesel tank
with petrol. h
Quick Chicken stir-fry
8 boned chicken thighs
1 onion sliced finely
2 capsicums one red, one green sliced
2 tomatoes sliced finely
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons peanut oil
Pepper and salt to taste
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry
the chicken until golden. Remove the
chicken from the pan and sauté all
the ingredients until soft. Return the
chicken and cook until chicken is well
done. Serve with rice.
ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL
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