When I Was a Rooster, Now I am a Feather Duster

When I set out on my very first adventure pulling a 2.5 tonne caravan at the rear of my shiny new, Toyota Prado 4 Wheel Travel, I realized Jack about caravans. I’d just picked it up – all 7 metres of it – at a Geelong sales lawn.

It was raining intensely. Dressed in my standard shorts, polo shirt, good top quality thongs, donning my Canadian Tilley hat, my Tag-Heuer diving look at, and standard good outlook, I held an umbrella about the head of an employee who patiently confirmed me how to hitch the caravan to the Prado. He was by now saturated, but I felt as although I should at the very least be generating an energy to hold him dry.

On the travel to a caravan park only five or 6 kilometres away, I struggled by way of major Friday afternoon website traffic, travelled around a bridge undergoing a revamp that looked way too slender for my caravan but at some point bought to the caravan park in a person piece. I experienced believed I need to have displayed a huge signal that stated, “Warning. Beginner towing Caravan”.

Fate and good driving saved me in very good stead. All I experienced to do now was to survive 8 weeks driving about the beautiful condition of Victoria. With my caravan selection plate exhibiting the byline, “Victoria, the put to be”, it seemed like I experienced produced the ideal option. Not as far to journey from my property at Alice Springs if the new caravan suffered a guarantee concern.

By the finish of the 8 months, I experienced determined there are two most important varieties of individuals 1 satisfies in caravan parks, the human being:

  1. who are unable to aid himself (generally adult men) from telling you how a lot greater all the gear they have on their caravan is than yours
  2. who has retired from the workforce but who cannot cast off the idea of how extremely important he experienced been just before retirement. He was at the time a Rooster, but now is just a feather duster

A single of the 1st locations I stopped, I forget about where it was now, we experienced no quicker parked our van and this fellow turned up sporting what we known as a “giggle hat” in the navy, much more usually regarded as a bucket hat. Very well, he had to tell me that he experienced the xyz type widget for his van and had found that I had the inferior zyx widget on mine. It was just what I wished to hear a handful of times soon after shelling out $50 odd thousand for a caravan.

Up coming, it was the abc widget – I should have gotten a person of people. So it went on until eventually I inevitably explained to him that I experienced to established up my caravan – which need to have been apparent to any 10 calendar year outdated – and he left us alone. Had he not, I likely would have dealt with him in an uncharacteristically rude way.

A couple days afterwards I fulfilled the male who had been so vital, if I experienced lived in Perth, I likely would have read of him. He had to explain to me how he had been the Main Government Officer of just one of Australia’s largest IT companies. He also experienced a solitary motor plane he had purchased in a kit from the United states and assembled all by himself. He also had to inform me about his high-priced Breitling pilot’s watch.

He appeared like a nice individual so I didn’t have the heart to tell him I failed to give a brass razoo what he had been. I failed to convey to him about my selection of tertiary qualifications and that I had been a big shot in an instructional institution, a senior public servant in not just one, but two governments. To me, all that is now meaningless, just a usually means of surviving for 50 odd yrs.

I’m just a retiree who enjoys not becoming anything at all but a greying nomad who will get up just about every working day and decides what he wishes to do to fill in what hrs he has still left. It really is a excellent stage of existence and permits a single to vacation extensively. Comprehensive liberty. Dwelling the aspiration!

Now when I fulfill these varieties, I simply enable them rabbit on until finally they operate out of anything to say. If they request me what I did before I retired, I convey to them the reality: I worked at a large security facility 25 km west of Alice Springs and my task was so mystery even I failed to know what I was executing. That normally shuts them up.

I’m satisfied to be a feather duster.