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28 May 2013

Blooming cane

  In the past couple weeks the local sugar cane has started blooming.  This is the first time in 3.5 years of living in Australia that I've seen blooming cane.  I did not know it bloomed until I saw it.  Although it makes sense that it would.  May to December is the usual cane harvesting times, so we should be seeing that start up fairly soon.  In many ways sugar cane looks like an over-sized field of brome grass.

Here is just a random rainbow picture I took today on the trip back from Proserpine.

24 May 2013

Trip north for work

  Today was another trip away from Mackay. This time it is Arlie Beach and Cannonvale.
  I had a lovely lunch on the beach;  bacon and egg sandwich with a coke.

13 May 2013


  Just finished work today in Moranbah.  It was one of those days when everything that could go wrong did.  It actually started last Friday.  The customer phoned in at 6 o'clock wanting their machines installed for Monday at 11am.  The machine wasn't ready, so I did the run-up Sunday afternoon.  Found out 8am this morning that it was to be me that was taking the two machines out west (2.5 hrs from Mackay).  Turns out the second machine wasn't ready either.  Dave had to spend more than an hour on it.  While he did that, I ran home to get a change of clothes and a toothbrush just in case I needed to stay overnight.
  Finally I left Mackay at about 10:20.  It turns out the customer thought I was supposed to be out there at 11:00. After all the delays for roadworks I arrived at 1:20, to find out the IT person I was told to expect wasn't there.  In fact, the local office didn't even know I was coming today.
  I continued onward by unloading both the machines.  Set them up on the network and contacted the company's IT.  They did their magic on the server. Turns out their magic wasn't working well.  Something on the server side wasn't working. Now the customer can't print because the new machines aren't set up and the old ones are disconnected.
  This all took until 5pm to sort out.  IT will continue to try tho solve the problem and I'm staying overnight in Moranbah. Tomorrow morning I will go back to do the training and finish off the last of the set up.  The saga continues.....

12 May 2013

Mackay Motorshow 2013

I went to the Mackay Motorshow today.  Took some video of the cars and here it is.

05 May 2013

A locavore's delight

Th best butcher shop in Mackay is Meat on Shakespeare.  Their smoked bacon is beyond amazing. But they also carry what some would consider exotic.  Not here! Kangaroo meat is good for the environment and lean and delicious.  It reminds me of bison meat in Alberta. Croc meat is difficult to cook well, as it dries out quickly, and flakes like fish. It definitely doesn't taste like chicken! is dead. Long live

  We are in the process of moving our website to an Australian hosting company.  The company here (Crazy Domains) has transferred our address from our old host to them, but to us.  Long story short, the domain name "" isn't accessible at either the old or new host until at least Monday.  The blog is still working, but that is a about it.
  We switched to an Australian server, because it was slow for us getting our e-mail, and the Aus host is cheaper.  The website might be a bit slower for those of you north of the equator (when it is back).