I Come From A Land Down Under
Ten years ago, I got married on a humid June day. Ten years and a day, I boarded a plane. First class. A fantasy honeymoon with my fantasy man. Ten years and three days later, I landed.
After flying for two days, the opposite side of the earth is a hard place at 9 in the morning.
I went for a walk. Took in the famous bridge and the sail-whipped Opera House. I had my first encounter with a butt tree in a botanical garden where I almost got shat on by the biggest bats I’d ever seen.
The people spoke English in that otherworldly land. But everything else was exotic. Unfamiliar.
I’m going to that Other Land again.
The Rotary International Convention is in Sydney, Australia this year. In Rotary’s honor (or to their horror), I’m going to pen every post during my two-and-a-half-week jaunt Down Under to lyrics from the song of the same name.
I hope you’ll join me for a little talk about Rotary. Conventions are kool-aid fests, and I’ll be drunk on the stuff.
Maybe you’ll see how I pack for almost a month in a single carry-on bag. (Hint: MTM insists. No, he doesn’t care that it’s Winter. Or that I have to take hiking gear. And a formal gown. With shoes to match.)
If we can wade through the requirements, maybe, just maybe, we’ll renew our vows on our actual anniversary. Though we’ll be a day ahead of most readers……..does that mean we have to do it twice???
Maybe I’ll be able to hog-tie Mr. Rotary himself, Lou Mello, and get him to answer Reader Questions. (I hope you’ll ask Reader Questions, because I miss doing them.)
From today until June 16, I will be posting every day. Sometimes twice a day. Because Rotary is about doing good in the world through cultural understanding. And when I’m not doing Rotary things, I’ll be trying on a lot of new understanding.
With some wine on the side.
I hope you’ll join MTM and me for this Tenth Anniversary Adventure.
Have you ever been to Australia or New Zealand, Dear Reader? What do you recommend we do?
I don’t *think* Meriwether Lewis ever went to Australia, though his Corps of Discovery journey may’ve been that exotic to him.
Especially with all the SEX going on.
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