Stories from my travels: Part 1

I have some seriously funny stories I would love to share from my travels….

This story is from my first trip to Coffs Harbour in 2012 – I was on my way home from Sydney after an almost 6 hour layover. I fly Qantas/Qantaslink and they don’t have their Bombardier Dash-8 turboprops where they have the jets – the turboprops are in an entirely different section of the airport. Anyway – Qantaslink had just called our flight (QF2048) for boarding so we had to leave the terminal through gate 58 (this was back when Qantaslink was in terminal 2). We then had to walk down to a waiting bus which took us around to the plane – I was already on board the bus so I watched to see who was coming. Little was I to know my boss, Roger Fletcher, was going to share the same flight home with me….. I realised I had to be on my best behaviour for this flight! He boarded the bus and I had a spare seat next to me so I offered it to him – we got talking and I showed him the photo from my dolphin experience at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour. An hour and a quarter later, we were back on home soil at Dubbo Airport. That was a weird experience and one I’ll never forget

2015 in review Blog wise

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My most active blog post:
https://joehupp2004.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/coffs-harbour-2015-and-a-birthday-i-will-never-forget/

My 2015 most active commenters:

  1. aidyl93 – 14 comments
  2. Pascale LeBrasseur – 7 comments
  3. FreeBryd – 4 comments
  4. Janice Wald – 3 comments
  5. Lynz Real Cooking – 2 comments

Thanks to you five lovely people who have taken the time to comment and leave me positive feedback! I will be back even more active in 2016….

Joe

Some random facts about me part 1

I have Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often to thank for the idea for this entry – so here are some random facts about me:

1.  I have had the amazing experience of feeling what it is like to go fast – V8 Supercar style!

Me pre hot lap
Me pre hot lap

2. I love dolphins – it stems from a late 2011 dolphin watch cruise off Port Stephens, NSW, Australia

Me and Bella - hugging
Me and Bella – hugging

3. I love coach travel – it’s my other alternative to flying….

Scania K470EB 6x2*4 TV5594 - the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia
Scania K470EB 6×2*4 TV5594 – the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia

4. I used to be scared (not scared – sh*t scared) of heights – I managed to conquer this using a rather unorthodox way!

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III - the JetRanger III was the first helicopter I had ever flown in..... the smell of burnt Aviation Turbine Fuel (AvTur) is one thing I will always remember!
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III – the JetRanger III was the first helicopter I had ever flown in….. the smell of burnt Aviation Turbine Fuel (AvTur) is one thing I will always remember!
Me and Craig from Helicruz in Orange, NSW, Australia
Me and Craig from Helicruz in Orange, NSW, Australia

5. I work for my region’s largest employer, Fletcher International Exports (http://www.fletchint.com.au/dir.htm)

6. I love anything to do with cars and trucks….

The Truckright Industry Vehicle MkII - the brainchild of Rod Hannifey and Rod Pilon, both of Dubbo, NSW, Australia
The Truckright Industry Vehicle MkII – the brainchild of Rod Hannifey and Rod Pilon, both of Dubbo, NSW, Australia
New Ford Everest Trend
New Ford Everest Trend

7. I love country music! I was raised on it – it would only be right to keep listening to it as I get older

8. I absolutely love American country rock/southern rock band, Confederate Railroad – Jesus and Mama is the first song I heard that I like!
https://youtu.be/xna9rwr1MRo?t=14s

That is me in a nutshell – more to come!

My Bucket List – thanks to Pascale!

My lovely friend and fellow blogger, Pascale (http://www.lessonsfrommydaughter.me/), has brought up an idea for sharing bucket lists – here is my bucket list in no particular order. Those that have been completed will be marked COMPLETED!

1. Swim with a dolphin – COMPLETED
This was completed in 2012 – and I have done it twice more since then!

Bella and me - hugging
Bella and me – hugging

2. Fly a helicopter – COMPLETED
Had a go at this when I was in Coffs Harbour in 2014 – damn, it’s so much harder to control than a car!

TIF in a Robinson R22 - it is harder than it looks!
TIF in a Robinson R22 – it is harder than it looks!

3. Go for a ride as a pillion on a Harley – COMPLETED
Did this in Coffs Harbour this year – loved every minute of it!

First time sitting on a Harley - and this beaut FLHX Street Glide took me on my 30 minute tour
First time sitting on a Harley – and this beaut FLHX Street Glide took me on my 30 minute tour

4. Go Hot Air Ballooning
Will get another chance in April 2016 to do this…. couldn’t do it this year as the weather was not kind to us!

5. Go for a joy flight in a helicopter – COMPLETED
I have done so many of these I kinda forgot what it’s like not to be in the air in one!

Robinson R44 Raven II VH-RIZ. This helicopter is the helicopter that keeps me in the air!
Robinson R44 Raven II VH-RIZ. This helicopter is the helicopter that keeps me in the air!
Me and Craig from Helicruz in Orange, NSW, Australia
Me and Craig from Helicruz in Orange, NSW, Australia

6. Hot lap in a V8 Supercar – COMPLETED
Refer to 2014 Sydney NRMA 500 – with thanks to Falken Tyres Australia for more on this item! Sitting in a A$400,000 machine with 600hp is rather exhilarating – let alone shooting down the track at 260km/h!

7. Aerobatic joy flight in a Pitts S2C Special aerobatic aircraft
A friend of a friend of mine is a aerobatic pilot who owns a S2C – I would love to do one of these with him!

That’s a condensed version – a more broader version to come!

Recent Blog Update – thanks to Lydia!

My wonderful friend and fellow blogger, Lydia (https://aidyl93.wordpress.com/) has prompted me to do a update on one of my recent blog entries (https://joehupp2004.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/anxiety-and-my-journey-with-it/)

I wish to take a piece of Lydia’s recent blog entry and share my thoughts on what we feel…..

“It’s the state of mind”, so I’ve been told. But this state of mind has lasted centuries. Is it just me? Is it just something so unfix-able I’ll never be allowed to enjoy the smell of fresh flowers in the spring again without worrying about the bee? And that’s truly putting it in its mildest form.

“It’s the state of mind”…. not true. When I first got my anxiety diagnosis back in 2006, I thought that exact same train of thinking. I look at that now and realise it isn’t a state of mind…. I always went through the early stages thinking the worst. Since then, I seem to have a lot more respect for my fellow anxiety sufferers – I suppose I know how they feel since I, too, have it.

“Is it just something so unfix-able…” – another untruth that I felt….. there were times I would get so angry and take it out on my mother. I realise now that I should not have done that…. I wish I could go back to those days and apologise to mum about taking it out on her. I ended up squishing one of my tablets with anger one morning – I was taking 50mg of sertraline hydrocholride (Zoloft) and I had just about had enough that day!

If you’re in Australia and want to get some help, here are a few ways to do so – some are Facebook groups I am in and others are hotlines:

Hotlines: beyondblue – 1300224636 or http://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Some Facebook groups I find very, very helpful – click on the blue link to take you to them. These are worldwide support groups:
Anxiety Support Group – a wonderful group of anxiety sufferers helping one another
Anxiety Disorders Unite – another wonderful group of anxiety sufferers. This group has some interesting photo challenges which are only held when admins ask….
Just Rollin’ With Anxiety – this group is amazeballs! I have had so much help through this group and have been supported all the way
Positive Support for Anxiety & Panic Sufferers – yet another amazeballs group I am proud to be a part of….. helpful and supportive which is always thoughtful!

That list is just four of the many anxiety groups I am in on Facebook. If you want to know more, feel free to ask! I won’t bite!

As a postscript, I want to thank Lydia for sharing her story which has helped me a lot with sharing mine as I don’t often do it…. I suppose I need to but talking to my colleagues at work helps me through even the toughest days and darkest points in my life. Writing blogs and talking about anxiety will help people understand it. This is one of the most understated mental illnesses in Australia – with due time, people like me will change people’s perceptions about it…. we are not different, we aren’t crazy. We just have anxiety – and a little support goes a bloody long way, let me tell you!

Scania Group – the best trucks, buses and coaches bar none!

The title says it all, really – I am an avid fan of their products. Here are a couple of my favourites!

Scania - the best bar none! In trucks, buses and coaches, the name Scania is synonymous with comfort, reliability and strength
Scania – the best bar none! In trucks, buses and coaches, the name Scania is synonymous with comfort, reliability and strength

This coach is the coach I often travel on with Langley’s Coaches of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. This ex-Australia Wide Coaches 2007 K470EB 6×2*4 is their largest single deck coach without having to resort to the “Super Deckers”.

Scania K470EB 6x2*4 TV5594 - the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia
Scania K470EB 6×2*4 TV5594 – the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia

If you are a Scania truck fan, you’d know they use both 6 cylinder and V8 engines. I am a definite V8 fan – this big 2003 R164G V8 580 8×4 tilt tray calls my home town home and is owned by a former parts shop owner….

2003 Scania R164G V8 580 8x4 Tilt Tray
2003 Scania R164G V8 580 8×4 Tilt Tray

This video is of the R164G running and revved up while the owner was adjusting the steer axle airbags:

This is an exterior walk around of the K470EB 6×2*4: