- [QLD] Logan
(Wk.1 of 3 weeks)
58 of World Tour
On my first day in Brisbane,
I was taken to my host’s home in Logan. Bernice was rebuilding
her front verandah. “It’ll be much more spacious”,
she said excitedly. “You’ll even be able to fit a couple
of chairs and a table on one side”.
After a few days the carpenters
had finished. “You’d better get it painted”, they
recommended. “You don’t want it to rot, do you?”
So for the rest of my 2-week
stay with her, Bernice kept dropping hints about painting her verandah.
But honestly, it just wasn’t going to fit into my schedule.
But then, the unthinkable
happened. While I was searching the internet for a cheap flight back
to Melbourne, I found a super deal offered by Virgin Blue Airlines.
But in order to take advantage of the cheaper ticket to Melbourne ($48
instead of $195), I would have to delay my return until Tuesday morning,
This meant I’d have
to quickly find some new hosts for July 4-20.
Bernice was happy to have
me stay with her again, so I soon found plenty of time to paint her
verandah. And, boy, was she pleased!
On Wednesday we went to the
Salvation Army Super Store and she bought me a pair of pants, shirt
and T-shirt, all for only $6. On Thursday I painted from 9am to 4.30pm.
And on Friday I finished the painting, from 9.30am-4pm. Fourteen hours
of labour for one week of hosting. I thought it was a good deal, and
Bernice was ecstatic. But I was a bit of a mess. My legs were very sore
from all the squatting and I came out of the shower with a headache.
And just to add insult to injury, I bit my tongue while having dinner
and had trouble stopping it from bleeding. Needless to say, I wasn’t
feeling too good that day. But there was more yet to come.
The lattice had to be screwed
back on, so I planned to do it after our return from O’Reily’s
the next day.
Waking up with a cold sore
wasn’t much fun, but the day at O’Reily’s helped me
forget my woes. We got back to Logan just as it was getting dark, and
within a half hour or so I’d screwed the lattice back around the
verandah. I was pleased to throw those old clothes out, never to be
seen again. But just before I could kiss all my woes goodbye, I noticed
a blister on the palm of my right hand, obviously a screwdriver injury.
Now I know why I gave up all that manual labour work and chose to become
By the way, did
I mention that we ordered the lattice from Lattice Alone?
article is taken from the ebook,
400-Day LETS Odyssey
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