I wouldn't say Sydney's CBD to Berowra Heights (and I emphasise the altitude) is a long drive in Australian terms, even if somewhat longish. But no journey can be too long, as all true Aussie's would agree, if at its end there's a bunch of mates willing to swap a cold beer for a good story. Such was today.
'Dubbo' Dave Kesby has three great advantages in life. A big heart, a strong spirit of mateship and a deep compassion for his fellow human beings. Who cannot but admire such a man? And Dave has a glorious wife, Elissa, to keep his ideals in check and balance.
There at Berowra (Heights), arriving characteristically late and through the scrub out the back, was another ASOPA and Chimbu comrade, Ian 'Talker' McLean. Talker has his glories - not least of all a fund of yarns to make Charles Dickens spew and a family cheer squad to make the rest of us feel we've never really been supported in life. And yes, I speak of you Belinda and Andrew and Chris and Mandy.
So when all of us regroup over a barbecue of prawns and chicken and steak to an accompaniment of flame and smoke and with a supporting cast of Hunter red and Margaret River white, it's hardly surprising, as Dave conceded, that 25% of what is said must be discounted for reasons of sheer bravado and exaggeration.
Not being much of an anecdotalist, I'll leave the detail to others. It's enough to say, and the only point I want to make, is that my old ASOPA buddies are great friends indeed.