but the town that really copped it the most was Bundaberg,
home of Australia's most famous rum.
With no computer and having to pull out the gas BBQ to cook the meals, I saw a book I had bought about a year ago laying in the
"To Read" pile with the back cover facing me like so-
with a BBQ fork and matches, and with the appealing title of
"101 Things Everyman Should Know How To Do".
I thought that was a bit of a sync,
since we might be cooking on the BBQ for a few nights,
and I'm no BBQ chef, so I might get some tips here.
I decided that I would read the chapters in the order that they were written and the first chapter was -
"Fight A Bear"!???
I thought were the heck would I come across a bear in Australia?
Then the book mentioned the worst bear to fight would be a Polar Bear.
I thought there's no polar bears in Australia that I know of,
and then I heard on the radio
(I had a battery powered one, luckily)
that Bundaberg was going to be flooded worse than two years ago.
And what's the most famous symbol of Bundaberg?
The Bundaberg Rum bottle with it's Polar Bear on the label, of course.
And don't be fooled by pop culture's softening of the bear persona as they are not cute and fluffy stuffed animals; they are natural born killing machines.
|The cute Bundy Bear.|
Last time the town got hit by floods Bundaberg Rum brought out a rum called "Watermark"
|Floodwaters near the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Bundaberg East, January 27, 2012.|
|Houses washed away as receding floodwaters reveal Bundaberg devastation|
There is no sense in fighting a bear sober, you might lose your nerve.
Think of Whiskey (Rum?) as the lazy man's steroids.
If possible, it couldn't hurt to get the bear drunk too.
such as Brown, Black, Sloth Bear, Panda and Sun Bear.
Which reminds me of
Werner Herzog's movie "Grizzly Man".
in cinemas Feb 3...which is today's date.
The next chapter in the book is titled "Be A Superhero",
which seems to be what Tim Tredwell was doing
in the "Grizzly Man" movie.
But wait, there's more -
The book says that if animals aren't your thing, another possibility is to base your theme on a type of natural disaster, like hurricanes, earthquakes, or twisters.
It even suggests using "Hurricane Force Z" as a name!??
The guy that made "Attack Force Z" also made "Eliza Fraser",
as mentioned in my post about Dingos and Fraser Island -
Dingo - The Trickster
Then it says that if you are Croc Man consider genuine crocodile skin and Kevlar.
What I don't like about this book though, and without the personal synchronicties I experienced while reading it, that I would hate even more, was how it would just give a title for a chapter without writing anything else, even in a tongue in cheek way about the subject.
I think that tactic is really low,
as you bought the book probably thinking you would get 101 chapters to read.
You'd be lucky to get 50 real chapters, as this goes on right throughout the book.
Which to me is unbearable ;-)