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Re: [OM] OZ Critters, was IMG: Six film pics from Copenhagen

Subject: Re: [OM] OZ Critters, was IMG: Six film pics from Copenhagen
From: "Goss,Steve" <SGOSS@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:47:03 -0600
It was an excellent trip, on almost every count.
I went sea kayaking with Rob Mercer the day I arrived. We went from Watson's 
Bay north across the gap and back. I wiped out surfing the waves on the way 
back, and ended up swimming a bit. We saw a dive boat for shark watching, but 
didn't see any sharks. And my guide said that the bull sharks were further in 
the harbor.

The next Saturday I was with a colleague from work. Since he has never been in 
a small boat, and doesn't swim we went inland, to Katoomba. At Scenic World we 
took a side trail to see the ventilation furnace, and stayed on that trail. My 
colleague didn't realize that we were off the Scenic World reservation, and I 
didn't realize that he didn't realize that we were headed into the bush. We 
finally figured it all out when we met a bunch of backpackers at the 
intersection for Ruined Castle. Then we spent another two hours hiking back the 
way we came.

Business was tame in comparison. I was there to teach two colleagues how to 
install interfaces to robotic instruments, and they picked it up quite well. 
Plus, RPAH is now live on their new Roche IT3000. Overall it was a very quick 
install.

The only downside was that my main luggage didn't show up for five days...

I'll post pictures soon.

Thanks, 
Steve Goss | MDI System Engineer | Cerner Corporation | Mobile: (816) 885-3259 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Fildes [mailto:afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:02 PM
To: Olympus Camera Discussion
Subject: Re: [OM] OZ Critters, was IMG: Six film pics from Copenhagen

Sydney - Bull Sharks in the harbour are a problem. The Funnel Web spider gets 
under houses and is quite deadly. Some Black Widows have come in on ships, 
interbred with the local redback and made it more dangerous. 
Brown Snakes. Bush Ticks. Bush fires. Mostly on the fringes of course. 
Beer of course but most of the hats in the city are worn by daft tourists. 
The Man O' War is called a bluebottle locally and while potentially dangerous 
(and very large) it isn't a problem compared to the Box Jelly up in Queensland.
Glad to see you survived - dya 'ave a good one?
Andrew Fildes
afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx



On 20/11/2011, at 8:31 AM, Goss,Steve wrote:

> Hi, Y'all-
> Are you sure you have all those critters in Oz? I'm just now returning from 
> two weeks in Sydney. The only thing I saw was what my guide said was a 
> Portuguese Man O'War. It was just a small blue blob bobbing on the water as 
> we kayaked by. 
> 
> Thanks, 
> Steve Goss | MDI System Engineer | Cerner Corporation | Mobile: (816) 
> 885-3259 | Fax: (816) 571-8560 | sgoss@xxxxxxxxxx | www.cerner.com
> For latest news and information on DeviceWorks Solutions please visit: 
> https://www.ucern.com/community/cerner/solution_forums/groups/devices-community
> Working from 1pm to 9pm Central time  the weeks of October 23 and 30.
> Out of the office the weeks of November 6 and 13.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Fildes [mailto:afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 3:21 AM
> To: Olympus Camera Discussion
> Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Six film pics from Copenhagen
> 
> Mossies - yeah, the size of a small Cessna.
> Snakes - you don't ever want to meet a Taipan or King Brown - none of that 
> pussy rattling warning nonsense.
> Spiders - Sydney Funnel Web is aggressive and kills fast. Redback hides under 
> outdoor toilet seats and really gives you the sh*ts. Huntsman is non-venemous 
> but gets you in a headlock and chews you a bit.
> Sand Bur? We have tiny Sand Flies that will go straight through a flyscreen 
> and bite the crap out of you.
> Ticks - big fat ones designed to bite through reptile scales and potentially 
> deadly to humans and dogs.
> Scorpions - they're around but we don't worry much about them - the rest of 
> the critters are much worse.
> Beer - it doesn't keep the flies off but after a while, you don't care.
> Hats - made from rabbit felt. If something tries to bite you, offer your hat. 
> It'll give you a fighting chance. Most good hats are sweat stained and have a 
> few tooth holes in them.
> Grass fires - move faster than a man can run so you run back through them. 
> Bush fires are a serious problem. I've heard that prayer or booze dulls the 
> worry - or both.
> Train tracks - across the Nullabor Desert - longest straight run in the world 
> and then there's one curve - one.
> Belching - see beer.
> Beans - are for vegans. We eat steak and damper (look it up).
> Fire ants - don't have. We have bull ants - bull for bulldog 'cos they don't 
> let go. About two inches long and assertive. First time I met one I thought 
> I'd stood on a red hot needle. Then there are the slightly smaller meat ants 
> - guess why they're called that. Killed a nest of them once - it took several 
> litres of diesel.
> 
> Self what? What dya mean? You looking for a stoush?
> 
> You forgot -
> Lizards - Parenti get up to two metres and move fast. They'll go you. Goannas 
> aren't quite as big but if they panic, they run up the nearest tall object - 
> usually a tree but in the Nullabor (no-tree) it could be you. The big sharp 
> claws hurt as they dig into your hat.
> Saltwater Crocs (they would eat an alligator). 
> - note: do not try the hat trick. Take a dog with you. They prefer dog to 
> human.
> Sea wasps and Irkandji - large and small jellyfish that cause agony so 
> intense that it can kill.
> Sharks, various. Been a few deaths by Great White this year.
> Stonefish and Cone Shells - lethal.
> Blue-ringed Octopus - equally so.
> Summary - stay out of the water.
> 
> There's a reason that most of us cower in coastal cities - it's bloody scary 
> out there.
> 
> Now if any of the above is expressed in an unfamiliar vernacular, check with 
> Bazza O. - he just dropped in for a day and a bit on his way to Bali 
> (planning a piss-up in Kuta Beach no doubt) and learned a bit of the local 
> lingo. Mangled it a bit, but. 
> 
> Andrew Fildes
> afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> 
> 
> On 18/11/2011, at 2:03 PM, WayneS wrote:
> 
>> I'm sure everything in OZ could put a Texan to shame. skiters, snakes,
>> spiders, sand burs, ticks, scorpions, beer, hats, grass fires, train tracks,
>> belching, beans, farts, fire ants, and self aggrandizement.
> 
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