When you need to know the news, read the Nulla-Noos
" Happy New Year " to you all. I trust that you have all made it through the festive season and I wish each and everyone of you a bright, prosperous and enjoyable year to come.
The Nulla Noos has become a little bit disjointed of late, and you would have noticed that the timing has been distributed all out of wack.
This is mainly because of our trip to Tassie as it put me under the pump to get the September issue out before we left, and it was a bit smaller than normal too.
Then, when we got home, I had to rush to get the November issue out and it still ended up being nearly 4 weeks late.
Well, now that everything has settled done a bit since then, I've been able to get this issue is out on time.
Actually, I was just looking at the issue numbers, this being number 17, and I've realised that the next issue will make the end of 3 years of typing out all sorts of crap to you.
3 years, 3 long and bloody hard years of typing whatever comes into my mind at the time.
Some of it was interesting, some of it from you guys about rides you've done and the rest of it was just crap to fill up the pages.
You can make up your own mind whether this lot is just crap or interesting reading.
Did you go on the Annual Charity ride on the 3rd of December ??
I didn't go on the ride as I had Luke that weekend, but I did go out to the Lathlain Oval parking area where it departed from.
There didn't seem to be anywhere near as many bikes as normal, and from what I've heard from people that attended, it was a bit of a shambles compared to the previous years.
Luke, Luigi and a couple of friends decided to leave the meeting point a little early to stand under one of the bridges on the poly pipe freeway and watch the passing parade.
From our vantage point, the ride looked very disjointed as the bikes were passing us in splitter groups of 10-14 bikes and it looked as if they had been held up by traffic lights or something.
Other years, it's taken 40-45 minutes to empty the parking area, yet this year the last bike passed us only 25minutes after the first one did.
And I found it hard to believe the reports of 8000 bikes, someone needs to get the counter checked, that's for sure.
But it's for charity, and it doesn't really matter how many attended, as long as everyone that did had a good time and a good day was had by all.
Maybe next year we'll try to arrange a Nulla party and attend the ride as a group too.
Well, Christmas and New Year are both now behind us, and no doubt we all need to start the plan for 2005.
My plan is to travel, and not on the bike this year, I just feel like being a tourist for awhile. So it's time to go places and see things before I get too old and it all gets too hard.
As most of you would've realised by now, I'm a man that needs a plan to survive, so consequently, I started my 2005 plan as soon as I got home from Tassie.
I booked my trip to the F-1 Grand Prix in March and the tickets are in hand, the motel and plane tickets are booked.
It's usually a BIG weekend and I'm looking forward to catching up with Johno and a few other friends in Melbourne and having quite a few drinks with them.
Then it'll be back to work for a couple of months, just so they remember what I look like and check that I'm still on the payroll of course.
Then we have the V8's Supercars coming to Perth in May, so I've had to start planning our work function and the corporate facilities at Barbargallo Raceway.
Then it's off to Darwin in July for the V8 Supercars event. If you've never been to this event, it's a great one to attend. The weather is perfect, the track and the facilities are even better, and it is a great weekend to be there.
This will be my third time at this one and I even managed to persuade Luigi into coming with me for the second time for this one.
If you're a bit of a petrol-head like me, and you've thought about going to an out-of state event, this is the one.
I've been to few of the other tracks now, and Darwin is definitely the best weekender for this sort of fun.
But these are only long weekend trips, and there's one trip I've been putting off [ or been forced to put off ] for a long time now, and it's got to happen this year.
The next big trip for me will be to the USA in late 2005 - early 2006.
It's all to do with money, and availabilities of holidays, but if the finances allow me to, I want to go to the states and catch up with Leo & Tracey, our " International " Nulla's.
We met up with Leo in Port Pirie at the 2000 SA State Rally, and I've been making promises to them for 2 years now that I'm coming over, and things just haven't worked out, but this is the year for it.
I've been thinking about it for awhile now, and I've decided that it's no good sitting on my arse around here, so I might as well travel the world before my passport expires.
It's only got 2 pages out of 24 stamped, so that's a good excuse isn't it ??
So, for those of you how are sitting around waiting for me to announce the next big Nulla trip across the country, you'll be waiting for awhile.
Sorry, you'll have to arrange your own trip this year, because I've got other plans .
Well, because you got a big Nulla Noos last month, to balance it out, this one's a short one.
That's it, only 2 pages in this one, I'll see you all soon ..