Issue 32

April 2009

When you need to know the news, read the Nulla-Noos

Hi Nulla's,

Well, it's been a long time between Noos letters hasn't it ?

It's 1.30am on Friday morning, and for some reason, I couldn't sleep and I decided that this would be a great time to be sitting down at the keyboard and try to get this Nulla Noos typed out and in the post.

As I sit here in the dead of night, in the complete peace and quiet, it's given me time to reflect over the past 12 months, and I realise that we, as a club, have done nothing this riding season, with only one sad exception.

This makes it very bloody hard to produce a Nulla Noos letter, especially when you don't have any bloody news to tell, but I'll give it a go and see if I can give you something to read anyway.

Sometime ago I think I may have suggested shutting down the Nullaboys web-site and saving us a couple of bucks as nobody seemed to be using it.

I think there are only 5 members utilizing the email facility that is part of the web site, and we're recording very few hits from people from around the place.

We are also paying $108.00 per year to keep it up and running, and Spider was have difficulty keeping it up-to-date with all the photo's you are sending in, and all the Nulla-Noos too, and I was thinking that it was becoming a waste of time and the money that we paid out could perhaps be put to better use elsewhere within the club.

Well, it just goes to show you how wrong you can sometimes be doesn't it ??

Immediately that I thought that, I had 3 different people contact me, via email, regarding the details we have posted on the web-site regarding crossing the country.

A young Scottish tourist by the name of Andrew Weddle contacted me back in June last year [ that's how long it's been since the last Nulla Noos ] as he wanted to travel from Perth - Sydney on his 1984 BMW and just wanted to know what to expect out there.

I made arrangements to meet with him to have a chat over a couple of beers at the shed one Saturday arvo and I remember we had a great talk, and I'm sure he went away without any un-answered questions.

He'll have a great trip across, and his plan was to eventually get back to Scotland sometime before Xmas last year so he could re-claim his employment with his old boss, who is holding his job for him until he returns from his 12 months of travel around the world.

Then bugger me, a couple of days later, a young bloke named Peter Shaw, found the web-site and contacted me too.

Although he said he was just a struggling student from Perth, he was also wanting to tackle the crossing, but on a 250cc Kawasaki, and wanted to know same sort of things, what to expect, will the bike make it, fuel stops, camp sites, etc, etc.

But as he is only a student, he was travelling on a tight budget, and money for anything, especially accommodation, was an important part of his travel plan.

He was saying that he was planning to camp on the road-side each night, so let him know a couple of good places to wake up in the morning to some magic sunrises.

I hope he travelled safely and enjoyed his trip across on the little bike too.

The 3rd contact was from a guy called Trevor Hardie, from Wollongong, who is organising an RFDS charity ride for this coming Easter weekend, from Perth - Sydney.

His group was only 4 bikes, but he was planning to leave Perth on the Thursday arvo before Easter, and arrive into Adelaide on the Monday night as he said they have functions organised for the Tuesday around Adelaide.

This trip interested me, and Trevor was going to stay in-touch, just in case I / we get itchy feet and felt like a little ride over the Easter period …… just to Adelaide and back, and Why ?? hell, because we can ! !

Unfortunately, I haven't heard anymore from Trevor, so any suggestion of us joining him has fallen by the way-side now.

The strange thing is that all of these people found us on the web, and all of them made contact with us because of the information we have posted on it.

All read the "Doing the Nulla" section and they said that it answered a lot of their questions before they even made contact with us too.

So now I'm sitting here thinking that maybe the web-site needs to stay, and maybe it should be up-dated a bit more too, give it a bit more information, etc.

After all, if the information helps out just one motorcyclist get across the country safely, it's got to be a good thing to leave it out there … right ??

Well I think so anyway ……but your thoughts and your comments are always welcome ……

Hey, while the eyes are still open and brain is working, here's another one of Wizard great jokes for you ……

An old Italian Mafia Don, [ named Luigi maybe ] is dying, and he calls for his grandson to approach his bed.

"Lissen a me" he says. "I wanna for you to taka my chrome-plated revolva so you willa alwaysa remember me when I'm a gonna".

The grandson smiles weakly and replies " But Noona, I really don't like guns. How about you leave me your beautiful solid gold Rolex watch instead ??".

Gasping for air, the old Don answers with a snarl in his voice and says, " Lissen a me you dumba fuck, somma day, you gonna runna disa business.

Ana you gonna ave a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a bigga house and maybe, God awilling, a coupla Bambinos too !!

A slight pause to catch more breath and he continues, " Ana soma day, you a gonna come a home and maybe finda your beautiful wife ina beda wit anudder man !!

Whaddya gonna do then, eh ??? Pointa the fucka watch at him and say …

" TIMES UP ! ! ! ! ! ! "

Anzac Day is fast approaching, and in case you were wondering, YES, I'll be at the dawn service again this year, and YES, you are more than welcome to join me.

I'll be at the clock, in the dark, as per normal, at 5.00am and then, at 5.15am, we'll walk down to the Dawn Service together.

After the service, we will have a think of somewhere to go, just for a short ride, and then have some breakfast before heading home to wake up the rest of the neighbours.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Now, I bet you're all thinking that as I'm getting older, I might just be forgetting things these days, and you could be right in some areas too.

But the one area that I never seem to forget anything about is when it has anything to do with MONEY.

And that brings me to the next point, and that's Membership Renewals.

They're due again at the end of April, so I'm not to send out any renewal forms this year, I'm going to see how good your memory is and see if you remember to pay your dues.

The bank details are still last, and memberships is still only $20.00, so if you feel inclined to stay a member of the Nullaboys, please forward your payments into the account.

And then when your money turns up, your memberships cards for 2009-2010 will be sent out in the post to you.

And please don't forget to tell me who's membership money it is

Can't be fairer than that, can I ? ?

Finally, on a sad note, with the passing of our friend, Bev Lupica, still very fresh in everybody's mind, I would like to thank everybody for their attendance at the funeral service.

It reflects that, although we may not stay in contact with each other as much as we could or should do, we still have great respect for each other, and we appreciate each others feelings.

And although any funeral is a sad occasion, we can still come together and celebrate the life of a friend, a riding companion, and show our respect for those members of the family who have been left behind to continue on.

I'm sure that I speak for all of the Nullaboys membership when I say that if Benny and his family require any help or assistance, regardless of what it is, we are all but a phone call away.

We wish Benny and the family our sincere condolences on their loss.


10 - 05 - 1956 to 22 - 01 - 2009

You will always be in our thoughts and our hearts

Rest In Peace

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