I thought I had deleted my birthday too!

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:52
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Thanks for the friendly birthday greetings yesterday. My phone didn't have all the numbers programmed that I thought so when texts arrived the names weren't always apparent. Thanks to the Lexics, Baz, Kerry and Ness, the Als, Willem and Judith, Crazie amd Kir, Mad Dog and JD too. Baz, I was too tired to have more than one beer last night. No food poisening for me. When is the winch to be fitted Adam?

Seems to be a database somewhere that isn't adjusted by a removal of the date in profile.

Some are aware I am working in Meet and Greet or Customer Services at security at the Commonwealth Games Village and having heaps of fun working with some great focussed people, both in our team and the athletes all around us. The shifts have been long but rewarding. Some people are travelling for up to two hours to get the the venue and home again afterwards and living on adrenelin. It is an opportunity I could not easily give up. Love to do something similar elsewhere given the opportunity.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:33

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:33
Hi John

Glad you had a good day, the Games are a buzz, took us 2 hours to get home after the rugby on Fri night, but the enjoyment we had during the night made it all worth while. The kids esp loved the atmosphere especially with the many fine athletes from around the world who greeted them and high 5'd them as they ran around the boundary after their matches, it was great fun. As my bro said to me on
Fri morning "I could go to everything...."....

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Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:20

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:20
Having spent some time with the parents of one of the Canterbury Crusaders last week I have learned a little of the wheres and wherefores of rugby. Heather went too on Friday and loved it.

I have enjoyed the weight lifting too and recognised queuing, and had a conversation with the gold medal winner of the 56kg class a little guy from Malaysia. Fantastic athlete. Great to see other countries break through what seems to be such an Australian stranglehold in many areas.

What a festival of sport as your bro observed.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:06

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:06
Good on ya John for up holding the values for all of us.

Sitting here watching the games from the comfort of the lounge suite with beer in hand...LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:31

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:31
Bro, I hope I can. I love to see the smiles and see the honesty of people when I put a badge in their security tray as it has happened today. Saying "this isn't mine" when they find a badge they hadn't seen with their belongings. Just a little Aussie icon I hope they can enjoy and just to smile is a fantastic thanks.

Other little pieces of treasure is to hear of bikes that have been upgraded so they can be a bit more competitive or running shoes replaced. Real feel-good happening here at times. In the Village the police are seen as friends too and talk to everyone and wish to bottle the feel and take it to wher they otherwise feel it is us and them.

I was told by an athlete last week that security here is far beyond Atlanta where palm prints were taken but vehicle gates left open. It was a Welsh athlete in a wheel chair who had the experience.

It is a pity that we only get the Australian side of the pictures on TV. A real blast to get the real feel Bro. I have talked to some of your past country men and women and have one on my worker team.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:14
Hippy Birchdie to you! Sang this to you from the top of Big Red this morning in the blowing dust - I was pretending to be Marilyn Monroe singing it to JFK!!!!!
Looked for you in the crowds at the Games, on the News, but couldn't see you. Glad you are enjoying all the atmosphere.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:26

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:26
in the sparkly dress and no knickers Ruth?
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:33

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:33
Cor. Promises, promises. Why are you so far away?

I am sure you would enjoy it here Ruth and Heather has some tickets for you too.
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:40

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:40
Happy birthday John , the games are a blast , the sleepless weeks of training for the opening were worth it on the night. Got to speed down the yarra and blow sh*t up what a blast .. The crowed was electric
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:39

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:39
A real blast Eric. So you lit the wicks on the sky rockets?

I reckon the best spot in town would have to have been both in the MCG and on the river bank but at the same time was impossible. I have been exhausted but have a lay in for tomorrow morning but have recommended it for others in the team too over the next few days. Getting to the village before 6 am isn't always easy especially for friends at Frankston, virtually a two hour trip. Then reverse the trip from a 3.30 finish. Makes a long day.
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:44

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:44
No lighting required lol , all i had to do was press a button, actually make that 3 buttons lol , but fun when flying down the river at the same time and no cop could say anything for braking the 5 knot rule hahahah
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 00:21

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 00:21
Just imagine, that was you blowing things up, Eric - I would hardly have known! LOL
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:53

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:53
many happy returns john
ahhhhh to be 21 and single again
and know what iknow now ???????
i think iwould still be young and stupid
anyway happy birthday mate

steve & denny
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:41

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:41
Come on Steve. So you want to be like me and want to repeat the same mistakes all over again? Of course take a longer time over the mistakes. LOL Thanks for the birthday wishes though too.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 21:22

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 21:22
Happy Birthday for yesterday John,

Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself at the Games.

Take care and catch up soon.

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Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:11

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:11
Thanks Glenn,

Just watching John Howard kissing the lady athletes on TV. Would love to do that myself but never so much the tragic.

From the friends who saw him into the Village in the Visitors entry last week he spoke to all the volunteers so they were impressed as they were with the Prince Edward. Bracksie ignored them all as he did security. You know what I would think of that!!!

There have been Prime Ministers here and Presidents and of course Condi Rice too. The things that thrill me are the smiles and friendship of the people who aren't so famous and love to be wanted and to have someone say hello or g'day.
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 19:06

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 19:06
Mate,

I am not sure if you saw any of the opening ceremony, but the roars and cheers John Howard received when introduced to the crowd was amazing. I have never heard such ovation for our national leaders. Last time Bob Hawke was intorduced to the crowd at the MCG, he was booed.

Doesn't suprise me about the Mirror Man's arrogance. Just goes to prove he learnt nothing from the great Jeff Kennett. Arogance cost Jeff the election, so hopefully the same will happen to John Mirror Man Bracks.

Glad you are having such a great time, I can't wait to see the photos, especially of you towering over the most powerful woman on the planet.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:19

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:19
Glenn, I think your old teacher will be there tomorrow and he will hopefully talk to all and have lunch with the workers....... Not that I would know anything.
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:22

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:22
God love him...lol
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Reply By: Redback - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:10

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:10
Jeez John to tired to have a beer, bite your tongue mate.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:17

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:17
Baz, half way through the featured twelve beers of the Commonwealth at the RACV club at the moment, so that puts me in the draw for some special ones. I better try the next six too as some are special..

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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:20

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:20
Got any Jamison raspberry beer ;-)))
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