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How To Have A Good Day Everyday

How To Have A Good Day Everyday

I am going to cover some strategies that you can easily implement and show you How To Have A Good Day Everyday.

Our subconscious filters what we take in. Our brain picks up whatever is top of mind. You spill your coffee and you’re focused on being clumsy then it is possible you will dwell on this for longer than usual. Or If you are about to see someone you find annoying you are more likely to miss anything positive or kind they are saying.

You may have heard of the term selective awareness. If you have ever bought a car in the past you may have started noticing that model of car everywhere on the road. Or may have come out of a movie with your partner and you are discussing it afterwards and you realise you both have a totally different take on the movie.

A tip is to pick a time of day when you are able to have a think you do not need long. 10 seconds or so to think “o.k. what really matters? The Neurochemistry of reward rather than failure.

There is various research on priming thoughts and how they are connected to happiness. These can be referred to as stepping stones. Think of a time when you have worn say a suit & you have knocked it out of the park. When you have put that suit on again you feel ready to take on more.

Implementation intentions make a difference to us getting things done. Instead of saying “Oh I have to exercise today…sigh” say instead “after work is when I will put on my gym clothes on.” Science has shown a 300% increase in the chances of completing these tasks when you state when you will be implementing that action.

Science has shown we can only hold three or four things in our conscious rather than the 7 previously believed. Keep this in mind when stressing over any tasks at the one time.

Prisoners are less likely to get parole if the judge has not had a break & the judge feeling overloaded.

People need to learn to say “No”more often. The trick is to start with the thing we are saying yes to. An example would be “I’m really excited by all the work I have putting into my book and it’s great to talk to you today. Due to being so busy with my book I will not be able to say yes. It has been so great seeing you and hearing what you have been up to!” So start with warmth, say “no” and end with warmth. Rather than saying “no” and then explaining yourself. When doing the latter people go into a defensive mode- fight, flight or freeze. In this mode it is hard for them to hear any of your explanation as to why you are giving them a no.
Another important tip is to not assume someone is a bad person if they are having a bad day. “Assume good person, bad circumstances” and practice empathy.
If you’re having a bad day practice generosity. This is a win win! It makes you feel good & the other person feel good and you will feel more connected to humanity. These tips were from a book I read by Caroline Webb you can get more information from her latest book How To Have A Good Day Everyday. Or visit carolineweb.co You can download a free discussion paper or a free chapter.
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Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re…

Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) 

 

I am a firm believer that as a society we do not put enough emphasis on teaching our children about money. Towards the end of my high school I read Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad which for me then other than doing fake trading on the stock market in mathematics at school was the first insight into understanding how money can work. I recently listened to an interview by the author Beth Kobliner of “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)” She talked about some basic tips that we can pass on to our children. I enjoyed her explanations in lamens terms and I wanted to share them with you.

What I found interesting was children as young as the age of 3 already have a basic understanding around money habits. By this age they can understand value,exchange, and how to make choices about money.

Everyone has some financial baggage and as parents it is important to go through basic financial principles and money basics with our children. From Age 3 start talking about “I have a job that helps us pay for food and petrol etc. We don’t need to talk about how much we make specifically or how much super we have,  or how Uncle Joe is tight and Aunty Joanne will just spend money on anything!

It is important to not lie to kids, if you are in a shop, do not say I have no money when they are demanding something, to then stop on the way home and buy petrol. Explain this is not what we came into the shop to buy today.

Frequently these days kids see us wiping cards more so than using cash. Use cash intentionally at times. Explain credit cards are like a loan, getting free money with interest. Explain it can be like paying $800 for a TV but paying the minimum repayments you’ll end up paying $1,100 for that product.

Unfortunately unlike when we were children savings accounts that existed are no longer around. As a child I had a savings passbook which I would go into the bank with my savings and the Teller would actually stamp your book although this isn’t available these days recommended even putting $100 a year into savings for the child. Another recommendation Beth Kobliner suggested to help them understand trading is to look at exchange traded funds or ETS which can be trading with as little as $100. This way they are still getting knowledge around trading actually using money. I remember when we did dummy trading in Maths I didn’t care when the Boardshorts Company I chose to invest in tanked as there was no ‘real’ financial interest.

Another part of the interview that I found interesting was around kids getting an allowance. There are over 2 dozen studies published on allowances and the consensus was it does not change their behavior. It was recommended that kids are not paid for chores that would be seen to be contributing around the house as a member of the family. However paying an allowance for jobs that would be considered going above and beyond for something that you would outsource perhaps to someone not in the family. An example was sorting large amounts of photos into files etc.

Be consistent with your children and money. If you tell them they will pay for that concert and then have them pulling heartstrings when they not saved saying “but all the other kids are going”. On that same note be realistic don’t expect them to buy presents for all their friends birthdays, buy phone credit and save for the concert.

If they loan money from you while you are out as a family and say they will pay you back, make them stay true to their word.

As they’re slightly older it is considered good to explain how insurance protects them from huge unexpected costs. At the same time go over how extended warranties on small products like appliances need to be weighed up whether they will actually benefit. Perhaps the product may be replaced before the extended warranty comes into play.

Before they enter the workforce explaining how some companies offer to match super contributions is like getting money for free and should be taken seriously. Research showed that male teens get talked to about investing & saving and girls get teased about buying make-up or clothes. The author recommended treating both sexes equally when it comes to educating on saving and money habits.

 

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Benefits Of Hanging Upside Down

Benefits Of Hanging Upside Down, Or More Appropriately Inversion Benefits
Don’t just cover up symptoms; target the source of your ache!

RELIEVE BACK PAIN
Relaxes muscles, rehydrates discs, realigns & reduces pressure
EASE STRESS
Releases tension in shoulders, neck & back
IMPROVE JOINT HEALTH
Decompresses, strengthens & enhances shock absorption
INCREASE FLEXIBILITY
Improves functional fitness for an active, healthy lifestyle
IMPROVE FITNESS AND BUILD CORE STRENGTH
Inverted exercises help build a strong core, which is essential to back health
RELIEVE BACK PAIN 

Unlike surgery, mechanical traction, and other invasive forms of treatment, using an Inversion Table is a gentle, passive way to target pain at the source and care for all weight-bearing joints. This progressive form of traction allows each joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. To put it simply, inverted decompression creates an ideal stretch that improves spinal health and targets back pain by helping to 1) rehydrate discs, 2) reduce nerve pressure, 3) realign the spine and 4) relax tense muscles. Best of all, decompressing on a Inversion Table takes only a few minutes and feels great!

1) Rehydrate discs

Clinical studies show that when inverted the separation between the vertebrae increases, this allows for absorption of moisture into the soft tissue of the discs, increasing the nutrient content as well as plumping the discs for better shock absorption and flexibility.

When you are sitting, standing, exercising, or doing other weight-bearing activities, fluid is squeezed out of your discs and into adjacent soft tissue, just as moisture can be squeezed out of a sponge. As a result, your discs lose some of their height. To prove this fact, measure yourself in the morning and then again at night. You will lose half-an-inch to three-fourths-of-an-inch in height by the end of the day. (To see this change you can measure your true height or measure your waist. Height loss can be seen in the size of the waist because although you are shorter your body mass is the same and therefore the ‘column’ of your body increases in diameter).

When you are lying down the compression in the spine is reduced enough to allow the discs to slowly reabsorb moisture and nutrition over the many hours you sleep. However, the discs may not always maintain their full height capacity, creating a total accumulation of height loss of up to two-inches in a life-time.

2) Reduce nerve pressure

The height of the discs relates to the size of the passageway for the nerve roots to exit from the spinal column, so a plump hydrated disc creates maximum clearance, helping to alleviate any pressure or pinching of the nerve root.

A bundle of nerves called the spinal cord run through the spine column; these nerves control communication from the brain to the rest of the body. Nerve roots exit between the vertebrae along the length of the spine in the passageway created by the discs. Damage to the discs or de-hydration/degeneration of the discs can result in nerve root entrapment, or what is commonly called a pinched nerve. Since the nerves extend into the body there can be pain that radiates into extremities. Through the increased hydration to the discs during inversion the discs plump in height, effectively increasing separation between the vertebras and reducing the pressure and pinching on nerve roots.
3) Realign the spine

So many of our daily activities lend themselves to misalignments and possible permanent postural changes; sitting at the computer with rounded shoulders, carrying a heavy bag always on one shoulder, even wearing high heels. Also, many of our most popular sports are one-sided and rotational, like golf, squash, tennis, which puts significant stress on the spine as well as develops muscles on a single side of the body.

4) Relax tense muscles

Muscles are gently stretched as circulation is increased, helping to reduce tension.

EASE STRESS

Stress and tension can cause pain and muscle spasms in the back, neck and shoulders, as well as headaches and other problems. Tense muscles can be attributed to misalignments of the spine, over stimulation of nerves, or poor removal of toxins by the lymphatic system and a lack of oxygen rich circulation.

“Because gravity exerts such a substantial force and because lymph has so far to climb to get to the thoracic duct’s entry into the sub-clavian vein, any inversion of the limbs or even the prone body position allows for a free flow of lymph unencumbered by the effects of gravity. Elevation of the lower limbs is often prescribed for health problems characterized by a pooling of interstitial fluids.”

Also, for centuries yoga practitioners have recognized the concept of turning the body upside down to find relaxation. The head stand position is a form of “postural exchange” (reversing the direction of gravity). Not everyone wants to do headstands, so inversion on inversion equipment creates an easier alternative with the added benefit of joint decompression.

IMPROVE JOINT HEALTH
Decompression aids in joint lubrication by altering the pressure and suction forces within the joint, helping to stimulate the synovial fluid that nourishes the cartilage and enhances shock absorption.

Mobilisation and gentle loading of ligaments can help to increase the collagen content of the tissue, which results in increased ligament strength. Strong ligaments and muscles are vital for proper joint support, and help to protect against injury. Even the Army has utilised Gravity Boots to mitigate joint fatigue injuries. Just as you brush your teeth every day to maintain your dental health, you should attend to the health of your spine with a healthy routine. There is no miracle for back pain; pills to cover up pain do not address the issue, and surgery is a last resort option. Our Orbit Inversion Table is an affordable, natural, and easy to use piece of equipment.

Tight muscles or stiff joints can also cause imbalances, which can result in improper body mechanics and an increased likelihood of injury. Using an Inversion Table provides a natural stretch that gently elongates muscles and decompresses joints, enhancing muscle efficiency, and improving mobility and flexibility.

During a normal day, your joints and especially discs will lose fluid, resulting in a temporary height loss of up to 0.5″ – 0.75″! With the bones now closer together the range of movement is reduced. Inversion has been proven to increase intervertebral separation as it reduces the pressure on the discs and helps them to re-hydrate to restore shock absorption and flexibility.

Muscles adapt to bad posture. For example, with slouching shoulders the muscles in the chest shorten and those in the back lengthen. At some point is becomes to feels strange to stand properly. Inversion helps realign the spine and stretch the shortened muscles, many users report that they stand ‘taller’ and straighter after just a short inversion session. With continued use of the Orbit Inversion Table you may experience permanent improved posture.
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IMPROVE FITNESS AND BUILD CORE STRENGTH

Strong abdominals, internal and external obliques, and lower back muscles are vital for proper support of the torso. Crunches or sit-ups on inversion tables is a challenging way to develop and define the core muscles.

Most training activities designed to build core strength must be performed with great technical accuracy or they can injure the back. Inverted exercises can target every core muscle without adding risky, compressive loads to the spine.

Inverted squats on our inversion tables provide a unique leg workout, strengthening the hamstrings and quads while sculpting the glutes.

And Orbit Fitness’ Gravity Inverter is so easy to use…
Set it to your height, secure your ankles and relax. Weight displacement caused by simple arm movements give you total control over the speed and degree of rotation. Optional use of adjustable strap rotation control allows you to pre-set maximum angle of rotation.
Benefits start at the gentle angle of 20 degrees. Over time, work up to at least 60 degrees, where the pressure is reduced to zero and decompression happens in just minutes.
Invert regularly! It only takes a few minutes to decompress the spine, and the stretch feels great and relaxes tired muscles. Use an Inversion Table several times a day to achieve maximum results

Orbit Fitness Inversion Tables have helped thousands like you find natural relief in the convenience of their own homes, and takes only a few minutes a day!

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The Fast And The Furious

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“THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN OF PURPOSE “

“THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN OF PURPOSE “

My fiance has recently co-authored a book with 21 other successful women. I cannot express how proud I am of her achievement. On top of this book she has completed and soon to release her very own book as well as a bunch of other projects!
One of her larger projects to date was the Jaws Alert Mobile App, a global shark and wildlife notifications app which is community-based and free to download. Click on link to the Jaws Alert Facebook page
Back to the latest book

 Anna was co-author in an amazing, powerful book alongside 21 other incredible, UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN from around the world.

“THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN OF PURPOSE ”

This book will transform your life, EMPOWER and MOTIVATE you to really make you aware that YOU too, can be truly Unstoppable!!

This is A Woman’s Guide to Conquer Life & Business with clarity & Certainty (Vol.1)
The overall concept and intention for the Unstoppable Woman Anthology is to offer practical knowledge, expertise and wisdom from women experts and leaders, who are in experts and  leaders in full alignment with their purpose.
In this anthology, you will read their success stories and learn how these experts have conquered challenges and situations in life and business. In addition, this book (and workbook) will present turnaround strategies to equip women worldwide seeking guidance to conquer life with confidence and certainty in becoming an Unstoppable Woman of Purpose.

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The book and workbook are available to purchase now on Kindle US$1.99 SHORT TIME!

 

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Teens Hunger For Digital Media

Teens Hunger For Digital Media

I am going to take a brief plunge into Teens Hunger For Digital Media consumption today. What spurred me to do so was a visit to a friend’s house for dinner recently. It was after dinner we were all sitting around downstairs and I could hear a noise coming from upstairs. Which I described at the time as perhaps a video game or more particularly it sounded to me like a dinosaur game. My query to the other adults got some odd looks as I guess they could not hear it and the teenager that was downstairs with us at the time did not give me any information to work from. I left it, and the night went on, then when things went quiet again later I could hear the noise quite clearly again. I had been upstairs in between hearing the noise, to check on our toddler Keisha who was playing with Lego blocks. Although I did not notice at the time when hearing the noise again later I clicked that no computer games that I knew of were being played on the main TV upstairs. So when I ask the question again and one of the other teenagers living there was downstairs with us group of adults. I was finally relieved of my confusion for what was producing the confusing background noise. It turned out that it was a Skype call between a bunch of teenage friends, and that day just leave it running pretty much whenever they are home. The teenage resident went on to say that it even got left on at times when that sister resident wasn’t even home or had fallen asleep for the night. This blew my mind and made me ask if they had unlimited data.

Streaming aside, my thoughts went to the privacy side, of having homes all linked up through audio and visual at all hours of the day and night. I am showing my age here but it is such a vast difference from when I was a teenager and a majority of us didn’t even own a mobile phone.

Out of intrigue I did some research and interestingly enough kids of today actually watch more YouTube and Netflix than traditional TV.  Teens spent 65 percent of their time watching Netflix and YouTube, compared to just 26 percent of their time watching “traditional TV.” Although Netflix is clearly dominating teen viewing habits at 38 percent, according to a study by Piper Jaffray.

Amazon Prime membership has also grown among teens (although probably paid for by their parents) in each of the past five surveys, and Piper Jaffray now estimates that 51 percent of teens surveyed are now a member (or their parents are). Amazon Prime for those who do not know provides unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle store

Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, while 30% of all time spent online is now allocated to social media interaction. And the majority of that time is on mobile – 60% of social media time spent is facilitated by a mobile device(socialmediatoday.com)

It is definitely a changing world and vastly different to when I was growing up. What’s your thoughts on our love of digital and social media? Please I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section. If you enjoyed this read, please feel free to share.

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My Cray Days

My Cray Days

During my teenage years I was lucky enough to often travel a few hours North of where we live to stay in a friends shack. Every school holidays we used to fill up their big F250 truck with clothes and supplies and venture up for two weeks of fishing, off road motorbike riding, shooting guns at targets and eating big cooked breakfasts every morning… and odd can of beer too!
As you could imagine we would excitedly look forward to these trips, and the fact that we were not staying in luxury accommodation added to the character of these trips.
Whilst out fishing off the boat I used to see numerous big cray fishing boats motor past with deckies (deck hands) wearing only board shorts in the warm weather, utilizing the water hammering through the deck hose to cool off.  I would envy them and always said to Dennis, the father of the friends we was staying with, “If a job ever came up, doing that, I wanted in!”
Sure enough, not long out of school and working in a hospitality job at a ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ style Diner called ‘Jimmy Deans Diner’ I got a phone call. A deckhand job had come up on a cray fishing boat but I needed to get my butt up there immediately. I can confidently say I did not know what I was getting myself into. My parents always supported me no matter what I desired to do and in that vein my father dropped everything and drove me 4 hours North to a location further up the coast to where we used to holiday. Similar style accommodation in that they were just sheet metal and wood shacks with no permanent services.  I remember finally finding the turn off to what would be my new bosses home. His name was Mick Foster and his wife, at the time, who was half his age was Vanessa. They were the only full timers in Sandy Bay. The other shacks were simply used for holidays, often by farmers that lived inland from there, & would sometimes fly in for the weekend on small helicopters.
Mick had taken the opportunity at the time, losing his Deckie, to pull all of the cray fishing pots out of the water and give them some TLC. That included fixing any battens that had snapped, replacing ropes and rubbing a steel brush over them to get rid of any build up algae. Looking back it was probably a good way to ease into what life was going to be like there, rather than getting straight into the fishing which was a 5 am starts, 7 days a week for 7 months. I was lucky enough to score my own shack several bays down from Mick & Vanessa’s. I was in Docs Bay and the only full timer also. The beach shack that I had been allowed to stay in was nowhere near as flash as Mick’s. I was in a one bedroom place which was run by a generator. I had no fridge, I had an ice box and used to buy massive blocks of ice in a hessian style bag, off the truck that would collect the catch each afternoon. I used to ride my push bike home with it slung over my shoulder, with melted cold water running down my backside. I had rain water however showering entailed using a bucket shower and to flush the toilet I would venture down to the ocean to fill a bucket of water to pour down the loo. I remember one afternoon venturing down to the water line with my bucket. On the trip back up to the shack with my bucket full of sea water, I heard laughing coming from one of the other shacks. Not realising I had company in the bay I had walked down not wearing any clothes!
After a few days of repairing the pots and getting acquainted with my new accommodation we got into the fishing. The bosses place was about 15 minutes away. Riding down their long limestone driveway, or entry to Sandy Bay, at 4:30am, their two dogs where well aware of my arrival & would bark constantly right up to Mick’s front door. Like clockwork he would instantly turn on all the lights, open the front door in his undies and get straight onto the task of turning on the kettle so I could make us coffee. After about 15 minutes of Mick chain smoking we would load up his rusted out ute and venture down to the waterline. Load up the dinghy with boxes of bait and jerry cans of fuel and motor out to the boat a couple hundred meters out in the middle of the bay. Once set up, we would head out to sea in the pitch black & I would start cutting mackerel in half getting ready to replace the bait that was in the pots from the previous day.
One of my fondest memories of doing this job was seeing every sunrise for 7 months straight after the madness of getting prepped for the day I would sit back for a brief moment before pulling the first line of pots. Appreciation for the light show over the land in front of me as we motored out to sea was inevitable. At that time of the day, especially in this region bring out all of the wildlife I remember copious amounts of birds flying around, turtles in the water dolphins, flying fish, you name it. This region really was inundated with huge amounts of wildlife.
It wasn’t just from above the waterline I would see the wildlife either. Having a scuba diver ticket is a prerequisite for a job as a deckhand on the cray boats. I had attained my ticket previously to ensure when the job came up I was ready to go. Every couple of weeks or so Mick would make me don an oxygen tank and work my way down the line (rope) to the bottom. I would dislodge pots that got stuck in a reefy hole and we were unable to winch to the surface. I thoroughly looked forward to this part of the job as I would get to see some of the sea life below the surface as well.

It also gave me an appreciation of Mick’s masterful skills to time the release of the pot at the surface. Getting it to fit within some of the tightest holes in the reef, right where all the crayfish live. One standout was an approximately 5 metre tall rough, pyramid shaped limestone formation with a hole straight down the centre similar to a volcano. Mick warned me before I went over the side of the boat that the hole down the middle may be too tight and dangerous. I should look at the bottom of this formation for a hole or cave to get access to the pot, untie the rope. Then proceed to go to the top of the pinnacle grab the line go back down the side of it and pull the pot out, re-tie for him to be able to winch to the surface. Sure enough true to his word, this is exactly what I needed to do. Getting in the cave at the bottom I could look up to the heaven’s and see the light shooting down the middle of the reef formation. The silhouette of many fish were clouding the light coming down to the sea bed. It truly was an amazing experience.

One time I did not want to jump over the side to retrieve a pot, actually I remember things getting heated between Mick and I because I refused to do so. Grumpy old Mick would not take no for an answer. The reason for my disobedience was, pulling up to the plotted position where the pot was stuck at the bottom we passed what is possibly the worst stench I have ever smelt in the air, it made the old abattoirs smell like roses! A huge turtle shell was floating on the surface and unfortunately something had eaten most it. Mick ended up winning. I backed over the side of the boat and proceeded my way down the rope to what seemed like the deepest, murkiest cray pot that was ever stuck. I can tell you that was the fastest I’ve ever dislodged a pot and got back up on deck.

During the season the fisheries department allowed big commercial boats to venture to the Abrolhos Islands for a two week period. The cray fish were in such numbers around these Islands that the fisherman and the crew make in 2 weeks what they would for the rest of the seven months season almost.

Unfortunately Mick’s boat was not large enough to journey this far. As an alternative we would travel 2 hours west of the mainland to the continental shelf where the ocean floor would just drop away too monumental depths. We tied on ropes that were triple the length that we usually ran. Each pots rope coiled on the deck, was the height of my waist.

The shelf was about 22 kilometres from the mainland and we were fishing in a 30 foot boat. We had to pick our days very carefully & go when the weather was perfect, and the surface would be like a sheet of glass. This was exciting times as we fished in the relative shallows for most of the rest of the season. One particular day, out deep, we grappled (hooked) the line & buoy to the boat winch and proceeded to bring the line in. I could see the pot deep down it was tiny & very slowly getting closer. I could see something circling and I excitedly said to Mick “there’s all fish circling the pot!” he replied “They are not fish mate!” The pot seemed to take forever to come upfrom the depths. As it got closer I realised Mick was not stiring me up. There were 8 large sharks slowly following the cray pot to the surface. I got more and more excited. These were blue sharks, an open water species often found in the deep waters around the world. The larger were 10 foot in length which excites you when you’re in the middle of the ocean & they are the third size of the boat you are in. I quickly realised however they were very mellow and as I threw the smelly old bait over the side it was not a situation of a feeding frenzy but more of a slow process of swimming past the old mackrell & inhaling it. As we would motor off to the next pots location the big sharks decended towards the depths and would do the same when we arrived at the next pot in that line. I felt very fortunate to have my SLR camera aboard. Mick who was normally a grouchy old man actually let his guard down long enough for me to try and snap some photos. He even gave me a great tip when I commented the photos probably wouldn’t turn out too well with the sharks being under the water. Mick probably being in this situation more times than I have had hot dinners instructed me to cut corner of one of the waxed bait boxes off and cut cross to stab one of the mackerel tales through. This ingenious tip enabled the heavy mackerel to float on the surface making the large sharks slightly breach on their side to get the food, setting up a fantastic photo opportunity. Unfortunately this was in the days before Digital SLR’s so I was shooting on film. My old Grandfathers hand-me-down camera had masking tape to secure it closed after the film was loaded. Unbeknown to me small amounts of light were getting into the camera so weeks later when I finally had the chance to process the film I was to find out the photos had not worked. At least I got to experience it and will keep the memories until my dying day.
Another memory which was quite a buzz  living up that way was having a buoy possibly 2 or 300 metres straight in front of my shack. At the bottom of this buoy was a hole in the reef. Once in the hole it opened into a cavern in all directions, just filled with crayfish. I could turn on a pot full of water on the gas cooker, throw on my snorkel and by the time I returned with a couple of crayfish the water had just began to boil. This was a real blessing especially as never my boss and Skipper Mick never relinquished a single cray the whole season.
I was recently reminded of these days and what was one of my one of my first jobs out of High School when I was deep in conversation with a gentleman, named Peter, that was buying a treadmill from me. He mentioned he was from a small town called Mingenew when we were on the discussion of Australian rules football. I was intrigued as he had played 400 + games in the region. The area he had spent most of his life was in similar vicinity to where I used to work on a fishing boat. The Gentleman’s brother had worked the cray or lobster industry since the mid seventies. This industry interestingly enough producers more millionaires in our state than any other industry, and his brother was no exception. A humorous part of that equation is that the Skippers making the millions of dollars do not necessarily look the part. Most have thick leather skin from the Australian sun, dress very casually and often drive rusty old cars due to all the salt in the air.
The stories these old Skippers could tell would blow most people’s minds. Peter mentioned one of the first boats his brother owned ended up capsizing leaving them stranded in the water 4 over 7 hours. The deckhand alerted Peter’s who was the skipper of the boat and Peter added that he was not allowed to skipper as he hadn’t worked up enough sea hours. The deckie’s warning went unheard and & they kept on pulling the cray or lobster pots. Not long after when coming to a halt the water that had been leaking into the hull rushed to the front of the boat. The water tipped the boat forward then rushed towards the rear of the boat instantly turning it on it’s end and beginning to sink. The deckie and skipper had no time to do anything other than jump off and cling to what they could to float. The Deckhand had cut his leg quite badly and had blood pouring out into the water making them all the more nervous. They were fishing 2 hours from the coast and luckily for them another boat had passed on its way in for the day and the deckhand on that boat alerted the skipper he had seen something in the water otherwise they would have been toast. He mentions stories of going from one of the Abrolhos Islands to another (Little Rat and Big Rat) for Sunday sessions. All the fishermen would get together and drink heavily and smoke heavily also.
 
Half way through the season I made friends with some other Deckies a few bays around from where I was staying. We often were finished fishing for the day by early afternoon. For fun we used to take the dinghy out and tow each other around skurfing (skiing with surfboards). The boys had big wacky backy trees growing at their shack, which introduced me to gardening and how to prune plants etc. Similar to the pre-requisite of having a dive ticket to get a job up there it seemed it was compulsory to drink Bundy Rum straight from the bottle also. This was an effort but I honed my skills in an attempt to fit in. I scored a puppy one day travelling to the closest town to cash my cheque. I left my wallet on top of a pinball machine in a gaming arcade filled with $1000 cash…no one had seen it when I went back!
The stories could go on all day!

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