THE PERSON BEHIND "THE MOZZIES COZZIES"
After living in Australia for nearly three years now, I am amazed at how much I've already conformed to the Aussie way of life, and, yet, in so many ways have not been able to release myself, completely, from the hold that the American way of life still has on me.
Yet, who could blame me?
I was born in the relatively small city of Erie, in Pennsylvania, back in the early 50s when the Mickey Mouse Club was in full swing, and before JFK had been elected president. When I was fifteen my father moved our family to Ohio in a suburb of Cleveland, which is where I remained until venturing Downunder.
In the year 2000, after the big "computer scare," I purchased my first home computer. Little did I know at that time what major role that machine was going to play in my immdediate future. Through an electronic penpal site I met an Australian man who was interested in sharing yarns with someone through the Internet. His simple request piqued my interest, so I responded. Neither of us had any idea that this initial interchange was going to deepen into something that would lure me clear across the Pacific to another land on the other side of the world.
This man turned out to be everything he had promised me he woud be, and more, so when he proposed marriage, I had no doubts about accepting. Now, we reside in the regional city of Rockhampton in the middle of the beef capital of the state of Queensland, which sells the most cattle in the Southern Hemisphere, and is located along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef in the Tropic Of Capricorn.
The weather down here is tropical, which means plenty of heat and humidity almost all year 'round. The temperatures encourage the daily presence of exotic wildlife, plants, and trees, including fruits and vegetables.
So come on, sport, take to the Mallee with me. No need to poon up, just come as you are. I encourage you to accept this challenge as I share a few adventures, and some of the most interesting discoveries I've made so far in the land down under.
Ooroo for now from the land of no worries and she'll be right, fair dinkum!
~~The Rocky Writer