Melbourne

Met Ben & Jake Hutton at Northside Baptist, Crow’s Nest, Sydney. Hugs and news exchanged over light brunch on Day 42 Sunday 3rd July 2011. Then re-pack & rest at gracious Tim Giovanelli’s. Our train takes us over the glorious Sydney Harbour Bridge again, but for the last time; we’re heading for Melbourne via Sydney Domestic Airport where we’ll spend two hours in the geographically unlocated space of cafĂ©s & boarding gates. The universality of all men’s aspiration is represented here in many ways. We share tiredness, and the restless need to move on, up, and elsewhere. We share the need to return, to be reunited. Oceans separate us from from native legislature, judiciary, and enforcement; here an airline ground staff uniform commands obedience from every race and nation. But airports deny our cultural identity, reducing our diversity to just a data item in a machine readable passport. Today, Mary and I check in and exchange our luggage for boarding passes, all without meeting an indigenous human; machines have replaced them all.
A demanding navigation session is followed by a fabulous dinner and evening with Andy & Susie Doerr. I’m seeing the legendary Pete Gray in his daughter Susie’s face. 1966 is a long time ago.

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One thought on “Melbourne

  1. YOU GUYS ARE MOVING AND WE’RE ENJOYING THE TRIP. THANKS FROM THOSE BACK AT STARTING GATE. XX H, J AND YOGI

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