Last year marked 20 years…


Rusty's Bling!

… since I joined the Royal Australian Navy in July – 1991. I was jogged into remembering it whilst sitting in the Karratha Airport with an artist who was only just recovering from my dragging him all over the Shire of Roebourne, looking for local artists to harass.

We were ready to come home, unwinding and enjoying a beer in the ‘beer garden’ at the airport, when we decided to reconnect to our ‘real’ world and began checking our emails (as you do). That’s when I logged into Facebook and that’s where a few of my ex-recruit classmates were suddenly coming to terms with the big 2 0!

I looked up in complete disbelief. Impossible! It was only… 20 bloody years ago! So I turned to the artist with me and said:

“Chris – would you believe that 20 years ago to the day, I joined the Navy mate?”

He responded well; giving me some good-natured blokey-type-ribbing and – when I then asked him what he was doing 20 years ago, he replied:

“Ron. I was 5 mate!”

To which – we just both cracked up laughing! Up until that moment – in my mind -it had only been a little while ago, since the uniform had come off. Reality had me looking on it with fresh eyes and realising how far I’d come in all that time.

The irony of course lay in the fact that it was Facebook that gave me my reality shot!

Go figure! 😉 So in having a good laugh and entering into the spirit of things – go back and have a giggle on me: Time for a little light humour…

Or – go back and have a look at how it once used to be: “Last Dog!”

Here’s to looking back well folks and doing it gracefully too…

Belongum – Out!

About Belongum

People bring 'things' to me. Not necessarily PHYSICAL things as such - mostly just the loose bits and pieces floating around in their 'brain-box'. Sometimes, they also bring themselves - and THAT isn't anywhere near as simple as it sounds. I come here to pass some of this 'brain-box business' on to the ether world, and to empty my head. Besides folks - I love a good yarn - so come and join me!
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2 Responses to Last year marked 20 years…

  1. Okay so you’ve just realised your old, but in your head your still 20 years young…. how time flies when you’re having fun…. me too…lol

    I especially loved the bit about ‘mate I was 5’ that cracked me up. Way too funny.

    Life is good!


    • belongum says:

      Haha – thanks for that Barb! 🙂

      How cheeky am I eh – fancy thinking I’m still 20 years old and bullet proof!

      Yeah – it was priceless when Chris said that – bloody funny! Good too – because it was just what I needed!

      Having trouble commenting on you’re blog at the moment. Will try to go back and do it again,.. cheers 😉


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