Thursday 19th October
I have been listening to some old rock and roll songs by Dion and Rick Nelson. Gee they take me back in time. I can almost recall where I was and who I was with when those songs first aired on the radio.
Sadly Rick Nelson was killed in a plane crash on 31 December 1986.
Happily Dion (DiMucci) is still rockin and playing to packed houses in the USA. I read recently that it is a recent phenomena that some artists – Madonna, Pink etc – are known by their first name only. Actually it is not new. Cher was known only by her first name long before Madonna and Pink. However long long before her, Dion was known only as Dion since the late 50’s.
Dion has released a number of tribute albums for fellow musicians and I have been enjoying listening to those tracks. Dion – Heroes of Early Guitar Rock. You can hear it on You Tube.
This particular page contains more than 50 tribute tracks.
Somewhere around the late 60’s Rock and Roll morphed into Rock which is a totally different musical genre and mostly not suitable for dancing. Rock also morphed into hard rock, acid rock and all types of rock.
Friday 20th October
Today the Gold Coast 600 began to sort out starting positions.
First appearing on the Australian motorsport calendar in 1991, the Gold Coast street circuit is a high speed, concrete-lined, thrill ride that was shortened for the new look event in 2010. The temporary street track has proven to create carnage in the past, particularly when drivers don’t show the patience required for victory.
The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 circuit sees the track cover 2.96km. The layout allows for better spectacle, providing fans with great on-track action and entertainment value. The track layout and design means is designed to reduce disruption to the local traffic and residents.
The RAAF sent an F 18A Super Hornet to fly between high rise buildings and along the beach as an opener to the event. We could hear the Super Hornet but it was too fast to see.
Some heavy duty helicopters could be heard in the distance but we could not see them either.
The social committee team got together this morning and we set up the clubhouse with tables and chairs for 90 people. Wayne, Marie and Lynn met in the afternoon to make 300 sandwiches, sausage rolls and start the party pies and LBD’s ready for tonight. The Old Time Rock and Roll Band arrived and set up.
By 7pm the band started and the clubhouse was a rockin’ and a rollin’. How it works is this. We book and pay the band, do the catering and set up the clubhouse. We charge $5 a head for the band and supper. That is incredible value. A small raffle with several prizes means we just about come out even on the night. No loss or a tiny profit. Around 40 or so Gold Coast Rockers arrive, about 40 or so of our village residents arrive and the night rocks from there. We bring our own drinks. Some of our residents are in their 80’s and even 90’s and come along just to listen and watch the top notch dancers from GCR. The rest of us get up on the dance floor and do what we can. We also have some good dancers and many of us get involved in the line dancing. The GCR arrive in their Rock n Roll clothes and sparkling shoes and really put on a show.
Lots of fun.
By 10pm the band (who have only taken two breaks) finally call it a night and after lots of goodbyes and hugs and thank you and comments such as “we will be here for the next night”, and suddenly the clubhouse looks empty.
These Rock n Roll nights have now become a twice a year event at the clubhouse which has an intimate atmosphere with everybody being close to the dance floor, the band, and facilities.
Some residents are asking if we can have a rock n roll night every month! They suggest we can do it with recorded music and bring a plate. Hmmm! It’s a lot of work but perhaps we can try one night and see how it goes.
My big regret is I never learned or even wanted to learn to Rock N Roll when I was younger. I realise now all the fun I missed out on all these years. At least we are doing line dancing and the social committee will ask if a couple from the GCR will give us rock n roll dance lessons.
Saturday 21st October
At 8am some of us committee members were at the clubhouse cleaning and tidying after last night.
Heavy rain began to fall and continued all day including a chilling southerly buster.
Mid- morning we heard the roar of the Gold Coast 600 racing begin.
Sunday 22nd October
The rain cleared overnight and today was brilliant sunshine but that southerly kicked in around midday. The racing continued today along with the RAAF fly past in the afternoon.
We stayed away from the crowds at Surfers Paradise but spent some time at the Broadwater Lagoon and a walk along the beach.
At the lagoon the Pelicans and seagulls were arriving for their lunch of fish scraps from the Charis Seafood Market http://www.charisseafood.com.au/ on the beach. The Pelicans are quite happy to have people walk or swim with them. They just move far enough away so you cannot touch them.
Further along the beach we found a couple of Schiller S1 Water Bikes. http://www.blueride.com.au/ as part of the Seaway Kayaking Tours. http://www.seawaykayakingtours.com.au/category/water-bike-tours/
Hmmm! One of these plus a battery outboard motor would be great for exploring The Broadwater.