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Travel Poll [Aug. 27th, 2007|02:57 pm]
dalekboy
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So, today for the second time this year, I told someone in all seriousness that they needed to get away from the job they hate and cross the Nullarbor with me.

"I'm going next week, come with me!"

In both cases I figured the person would actually benefit from it. Away from home for about a week, out of contact for good chunks of it, seeing the size and scope of what's out there... Being reminded that there are different, more rewarding, and often more interesting ways to live. You don't have to want to do them, but knowing they exist changes your perspective. To have the freedom to think about what's going on in your life without all the niggling reminders, distractions and doubts that try to convince you that you really can't leave that job and/or life you hate.

Everyone one should do a long slow trip to somewhere in Australia. It opens your mind in interesting new directions if you let it. Though not everybody should do it with me. Some wouldn't cope with me, some I would kill before we got halfway across.

So now, because it's much in my mind (Three days! Eeep!) I present the "Do the Nullabor with Danny" pole!

No-one can see who answered, and comments are screened unless they have a "yes" at the end... For no other reason than force of habit :)

I ask you to do a Nullarbor trip with me. It will be 8-10 days, mostly camping. Assuming you have no other commitments or limitations, what do you say?

Oh God no! No way!
1(3.6%)
No.
0(0.0%)
I don't think I'd enjoy it... with you!
0(0.0%)
I don't think I'd enjoy it
0(0.0%)
Not sure, probably not.
0(0.0%)
No idea
0(0.0%)
Only if I have a guarantee of no nudity and/or sex!
0(0.0%)
Umm... ok I guess
0(0.0%)
Only if there will be nudity and/or sex!
0(0.0%)
I suppose it could be interesting
2(7.1%)
I think a long trip with you would be fun!
5(17.9%)
Yes!
3(10.7%)
When can you pick me up? Or will I come there? When do we leave?
6(21.4%)
I've travelled with you before, and would love to again.
1(3.6%)
I've travelled with you before, never again!
0(0.0%)

Doing the trip in the Belwood...

I'd feel honoured.
15(60.0%)
I think I'd cry... (in the good way)
1(4.0%)
I'm not worthy.
1(4.0%)
My life would be complete - drive across Australia with a drover in a Holden
7(28.0%)
Better than sex.
1(4.0%)

It's late, it's pouring with rain and blowing a gale, we need to pull over for the night, but there it's obviously going to be impossible to set up the tent. There's the mattress on the back seat, but it means we'll be spooned all night...

Dude, seriously, no way!
0(0.0%)
Cuddles!
3(11.5%)
Honestly, who cares, let's sleep.
8(30.8%)
I'm strangely intrigued... hmmmm...
1(3.8%)
I'll cope if you will
5(19.2%)
Dream come true
0(0.0%)
Not fussed either way
0(0.0%)
Can we be naked?
1(3.8%)
Can we talk Doctor Who?
7(26.9%)
Can we be naked *and* talk Doctor Who?
1(3.8%)

So, while in the car...

lots of general chatter.
0(0.0%)
I want to talk about deep or personal things.
0(0.0%)
Sex talk!
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who talk!
0(0.0%)
Playing games (20 Questions, etc.)
0(0.0%)
Not too much talk
0(0.0%)
Silence (hopefully comfortable)
1(3.7%)
Lots of music
0(0.0%)
Some music
0(0.0%)
No music
0(0.0%)
A burping contest
0(0.0%)

We get to the Nullarbor. I want to stop the car to jump around like a naked loon. What do you do?

Ask you not to, I'd feel uncomfortable.
0(0.0%)
Enjoy the view... while carefully avoiding looking at you.
3(11.1%)
Perve like mad
0(0.0%)
It's just a naked body, I'm not worried.
3(11.1%)
Offer to take photos to add to your collection.
1(3.7%)
Take photos, suggest poses and ideas, get right into it.
4(14.8%)
Take photos to perve on later.
0(0.0%)
Take photos of the Belwood - you don't matter.
0(0.0%)

Still on the Nullarbor, I ask if you want to jump around and/or pose for naked photo too...

Wouldn't do it. Not my thing.
7(25.0%)
Couldn't do it. Too uncomfortable in front of you or worried someone else might see.
3(10.7%)
Might run around in the raw, but ask you not to watch.
1(3.6%)
Hope that you'll check me out and like what you see.
0(0.0%)
Don't care if you see.
3(10.7%)
Okay, grab your camera. Now where should I stand?
3(10.7%)
A couple of silly shots - like the ones you've got of yourself in mid-air.
3(10.7%)
I want you to take photos that you want to look at again and again.
0(0.0%)

Snakes... The lolly kind...

An essential part of any well-planned trip.
19(67.9%)
Don't care.
8(28.6%)
I'm surprised you didn't come up with something smutty about *your* snake...
1(3.6%)

Hitch-hikers?

No
3(10.7%)
Not sure
5(17.9%)
Maybe
12(42.9%)
Probably
7(25.0%)
Yes
1(3.6%)

Do you think you're someone I would want to travel with?

No.
2(7.1%)
Not sure.
8(28.6%)
Maybe
8(28.6%)
Probably
6(21.4%)
Yes
4(14.3%)

Your ideal travelling companion will be able to talk about Doctor Who how much?

Never.
0(0.0%)
A little.
4(14.3%)
Now and again.
13(46.4%)
A lot.
6(21.4%)
Constantly
1(3.6%)
While on the job!
4(14.3%)
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Comments:
From: fe2h2o
2007-08-27 06:11 am (UTC)
I've already driven (well, been driven... I was too young to have had a licence on all but the last trip!) across the Nullabor in a Holden... never with a drover though:-)
And Country Mints and Clinkers (in spite of the melt factor) are the important inclusion!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 02:10 pm (UTC)
Clinkers! I had all but forgotten them! Mmmmmmm...

Country Mints?
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From: fe2h2o
2007-08-27 02:18 pm (UTC)
Mints (obviously!). They come in a green bag, the wrappers are clear in the middle and green on the ends. The lollies are white with green lines, and have a gooey middle... Yum:-)
(yep)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh! Yes! I loved those! Aaaagghh!

Nonono... mustn't go searching for them...
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 08:00 am (UTC)
It has 4x100 Air-Con - 4 Windows down while doing 100km.
Great stereo. MP3/CD player, great sound.

Every poll, every bloody poll, some bastard comes along and says "What about an answer for meeeeeee?" This time it's Snakes and diabetes, and you know what? I don't care!

*at this point, God (who doesn't exist except for humourous situations like this one) press the button to activate diabetes in Danny*

One day I will get to Burning man. Been wanting to go ever since I first heard about it, and your tales have only made me want to go more. The problem with nudity is people automatically associate it with sex first, rather than freedom, openness, relaxation, etc.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 08:52 am (UTC)
Damn, you caught me out. If I know someone doesn't like something like sugary, or can't have them, I try to keep it in mind. Oh I forget from time to time, but I do my best to reduce the issue because it's not actually that hard to do.

In that regard, you may like my nibblies box. When it's properly stocked it has a range of stuff from the insanely sugary to the incredibly bland (but I like them) Amaranth chips. And I always try to find out what nibblies will work for a specific travelling companion, too.

I'm in favour of nudity as a way to break down barriers - the checking each other out part is quite natural for reasons ranging for simple curiosity through to phwoarness - it's going to be a love and hate post if I get the time to write the bastard! Got about seven lined up now, just waiting...
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2007-08-27 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: photos

I'd might be ok, but I'd have to see them before getting released into the wide world.

(but then again, a mark of a good photographer is one that can take flattering photos of me. Those photographers are few and far between.)

(hai!)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 08:22 am (UTC)
I'd never release naked photos of someone else without checking with them first. In fact I've had to ask one or two people in the last week or so if I could use their photos for a project. And someone else if I could use their photo when I put up the 'nudes' wallpaper shots.

Only exception to asking is if I was taking photos specifically for a project of some description, in which case the person would have signed a release form anyway. And they would at least get a copy of the photos or project so they would know how they were represented.

There are tricks to flattering photos. Some are things the photographer can do, some are things the model can do. I know one girl who looks fabulous in every photo taken of her, but at the same time she does the same pose for every damned photo and won't risk another.

I take a lot of photo and hope that one or two capture what it is I was trying to catch.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... it's nice to get folks that are aware that the way they would like to be isn't always the way they are, and try to allow for the fact that they're human and therefore various shades of grey.

More people should be tactile!

I do okay with grouchiness, but when a lot of it is directed (or feels like it's directed) at me for no good reason, it bypasses my logical mind and goes straight to the emotions. I usually get very withdrawn (to stop me exploding immediately) and suffer with anger and upset for days after.

Then explode :)
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From: fe2h2o
2007-08-27 01:14 pm (UTC)
(yes, to my previous comment - and this, I skimmed over that bit:-( Or got distracted...)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-08-27 02:12 pm (UTC)
The whole world is sorry to find that out.

Hear that sound? Thousands of teen girls, weeping.
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