Friday, June 02, 2006

Here's Cheers in Remembrance to the Simple Life...

I've just been reading another blog site wherein the comments are about the 'bra boys' and gangs around Maroubra, Cronulla, Bondi et al. It caused me to remember back to my halcyon surfing days on the Sunshine Coast, at Alexandra Headlands, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and the Noosa area, including Sunshine Beach...and to the years in the eighties when I lived in Noosa. There were no such things as 'gangs'...the only violence perpetrated perhaps was someone accidently kicking up sand when racing towards the foaming surf! And then the reaction was laughter and maybe a good-humoured flicking of sand back at the offender. We'd hit the sand early morning after a night spent dancing our feet off at one of the local 'record hops' and not leave the beach again until around sunset to get ready for that night's fun. It was all so innocent and all such fun. Drugs and alcohol were not part of the equation...suntans, hipster Jamaican shorts, mid-driff tops and hoping the boy of our dreams danced with us were all we cared about...we were the 'Gidgets' of our generation. It's a pity life has changed so much. I'm glad I had those wonderful times and retain the memories of those fun times where violence and gangs played no part.

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