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Proper Gander

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Feb 15, 2015
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hahaha, nah, know the place very well, used to hang out there in the dim dark past.
I’m from Canberra originally so Queanbeyan had a valuable “at least we’re not in” function.

I sent some tourists there once when I was in a bad mood. It was Sunday afternoon in the Canberra “CBD” and about 6 degrees and windy. 20 years ago a Sunday afternoon in town consists of leaves blowing around, maybe a solo skateboarder and that’s it. The action bus network stopped at noon. While wandering though town I met some deeply confused and disgruntled Americans who were all “WTF, where’s the action? Where can we go...” sort of thing. They were generally scathing about the place, understandably, but my bad mood plus the wind and cold made me all “it may be a dull, dead hole but it’s OUR dull, dead hole”. So I enthused for a bit about how they had to go to Queanbeyan - told them they would see immediately what I meant. I personally escorted them to a taxi and instructed the driver to take them to the centre of Queanbeyan and leave them at the GPO. They were dead grateful.

It cheered me up so much I treated myself to beers and chain smoking at the Phoenix making conversation with the usual gaggle of unemployed schizophrenics that seemed to live there. Good times :thumbsu:
 

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Dory_77

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Apr 2, 2012
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I’m from Canberra originally so Queanbeyan had a valuable “at least we’re not in” function.

I sent some tourists there once when I was in a bad mood. It was Sunday afternoon in the Canberra “CBD” and about 6 degrees and windy. 20 years ago a Sunday afternoon in town consists of leaves blowing around, maybe a solo skateboarder and that’s it. The action bus network stopped at noon. While wandering though town I met some deeply confused and disgruntled Americans who were all “WTF, where’s the action? Where can we go...” sort of thing. They were generally scathing about the place, understandably, but my bad mood plus the wind and cold made me all “it may be a dull, dead hole but it’s OUR dull, dead hole”. So I enthused for a bit about how they had to go to Queanbeyan - told them they would see immediately what I meant. I personally escorted them to a taxi and instructed the driver to take them to the centre of Queanbeyan and leave them at the GPO. They were dead grateful.

It cheered me up so much I treated myself to beers and chain smoking at the Phoenix making conversation with the usual gaggle of unemployed schizophrenics that seemed to live there. Good times :thumbsu:
I miss the Phoenix. Ironically it was unable to recover (physically or financially) from a fire a few years ago.
On Queanbeyan, have been there only a couple of times. Once to get a new NSW licence after I lost my wallet in week 2 of 1st year uni.
The other to take someone to court when volunteering for the Aboriginal Legal Service. Was an interesting car ride. The bloke had grown up in a town near me.
Anyway, you're correct that Queanbeyan is a bit of a hole. Give it a couple of years though and the gentrification that's been sweeping Canberra will probably see it refashioned into another wannabe-Brunswick.
 

Proper Gander

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I miss the Phoenix. Ironically it was unable to recover (physically or financially) from a fire a few years ago.
On Queanbeyan, have been there only a couple of times. Once to get a new NSW licence after I lost my wallet in week 2 of 1st year uni.
The other to take someone to court when volunteering for the Aboriginal Legal Service. Was an interesting car ride. The bloke had grown up in a town near me.
Anyway, you're correct that Queanbeyan is a bit of a hole. Give it a couple of years though and the gentrification that's been sweeping Canberra will probably see it refashioned into another wannabe-Brunswick.
Can’t believe that the Phoenix has gone. That’s the end of some sort of era.
 

Capt_Concussion

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Mar 9, 2008
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I’m from Canberra originally so Queanbeyan had a valuable “at least we’re not in” function.

I sent some tourists there once when I was in a bad mood. It was Sunday afternoon in the Canberra “CBD” and about 6 degrees and windy. 20 years ago a Sunday afternoon in town consists of leaves blowing around, maybe a solo skateboarder and that’s it. The action bus network stopped at noon. While wandering though town I met some deeply confused and disgruntled Americans who were all “WTF, where’s the action? Where can we go...” sort of thing. They were generally scathing about the place, understandably, but my bad mood plus the wind and cold made me all “it may be a dull, dead hole but it’s OUR dull, dead hole”. So I enthused for a bit about how they had to go to Queanbeyan - told them they would see immediately what I meant. I personally escorted them to a taxi and instructed the driver to take them to the centre of Queanbeyan and leave them at the GPO. They were dead grateful.

It cheered me up so much I treated myself to beers and chain smoking at the Phoenix making conversation with the usual gaggle of unemployed schizophrenics that seemed to live there. Good times :thumbsu:
Stories like this make me sad I only moved here 9 years ago.

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notmyfault

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I’m from Canberra originally so Queanbeyan had a valuable “at least we’re not in” function.

I sent some tourists there once when I was in a bad mood. It was Sunday afternoon in the Canberra “CBD” and about 6 degrees and windy. 20 years ago a Sunday afternoon in town consists of leaves blowing around, maybe a solo skateboarder and that’s it. The action bus network stopped at noon. While wandering though town I met some deeply confused and disgruntled Americans who were all “WTF, where’s the action? Where can we go...” sort of thing. They were generally scathing about the place, understandably, but my bad mood plus the wind and cold made me all “it may be a dull, dead hole but it’s OUR dull, dead hole”. So I enthused for a bit about how they had to go to Queanbeyan - told them they would see immediately what I meant. I personally escorted them to a taxi and instructed the driver to take them to the centre of Queanbeyan and leave them at the GPO. They were dead grateful.

It cheered me up so much I treated myself to beers and chain smoking at the Phoenix making conversation with the usual gaggle of unemployed schizophrenics that seemed to live there. Good times :thumbsu:
This is why I hate running into other Americans when I travel. Google is their friend and they just have no idea what to do with it. We have no excuse not to know better than to go to Canberra.
 

Charlie_s123

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Jun 1, 2012
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Why does everything I think of have to already exist on the internet?

I had an idea to send to my mate a challenge to do movid19 and grow a mustache, but I go on the net and its already a thing!
Why don’t you and your mate drink 4 litres of water each and see who can do the longest p*ss. It could be called flovid19.
 

Topkent

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Why does everything I think of have to already exist on the internet?

I had an idea to send to my mate a challenge to do movid19 and grow a mustache, but I go on the net and its already a thing!
Go knock on everyone's door while there stuck at home and try and covert them to Melbourne, Jehovid19
 

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