Busy Hap

27 Apr

Howdy people,

well I have been a busy little Hap of late, hence the lack of posts. 

I have been growing a moustache which has been keeping me very occupied, you may get a glimpse of it in the photos at the end. 

But no that is not the reason I have been busy. I have been writting a newspaper article on working in the Western Australian Mining industry, as there is a big myth back home in New Zealand that it is really easy to get work over here, which it is not, basically its all about who you know.  But I have finished that, and will try and get that published.  Writing a newspaper article is quite hard, well for me anyway, it means I have to be serious, its amazing how much unserious stuff comes into my head, and I’m glad I’ve finally finished it, cheers to Dad for the proofreading and cheers to Sarah for being the little legend she is.

I have also been applying for jobs at Scott Base in Antarctica, as they do all their recruitment for the upcoming season (End of year) 2 weeks in April, so I have been spending my nights at work filling out the application forms etc.  I have been applying for cleaning jobs, hahaha, to think I’m going to give up highest paid job I’ve ever had and I love, to go and clean toilets in -40! hahaha, classic.  But it’s extremely competitive with 100’s of people applying for the 3 cleaning positions. So please everyone cross your fingers and legs that i get accepted for Scott Base, would be awesome (even though it would suck leaving my present job)!

What makes it even more cool is that I just got great news today, that Amanda my girlfriend is pregnant, hahahah, no, that would require us being in the same country, I digress, she just got accepted for work at Mcmurdo Base in Antarctica for the upcoming season,   I applied for work there aswell, but as its an American Base, you require an American work visa, yeah we all know that my track record with US immigration does not help that process.

Also, works been flat out which is another reason for my lack of communication. We have started our regional exploration stuff, which I’m loving, out camping in the middle of nowhere, actually it use to be an old mine camp back in the 60’s, but theres only a few concrete pads and rusted out old machinery left.  But we have a great crew of guys down there, myself and the Geo and the drill crew.  Have a caravan which we use for cooking etc, and then sleep out under the stars on swags (Ozzie invention which incorporates a sleeping bag and mattress rolled into one), and have been working out my massive thighs and bringing back memories of Korea with squatting.

So I have been away from Woodie Woodie mine camp, so have been even more removed from communication, internet, phones (my cell phone doesn’t work in Woodie anyway) no nothing, just finish work, light the fire, cook dinner, have a few beers and play cards, the simple things.  The weather is quite nice up here at present, its not so hot, the flies have calmed down (thank god, as that would make going to the toilet a nightmare), its just blue skies and temps in the high 20’s low 30’s on hot days, and cool at night. perfect!

Well thats me, theres a post a couple back of the awesome house I’m living in in Cottesloe, Perth………………………. just got an email from Bugz saying that we have to be out in May, hahaha., was good while it lasted!  Amanda the girlfriend comes out start of July (we meet up in Bali start of June), she going to come and live with her deported boyfriend, who is know homeless, hahahaa, shit I’m a catch.

Hope everyone is fine and dandy in your respective parts of the world.

Peace, love, rainbows, flowers and skipping kangaroos,

Nuthin but love hap

PS: Kangaroo’s are my new favourite animal, see heaps of them on a daily basis bouncing around keeping me company and scaring me uphere.

 

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3 Responses to “Busy Hap”

  1. Roz October 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    Hey Hap

    So howd you get your job as boyscout?

    Did ya need experience or qualifications? would love to give this a go otherwise I’ll try my nifty hand and cleaning in the mines haha

    Be great to hear from you

    Roz

  2. Hap October 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Hey Roz,

    Basically, its all who you know, its all about who you know. And I don’t mean to be negative, but if you don’t know anyone and don’t have any experience or transferable skills, then it will be an uphill battle, but hey if theres a will theres a way.

    I got in through a friend of a friend and had gas rig drilling experience, FIFO experience.

    I actually wrote an article in the Press about trying to get into the mining industry, I will post it under the public speaking page in the coming weeks, so you can check that out.

    But if you want to try and break into the industry i recommend going for a cleaning job, check out ISS and compass group. You will fill out an application form, go in for a day course, and then if they like you will send you out.

    Hope it all helps.

    HAP

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