Australia Alice springs August/September 2013 - Final report from D @Poisoned_Halos
@ @ @ @ I couldn’t believe my ears when the Chief rose up from days of negotiations to announce that we may have the house after all. Of course it also took me offering to buy land for them in order to agree to it, but I was happy that it was done. Stan had contacted me himself to let me know that he heard of what was going on and gave me the opportunity to show them his humanitarian efforts program, Operation Chavez. (http://stansbusinessbabes.tumblr.com/post/12930223139/stans-business-babes-background-and-operation-chavez) This all went over well with the leaders and finally this morning, he made the announcement that the new house would serve as payment for the removal of the other.
The joy from my co-workers faces were priceless. They too were ready to get back home to their families and lives. I still didn’t know why this piece of land was so important that we had to take these measures, but I was sure that my bosses happiness, and the nice fat check waiting for me, was worth it all.
Looking back at the photos and souvenirs we picked up during our stay in Alice Springs, I laugh and show Purvis the one with him falling off the camel. http://t.co/f51AR2lmnl http://t.co/LV74TL5PT7 http://www.australiasoutback.com/alice-springs-and-surrounds/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/~/media/Images/TourismNT/Alice%20Springs%20and%20Surrounds/camel_trek_ali_sur_u_972275_540x304.ashx
“What in the world were you trying to do?!” My laugh still following my words.
“That damn camel didn’t like mah cologne or sumthin’, kept buckin like a wild horse!” His smile was bright but the bruises were still there and I hoped they didn’t hurt too badly.
Sierra was getting lunch together when she overheard us laughing and joined in on the fun.
“I do remember us being pretty sauced, it probably didn’t want to drive drunk!” Her laughter rung with kindness and sincerity and I nodded in agreement.
I came across one photo of our guide and showed it to them.
“Did any of y’all take this picture? Or did he just commit a selfie?!” Laughing I leave it on the table. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/assets/images/blogposts/7678/uluru_anniversary_celebrations-original.jpg
“Alright, I have to update Portia on everything and to let her know that we’re coming home soon.”
Everyone returned back to what they were doing before my little interruption and I got out my laptop to email Portia.
Australia Alice springs August/September 2013 - First dispatch report from D @Poisoned_Halos
@ @ @ When we arrived at the house there was nothing unusual about it, save for there being no one in sight for what seemed like miles. We all unloaded the car and headed up the stairs, with me jerking the keys out of my pocket when the door is swung open before us. I look up to find a short man with greying hair wearing a large scowl on his face.
“Excuse me? What are you doing on my property?!” Expecting this I set my things down and sighed deeply.
“You and I both know that this is NOT your property but I AM willing to come to terms with you. If you would call a meeting with your leaders for tomorrow?”
I chew on my lip wondering where we were going to stay now and mentally kicking myself for not seeing this when we first came over here.
“I won’t have any of that. This land has been passed down to my family for many years. We ran those builders off before they could build anymore houses and took over this one. It’s MINE! Now GET OFF or I will make you!!”
With my brows furrowed and my lips pursed it was all I could do to keep from pushing this little man down and rushing in with my fists but I was here on business and I needed to be professional. Purvis however didn’t like how I was being talked to and took matters into his own hands.
“Ya sorry piece of!!! We’ll make YOU leave before we do!!!”
Looking back at him I see Sierra actually trying to hold him back but him being polite lets her believe she’s really keeping him from beating the crap out of a disrespectful old man.
“Purvis, it’s ok… we’ll talk with his leaders tomorrow. We may not be able to physically make him leave, but the ones he answers to can. So calm down… we’ll make the most of this day and night before we have to come back to these shenanigans tomorrow. Sound good?” Smiling I pick up my things and nod to the both of them before looking back at the driver.
“You’ll get extra if you can take us to the best Bed and Breakfast Alice Springs has to offer.”
“Yes ma’am, The Quest hotel would probably suit your needs.”
“I trust you won’t set us up in a dump.”
Laughing I shove my luggage into the trunk as well as the others before climbing back in.
“Alright y’all. We’ll just take the day off and enjoy it. I could definitely use a Bloody Mary right about now.”
Our car starts to move and we all fall quiet, thinking of how we’ll be able to convince the leaders to leave the property when the real question pops up… Why does Stan want this property so bad??? My mind starts rolling with questions and doesn’t stop until we reach our new destination and I’m pulled away from my thoughts. The exclamation from both my co-workers and I had our driver chuckling when he pulled into the parking lot.
“I’ll stay out here until you get your keys, Ma’am.”
“Thank you, I won’t be long. Y’all wanna come with?”
Looking to Sierra and Purvis who both nod quickly and slide out of their side of the car. Shaking my head with a grin I climb out and head in where I’m quickly greeted by the girl at the counter. Taking care of all the necessities, we grab the keys and head back to the car where we’re shown to our rooms and begin unpacking for the day. Once dressed appropriate in shorts, tee, and flip flops makes my way over to their rooms.
“Come on y’all.. Portia told me to take y’all to this place Uluru. Says it’ll be ‘enlightening’.” Using my fingers to imitate quotations at the word enlightening and laughing.
“But besides we’ll be drinking so I think we’ll find enlightenment either way.” Unaware of what we had before us for the rest of the day and night, proceeds with making our plans.
Arrival in Alice Springs August 28th, 2013 - Dispatch by D @Poisoned_Halos
The time passed and we reached our destination, our driver meeting us with a car just steps away from where we landed and we all hop in before our luggage makes it into the trunk. Sierra and Purvis are ready with questions for our new driver, delivering them jokingly as usual. I always love how they make every new face feel welcome as if they were a part of our troupe. Even if sometimes it made them uncomfortable, it was still hilarious to watch. Their 50 questions stop when we start moving and they start going over the the report as well making their next 50 about what we plan on doing My only response - I don’t know yet.*