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Published: March 3rd 2010
Ellie and I took advantage of our non-hungover morning and got up at 4.30am to do the Sunrise Tour offered at Arts Factory. We’d expected a Tour Guide to take us up to the lighthouse but instead they simply dropped us off and pointed in the direction we needed to go. It was pitch black and we didn’t have a torch, but some boys behind us lit the way.
Unfortunately it was a cloudy morning, so we didn’t actually see the sun rise itself, but we did watch the sky transform in to pretty pinks and oranges as the sun came up. The lighthouse was worth a look too as I’d never seen one in the flesh.
Spent the rest of the morning doing errands then met the girls on the beach. It was a super hot day and we had to get in the sea or walk along the beach numerous times to cool down.
A long-haired Chinese man in his 30’s called Norman, approached us and asked if we would pose for some pictures for his surf website. Everyone looked expectedly at Ellie. Yep, she was game as long as he found some other girls to do it with…
and after a little persuasion, I agreed too.
Steph and Ellie helped him to bring his surfboards to the beach, while I kept an eye on our bags. Soon Ellie and I were bikini clad holding the boards at the front of the beach. It was fun at first, until it became obvious he had a tongue and tooth fetish as he zoomed in on our faces asking us to poke our tongues out and bear our nashers for the camera. This earnt him the name Abnormal Norman.
God knows what he’s really going to use those photos for, but it meant we had full use of the surfboards for the rest of the day. Just earlier that morning I was telling Ellie I’d love to have a surfing lesson, so me and Steph went off in to the sea and she showed me what I needed to do. Stephs’ bikini wasn’t so tight so she had to give up after one or two goes, but I loved it so much I chose to ignore the fact I was flashing poor unsuspecting swimmers.
We picked up Vodka and Wine on the way back to Arts; had the $6 Lasagna then
got ready for the Talents Show that evening. Arts have a program of events for the people staying there, and their Talent Show didn’t disappoint. The guy who kicked it off, called Cockatoo Paul, works for Arts and played the Didgeridoo, a guitar, drums with his feet and sang a song all at the same time. He was fantastic! He kept shouting “Fuck Yeah”!
Steph spotted a jumping Spider on my back and I’m proud of how calm I remained until she murdered it. Some bloke called Tom was the first act from the crowd at the Talent Show. He was really good. Steph told me she liked the name Tom. A little boy she hung around with as a child was called Tom and she used to feed him worms. My favorite act of the night was a guy with swingy ropes that he tossed around to the tune “Smack my bitch up”, it was absolutely mesmerizing.
Lots more Didgeridoo; lots more guitars; plenty of “Fuck Yeah”s.
Two guys called Sean and Marcus joined us at our picnic table to watch the show, and made us drinks lots. Next minute we were on the way to Byron Bay town
with them to a club called Cheeky Monkeys, and the night went considerably downhill from there. Had a blast, from what I remember, but can’t have done my liver much good!
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