SHORTY’s ! t u o sh social COMMENT
Local larrikin Shorty sets our pages alight with brutal honesty and quick wit on topics that really get him going.
i folks, I hope you’re all fit and well and starting to warm up a bit now that the worst of winter is behind us. I’ve got a little story to tell you that relates to our April issue of Get it (you can read back issues on our website: www. getit-magazine.com.au) with the theme basing itself around ‘Mentors’. I met a beautiful young lady recently and while I listened to her life tales I couldn’t help but think: “What an inspiration this girl is.” So I had to share her story with you. Her name is Tammara Wrenn. Of Dutch/Irish descent, she’s a true stunner that graced the pages of the Australian Swimsuit Calendar as Miss April 2003. Don’t judge the book by its cover just yet – Tammara also became the first female bull rider to enter the Mt Isa rodeo - not bad for a coma patient who wasn’t expected to survive let alone walk again, right? After a horrific dirt bike accident in 2003, Tammara was left fighting for her life in hospital. Substantial brain damage had doctors fearing for the worst as she was placed in a coma. Finally waking two months later, Tammara struggled with basic functionalities like walking. But her strength and will grew astronomically with her ‘never give up’ attitude. She practiced walking around the house in high heels and returned to the catwalk just five short months later. Now 29, she’s the only female registered with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association! Mind you, when I caught up with her she was sporting a broken arm after a bull decided to give her a nudge. But Tammara courageously takes
it in her stride admitting sometimes you’ve just got to take the blows as they come. “Everyone gets banged up occasionally,” she says. Remember the advice we all got at some time in our life: if you fall off your bike, you were always told to get back on the saddle as soon as possible? Well that’s exactly what she has done. Tammara you’re an inspiration to all of us! Time for me to get on my soapbox again! We’ve all heard the stories about people snapping up a bargain house close to a major airport, then complaining to the local council about the unbearable noise of planes taking off. Er, you knew what you were buying and let’s face it; the airport was there first! Seems we have the same syndrome here on the Coast! Hope Island Resort Marina is undoubtedly one of the best marinas in Australia. When it was built it was surrounded by open spaces. Now it’s completely surrounded by luxury apartments, shopping complexes and more. Okay, all good so far. One of those complexes is a waterfront estate overlooking a marina full of multi-million dollar yachts. If you lived there wouldn’t you love to look out from your balcony at a $10 million luxury cruiser? Guess not! Seems one resident complained it was blocking their view! View of what? It’s a marina, and in a marina you get boats not cows or horses or mountains! What’s more beautiful than seeing hundreds of boats gently rocking at their berths glistening in the moonlight? A dark and dismal nothing I guess because someone complained the
lights were distracting! What about when there’s a bit of a breeze? Is there anything more relaxing than hearing a halyard gently tink, tink, tinking against a mast? Let me tell you after spending most of my life at sea, that sound is one of the most soothing sounds I’ve ever heard. Not so for some people! You got it, another complaint. Folks, if you don’t like nautical noises or scenery why in God’s name did you spend your millions on a luxury home in a marina? Go and buy a house in the burbs and put up with cars whizzing by, balcony views of your next door neighbour skinny dipping or the view out your bedroom window looking straight into next doors bedroom! I don’t know, some people are just never satisfied unless they’re making other’s lives a misery. You chose the Marina lifestyle so if you’re not happy and content move out and let the people who bought on the Marina enjoy the lifestyle on which they spent their hard earned dollars to live their dream! Shorty Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The August Issue of Get It Magazine Gold Coast.