Panama class

June 5, 2017

Well given that all my gear is with Fred I had to go and get a few things – one being the hat above (already have a sunburnt head). Also had to get toiletries, shorts and singlet. I got sports shorts as they have built in jocks! I got the gear at the local Target. Massive store and has a grocery section, alcohol, Starbucks, Pharmacy and Pizza. Always wanted to have a beer/pizza whilst I bought Panadol and tried my pants on.

It’s been an interesting couple of days. My brand new 2 in 1 travel laptop shit itself and the keyboard would not work. Kogan were quite helpful in that they offered to look at it if I sent it to them back in Australia and turnaround time would be about 2 months – gee thanks I said. So off I go to “Best Buys” and buy a brand new laptop – touch screen but not tablet mode given what happened with the last one. Thank you very much sir – $360. At least I have a box now to post the other one back home. Ha.

Some of the old cars just sitting around in the Streets are unbelievable given how much they would be worth back home.

In general cars are massive over here;

This type of thing is everywhere. Best one I saw had high rise suspension and 2 x American flags in the back – good old boy. There are also;

Mustangs are very popular – new and old everywhere.

Everyday car.

Well tomorrow I move to Hawthorne which is meant to be much better suburb and has a lot more things around it. Sad to move given that I nearly have learnt Spanish. Hopefully I will get news on Fred soon.

adiós por ahora


  1. Comment by Peter Bikic

    Peter Bikic Reply June 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Get someone to take a Walmart photo of you in you jock socks

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Yeah I haven’t been past one yet – at the moment I would fit in.

  2. Comment by Chris C

    Chris C Reply June 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    The Spanish will be handy when you come home to Australia – not. Tracey told me she put a hold on your bike!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I would expect nothing less from you.

  3. Comment by Helen Athans

    Helen Athans Reply June 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Sounds like you’re progressing Noel!
    Since you’re waiting to hook up with “Fred” now is a good time to hang out with “Wilma, Barney & Betty” – Classic!

  4. Comment by Pk

    Pk Reply June 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    YABBA DABBA DOOOOOOO!!!!!! I agree with Helen

  5. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply June 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Learn Spanish for ‘please don’t rape me’
    You are certainly braver than me.
    And Hawthorne is better than Elizabeth.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 6, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Mate I just want to get down to muscle beach to see if your statue is still there!

  6. Comment by BF

    BF Reply June 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Luv the car snaps ! Please don’t post photos in the jock-shorts..mentally scarred just thinking about it.

    The Beach Boys grew up in Hawthorne…there is a landmark on the site of their childhood home on 119th Street.

    Hope Fred is paroled soon.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 6, 2017 at 12:22 am

      Yeah I could have bought a few projects already.

  7. Comment by salena

    salena Reply June 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I hope Fred had a companion like “BUZZ”, not just your gear, to keep him company on his travel in his crate. Hope you two catch up soon. Stay safe and go like the wind – here to eternity and beyond BUZZ would say. xx

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 7, 2017 at 10:20 am

      No way – buzz is with me.

  8. Comment by HA

    HA Reply June 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Finally we have heard from you glad BUZZ is with you too – good company!
    How is everything going any progress with Fred? Keep positive things will work out – take care keep safe! Looking forward to your next update and remeber “To Infinity and Beyond”!
    Regards Helen & Priscilla xx

  9. Comment by Adrian Mclean

    Adrian Mclean Reply June 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Could u pls grab a few 59chevy parts bonnet would be good

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