Saturday, 20 June 2009

Terrible urge....

So, there's this croc called Goliath that hangs out in the rainforest sky dome of the Reef Casino in Cairns. It's a simulated rainforest with all sorts of Aussie birds flying free and swooping down on you when you least expect it. Most alarming to a city girl who only encounters maggies (magpies) swooping in September when they are protecting their nests. There's also lizards and rock wallabies jumping out at you as well. Talk about urban wild kingdom.

Anyway - back to the croc. I felt really bad for him. He looked kind of pissed like he wanted out. I get that. Haven't we all been in that situation? Stuck in a shit house (Aussie for not nice) place and unable to do anything but just sit and bide time. Unfortunately for Goliath he was stuck behind a wire fence in a simulated pond setting. Yeah, I have photos. I asked the ranger person about him.
"Oh no," she said. "He's very happy."
How can you tell I asked.
She looked at me vaguely. "Well, he's a crocodile." Uh huh...which to me is "I don't bloody know and go away annoying tourist person."

I'm going back there today. I have the most terrible urge to help Goliath escape. As I see it, it's a matter of getting him down the stairs, into the elevator, through the casino and over to the marina where he can slide off the jetty into the water. How hard can that be?

Today, I plan to hit the markets on the esplande and then flake out beside the pool reading...then swimming...reading...swimming...etc. Yesterday was fantastic. I learned so much about the history of Cairns. Yeah, I'm one of those people who have to know everything.



Lisa J said...

Maybe Goliath IS happy and he wouldn't appreciate you breaking him out of a place which gives him free food all the time. It may be best to let sleeping crocs lie.

Sounds like your vacation is heaven. Enjoy!!

Amarinda Jones said...

Hmmm...I will go and check him out again today and ask him outright. No, it's not rational but terrible urges rarely are...

Anonymous said...

Make sure you take your laptop with you. I hear they have internet in jail and you can write your next book from there.

Anny Cook said...

Oh, yeah. And blog... first hand experiences in an Aussie jail.