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My day started at 3:30 am with a few final touch-ups to the program. We decided to catch the train into Melbourne as it would cost us $22.00 per hour to park and we needed at least 3 hours. We walked to Rockbank station.
By the way, whenever we mention Rockbank you’re supposed to say what almost every single person we’ve met in Melbourne says…
“Where the hell is ROCKBANK???”
The station at Rockbank, (“Where the hell is Rockbank?”), is a tin shed set amidst……NOTHING! We couldn’t even buy tickets but a nice couple of school boys told us we could buy them on the train.
Here comes the train. We hear it in the distance. We see it appear. This is exciting. Within 5 seconds this bullet travelling at about 200km an hour flashes through the station at a speed that enabled but a flashing observation of the actual train as it disappeared into the direction of Melbourne without even blinking at “Where the hell is Rockbank” station. Speechless we looked to our new schoolboy friends who informed us that it wasn’t worth all trains stopping at “Where the hell is Rockbank” so only every second one stopped.
As the next, much older train stopped we boarded into a totally packed carriage and 20 minutes later we were in Southern Cross station in central Melbourne. A quick tram ride to Exhibition Street and we were there 1/2 an hour early. It was a great public transport experience.
Once into the company’s offices, and being made so welcome by the lovely people we have grown used to in our dealings with this company, we proceeded to install SpaceCalc, which apart from being unable to log on to their network with my laptop, went very smoothly. About 2 hours later SpaceCalc was loaded onto the network and 5 PCs and was running properly. We were then taken to lunch by Summit, the man responsible for us getting our CMS program into Melbourne ACU. Summit has always fascinated me. He’s one of the most articulate young men I’ve ever met. He has a wonderful ability to organise his words in a way that makes every conversation like listening to a skilled storyteller. He’s also hilarious. He’s one of those people who can bring you to tears of laughter while he himself expresses nothing more than a wry smile. Lunching, (in fact spending even a few moments), with this highly competent, thoroughly likeable and entertaining person was a most rewarding experience.
After lunch it was back to Southern Cross station where Kerrie’s Shop Radar went into action again and since we had time to spare she set about satisfying her addiction for aimlessly meandering through a sea of colourful trinkets while I sat with a coffee and watched the tide of another sea, the sea of people coming and going at the station. The diversity, colour and actions of people never cease to amaze me.
The train ride back to Rockbank, (Where the hell’s Rockank?), was comfortable, fast and pleasant. We had time to change and then drive back to Armidale in Melbourne where we had dinner with our friends Bruce and Denise at their home. Their place is one of those rare places where you feel comfortable and at home the moment you enter. Of course, this has little to do with the bricks and mortar and everything to do with the people inside. Bruce and Denise love cooking and their food is delicious and beautifully presented. As good as the food was though, it was these two people who were responsible for a delightful night. The conversation was fascinating and we became enthralled as Denise told us of her, yet embryonic, the idea for her business. We’re so sure she will do well as we saw the abundance of the vital ingredient, PASSION, in her conversation.
Bruce is a skilled listener, similar to Barry and Christine, and is absorbed in whatever you speak about. He has a personality that I call “firm gentleness”. It is the type of personality that leaves little doubt that he’s in charge yet gives you the feeling that your viewpoint or suggestion is valuable and that you will always be well and respectfully treated. We looked forward to a good night’s sleep as tomorrow we strip the van down ready for the next phase of our adventure on Thursday – the trip to Tasmania.
UPDATE: Rockbank Station had an overhaul between 2018 – 2019 we must go back and have a look at it now sometime.