DWF; Thank you GOF. They have been difficult years since our services were embarrassingly rejected, and we were ripped out by the roots and banished.
GOF; You would not believe the idiocy that has overtaken this nation during your absence.
DWF; Please go ahead. Tell me about it. I know you planned to anyway, regardless of my invitation.
GOF; I'll overlook your sarcasm. Could you ever have imagined, in the old days of common sense and financial frugality when we used to spend time together, that Australians now would buy 540 million litres of bottled water each year at double the cost per litre that they pay for petrol when you could have supplied that water for nothing?
DWF; Perhaps they believe that the water in bottles is of superior quality and that it all comes from a magical little glade somewhere in the pristine mountains where a glimmering crystal clear spring issues forth nature's aqueous purity.
GOF; That is entirely possible, but a whole lot of it comes from Sydney's normal tap water supply yet requires 2000 times the processing energy to find it's way into the bottle and then the gullets of those with excess money burning holes in their pockets.
DWF; Please excuse me for a moment GOF, I have several customers waiting.
GOF; (resuming after interruption) Our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his end of 2009 year speech noted;
"it has been a difficult year for many Australians."
DWF; Hang on GOF, being anchored here in the park, I don't get a whole lot of access to the media.
GOF; Well I can tell you that accompanying vision on at least one television channel showed a mob of intense desperate scuttling unsmiling city pedestrians, and most of them were clutching water bottles as a lifeline against some imminent prospect of perishing from desiccation before they reached the next oasis.
DWF; Maybe there are are a lot of sand dunes around Sydney?
GOF; Stop winding me up DWF.
DWF; Well perhaps they had only bought ONE bottle each year for the convenience of the vessel and then they were refilling it every day from my cousins in New South Wales.
GOF; Yeah right! Pigs might fly. And I suppose the $500 they then save themselves from forking out to profiteering multinational corporations each year is donated to World Vision to build water wells in countries where the people genuinely understand the meaning of "it has been a difficult year."
DWF; Don't be so cynical Never lose sight of the dream GOF.
P.S. Big YAY! from me to the Cairns City Council.