Small World. Sometimes

So often when I am in the United States and people hear that I am Australian, I get asked do I know so and so who is a friend of a friend who lives down under. I always laugh and although I guess I know a few people and I suppose more than a few know me, there is not much chance of me knowing someone who is a friend of a friend. I explain that Australia is the same size as the US. Mind you I met a woman the other day in Kansas who told me her boyfriend was from Australia and that he grew up just outside Vienna.

Last night I got lost in the back woods of West Virginia. It got dark and and I got ill. Very ill and I was on a road in the middle of nowhere. I had no phone reception so I managed to pull into a parking lot of a small shop and called out for help. Now this is a part of the country where people  are a little, how will I say this? Different, but this chap came over and I told him I had to get to a hospital and fast so could he  please call 911.

By the time the ambulance arrived I was very ill and so it was a long ride back to the hospital along many miles of winding roads. I was very worried about my truck as it was full of all my personal stuff but there was a young fireman there at the store and when he saw what was going on he offered to drive my vehicle back and park it in the lot at the hospital where I was admitted.

I was so so grateful but could only barely thank him as I was throwing up over and over again. On being released, I went to try and find him to thank him with a gift but he was out at a huge fire, I was told.

So what happens is a doctor will pump me full of drugs and the next morning I will be on my way all be it a little slowly. When the doctor is getting me to sign the release papers, he tells me that  he was in Vietnam during the war and he traveled with a very well known Australian singer, and by any chance had I heard of him? Well every Australian has heard of this person and I am no different, except this singer and I hung out a little when I was in my teens. In fact his girlfriend of the time was a singer also and one of her backing singers I was friendly with and we will leave it at that.

So here I am under the care of a doctor in a very small town up in the Appalachian Mountains who was in Vietnam and flew to Australia on leave on the same flight as my old friend who really was a big star in his day.

So why am I telling you all this? I have no idea but just thought a bit of a chat was in order.



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