Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

No Star Shining over My Place

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

No Star Shining over My Place

Article excerpt

IT CAN all be traced way back to some guy with a donkey who schlepped his heavily pregnant wife from one end of town to the other and knocked on every door he came to in search of a bed for the night.

If only he had picked up a copy of the NRMA's caravan and camping guide or logged onto last.minute.com.au before he left home. He could have had all his travel and accommodation sorted and probably at a great discount rate with a complimentary breakfast or two thrown in.

But, no, he chose to roam the countryside without advance accommodation bookings and to tell his missus a[approximately]Don't worry, honey, it will be fine, I'm sure we'll find somewhere to stay when we get there'.

Obviously that guy had no idea about Christmas being peak holiday season. Fast forward 2000 years and not only is Christmas the peak holiday season it is now the peak season for holiday drop-ins and long-lost relos.

This is the time of year when people you hardly know, people you may have played tennis with once during your week-long fitness phase back in 1992, or people who were visiting the lady in the next bed to you on the maternity ward, or people you once made polite conversation with in the school principal's office just to fill an uncomfortable silence suddenly phone you up out of the blue and announce they are going to be in town a your town a during the holiday season.

When you first answer this phone call your mind will be racing trying to put a face to the name and after a few minutes of stilted conversation and cagey questions, the pieces will finally click into place a they may not be pregnant or have a donkey but these people are looking to score some free, fully serviced holiday accommodation.

I got one of these phone calls earlier this week. a[approximately]Hey, Wendy, we'll be up your way over the Chrissie break and would love to catch up'. Any other time of year I could take this request at simple face value but in December this seemingly innocent statement translates to; a[approximately]Hey, Sucker, we've blown most of our holiday budget on Xboxes, iPhones and expensive Wii thingys for the kids so we thought we'd crash for free at your place between Boxing Day and New Years'. …

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