|An uninvited swan.|
|Cygnus atratus, NOT mythical. Quite boring, actually.|
Not even venomous or anything.
|On the bridge of HMAS Choules, facing aft, port side.|
Well, at least they didn't pick it up on the side of the road somewhere or make off with it in the middle of the night while its owners were sleeping, which is even more typically the Australian way of procuring things.
This ship is so immensely boring that the sheer size of it stunned me into submissive silence. It weighs 16,000 tons and is 580 feet long. It has an enormously boring cavity right down the middle of it with enough space for 150 trucks. That's a lot of trucks.
|HMAS Choules in Falmouth drydock,|
earlier this year.
Our fully authorized incursion onto the ship was courtesy of a friend who is an electronics technician in the Australian Navy. He had just arrived on this ship all the way from Falmouth, England (Britain's deepest and most boring natural port) where the ship had been undergoing re-fit since August. By the time they finally got to Perth, the entire crew was absurdly, ridiculously bored. Perth has that effect on people.
The HMAS Choules was re-named for Australia's oldest living WWI and WWII veteran Claude Choules, who ironically died earlier this year in Perth (undoubtedly from boredom) at age 110. He was Australia's oldest living man at the time of his death. And he holds the World's Record for being the oldest first-time published author when he released his memoirs at age 108. This is probably how he got a ship named after him. Well, that and his service in two world wars and 41 years as an enlisted man and NCO in the Australian Navy, of course.
|December 10, 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse at about|
40 minutes before full occlusion. Photo by
Cpl. Marek Bubna-Litic, R.A.N.,
taken from onboard the HMAS Choules.
From our towering vantage point some 100 feet above Fremantle harbor, we could see every boring thing that was going on. In particular, the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE that was happening that very night right before our eyes. This is a scientific event that is so boring it happens only every couple of years (but twice this year, being a particularly boring year).
The overall effect it had on me was to make me so sleepy after watching it until well past 11 PM that I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. But I finally understand why people say Perth is so boring.
It is because they are devoid of any imagination and lack even a passing curiosity about the fascinating place we live.