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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Up the creek

This morning, after taking care of the chores around the farm with his wife and son, a client of mine arrived back at the house for a quick clean up before heading into town. He ducked to the bathroom while the family took a load off their feet and made a cuppa. 

Shortly, my farmer mate joined his family in the kitchen, a towel wrapped around his waist.

“No water,” he told his wife and son. “The pumps not working.”

Despite not having a shower he changed into his good shirt, trousers and shoes and drove everyone down to the creek on the tractor.

Turned out, to fix the pump, someone needed to walk into the creek. Unfortunately for this unlucky person the thermometer registered 1 degree this morning. As my mate watched from the tractor a heated argument broke out on the banks of the creek as his missus and their boy ‘discussed’ who was going in. In the end, Rock Scissors Paper decided and his wife lost. She needed to wade in till the water met her belly button - and then bend over.

“My wife would have pushed me in the creek," I told him. "Roughly." I didn't say she'd have laughed while she was at it, but anyone who knows Tracey would see this as a given. "How the hell did you get away with her going in instead of you?"

"I was sitting on the tractor in my town clothes," he said, matter-of-factly. 

"So your advice is ‘always overdress for the occasion’?” I asked. 

“My advice is 'don’t get off the tractor'.”

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Bruce Devereaux is one of the nicest people he knows. When not at work he enjoys reading, writing, hiding from his children and not changing nappies.


His career, and if we used the term any more loosely an e might fall out, has included a gardener, a personal lender, a console operator, a stop/go man (not as big a bludge as you might think but great if you’re into sunburn, abuse and varicose veins), a cleaner of banks and pubs and, for a very brief period, a door to door salesman (until the last door he knocked on was answered by a very scary woman with tremendously hairy legs).


Bruce Devereaux currently works as a forty-five-year-old award winning customer service officer (glass statuette available upon request) for the Bank of Queensland and as a very casual employee for Corrective Services. He likes to believe he excels at both but then he has always been prone to exaggeration.


His favourite colour is green, with a picture of Dame Nellie Melba on one side and General Sir John Monash on the other. His favourite flower is self-raising.

 If you see him around town, call his wife immediately - he's probably snuck out and left her alone with all the kids.


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