Incident at Isisford, Central West Queensland
OMIGOD!!!! Today is the beginning of a new phase in my life – and I’m feeling that old double-punch of horror and excitement!
My partner and I were in Isisford – which you will immediately recognise as the site where Isisfordia Duncani – the crocodile fossil from which all modern crocodiles descended – was discovered. But more on that in a future post. While totalling our morning tea and entry fee costs, the young staff member at The Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre that houses a replica of the fossil asked if there were any concessions.
‘Only one,’ I replied, ‘as you’d immediately be able to tell by looking at ME that I’m NOT a senior.’
‘Of course,’ he replied, not missing a beat, and started adding up again.
His boss’ laughter boomed out in the background. ‘Go on, give the lady a concession,’ he chortled, clearly having completely missed the RED Nomad connection.
And so it came to pass. I’ve had my first senior’s discount. There’s no mistake – it’s recorded for posterity on the entry ticket. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!! And does anyone else get the deep irony of this happening at a fossil centre?!?!
The horrror comes, of course, from the trauma of being categorised as a senior. And the excitement? Well … it IS a new experience!! I think it’s all downhill from here …
BUT, this does NOT mean I’m turning into a Grey Nomad!! Does it? DOES IT????!!!