This one is very recent, "The Birthday"
Since 1990 Warren has been doing a Christmas card for his friends,
this was the 1991 card, they are all humorous and often have a
medical theme as Warren works in the medical world.
Like all posers he "hates" to have his picture taken.
Very early days, Warren and Julie at Bald Rock National Park NSW.
Most of us are either blessed or cursed with a friend who is… to put
it mildly, often described as “a little strange” or worse.
I have one of these… his name is
about 35 years now, so I’m nearly used to his antics.
We first met back in the days when Julie and I ran a Service Station
had a beat up old Holden that we somehow kept on the road for him.
It didn’t take long for a friendship to develop,
is, a very keen photographer and movie maker.
His offer of showing us slides of a recent holiday he had at a
beautiful spot called Canarvon Gorge was accepted and became the
stepping stone for the friendship that has lasted all these years.
There followed many years of visits, always filled with fun and
laughter, which usually ended with just Warren and I talking,
mainly crap I suspect, until the wee small hours, Julie normally
having given up on us several hours earlier.
When my marriage collapsed and I moved back to
sane?? while I grieved my loss.
This meant that I saw quite a bit more of Warren than I had when
we had only our annual visits from Victoria, while I had always
known of his “oddball” side it has become more so over the last
We have done a couple of trips together, and I’ve found he is one
of the few people I can sit in a car with for 3 weeks, while we
covered about half of this huge land, and still enjoy the experience.
We’ve been fishing together, I can’t recall ever catching anything
big enough to eat, we’ve been to music events, photographic
events, enjoyed family events (both his and my family, my kids
Shared the loss of a parent, Warrens Mum, My Dad, and the joy
of his daughters children arriving, and visits with my kids and
OK, that’s what I would write if Warren had died and I wanted to
say all the nice things about him as a memorial, but, as I hinted
at the start there is another side to Warren, and it’s probably the
one that has kept us friends all these years, he’s as mad as a
bloody meat-axe, as silly as a cut snake and as crazy as a loon.
It is almost impossible to make a telephone call to anyone else
if he is in close proximity, his side chatter, in a very loud voice,
drowns out the other persons conversation totally.
Even conversations that may start out as serious, always seem
to degenerate into laugh-fests by the time they finish.
neighbor, his music is played with the same gusto that he lives
his life, he keeps late hours, and worst of all he has a friend who
accentuates all of his worst habits when he comes to visit!!!!
We make an odd combination, I’m fairly introverted (in anyone
else’s company) while Warren is an extrovert, but when we get
together we laugh, joke, swear, fart and do all the things that
men tend to do when they are “having fun.”
We seem to enjoy the same movies, books, jokes, late hours,
computing etc. that keep us compatible, and by the way just in
case anyone is wondering neither of us has seen, or probably
wants to see, Brokeback Mountain, but, come to think of it he
is a very good cook!!
Now if any one doubted the Brokeback remark take a look at this
and tell me you still have doubts!
If you click the photos they will enlarge, this last one has a small
painting on the left hand side, this is by Warren's sister
Denise Green, some of you may recognize the name? Denise is
very well known in the art world and has lived and worked in
New York for many years.
Warren sometimes reads this blog, so if he see's this post you
can expect to hear some rebuttals, but who ya gonna believe,
an honest blogger you know well or some unknown weird-o??