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Kris as for someone doing things for free apart from Tyke who we picked up from the airport and cared for we have had numerous other families stay with us for FREE, the last one being for 13 weeks, we fed them and gave them our car. So no there is no rule.
Seriously Kate, I have nothing against Doug personally - that's the point - I don't know him.
Good on him if he wants to do this but in life we are all taught to get to know someone first - first cyber rule for kids and vulnerable people..
As for meeting you, I had gotten to know you, spoken on the phone,knew you as Admin on here. Plenty of track history.
And vice versa.
Anyway we are both nutters................
We property owners have done pickups as part of our services and have had to cost the time and fuel,we probably know how much it cost more than others that's all.
After this thread though and Doug's response, with humour and goodwill - I think he is now a pretty cool guy but before that I wasn't sure. As Tyke says we will get to know Doug more.....after putting up with us in this thread he must be a good guy.
And if I am going to be quoted it would be great if you quoted my whole thread and not do a journalist type thing and quote a part of it.....it takes it out of context then
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Anyway, let's get back on topic, personally I would like to thank you kindly for your offer Doug, I am sure members will be very thankful of a friendly face when they arrive, I wish you had been around when we first arrived.
I an so amazed at the furor that my offer has raised. I'm not offended by anyone's posts and will only say:
Play nicely children
Five years ago I moved to Adelaide with my family as a skilled migrate. I meet Doug in a flying forum (recreationalflying.com.au) when I was still in China. When he know that I will come to Adelaide he told me he can pick us up at Airport. Before that he also send the local newspaper "Advertiser" to my address in China with a cost about $30 to $50. I was very moved and appreciate because this paper have a lot of useful information for new migrants. We meet at the airport and Jenny also came with a teddy bear and balloons for my daughter. These made us feel more comfortable in a foreign country.
Today there are very few people would like to give a helping hand to other people let alone a person he don't know but Doug and Jenny are such people. I have lived in Adelaide for more than five years and we always keep in touch. Doug also gave me advise when I starting my business and he is one of my best friends in Australia. Doug told me that some people are dubious about his intention and I just put this post here to vouch that Doug just want to do something for the people around him.
Hope you all good in Australia.
I agree we should get back on topic.....or onto another thread.
PS I had to google the line from the prayer - I knew I'd heard it somewhere as it stuck in my mind, but I thought it was from Rudyard Kipling's poem, not a prayer!
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****