Monday, 26 November 2012

esCarpade 2013 Start and End Points Announced!!

With 2012 done and dusted, the Camp Quality esCarpade crew wasted no time in announcing the 2013 esCarpade start and end points, as well as dates...

Buckle up everyone - the 2013 Camp Quality esCarpade will be held from October 12 to 19, and will be starting in Bundaberg and heading to Wollongong via the Great Dividing Range!!

Stay tuned for the full route all in good time...

Sunday, 25 November 2012

2012 Camp Quality South Qld Christmas Party

The 2012 Camp Quality South Qld Christmas Party is a time for Camp Quality families, volunteers and staff to get together and share the highs and lows of the year, celebrate the joy of christmas and generally have an awesome time - all supported massively by Lions and Lioness Clubs.
Damian rocked in with his beautiful wife Tricia, who seemed to have found a slushy machine!!


The family having fun on the train with Vivien, another Camp Quality volunteer and supporter of Team Booger Mobile...

The Police are always a big hit...

As was the climbing wall and jumping castle!!

Of course, the highlight of the day is always the water fight with the Firies, who always seem to win!!  It's pretty much a unidirectional fight!!

Some tall bloke in a green shirt did an awesome job as MC once again, shown here with John from the Wallum Action Group who once again made a sizeable donation to Camp Quality, and Heather, the boss of Camp Quality South Qld.

What Christmas Party would be complete without Damian getting to sit on Santa's knee?

2012 was a massive year, and 2013 is shaping up to be pretty awesome also...  stay tuned for the announcement of the 2013 route!!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

2012 Camp Quality Middle Camp

Camp Quality Middle Camp rolled around again, and Damian was the Activity Leader... It was an action packed three day camp for 8-13 year old campers and siblings.  This year's camp theme - Jungle Fever!!

First stop - Wet'n'Wild... the kids got wet and went wild!!  Some of the adults did too!!

After a huge day in the sun (being sun safe of course), it was time for a giant inflatable outdoor cinema!!  Awesome!!

After some morning activities outdoors (rock climbing and archery), the heavens opened up, just as it was time for the undercover reptile show to take place... Here's Damian holding a rather large olive python!!

After lunch (and quiet time), the rain stopped and the sun came back out again - just in time for an enormous slip'n'slide...  the kids had a blast, and the arvo degenerated into a massive water fight... good times!!

Damian's costume for the disco... he went as a Tourist who was captured by some natives and made the special guest for dinner... little did he realise that the flames underneath him meant he WAS the dinner!!

The last day rolled around too quickly, and the morning was spent at Paradise Country...

The sheep herding, boomerang throwing and whip cracking was popular!!

After a BBQ lunch, it was time to board the buses and head home, exhausted.  This is why Team Booger Mobile fundraise... to send kids along to awesome camps like this one!!

(Sadly Camp Quality rules prevent the posting of any pictures of kids, so you'll just have to take Damian's word for it that they all had an awesome time!!)

Friday, 2 November 2012

Sorting out the rear suspension, once and for all!!

So, post esCarpade 2012, what was going on at Team Booger Mobile?  First cab off the rank was to remove Booger's head, followed by resolving the rear suspension debacle.

First, remove Booger's head...


Then, remove the spring-saver's and see where it's sitting...  sitting not too bad on the concrete, but remember on esCarpade, those top holes in the wheel were barely visible...

Passenger side...

After heading to the suspension shop, Damian was told he would need to take Booger Mobile to the actual company who made the springs...  of course, if Damian had known it was an actual suspension place, he would have cut out the middle man and gone there himself in the first place!!

Booger Mobile was booked in for spring resolution...

At the place - slowly sinking back down after a bit of driving...

Passenger side...

Post adding two leaves onto the springs - back to full height!!  It will probably settle a little from this height, but the new springs feel awesome - Damian took Booger Mobile there with the boot full, so the only things missing from the car were their bags, 10kg of lollies, Booger's head and the 20L jerry can of fuel from the roof... oh, and of course Jason!!

Passenger side sits a little lower for some reason - nothing to worry about in a 48 year old car!!

The best part is, the car is resolved... now Damian can get onto some of the other issues...  The earthing issue on the driver's side of the car has flared up again... the tailshaft universal joints need replacing (this was a scrutineering note from this year - to replace them for 2013), and the driver's side front wheel bearings need tightening up - this has been an ongoing maintenance issue since losing the cap in 2010 and replacing the wheel bearings ready for 2011.  Oh, and of course, getting the chip in the windscreen fixed before it turns into a full-blown crack!!

There are a number of other things on the list for 2013, but for now, it's rest time from Booger Mobile.  Blog posts will be sporadic for the next month or two, but rest assured that Team Booger Mobile will be back in 2013!!