Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dave Rat Blog - Next Stop South Africa

Ooooh, since we fly so much in our world travels and occasionally run into humans carrying overwhelming or irrational fears of flying versus the realities of statistics, I did a bit of keyboard research and found this

But taking the ponder further, What are the odds of winning the lottery? Being eaten by a shark or dying in a plane crash?

And a last little bit while we are sync'ing some perceptions with reality I found this quote that seems naturally logical to me to be appropriate:

"Notwithstanding that fear, the odds of being in an airplane accident are incredibly small. Accidents occur at a rate of one per 1.2 million flights, and the odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million [sources: Clarke, Ropeik]. The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5,000, so you're much more likely to die getting to the airport than you are flying in the plane [source: Ropeik]"

from the Discovery web page:

Well alrighty then and saying bye bye to Perth, soon to hop aboard an Air South African 11 hour flight to Johannesburg. Yay another new city! Oh and for all those that whine or whinge about plane flights and fears, are scared of swimming in the ocean because of sharks or generally let fears clip adventure from their lives, it's your lucky day, look what I found! The perfect solution (pun intended)

And ordering info:

Ok, and back to actually important things like whether or not a music at a rock show is loud or not, whether we can spot a wild kangaroo and taking a swim in a new ocean.

So after all the sound concerns for Perth:

Turns out I had plenty of headroom and was quite happy with the sound levels and it was another fun show. 

And as always, if seminar friends show up at the gig, I welcome them on the mix riser if there is room, or even if there's not room.

Then back to the hotel

A good night's sleep and thank you James for rocking us the cool ride for a day off adventure to Margaret river

Ahh, and I get to jump into the Indian Ocean!


No waves this time

But were way more successful with the Roo spotting

Yay, beers are only $10! Not only that, a tiny bowl off peanuts were a bargain at $3.50.  Oh my, crazy prices everywhere for us spending the low value US dollar

Heck ya, motherboard for a badass laptop!

Ok, after the string of goofy me pics, I feel I should share something remotely soundish and useful.  Here is a copy of  an Excel spreadsheet I use to help decide whether Rat will buy equipment to add to our rental inventory and the aspects of cash versus lease versus loan.

and an older blog post that explains a bit more

Cool cool. Off to professionally plane sit!


  1. Always entertaining, Dave! Have a great time in South Africa!

  2. great blog!! I miss Austraila!! I remember endless driving from Adelaide to Sydney and a few places in between - watching kangaroos running along,etc. Glad you all are enjoying yourselves.

  3. Looking forward to tonight's show! Can't wait to hear you in action!