If you see this little bearded guy with Harry Potter-esque glasses down the street, feel free to say
If you see this little bearded guy with Harry Potter-esque glasses down the street, feel free to say "hi". Luka Kauzlaric

OPINION: Strangers welcomed by ‘out-of-towners’

AS A new Gladstonian I have forced myself to venture outside of my battle axe block and stroll up Goondoon St in search of a social life.

I generally sit as a lone soldier at the bar and order a beer to see what happens.

My first beer is usually half-full by the time someone starts a conversation with "where are you from?"

At first I thought the comment had something to do with me looking like an out-of-towner, until I realised an out-of-towner is how most people look here.

The very fact so many people, having schooners next to me, are not from Gladstone has made my experience here so enjoyable.

I would like to thank the big and intimidating blokes who have chatted to me, the little bearded guy with Harry Potter-esque glasses, about their "missus" and keeping me company in this strange town.



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