Andrew’s missionary friend taught him how to ride a motorcycle over the roughest terrain, his noticeably developing Aussie accent telling him to handle the bike, “like Steve McQueen in the Great Escape.”  He also showed him how to keep a black cloud of bugs away with a blue cloud from a “rollie.”  He modeled how to take a good punch from a convict and that “old fella” is Australian slang for penis and “freckle” for anus.  He instructed him how to lasso, hogtie, and hoist.   He recommended offense over defense, and emphasized the life-saving importance of perfect timing, “Right or wrong moments come in a blink, mate, so keep your eyes open, keep ‘em clear.”
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Andrew Dabar (from the short story, “Black and White”)