Steve asked me to start a thread based on how Aussie and I met. I don't know if anyone will be interested, but many years ago he and I shared a cab ride in Fiji from Lautoka to Suva. In Fiji, taxis are like buses. They pick up as many paying passengers as the car will hold and off they go. On this trip, beside the driver, there was me, one of my brother-in-laws, 2 rather large Samoans and Aussie. Lautoka to Suva is a long ride so it's customary to take a break half way in Sigatoka. We all headed to the pub, while our driver refueled. Aussie picked up a pool cue and challenged one of the Samoans to a friendly game. I didn't know him at the time, but I got a big kick out of his playing style. He seemingly knew not one damn thing about the game. There he was hitting the ball as hard as he could no matter how close his shot was to the pocket. A couple of times the ball flew right off the table! The Samoan slyly suggested they play for money. After a few games, Aussie suddenly got the hang of things and was landing nearly every shot. Before long, much to the dismay of the Samoan, Aussie had accumulated quite a few Fiji dollars from him. Long story short, things turned ugly and the Samoan was about to run Aussie through with his pool cue! Now, I didn't know Aussie from Adam, but I did know that if he managed to get himself killed, I wasn't going to get to Suva. So, I tapped the Samoan gentleman on the shoulder, I could barely reach it and as he turned I popped him with a left hook sucker punch! He went down like a ton of bricks. As Aussie likes to say, we've been mates ever since. I guess, if anyone is interested, I or Aussie could elaborate on our friendship. Hopefully he won't mind. I can't really tell you why we hit it off though. We just do, both personally and professionally. Kindred spirits as it were.