Connect with us

My Weekly Preview

From bad to worse


From bad to worse

In a world seemingly full of bad decisions, Ashley Robinson is reflecting on some of his own.

Poor decisions come pretty naturally to me. I probably would be an all-time champion if it was an Olympic sport. I have always thought there were no worthy challengers for my dumb decisions, but now I am not so sure – it seems quite a few have popped up over the last couple of years.

I will give you a couple of examples of the quality they are up against. My first big mistake was probably back in the ’70s when I had a perfectly good rotary Mazda. Someone told me that the motors in them could blow up so I decided to trade it in on a new-model Ford Cortina, which was the biggest lemon I have ever owned. It fell apart instantly as it came out of warranty. I used to see my old car cruising around the Coast looking mint, and he paid about half of what I had.

To fix this poor decision I traded the Cortina in on Nissan ute, which rusted out immediately after it came out of warranty.  I found out years later that that particular shipment of Nissans had nearly been submerged on a container ship on the way over to Australia. To make it worse I owed a fortune on that bucket of crap after I had added on the HP losses from the other two cars. Now that is just a small sample. Oh another popped into my brain when I was typing – I once wore lemon-coloured trousers to the races when I had a touch of gastric, so I guess you can figure out how that worked out for me. Yuck.

So the contenders are the boffin who designed that off-ramp at Caloundra’s Bruce Highway turn-off – he may be related to the one who put that turning lane in at Moffat. But the field gets stronger when I wonder who at the BOM could miss that deluge aftermath of the cyclone that walloped Wide Bay with no warning, but then made a decision to close all beaches on the eastern seaboard because of a possible tsunami from the Solomons? With all due respect to our friends in the Pacific and not to make light of their loss, it certainly seemed to me a possible massive overreaction over here.

Yes I know better safe than sorry, but my list of contenders could go on if I start on some of the COVID decisions.

But I am comforted by the fact that I don’t feel lonely at the top any more; there are a few geniuses with me.


Ashley Robinson is the manager of Alex Surf Club and the chairman of the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

More in Opinion

Our Sister Publications

Sunshine Coast News Your Time Magazine Salt Magazine
To Top