Kyogle 2002

by Paul Daley

I WAS (T)HERE in Kyogle in 2002. 

Half a lifetime ago. 

16 years old out on the town with the boys. 

Talk of a paddock basher. 

$200 for an unregistered car. 

With friends from Lismore visiting, and after last weekend’s experience, I felt to sit this one out. 

The following morning in Video Ezy – the news broke of a car crash out back road. 

3 friends dead in the early hours of Saturday morning. Total shock and disbelief. 

2 nights back we’d just been playing World Rally  Championship on the Xbox together. 

In real life you don’t get to press the reset button.