BRUCE Preston has shifted towns so frequently, his furniture is trained to walk on when the removalist truck pulls up, he says.
It was an old joke among western livestock agents but it was "practically true".
A Brisbane boy, Mr Preston joined Elders in 1964, when the stock and station headquarters were in May St in the state's capital.
He signed on with Greymare's Denis Ryan, who he still counts among his best mates. The Bush Tele interrupted the pair as they reminisced last week, while branding calves in the cattle yards on the Ryans' property west of Warwick.
"My first posting was Richmond. I was there for three years and it's where I met my wife Bonnie," he said.
The couple married in 1968 and then changed postcodes as regularly as others paid rates, moving to Dalby, Taroom, Gympie and then Blackall.
From there, Mr Preston joined Longreach Primac, a company with a plane, saving hours of driving.
"When our pilot left, they paid for me to get my licence," he said.
"It was fun, until I discovered a lot of blokes were doing half the hours I was ... for twice the money."
So he switched careers, moving to Townsville and then to Brisbane airport where he worked until his retirement.
Today, he says, the only thing missing from his Moggill home is a few cattle, hence his frequent trips to his old mate in the Southern Downs.
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