last year i did exactlywhat jo did and just chilled on the couch. watched old star wars dvds, played xbox, and ate a roast chicken for lunch.
this year was however endless relatives. that said, i also dived the poor knights, drove up to cape reinga and looked at tourists, saw joan and darby, marvelled at the far north, enjoyed a fantastic tour of pompallier house (also knicked some nectarines of their fruit trees... v.good), stayed in a cheap but great hotel in auckland, enjoyed new years with friends over dinner, and remainded (mostly) sober, visited the mount and talked business with my granddad, saw endless tracks of the central high-country, and returned to a very, very cold wellington.
highlight? diving poor knights. we got lost on the dive and ended up swimming along a seawall that dropped from 20 to 50, then to 100m. an endless chasm of the deepest blue water you've ever seen. the most amazing sight of my life. scared the piss out of me.
sweet jesus... that is the most jaw-droppling offensive site i've ever seen... someone must have got the bitch-slap from another kid at the kindy.
it's really great that the automobile has given them independence. allows them to escape the solitary confinement of their elderly years. encourages them to spend those saved dollars productively instead of being couped up in the house.
and driving to paihia has made me realise, i'm agin it.
NB: NOT based on a true story.
i couldn't not get in on this action tho.
Liars. And fakers.
Ungracious present takers.
Dressed up in some xmas best
To make the neighbours feel impressed
A shallow, meaningless,
How can you smile at her?
You fucked her sister!
She came back cause ‘cause,
You whined you missed her…
And now we sit smiling,
I stand beneath some mistletoe,
Alone to watch you to and fro,
Some assholes that I have to know,
A cruelty built of kindness
“my angel”, what angel?!
Next year the bitch nailed to the tree?
WILL BE ME!
who says only teens can do angst?
joanna, i've never swum in egg-nogg.
the visibility would be too low, and the fish-life is usually external to the vessel.
but, on the subject of dr. brash and conspiracies.
this from stuff:
Brash said he now believed he was being followed throughout the election campaign. "I'm not given to paranoia, but you are left with the uncomfortable feeling that there is some kind of hanky panky going on.
i suspect it was just ms. foreman trying to get in touch with him.
it's a water-themed christmas this year, so a little rain is not a worry.
snorkeling goat island, diving the poor knights, walking the bridge to waitangi, seeing the great expanse of ocean at cape reinga.
[sighs in expectation]
oh, and getting blisteringly pissed in the mount for new years, as is the fashion.
i/s, as i say, i listened to and got what you're saying. and, fortunately, emissions policy is nothing i have to touch in my working life.
that said, i don't think that any likely combination of contemporary persons in thorndon will deliver anything like a sustainable emissions outcome. no will on the part of the electorate.
i personally know people who saw the al gore film, freaked, went home and started recycling. two months later, back to driving the 4x4. why? "it was too hard to be green".
i think don's comment is the kernel of my long-standing scepticism towards kyoto.
after a conversation with i/s i've come round and think it is an acceptable approach (considering i only understand it in 'educated layman's' terms), but remain dubious that any real effort to cut carbon emissions will present itself in the future.
and, regarding the story about temperate forests contributing to global warming? hardly surprised it if were true. the basis of my scepticism is the relative simplicity of kyoto, i.e. tree pretty, car bad.
someone do me a favour and post this link http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/issueguides_minwage_minwagefacts
on DPF's latest foray into economics.
webmarshall is blocking it. which i think is possible basis for a very real conspiracy against the truth reaching kiwiblog...