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Wellington in spring - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 22nd, 2015

10:06 am - Wellington in spring

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Last week it made it to 20 degrees one day and I wore a sleeveless dress to work.

Today, it's the third day of a howling, gale force southerly with a windchill of zero degrees.

Next week, we're going to Melbourne for Burning Seed. It'll be my first Seed after years of trying to get there. We're being tourists and hiring a camper van, which is the first time we've done that ever. Will be interesting to see if it's any better.

Part of me is pretty sure it will be, because of having a sort-of proper bed, curtains, and a place to live in that is unlikely to attract snakes.

What? I'm a kiwi, kiwis don't understand about snakes and deadly spiders and shit, and I'd prefer not to have to think too hard about how to avoid intimate interaction with them.

Yes I'm serious. Normally when I go to Australia I stay in main centres - this place is in the wops, and unlike the Black Rock Desert, things are *alive* there. There were spiders and other wildlife at Afrikaburn, and that was still a desert. Seed is basically a paddock with trees and bush and stuff, and in my imagination, it's teeming with things just waiting for an unsuspecting kiwi to step barefoot on them so they can kill me. Having said that, I saw nothing bitey at Rainbow a couple of years ago - so maybe they all vacate the premises for the duration. Come to think of it, if I were a self-respecting taipan, that's what I'd do.

Anyway, I expect the event will be equal parts catching up with old friends, making new friends, and talking shop. Hopefully not too much of this last one. I want to get my dance on!

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From:fbhjr
Date:September 21st, 2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Hope you have a good trip that is snake and spider free!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

(I'd actually like to see a snake, just not in my bed)
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From:fbhjr
Date:September 22nd, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
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Zoos are just fine for that...
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From:didotwite
Date:September 22nd, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
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What's wops?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
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Short for wop wops - a kiwi word for a long way out in the country, the boonies, the sticks, etc etc.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 22nd, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
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Yay! I'll be doing yoga sessions @ Soul Aflare on Thu Fri and Sat mornings if you are interested / awake at 8am =) otherwise hopefully bump into you some time during the week!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2015 09:00 am (UTC)
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Yay! It's been far too many ages since I saw you!
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From:goffburd
Date:September 22nd, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Cowardly enough, but the abundance of wildlife that appears to be out to kill you is one of the reasons that I wouldn't want to visit Australia - ridiculous, I know!
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From:clevermanka
Date:September 23rd, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Camper vans are the only way I will sleep outside of a permanent structure. I think they're fantastic and I hope you have a great time!
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From:meathiel
Date:September 23rd, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
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A camper sounds like a good idea ... esp. if your weather is so unpredictable. Staying in a tent when it's like 0° ... better not, eh?
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From:botrinks
Date:September 28th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Snakes, spiders, no worries...

...but hmmm, aussies, well y'know...
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From:empresskylon
Date:October 4th, 2015 10:02 am (UTC)
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What did you think of the ants? I experienced my first ant bite - it hurt so much that I was unable to suppress a scream, but then the pain went away and I have no lingering feeling of being bitten. I also had a intimate encounter with a spider the size of my palm - my camp chair may have been thrown into the bushes and not retrieved until many hours later. No snakes this year though :( saw a red belly black one year - I was fascinated and a little scared. Oh and those killer mozzies. Bahaha I really don't like tenting in the Aussie bush but I'm starting to get used to it, me and the ants are finally at one - just have to do the same with the spiders and snakes.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 8th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I mostly avoided the ants where I could, but they seemed to be ignoring me as long as I didn't poke their nests. The nests were freaky. Joel got an ant in his pants and we all thought it was hilarious because luckily it didn't bite him.

You're the first person I've talked to that had a wildlife encounter! Mind you, we were in a camper van so safely off the ground.
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