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In which I don't find myself wandering like a lost lamb - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 17th, 2011

08:01 pm - In which I don't find myself wandering like a lost lamb

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This morning marked the reversal of a long trend in which it was always me getting up and getting ready for work, leaving Dr Wheel cosy in bed. Today, finally, I got to find out what it's like to be a Partner of Leisure* - or I would have if I hadn't felt the need to reassure myself I could find my way to the train station and therefore walked him there. I even found my way back!


Using only a paper map. Yes rikan_feral, they exist. I has one. It wurkz. I found lots of things all by myself. God, for example:



Hey, in a city the size of this one, finding somewhere to park probably does feel a bit like being saved.

A golden thing:



This is kind of popular, gold-plating the outsides of buildings. Disclaimer: it's probably not real gold otherwise there'd be folks up in there scraping it off.

My big mission for today was to find the library. Yesterday I toyed with the idea of going to the University one, but the Central one is just down the road so I went there. Call it a reccy mission. It is GIANT.



Yes, all you library geeks, that is 10 stories of booky goodness, encased in the most ostentatious outside ever. Also, out the front is one of those water-supported sphere fountains like in Te Papa, only GIANT**, and it's a globe. It has New Zealand on and they even got the shape of it right.

I felt a bit like an impostor in here - libraries are public spaces but I don't feel very local and everyone else naturally knew what they were doing. This feeling was compounded by the fact that I failed at the search facility. They had it in English, but when you typed into the field the text came up in a little grey box and I had no idea what to do with the little grey box (you could drag it around the screen but it wouldn't drop anywhere that I could find). Thus, the field kept coming up empty and it kept telling me I hadn't typed anything! Help, as is normal the world over, was no help at all.

So instead I went and looked on the shelves manually. I vaguely remembered the Dewey system well enough to find the Social Science and History sections. They didn't have books specifically about New Zealand, but I found some NZ history in a book about the Asia/Pacific region. Sadly, it only went up to 1994 so no Foreshore and Seabed for me.

Most of the books were pretty general but each topic had roughly a stack so there were plenty to choose from. They had The Hippie Dictionary!

Other missions I'd set myself today: get back home! Also, find a notepad to replace the American composition book Polly gave me when I started uni. Eat. Catch up on course readings.

I was pretty successful navigating my way home, only one wrong turn and an interesting wander through an unexpected market, a couple of games of bullrush*** later, and there I was in the shop Joel told me about where I paid a grand total of $2NZ for one, and got sidetracked into buying these:





You'll note that on the front of the packet it says '50g'. On the back of the packet it says 'saturate fat - 22g'. *cough* Yes I did eat them, why do you ask?**** I have no idea how they get something as dense as a pea pod and make it have the consistency of a Kruskit. I probably don't want to know, right?

I also ate an apple, for the sake of my arteries.


* This is mostly lies, since Dr Wheel normally either got up with me or shortly after me and started work. Still.

** GIANT is a theme.

*** Pedestrian crossings are like playing bullrush. They're really wide (about 10m) so everyone lines up on either side, then when the lights change they all rush towards each other in the hope that the other folks will give way. Joel says they form defensive wedges as the sides come together. I'd like to film it from the top of a building then play it back at high speed, maybe with battle charge music in the background.

**** MSG ftw!

In a couple of hours I will go for my Level 3 Solo Navigation by finding my way to Joel's work by myself on the trains, and then we will go to the night market. I am sharpening my elbows specially.

PS yes I did my course readings, well, sort of. I discovered that I'd already read most of them while writing my last essay. Tomorrow, next essay begins in earnest. Yay for Google Books, I say!

Oh yeah, and I got someone to blatantly stare and return my smile today! He was about 50 and looked like a hippie.

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From:heartofawarrior
Date:January 17th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
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OMG GIANT LIBRARY! That is AWESOME-LOOKING!

*has a bit of a library addiction*
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From:tatjna
Date:January 17th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
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It has those all-window elevators ON THE INSIDE so you can view all the floors as you go up!

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From:heartofawarrior
Date:January 17th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
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Ooooh, shiny! :-D
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From:pombagira
Date:January 17th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
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gosh so that is where god had disappeared to.. i will be sure to point that out to the next person who asked me if i have found go.. i will say.. yes he is hong kong.. *laughs*
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From:richdrich
Date:January 17th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Presumably the library has similar numbers of Chinese and English books. Do they shelve them together, or are there entirely separate Chinese and English sections?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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They are separate, each row of shelves in English was mirrored in Chinese (couldn't tell you if it was the same books but I doubt it). There seemed to be more Chinese ones. But maybe they were just bigger.
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From:helianthas
Date:January 18th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
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I remember at first being baffled, then amazed/thinking "this is a really good idea" when I saw how in NZ, the lights would change and people just kind of crossed diagonally at the 4 corner intersections, instead of crossing one side of the square, then the next. Clever!

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