Generic Mums don't skate for fun mmk? - Tactical Ninja
Oct. 31st, 2011
09:23 am - Generic Mums don't skate for fun mmk?
Once again the sheep were wet, in fact the word from Horokiwi was "I can wring actual water out of them" so I had another weekend off. Yesterday was stunningly sunny so I went for a skate.
A SKATE! ;-D
I haven't skated since before I started Uni, so that's four years. Gosh. So instead of diving in all "Yeah yeah stairs rails halfpipenyah" I very staidly walked down to the waterfront carrying my skates and feeling like a dick in bare feet and my kneepads*, and put my skates on down there on the flat. Then I skated out to Ngauranga Gorge in the bike lane, then back and out to the end of Oriental Parade, then home. It took about an hour and by the end of it I had my feet back.
Before I left I oiled up my skates since they've been sitting for four years, but I didn't think to tighten the wheel bolts. I've never had to do that so it just didn't occur to me. Anyway, on the way back along OP something went a bit weird at about 25km/hr and I nearly wiped out. Turns out the back wheel on my right skate had fallen off! I did manage to find all the bits and put it back on but the skate home was somewhat more sedate. Word to the wise - tighten all your bolts before you go on a long skate.
Next time I'll probably do a bit less distance and a bit more foot-fiddling, the aim being to skate wherever the hell I want and not be worried about steps, kerbs, road crossings, etc etc blah blah. I dunno if I'll do halfpipe any more - I guess we'll see how things go. And where the fan zone thing was is the perfect place for practicing. Meanwhile, I skated home through the Cuba crowds and across the roads with a bit of skipping as well so yay! SKATING AGAIN! *beam*
Also, after being on skates, walking seems very inefficient and really hard work. ;-/
I also went to the Occupy Wellington Free University for most of the day Saturday and a little while yesterday. I listened to talks on ports of convenience, the lack of regulation on shipping and the Rena disaster; oil, economics and climate change by Mike Smith, an articulate and informed speaker who managed to connect with his audience and convey his message really well in my opinion; the Robin Hood Tax; the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement; the media and the global financial crisis; food justice; and the development of, and alternative forms of, currency.
At its peak there were about 60 people there listening to these talks. They had it set up so that the voices of the speakers were amplified into the area on City to Sea bridge where people walking past could hear it and come down for a better look/listen.
It was a very successful weekend and a demonstration of the way the occupiers are occupying themselves by creating things to give to the Wellington community. Those who think they are sitting on their arses collecting free shit should think again. And those who believe the DomPost's article saying that the Occupiers are being evicted today should probably also take it with a grain of salt, given that they are in constant contact with the council and the council has made no indication that eviction's on the cards.
One thing they will need this week though, is support. People are tired. Some of the original people have had to go to other towns, countries etc, and those that have been there all along have been working very hard to make things like this weekend happen. They could use some physical or moral support - even if it's just dropping by and telling someone how much you appreciate them, or that you back what they are doing. And if you can't be arsed going down there, send them a tweet or a FB like or a comment in their defence in the media. Or take them a bag of apples, some pens and paper, offer to give a talk - it's like nerd nite without a data projector!
Then I went home and despaired because my offspring seems about to start growing again, and this is preceded as usual by the Empty The Fridge phase. This week by the time I did the groceries on Saturday, the fridge had a squeezy bottle of tomato sauce and some mustard in it. No bread, no milk, no fruit, no vegies, not even noodles. All gone. Yikes!
So I thought I'd try baking. *cue gasps of shock* I have no baking recipes but figured the internet would know. The internet did not, however, know what ingredients I don't have. I had some dried fruit that I will never eat, but no vanilla essence or baking powder or any bakey type things. I ended up bastardising a recipe for fruit slice by taking out half the sugar and replacing it with Weetbix, and it made 12 biscuity things that the Youth of Today pronounced to be tasty and promptly ate half of them.
I have come to the conclusion that cooking is about the art of flavour and texture with things swapping in and out reasonably well, rather than an exact science requiring precise measurements of perfectly matched ingredients. I may think that because I haven't tried anything really hard yet.
But yeah, so far so good. Feeding giant teenagers on the cheap - tips please?
*Do not ever skate without kneepads. Sooner or later something you don't expect will happen and you will regret it in that "Fuck now I need a knee operation" kind of way.