September 27th, 2004


Saturday's Post*

The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the garden on Saturday morning was that lovely smell that warm plants give off. It was evocative of long lazy summer days. "What?" I hear you gasp. "Equinox was four days ago and you're thinking of summer already?" Well, yes I am, thanks to those warm plants. Welcome to my world. *grin*

Concord Dawn rocked out Friday night at Sandwiches. They played a -lot- of new stuff. Drum 'n' bass isn't everyone's cup of tea, and often it's not mine either, but these guys just do it. They are so prolific, it beats me how they keep coming up with original stuff, but they do and it's good. They didn't start till 3.30am and prior to that was a female MC who played good music, but wouldn't just shut the f**k up and let it play. She kept yelling "Are you ready?" Well, yes, I thought - ready to launch myself up there and throttle you. Night was made by running into probably the only other rock climber there and organising to do a trip to the Head. Good stuff. Funny stuff - comment from said climber - "I hope I'm still out there doing it when I'm your age." He was all of 28. *giggle*

OK, on to business. Fish and chips. Kilbirnie FnC to be precise. Thank you for the recommendation, fuckmuppet

Cost: $3.60
Fish: Excellent. Fresh, tender, well cooked.
Chips: Crinkle-cut but fat, like Aro ones. Really nice. Passed the Ex-McDonalds Worker Test of Perfection.
Cooked in: Fat (sorry Dylan).
Comment: Go! Go now! No, drop everything and go. These guys are good. Fast (<5mins), friendly, good sized portions. They are worth going out of your way for. One small thing - not enough salt.
Rating: 9.5/10

And, inspirational song du jour:

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I know lots of people disagree, but for me The Division Bell is the definitive Pink Floyd album. Not to say I don't like some of the older stuff, but I'm not a big fan of Roger Waters' influence. His music fills me with angst and I don't like it. Even on The Wall, all the songs I like are Gilmour-inspired. I make no apology for this, all you diehard purists. ;-p

[EDIT] Wow! Apparently the InterWeb has miraculously started working again in the House of Zen. It has healed itself,! Behold, and be amazed! *grin*
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So there was a party, and there were lots of men in kilts (Argh! No! Don't sit like that!) and women in corsets. Everyone looked elegant and lovely and Greg's coat really does look like a display case. We should play dressups more often. I met some more lj-ers (hi to Maire and Kate) and got lots of hugs and fuzzies and good buzzes.

Sunday was Head day. Damn that stream is cold. Time for strenuous straining of muscles and now I'm in loads of pain, having made one more move on my V7 project. Only those who climb will really appreciate the thrill of one.more.move. It's a huge one. Honest. According to this table, V7 is getting close to black belt level, so to speak. I'm chuffed, anyway.

This is a panoramic shot of the Head in all its glory. There's a rock in between the two big ones that you can sit on and watch the surf pounding in below. Only yesterday it wasn't pounding, because it was a beautiful still day.

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And, starvation looming after an afternoon bouldering, we finally braved stopping in Wainuiomata for food. So:

Queen St Seafoods, Queen St, Wainuiomata

Fish: Nice. Not too much batter.
Chips: Pretty good. Some underdone, most just right.
Cooked in: Oil.
Comment: Pretty good. Will go back, definitely.
Rating: 7.5/10

In case you're wondering, yes, I do eat other things than just fish and chips. I'm particularly partial to spinach. But, I have a mission to find the best fnc in New Zealand, and while my metabolism lets me, why not? And, praise be to multivitamins. ;-)