April 1st, 2008

lips

Oh look the sun's out!

I found another slice of poetry:

I love this city, the hills, the harbour, the wind that blasts through it. I love the life and pulse and activity. There’s always an edge here that one must walk, that’s sharp and precarious, requiring vigilance.

~Patricia Grace


For those of you who don't know, Wellington has a writer's walk around the waterfront, with snatches of poetry and prose about Wellington, on sculptured three-dimensional blocks in odd places. I thought I'd seen them all, but this morning I saw this one behind the rowing club next to the lagoon. I think it's my favourite one so far, although I also like the one that compares the wind to a 'shamefaced serving boy running up the sky.'

I'm about ready for daylight savings to finish. I've really enjoyed the extended period, but this week I'm noticing that it's still dark at ten past seven when I leave for work, and it's getting harder to get out of bed. Luckily, this weekend's the one where it all changes back - and I think they've got the timing about right.

Last night the Kiwiburn committee tried conference calling for the first time for a meeting. General consensus seems to be that it's streets better than Skype, especially for those calling in from outlying areas. We had 2 in Christchurch, 2 in Auckland, 2 in Wellington and 1 in Perth. One of the Wellington callers acted as the hub, with 6 of us gathered in rivet's lounge around a speaker phone. At one point we lost connection which was pretty weird as we could still hear everyone else talking but they couldn't hear us - but we managed to dial back in. I think we need to sort a better speakerphone though, as gathering round the wee one we had, only able to be heard if we were within a foot of the mic, was a little suboptimal - and a lot of what came through was "mumblemumbleclearwordmumble." Teething troubles only, and I think with a bit of fiddling, we have found a reasonably workable solution for our far-flungness at meetings. Thanks burningmatt for the suggestion.

Question of the day: does a sense of entitlement go hand in hand with a neoliberal attitude? At what point does 'getting ahead' become more important than social support networks - and how does one judge if this is ok? I am talking on an individual/small group level rather than a national level. I was asked my opinion yesterday on a situation, and I found myself leaning towards the 'consideration for friends should be more important than getting ahead' outlook - even though I'm an advocate of individual, personal responsibility. Any pearls of wisdom?