Long floaty camo skirt, black plain top with diagonal chevron patterns made in the weave, stompy boots. And pink and blue hair. ferlengheti, does this mean I have achieved the Pink of Jungle? Or just that I'm White and Nerdy?
Have you ever:
61. Gone scuba diving?
No. I have a lot of scar tissue in my ear canals from multiple infections as a kid, and the result of that is that I can’t equalise well enough to get down more than about 3 metres. I love snorkelling, but without some kind of surgery I doubt I’ll ever be a diver. I dive vicariously through nicolachampagne.
62. Kissed in the rain?
Probably. Usually if I’m kissing someone with anything above Mum-level passion, I’m not thinking about the weather.
63. Played in the mud?
Dunno if you’d call it playing, but I grew up in and around Maungaturoto, the Mud Capital of New Zealand. Every winter we’d be knee deep in the stuff, so any playing we did was playing in the mud. Also, mudslides = win! Still waiting for one to be made at Kiwiburn.
64. Played in the rain?
See above re Maungaturoto. Apparently there are kids in parts of Australia who’ve reached intermediate school and never experienced rain. They should move to New Zealand. *nods*
65. Gone to a drive-in theater?
No. I think they do or did have one here, but they never really took off. Of course, teenagers found a way to canoodle at the movies anyway, by substituting the back row of seats for the back seat of the car. Of course I never did that, noo…
66. Visited the Great Wall of China?
Only on Google Earth. Isn’t there a movie out at the moment about people rushing off to do things like visit the Great Wall before they die? Add me to that list.
67. Started a business?
Yes, growing kumara in Dargaville with my (then) husband. What I learned was mostly about overextending a new business, biting off more than you can chew both financially and in time, and being careful about selecting business partners to be people who actually listen to you. I did come out of it relatively unscathed, but it’s made me very wary of people with plans and schemes and no concept of the realities of actually having to make it a going concern.
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken?
69. Toured ancient sites?
That would depend on your definition of ancient. Does Massey Memorial count? I’m not really a touring kind of girl, more of a ‘wander around till we find something interesting’ person. We found an old pa on the back of the farm I lived on once, complete with tuatua shells (30 miles inland), hangi pits and human bones. Once we found the bones we left it all alone. I still don’t know if anyone else knows it’s there.
70. Taken a martial arts class?
Aikido. It’s one of the few things that after a year of solid practice, I still didn’t feel that I was making a lot of progress. It’s an ongoing challenge in that the more you learn, the less you feel you know. I’m not practicing at the moment, at least, not going to class, but the things I learned while doing it are still quite relevant in my day to day life. A lot of aikido is ‘head stuff’ – only, if you actually use your head while doing aikido, you’ll balls it up. And I think that’s the fascination.
Tonight I have to go fill up troughs, and after that will be coming back in for Fidels. Also, Serendipity will be getting into town around 10, so if anyone wants to do something later or is still around, she'd probably be keen to catch up.
Also, don't forget - Starstruck 2 tomorrow night from sunset onwards. Last year we had a blast, this year should be better still. The weather forecast has improved and while we will make the call tomorrow, you can assume that if it's not actually downpouring or howling a gale, we'll go ahead. Location will be published on the website tomorrow morning (because, you know, asking me won't give you any information at all, nooo...)
I am in a meeting all day again, except for the high-speed round trip to the Uni. My company likes having meetings that go all day. I'm usually good till about 2:30pm when my shitstirring hormone kicks in and after that it's all downhill. Luckily, that's only an hour and a half that they'll have to tolerate me doing bellyslides on the boardroom table.
(my Jungle skirt will be good for bellyslides, I can tell)