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Postby Gayle » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:16 am

specialkay wrote:We are military and I have been a few places that were absolutely amazing. Salzburg, Austria and Thailand were the two that were the most beautiful places I have ever been. Of course there are a host of places on my list of places I must go and NZ is at the top! :D
I will only put one of each up so that you will not be here for days looking... :wink:
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Wow, amazin photos there!
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Postby Andria » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:22 am

I really like that picture of Thailand. It is very colorful. They have their own little Labrynth going on. :D
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Postby kneedragger » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:52 am

It was pretty annoying at the time, but now it seems kind of funny. In '72 I was wandering around the Western States (on my thumb) and decided to go to Calgary. I took a bus from Denver around thru Salt Lake City (where my luggage went on without me about 15 minutes before I got there, don't ask me how they did that :puzzled: ). I finally hit Canada just north of Sunburst, Montana. The Canadian border guards didn't like my looks, I guess and wouldn't let me in, so I had to go back to Montana. The US agent (I had to go thru American customs to get back in :? ) decided I was a danger to Democracy and the American "Way of Life", so when the bus stopped in Sunburst, two guys in trenchcoats and sunglasses (it was the middle of Summer) got on the bus. At the next stop, Shelby, Montana, I was escorted off the bus and on to the local Police Station, where those kind folks locked me in a cell. I convinced them, later that evening, that I was not a danger and they sent me down to the local Hotel. The next day I got a relative to wire me a little more money and I tried again. Canada turned me back again and I got to talk with my old buddy the US Agent-it was so good to see him again :dance: He demanded to know what I was running from, whereupon I got a little upset :###: and proceeded to yell a bit :hammer: . He decided to let me back in and not arrest me again :wave: . I never did get into Canada on that trip :dunno:


Andria wrote: I went with two of my girlfriends for 10 days. Heaven. We spent a few days in Doolin, a tiny little town south west of Galway. I loved it there. I became known in town as "the girl with the pink coat". :shock: We visited one of the Aran Islands, too. We also visited Killarney, Cork and Dublin. My favorite area was still Doolin, however. The landscape there is breath taking.


I was in Doolin for a couple of days. I met these nice Irish newlyweds at a pub in Ennis and they insisted that I go on their HoneyMoon with them :puzzled: One of the places we went was Doolin. There, I met a man they called a "60 pint a day man" :drinkers:

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Postby indigo_jones » Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:18 am

Sean's story reminds me of when I was in Italy for the first time. My friend and I had gone to dinner in this little restaurant not far from our hotel in the center of town. Most of the customers were locals, except for this one other American couple. We ended up chatting with them and it turned out the husband had family from the area and they visited often. He bought us some grappa and we had a great time and learned some more about the area. One of my best memories of that trip! Plus, that was when I learned that grappa tastes a lot like moonshine, which I'd already tried, because of friend of mine here in NC makes his own! It's a Christmas party tradition! :D

And to stay slightly on topic, here's a picture taken on my last trip to Italy when we went up to the Italian Alps right after the New Year so the husband-type person could go skiing. This was taken at one of the points at the top of the ski slopes and the people in the shot are his parents. The wind was blowing quite strongly at time and blowing up the snow. It was a beautiful day, though.
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Postby conchordgirl » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:18 pm

Well, guys I'm off to NY for the week. I hope to add more photos to this lovely thread when I return. I will miss all of you and I hope when I return that Fluffy will be back..*crossing fingers* Anyway, tomorrow is my best friend's birthday I will think of you guys when we watch the HBO special which I'm bringing with me. Good times.. Anyway, I wish I could have figured out how to smuggle a Chuy's chimichanga (her favorite food) into NY but I think it would be gross by the time I got there. Next time I will be better prepared.
Take care guys.. see you next week! :wave:

--Nicole
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Postby Gayle » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:22 pm

conchordgirl wrote:Well, guys I'm off to NY for the week. I hope to add more photos to this lovely thread when I return. I will miss all of you and I hope when I return that Fluffy will be back..*crossing fingers* Anyway, tomorrow is my best friend's birthday I will think of you guys when we watch the HBO special which I'm bringing with me. Good times.. Anyway, I wish I could have figured out how to smuggle a Chuy's chimichanga (her favorite food) into NY but I think it would be gross by the time I got there. Next time I will be better prepared.
Take care guys.. see you next week! :wave:

--Nicole


Have a great time!
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Postby Kate » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:31 pm

:wave: Nicole, have a safe trip!

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Postby Andria » Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:58 am

Have a conchordtastic trip, Nicole! Don't do anything Jemaine wouldn't do, erm you wouldn't do with Jemaine, ahhh....Fluffy wouldn't do? :shock: Have Fun! :D
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Postby indigo_jones » Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:44 am

*sigh* Say hi to NY for me. I miss it!
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Happiness is Bret-Shaped.

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Postby conchordgirl » Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:51 pm

Hi everyone! I made it home safely! I had a great time and I hope to go back soon. I'll put up some photos later.

--Nicole

If anyone in the US has the Biography channel "Pride and Prejudice" is on. It's Friday here 11/25/05. The whole series starts again at 12 noon (Central Time).
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Postby Andria » Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:18 am

conchordgirl wrote:Hi everyone! I made it home safely! I had a great time and I hope to go back soon. I'll put up some photos later.

--Nicole

If anyone in the US has the Biography channel "Pride and Prejudice" is on. It's Friday here 11/25/05. The whole series starts again at 12 noon (Central Time).


Welcome back Nicole! Glad you made it back A-Okay. :wave:

Is Pride and Prejudice the A&E/BBC version? (Love, love, love it.) Colin Firth...*swoon* :blush:
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Postby Kate » Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:28 am

Welcome back, Nicole! :clap: Glad you're back!

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Postby Kate » Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:44 pm

Knowing how Sherry feels about "blogs", I almost hesitate to post this, but... I found it so amusing (seeing that the guys are from Wellington), and a few here are interested in travelling to New Zealand, I would like to post two excerpts:

JAFAs Rule | Apr 27, 2004 10:46

...and on Friday, I went to Wellington.

I had a few people I wanted to interview down there, they weren't coming up my way, so Mohammed went to the Mountain. Or the Beehive, which is like a mountain, smaller and with worse carpet.

As it turned out, one of my Wellingtonians had to fly back from a last minute trip to Auckland to make the interview; another had to delay a car journey to Auckland so they could be interviewed; and the third confided they were moving to Auckland in a couple of weeks because they're sick of "the Wellington attitude." It seems I could have stayed put after all, but I'm glad I didn't.

By way of background, I went to high school at the venerable Upper Hutt College and did most of my degree at Victoria, so I have strong ties with Wellington. This was evidenced when the cameraman picked us up. On the way back from the airport, in Hataitai, there's a park my girlfriend-of-the-time and I "went to" every couple of days, when we were both in our teens and living at home under watchful eyes.

There's the building at the bottom of Cuba Street, which even today sports a dark stain running from its fourth floor down to the second. That was my stomach lining, circa 1993. A bleached patch of concrete outside an innocuous flat on The Terrace, Cask of Winegate, 1994. Nuff said. For a pamphlet and more information about Damian Christie's Bodily Fluids Tour of Wellington, write to Cracker HQ at the usual address.

Having that sort of history with a town always makes revisiting it an interesting experience. Last time I was there it was in a three day whirlwind of Tolkein-inspired hype, so I didn't have much opportunity to mope around looking for old pets' gravesites.

This time was different. OK, I didn't go traipsing through pet cemeteries, but I found the whole experience a bit creepy nevertheless.

Wellington's a pretty small place, so everywhere I walked I saw people I once knew, or at least once occupied the same lecture with, or bludged a cigarette off on cold mornings in the quad. And everytime I didn't see someone I knew (or should that be "saw someone I didn't know"?), I was expecting to. So much of my day and a half there was spent vaguely anxious, looking over my shoulder.

Wellington's a great place to go for a weekend though. There's an excellent bar scene, the food's pretty good on the whole and the people are generally friendly, albeit many sport a JAFA-sized chip on their shoulder. I wouldn't want to reside there permanently though. Sorry Wellingtonians - nothing personal - I'd just prefer not to live in a town that sucks. Kidding.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun, saw Dimmer and Rhian Sheehan, bought some cool records and caught up with old and not-so-old friends. And I wrote a Russ-ku.

What's a Russ-ku you may ask? Well, it's a great new form of poetry that's taking the blogosphere by storm. Read Hard News and/or nzpundit if you want to learn more about the origins, suffice to say it's like a Haiku, but without all those annoying syllabic restrictions.

[As far as my two pingas go, I do find it a little strange how often Gordy, Craig and the New Guy Who Doesn't Know his 'their' from his 'there' refer to Russ. The only analogy I can draw is with Opposition politicians constantly referring to the Government (any Opposition, any Government), which is odd considering they should both theoretically occupy the same position. You don't find the Dominion Post running front page stories about the Herald every week or two. Anyhoo.]

But I can't argue with a poetic form of such aesthetic beauty, and so I present:

Wellington, a Russ-ku by Damian Christie.

There were lots of pretty girls when I went to Wellington.
Like most other girls there [sic] age, they wore skirts and dresses.
Except with trousers underneath.

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I've managed to get to a few shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, which is unlike me. Generally any such festival sees me looking through the programme, promising this time will be different, this time I'll go and see that play/film/show/exhibition, then finding said programme on the bottom of my In Tray a month later and swearing next time will be different…

This time was different. I got in early, booked a bunch of tickets and now all I have to is swan up on the night. I've seen three so far, Australian Charlie Pickering, who did a great show about urban legends, Untold Tales of Maui starring the very talented duo of Taika Cohen (who as Taika Waititi made my favourite short film ever, 2 Cars, 1 Night) and Jemaine Clement (from Flight of the Conchords). Both shows were very good, but unfortunately have now finished.

Last night I saw British comedian Andy Parsons. His show is continuing, but I'd suggest you could probably find better ways to spend your comedic dollar. Sorry all you nice folk at the ComedyFest, love ya, but he just wasn't particularly good.

I think comedy has (or should have) moved on from the "excuse me sir, you in the front row, yes what's your name please…" and observations that weren't especially funny when Billy Connelly made them a decade ago ("What is it with people saying 'take care' instead of goodbye… it's like 'oh thanks for that, I was about to go and hurt myself'… and what about 'drive safe'… it's like…).

But that's just my opinion, what would I know? It has however left me uttering a phrase I never thought I'd say… "Wow, some of that New Zealand comedy is really good, better than the overseas stuff". So this Comedy Fest, why not Buy NZ made? Apart from Mike King, obviously. Seeing Mike King when you're in the mood to laugh is like going to the swimming pool when you're hungry. But at least he's givin' it a go, eh? At least he's givin' it a go. Give me a break.

Flight of the Conchords last show this Saturday promises to be damn good though, as does Taika's Incredible Show next week. See you there.

Both excerpts from the blog here:

http://publicaddress.net/default,1217.sm#post1217

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Postby specialkay » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:16 pm

^^^cool!
I am back from Disney everyone. It was full of excitement and a few little funny little suprises too. I have about 75 pics and 90 min of video and ...don't worry, I won't put it here! :lol:
I will put a few good ones though. The weather was great except for a little cold snap for 2 days, which I am sure Evil Moose will testify to, was quite the shock to everyone. Glad I took the array of apparell...but, you know Disney will be most happy to SELL you anything you are willing to but at the most astronomical prices known to mankind!!! :wink:

Ahhh yes, I am BROKE now! So, i will stay home till next year sometime before thinking on anymore trips. I do plan on a NZ trip in about two years...granted I recover from this Disney gig :rolleyes:

I missed you gys a gret deal and have lots of reading to do I see!
Glad to be home and be back here and I look forward to the changes of the board that Sherry has been hard at work on for us too.
I hope everyone had a great Holiday and....chat soon! :D
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Postby Kate » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:31 pm

Welcome back, sweetie! :clap: Glad to have you back!


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