Last week Amber and I grabbed a weekend deal with Air New Zealand. For $190 they provided flights to Christchurch, accommodation and tickets to a polo match, which included lunch and wine.
Besides watching the polo, I:
- “bid” in my first charity auction, which raised money for the Ronald McDonald House
- played roulette in the Christchurch Casino, and walked away a winner
- drove along the Summit Road by Lyttelton
- walked through the Christchurch Art Gallery and smelled the roses in the botanic gardens
The polo started before noon and I was nervous. What was the etiquette? Was the match like the scene from Pretty Woman? Are we expected to stomp divots with hookers? Should we bring extra change to give to the poor, as if we were tossing stale bread to pigeons? Polo has that air about it.
When we arrived I snuck inside the marquee for reconnaissance. I registered our names and we were allocated seats for lunch, which was served after the second chukka.
Watching the game was fun because I’m scared of horses. When the polo “ponies” galloped past me, my heart skipped a beat. Horses are big.
During the fourth chukka a player was hit by a polo mallet. After he dismounted, his hands tried to catch the blood falling from his nose, without touching his nose. So I guess it was broken. He forgot his harden up pills at home so he was replaced with another player.
Last night was the New Zealand premiere of The Lovely Bones. We found a good spot along the red carpet outside the Embassy and waited for Peter Jackson and Susan Sarandon. It was my first movie premiere.
Sometimes living in New Zealand is exciting.
The end of the year is here. During the past two months I:
- celebrated Keith’s birthday in Martinborough
- ate Thanksgiving at C. & C.’s house with other members of my New Zealand family. So good! I had two helpings of turkey and two slices of pie for dessert. The evening ended with short blacks and port as the digestif
- joined a gym
And to briefly recap this year’s blogs I:
- broke a bone in January and pierced my ears in October with Amber
- travelled to Hawaii to see my parents, attended Mark and Jill’s wedding in Ireland, visited Sarah and John in London and backpacked my way through the South Island with Dan
- sold photographs at the New Zealand Affordable Art Show in Wellington. This was the first time I sold work to anonymous consumers
- modelled shirts for Webstock. This was the first time I modelled anything
This year has been better than average. I’ve snapped thousands of photos and some of them are worthy of the wall.
At the start of each year I make a list of achievable goals for the next 12 months. The list reminds me to think about the future and throughout the year I endeavour to achieve each goal. Ordered by the level of difficulty, here is a rough guess at the start of my 2010 list:
- fire a gun. I’ve never fired a gun. Apparently an American who hasn’t fired a gun “should be shot”
- travel to a new continent. This will either be South America, Africa or Antarctica
- place first in a poker tournament. This is difficult as it depends the level of skill in the tournament
- publish a short story. This goal is old, and never marked as achieved. Finishing stories is difficult for me
- gain five kilograms. Fat chance, I hope
I rarely achieve an entire list. Gaining five kilograms will be impossible. But damn it I’ll try!
I hope you make goals and think about the future. Life is too short to fart around.
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