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    Thursday, December 18, 2008


    18 December 2008: My first thought on this sunny, birthday morning was: i'm 27 years old - this sucks.

    My next thought was: it's Thursday - my morning workout day. And I felt better.

    I find my mood is more affected by my activity level, less by the weather. I've come to believe in the power of perspiration, not precipitation. So, I sweat. And I smile.

    On Skype, I update mom and dad with my birthday goal:
    - J: At 27 years old, I should have a 27 inch waist.

    - M: You should be 127 pounds!

    - J: What?! Mom, at the end of high school I was 148 pounds and in fine swimming shape...

    - M: No, at 127 you'd be svelte.

    - J: I'd be bones!

    - D: Bones and svelte...

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    Wednesday, December 17, 2008


    17 December 2008: Team Albi strikes gold at the Canterbury Volleyball Association 4-man social beach games.

    At our infancy, I offered a selection of team names:
    - "flight of the volleyballs"
    - "who likes to rock the party?"
    - "brett, jermaine, murray, and mel"
    - "you, me, you, and jermaine"
    - "team albi"

    But now, we are called the champions!

    Friday, December 12, 2008


    12 December 2008: Flat outing - La Cage Aux Folles.

    Feathers, songbirds, and lots of panache.

    image from: the court live theatre

    Monday, December 8, 2008


    08 December 2008: Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Auckland.

    Reminds me of the joke: I've been Catholic since I was conceived...

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    Sunday, December 7, 2008


    07 December 2008: I've been counting the numbers of bicycles I've seen in Auckland's city streets.

    Fredette, my Auckland host, counts the numbers of people we see walking barefoot in the city.

    She wins.

    image from: sadie shooter

    Saturday, December 6, 2008


    06 December 2008: Alicia Keys concert in Auckland.

    Soul - oh, duet - with her backup man, and trio - with me. What a musical feast!

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    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    Feet Tucker

    04 December 2008: Sailing on the R. Tucker Thompson tall ship in the Bay of Islands.

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    Wednesday, December 3, 2008


    03 December 2008: My official tour guide at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is informative, engaging, and concise. Tick, tick, tick.

    We arrive at the flagpole marking the site where the treaty was signed between Maori and the British Crown. Tick, Tick.

    Our guide glosses over controversy related to the treaty. Tick.

    I ask: What is it like here on Waitangi Day? Boom.

    image from: jackie

    Saturday, August 9, 2008


    09 August 2008: Happy engagement Jen and John!

    On Saturday, 9 August, 2008
    John _ _,
    from Bradford, West Yorkshire proposed to
    Jennifer _ _, from Los Angeles, CA
    whilst on the top of the London Eye to which she happily accepted.

    The couple have been living together in Guildford, Surrey and look forward to beginning to plan their wedding.

    image from: jennifer