The party was fun, but would have been more so had you been there, I'm sure.
We trooped up to the top of
I hope your visa problems are sorted out soon. I know I wouldn't want to spend a night in those woods without a bodyguard or three. *shiver*
On that note, what chances do you think some kind of "danger tourism" would have along the borderlands? You know, a small group of folk with an intrepid leader, taking the newbs in to trade with "local" family. Not actual locals, of course, I wouldn't wish that on anyone, just actors/wilderness folk who know enough to survive and fake it. Perhaps in conjunction with a small hotel actually inside the border compound. If it works along the Northland Border, we could try the same thing at the Bombays. Thoughts? The Ponsonby set would go nuts for it, I'm sure. The difficulty would be getting permissions from Central Govt.
I can see why you mourn the loss of your car. I, for one, can't see the point in paying the extortionate tolls around the City, plus any emission fines at the Quarterly Fitness Check.
Honestly, since the rules changed, the air hasn't gotten any better, but the cost of driving has got much higher. It wouldn't be so bad if we were actually allowed hybrid vehicles or catalytic converters. That, at least would mean there was a point to the emission fine system.
That said, at least the world is warm enough now that we won't have old biddies freezing to death in winter because they can't afford the emission fine for a fire. Small blessings and all that.
You were right, you know. Heir Banks has started filling in the "Unwanted" streams to make room for more development. We have been assured that there will be pipes put in place so that the water still has somewhere to go, but as the areas in question are earmarked for immigrant labour dwellings, I wouldn't put it past them to "forget." Once the poor sods have forked out for an apartment or flat, the condition of the place will be totally up to them. With water running underground, the whole place will fall over in a few years, and it won't be attributable to the architect or the builder. Welcome to Aucklandia, User Pays.
In more heartening news, I got a new job. I will now be sole charge of the bike rental store at the City end of Bridge 3. That means that Southbound travellers will park in the Government Multi-storey just after they hit
I don't think it will be that busy, as most folk who work in the CBD walk or have their own Bike, so most of my customers will be Cross-Border folk like yourself, or inveterate polluters, like yourself. *smirk* just kidding.
I start on Saturday, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
That's about all the news for now, look forward to hearing from you soon,