Writer's Block: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Do you give your vehicles names? If so, what are they?

Yeah its a trait that I got from my family, in particular my Mum. All my previous cars came named. The unreliable Mistubishi station wagon was known as 'bitch', quite a surprise considering we sold that car by the time I was 8. Mum's old car, the toyota camry, is known as Susy.
My first car, a poo brown 81' Honda Civic was known as Peanut (short for peanut brownie) and my current vehicle, my piaggio zip scooter is known as Ziggy.

Writer's Block: Bad trip.

What was your worst travel experience ever, and why?

I don't think I have an overall bad travel experience, because technically travelling for a funeral is cheating right?!
Paying out exorbitant amounts of money to AC/DC in Wellington was irritating to say the least, but that was an AMAZING trip and made my summer.

Going to Wairoa/Mahia beach for New Years 2007 was annoying due to the fact that I thought I was staying at Libby's batch only to find out there was no room for me. The trip overall I treasured  though as it was the last roadtrip I got to do with Dad. Murphys law kicked Libby's arse though when it poured cats and dogs.

Needless to say flying out of Rotorua pisses me off and there has been only one occassion (last christmas) where my flight hasn't been delayed. Unfortunately it is a necessary evil as it has the most reasonably priced and direct flights to Mum's. The times I've been delayed have been due to fog, bad weather, and one incident where a passenger stabbed a pilot on a flight that was heading to Christchurch so the airport had been put into lockdown.

The flight after Dad's funeral was pretty bad though. Meant to fly out from Rotorua at midday but had to be transferred to Auckland due to appalling weather. So a busload get in and part way there the luggage trailer breaks in the pouring rain. So have to wait half an hour to get that repaired. Bit further along the drive the tyre is punctured so stop again to change the tyre. Finally after driving a few hours get to Auckland at around 6pm only to find that we can't get a flight till 9pm. So I ended getting home at 10pm when I was meant to be getting in at 1pm.

Writer's Block: Cinco de Mayo

Do you celebrate your country's independence? If so, how?

Closest New Zealand has is Waitangi Day, which is February 6th. On this day in 1840 the Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British making New Zealand a British colony. Since then it has caused significant social and political issues (I know far too much on the subject). What usually happens on this day is that I work (as university doesn't go back for another couple of weeks) and get paid time and a half plus day in lieu. Most people use this day as a big piss up or an excuse to go to the beach, with many uninformed racist people complaining about how the Maori are trying to take all the taxpayers money. It's always fun when I argue with those people, mostly because their circular logic doesn't stand up.

Politically, what usually happens is the Prime Minister of the day goes to the Marae (meeting house) in Waitangi and sometimes the Maori protest. It's always interesting when protests happen. The media usually highlights the most relevant political issues of the day and questions what the government is going to do about it. Maori party has their spiel on what they'd like to see happen.

On the plus side, it always seems to be a perfect sunny day on Waitangi day, even if most of the time I am working.

Writer's Block: Young and driven

What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

Technically I don't think NZ has one. We cannot purchase alcohol till 18 but you can drink it as long as it was purchased by a parent or guardian. They lowered it from 20 to 18 in 1999 and it is up for debate to be raised again. I think we should have a split age. So that 18 year olds can still go to the pub but make it so that you cannot go to the liquor store (or supermarket) and buy alcohol until you are 20. Although that won't completely solve the issue as New Zealand has a pretty entrenched binge drinking culture, and I can't see that going away any time soon.

Writer's Block: Cheating with a side of bacon

Have you ever changed your eating habits for a new relationship (e.g., switched to vegetarianism, eaten more meat, etc.)? If yes, did you stick with it when you were eating out with other friends? Which lasted longer, the food regimen or the relationship?

No I've usually been the one that's introduced them to vegetarianism. I've accommodated their eating habits however, like Dominic who would only eat 2 minute noodles and refused to eat my 'real food'.

Writer's Block: Take me as I am

Would you be upset if a long-term partner confessed that s/he'd committed a serious crime before you met? How do you think it would affect your relationship?

Depends on what they've done to be honest. Did they kill a man or rob a bank? Because both a serious but mean completely different things morally. Plus when looking at the crime (or any action to be honest) you have to look to WHY they did it. If they could justify it then I could probably understand, although some things would be unexcusable no matter who they are (i.e sexual abuse crimes).

The only problem I would have would be on the things that are in a shade of grey, like violence, but if I knew a person well enough you would be able to understand their psyche about the whole thing and hopefully talk about the incident/situation that happened.

For the most part I'd probably be ok with most things and it wouldn't effect the relationship, as some of my close friends have had bad situations in the past, but are not bad people but in fact quite the opposite.

Writer's Block: I can walk under ladders

Do you believe in luck? Do you think some people are luckier than others? Do actions cause reactions or are there intervening forces beyond our control that govern our destinies?

I think luck is all in the attitude. If you think positive then positive things will happen to you. On the other hand, I was hoping that I wasn't going to get bad luck in fuck the dealer last night and I ended up consuming many many drinks.