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Writer's Block: Mind reader

May 15th, 2010 (05:58 pm)

In three words, describe what's currently running through your mind.

Sore. Angry. Terrified.

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Writer's Block: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

May 10th, 2010 (11:59 pm)

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.

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Writer's Block: Old enough!?!

May 10th, 2010 (04:13 pm)

What do you think the lower age limit should be for LiveJournal and other social networks, and why?

Will it matter either way? 16 -18 is appropriate but it's not that hard to lie about your age when there's no actual checks to stop you from doing so.

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Writer's Block: Bad trip.

May 7th, 2010 (01:08 pm)

current mood: bored
current song: Blood sugar - Pendulum

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.

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Writer's Block: Cinco de Mayo

May 6th, 2010 (11:49 am)

current mood: complacent

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.

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Writer's Block: Young and driven

May 1st, 2010 (02:01 am)

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.

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Writer's Block: Tolerance 101?

April 30th, 2010 (01:56 pm)

If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

Common sense, which ironically these days aint so common.

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Writer's Block: Cheating with a side of bacon

April 29th, 2010 (02:46 am)

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'.

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Writer's Block: Take me as I am

April 19th, 2010 (03:21 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.

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Writer's Block: I can walk under ladders

April 14th, 2010 (01:18 pm)

current mood: happy
current song: Tchaikovsky

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.

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Writer's Block: My favorite T

April 4th, 2010 (04:59 pm)

current mood: giggly
current song: Blood Sugar - Pendulum

Do certain items of clothing remind you of people or events from your past? If so, what garment reminds you of a particularly happy memory?

I own what may be the most horrible looking pants ever. Quite frankly they're fantastic. They're multi-coloured fluoro MC Hammer pants. I got them from a second hand store called $2 toffs and I've had them for over a year. They've seen a lot of things.

I went quite stoned to see Katchafire at o-week 2009 in them. Really enjoyable gig, and one of many good memories with Alyse.
I wore them at the wildfoods festival in 2009, where odd foods were consumed, epic drinking was done, there were bonfires and talking drunkely to people on the beach.

They were also used to put clean dry clothes on a comatose girl at a 21st, and were worn the morning of stein day/garden party in the epic mission that was 6 before 6.

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Last week of Uni

March 30th, 2010 (12:14 pm)

current mood: blah

I really shouldn't be on the internet, I should be studying.

I'm looking forward to Friday, we are having afternoon tea in the park. It should be nice with the autumn leaves. I'm making cucumber sandwiches and scones at the very least for it.

I think I'm going to drop my public policy paper. Better that then fuck my GPA.

I'm sick of being a poor student. I want to go shopping and buy a stereo/record player, a new corset that fits, a new winter jacket as I've lost my last one (only had it 3 months!) and new winter boots.

I'm picking up extra work in the holidays. Not much but it'll be an extra 100 bucks.

Right, I'm off to pack study snacks before I hide in the library.

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Writer's Block: Search for intelligent life

March 30th, 2010 (11:56 am)

Do you believe there is other intelligent life in distant galaxies? If no, why not? If yes, do you believe this is something to be feared and avoided or actively sought out?

Definately possible. Gotta be more intelligent then some of the life here too :P

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Writer's Block: Secret song

March 24th, 2010 (11:47 am)

What's the most embarrassing CD or track in your music library? How often do you listen to it? Do you share it with your friends or keep it to yourself?

Probably a good chunk of music from my childhood/early teen years. So Eminem, the Spice Girls, B*Witched, Backstreet Boys. Oh and the Shortland Street theme song is pretty cringe worthy too. Ah the 90s/early 00s you were such a special time. I mostly listen when they're set on shuffle, so not too often.

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Writer's Block: Out of fashion

March 16th, 2010 (12:40 pm)

If you could choose which fashions would go out of style permanently, what would you choose, and why?


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Writer's Block: Kids or child-free?

March 11th, 2010 (10:13 am)

current mood: blank

Whether you've chosen to have children or live child-free, how and when did you (or will you) reach this decision? If you're in a relationship, did you (or will you) decide separately or together?

I decided to be child-free when I was 12. Mostly because at the time I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me and I didn't want my future child to have that sort of thing happen to them. I think from that it has evolved to being a bit of a eugenist and not wanting to pass on depression. NO ONE could ever change my mind.

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March 8th, 2010 (02:35 am)

I was an apple pirate! Stole some apples from my neighbour's on Friday. It's also a rented property and as it's unoccupied I figured they were going to waste otherwise. Anyways got a bucket of apples and turned them into applesauce. Still have a few left over so I'm going to make apple pie or crumble/crisp in the next few days nom nom nom. After that went to eternal delights opening. It's a new raw vegan food place in town and my flatmate convinced me to. Some of the stuff was amazing but there were a few that, to be honest, just tasted like grass. After that we hung out at Goodbye Blue Monday/Poplar Lane for a while before heading to Rockpool to hang with the guys. My nerves have been shot lately so I didn't stay there too long, especially as I wasn't in the mood to crack jokes with Sam. Playing pool like that brought back memories really. Anyways left, had a sneaky cigarette in the square and talking to a presumably homeless man before heading home. I think talking to people like that made me realise how lonely they are and how lucky I am. I'm seriously considering volunteering at the city mission now.

Just had work during the day on Saturday. Got home and felt absolutely exhausted for some reason. Gemma finally convinced me to go to Marks. I had to get a cocktail in me to go, so I made a power smoothie + alcohol. It was summer in a cup.

It was good fun in the end although I can't really be surprised as it was hosted by Scifisoc. Geeks know how to drink lol. Talked to a guy called Frank for ages, he was flirting with me but I was playing oblivious. It's flattering really, but my head is in a much too messy situation to think about guys at the moment. Besides Geoff was waving his arms in a desperate attempt for me not to go there. He really does think highly of me.

Didn't do much today. Had wafer (Chris) attempt what appeared to be flirting with me on fb chat. I'm pretending ignorance on that one to. I'm far too close with his flatmates to go there, and besides everyone jokes about his sexual performance, or lack of. Poor Wafer. Might go watch Alice in Wonderland with him later in the week though, with friends of course.

Also have organized a BBQ for St Patrick's Day. As Talia 'T-Bag' said "It's gonna be off the chain!". Hell yeah.

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Writer's Block: What is your life sentence?

March 6th, 2010 (12:15 am)

How would you describe your life so far in a six-word sentence? How often would your 'life sentence' change?

"Trying to not fuck it up"

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Writer's Block: Raining cats or dogs?

March 5th, 2010 (11:58 pm)

current mood: blank

Do you have a decided preference between cats and dogs? Which do you prefer, and why? Would you consider a roommate or partner who had a contrary pet proclivity?

Cats. They are way more independent, free spirited and have more of a personality than dogs. Guys generally prefer dogs so I don't really have an issue with it as I grew up with both and still love dogs regardless.

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Comment if you want me to ask you questions...

March 5th, 2010 (11:54 pm)

current mood: drained

1. What is your favorite band/musician?
I can't pick a favourite!!! My music taste is so varied. At the moment I'm enjoying Concord Dawn, Pendulum, Tchaikovsky, Muse, AC/DC, Sola Rosa, The Beatles and The Killers. The Killers would have to be near the top of the list with my favourite all-time song being 'Smile like you mean it'.

2. What's the one thing that you couldn't live without (or live without doing)?
Food. I love to cook and eat. I love being able to try and figure out what flavour components make a meal.

3. What's your favorite type of ethnic food?
Indian without a doubt. So subtle and yet can be so spicy with a lot of different textures and flavours.

4. What's one random interesting thing about yourself?
Despite loving shoes I absolutely detest shoe shopping. Go figure.

5. Do you prefer sunny, warm places or cold places (to live or visit)?
Cold and sunny. Where I currently live the winters are about 0-10*C (32-50F) and I think the beauty that a frost creates is amazing. I haven't really travelled so I can't comment on whether I prefer subtropical climates.

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