Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thief at Hataitai Beach

Hi there

One of our swimming group was in the sea the other day when she looked across to the deck to see a guy rummaging through her bag.  She yelled at him and he strolled off, without taking anything

So, everyone, beware.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Going to the movies

Hi there

I went to the movies last week, flashed my Reading Cinemas loyalty card, and waited for my ticket.  The guy behind the counter said, "You've got a free small drink, free popcorn, and $5 off your ticket."


I went to another movie today.  "You've got a free large drink and $5 off your ticket," said the guy behind the counter.

"No, I got that last week," I said, mentally kicking myself for my honesty.  Duh.

Turned out that everything was above board.  I happily luxuriated in my half-price seat, chugging my free drink and fighting every step of the way with a broken-legged (whining) Kate Winslett as she clambered over jolly big rocks and snowy mountains - plane crashes can lead movie heroines into such dangerous circumstances!

Thanks, Reading.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Hi there

A short time back I was trying to recall the name of someone from my past.  I was positive it had slipped from my mind forever.  For days I tried to recall it.  I said to myself, "I wish I could remember Pamela Smith's^ name."

Huh?  And, well, what do you know-?  The name had come to me just like that!

But the funny thing is that my friend had the exact same experience some time back.  We had  laughed hysterically over this happening.  It must be more of a common occurrence than we both thought ...

^not her real name

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Airport tower

Hi there

I don't live too far away from the Airport Retail Park which has the normal shops to it, eg The Warehouse, Kathmandu, Briscoes, Bed Bath & Beyond, No 1 Shoes, Rebel....

There was once a time when an airport tower would actually be on the very edge of an airport runway.  Nowadays the towers seem to be away from the airport.  Our soon-to-be-finished airport tower is right-slap-dab in the centre of the Lyall Bay retail complex.  It's quite a way over the Wellington Airport fenceline.  I guess the radar (?) control operators rely on screens rather than visuals nowadays?

You can't tell by the below photo but the tower has been built on an artistic slant.  I wonder how long it will be before photographers start treating it like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and get friends to act as if they're pushing the tower over, or helping it to stand upright?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Those American Sauces

Hi there

Americans sure love their sauces.  I was astounded,  in Vegas, to see the immense range of sauces at buffets and cafes.

Today I'm reading about McDonalds.  Apparently some special sauce was due to hit McD  stores in the States.  Hardly any sauces turned up, culminating in a drastic shortage.  Because of the shortage, there have been riots and demos outside the stores.  Oh dear.

I went to one cafe inside the Rio Hotel in Vegas and was absolutely astounded by the amount of sauces (in packets) for the taking -

Friday, October 6, 2017


Viva, Las Vegas ...


Vegas will rise again!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Car keys

Hi there

I have an ordinary, old-fashioned, actual key for my car.  None of that pressing a button from a distance to gain access to the vehicle.   Heavens to Betsy, I am such a dinosaur.

I can't have a press-from-a-distance key because I  swim a lot, and I keep my car key on a plastic coil scrunchie that I wear on my wrist.  I don't forget the time a Hataitai Beach swimmer got her bag stolen whilst she was in the water.  Her car keys were in her bag.  Her car got stolen as well.

I hired a car a few years' ago and, without thinking, put the electronic key onto my wrist scrunchie prior to swimming in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu.

Whoops.  After my swim, the car door wouldn't open when I pressed the key from a distance, nor would it open when I inserted the key into the door lock.  Silly (wet) electronic parts!

I had to call the hire car company for rescue.  Never did I admit to them what had actually happened.

Is it any wonder that I now unlock my car doors manually, with an actual turn-key?