Grab Your Carpet Squares Kids, It’s Story Time!

November 2008

I think I have put off getting new blogs up because there are so many things I could write about I get overwhelmed, but it just gets worse the longer I wait. I end up just summarizing things and then it’s not funny or juicy so it’s just like blah blah I did this and you guys are probably like blah blah I don’t care. But I want you to care. I need you to care. Oh baby, oh baby. So grab a carpet square kids, it’s story time!

Recently I went with about 10 friends to a Katchafire concert in Opononi. Katchafire is a
I should mention that Opononi is Tribesmen territory. By this I don’t mean that it is Maori IMG_0565land, I mean it’s Maori gang territory. Maoris are called black here, and some groups of them can be very aggressive towards white people. Regan, Kelly and I tried to grab some food at a takeaway place near the show, and even though it was full with people waiting for food, hanging out in front, and a couple people cooking, they looked at us and told us it was closed. I wasn’t really feeling a gangsta brawl so we just resigned ourselves to the discrimination and left. The concert was absolutely sick though. Dancing at a Reggae show in my opinion may be as fun as trance dancing. And ya’ll know how I love a good trance dance. You just like throw your legs up in the air and sort of rhythmically convulse and I’m not sure how it would look on a video later but at the time its saweeet.

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Now, if the title of this site hasn’t inspired you yet, now is the time where you should get jealous. I’m jealous of myself, and hell, I’m me! Woooaaaaah that’s trippy. I just scored a DREAM job! The bar thing is awesome and super fun but it just covers accommodation, and I’ve been looking for a full time job here. I had a few offers for random things, but I have been holding out for what I really wanted, and I just got it! I am working for an adventure boat called the Excitor. It’s this super extreme boating experience where people get completely suited up break their vertebrae and stuff which makes it awesome because it’s dangerous. I will be down on the wharf every day with all the boats and tourist adventures and I’ll be getting people ready and on and off the boats and doing safety briefings and whatnot. Excitor is a part of the Fullers empire though, which is a company that runs all of the major tourist trips in New Zealand, so I am also a Fullers employee and will be working on sales and marketing with them. It is an awesome company to have gotten in with and I am still in shock that I managed to get this job. IMG_0386

As part of my training, I have to do my “famils”, which basically means I get paid to go on all of the different tourist trips that Fullers offers. I had my first day today, and here’s what that looked like. I went to work, and my boss Ryan took me around and introduced me to people, then he took me down to the pier and sent me off on the Cream Tour. I spent the day on a boat, stopping at various points along the way to watch the dolphins swim and jump all around our boat on its way to different islands. I saw at least 20 dolphins today, and then we went and saw penguins too! Then the skipper was like ok for those of you who want to you can get out in the net and we will basically see how much saltwater you can drink. Then he’s like Shannon you are required to do this as part of your training, so I got in a wetsuit and jumped off the boat with about 10 other brave souls into this net attached to the side of the boat. We held on to the sides of the net, and then the boat took off, basically scooping us all up like fish in theIMG_0659 sea and dragging us along. It was hilarious, and even funnier looking up and seeing the other 100 people on the boat with their cameras just laughing at us as they recorded us holding on for dear life. I went back to the office when the boat returned and my boss was like ok see you tomorrow! Wow, tough day at the office eh? Tomorrow I get to go on the Excitor, which I’m super stoked about. I get to do all of the different tourist adventures, but I’m most excited for the Dolphin Adventures tour later this week, where I get to go out and swim with the dolphins in the wild. Swimming with dolphins at Sea World is one thing, but that is so commercial and manufactured. Swimming with them in the wild keeps a level of danger involved and makes it so much more of an authentic experience. These trips are all pretty expensive, so I hadn’t done any of them yet, but now I get paid to do them! How am I so lucky?! It’s Thanksgiving back home as I am writing this, and all I can say is wow. I have so much to be thankful for.

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