October 20th, 2002


Sunday morning is upon us again.

Yesterday was spent doing...well, not much in the morning. The day took some considerable time to get going. But by the afternoon, we were tidying up the CDs and putting them in a new rack we had bought at The Warehouse. We also bought some chocolates, a ball for a birthday party present and a copy of The Towering Inferno, my second favourite film of all time, which was available at a special price of $9.99 (about US5 or GBP3). This gave me something to do in the evening. The boys watched the first half of it with me they went off to bed. I'm not entirely convinced by the plausibility of the ending, which I won't discuss in case there is anyone who has never seen it. But at the end the fire chief states that one day there will be a fire in a skyscraper which will claim thousands of lives.
The reason the boys didn't watch the whole of the film was that they need to be up and ready for a triathlon this morning. This involves bicycle riding, running and swimming. No, not the same as a real pentathlon, heptathlon, decathlon or even biathlon (my favorite). David has set off with Viv and his bike - the rest of us will be collected shortly.
Viv was out to dinner last night - apparently the school caretaker was retiring. I don't know him at all, so I didn't go.
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    Rock and roll dreams come through - Meat Loaf

Raging tempest

We set off and went to the Hutt Rec for the triathlon, which went well at first. The year 1 and 2 boys and girls were first. It's interesting to speculate as to why it is that the boys were so much more competent at running and cycling.
Years 3 and 4 were next up, with Christopher running, biking and running. As soon as he had finished, however, I head to take him to a birthday party and go off to church myself. Andrew was preaching and presiding this morning, but the most inspiring part of the service was the youth band, who led the songs during and after communion.
Our family was supposed to be doing "hot bread tidy", which involves setting up the lunch and washing the dishes afterwards. However, I received a message from Viv about the weather lower down the valley...a storm which was lightly drizzling on Upper Hutt was much worse further down, where there was wind, hail, sleet and other ugly weather. The two older boys, who were supposed to be cycling home, were drenched when I found them about half way back. So I picked them up, took them home and then fetched Viv.
By the time everyone was home, I went back to church to see if they needed help, but somebody had covered for me. Thank you. I'll find out who it was during the next week, no doubt.
On the way back, we saw the Barak Zamar van. Barak Zamar is a band who played at our church a couple of years back and at Avalon Intermediate School on Friday. We may go and see them play tonight, weather and memory permitting.
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    Life is a lemon and I want my money back - Meat Loaf