May 8th, 2005



Came home to the news that David has been given the part of Shylock in the school production of The Merchant of Venice, called MOV from here on. This is a great honour for a fifth former. Other news can wait till later, except for the stuff I typed before I got home.

From distant cities...

It's been an exciting sort of day today. The District Speech contest took place, with seven excellent speeches from speakers from all over New Zealand. I was privileged to be a judge in the contest, but this also means I'm not supposed to make any comments about the speeches. However, I will say that the standard was indeed high.
Before the contest, an educational session from a leading NZ storyteller was also worthwhile, teaching us how we might be able to use storytelling skills in many different settings.
After the closing ceremony and lunch, it was off to the motel and to the airport. I hear that our phone is working again, but our neighbour's s no surprises there. We won't let any more engineers leave until we are satisfied that both phones are working.
Yes, sir, there is a seat on the earlier flight, but it's not available to you: your fare class doesn't allow you to change. No, there's no reason for this, it's just our policy. I could sell it to you for $301, but frankly we would prefer to get no revenue at all for it rather than let you have it for less than that. No, I can't do anything about it: you wouldn't want me to lose my job? No, I'm sorry, I haven't been trained in worthwhile customer service, and besides, Air New Zealand has a monopoly on this route.
What's the worst that could happen? I could have to stay until the flight I'm booked on - and that's what did happen! So I'm typing this into a file for posting to LJ later on. Why aren't there any wireless hotspots at the airport cafes? Isn't that what they are for? We read about them, we see adverts for them, but when it comes to it, there are none that I can find! Maybe I'll play hunt the mobile hotspot in a few minutes. Sounds like a fun game.
The flight to Wellington leaves in about half an hour, so I've got just a few minutes to finish my drink, find the gate and get on the plane. What fun!
Don't forget the banana. They are a rich source of potassium. I don't know why this is a good thing, but lots of people tell me it's a special something about bananas. Anyway, I ate one.
I'm now sitting at Gate 29, where there is massive brading and murals promoting Telecom 3G - but no wireless service at all from either Telecom or any competitor. What's going on?
There's someone else sitting opposite who also has a laptop which has also just played the Microsft jingle. I bet he hasn't got any connectivity either.
Still, less than five minutes and I wouldn't be allowed to use it anyway! Just eighty minutes and I'll be with Viv again, and less than an hour after that, it's home sweet home (all being well) though of course all this will be in the past by the time it reaches LJ.
we've just taken off from Auckland and I'm experimenting with in-flight laptop use. Frankly, it's not that great. There's not enough room to put the laptop flat and open the screen out to a right angle. My posture horrifies even me, so I won't continue for long. A bigger eat pitch or a smaller laptop, and it would be fine! Be seeing you...