Rising late + chores performed, I hitch-hiked to Kerikeri. My good fortune was to obtain one ride all the way- my bad was that my chauffeur was a Christian, + a recent, enthusiastic, evangelising one at that. However, I paid my fare for the ride in listening, + declined his invitation to come to a meeting with as much politeness as possible. In town, first disposed of a few books in the Book Swap, acquiring only one in return, “Last Exit to Brooklyn”. That + “Pere Goriot” were the only worthwhile tomes present, + tho’ my experience of French, or for that matter European, literature is scanty, I couldn’t face the serious Gallicism which Balzac represents to me. The Red Cross shop to dispose of a large bag of by now unnecessary + unwanted clothing – including the brown shirt that was once Dad’s, + my navy blue jumper, 2 of the last relics of clothes from England. A hamburger, which dripped fat down my best trousers. The Post Office, to bank more money. We’re up to NZ$5000 now, not a bad sum. I treated myself to a pair of sturdy socks, + then home. A more pleasant ride this time, with a huge + jolly (why do they go together) + wealthy Englishman, who spends 9 weeks of every year here. Home to more of “Daniel Martin” + then work.
Work is such a more pleasant place since Ian, the new chef, arrived. He’s a Pom, with a good sense of humour, tho’ not well-educated. Also Art, our introduction to Haruru Falls, is there, since we’re so busy, + between them they have the place running smoothly, happily, + well. Still not completely over-run by policemen – I don’t know where they all are, + Marion leapt in early to close the bar before those that were there returned from the pub. I retired upstairs + watched “Dirty Harry” on telly. Not a bad film – the real highlights for me were the San Francisco setting, + spotting Chris Pray in a tiny part. Vicarious fame, huh?
I may be wrong, but I seem to recall our financial target had been considerably less than the $5000 mentioned here – a testament to our serious hard work for the past few months.
Interesting to have a face from our San Francisco days pop up on screen – it has been quite a trip, with quite a chunk yet to come, seeing as we are on the other side of the world.