Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Blowing out the cobwebs

A couple of weeks ago I won two tickets on Radio Active (the JJJ of wellington) to an electro/house night at Sandwichs, Welly's premier house venue. Josh and I headed along, and it was pretty quiet at first, but built up nicely, with some good grooves being dropped. This weekend just gone, our mechanic extrordinaire and yeah na king Big Nath aka Mr T. was dj'ing at Fevah, possibly NZ's biggest dance party. So with my name on the door and another double pass won on the radio for Josh and Bella, we headed along to check it out. Three levels in the club, Imerst, which is actually a gay club on any other night. The two lower levels were hard styles, trance etc, not my cuppa at all, but the top level was the good stuff, prog/electro. Hung out up there most of the night, checked out a bit of Nath's set but couldn't cut it without any glowsticks or ChupaChups! Not a bad night, but the lack of sleep had me struggling a bit on Monday. Of course the best way to blow out the webs is with a ride... Makara is still a mudpit, as evidenced by the bikes that have been coming in for service, so the Langster was in action yet again. Looking across the harbour, to the snow-capped Tararuas (thanks Lindsay) in the north.
Looking across the Cook Strait to the snow-capped mountains-which-I-don't-know-the names-of at the top of the South Island, from Princess Bay. I now know, thanks to my uncle Lindsay, that they are "the Seaward Kaikouras on the left and the Inland Kaikouras on the right. The highest peak visible in the Inland Kaikoura range is Mount Tapuaenuku; at 9465 feet (2885 m) it is higher than anything in the North Island (or even Australia :-) Tapuaenuku is around 120km from Wellington's South Coast." I bet he just got that off the top of his head, too! The Wellington surfers amaze me with their commitment to the waves. The water must be like ice, but there are always a few out at Lyall Bay.
The "wind tunnel" under the airport runway. I always think there will be respite from the ocean wind in here, but it's actually worse sometimes!

6 comments:

Lindsay said...

Umm . . I think that the mountains to the north of the harbour are in fact the Tararuas. The mountains in your shot looking across Cook Strait are the Seaward Kaikouras on the left and the Inland Kaikouras on the right. The highest peak visible in the Inland Kaikoura range is Mount Tapuaenuku; at 9465 feet (2885 m) it is higher than anything in the North Island (or even Australia :-) Tapuaenuku is around 120km from Wellington's South Coast. Great photo!

brettok said...

Awesome, thanks Lindsay! (he's my uncle!)

Anonymous said...

so what about vino eh ? im shattered. rassmussen also lucky to be allowed to start. maybe they should be forcedto ride Langster fixies in the race as punishment.

slug

brettok said...

Ras hasn't tested positive... it's the Armstrong defence, even though he DID test positive in 99. Vino, well, disappointing, but still a hell of a bike rider.

Fixies and Pot Belge the way to go....

Anonymous said...

Do you actualy know anything about cycling?You think Armstrongs a dick even though he has never tested positve,and Vino"a hell of a bike rider" who has.
Makes a lot of sense!!!
Rob

brettok said...

Yes, I think Armstrongs a dick. And I think Vino's a dick too, but they both were great bike riders.
And Armstrong tested positive for cortisone in 99 Tour.