Sunday, October 22, 2006

Made It!

Due to long layovers stateside we ended up traveling for a day and a half but got some sleep on the trans-pacific flight and had barely any jet lag. Wonderful! Got off the plane and hit the ground running. Connie and I spent the afternoon with David our tour manager and Greg and Saundra the owners of The Memory Store in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was interesting to see things that looked the same on the surface: I walked into the shop and scrapbook enough to recognize the punches, cutters, papers, etc. but when I looked closer many of the papers and embellishments had Kiwi streetsigns, Maori designs, native wildlife, landscapes and other unique things that reminded you you're on the other side of the world. I picked up a very cool abalone embellsihment that was a map of New Zealand. I'll post a picture later.

That night we had our first screening. Sitting there watching Scrapped with everyone reminded me how American much of it was. Things like racecar drivers, prices of products and photo processing, slang terms and even dimentions of the Creative Memories factory stuck out as things I took for granted but the Kiwi ladies ( and one man ) laughed right out loud in all the same places, got quite and weepy in the same spots and had some wondeful feedback afterward as well. Scrapbooking in the US and New Zealand seems to be alot like the language. We both speak english but with different accents that are mutually appealing.

A scrapbookers album seems to be their passport to the cropping world and NZ is no exception. Everyone wants to immediately see my album and seems to like the crop bag so I'm glad I brought both. I brought the "making of" scrapbook and am still working on it as we travel. Noone seems to mind the 1/2 finished pages. I didn't have room ( really, extra weight ) to bring the "my first page" books on the flight.

We had the next two days off to have a look around Christchurch and then fly to the North Island to Wellington where I'll get to be a guest on Good Morning, a National New Zealand talkshow. ( I'll post pictures )
As expected, the countryside here is amazing. Mountains, Ocean, rolling green velvety hills but there is also fun to be had in the little things that are different than what we're used to. I drug Connie into a classic car and bike shop in Christchurch that had an amazingly clean Norton Manx - one of my favorite bikes and an old Ducati 250. Both these bikes are everything I like about two wheeled love... simple, great lines and form, untilitarian - there's nothing extra to clutter up the motor and chassis.

We also saw a great classic Mini Countryman which even got Connie excited. How these ute style wagon type Mini's with cargo space in the back were ever able to carry a load with their 850cc motor is beyond me. Still very stylish and appealing! I bet they're a blast to drive.

I also wanted to say goodbye to Cathy Z's blog. I saw it was gone and heard she pulled the plug herself. I can understand why but it will obviously be missed. Thanks for letting us into your life Cathy. You also deserve some pivacy.



At 1:55 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Yes - already heard it was great fun in Chch on Friday night so I'm looking forward to tomorrow night. And enjoy that Harley tomorrow morning! Unfortunately I'll be at work so I'll only be able to watch it later. PS Hang on to one of those DVDs for me please :-)

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

If you haven't yet been, ask David to take you to Southwards - a large car museum

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Dee G said...

Hey man - I don't know if you'll have time, but the coolest thing I did in the North Island was to go underground water caving at Waitomo. I mean it - it was really something.

Looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane, hombre! We'll buy extra vegemite for you both. :)

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Hi Wes - me again. My friend Sharyn who was with me last night, said that watching the movie gave her a renewed enthusiam for scrapping. To save the memories, both good and bad and not to take ourselves too seriously.

PS You can visit my blog too, you know! :-)

At 2:37 AM, Blogger wes said...

Ahh, but I can't visit your blog Jenny... I tried but your blogger profile doesn't list anything except that you live in New Zealand. Why don't you post the address here so we can all enjoy it!


At 11:55 AM, Blogger Chelsea said...

Glad you're enjoying your New Zealand stint Wes--although I admit that I'm a bit jealous.

A lot of us our mourning Cathy's blog--but completely understand. There's been a few great bloggers leave the e-world as of late, but again, I understand. :)
"I'm sorry honey, I don't have time to hang out with you and create new memories to scrap, I'm too busy blogging!"

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Kendra said...

Hey Wes, We miss you state side, but we look forward to seeing all the new pictures you have taken after they get put into your scrap book.


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