Monday, October 17 (Day 46)
It’s a day of goodbyes. George-Michael are headed off up north, whilst I fly to Fiji tomorrow. They’ve been great company. I think I would have been a tad lonely these past few days had I not been knocking around with them in Rotorua, Raglan and Auckland. I might yet see Michael in Samoa in three weeks’ time.
Scottish Amber calls to say her goodbyes as she won’t be back in Auckland till after I leave. She’s one of the few women I’ve met in my life with whom I’ve enjoyed a quality plutonic relationship. I hope we will stay in contact.
Argie Alex is also back in town. I will meet him later but first I’m going to treat myself to an evening at the cinema for the first time in 6 months. I know why they call this film ‘Abduction’, because that is what you feel like when you are trapped in the cinema watching this drivel. I mean, this really is one of the worst films I have seen in my entire life. It’s teenage nonsense dressed up as an adult drama movie. Consider this for a line from the film’s baddie: “First I will kill your friends and then I will find and kill all your friends on Facebook”.
Please, please, I’m warning anybody reading this: Do not allow yourself to be abducted for two hours of your life watching this nonsense.
I feel rather melancholy as I stroll down Queen Street after my abduction experience. I am really looking forward to Fiji tomorrow but I can feel a sadness that my 2011 rugby world cup experience is drawing to a close. Aside from the sausage fest factor, I’ve had a fantastic time here. I have been extremely privileged to attend a world cup here in the country most associated with the sport. It might be 30 years before the world cup is hosted here again. I will always be able to say I was here in New Zealand, and that feeling gives me a positive buzz as I walk through downtown Auckland in the pouring rain and say my goodbyes to Argie Alex, the first person I met in New Zealand, almost seven weeks ago, when we booked into the same airport motel. Alex is another person I am sad to say goodbye to, and most certainly hope I will stay in contact with.