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July 17th, 2006
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Diana in Wellywood.
Scooter:
Latest story is - the scooter was briefly back in the shop but has gone back to the studio. The film is apparently in the editing stage and the film-makers wanted the scooter just in case a re-shoot was called for........What the scooter dealer doesn't know is that while he's failing to deliver, more money is accumulating in my bank account, and I may take it to a different dealer who is offering a slightly higher-spec scooter. It's not red though - its a sort of latte-colour. Very urban. 

Well the money is kind of accumulating. I have a weakness.
Shoes:
What I went shopping for was a pair of flat-heeled tall boots. What I ended up with was these,  only in chocolate brown. It seems that they were designed for use in King Kong, and had to be comfortable enough to run in. I can vouch that they are.  

Aikido: 
Seminar last weekend. I'm not sure what it is, but I have really been missing the style of training I used to do at my Christchurch dojo. Usual sensei doesn't seem to be seeing me in his classes. It's not that i'm not there, but I get a bit irritated that I am asked wether or not I can do high falls, when I have been doing them consistently.  There are other annoyances too, and I don't think that its all my own arrogance poking its ugly head up............

 Anyway, the seminar was excellent. A more experienced sensei, who's habits and attitude seem more in line with mine. (I am the centre of the universe, dammit!)


Midwinter christmas parties:  Organised by the delightful Lee, who brought home the christmas decorations from his work. 8 foot tall christmas trees, larger than life toy-soldiers, candelabras.............. It was terribly over the top, and great fun.

  

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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From:sarahdotcom
Date:July 17th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
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hehe, between us we have three pairs of King Kong shoes!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 17th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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So you have the green ones with ribbons and ?????
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:July 17th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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black mary janes
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 17th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Those were KK shoes too? I did not realise.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:July 17th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Not the ones I had when you visited me - I have new ones. According to Rose they are also KK shoes.
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From:wcg
Date:July 17th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Most women's shoes look like torture devices, but those look comfortable.

Are you having Christmas in July?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 17th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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On shoes:
The trick with high heels is to find a pair that allow the flexing of the foot to do its normal shock absorbing job.

This means that the shoes need to have enough room across the top behind the toes to spread when you put your weight on your feet. If your feet can't spread, the shock has to be taken up by the muscles of the calf and shin, and the knees. Pretty much instant pain, ime.

The shoes also need to bend in the right spot, just behind the ball of the foot, again to allow the foot to do its job as an energy absorbing and returning springy-thing effectively.

Add this to having the heel more or less in line with the weight vector, and you can have some surprisingly uncomfortable-looking shoes that are a dream to wear. Conversley, you can have flat shoes that are too tight across the top, and still end up with sore shins.....

I am a clothes-geek.

On Christmas:
I, and most (not all) of my acquaintance, are arreligious, so we regard Christmas more as a cultural tradition than a celebration of Christ's birth.

New Zealand, being a southern hemisphere country colonised by northen hemisphere European and British type people, ended up with all its traditional holidays reversed in season. Easter in autumn, Halloween in early spring.... People having a traditional Christmas would end up sitting down to a meal of hot roast meats, veges, steamed pud, christmas cake etcera - in the middle of a blazing hot summers day.

More recently, it has become normal to have a summery meal - cold ham, chicken, salads, fresh fruit, pavlova (mmmm pavlova) for christmas (although we still decorate with pine trees, snow decals, and Santa in furs and red velvet - pity the shopping mall Santa in kiwiland.)

This leave us without a reason for those traditional Christmas foods, as well as a long stretch of cold dark nasty weather in the middle of the year, without some sort of celebration or festival or anything to break it up.
So some bright spark hit upon the idea of having christmas - again. :) Any excuse for a party.

Might get organised in time to make it a Matariki paty next year - The rising of Matariki (aka the Pleiades) marks the New Year according to many Maori traditions.


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From:wcg
Date:July 18th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
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Yes, I figured that's what you were doing, moving the mid-winter holiday to mid-winter. I suppose you could call it Yule, but what the heck, the joy is in the celebration.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 18th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)

shoes

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I remember your grandmother wearing somthing similar.
Does the scooter have training wheels?
LM xxx
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 19th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)

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Hi Mum

I believe that is the point ;)
At least I'm not mixing eras and wearing them with an '80s bubble skirt!

Re Scooter: Would you feel happier if I told you it did?

Cheers
S
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From:keza_hon
Date:July 20th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)

Boo!

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HEY GIRL! Keri here :) Thought id stalk u and find a way to keep in touch xoxoxooxoxox Hope ur all good!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 20th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)

Re: Boo!

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Hi Keri!

Did get your broadcast email - was slack and didn't reply to it. You're welcome to stalk me anytime.
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