This year's end of season party didn't really offer me much chance to be too vulgar however. With a retro ski theme, the best I could do was to borrow a bright yellow one piece, and wear very little underneath it. I tried, with what little I had to work with, and at one point was talking to the co-owner of the company stripped down to the waist whilst covering my nipples, (or not covering my nipples, who knows, I had taken advantage of the open bar a little too much by that point), (or walked around after her trying to encourage her to touch my nipples depending on whose version of events you get), but that is about as far as I went that night. My decision to wear little under the ski suit I came to regret early on, when we were taken on another jet boat ride before the evening began unfortunately in the freezing rain.
So here I go on a bit of a tangent. As you can tell by my little "about me" box up there to the right, I fled normal life in England a while ago. Yep, I had a proper job, for about 10 years. I liked it a lot. It was sometimes challenging, it was in an area I liked (not geographically), and it paid well. Not well enough for me to buy a llama to lead around town to spit on all the chavvy scum I deemed unworthy of my own saliva. Nor could I pay a midget and a dwarf to fight to the death on a whim, to finally discover which is the superior race. But I did alright. I rented a nice flat, had a car that looked a little bit like K.I.T.T. off of Knight Rider (if you really squinted, from a distance, looking through tracing paper), and didn't have to think twice if I needed to buy clean/flat clothes because mine were dirty/needed ironing.
But it was a life/quality balance. I had no responsibility, no-one depended on me, and I was plodding. Waking up every day to the same old routine, shower, work, finish work, have dinner, wait for the weekend, binge drink all weekend and wake up on Sunday to fingers that smell of chili sauce (careful now, despite my vulgarity I wasn't going there), and a lounge that stinks of half eaten kebab (but you can make of that one what you will), spend all Sunday watching movies on the couch in my underwear, go to bed, Monday.
So yeah, see above. I jacked it in. I yearned to be in a place where I had to actually save for something I really wanted. I figured that you appreciate the material possessions more when you have to work hard and make sacrifices to obtain them. And so here I am now, in a beautiful place where I wake up every morning to the view you see right at the top of the page, in a job with some awesome people that I love, where I get to meet new and interesting people every day, where I also get to meet old and dull people every day, not earning the greatest wage in the world, but it's enough to keep me living here and pay for coffee and the occasional beer which is all I really need in life.
Does it sound like I am trying to convince myself I did the right thing? Of course I am. I always am. Every now and again I wake up wondering if I have done the right thing. Should I have got this out of the way when I was younger? Maybe so. Do I worry that I threw away a life back home that was pretty comfortable to live in an environment where every six months I have a tense wait to see if my visa will be renewed or not? Of course. But you know what, if I hadn't taken that potentially massive leap, I wouldn't have met half of the amazing people I have. I wouldn't have made friends and formed relationships with all the people all over the globe if I hadn't decided I wasn't really "going places" back home. And I wouldn't have done anywhere near the amount of amazing things I have done here. And here comes the vulgarity......
Since I have been in Queenstown, I have:
- Been to Milford Sound on a coach day trip
- White water rafting
- Canyon Swing
- Nevis Bungy (134m)
- Nevis Arc
- Kawarau Bridge Bungy (43m)
- Kawarau Jet (twice)
- Shotover Jet
- Skippers Canyon Jet
- Wilderness Safari (including another jet boat ride)
- River Surfing
- Hang gliding
- Quad biking
- TSS Earnslaw Steamship
- Clay target shooting
- Gondola, Kiwi Haka show and buffet dinner
- Gondola and buffet dinner
- Season passes for one of the ski hills for 2 seasons
So next time I wake up and wonder what the hell I am doing here, on the other side of the world, away from all the people I have known and loved for years, I will take a deep breath and think about all the friendships and relationships I have since formed, how I now have friends worldwide who I hope would be happy to see me (in small doses), how my quality of life has improved despite how horrified my Mother would be if she saw the amount of holes in my underwear, how I am not stuck commuting every day on a sweaty train, or bumper to bumper on the motorway, how I love being here and would be exceptionally sad if I had to leave, and how I have managed to experience over $6500 worth of products and adventures for absolutely nothing. Zilch, nada, gratis, zero, nil, fuck-all. So there's your cock-shitting vulgarity.