Sunday, 26 March 2006

Arrival

Well, more than arrival. I've been in the UK for over two weeks now. But a bit about getting here...

Met a bit of a queue at Christchurch airport. A group of friends missed the beginning of the first session of UCanDance, which wouldn't be that big of a deal if they weren't the ones running it. Cheers guys! I told them to "piss off" while I was still in the queue. Once I got my ticket the plane was already boarding. A quick goodbye to the family and I was away.

LA was good. Got to catch up with some friends, eat some American food, etc. Had an early night since I was sleeping in the OC.

The 405 was kind and we got to the airport before the check-in counter had opened. This meant that, due to some "organizational" skills I was the first person to be assigned a ticket, which happened to be the first seat when you board the plane. So while everyone else was boarding I was offered a drink and chatted away with my row mates in an out-of-the-way part of the plane. This also allowed us to be the first people off the plane, which meant a quick pass through the passport check. After the collection of my bags and the "customs, what customs?" stroll out the exit I was reunited with VPM. This quick reunion was actually a surprise since the plane landed an hour early.

So I've been living in Wimbledon for the last two weeks. VPM and I have found our own place to live. Well, us and her sister and possibly her sisters boyfriend. We should be living there from the 3rd.

The building is in a new estate called The Hamptons. The building is called Albany Hall, which was part of phase one and not mentioned on the above site. Since the estate is brand new (nobody has lived in our unit yet) Google Maps shows it as bare land, but trust that it does exist.

Oh, I forgot to mention US security on my way out of the country...

Well, huge queue for the x-ray machines of clairvoyance. When I got to the machine I put my two bags and jacket in, emptied my pockets and took off my belt. I attempted to go through, but was asked to show my shoes and then told "it's probably better if you put them through the machine." Ok, my non-metallic, no shoelace, neutral blue, new looking shoes are obviously hip with the terrorists. So, I'm standing on the other side waiting for my stuff to come through, barefoot and holding my pants up. They take their time and even call someone else over to look at the screen, but they decide not to open the bags and clear them as terrorist item free. They decided NOT to open them!?! WTF people! I had 2 containers of liquid, 2 boxes of powder, 6 foot of wires, electronic bits n pieces, a container with a paste type substance, an air pump, several sealable plastic bags and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Now, I'm positive that if MacGyver ever joined the Axis of Evil for the purpose of spreading terror he could make one mighty fine WMD (Weird MacGyver Device) with all of that stuff.

Well, that'll do for now.