Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hi Internet,

Quick update. I got my Visa!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kiwi Kids

(Hopefully) Minor Speedbump...

So my dad left a message on my voicemail while I was on the way back from the Sierra's (awesome, by the way) saying that I can only come for 3 months. "WHAT!" Come to find out that you're only legally allowed to "vacation" in New Zealand for 3 months at a time and they won't let you on the plane with a ticket exceeding that time period. This super sucks because it would cost me an extra $200 to change the ticket twice (I could apply for a visa once I get there) and I'm dirt poor already. I did some searching this morning and found a "Working Holiday" visa they grant to people age 18-30 who plan on staying for up to a year with vacationing as their primary interest with the possibility of working as well. Fits the bill, it seems. I filled out the online application today and it says it takes just a few days. Godspeed, New Zealand Immigration Office!

I've got exactly two weeks left here and ton of stuff to do. I've got 2 quizzes, 1 exam, 1 hwk set, 1 project, 1 marketing study, 5 final exams, 10 shifts at work, packing, planning, hanging out with friends/family, and hopefully sleeping. Ya, I got stuff to do.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A few pics from this past Sunday...

Amazing day. Nothin is more spiritually refreshing than taking a walk in the woods every once in a while.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Reflection on Thanksgiving...

Take some time this Thanksgiving to reflect on what it's really about. This is one of the few "American" holidays actually worth celebrating. Hope everyone's having a good one.

"WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington "



"The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

(signed)A. Lincoln"

List in progress

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What's up, Internet,

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I created this blog so I can document my New Zealand adventures. I'm scheduled to stay 6 months, but it's only $100 if I want to change my flight to leave/stay early, so not a bad gig.

The plan is to bar tend at my dad's restaurant in Stratford some of the time and explore the country on bike/foot the rest. I plan on doing as much fly fishing and backpacking as possible.

I'll work out a more specific list later, but for now I know I'm taking my bike, some clothes, my laptop, and my fly rods.
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I can say that I am super excited but a little bit nervous at the same time. Either way, I know I'll learn a lot and look forward to the overall experience.

The blog will be mostly pictures from my P&S because I think I suck less at taking pictures than I do at writing. Hopefully some of the gorgeous scenery will make its way through my cheap lens and onto this blog.

Monday, November 17, 2008