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Day 332 April 20th - Welcome to New Zealand

And welcome we felt. I love New Zealand and just because I love it here does not mean I love any other places any less. Unique and beautiful and not unlike how I love my daughters and my friends and family or love both sushi and mexican food, each lovable entity is wonderful in it's own right. Speaking of Mexican food, how about a visit over to the Taqueria that Grier and two friends own. So off we head on a mission for Mexican food about as far from Mexico as we can be.

Next order of business, hmmm, rumor has it that you can jump off the big huge space needle thing across the street.

So Cliff and I head over to check it out and I must admit I was a bit nervous about the endeavor but then the enlightening words of Gibby Haynes echoed through my mind as I hear the song Sweat Loaf in my head. "Daddy, what does regret mean?" asks the child's voice during the song's intro. "Well, son" Say Gibby quite fatherly, "It is better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done, and by the way, when you see your mom this weekend, tell her, SATAN SATAN SATAN!"

The wisdom of this sensei like advice dawns on me clearly and being that I desire not to wish the space needle the ill will's of the prince of darkness, I decided it best to leap of the edge and look back on this day as hopefully remembering something fun. Actually, to be honest, all that is just an glorified excuse and the true motivating factor was the opportunity to wear one of these quite fashionable outfits

So up we head to high places and with bravery in my heart, I fearlessly and boldly prepare to leap

Over the edge while doing my best to navigate a a landing on the target with which I have no control as I have past the point of no return bye bye

And with the utmost of elegance and cat like ease, I transcend to a near perfect landing on my feet bull's eye and for the most part things seemed to go pretty well though perhaps a bit faster of a landing than I had anticipated.

And though that was fun, I think we can do better, Stepping off into thin air was battle between my mind convincing my body that it is ok and body saying "Nooooooooo!" Tomorrow we get to do a rock show for a change, see you then and rumour has it that there are some more thrilling jumps to do, I am scared just thinking about it, cause ya know I am a bit of a sucker for peer pressure when it comes to fear challenges.

Dave Rat


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Monique on :

Good grief! You're a crazy man! I got frightened just looking at the picture! Yikes!

sufferwords on :

Twas fine catching up in the desert, way to fill in the blanks. And here's to Chris Grayson, a good one that. Sufferwords

Hayden on :

Woah! Never get me up there! Good to see roadies in high places for once :P HC

Greg Cameron on :

Sucker for peer presure? Shit Dave, I've seen you do crazy shit just fine on your own ;-)

Janine on :

P. M. S. L!! :) Janine x

Darryl on :

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in New Zealand Dave. I went to the Sunday night concert and thought it was fantastic, only hope that the venue sorts ot those sound issues. At least we have moved up in the world now - from our crappy old circus tent venue for rock concerts!! Any word on when we can expect to see the Chilis again? (don't tell me we have to wait another 5 years!)

John on :

Ah yes are certainly a candidate for Fear Factor now...beccause Dave fear is no factor to you. Hey, but work on those landings...would hate to see you get any shorter.

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