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Off the Grid For Almost a Week…

MaorieyeAfter Mogull and my presentation tomorrow @ SOURCEBoston, I’m bolting to Logan to catch the first leg of travel that amounts to 27 hours in transit to my sister’s wedding in New Zealand. 

I’m making sacrifices to the travel gods this evening that I catch my connector in L.A., else I’m noodles.

I haven’t seen my sister and her brood in quite some time, so I reckoned why not punctuate a lengthy period of absence by walking her down the "aisle" a continent or so away?

I use the term "aisle" loosely as it’s really likely something akin to an oceanic garden path.  You see, she’s getting hitched on one of New Zealand’s beautiful north island iron-based black sand beaches.  You may have seen the cheap imitations in Hawaii (they’re ground fresh for the tourists daily, )but It’s been far too long since I’ve curled my toes in the onyx bits of old earth.

I grew up in New Zealand and I haven’t been back for any reasonable visit in more than 10 years except for the occasional stop-over on the way to the Rock (Australia.)

So, I’ll likely be off the air until next Tuesday because I’ll be reconnecting with my family, my adopted Maori roots, and my favorite Kiwi beer.  When I come back, I’ll likely be speaking funny.  I’m sure you’ll understand.

For some reason, I’m guessing the world will go on without me.

I just hope Mogull doesn’t try an subvert my sprinkler system.  That probably came out wrong on SO many fronts…but I don’t have time to explain…


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  1. colin
    March 11th, 2008 at 21:42 | #1

    Make sure you take your flip-flops snd keep the bir cold in the chully bin. πŸ˜‰

  2. jsf
    March 14th, 2008 at 08:49 | #2

    Flip flops? They're jandals, my friend.
    Mmmm, black sand. I miss the good ol' Taranaki coastline, sometimes…

  3. March 17th, 2008 at 17:34 | #3

    You're absolutely right, but nobody here would likely know what 'jandals' are — or togs for that matter πŸ˜‰
    I see my Americanized-slip is showing… πŸ˜‰
    BTW, burned the piss out of the soles of my feet just for remembrance sake.
    My sister changed her wedding locale to Piha beach due to some relatives; a bunch of Westies showing up to her ceremony in shorts, jandals (the odd pair of gumboots) and with chilly's full of beer was classic Kiwi style!

  4. jsf
    March 18th, 2008 at 21:05 | #4

    Haha, nice .. I was in Taranaki and Napier for a week in January, nice to get some Kiwi sun in the middle of a Seattle winter.
    I'll have to make sure I find you at a conference one of these days, can't say I've found too many NZers doing security over this way.

  5. colin
    March 19th, 2008 at 15:47 | #5

    Sorry bro, they are jandals, not flup-flops. πŸ˜‰

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