All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

A question from the past

In my trawlings for the previous post (Vote For Trivial Pursuit, you know it makes more sense than voting for SunnyO) I found this question from Llew in Morphess' Of all the bars, in all the world...

Mainlander Mike... did you not run into some old girlfriend from the UK while watching the rugby at the Waterloo Hotel in Wellington?
Posted by: llew | Monday, September 5, 2005

The answer is, Yes.
But it was the Ferrymans Pub.

And a strange moment it was.

I also ran into the same ex-girlfriends ex-boyfriend in Auckland. He was a true English 'character' that had lived on a house-boat in Oxford before they both decided to travel the world. Unfortunately they couldn't agree on the route and/or the company (a relationship on the wane) and so off he headed alone to meet up on the bottom of the world.

She stayed in the UK, saving up the money ... and in I moved, literally at one point.
She finally upped and offed and that was that.

A year or so later I was in by Auckland viaduct and there he was, playing his bagpipes.
I slunk by without knowing how he'd react if he saw me, the snake in his grass.

And then, years later, in she walked as I was watching the All Blacks mid-weekers playing someone in the UK over a breakfast in a Wellington pub.

Just another reason why you should vote for Caroline, she makes you think about stuff.