The Eye of the Fish

Leviathan
April 14, 2020

Onward

Getting tired of all this endless Virus talking? So am I. Yes, yes, it is so much better to have the problem of getting bored with waiting for nothing to happen, than to have the problem of everyone dying, but still: time to look forward to something else! What will we do when we are in Level 3? It’s a place where I suspect that we will be for quite some time: for some of us in Cluster towns, like Auckland, Wellington, Bluff, we’ll be there at least till Christmas I reckon.

Personally I’m looking forward to restaurants re-opening – not so much for me to sit down and eat at, but for takeaway food to be picked up from. There’s a Thai restaurant near me that I often used to go and grab a meal from on the way home from the office – better ability to cook Thai than I have myself – and boy, I miss their cooking. But will they still be there after all this? I suspect so – they are a resourceful family, with the young girl having been a school girl when they started and now she’s just about ready to run the place.

But this will not be the case with many other places. I hate to say it, but it is pretty obvious that some are not going to make it. For instance, El Matador restaurant in Cuba Street that had just re-opened after re-building after their fire – they’ll have a hard road coming back from this latest setback. So too might be their neighbouring restaurant, the mighty posh place Logan Brown. I’ve never been there for a meal – too expensive – and now I fear that I never will. In Australia they are allowing restaurants to open for delivery / takeout only – who knows when we will be able to sit down and share a meal face-to-face with another human – but this seems like a reasonable scenario for us to follow. Gloves, masks, 2m separation of workers etc, but it should be possible.

I’m looking forward to bookshops re-opening – that shouldn’t be hard as there are only one or two in each city that are even left alive – even if it is only one way, with them open so that they could post things out. I’m researching things online and wanting to get some books on certain subjects (mostly architecture) but I’m really not that keen on Amazon destroying the last remnants of selling things in NZ. Screw Amazon. I want Unity!

Another thing I am really looking forward to, and one which would be so useful right now, is building supply stores. Placemakers for a start! Mitre10 for a second. Forget Bunnings, as they are Australian. But this time is such a perfect time and place to do some DIY – and I have run out of paint, run out of primer, and am fast running out of plywood. I’m seriously devoid of 4×2 right now, so my ability to get things done is reducing day by day. Again, I’d be happy to just ring up and order it, rather than have to go and browse the shelves, but this is such a god-given chance to get stuff done, and its a crying shame that we can’t use the time fruitfully!

I’m not missing commuting. I’m not missing meetings with 40 people in the same room – Zoom is so much better than that. Working from home has changed for me forever. I am missing swimming and surfing and those things best done in water, although that has more to do with the time of the year than with the Virus – every year I get to missing them – and this last week before the Easter storm was just torture – perfect weather and an inability to go there.

So – what about you? What do you miss most? What are you keen to get back to?

Andrew
14 - 04 - 20

Pizzeria Napoli takeaway pizza was the last thing I got before lockdown and will be the first thing I get when they reopen. Oh and Hashigo Zake – I miss that place too. Beer and pizza…mmmmmmmmm.

Levi
14 - 04 - 20

Not keen to just try and make your own pizza ? Ah yes – there’s no flour, is there. Hmmmm. I’m more of a Pizza Pomodoro person myself, but yes: a good Italian pizza…. mmmmm…..

60 MPa
14 - 04 - 20

Logan Brown – even if you only stop in for a drink the fishtank bar top is cool
Food’s good too
And +1 for Unity – the only bookshop in town, like Flowers Manuela is the only place I get flowers foe the other half

Also Bunnings Petone is cheaper and has a better range of stuff than a lot of other places

Boringly I’m looking forward to getting back to work and I’m also looking forward to heading into the hills with a rifle so apart from a cube of lime chip for all the bush paths I’ve cut lately, the thing I miss is being able to walk into a shop and buy a decent bottle of whiskey

Tell me again why I can’t buy spirits in a supermarket?

Henry Filth
15 - 04 - 20

You can’t buy spirits at the supermarket because that would be one step too many on the slippery slope which leads to sherry, with all it’s associated depravity and debauchery, and thence to total national moral collapse.

Leviathan
15 - 04 - 20

60 – work? What’s that?

I’m afraid I will never remember how to get up at sparrow-fart and put on clothes and get to work again. This lying in and snoozing, sans pants, is far too enjoyable to go back to the old ways, should that option ever happen.

Henry – my cousins are brewing their own concoctions, with predictable disastrous results….

Seamonkey Madness
15 - 04 - 20

Interesting talking going on over at Scoop last week, regarding the ma-hoosive future white elephant that is (or hopefully won’t be) the Convention Centre.

http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=127083#more-127083

Why on earth is the council forging ahead with this, especially in the environment we are all in now, and not likely to be completely out of for a long while yet. Specifically for a sector such as “conventions”, whatever form they will take in the future.

Millenials are killing conference centres. Good.

Leviathan
15 - 04 - 20

SeaMonkey – yes, but as usual on Scoop it is mainly uninformed discussion. My guess would be a very simple one: that the WCC signed a contract with the developer / builder, and the project would have massive costs if they were to break the contract. A contract is a legal document, holding both parties to account, and it is deliberately not something that either side can back out of easily.

So I think that the building will continue to go ahead – this is no time to be discussing whether or not that it a good idea or indeed the right idea. Quite possibly though, the scope of what goes into the building may be up for later review – conceivably a Library could work well there, next to the Museum, but equally, Council may have to think carefully about the likelihood of people ever wanting to sit in a closed room with hundreds or thousands of other people, breathing in their coughs, farts and sneezes, like we used to. Even if you apply social distancing in a convention, then the capacity of the room becomes a half or a quarter of what it once was. The viability of any conference thereafter becomes null and void. Expect an announcement on this some time from Andy Foster, except not now: there’s no news except for Covid.

starkive
16 - 04 - 20

Nice picture of Moss (Monaco 1960?). Never understand the English fascination with non-winners. Why did Stirling Moss become the British by-word for speediness when Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart were so much faster – and world champions to boot?

Leviathan
16 - 04 - 20

The British do indeed have a love for the plucky trier rather than the brash succeeder – Eddy the Eagle being a point in case – superbly crap but boy, he tried hard. I only saw Stirling Moss once, at Goodwood a few years back – yes, he was nice, but one of the adulating commentators on the radio the other day (this morning even?) said “he was the epitome of a racing driver – he looked like a racing driver, he sounded like a racing driver and ” etc blah blah. Utter bullshit. Now, Steve McQueen looked, sounded, and in every way epitomised the very essence of a racing driver – Sir Stirling Moss was more like a lovely friendly milkman.

Leviathan
16 - 04 - 20

Mind you, one of the greatest ever British racing car drivers was Nigel Mansell – possibly the most boring man in the world other than a guy I worked with in 1993 who really took the cake – Nigel Mansell is probably the reason why last year not a single child in Britain was called Nigel. He absolutely killed the name. Yawn…

starkive
16 - 04 - 20

On the other hand, hat tip to the glories of the pre-CAD F1 car designs… Such beautiful and sometimes mad things they were. And death traps.

Leviathan
16 - 04 - 20

I’ve always liked the thought of wheels that you could see where exactly they were pointing… helpful round the corners when going fast – and also good for people in supermarket shopping centres who are not very good at parking.

60 MPa
17 - 04 - 20

“Nigel Mansell is probably the reason why last year not a single child in Britain was called Nigel. He absolutely killed the name”

I think it is Nigel Farage that can be blamed for that one

Leviathan
17 - 04 - 20

Aaah yes – Farage, the greatest contraceptive ever made.

I had, clearly, quite successfully wiped him from my mind.

starkive
17 - 04 - 20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsYSPCNWCw

60 MPa
25 - 04 - 20

Ok, if you want Logan Brown now is a really good time to get it
https://www.loganbrown.co.nz/logan-brown-yours

I’ll be doing this to surprise the other half

My question for your collective brain is LB are the only link I have found on this whole “At Yours” thing
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/415120/wellington-eatery-showcase-to-launch-monday
and yes I know it launches Monday but screw patience

Has anyone got a better ie more collective link or shall I wait for it to magically materialise on Monday? (apologies about alliteration)

Leviathan
25 - 04 - 20

Sounds great 60, but I’m pretty sure that they won’t deliver to the Akatarawa….. Don’t tell me you’re back working in town already?

60 MPa
26 - 04 - 20

Fits and starts but yeah first day Tuesday

Lindsay Shelton
27 - 04 - 20

Here it is – the huge list of Wellington’s takeaway choices, starting tomorrow. https://www.visawoap.com/?delivery_locations=all&filter_by=all

Leviathan
27 - 04 - 20

Thanks Lindsay – I’ve made it into a post all of its own – seems like something worth celebrating !