warpart (P.), octopusgrrl (L.) and D. (no livejournal... yet!) were up from Dunners visiting L.'s parents. I got to see D. for the very first time ever and it was just magical! He's such a cool little guy. He had a toy that played an electronic version of "talk with the animals" and everytime he played it he'd bop along to the music. Even though I was getting a bit tired of the song I love seeing kids responding to music so it was pretty neat. Next time I see him I hope I have a guitar to hand so we can have a real groove session. It's my favourite thing to have a random jam and see what's working well by watching when the kids really start dancing their little bums off.
L. wasn't into going - it was $22 for open entry which is kinda fucked if you don't want to go on the slides. Other places charge you so much for entry and you can get some kind of loop on your wrist for the extras so it's a bit of a bizarre policy really. In the end P. really felt he wanted to go - I think he was reflecting on all the stuff he didn't see while he did live in Auckland - so we decided that he and I would go and L. would spend some time with D. at the beach.
We did have a good time. I wasn't sure about the slides but I found myself laughing with glee after each ride, so that was a nice surprise. Good things must end though - when you're tall and broad like myself you tend to build up a bit of momentum, and it came back to bite me. We'd done all of the slides once and were working our way through a second round when one of the twistier ones turned on me. Basically I'd go up the walls somewhat each turn, as you're meant to, but on this one I went right up and flipped. I came back down and bumped my head on the bottom of the tube. Not so hard that I was knocked out, but enough that I've got a bit of a bump above my left eye and a headache hovering. P. went on for a few more slides while I went back to the pools to soak.
After a bit more soaking and chatting about life we got some chippies in and made our way back to Orewa. I popped in to say hi and bye to L. and D. and was delighted when D. spontaneously put his hands up for a hug. A nice way to end a nice day.
Today I played two hymns on an organ for a very dear friends' funeral - Abide with Me and Jerusalem, should you be interested and know them. She was a very popular lady, so the town hall hereabouts was full.
My fingers knew what they were about. The rest of my body just about shook itself apart on the first one - I was worried I was going to fall over, so much I was shaking.
I did ok. I was able to honour someone I loved and support her family and the community.