Robyn's Secret Passage
List Archive 2001
Date: 12 January 2001
I went to Wellington for New Years and had lots of fun. It was nice. I liked it.
Anyway, here is something completely unrelated to that. I whipped it up last night when I thought the vicar was coming over for tea.
Things to do in Auckland when you're semi-employed, part III.
Date: 16 January 2001
I'm tidying up my place at the moment and I am astounded by how much crap I have accumulated in less than a year. Big rubbish bags filled with crap. Where does it come from? I think I'm going to have to give away some of my posessions. I have too much stuff.
Anyway. There's new stuff. Come on over and meet The Cars Man:
Date: 25 January 2001
It used to be that the only people who tried to pick me up were the fat bastards who would hang around outside the District Court. Now I'm getting a slightly better class of wanker:
You know a movie is bad when someone walks out on it. But have you ever actually walked out on a movie. Let me share my experiences with you:
In unrelated news, I have had 1 (one) ICQ message so far this year (and I wasn't there to answer it).
Date: 28 March 2001
Ok, so you may have noticed that nothing much has been happening on the site over the past two months. I could pretend that I had been deluged with emails from people saying "Why haven't you updated your site lately," but no one did that.
Anyway, the reason there's been not much going on is because I've been redesigning. I've also got rid of some old stuff that was annoying me.
So here it is:
There's new stuff up too, it's all linked to from the main page. Have a good hearty play around, tell your friends, neighbours, etc.
Date: 20 April 2001
The microwave was being non-functional, so I had to slice the bagel in half with a cheap-arse Warehouse bread knife. But I finally managed to get it in two halves and into the toaster.
Bagels rule, most of the time:
Also, don't drink herbal tea. It will kill your soul.
Date: 16 May 2001
There's lots of new stuff, mainly due to the fact that I've been slack in sending out emails. Ok.
3. https://www.secret-passage.com/dorkland/footpath.html Stories from the side streets that I slip down.
Y'know, I'm ten centimetres taller than the average New Zealand woman, and I should keep that in mind when I buy trousers.
Date: 20 May 2001
Date: 26 May 2001
All this, and I managed to move to my new flat.
Also, today I was reading a book on my computer desk. I needed to turn the page and, without thinking, I pressed the down arrow key on my keyboard.
Date: 06 June 2001
Two new things.
Date: 10 June 2001
Also, I am going to Melbourne tomorrow for a few days. Hoorah!
Date: 18 June 2001
What's cool about Australia is how people abbreviate words to have -o endings.
Service station: servo
I went to Melbourne last week.
Melbourne has trams and the taxidermied skin of Phar Lap. Someone actually had to taxidermy Phar Lap's horsepenis. (I think I should apologise for using taxidermy as a verb.)
I ended up feeling really self conscious about my New Zealand accent.
Date: 25 June 2001
Also, I am moving to Melbourne, Australia on 18 July. I am rather excited about this.
Date: 26 June 2001
I was arsing about in K Road last week and wandered into a second hand record shop and idly started browsing the New Zealand section. Imagine my sheer delight when I found "What Can We Say?" the classic 1991 album from MC OJ and the Rhythm Slave.
Naturally I bought it and it has been on high-rotate ever since. I felt compelled to express the delight and joy that this album and the songs on it has brought into my life.https://www.secret-passage.com/disco/ojslave.html
Remember: "Don't listen to what they say, listen to the Rhythm Slave and MC OJ."
Date: 28 August 2001
Hi, how's it going. I'm in Melbourne now. I have my computer and a fist full of Australian dollars. Sweet as.
Here's some new stuff:
Also, kia ora to Selwyn for getting my new mailing list set up.
Date: 5 September 2001
Hi, there's some new stuff up.
I have been nominated for two awards at the NZ Internet Awards. I've up for "Top On-Line Personality", which is a bit strange, and I don't really get what that's all about, but it sounds like fun. The other nomination is in "Best Personal Writing", which is pretty choice because it's something I care about. I'm up against a bunch of journals, though, which is a bit unusual. Have a look at me and my fellow nominees here:
Anyway, if you are a New Zealand citizen and/or resident I suggest you vote. If you're neither, you could sign up for a .co.nz email address from a free email place and vote using that. But no, that would be wrong.
Date: 14 September 2001
How y'all doing? I'm ok.
Here's some new stuff:
When I first heard that a plane had flown into the WTC, I immediately thought it was terrorism, then seconds later I thought, nah, it couldn't possibly be. It had to have been a misguided flight, like the Mt Erebus crash, and maybe there'll be some confused travellers climbing out of the plane and saying to some stunned office workers, "wow, what a crazy ride that was!" If only.
Date: 27 September 2001
Ok, here we go:
Also, I have been posting items on Sensible Erection:
I'm going to Newcastle today (home of Silverchair!) and I'll be going to the National Young Writer's Festival. It's a bit like a regular writer's festival, but instead having events like "Celebrity authors read their favourite Harry Potter adventures!", there are events such as "Zine making for the dole".
After that I will be - gasp! - returning to New Zealand.
Date: 5 October 2001
This time last week I was in the lovely city of Newcastle, a sparkling star on the coast of New South Wales. Here are some of my adventures:
BoNuS NeWCaSTLe FaCT: There's a Newcastle postcard with a photo of its harbour on it. Docked in the harbour is the Tampa. I don't think any refugees are visible in the picture.
I was in Newcastle for the National Young Writers Festival. I had a splendid time: https://www.secret-passage.com/secret/nywf.html
While I was there I made a zine in less than two hours called "My Home Country" which is about New Zealand from the perspective of a New Zealander not living in New Zealand. It's quite funny and rather silly. If you'd like a copy, just email me your address and I'll post you one. I will even post to mysterious foreign nations across the oceans.
Date: 14 October 2001
More stuff to do with when I was in Australia. I think I need to write about it and get it out of my system then I can go back to writing about other, non-Australian stuff, such as the California Girls VIP Escort Services big purple tow truck.
Date: 30 October 2001
I am delighted to announce that in collaboration with my own bad self, I have done some new stuff!
Date: 11 November 2001
I should go to bed, but before I do:
Stuff To Pay Attention To:
Blindspott and Augustino: Two New Zealand bands. One nu metal, the other, um, beyond genre or something like that. Goodshirt is also good.
I'm doing something really stupid this month. I'm writing a 50,000 word novel. It's for National Novel Writing Month (Motto: No plot? No problem!). So far I have managed to spew out over 20,000 words of complete shite. I'm so completely and utterly bored with it but I'm going to keep going just so I can say that I did it. Fiction writing is for housewives and little girls. But feel free to track my progress (or lack of) here:
Date: 26 November 2001
Very early this morning I finished my 50,000 word novel. It took me 25 days to do it, which worked out at an average of 2,000 words a day. It's probably one of the most intense things I've ever done. It is a work of complete crap. I don't know if I'll ever show it to anyone else, but hey - I wrote a novel.
I was profiled as part of it and the subsequent profile was really funny. I am a seductress, apparently:
Also, I went to the Festival of Holistic Health. Urgh, my chakras feel so dirty: