Once an environmental scientist in New Zealand, now university lecturer in China. Dad of 6 grown kids and happily married to a wonderful lady.
Oops, got all China'd out and back in NZ. Working as a geophysicist now.
At the end it doesn't matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away. Try to maximise those moments
Sir Loin: For those of you who are also friends with my wife Amy, Asiababe. She is very sick in hospital, not Covid as far as we know but the Dr has put a drain into her chest to remove fluid building up round one lung. It started with gallstones (huge ones), then a cough. Everything else checks out perfectly apart from elevated BP so the lab is analysing the fluid drawn off and we should get a diagnosis later today.
.You all are doing better & can enjoy Easter together
Sir Loin: Perhaps it's time to change the name of that yachting trophy from Americas Cup to New Zealands Cup.
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Sir Loin: Wow! Rock and roll 😀 A swarm of earthquakes hit NZ overnight, 7.4 which woke us at 0230 then a force 8 centred near Kermadec islands. Many aftershocks and tsunami alerts. Frantically checking friends and family who live on the coast. Expecting evacuations to be ordered so getting the spare room tidy and beds made 😀
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Sir Loin: Amazing how fast news travels these days, I'm getting emails from USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia checking we're alright.
Willow, earthquakes really aren't that bad unless the building you're in collapses on you. We treat them as an everyday event, which they are... usually 100+ a day but these ones were quite strong. A M8 would devastate most cities in other countries but here we mostly build single story homes of timber which flexes with movement and high rise buildings have tricky foundations which absorb shock a bit like car suspension.
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Sir Loin: My son gained custody of both boys! Their mother couldn't cope with being a solo parent and a drug addict so he drove all the way down to collect them. It's finally been confirmed in the family court!!!
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Wish u all the best this year
Sir Loin: Bastardry at the highest level!
Thismorning my wife had an exam resit scheduled for 1000 today. She only scored 90% initially but the pass mark is 100% for drug calculations. This is her final attempt
(only 1 resit allowed) Fail this and she must drop out.
Just having breakfast at 0850 and a text msg comes through, the resit is now scheduled for 0900.
It is a 30 min drive to school.