Saturday, 22 September 2007


Kia Ora (Hello), I know that it has been a lllooonnnggg time, but what can I say.
Some friends whose names I may reveal in time to come, have said that I am experiencing a mid-life crisis, which happens to people when they get to my age.

1. I got a # 1 haircut.
For those who are scratching their heads, a # 1 cut is near enough to been bald.
A # 0 cut means you end up with a skinhead / bald. My hair was long - way passed my shirt collar when I walked into the barbers and got a #1 cut.

2. I shaved off my beard.
It's something I do every now & again. It takes 10 years off my life, so I am told. When I have got short hair & no beard, I can walk down the main street of Auckland and friends, who have known me for years, walk straight pass without even batting an eyelid.

3. I went to get my eyes tested.
I have been told that I am short-sighted - as blind as a bat - well near enough to have to wear glasses if I want to drive. I am minus 4 - which mean’s what I see at 24 metres, other people with normal vision can see at 6 metres. Yet I can read, do work on the computer, walk around without banging into things, all without the need for glasses.

4. I am going to go for my driver’s license.
So there will be another “nut” behind the wheel out there on the roads of NZ.

5. I have placed a bid on a car.
A friend mentioned an auction website that had cars for sale, so I had a look. Guess what? I joined up and placed a bid for a “black” BMW. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. (hehe) I just hope I pass my drivers license, because if I don’t I might end up with an expensive paper-weight – well, 4 paper weights - if I win the auction. If I don't get the black one, there's a red one I have got my eye on.

6. I have given up my job.
I am unemployed !!! I felt it was time for a change, after working 5 days a week for the past 15 years, for the same company without even 1 day off sick, so I just quit. What am I going to do now ? I don't have a clue.

7. I have left the big city life behind, to live in a small country/rural town.
It's the same town where I have been living on the weekends since March. I have been going out there on the Friday night on the last bus and then getting up at 5.30am on the Monday to catch the first bus back to the city. It's dark when I get out there on the Friday night and dark when I get up to travel back to the city. It takes me 30 minutes to walk - uphill all the way - from where I get off the bus in the township to where I stay and 20 minutes to walk downhill. Every second Friday, I got a lift with the local bus driver who lives at the same place, when it was his turn to drive the last bus. Part of the way, there's no footpath, so I just followed the white lines on the side of the road. All that is now behind me.

8. Time to hit the road ?
I have thoughts of hitting the road and travelling around NZ on a working holiday. Hence my mission to get my drivers license, buy a car and travel. Stop off somewhere for a few days – work for a couple of days, see some of the sights as well and then move on to the next place. Slowly, but surely work my way around NZ over the next couple of years. Sounds like a good idea, does it not ?

9. I dumped a lot of my belongings.
I thought that if / when I am ready to hit the road,I will only want the barest amount of processions, so I dumped a lot of my stuff in a jumbo bin. It's amazing what I had managed to gather over the years.

10. It's A Fuuny Feeling
Sitting here, typing this knowing that I have no job and therefore no need to set the alarm any more to wake up early Monday morning makes me feel funny. I know that it's going to take me more than a few days to get used to the idea of doing "nothing". It was also a strange feeling walking away from what had been my place of employment the past 15 years. I was going to go home to the small country town, but decided to spend one last night in the big city and this internet cafe.

Given time, which I have a lot of now, I will update most of the other blogs, but this will do for now.

I'll be back.................

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Kia Ora (Hello),

NZ Blogs I have listed 2 new blogs

21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read I have listed 10 new blogs

Around The World In 80 Blogs I listed 1 new one - Anguilla
Please Note: The bloggers whose whose blogs that I have listed, email me your 50 to 100 words to describe your blog. I will then copy & paste the words you send under your blog.

Kelvin a Memory Always Updated
NZ Maori Blog Updated

Friday, 29 June 2007

The Wait Is Over..........

Kia Ora, Finally, a few of the blogs will be updated over the weekend, as I will be working on them starting from 11pm Saturday night thru to 8am on Sunday.
A search will be done for blogs to add to - 21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read & Around The World In 80 Blogs. I will also drop-in on a few bloggers and say a long overdue "hello".

The place in the country, where I live on the weekends is also a backpackers. A couple of weekends ago, 3 people from Germany stayed for a couple of days. This weekend though, I am staying in the city so that will give me time to do updates.
I have been trying to do updates on a Thursday, but it hasn't work out, as you will know.

Thanks for all your emails - keep them coming !!!

Krazy Kelvin

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Kia Ora (Hello), Despite been no updates for a while, a few people are still paying this blog a visit going by emails received. Yes, I know - I need my arse kicked into next week for not updating as often as I have done in the past, but..........??? I am getting there s.l.o.w.l.y.

It's getting harder to find good blogs to list on 21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read. It's interesting though to check back thru those that are listed, because a lot of them are updated quite often.

Good NZ blogs are also getting hard to find.

Around The World In 80 Blogs is gettting futher & futher out as time goes by. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before it is finally finished.

Black Friday 13th May 2005 - Who would of thought that two years down the track that I would still be blogging my little heart out (every now & again, I put it back in)

My first ever post

999."Someone Is Knocking At My Door, But Don't Worry, I Won't Let Amyone In !!!

Years ago, back in the "dark ages" when I was at school, if I had told people that one day, I would sit down at a keyboard and type details of my "memories" on to a blog site, for other people to read they would of thought that I had gone crazy. They would of not only locked me up, but thrown away the key as well. So, make the most of it - read my "posts" while you have got the chance, because I think those people in "white coats" will come knocking on my door. If fact, someone is knocking at my door now, but don't worry, I won't let them in, because I have so much to share with you ! If you have got "memories" worth sharing with other people - create your own blog site. I may be crazy, but I aren't crazy enough to share my blog site with anyone and let them take up my space. I have numbered my "posts" just to make it easy for you - to find again. Am I good or what. Plus when you tell your friends to log on and "read" my blog, you can tell them what numbers you like the most. Am I good to you or what ???Nine Nine Nine - we have 2 on board and a long way to go. At 999 I will be just a baby because I have seen a blog which would have to be one one of the biggest, if not the biggest, which had - 3835 "Posts" - a total of 328 308 words !!! I will also be "posting" a thank you, to all those friends & family not around NZ but around the world. Especially, those that have been receiving my 2 page monthly emails, as well as personal emails. We are all in this together..........I'm just the "nut" behind the wheel. Read on will laugh till you cry! Love you all!!! Especially those who leave a comment, as we walk down "Memory Lane" together into.............the future Take care. My thoughts & prayers are with you all, where- ever in the world you are reading this.
Arohanui ! Kakite ! God Bless.
Kelvin Yorke
It's not so much the memories I have, it's the memories I leave behind
Posted by Kelvin at Friday, May 13, 2005

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Kia Ora (Hello), Long see !!! The only blog I have updated is 21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read . I am currently working on posts for the other blogs and will update a couple of them asap - as soon as possible.

This weekend I stayed in the city as friends were passing thru late on Friday night, on their way south to a friend's tangi in Gisborne. It was good to catch up with them and hopefully it won't be a few years before I see them again. The tangi they were going to was for Henare Te Ua - a well known NZ maori radio announcer, who passed away on the 2nd of May. Over the 30 years he was an announcer, there would of been a lot of people who heard him on the radio, but who would of never of met him in person. I not only had the pleasure of meeting him but also shared a flat with him, many moons ago. I didn't attend the service they had for him at a church in the city, nor did I go with them to the tangi. I did go to an Auckland park though, called Western Springs, where there is a plaque called "Circle Of Friends". Henare's name is one of those etched into the plaque, so I said a prayer and laid some flowers for him there.

Rest In Peace Henare

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Kia Ora (Hello) Why are we waiting ??? A friend keeps asking me what am I up too as he has been waiting for updates. I'm working on it...........!!! It all takes time. Just that when I get to my place in the country on the weekends, all my ideas seem to go out the window and I get lazy.

I'll be back........with updates.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Kia Ora (Hello) I had a lazy weekend just relaxing in the country last week. I'm due to head back out there Friday night. This time I will make sure to work on some posts so I'll update some on my blogs on Monday 23rd.
Wednesday is a public holiday in NZ - Anzac day - so on Tuesday night I might head back out to the country again and go to an ANZAC day service out there. Last year I went to the dawn service in the Auckland Domain.

April 10th - Morbid & Murder / Kelvin A Memory Always have been updated

Kai Ora, (Hello), Finally - after all this time doing blogs (since May 2005) I have finally got my "own" computer. Up until now, I have mainly been using internet cafes. My computer is not one of the latest state-of-the-art models with all the bells & whistles but an older computer with word pad which is all I need so I can work on posts for my blogs. It's not connected to the internet, so I save the posts to a floppy disc and then once a week when I head into the inner city area, I'll update my blogs at an internet cafe.

(I had intended to update the blogs on the 2nd, but I left the floppy disk behind so April 10th, it will be)

Living out in the country / rural area (about an hour & a bit from the hustle & bustle of city life) on the weekends and holidays is really great - there is no stress, no TV, no music, no phones and no watching the clock. When the sun goes down, it's night-time and when the sun comes up, it's daytime. The only time I hate is on a normal weekend when late Sunday night I set the alarm for 6am to get up the next morning to catch a bus back to the city. At that time of the morning unless there is a moon, it's dark as the ace of spades and it takes me about 20 minutes to walk down hill to the township. Part of the way, there are no streetlights or footpath, so I follow the white lines on the road until I get to the footpath.

I don't know why I didn't make the move to live in the rural area sooner - it's so peaceful and certainly a great change from living in the city. As I travel out there on the Friday night, the sun is just starting to set so by the time I walk up the hills, it's dark, but I still sit out on the patio with a glass in hand (chocolate milk not wine) and just .........relax.

From April 10th - Within Kelvin A Memory Always, I'll include a post, "Rural Living", just to keep you up to date with what I have been doing in the country.

I am looking forward to this coming weekend because as you all know, it's Easter weekend, which means I will head out to the country on Thursday night and not return to the city till early Tuesday morning.


Kelvin A Memory Always - Last update 10th April

Morbid & Murder - Last update 10th April

21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read - Last update 10th March

New Zealand Blogs - Last Update 21st January

Around The World In 80 Blogs - Last update 4th March

World Recipes & Foodie Blogs - Last Update 4th March

NZ Maori Blog - Last Update 11th February

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