Friday, February 17, 2006

X marks the spot


This is my first time… please be gentle…

Whilst walking to work this morning I came across a tourist information board. Yes! Believe it! Dunedin has tourists! On it there was a graphic depicting the town centre with an “X” and the words “YOU ARE HERE”. Upon reading this my initial reaction was one of relief (conformation that I am in fact really here…very reassuring!) then after suppressing the urge to write “Yes. But why?” in big red indelible letters I started thinking how useful it might be to have these markers in other aspects of our lives. Imagine you’re at a party, having a good time, completely oblivious to any dangers that might be lurking ahead when you come across a marker that reads “X - YOU ARE HERE: Three drinks away from bumping structures with the Russian mail order bride” (We’ve all been there…) Or maybe one seemingly innocent afternoon you’re browsing Trademe and a marker pops up “X - YOU ARE HERE: 2 clicks away from buying 2nd hand urban camouflage pants” Think of the embarrassment and suffering that one might avoid with a little forewarning. We can all pinpoint a moment in our lives when we wish there had been such a marker. I wish there had been a marker at the top of the Skyline Luge in Queenstown that read “X – YOU ARE HERE: 5 minutes away from witnessing Mark hitting his head on the mind your head sign at the bottom”. Had there been I would have found a Japanese tourist and mugged him for his video camera… *sigh*

4 comments:

Mark J said...

I would like to point of that it really really hurt when I hit my head on that solid piece of metal. I felt at the time not unlike Colin Meads (who once came to the sideline three times to have his dislocated shoulder put back in place during a game of rugby) - bloody stupid.

I was there said...

I don't think you can realy compare yourself to the amazing "Pine tree", because despite running around with his arm flapping in the wind, he never ended up looking like an idiot, honestly, hitting your head on the "mind your head" sign.

Mark J said...

My head felt like it was flapping around in the breeze tho.

Thinking about that day still gives me headaches! I cant believe I didnt knock myself out - It must have been close. Yet I hopped back on the Luge and did another run.

I wish I was Tyler said...

this was the best blogg i have ever seen, I am looking forward to tylers next blogg.