Mobile, and the mayor buys me a beer
Trip Start Oct 17, 2007
64Trip End Ongoing
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Not much looking involved; I found something that looked good and in the right price range, and bought it. It's a '97 Honda Civic hatch...how exciting, I know. But we wanted something cheap that will reliably get us from A to B, and this is that. In plenty good shape for a 10 year old car.
So that took most of the morning to get settled. We took it on an inaugural drive up to the top of Mt. Victoria, which is a big hill overlooking the centre city from an attractive perspective. There is a bus going up (or you can climb it on foot), but we hadn't bothered yet, and driving was easier.
So, yay, we have wheels, and my brief period of not worrying about insurance and gas and parking has come to an end. Day to day, it's still easier to walk or bus into the city, so it will probably sit on the street many days.
This evening we went to a meeting of 'Unlimited Potential', which is a networking sort of group for people in the IT field. It seems to focus particularly on web technologies, which is understandable as the hot new thing, but from what we can tell all types were there.
In one of those 'Wellington is a small place' experiences, the mayor herself showed up to talk for 10 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. Unpretentious as that may be, it's countered somewhat by the fact that she is referred to as 'her worship'. This is a British-influenced country...
And while she couldn't stick around the whole time, she (via the city council) provided munchies and booze at the end. I've found one good source for free beer!
So that was pretty fun. There's a pretty big IT 'scene' here given the size of the place, which bodes well for job possibilities.
Which are coming along. Actually, I have an offer I intend to accept, and after little effort Sheila is swimming in possibilities. She's filling out an extensive application form as we speak.
We're still looking at more-permanent rentals, and have thrown our hat into the ring for a nifty townhouse in Te Aro, which is part of the centre city.
So things are coming together. Soon the exciting phase of new things will trail off into the day-to-day of living and working here. We'll see how well the sheen of Wellington stands up to the monotony.