A while back I noticed a story coming out of New Zealand which just made me happy. The headlines were about a chocolate milk shortage. Purchase limits had to be placed on this particular brand of chocolate milk, which by all accounts was fucking amazing. Security guards were placed in supermarkets to guard the milk. People were auctioning it online for astronomical prices. Counterfeiters started up operations. This was all front page news.
The point being; in a world of war, terrorism, corruption and all kinds of nasty stuff… when chocolate milk becomes a front-page concern, you know you’re living in a country that’s doing pretty well.
This morning I woke up to a facebook post from an old friend of mine, whose father-in-law is caring for adventurer Buzz Aldrin in Christchurch Hospital. It’s probably not unusual for an 87-year-old to visit the doctor, except Aldrin is kinda famous and all, and happened to fall ill while on an expedition to the South Pole (personally, if I’d gone to the moon, I’d probably relax and take it easy after that).
Of course, while it would be cool as a doctor to have a famous patient (especially considering Mr Aldrin is reportedly doing well and will be released from hospital soon), none of this is particularly worthy of global attention except for the fact that the good doctor happens to be Dr David Bowie.
Ah, New Zealand. 2016 seems to have been a pretty crap year here on our silly planet, but the Kiwis (not without their own adversities to face) somehow keep bringing the gold.