Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Kiwi bath

Sunday was a fun day at Monty's. It was our Last of the Summer Ale Party, and it was absolute mayhem from noon until midnight. And by absolute I mean glorious.

The place was packed to the gills, we had free BBQ and awesome live music courtesy of Mutz Nutz first outdoors and then indoors for 6 straight hours, and everybody had a great time.

I worked without a break until we closed (hungry!), so Fockler, Andy, and I got Fergburger and called it a night.

I awoke Monday feeling a bit like I needed a cleansing of sorts. Fortunately, I had planned ahead for this scenario and hopped on my bike towards the Kawarau Bridge...

I've got a couple mates out there; Ethel had also called ahead and set a couple things up (thanks E!). And so the royal treatment began.

Chris and Adam asked if I wanted to touch the water; I told 'em I didn't want a dry spot on my body. They hauled out a couple extra meters of cord, made jokes about both Finding Nemo and The Hunt for Red October, and ran me through the proper trajectory to ensure a good dip. Jump too far out here and you use up the bungy cord before you touch the water...

I was counting on a warm day; unfortunately, the cloud cover hadn't burned off yet and it was quite chilly.

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I'm officially freezing my balls off

No countdown here; the attitude at the Bridge is "go when you're ready." From 43m up, the water looked like it was warmer than the air, so I didn't need much motivation.

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Dropping...

And as promised, they put me in all the way to my toes.

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Inspecting the riverbed

And, of course, the video:

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Yes, it's kinda weird to be fished into a river; it's like swift water rescue for the gravity-impaired.

So again, a huge thanks to E for the hookup and to Katie, Wayne, Chris, and Adam for a textbook jump. And for putting up with my choice of wardrobe. :)

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