Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Our Winter Holiday 2008 - Day 2

Many years ago, I studied at Massey University (History, German History, German, English, Human Development) in Palmerston North. Here we were, back in "Palmy", and I was here to attend a 2-day course at the Old Main Building at Massey - the building is officially titled the "Humanities". The irony was, I was doing my Contact Course in the same room where I began studying at Massey, 14 years ago!! The Old Main Building has changed very little. The Student Union building, however, has changed quite a bit. It now has a new Foodcourt at the East end of the building, on the ground floor; also, the building now boasts a Bank, a Phamacy, a Shop, a Bookshop, a Travel Agent, and so on. I had lectures from 9 - 12 noon; then had lunch with Di - the oldest student in the class, over 60 - and then had more lectures from 1 - 5pm.

Margaret & the kids had dropped me off at Massey at about 9am, so she would have the car, to take the children places that would keep them entertained. She picked me up when I txted her. We had Tea at the Motor Camp; then I rang old friends we knew from many years ago.

Before going socialising, we went to Heroes for Sale, a comic & sci-fi shop. I knew the owner, Ian, from many, many visits there in the "old days!" Jamie asked for some Yu-Gi-Oh cards; I don't like that, so I didn't buy him any. However, I decided to buy him a tin for his Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
I bought a book called Dr Who - The Sting of the Zygons; it was $24.95, and the tin was $5 - but when bought together with the book, the price was reduced to just $1. Meanwhile, Margaret offered to buy Jamie some Yu-Gi-Oh cards, so with the tin and the cards, he was a happy boy.
I also bought a Dr.Who Keyring (the Seal of Rassilon) for a friend back in Timaru.

I arranged for us to see the Woods; I knew Peter from the days when I collected Dr.Who trading cards. We had supper at their house. I gave Peter some Torchwood on disc; and gave his daughter some Sarah Jane Adventures discs. She told me, "I'm a bigger Dr.Who Fan than my Dad!!!" She certainly seemed to know a lot about the Show, both new series & classic! My boys enjoyed playing games with Peter's son on the Family Lap-top.

Overall, the first day back in Palmy was very satisfying.


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