Mack’s Craic

01Oct12
A couple of Misfits.

A couple of Misfits.

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married.

Day 10 and 11 Whangarei  

Food tastes better in New Zealand and I can’t quite work out why.

We’ve spent the last couple of days catching up with family and old friends. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried.

Whangarei has changed since we lived here, but not that much. The house where Julie grew up is a different colour (she’s not impressed), pubs have changed their name and the restaurant where we did our courting, where I proposed and where we had our wedding reception, has been pulled down.

We caught up with Steve Shaw who was the lead guitar player in the band I was in. He played me some of the new songs he’s written and recorded. He’s sounding better than ever at age 73!

Our drummer, Joe Pukeroa passed away a little while ago. We visited his wife Sharon last night. Sharon and Julie used to come to nearly every gig. Sharon played us some DVDs of The Misfits in action; I’d forgotten how good we were. We had the best musicians in town, but none of us had anything in common, the band was even called The Misfits. I was the youngest at twenty-five, the oldest was fifty. Steve is a vegetarian, Les, was a butcher, I was English and Joe was a New Zealand Maori. Sharon told us that around five hundred people were at Joe’s funeral and he was given full Maori honors and a special haka.     

It’s strange being back and feeling so at home, so far away from home. It’s been so nice catching up with so many people that we’ve shared so much with.

Maybe that’s why the food tastes better.

 

There’s a Craic around the world!

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