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I worked for 20 yeares and 10 days at The American Museum Of Natural History in NYC.
For most of them part of my job was travelling with exhibits as a human owner's manual.
While that means I spent more time than anyone should in Houston, I also went to Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
I went there in August 2005, which is winter in the southern hemisphere. I insisted on bringing a surfboard anyway, even though the water temp was 50 degrees, which is really cold.
I negotiated to stay on for an extra week.
I led a team of 4 co-workers. I made this mix for everybody as sort of introduction.
One of them also stayed on, but he explored the south island, where his rented car received no radio signals. He later said my mix saved his sanity.
I lived in it while criss-crossing the North Island.
I'd done my research and had a list of surf spots.
I'd drive through largely empty landscapes full of sheep. The exit would often be a 25 kilometer dirt road to a wild and utterly empty coast.
I'd see big waves breaking way out there, and decide it prudent not going into the cold, unfamilar water where no one knew who I was, and my research indicated I should watch for sharks.
I first became aware of New Zealand through Split Enz. "Mental Notes", produced by Phil Manzanera in 1976, really blew my mind. By the time they became popular, co-founder Phil Judd, had beem replaced by Neil Finn, brother of Tim. Their music became more accessible, and to my ears much less interesting.
That's probably why I never got into Crowded House.
I have "Woodface", and it didn't fit here.
The Tall Dwarfs, The Clean, The Chills, and The Straight Jacket Fits are spikier, but no less melodic.
The Tall Dwarfs, a duo from Dunedin, south island, are likely the inspiration for "Flight Of The Conchords".
|My left foot is pointing at the Tasman Sea, while my right is pointing at The Pacific Ocean.|
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