The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 16 December - 31 December 2002
December 16th 2002
Hot day, so the plants on the balcony are watered, and so far have survived
the heat, the huge tree's out front are such wonderful protection from the
sun. They seem to be getting taller if that is even possible- their roots
must run all the way down to Chapel street.
Nice surprise from the Marbeck people, the NZ online store- a big Xmas
parcel arrives of Marbeck tshirts and vests and pens and a thank you note.
They are a good store, we are happy to support these guys.
Call in and visit Deb V. a Christmas surprise as I climb through the
window. Give her and Marky B a basket of goodies before they head off. Deb
takes me on a tour of her garden and I end up with some serious cuttings of
plants for ours. Drive past the Galleon and keep an eye open for Hessie, no
idea where he is, I end up at the Sea Baths for a swim. Don't have a huge
vibe for laps today, I swim, float swim float, and end up in the main part
of the pool finishing with some laps. Some young 'ens making out in the huge
spa pool- the old people give them the "get a room" look, makes me laugh.
I find a book on Australian Sheds and Shed people, so I drop it into
Paulo's for a Chrissy present. He likes his Sheds.
Boring stuff like paying the home loan and super fund today. Money in, money
out. Will be so glad when we pay off the house, not too far to go, I really
hate having a mortgage, no make that I hate giving the bank money *grin*.
Can't believe Christmas is so close, it's really looming over us, people
are now dropping in daily and presents arriving and cards, thank you
everyone for the cards!
Buy Marks Mum and Allan this rather cool toilet brush. Yes a toilet
brush... and yes it always sounds like a weird present. Mark tells me they
won't get the humor or how unique it is, I disagree and buy it. It has
little yellow ducks floating in a blue liquid in the handle and base...we
have one in the lower bathroom. I cover my arse and get a small box of
chocolates too (: I like the ducks....we'll see.
Neil has a webcast from his home basement studio, loads of the ol' Enz boys
turning up. The Enz additions are due to the Holmes show, Neil left the
yacht club with such a good vibe and wanted to play again as soon as
possible. So I guess he invited some Enz members along to be part of the
webcast. Meanwhile our Enz Best Of... hits five times platinum in New
Zealand and a bullet on the N.Z. charts.
Arrive back from the city with an Australian touring atlas for Mark. Looks
like we are going to drive around the length of Australia from early May.
Highway 1 all the way (well most of the way). At the moment I am more
excited then he is, but his enthusiasm is growing. It's a mammoth journey
and I've embraced it, wonder if I will have the same vibe after all the
major driving that I am going to do. What a cool adventure. A good time to
do it too, while the Finns are in the studio working on the Finn II CD.
Head off to the "Lord of the Rings -Two" launch today, and I enjoy it even
more then the first. Such a fine effort, loved it. Run into my old friend
Fiona out the front and she is in charge of heaps of the upcoming movies and
launches , so I guess that's another VIP list. Good to see her.
You just know how massive this movie will be , has it all action, passion
and George Lucas should really see it and learn the correct balance of CGI,
sometimes more is less...the last two Star Wars movies were loads of
wrapping but little substance, this second Lord of the Rings is just right.
I've decided now that short is back in style....not to mention big blue
eyes and pointed ears. The Elves truely rock too.
Was sitting at Babble today, and Hall & Oates "Rich Girl" came swirling out
of the sound system. So funny, it was one of those moments where staff and
customers all started singing, but because we all had no idea that everyone
was going to do this, it sounded like a choir....after a few verses everyone
stopped, laughed and applauded- was all a bit trippy. Total strangers
bursting into song ...was very Buffy the musical.
Kassey Chambers sends my cousin this signed CD cover, my friend Melita
organized it for Christmas- he is such a Kassey fan -he'll dig it. Finish
the afternoon wrapping presents- the present list seems to never end.
Head off to Gotham to see Spock and check through some layout and text for
"Glamour". More text this time so we squash it in, get through 50% of it and
feel a bit worn out, it's hard re-reading it...especially with all my
corrections. So book #4 is close, almost ready to go to the printers when
they return from their Christmas break. Had some decent advance orders on
this one, it will be the third and final F/16 Diary book for awhile....TRIP
will be put back till the end of 2003. Just so we have a break from it. So
GLAMOUR the third in the trilogy...you can order now.
Nice act of the day, I see this lady save the cutest baby possum today,
think it fell out of a tree overhanging the road and landed on her moving
car. She braked but jumped into action and picked it up in her bag. I
stopped all the cars ...as I didn't want to witness this bush baby getting
splattered, so between the two of us it was ok. The animal people arrived
and it's being looked after. I congratulated the woman on her kindness. I'm
sure fate will reward her.
Nice surprise from Switzerland- Marcel sends a box of Laderach suisse
(swiss) chocolates, which are made in his hometown. Let me tell you these
chocolates are pretty good, ok they are delicious, I remember to add another
6 laps to my swim to compensate! Did I tell you I love Christmas!!!
Robin and Trudi drop in and we now have this Egyptian lava lamp, has all
hieroglyphics carved in the side and gold and blue lava inside, with
Nefetitti's head on the top.
A parcel of wine arrives from Lisa Smith- she managed to find a bottle of
Gryphon wine, from the Canberra region, it goes into our super special wine
stash...nice logo- looks familiar- thanks Lisa.
CJ sends this box, and one item is a Warhol stamp first day cover...has to
be framed, so cool, plus loads of other fun stuff. I am feeling amazingly
spoilt, blows me away a bit...I'm sure I have forgotten to thank people.
Spend the afternoon mailing out the final batch of Eddie and Enz CDS, all
parcels from Australia are being checked (anti terrorist stuff) so i'm sure
there will be delays...all that Christmas mail and boxes how can they check
all of it? Insane.
Jackie phones and has the vibe for Babble. We take the final lot of bubble
mix, and one of the owners Michelle, decree's that it's now called BUBBLE.
cars are stopping and people starring, all the patrons outside have bubble
blowers and they are everywhere, the big glass doors are open and bubbles
are blowing inside the eatery. Just adds to the "flavour" and Xmas fun. So
funny to see grown ups grabbing the bubble pipes off their kids- they are
even more obsessed.
Arrive home to find the news that The Clash's Joe Strummer dies of a heart
attack, aged 50. That's pretty young and sad.
Toija and Marco drop in, Mark gets a new haircut from Toija so we look
pretty spiff when we go to Wollongong for Christmas.
Pack my bags, the only clothes I pack are to pad up the Xmas presents, it's
a tight fit.! Am proud to say I didn't use one credit card this Christmas.
Call Vali and there are endless beeps on the machine and no sign of her,
will have to track her down in the new year. Maybe she has escaped to
Speak to my travel agent and get a rough itinerary for my sisters surprise
Christmas present. It's 14 months away so it's pretty rough.
Greg Macainsh calls by armloads of presents, we are saving the special
Vintage Chandon till Ros is in town so the 4 of us can drink it. Mark gets a
pack of DVDr's and I end up with this amazing Stones photo book- great shots
dating way back.
A few minutes after Greg departs the Yeti returns. Our favorite Ben catches
us before we fly out. Mark is totally spoilt and my presents are pretty
unique. Just great, and I can't remember him ever being this happy. (On ya
Yeti!). I know so many people hate Xmas, the rush, the $$ but I like it,
just to see friends, and our house kind of runs over with fun and laughter,
not to mention a few good bottles of spirits and the odd joint. It does feel
good, and maybe that is the spirit of Christmas- good friends, some
happiness and most of the everyday bullshit out the window. Life is just way
too short, gotta grab it and see how far you can run with it.
Was hoping to catch up with our old Enz manager Nathan but got side tracked
with the final text for Glamour (corrections), so put that back till next
Didn't sleep very well, in fact a real crappy sleep, so by the time I was
awake I wasn't running on all cylinders. Did a quick mail run and wishes the
Post Office folks a Happy Christmas. We ignore Babble today, and jump in the
car and head to the airport.
My uncles present, a set of metal french bowling balls (Boules'?) put my
bag over the limit , but my Life membership allowed for the extra so it
wasn't a big drama. The flight was downgraded to a smaller plane ,so it was
a full one. Hertz upgraded my hire car to some new faster machine, but I was
boring and safe...unlike all the other drivers on the road.
Just as we left the airport it started raining, and how happy were we.
Unlike last years bush-fires and 40° temperatures , it looks like our few
days at home will be wet and cool, just how we like it. Our gift was one of
rain, NSW is extremely dry, so this downfall will help.
Drop Mark off at his Mum's and she loves the weird toilet cleaner I gave
her (it has those floating ducks in the handle), so much she takes it to the
other relatives to show them. Hey wait till next years presents Margaret
I'll have to outdo that one!!!!!
Mum runs out and gives me a huge hug, for a little woman she sure has
strong hugging arms. Her Christmas tree's just look incredible, she could do
that for a living, some people just know how to do a good tree!!!
Head to Pop's house for the Xmas Eve get together, as per usual I have to
pick up the Uncles at the club- so I head up early. I get tempted by the
Egyptian Poker machine , and was doing well till my uncle told me we have to
go so to play it out (I wanted to Pay it out)....so I freaked everyone out
and played the full amount at once....even as I did it I knew the $$$ would
be gobbled up- but the now large audience surrounding my little machine went
crazy.....I really should of been wearing a "How Bold am I!" T-shirt. I
think they were the 5c players, so it was worth it to hear an audible gasp!
Made me laugh.
Good to see all the relatives at Pops, one of my younger cousins got his
signed Kasey Chambers CD and it made his week. (Thanks Kasey), my cousin
David gets one of our Wings off Flies books- and I kept spotting him looking
at it- so hopefully he dug it.
We had so many orders for WINGS at Christmas, mailed them all the same day
the orders came in, so people would get them as soon as possible. At least
my cousin can recommend it (:
It was a nice night, home to Mums at a reasonable hour and finished the
night off watching "HOOK" the Peter Pan movie on our local TV station.
It's a grey misty morning, nice and cool, so unlike last year. Sis is late
for the opening of the presents, this huge pile of presents just sitting
there, waiting waiting waiting. Talk about killing me!!! *grin*
She finally arrives and it's fun and I save the best to last. I pretend
it's a bad pair of socks, and casually add it to her Christmas pile. She
opens it I watch her face, she looks at me and burst into tears. My Mum
starts to cry, and of course I join in- joy to the world. ! Then I start to
laugh hysterically and then they start, what a strange family. I knew my Sis
always wanted to go to Egypt, so in just over a year (hopefully when any
wars have subsided) we're jumping into a business class seat and heading to
Cairo. I've been before so I know most of the safe spots, so it will be fun.
She seems pretty happy, and at Xmas lunch she'd already learn some arabic,
can ask for coffee, toilet paper and leave me alone!! Yep she has the vibe.
I only have the one sister so why not spoil her- life is good.
The lead up to lunch had all the relatives out with the boules', they are
all so funny and so competitive, goes on for hours.
I drive some of them to the crematorium to put flowers on the headstones of
the family members not around any more. Make a note to order a new rose for
Grandad and Grandma as it's too old and not looking too good. I tell Mum
that I'm going to rejoice that she's alive, I can't do the dead visiting
thing too often- just seems a waste , I'd rather put my energy into them
while they are still here, say all we need to say- never seems the same
talking to a headstone, all a bit one sided, but I guess some people leave
it too late so if it helps I guess that's not a bad thing.
I tell the family that the cemetery is packed, I meant with the living,
people and flowers everywhere. Sis and I talk about getting our donor cards
to leave organs to those who need them, freaks Mum too much so we cease the
conversation. I guess mothers hate people removing parts from their kids..
it's that parental link...still I won't need any of it when I go so if it
saves someone's life it has to be a good thing.
Xmas lunch was nice, some interesting family gossip was dropped at the
dinner table, I rolled my eyes...table talk. Find a shady tree and read.
The rain has set in and the mountains are covered in fog. Call into the
petrol station and the girl behind the counter tells me she got "Wings off
flies" as a Christmas present, and her brother went to school with me. A
strange way to start the day... I smiled and said something appreciative but
it was so unexpected- at least they enjoyed it. Pick MG up early so we can
take it slow through the fog. It clears so we arrive at Sydney airport early
and live in the freaky flyer lounge. The ticketing person gives us better
seats on the flight and VIP luggage service so that was nice.
Marks Mum made me these amazing rum balls, better then last years (more Rum!
HIC!). She really dug the toilet brush present, so much it was taken around
to another house for show and tell (: It fascinated the relatives, I'm sure
everyone thought it was just a strange present....wait till next years!!! (:
The flight was nice and quick and soon we were home to feed Cosmo. The
little white ball of fluff missed us totally...running in circles and
kissing our hands....and eating all that fresh grass. He's a cool bunny.
Finally track down the Star Wars book that we wanted to get Ben for his
birthday, took awhile but we got it. I like giving presents that people
really enjoy, so I spend some time looking. Books are becoming a bit of a
We have 14 copies of BANG! left, the 2nd Famous for 16 Diary nook. So if any
readers are after the 2nd book email me for prices or it is on the
merchandise area, so Deb can look after you. My friend Laura calls and she
grabbed a copy at Greville Books (Prahran) just before Christmas and said
they had 3 copies left. Fun those little books, glad we did them. The third
GLAMOUR will be ready (finally) late January.
Happy 30th Ben.
So the Yeti turns 30, so we have to celebrate. The four of us head to the
Black Olive for dinner. Feels good and yes we are full of Christmas cheer,
and the world looked pretty good. Ok really good for the Gryphon.
We're happy ,as Jen, Ben's brilliant girlfriend is in town and without it
sounding too sucky, we dig her. I'm far too romantic tonight , but it's
obvious to me that she is THE one and I've never seen him this happy. I like
it when our mates are smiling-great when she is in town on a permanent
basis. Maybe we should marry her! Long dinners, key parties and wife
swapping..and yes I am kidding!!!!
Fun night, thanks guys.
It's a hot day, was a hot night didn't really sleep. Even our place is hot
and it's usually nice and cool. Cosmo has taken off his fur suit and is
hopping around in red rabbit speedo's...all that pink bunny skin, he needs
to work on his tan.
Notice the Urban Myths are out of control. All around terrorist activities
these days. They usually start with " these 2 friends of mine were returning
from overseas and found a wallet near the duty free area. They look at the
i.d. inside and spot the owner near by. It's full of money and he keeps
offering them a reward for their kindness...they refuse. he asks if they
have any children, they say Yes. He whispers to them, if you won't accept
any money, accept this advice, stay out of Sydney (add any major city) on
New Years Eve.
I've heard this story about 5 times over the past week, all from people who
don't know each other, their certainly have a been a lot of wallets lost at
airports!!!!! *grin*. Guess we'll all know when the clock strikes 12.00.
Happy Birthday Greg Macainsh.
give our Skyhook Bass player a birthday call- he's in Sydney and Ros is
spoiling him rotten. Glad he's having fun.
Put in the film from Bens birthday, some good shots, no idea why my legs
were draped over everyone...too much fun!
Am told that our Skyhooks DVD that we directed was at #8 on some of the DVD
charts, it seems to be doing well. The Split Enz DVD is giving it a good run
for money as far as sales. Really happy that the fans from both bands have
enjoyed the releases.
Am in a major go slow mood, having 2 weeks off and avoiding the internet.
Good to be able to go read or swim or head to Babble....ok nothing has
Marks special private postage stamp arrived today, part of his Xmas present,
looks brilliant and only a few selected people will get one. So funny, those
of you in the know will understand why I'm chuckling.
Quick trip into the city, and it's full of people. The boats are on the
Yarra River setting up some of the fireworks, and people are already
claiming some prize viewing positions.
We are all stating in tonight, with people calling by, very civilized.
As the suns sets Trudi calls and is in her bunker, she avoids NYE far more
then we do.
Rosemaree makes her wonderful bacon specialty , Bec calls by with a litre
bottle of champagne and Fran rocks up on the way to pick up her boyfriend.
Sydney shows just how fireworks should be done, looked great per usual,
especially compared to Edinburgh- where they had so much going off it seemed
to be a big mess in the sky. It would of cost them a fortune there was so
much. London looked empty and drab, New York City massive amounts of Police,
are in attendance and I think the 500,000 expected at Times Square are all
being searched. The one word lit out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in
fireworks was PEACE. I kind of scoffed a bit at first, yeah Peace when the
world is just about to go to war...but after awhile it sunk in and I thought
it was a good thing to do. So maybe if people made a bit more effort Peace
would have a chance at least- sadly I think those with their fingers on the
button are blind to such messages.
Fireworks was popping and fizzing all over Melbourne, most of it illegal-
forget stacks of ecstasy , illegal porn , illegal alcohol- illegal fireworks
is the big seller these days and lots of people bought it up last night.
So another year crossed off...a new one beginning. No major resolutions from
me, just want to stay happy and lend a hand if I can. I'm enjoying the
basics, a few good,loyal friends, just appreciating what we have. Hope 2003
is a good one for all of you.
P.S.-Thanks to Deb for her fine efforts in 2002. Always appreciated.
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