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Lemons Turn To Lemonade

I'm trying to type and it's hard cause my finger tips are numb. The weather in New Zealand is wild to say the least, one minute it's totally sunny and beautiful, the next it's horizontal rain and totally gray. That's what you get on an island in the pacific. Anyhow. Today was really quite amazing. I'll try to explain why. I got up early and had a solid breakfast in the lodge and watched some NZ news, which is totally interesting. I got all my gear on and went down to the beach to meet up with Phil who had saved me the day earlier and was now gonna teach me some surfing. The water was, as Phil put it, about as bad as it gets. Very choppy. To give you an idea how scary this place is, forgetting the huge rip tide all togethor, you'll be wading out, and a swell will come in, and instead of being knee high, you'll not be able to touch bottom all of a sudden. Very scary. Anyhow, he explained everything to me, from how swells work to popping up, to riding tubes, all of it. Very cool. And he's just simply the coolest fella. He's maybe 40 and so cool. You'd think that people here would be like "Oh New York, wild, crazy, what's it like." Instead you tell them you are just moving from New York and they are like "Yeah, why wouldn you live there in the first place, New Yorkers are a bunch of softies..." It's awesome. Anyways, Phil took me all around for 2 hours, dragging me out, pushing me into waves, all of it. He's got three sons, two who are roughly 10 or 11 and both going pro as surfers. He's got a beautiful wife, an amazing dog and a baby son. He drove me home from the beach and invited me up for tea later. Either way, this was an amazing family, and an amazing way of life. Being around people like that, you start to understand what this place is about. It's not just about being laid back and interested in nature, it's about having a really sweet family, getting by on just what you need and really appreciating the day to day things. As Phil was saying "New Yorkers think they are hard, but they are only hard if they've got a gun. People here are out getting wet when it rains, paddling 'round in this tough surf, all that, that makes you really tough." I couldn't agree with him more.
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