Monday, January 18, 2010


We met a couple yesterday who said their life's word is "flexibility."  They stole it from us -- more accurately, from Karen.

I've been thinking about moving to New Zealand.  People who know us may say, yes, no surprise, they've been in Virginia for 8 years.  They were in North Carolina 8 years, and Missouri 6 years, maybe it's time to move.

Actually, we're finally settling in, getting our little farm underway with productive gardens and livestock.  It feels comfortable here, usually.

Then I read a book like Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille, about a group of rich and "powerful" men who implement a plan to invoke the U.S. government's imbedded response to an Islamic fundamentalist attack on a U.S. city.  The response, with the code name "Wild Fire," has been set up to "automatically" launch nuclear attacks on Muslim world centers.  The President has only a 30-minute window to stop Wild Fire.  What does this group of men do?  They place four suitcase nuclear bombs in two American cities to fake an Islamic nuclear attack and provoke Wild Fire.

Of course, our hero, John Cory, and his wife, Kate Mayfield, save the moment, but John warns that it's going to happen one of these days.

I'm not sure New Zealand would offer a real refuge from the madness, but it might be as good as it gets.  Maybe we could find a farm for sale at a reasonable price isolated somewhere on the South Island.  A couple times a year we could visit Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland for some live music and city "culture."  Friends and family could fly in for month-long visits, stay in a bach somewhere on the 3000 acres we aren't using, and help us harvest beyond-organic crops and milk the goats and donkeys.

Virginia says, "When the bombs fall, we could hoe away until the breezes kill us."


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  2. plus, you could go zorbing in NZ:

    dave whoelse

  3. When we were in NZ we drove past this place. I decided not to mess up my brain any more, which, as you know, is already severely damaged.