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Entries from May 31st, 2011


May 31st, 2011 1 Comment

Will and Winona have been a little preoccupied lately. After their engagement, Will escorted Winona to a GP consultation about fertility. The GP took one look at Will, hollow-eyed, weedy yet pudgy after too many late nights software programming, and lined him up for some tests. The results – well, Will’s not talking about them […]

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Aren’t We All Crazy Once Winter Starts

May 26th, 2011 4 Comments

Right before the lunch rush begins, Rosie edges into the office. “Wazzer? There’s a…a crazy lady who wants to talk to you?” “Cool!” says Wazzer, springing up from the desk. When she sees who’s waiting, she makes a note to herself to have a word with Rosie about moneyed Wellington. Though she has to admit, […]

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48 Hour Envy

May 24th, 2011 1 Comment

Wazzer thumps downstairs unwontedly early on Saturday, startling her landlady, Willow. “Oh! Did you just get in?” Willow asks, surveying Wazzer’s black crinoline, platform boots, and elaborately scrolling eye liner. “No, I’m going to be in somebody’s horror film today. They’re doing a 48 Hour film.” There are many signs that one is entirely and […]

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On The Rocks

May 19th, 2011 Comments Off on On The Rocks

There was a nervy little gathering at Wazzer’s bar on Wednesday night. Wazzer’s had a tiring day, and she’d rather go home, but her landlady, Willow, is coming by. Wazzer had been ascribing the Friday-level crowds on a Wednesday to the sunshine outside. But it seems there was another reason behind all the white-collar eating […]

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Like A Refugee

May 17th, 2011 1 Comment

When Wazzer arrived at work at eight, she noticed a small white sign in the window: HELP WANTED, Experienced Bar/Wait Staff, Inquire Within. Nigel, the owner, had warned her about this, and gloatingly shared his philosophy. “If they’re in before ten, we’ll interview them, even if what we have is last shift. Anyone waltzes in […]

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Dining Out On It

May 12th, 2011 Comments Off on Dining Out On It

Meanwhile, another mother and daughter scene is taking place, across the two gulfs of Wellington harbor and Wellington’s social strata. Wilhelmina Wellington glances around the witty, luxurious restaurant approvingly. “Such a clever idea, bringing back high tea.” “Happy Mother’s Day, Mummy,” says her daughter, Winona. Delicately, they click their champagne flutes. Wilhelmina surveys the towering […]

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Return To Wainui

May 10th, 2011 Comments Off on Return To Wainui

Heading up the Wainuiomata hill, Wazzer grits her teeth and listens, keenly, to her ’92 Nissan’s engine. The car is dragging a bit, but it manages the great ascent all right, even weighted down with Wazzer, Wazzer’s mother, and Wazzer’s mother’s weighty presents for her grandchildren. “It’s Mum’s Day, Mum, we’re supposed to give you […]

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Steaming Up

May 5th, 2011 2 Comments

Wazzer is enjoying the novel sensation of lying on her bed on a Thursday night, reading. There is a small scratching at the door. Curious, she opens up. A pretty calico cat is sitting in the hallway. The cat head-bonks Wazzer’s calf. “Hey, Cilla,” she says, scratching the beast behind the ears. “Where’s your mum?” […]

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Behind The Pub Lunch

May 3rd, 2011 Comments Off on Behind The Pub Lunch

Wazzer is coming to terms with her promotion. The bar/restaurant where she works is a large place on Cuba Street. At night, it was all about moving drinks, stopping fights, and forcing drunkards into taxis. Weekday daytimes is a different game. Bums are lured onto seats with lunches priced between ten to fifteen dollars, low […]