A beach, The Lads and GOD. What else do you need to celebrate new years?
This will probably be a summary of what I did. Unless I change my mind while writing.
Leaving All Saints at 0620ish, in a car with little leg room, with Hamish, Hamish, Joe and Sarah, we set off for Waihi. Pretty boring trip, though I discovered the none of the petrol stations we stopped at sold 1.5 litre bottles of Mountain Dew.
We arrived at the camp sometime between 1400 and 1630, picked our cabins, then discovered that the prickles on the field were evil. Around then I ran out of Mountain Dew, so I had to resort to water.
At about 1800, we were given our dinner, which wasn't enough for us so we went and got some greases. They also sold large Mountain Dews, so I restocked even though they were expensive.
At 1900 we were officially welcomed and told about the rules and the night programme, then there was the Lads' concert, were I went half-deaf and it seemed like I was the only person in the audience who knew all the songs. After the concert, I got my shirt and poster signed by all four Lads.
The Lads were then put on the couch and got interviewed. Then it was off to bed, once the Mountain Dew had worn off.
Started of the day at 0630, after 6 hours of sleep, with some coding, then I sat talking to people as they slowly waked up, before something about rum was blasted through the speakers. Breakfast was at 0800.
At 0900, we had our first meeting of the day, followed by some singing lead by Phono, followed by a talk and more singing. We when then split into groups to talk about the talk. Then we choose what we wanted to do for the rest of he morning. I choose the "Worship/Music" workshop, which was Ben talking to us about leading a service then teaching us some songs.
At 1330, we all walked down to the beach. It took a while, and it was hot. And sunny. And I got sunburnt. Once we got there, I helped Joel create a sand-mountain before walking all the way back to camp. In the heat and sun. And I ran out of Mountain Dew, so Joe took me, Hamish, Thomas and Matthew to the 4 Square, were the Mountain Dews were a dollar cheaper than they were when we got our dinner.
At 1930, we had our evening talk, followed by singing and a talk. I could really feel GOD's presence during the sermon, and it felt good. We then spilt into groups again, to talk. After the talk, Ben was on the couch getting interviewed by Ben, then off to bed at 0000.
Last day of 2006, though it didn't feel like it. Once again I got up at 0630 after 6 hours of sleep, and just sat quietly singing and listening.
After first meeting was at 0900, followed by singing and a talk, where, once again, I felt GOD. He feels lots nicer than Mountain Dew. We then broke into groups again to discuss the talk, before going into larger groups (male + female) to talk about what it means to be a man, or a godly man and what women want. (An Irish accent...)
At 1320 we were all driven down to the beach at Anzac Bay, in the hot sun, where there is lots of crabs in the water, and Rich got bitten just as he was about to throw the ball. Then it started to rain, which was nice, so we all got driven back to the camp.
At 1930 we had another meeting followed by a�Eucharist, which was different. Then there was a panel on the couch, which was suppose to talk about everything you wanted to know about the other sex, but I had to practice the song that I was going to be singing.
At 2300, we started out pre-countdown programme, with a song, with me doing backing vocals, then a dance followed by more songs, by Phono.�At 0000, the party started with me on lights, and adding Can We Fix It? to the playlist a couple of times. Then we went for a little trip to the beach before going to bed at 0200
I got up at 0600, after only 4 hours of sleep, and waited for everyone else to get up.
At 1000, we had our final meeting and talk before all the thank-yous were said and pictures were taken. Then we had lunch and left for Wellington.
On the way down, I discovered once again the petrol stations don't sell large Mountain Dews. We got back to an empty Wellington (we were the only people in the Terrace tunnel) at 2030.
I probably missed stuff, like how much sun we actually had, but I had fun, and that's all the matters. :)
P.S. 4 days!