At the library in Pukekhoe, which is just 20 mins by car away from the monastery and figured I’d update real fast…(Internet cafe’s are a racket here…Even the library wants $2NZ per 15 mins…Geez). Weather’s turned real nice…Alex had to leave early this morning because he was having some severe allergy issues to all the plants and pollen here; I helped him last night move into the shower room and set up an air filter I found in the bathroom. He’s the sort of guy who gets real worried if you start talking about 2012 prophecies, so I think he may have been over-reacting a little bit, but better for his peace of mind that he left I suppose.
We have another monk staying for a week who just arrived yesterday; Ajahn Menundo. Older Caucasian male, maybe 60-ish, tells good stories…Was listening to him talk after lunch about Buddhist views on the processes of death and he always had an amusing end to his stories, which is something I can appreciate. Ajahn Chandako has no problem joking about his religion at all; we do so light-heartedly all the time. I’m pretty sure he even said "I’m shitting you" once when he was explaining that he was joking to a confused Sri Lankan, but he mumbled it, as if his brain had to hit the brakes on his mouth, but the mouth’s brake pads were well worn. (Who hasn’t had a moment like that?…) I like the fact that even the monastics don’t take themselves too seriously.
I moved into the trailer today. I just hope Alex didn’t secretly have some strange disease and I end up getting it. My spider bite still looks raw, I’m mildly concerned, but not too much. I’ve heard the Whitetail Spider has a bite that creates the occasional reaction and I have seen a few here and there, but its been 4 days and flesh isn’t falling off, so yea.
For my next 2-day trip, I think I’ll hazard Auckland itsef, the City of Sails (makes me think of Waterdeep). The new kuti’s almost complete, so I should have no problem getting both days together this time. But for now I’ll stick with Pukekhoe. Picked up some Chinese pears at a local market and wandered the aisles a bit to see what’s different. Here in Australasia there’s this thing called Vegemite (or Marmite) that’s real popular; I got to try some at lunch today…Eh…It’s an acquired taste. It’s a paste of Yeast extract that tastes like soy sauce.