Greetings and salutations from all of us at Headspace. I’m Izak Flash Man, and this is a newsletter. Gosh I really gotta work on my intros. Oh well. Better luck next time I guess.
Well we have just finished our first block of headspace. Which is of course, the study block. This was also a time of getting to know the team as well as the bible. First impressions of the team were good. We have a wide range of weird and wonderful characters who make up the team of fifteen. To get a picture of what the team is like, get a highly explosive and volatile liquid and imagine that if any of the ingredients are filtered out it would change completely and come out feeling a little lonely for loosing its H2oh
The first few days of headspace were a really cool time. It was nice to get to know Christian’s my own age. We went for walks up Mt Eden and it was so pretty to just stand there and have a 365 view of Mt Eden. We did a photo safari Which was so much fun and a good way to get to no each other. We went all over Auckland getting lots of funny picturse and doing fun stuff. On the first Saturday the leadership team had a training day to go to so we got to go into Auckland city with Josh (a gapper from last year.) and go shopping. It was nice to just hang out with people and get to know them just a little better. It was really nice to sit around and talk about God when ever we like and sit around the camp fire on the third week and sing songs and just talk about what was happening. The places we have stayed all have their good and bad points but they were all great.
Heh heh. Funny side note, Frank (Michael hayles) went and gave himself tissue damage in his foot from Mt Eden. It was looking to be broken for a while but thankfully we prayed the heck out of it and it seems to be doing just fine now. It would also take an entire newsletter for us to tell you about the awesome stuff that happened during the photo safari. But thats what you get for not being on headspace… EXCLUDED. Mwahahaha, haaah. Kidding.
Wasup nigga WHAT!? Haha just kidding im not a gangsta yet…
so anyway headspace is a big change for me as i have been living in the same house all my life and now im on a homestay rampage! And staying at a different places every week! Not to mention sleeping outside. So yeah, 1st night, all us gappers play our first game of cards, and guess what it is?? Scum (oh so original) but it was mean, it was a total icebreaker for all of us really and we got to start to know each other. D-Day 1 we started playing team building games and it was kind of embarrassing cause we didn’t know each other BUT. But that night we all got talking and well for some reason we all started swapping personal stories which was cool because that was a even bigger icebreaker… it was like a iceberg breaker! And we all just clicked together really well (flash just farted). So after like the first week i got to know all the names of the gappers, it went in the order of something like this. Michael, Isaac, Jason(we called him josh at first), Jo, Amy, Zack, Beth, Hannah b, Leanna, Teresa, Hannah k, Jess, Corli, Rachel. Well that was actually like 2 days. So D-Day 4 was our first lecture and cant remember what it was but I’m sure it was cool… but i do remember we did a few cool courses in which i learn’t heaps. There was the personalties course, then anger management and well i couldn’t tell you more off the top of my head. Ok now some good stuff. Photo safari: on the last night we stayed at M.T Eden we played a game called Photo safari. Pretty much we did random stuff and took photos of it. For instance we had to propose to someone random, and Josh(from last years team) told me id get 200 points if i did the safari in just my boxers, including the proposal. But unfortunately i didn’t really have appropriate underwear at the time. Anyway. For one of the things we had to do was we had to put 3 bucks petrol into the van. So we did that and when Amy was paying for it, a police car stopped beside us for some petrol as well so jess got out of the van and purposed to one of the police officers, the officers reply was “ Sorry, I am on Duty”. HAHAHA it was crack up. And there were other random things among that we did that evening. So next day we went up to Bethels and stayed at a camp up there. And by this time we had all pretty well aquanted by then. Over the next 3 weeks we did lots of lectures and stuff, but i’m just going to leave you all with a signature handstand photo that me and Flash have been taking around the world (by world i mean NZ)
dang it, there goes half the newsletter, I told you guys it would take heaps of space to talk about the Safari. XD
Believe it or not, Headspace, as fun as it is, is not a year of slacking off. Us 15 Gappers have sat through some rather intense lectures ranging from Anger Management (rather relevant considering we have to put up with each other 24/7) to lectures taking us right through the Bible. One of the favourites has been the Personality Plus lecture, revealing our personalities and showing how to deal with others. Although we have filled several note books with doodles (we all hastily agreed that it is easier to listen whilst drawing) we have all learnt some incredibly valuable stuff. It has been very exciting to dive into the Bible, be challenged and have some very important questions answered!
One of these questions has been about predestination, with which we grill our lecturers on EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Which is good, cause now we can rate our lecturers and give them a score. Some lecturers have been booed out for not being able to answer the practically unanswerable paradox.
orry dudes, Haven’t had any internet over here in this weird little scout camp thingy. Were based over in blockhouse bay. Its got a pretty nice feel to it. cute sail designs on posts and even the seating around the area is bow shaped. Also the Natural history museum or whatever has put up photographic styled paintings and murals on the sides of shops and stuff. It’s pretty cool I have to say, seeing them show some pride themselves, even if their beachs suck. =P
So far, while being here me and Frank have snorted, salt, pepper, a marshmallow, and milo. Jman, Zak atak, and Frank did another raw egg skulling. We also had fun shoving 6 melted marshmallows in our mouths. Not particularly gross but when it came out it was.
The rooms are child size, like a size 7 shoe size. I have taken to sleeping on the floor, much more comfortable. The other night I tried sticking a coke bottle to Zak Ataks face while he slept. I was Sniggering far to hard to do it stealthily, He half awoke and smudged the ados through his hair. I dropped the bottle on his bed and bolted. What I heard for the next five minutes scared me. Exasperated breathing and a sharp crash sound of a bottle being thrown across the room. Then a “What the…” as he found out that various pieces of lint and pillow found a sudden attraction for his face. About an hour later he came out and sprayed us all with shaving cream. I congratulated him but he was obviously still half asleep cause he thought Peaky (Mike) was me cause Zak hit him with the shaving cream worse. It was all up the walls and everything. Later on he tried filling my shoes with shaving cream. I sorta noticed but couldn’t see any in there, so I put ‘em on. The cream must have dissolved into my souls or something cause it never bothered my feet or anything. So that prank didn’t work out to well. Apparently he has more tricks up his sleeve. But Micheal and Louise took us for anger management today so if Zac unwisely decides to take revenge Ill keep this bible verse in mind. Romans 12:20. I shall heap hot coals on his head. =)
We had a fire going for the past two nights. Its been awesome. Singing songs, and telling some of my fairy tales to the team.
We have now arrived at Camp Sladdin. Middle of no where. Its amazing catch phrase is “New Zealands premier adeventure park.” Perhaps it was back in the 1930s. Its main feature was having an indoor toilet and 3 story high bunk beds. It also has tipable cows and chasable sheep. This weekend is gonna be cruisy since a bit of the team has gone off on flexi leave. This will give some time to catch up on much needed sleep…
I’m A little gutted. I did a huge mass of writing on one of the other laptops, its now totally out of my reach somewhere. Hopefully Ill be able to grab it at some stage and give you some more details of what happened there. Just as a little teaser of what happened in the two silent weeks of no internet access.
Snorting marshmallows, salt, pepper, milo, citris acid in the eyes, a bottle stuck to Zacs face in his sleep and a spoon fest in the middle of a field.
I’ll elaborate a bit more about clevedon for ya, to fill in the gaps of what mum talked about yesterday. The rock climbing, ah, what to say about the rock climbing. Imagine going to a rock climbing place and being able to do whatever you liked. Climbing the ropes to the very center roof. playing crazy ass games when you are attached to two ropes leading up to the roof, running towards the wall, while four other run past you holding the other end of the ropes, just before you get to the wall you go shooting up into the air backwards. Me and frank climbed half way up and tied the rope so we were both dangling half way. We could jump around and stuff. It earned me a few nice bruises.
Clevedon street art is pretty non existant. There is some metal sculpture outside a cafe if that counts. Cruising around South Auckland I found Some aight pieces. But on the whole, the graff over that side of town looks sorta messier than usual. I found a Component robot sticker on the back of a car which was pretty buzzy. I found a stencil by a guy called Bonus. Over by silvia park I found another trust me sticker. There was a fence near this round-a-bought which was tagged every morning, but a few hours later when we went past it would always have been buffed out. They are really Busy little bees when it comes to whiping out the tags. I Don’t mind much, it was just scrawls anyway.
Ok so we did a six hour drive to hastings. We got to meet Eddies girlfriend, shes ok I guess. To entertain ourselves on the trip we would ask Eddy if we could stop off at (every) McDonalds so we could take a leak. It was Lol worthy. Funny thing was Peaky was busting the entire time but no one believed him. We saw a Stencil of Peepshows, and while in hamilton I saw an OBEY sticker. Who would think that OBEY would have spread all the way to New Zealand. Frank fell asleep in the car with his mouth open again. I took it as an opportunity to dispose of my receipt by ripping it up into small pieces and dropping it into his mouth.
We stopped off at Taupo For lunch, it was filled with tons of people for the iron man marithon. I convinced Frank we had to snort Tomato sauce. It was rather tangy. We went to the bathrooms to clean ourselves up and I decided to blow frozen coke over the door onto Zac. He didn’t know there was another guy in the cubical beside him and he was like “Aaaaaw, this is not good.. This sucks!.. This is gonna stain! I hate you guys.” Which with hindsight could sound pretty bad. Anyway he came out and I went in, frank threw water over the door onto me. I just sat there dripping for a few seconds, then let out a dilayed high pitched shrill scream. fortunatly for me a guy was coming through the door when I screamed. He was like “WOA. That scared the shit out of me!! What was that!? Was that you??” he said to frank and J. He was giggling my head off in the cubical.
Arriving at Hastings I soon realized Im living in the middle of nowhere. We stayed at riverbend church, which looks more like a camp which happened to have a church on it. Me and eddy got stuck on the wrong side of the river at one point cause peaky tied up the barge. We had a two hour walk, cutting through orchards etc.
Yesterday we got to check out where we will be working. I think it should be all good. I get picked up tomorrow at six thirty for my first day. Today the group got broken up to be billited with our host families. Hugs galore and single tears shed. We havent been away from each other for an entire month. It really is quite sad. Me and Peaky have been put together which is cool. Our host family seems nice enough. I got broad band woop woop.
this is mum YAY…..
Im pretty much the most awesome person at headspace 🙂
well we have just left auckalnd for the first time in 4 weeks which is awesome but i must say i did really enjoy the last week at camp sladdin.
we had a fun adventure corse thing that me and frank did like 4 times over i rocked at it hahhaah except for the rope swing thing i just feaked myself out. but i did improve in the monkey bars but i still cant actually do them stupid weak muscles!!
the week was full of interesting nites such as eeling (the boys thought they were the greatest when they cause the tiniest eel in the world) but hey we can give them credit for trying. we also had a nite of the veggietales AND WHO CAN RESIST THE VEGGIETALES?? we are really just all big kids at heart.
Who can forget the amazing nites of star gazing. its the the most beautiful thing in the world i even managed to see the smallest shooting star which was awesome, it was like the first one i can remeber ever seeing so i was excited even if it was only small. Izak saw a shooting star that was incredible it had a tail and everything he was quite proud of himself 🙂 that nite was a good one staying up till 2 in the morniong talking about little white men running from the bushes to scare peaky (i freaked the heck out of peaky that was quite entertaining)
we also heard some morporks our theroy was they were threatning to beat each other with sticks and the fact that one had a wife was enough to scare any morpork off.
those were pretty much our fun filled nites at camp sladdin.
but i couldnt leave without telling you about the guys search to show off their muscles and compete to show who is the best in a good old rock climbing match. well maybe it wasnt so much of a competition to start with but anything to do with guys and strength usually turns into a competition to see whos strongest or fastest or wat ever other way you can find to compete. I didnt actually go but i heard they had alot of fun im sure izak ccould update you on that adventure.
After our long hard tiring week (which wasnt actually i just like to exagerate) we headed off to Hastings which is only like a 5 – 6 hour drive no wonder we were all super excited to sit in a car for hours on end with lots of other smely bodies seriously who could resist that?? well we had no choice anyway so we got shoved into cars and we left auckland (tear) its wasnt all that bad we did get to stop in taupo for a hearty meal of McDonalds and then back on the road to riverbend camp which is where we are now.
Its a pretty sweet camp i must say, we even have a pool and another bug zapper that they boys were greatly excited by, but it will only be short lived cause we going to live with our billiets 2moro EXCITING!!!!! we get a real home for a month and we even get the luxury of acouch which i have been craving.
so yeah sorry its long but i a girl and i tend to write lots so sorry if you get bored or it dont make sense im a pretty useless writter but it was fun anyway.
Everyone did valentines cards for everyone. Fun fun. Woop woop.
I also seem to be catching Jo’s cold. DARN YOU. Darn you to HECK!
We started the first of the perspectives today. Piece of lemon merang pie ai, easy. Unless your everyone with an out dated reader *Stares at Zac Atak*
Me, mum and Hanna decided to walk all the way to the Golf course by the Cascades, I found a golf ball in no time at all, mum had no luck. (Lol) We decided to cut through the bush to get back to the road. We had a huge adventure… And ended up on just the other side of the golf course rough. -_-, Still amazing though.