Its a amazing how you… people… cities adapts to a normal relatively fast, when your world suddenly shatters and the old normal is no longer possible, a new way becomes the norm quite easily.
The desk/ office/ building I was sitting at 3 months ago no longer exists. A new desk, office, building has replaced it. Has the way of working changed? Not much we were practically back to normal working 2 weeks after.
After they took of the roof of the old building, it apparently lost all stability. All the concrete pillars had sheared between the floors. If it wasn’t for the roof, the building could have been down a lot sooner, it makes you shudder when you think about it.
Roads that used to be bumper to bumper all day are almost empty. It’s slightly bizarre looking down the new street we are working from and seeing the IRD building looking fine behind the fenced area… but shuddering at what you can not see beyond it.
Though it took a long time to get back up and running, swim squad has barely changed. Except we get squeezed into 2 lanes, but it works fine. Though, for those down the other end of the pool, it’s a new pool , a new situation.. but it is now normal.
On my bike, the cycle routes are different (and harder), but it’s just about being innovative and getting on with it. How will I feel when Evans eventually re-opens? I remember being doubtful of the cliffs after it opened after the September Quake, this time? I suppose it like everything you can be careful, but not worry about what might happen.
My favourite runs, are not accessible. While I am hopeful Rapaki will open soon, Captain Thomas may not reopen for a very long time. I am just getting a little bored with the hills that are open to me. No offense to those hills, I do love them, but I also love a little variety.
I am lucky, I have sewage and mainly good roads around home, others are not so lucky. But what has affected me and I haven’t compensated to a “normal”. The Supermarket! God damn, how can a supermarket rule your world so much. Rather than doing the “weekly” shop, it more like pop in to the supermarket and get what you need. But this has led to really disorganised eating habits. I just can’t get any sort of habit with my food, it’s all over the place. I ran past the old supermarket this morning. They had just started demolition of the front of the building. But it’s still going to be many months before the supermarket is resurrected. So really need to get some sort of normal routine going for my food.