We went to the Auckland Domain, a luscious green, spotless central city park, for the annual Christmas sing-along and celebration with our host & hostess Michael and Effie, Michael’s fabulous daughter Kristen, and Brendan & Keeley O’Brien. Big party in the park. The grass was soft and cool. At sunset, an amazing rainbow developed over the harbor. 100,000 people all being friendly. The police reported ‘No bad behaviour.’
And then there was the singing. Of course everyone around the world sings that Christmas favorite ‘Disco Inferno’ (…burn baby burn, burnin’, burnin’…) just before Santa arrives in a metal-flake custom sleigh shooting 30 foot sparkler jets out the back, suspended 50 feet in the air by a mechanized cherry-picker. Just like being in a Kurt Vonnegut novel.