Gathan Beaga

eighteen seconds before sunrise

For the first time in a long while I walked to work. And it was GREAT. The view from my usual lookout spot was particularly fine, correctly presaging a mild, clear and glassy calm day:

OK Road, 8 May 2007 7:20:43am

Just like those days of May twenty years ago.

I turned and started walking down the hill… and at that moment the sun broached the Rimutaka Ranges, illuminating the road and houses in a golden glow that seemed to transmute them into a gentle hyperreality of enhanced possibility.

And yes, I just happened to be listening to Sigur Rós, the music tracking this little moment of minor magic among the suburban ordinary.

Spoiled only slightly a few minutes later when the iPod battery ran out.

And so off to work I continued.