Watch Me Turn 30, by Holly C.
I'm a 29-year-old New Yorker who inherited this site from my pal, Holly P., to document the final year of my twenties. Right up until I turn the big 3-0 next January, I'll use this blog to indulge my inner-narcissist by voicing the good (I can date men anywhere from ages 21 to 50 without it being scandalous) the bad (I keep getting ma'amed) and the ugly (is it possible to get cellulite on your stomach?!). Here's to waving goodbye to my youth, accepting adulthood and remembering that every ending is really just a new beginning.
the photo for April 4, 2007
DAY 65  |  April 4, 2007
I found a great money-making scheme. It goes like this: I hop in my rented Nissan and cruise down Main Street in search of tourists willing to take me up on my offer to give them a “tour” of sites where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed. This deal even includes refreshments all for the bargain price of $140 per person.

This is basically what I got when I signed up for a 4WD “Safari of the Scenes” excursion in Queenstown. Our group of six was driven around Skippers Canyon, where we stopped frequently to view a riverbed or valley while our guide held up a tattered book of illustrated scenes from the film to verify that we were, in fact, standing on Middle-earth territory. The refreshments consisted of some kind of fruitcake (I don’t even eat the stuff on Christmas) and a thermos of hot water for tea or coffee. I could have bought myself a copy of the book about the making of the movie, ordered me a big vanilla latte from Starbucks, and rode around the highway in my rental car for a heck of a lot less money. I guess I can’t complain, seeing as the girls and I met someone who got us on the tour for free. But still, it’s the principle! I don’t think Frodo would be pleased.

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