Wine and Spuds
What do I miss? So much.
In terms of places, I miss my favourite watering holes - Sticky Fingers for after work drinks and The Bard for pints with my husband and friends.
I miss the baked potato place in Shades Arcade. I had just filled up my loyalty card so was looking forward to my free potato.
I miss the General Store where I got lots of presents for friends' birthdays.
I miss the view from my office, 16 stories up facing west towards the mountains.
I miss knowing where all the traffic bottlenecks would be.
Emotionally, I miss feeling secure in my surroundings. I hate having to think twice, three times before leaving the house to make sure I have enough food / milk for my boy in case something happens. I hate the way my teeth are permanently clenched. I hate the regular dreams about quakes and their consequences. I hate seeing the cracks in our house and driveway get wider with every decent shake and I hate that I live waiting for the next big one to happen.
Most of all I miss the laid back Christchurch of old. The city is full of anxious people, pushed to their limits by a relentless mother nature and by EQC. The driving has got more aggressive and people seem less tolerant. Nothing feels right here anymore.
- BY LUCY