Stopped at Katikati to get a couple of pieces of Tarakihi (no chips) and a couple of muscles for lunch - from the local Shark and Shavings shop run by a Chinese family.
Cruised up the to the shady and grassy layby at Athenrea and sat down beside the car on the grass to enjoy lunch. Delicious.
As I sat there watching the traffic go by I suddenly realised there was a steady stream of fully loaded logging trucks heading for Port of Tauranga, a steady stream of produce trucks heading for Auckland, a steady stream of camper vans going both ways and squeezed into what road was left, a steady stream of small commercial and private vehicles.
If the media would just shut up about the recession for five minutes, people might regain their confidence and invest in activities which generate employment.
Everywhere I went I encountered from people resentment on the part of business people at the spoiling and juvenile role being played by the media in over cooking their 'recession' stories.
They are quick to report on job losses but almost never ever report on newly created jobs.
On a different subject, there were some priceless gems today on question time.
Some jerk asked Rodney Hide - 'Can he explain what he meant when he said blah blah blah?'
Rodney stood up and delivered a three word reply - "Yes, I can"