Roger is a friend of mine who was one of my workmates at the wholesale wine & spirit business.
Roger was crazy and probably still is even though he has a responsible job in Government.
Here are some of the things Roger did:
At Te Horo beach one night when we were having a bonfire/BBQ casually said that we should take cover as he had thrown a box of sparklets (the CO2 cylinders used in soda dispensers) into the fire. We ducked as they successively exploded sending burst metal cylinders flying like shrapnel, each one capable of taking a head off.
Pillioned us down Taranaki Street to Courtenay Place on his motorscooter. There were 3 of us.
Made a bomb and blew up a neighbours front door.
Dropped full cartons of Nederburg sparkling wine off the mezzanine floor down to the warehouse below. The trick was to see how many corks blew off. The top of the carton was opened and, if the carton fell perfectly even and hit the floor square then at least half of the corks would fly straight up.
Set fire to a kitchen at a party we had gatecrashed by lighting Bacardi 151 (75% alcohol spirit).
Would set his stereo blasting from his house in Wadestown, drive across the valley to a reserve and listen to the music which he said sounded marvellous, particularly Arthur Brown. Did this several times until the police followed him to the reserve and said that the neighbours were complaining.
Made a blowgun out of PVC piping and fired lollies at a traffic cop sitting on his bike across from the wholesalers causing the traffic cop to fall off his bike.
Much, much more.
Posted by THE CURMUDGEON at 4:05