I don’t really do ambivalence. If I don’t feel strongly either way, then indifference makes more sense to me than ambivalence. Hence I’m rather out of practise and there’s a question I’m very ambivalent about.
I’ve the chance to go to Shanghai.
So, in favour:
1) I haven’t been outside NZ for six years.
2) Bloody hell! Shanghai! Showpiece of China. 400 km/h maglev train from the airport to the city. Umm… and things like that.
3) The World Expo.
4) Umm… it’s somewhere that’s not Wellington.
5) It’s a week with
1) It’s over six tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Given a globally fair quota would be three tonnes each, that blows my quota substantially. Then again, I haven’t been on an international flight since 2004.
2) It’s a city with big old stuff. Tokyo had big things, meh. Old? I’m British, I’m glad to be in NZ, where we haven’t got millenia of history weighing us down.
3) Expo? So numerous nations spend silly amounts of money on marketing themselves. The New Zealand pavilion seems to make a big deal out of the fact that NZ has the highest number of golf courses per capita of any country in the world.
4) I like Wellington.
5) It’s $2k that could be in the mortgage. It’s also a week when I could be working on the house.
Hence the ambivalence.