I'm not a huge Madonna fan, but Ray of Light is one song of hers that I like very much. Listening to it this morning took me right back to 1998. I remember hearing it in the gym and discussing the song with my trainer between reps – he thought she'd done a good job interpreting the current dance music thing. And I remember pulling into my driveway one night with it playing on the radio and sitting in the car in the dark until the song had finished.
1998 was a big year for me. Nine years ago this month I was four months away from leaving New Zealand for Vancouver. I was three months away from handing in my thesis. I was getting ready to pack all my stuff into my parents' garage. I was beginning the rounds of goodbye parties and dinners. I had handed in my notice at work.
My god!! - I've been away from New Zealand for nearly nine years. I still feel so attached to Dunedin that it doesn't seem that long to me, but my personal New Zealand stopped at the end of the last millennium. When I left, I had no idea that I'd be away for almost a decade. I plan to move back there, am always on the verge of it in fact, but so far, there's always been something else to do, somewhere new to go, first.