Mrs Inventory and I are in Christchurch for the weekend, celebrating the 90th birthday of a rather remarkable relative. Oh, and doing a bit of business, so as to justify taking a day off yesterday!
But what a weekend of sport is in the offing. The Black Caps are hanging in by the skin of their teeth against the Aussies, and if they can knock over the last four wickets without too many more runs being added, there is an outside chance of an upset win.
There's the League World Cup final tonight (the word "World" being used fairly liberally!), where the Aussies plan to bash Kiwi playmaker Benji Marshall, but where the Kiwis can still call on the memory of their 24-nil spanking of the Aussies three years ago. And the weather forecast for Brisbane tonight is a shocker!
And of course, the All Blacks take on Wales tomorrow morning at Cardiff - always a huge occasion, even if the Welsh don't rate themselves much of a chance, if former Welsh flanker Gwyn Jones' words are any indication. But the AB's will be determined to put to rest their last visit to Cardiff, of which the less is said the better.
A Kiwi trifecta - well, I wouldn't bet on it, but in this post-Helengrad age, who would discount it??!!