November 2nd, 2004

greetings, SG1:feretti

The icon is for my dad

(1) First things first. A very happy birthday to loosehorses, and best wishes for a wonderful new year.

Also, I missed lore's birthday on Sunday. I hope you had a lovely day too.

(2) I understand some of you have a thing today, and it's sort of important.

Well, enjoy yourselves. Don't think about the fate of the world hanging on your every chad and stuff.

Yeah, yeah, I wasn't going to talk about politics. I wasn't going to have the banoffee pie at the pub last night either. Cope.

I was interested to see that all the portents and omens point to John Kerry. In 140 years, the shorter candidate has only won twice. There was the whole Washington Redskins losing and the Red Sox winning at the time of the blood-red eclipse. But psephology thus far would seem to point to a Bush victory. It's very intriguing.

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Whichever way your preferences lie, best of luck.

(3) My parents retired this weekend, thank the lord. Of course, they're going to end up going out to get part-time jobs so that they can see less of each other, but they no longer run their own business with all the 24/7 headaches that implies because they've sold it to some poor sucker a bright and able entrepreneur. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me.

(4) They've decided to buy a new car too, and they're giving me their old one. I tried to offer money but my dad told me to bugger off. I quote.

You really don't need a car in London, but my god, it's nice to have one. Now if only my insurance were not the same as tithing my entire wage...

(5) I finished Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, and I still enjoyed it very much but I wish he'd been either (a) more explicit in his critique of the politics of privatisation or (b) totally inexplicit. The coy half'n'half approach was distracting. I'd like a book about the witches next though please, unless he's going to do what I suspect and kill off Granny Weatherwax, in which case I'd rather have another one about the Watch.

(6) xsabx, would you mind terribly giving me your email address? You don't have one listed in your info.

(7) I have a six-day weekend coming up, to make up for having worked 12 in the past 14. I have all manner of lovely plans, including visits and new carpet in my new bedroom. I know that's not interesting to the rest of you, but I just like reminding myself. Mmmmm. Wooooool carpet.

(8) I owe post and email. That's also going to get done this weekend. Would anyone like a Christmas/holidays card this year? I sense a movement in the force which may lead to the timely sending out of cards. Either that or it's the beans I had last night

(9) I am sort of kind of doing nanowrimo, in the sense that I have made a commitment to write every day but not on just one big thing. I need to get back in practice.

Yesterday's totals:
859 words on the first line/last line thingie
927 words on the thingie that's been in my head since summer.
0 words on the crack-addled Whitby project as yet, but we'll see.

(10) Even numbers is better.

All the best to you all,

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