20th July 2017

Double the fun

Funny how things turn out. Back, several weeks ago now, we went to an excellent concert. As part of the promotion, my name was entered in the door prize drawing, to be given at the end of their festival. And yesterday, I received an email saying that I was one of the winners. Just had to come to their office to pick up my gift.

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8th July 2017

A fuller day

I did more today than during a normal week. No wonder I’m feeling ready to get some sleep. Retirement puts a different speed to daily life, for sure.

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4th July 2017

None. One. Both?

Peer pressure and penetrating oil are a powerful combination. This afternoon, I finally “cracked” my way in to the guts of the mower. I deserve to get this thing fixed, right? Perhaps by someone else. Let me explain.

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30th June 2017

Records and a nation by the numbers

Sony has decided to get back into the record business. Real records; vinyl. Of course, what goes round doesn’t always come round. The company didn’t mothball the facilities from before, so they’re reinventing the wheel. A new pressing plant. I’m intrigued, but not enough to consider buying a turntable. Someone will rip the new material to digital, and life will go on (for the rest of us).

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26th June 2017

The movie will have to wait

Nothing to see here. Move along. The movie of my day-to-day life will have to wait; still insufficient action. Yes, this is a beach day. I watched others prepare for the moment, and then the dog and I remained behind to mount the castle guard. And there were ships, tall ships, just beyond the fetch of the telescope. I knew they were “out there” but saw nothing in the haze. Perhaps conditions will improve. Perhaps the evening news will provide better coverage.

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13th June 2017

Distracting all within earshot

Some fads come along at the wrong time. After seeing a mention of a “stress reduction device for the office”, I had to peek. In essence, an expensive “fidget spinner”. You might have heard those mentioned as the newest plague to invade the teaching zone in a school near you. I’m now left trying to imagine the reaction my department head (or the nice people over in HR) might have given, if I had placed a few of these in plain view.

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6th June 2017

Dust off the light sabres

Could it be that I offered “free snacks with your ride”? Had another seed-siphon in the Hav-a-Hart this morning. This time around, arrived at destination, the exodus from the “transporter” went smoothly. Given the number of trees nearby, I’m sure I’ll have other riders before too much longer.

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24th May 2017

No free RV for you, or me

Slap my fingers time. I have managed to “lock” this site, but have little/no idea how long the restriction will be in place. I’ll write, and then see what happens in a few hours. In a worst-case scenario, I uninstall and reinstall some software.

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16th May 2017

Bumping the camera along

This was a meeting evening. Community service, with a chance to practice my penmanship. In a perfect world, I’d bring along a laptop and do my official recording direct to file; this is not a perfect anything. By scribbling, I extend my workload (decrypting, in large part), but it saves having to volunteer as the go-to IT guy at a time of the day when I would prefer to kick back. I don’t have to prepare the agenda, which is a blessing in so many ways. Just pay attention and take notes, like the good old days in one of those classes in university.

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14th May 2017

Don’t forget the fada, eh?

The budget rules, in this house, have a single rule. If you are replacing something that you already own, the cost doesn’t count as a splurge. You’re just maintaining the status quo. Making a mad dash on a sunny day, to pick up something in the city is OK. And it requires a household to do things like that. Otherwise, the dog might miss out on most roadtrips. Yes, the Apple count here is up, but that’s only for the moment.

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