See You Next Wednesday
Even when I plan ahead I don't know what I'm doing.
I hurt my knee (again) playing indoor cricket last week. I won't be playing this week because of my knee. This week the cricket game starts at half past five and Human Shields won't be able to field a team at that time so we asked for the game time to be changed. If the game time is not changed Dave wants to take the opportunity to see Terminator 3
or Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
. On Sunday we didn't play Jonathan's Golden
game because Greg was moving house and everybody with two good knees was toting chattels. If the cricket game time is changed, or if the cricket game time is not changed and I don't get the movie details, I will go to the Golden
game session at Jonathan's shop, Charmed Pages, tonight; otherwise I will go to see a movie with Dave.
Tomorrow I wanted to watch The Talons of Weng Chiang
but I can't find the DVD in the shops.
Please choose carefully as weekends cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Last weekend I was going to watch the Australian Netball Team on telly. On Saturday I was going to watch their final pool match against Jamaica and their quater final match against Barbados. On Sunday I was going to watch their semifinal match against England and on Monday I was going to watch their grand final match against New Zealand. Instead, on Saturday I set the video recorder to tape the games and drove Jimbo, Linda and Simon to the computer fair at Woden CIT before we went to a new LAN gaming shop to play Rise of Nations
and Warcraft III
for five hours.
On Saturday night I discovered the video recorder had not taped anything. On Sunday morning I discovered the video had trouble playing the video cassette and it's default response was to shut down without ejecting the tape. On Monday the video recorder taped the grand final with no sound.
This weekend I have made no plans.
Australia lost by two goals and I think it was down to coaching decisions. New Zealand had been blitzing their opposition throughout the competition (99-11 against Nuie and twice scoring over 100 goals) by focussing their attack around their 190cm tall goal shooter, Irene van Dyk. However Australia occasionally lead the scoring and in the end had more attempts at goal than New Zealand. Van Dyk took 86% of the Silver Fern's attempts at 95% accuracy. This isn't new to Australia, it is exactly the same tactic Sydney University Sandpipers employ with Jo Morgan in the national league and they are usually struggling mid-table. The Australian player's were not outclassed and the team should not have been outplayed. The starting seven was not adjusted soon enough to counter the Silver Fern's tactics (and it's not as if the coaches didn't know what to expect) so the team that could have won never made it onto the court.
That was the event that wasn't.
Wednesday was not uneventful after all. Wednesday was the day someone decided the September release would now be two releases, a fortnight apart. This is not such a chore, people have to distribute their work between the two releases and anything in the second release has it's deadlines moved back two weeks. Unless you are the Testing Manager who now has to coordinate two testing plans simultaneously. Any consequences for one release will also be consequences for the other release because for four weeks of the six week testing period the two releases will be using resources concurrently. The deadlines for the test plan aren't moved back two weeks, they are duplicated. Not only are there now twice as many details to manage, each also has twice as many consequences, making the workload exponentially greater. Did I mention I am the Testing Manager?
I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
Plenty of circuses, not so much bread.
On Saturday the Phoenix Powerpuff Girls defeated the Liz Ellis Swifts 53 to 46 after trailing at the end of the first quarter. I fell asleep in front of Wimbledon on Monday night but woke up at 3:30am in time to catch the last few games of Mark Philippoussis beating Andre Agassi in five sets. Last night Human Shields fielded a full team (including four substitutes Dave gathered from the crowd while our first pair batted) and comfortably outplayed the opposition 141 to 99. Tomorrow night Fiona and I are going to see Black Grace at the Canberra Theatre.
Tomorrow is also when I get paid and two days before Linda gets paid. Last night we had twenty dollars between us and the cats ate the last tin of cat food. Also, all the saucepans and coffee cups have been used. I expect today will be an unremarkable day.
This may not sound like the snappiest line from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but it evidently caught the imagination of John Landis, who has worked references to a mythical film of this name into most of his own movies - memorably as the grotty British skinflick watched by an assortment of lycanthropes and zombies in the climax of An American Werewolf in Paris [sic] (1981).
Ghastly Beyond Belief, Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman