Jimbozelbub has left and gone away.
Hey, hey, hey.
Last Saturday evening Dave, Fiona and Meagan cooked dinner and invited Jimbo, Linda, Simon and I for a party to farewell Jimbo who left for Queensland on Tuesday. A galaxy of taste sensations and various apparently excellent wines later everybody was feeling jolly satisfied. For our part the conversation was brisk and entertaining and never waned. The wittiest jape of the evening went to the Man of Honour for "In what?" (you had to be there) and at one point the double entendres
were so thick all Simon had to say was "I [verb]..." to elicit howls of derisive laughter from the oaf sitting next to him. On Sunday morning I drove many people home, eventually.
On Sunday evening I picked up my mother from the airport and we went out for dinner at Verve in Manuka. While waiting for our table we discovered the Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka has moved to larger premises and is open on Sunday evening. The restaurant was so busy we had two waiters and got to hear the lady sitting at the next table interrogating her Thai language tutor over dinner.
At cricket on Monday I made twenty-one runs with the bat. Then I had twenty-two runs hit off my first over. My second over was significantly better with a wicket and five runs for a net result of no change to their total. We were a player down and our oppositon chose me to bowl the last over. They needed twenty runs and, as had been demonstrated earlier, it was entirely possible to score that many off my bowling. Instead I took four wickets and we won.
Then I went to P.J. O'Reilly's for another round of "Bye Bye Jimbo" and arrived in time to meet everybody on their way round the corner to the best Japanese restaurant in Canberra (2002 & 2003) for his last supper. Then it was saying goodnight, driving people home, hugs (in a manly way), salutations, well wishing, au revoir
, driving home quietly, sleeping and now he's gone.
Simon is swapping residences with other tenants of his landlord. He has put everything in the garage so the new tenants can move in today and then he can move into their old place tomorrow.
Tuesday: pack it all up
Wednesday: after work move the furniture into the garage
Thursday: get the place cleaned
Friday: the other tenant moves
Saturday: move it all from the garage to the new place.
Tuesday: pack it all up.
Wednesday: take a day off work to finish packing it all up, after midnight move the furniture into the garage; (Is it called twilight in the morning?)
Thursday: pack up the kitchen and get the place cleaned;
Friday: catch up two days of work and eight hours of sleep.