Like a blog when your internet connection is run by a telecommunications monopoly and you're so busy at work the server crashes.
It has taken me two weeks to find an opportunity to update my blog. And when I say "find an opportunity" this is your tax dollars at work.
Meanwhile the opening game of the Rugby World Cup was fun. I went with Andy, Mikey and Rod. We got to join in with 80,000 Australians booing the Prime Minister (until the recorded cheering over the public address system drowned us out, a lesson learned form the Rugby League Grand Final). Then we got to join in singing Advance Australia Fair
(poorly and at odds with the band and the soprano). Then we got to join in singing Waltzing Matilda
whenever Argentina looked like scoring, and chant "Wendell" when the first try of the competition was scored, and cry out in vicarious pain each time the big screen replayed David Giffin landed on his head. You don't have to join in to watch rugby, but it helps.
Then on Saturday Andy, Jo, Mikey and I went to the Livid music festival. I listened to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Boysetsfire, Frenzal Rhomb, Har Mar Superstar, Jurassic 5, Lamb, Liars, Peabody, Pacifier, and The White Stripes. (There were others but I can't remember their names, or find an event schedule on the internet.) Some bands I listened to less than others, they did not hold my interest. Others I found entertaining. The White Stripes was my favourite, and Lamb was my favourite too (until I saw The White Stripes at the end of the evening). I listened to those two bands the most. Also, there were lots of people at Livid. Many people were sending messages on their mobile phones to try to find where their friends were. Some people where not as smart as others; they were shouting "Where are you?" at their mobile phones within ten metres of a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performance.
On Sunday, after a big cooked breakfast at 11:00 with Frank, Jo, Mikey and Rod; and watching American Splendour
with Jo and Mikey; I went to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert with Amanda, Andrew, Chris, Dave, Evan, Simon (but not Anna, Fiona, Nola or Ted who were at the Duke of Edinburgh before and/or after the show). Al funny.
And then on Monday: won indoor cricket by forfeit. And then on Tuesday: played Jimbo's last regular tabletop session of Jonathan's Golden
game at Charmed Pages with Greg, Jimbo, Jonathan, Luke and Simon. And then on Wednesday: drove Simon around to sign his lease and collect packing boxes for moving house. And then on Thursday: saw Kill Bill: Volume 1
with Dave, Fiona, Jimbo, Linda, Meagan and Simon. Cartoon violence from beginning to end, and only some of it was animation.
Finally, my testing manager position needs to be filled while I'm away next year. Beaker has requested expressions of interest and attached a list of requirements. It seems that I will not be being replaced by a chicken, or even a rat; which is nice.