See You Next Wednesday
Tuesday, March 27
Longer weekend.

I walked up Mount Taylor again, this time with other people and a brisk cold wind. Then I sat in the sun without a hat for a couple of hours. Predictably I caught a cold. So I had a sleep, skipped work, drank tea and soup, and sat mostly still for a day. Now I am better. I hope you are feeling fit and well.
Thursday, March 22

On Wednesday morning I had no plans for the day. By Wednesday afternoon I was having coffee with Emma and Shy. We vented about frustrating work and had a wonderful long conversation, which was nice. They looked splendid in pretty purple buttony blouse and wavy brown dress, and I had an ill-fitting unisex corporate jacket on. Emma put some great black lace up knee length boots on lay-by.
Monday, March 19
Non-linear time.

I dreamed somebody gave me a marvellous book which she wanted me to have. The book had ideas with simple diagrams and space to make your own notes. I was surprised the person wanted me to have such a marvellous book because I thought she was angry with me. When I woke up I didn't need to get out of bed so I went back to sleep and I had the dream again. I asked the person why she gave me the marvellous book. I had the dream three of four times. Eventually I had a different dream.
In the different dream I was meeting the person. I saw her but she missed me in the crowd. I called out to her but she didn't hear me. Eventually the person saw me, back the way she had come, calling to her. The person felt rejected because I had failed to attracted her attention and she was angry with me.
This was why I was surprised the person gave me the marvellous book. However, the reason the person felt rejected was I didn't seem to want her attention even though she had given me the marvellous book.
Thursday, March 15
Gamin' Around.

Ars Magica advanced in leaps and bounds as more covenfolk returned to the castle. Anatole was welcomed into the covenant, which was nice. I am still overwhelmed by how much less I know the rules than the other players but everybody is fantastically tolerant and helpful, and good at it too. Also, I can update the wiki now.

Spirit of the Century proceeded despite a late start and Dave being so ill he came home from work before lunch. The characters are separated so progress was at quarter speed. The session finished when Dave excused himself to vomit. Get well soon, Dave.

Not good enough, elbows.

I failed to donate blood plasma again. The first venipuncture almost didn't bleed. The second managed to fill the tubes and wet the bag but the first apheresis contused, so that was the end of that. I have one more plasmapheresis appointment and if nothing improves I shall stop for a year.

Pretty Winona.

I saw A Scanner Darkly, it was okay. I enjoyed it myself and many other people were there enjoying it, but I think we were generally enjoying different things about it. I thought the Rotoscope was good, but I don't believe it was all done by hand. Perhaps it wasn't and I am misinformed; perhaps some artificiality was deliberately introduced. However, the Rotoscope was good.
Sunday, March 11
What a difference a day* makes.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn, both of them. I still haven't stuck shiny stars to my dollies but it is imminent, possibly immediately after I post this. I also haven't seen The Departed but as it mostly a ploy to join the ANU Film Group I shall try again on Wednesday with A Scanner Darkly. Stay tuned for further developments (but don't hold your breath). Over and above these things, but only literally, I walked up Mount Taylor this morning.

*And it's been two days since I posted.
Friday, March 9
To do (instead) list.

I didn't see The Departed yesterday. Nobody else wanted too*, but they did want to do other things. So instead I did the other things too. I didn't mow the lawn yesterday either, as the weather was moderately impending, but I weeded. And I didn't stuck shiny stars on my dollies, and I don't know why not.

*It did involve joining the ANU Film Group, at short notice, so I am unsurprised.
Tuesday, March 6
Happy times and places.

Peter had computer trouble yesterday so Ars Magica was postponed until next week. Instead, I had a cup of tea, some biscuits and a splendid conversation with Shy at her new house. Caterina, Emma, Gavin, James and I helped Shy move her belongings on Saturday and we met her landlord Paul who seems a jolly fellow. After the toting Alex, Emma, Gavin, Shy and I ate ice cream and watched Mirrormask on DVD before Alex, Emma and I went to Dave's place to play InSpectres with Andy and Steve. InSpectres was okay fun, but it will be better when we learn how to play. We forgot to use "stress" so we had no obstacles and the team had chalked up a victory even before they arrived at the scene of the drama. Tonight Dave, Emma, Jimbo, Simon and I will continue in the collaborative roleplaying vein with a session proper of Spirit of the Century. How lucky am I?
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

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