See You Next Wednesday
I wore my best shoulder pads to The Newsagency on Saturday, the purple feathered ones. Standing at the back of the room I counted chairs and waved to stars standing in the dressing room doorway at the far end of a hallway. When Fox and Lark performed they rocked the whole world in that little space. They were chirpy and cheeky and funny and loud and brave and strong and not long enough. It's never long enough; I took a chance on my corner near the door to wallow in the ebbing vim, which is a rare pleasure. When I washed up many folk had left and some folk were left: lovely Linda who was accommodating the band in Sydney, ubiquitous Anne, and Juliet's sister-in-law Irene. When the crowd had properly dispersed we had a drink with Juliet and Catherine. Catherine made my shoulder pads. In truth, the purple feathered shoulder pads are my only shoulder pads, and still they are the best.
Triple J's Hottest 100
Until the top five I didn't hear a whole song from beginning to end; I couldn't identify any of them then, nor can I recall them now - I'm not very good at this... We went to a barbecue hosted by Jo's friends Hester, and Craig, where I met many people including Savannah and Dwayne (who may spell their names differently). I almost met some more people at lunch, but they got up to play nice music and sing morose songs. Other people sang opera and Koko sang a karaoke song from the Frozen
soundtrack, which was nice.
On Sunday the youngest's tolerance for full length episodes of Doctor Who
was proved. Nils's favourite Doctor is the tenth and Koko's favourite Doctor is the eleventh. We watched the ninth Doctor in Rose
(of all the scary Autons the child-sized Autons were the scariest) and The End of the World
which was hard to follow, possibly because attention was waning. On Monday we watched The Unquiet Dead
and that was well received too (although Nils may have been disappointed it was still only the ninth Doctor). I left behind Series One for them to watch as well as the first season of The Sarah Jane Adventures
and the two Dalek movies - that should keep them busy, at least until March.
I drove home listening to my Sparrow-Folk CD, and that was another good weekend.
On Saturday I mostly played volleyball
, which was nice. I fell over sometimes and I popped my knee (again, as usual). It was fun and friendly and afterwards some people went for a drink and talked to each other. Now my quadriceps are sore (from playing volleyball, not from talking to people). I must remember to tell other people the Canberra Comedy Festival
in on from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 March this year, and to tell everybody Schnitz and Giggles
returns to Smith's Alternative Bookshop
on Monday 20 January.*
On Sunday I mostly helped Sparrow-Folk
make a motion picture to accompany their song Ruin Your Day
, which was great fun. They captured moving images at The Cupping Room
. One day, I'm going to go there when they're open for business to drink some coffee (and hopefully to eat breakfast, too) because it is a pleasant café.
Today I received two Doctor Who
t-shirts in the mail, and I have four more in the cupboard, and two more in the wash, and two more general sci-fi t-shirts which have tardises on them in the cupboard. T-shirts take up most of my cupboard space, Doctor Who
t-shirts are a significant fraction of them.
*Writing stuff down (WSD) is a mnemonic device I use to aid my memory, like an aide-mémoire. It's the best use I have found for mnemonic devices.
As I recall…
Matt married Sheri. Kate married DJ. Ollie and Oscar were born. The Tuesday night Mouse Guard
game at Duffy Street moved to Halford Crescent, then changed to a Monster of the Week
game, then moved to Thursday night, and ran out of steam. Narayan’s infrequent Werewolf
game became an even less frequent Diaspora
game. I played in Schnitz and Giggles
, Hotel Incognito
and an improvised theatre format inspired by a cartoon called Sunday Brunch
. My volleyball team succumbed to a lack of players, but I have found another, less structured, group
to play with. Amber and Oli continued to host boardgames on the second Friday evening of each month, which is nice.