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What I'm doing [Mar. 21st, 2007|06:54 pm]
Douglas Spencer
On Saturday I went to Julia WINOLJ's birthday up in Sheffield. There was, as you'd expect, astonishing amounts of food and drink. There were also large numbers of rubber ducks. There was assorted good company, some people were vaguely flirting (some of them vaguer than others), and a generally entertaining time was had. I have photos, including a couple of beermat's cranial-anatrine-osculation injury.

On Sunday in the morning early afternoon afternoon, I went to see frandowdsofa, in a different bit of Sheffield, to talk about the "songs of praise" thing that's happening at Eastercon.

On Monday I went to see watervole, down in Dorset, where we talked about the "obscene filking" thing that's happening at Eastercon, to play with musical instruments, and do a few other things too.

On Tuesday morning I took coffee with a couple of senior local Tory ladies (don't worry, I haven't taken on any real work, although I'll probably do a bit of leafleting in the few weeks between Easter and the vote), and in the evening I went to the licensing I posted about a couple of entries ago, where I bumped into one of these ladies again.

Today I've been sitting around coughing up great green lumps of phlegm and wondering why it is that my head hurts and I'm more deaf than usual. Fortunately I didn't have anything planned during the day, but it does mean that tonight I'm missing the ZZ9 pub meeting for the second month running. I seem still to be able to think straight, so I don't think I'm actually ill. If I am, I'll claim that I caught it off those dastardly Anglicans, probably the Bishop of Reading.

Tomorrow (assuming I'm better) I'm going to see a client in order to do arcane things to their Exchange message store.

On Friday, it rather looks as if I'm going to go "clubbing". Not really a normal activity of mine these days -- last time was four and a bit years ago, and while it was quite a bit of fun I think there are certain differences between that club and this one -- but we'll see how it goes. I'm willing to find it entertaining.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 07:03 pm (UTC)
Where are you going on Friday...?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 07:11 pm (UTC)
Betty Ford Clinic at Deep Blue. It's the place appointed by alexmc for the celebration of his birthday, and I'll be stumbling back to his place at god-knows-when in the morning to crash.

I'm not booked in for tango lessons beforehand, however.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, jolly good: I shall see you there, then.

Come to tango! It's great fun! And Mike's not coming, so I won't have a partner....
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 07:22 pm (UTC)
If I attempt to dance, I will manage two or three minutes before my knees and ankles stop working and I'll spend the next several hours in pain. And not in a good way.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I suppose I can let you off, then....
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that sounded a bit abrupt. But I really don't dance... I'd be happy to mind your handbag and watch you dancing, though.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 07:33 pm (UTC)
What're you doing in the afternoon / for dinner?

Seeing as I'm being abandoned and will have to figure out what to wear by myself, and I Have No Clothes, and people keep saying unhelpful things like "You look good with no clothes on", which is totally unsuited to this cold snap....
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
Well, suppose I come and see you for lunch, and then we can go shopping? I can guarantee I have more stamina than certain newly-blonde arthritic young ladies.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm: not sure. Mike's out for lunch (as well as dinner), and we're supposedly having a new cooker hood fitted at some point on Friday....

I might try a bit more shopping tomorrow, but I'm going to see Des, so. Hmm.

Bah. I Have No Clothes.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to assist as you try on all the clothes you already own, if you find that you have to stay in for the cooker hood on Friday. Although I have no dress sense whatsoever, I'm quite capable of saying things like "why don't you try this dress with the corset you were using five minutes ago" and so on, until you find a combination you like.

I'm at a client all day tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And it's May 5th, yes? I must consult with my Ladies. By when do you need to know?
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:03 pm (UTC)
If you ever need a Lady...!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 10:05 pm (UTC)
I was about to direct your attention to this very topic.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:11 pm (UTC)
Heh!

Well, I just bought a new ballgown from eBay, in an attempt to cheer myself up after the earlier shopping failure....

Where is it?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 10:17 pm (UTC)
It's at Freemason's Hall in Leicester, which is about three hours in a car from yours and would mean overnighting in zone seven, coming back the following day.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:33 pm (UTC)
Leicester? Eww... That's... well, it's zone seven!

I shall check with Mike in the morning, but yes, it seems doable!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!

And calm down, dear. Think of it as a bit like going to a convention.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... only without the programme and with extra speeches...? I see....
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From: ex_the_major316
2007-03-22 07:40 am (UTC)
>>Leicester? Eww... That's... well, it's zone seven!

Hey it's not that bad up here!

Hang on...

No, sorry you were right.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-22 07:38 am (UTC)
Crisco is a fine product with many excellent non-culinary applications. It looks like the Best Western Belmont House Hotel in De Montfort Street.

Hmm. Those two sentences should really have been in separate paragraphs.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-25 09:12 am (UTC)
A firm booking, please, for myself and flick. I'll research hotels myself, but it looks like being the hotel I mentioned in my previous comment.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm quite capable of saying things like "why don't you try this dress with the corset you were using five minutes ago" and so on

This seems to be Abi and Mike's preferred method of dealing with me....

Do you want to come 'round for dinner, and then come and watch the tango?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 10:06 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good plan -- just let me know what sort of time you'd like me to show up.

If I'm watching the tango, should I book myself in by email as directed on the website (since "places are limited")? I suspect I should -- I'll go and do so now.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'll email Mat and let him know that you aren't dancing. We'll work something out!

Come 'round whenever you like. Probably want to eat at around six to go out about half seven?

Hmm. What would you like for dinner?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-03-21 10:21 pm (UTC)
I've said
    I'd like to book one space for Tango lessons this Friday. I would normally claim to count as a beginner, but I'm crippled and am unlikely to attempt more than one or two dances unless I'm already heavily anaesthetised, which is unlikely. I'm accompanying Flick and since I'll mostly just be sitting and watching it might make more sense to count me amongst whichever level she's doing while you're calculating numbers.

    I hope that's not too confusing.
Tomato is best avoided, but otherwise I'll be delighted to eat whatever emerges, or to cook something if there's uncooked food to hand.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-03-21 10:27 pm (UTC)
Jolly good: I dropped them a note, too, so it should all be ok.

I might even Go Out and Buy Food! Or, you know, ask Mike to do so for me....
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2007-03-21 11:24 pm (UTC)
Heavens EVERY one's going to the BFC. I really should make an effort..

I was actually replying (before I read all the comments) to ask if last week was some kind of national rubber duck day festival? elseware was also distributing rubber ducks at and round about Tim berners Lee's talk at Soton, which was passing strange..
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