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Flotsam and jetsam

Busy day at work again, but I've just remembered that I still have 40 days of holidays left. That's 8 weeks -- and with 3 months left in this year, if I take 2 weeks off each month I'll still have 2 to add to next year's quotum, bringing my total for 2004 up to a respectable 7 weeks. Sounds like a plan to me!

It turns out I missed Fran at the airport on Sunday because the silly moo had e-mailed me the wrong bloody date of arrival - and then I missed her distress call as I'd forgotten to switch on my mobile. This is something that I do quite often; I keep my mobile for emergencies only, and as I don't expect to be dealing with any, I fail to respond when one presents itself. ;-)

Apart from the minor upset suffered on Sunday (& continuing into Monday), the weekend hasn't been that bad. After 2 years of cost cutting initiatives preventing the event from taking place, we finally had a hp picnic again this year. In the past, these company outings were major social events and lots of work, preparation and money went into them - this year it was just a simple gathering at the beach with a bouncy castle for the kids; but the weather was absolutely fantastic, warm and sunny, and so I wasn't sorry I'd elected to come and bring my sister's kids.

Went to catch a movie with a friend that evening, and we chose The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in which Sean Connery (ah-Sean Connery!) reprises his role of Dr. Henry Jones, Sr in the third Indiana Jones-film. This film, however, isn't in the same league or anywhere close. It's alright if you like explosions, but the story is rubbish while the characters have no depth or development at all. Nice idea, but...how does a gigantic submarine manage to maneuver itself into the Venice lagoon, let alone Venice itself? and, if he knows that clapping eyes on his portrait is his downfall, why doesn't Mr. Gray simply close them when confronted with the painting?

Had lunch with another friend on Monday, and plotted our weekend away in Brussels this Saturday and Sunday...we're taking the Spider out for a spin again.
I've never been to Brussels...well, not that I can remember...it's only a couple of hours away but I don't think I've ever had a reason to go there before. Still don't, but it seems like as good a destination as any to me now.


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Sep. 23rd, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
I agree with you on the movie.
LOEG have no character depth. Too bad too because the idea of the movie could have been a great adventure. The submarine looked good - but you're right - getting into Venice??? David and I thought just a movie with the submarine and the characters would have been fun.

Sep. 23rd, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: I agree with you on the movie.
Yes, the characters, the sub...much more could have been made of this. Perhaps in the sequel? But whoever will they find to provide the necessary 'experience' now that Dorian's no longer among them?

Actually, I sincerely hope there won't be a sequel. But if the ending's anything to go by, then Allan Quartermain isn't going to remain dead for for long.
Sep. 24th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
Re: I agree with you on the movie.
That's what David and I said after we left the theater - what a waste of good characters! But Quartermain could easily be resurected. . .

Sep. 24th, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan to me!

Sounds like a bloody good plan to me! Will you do it? Take 2 weeks a month off for the rest of the year?

Sep. 24th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC)
Just did!

Of course, it will mean no daily Internet access for the time I've taken off...I think I'm beginning to see the point to your repeated request "Buy.A.Computer"!
Sep. 25th, 2003 02:32 am (UTC)
Just did!

Because you are my friend, and because, naturally, I want the best for you - YAY!!! :-)

Of course, it will mean no daily Internet access for the time I've taken off

But because I'm basically a selfish cow at heart - BOO!!! :-(

But on balance, and all things considered - YAY!! GO YOU!!
Sep. 25th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC)
Well, as long as you are seriously thinking about the home computer for staying in touch, I heartily endorse the taking the time off. (of course, I endorse it anyway, as your friend, as Cass says lol!)
Sep. 25th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm seriously thinking home computer -- and complete rewiring -- new sofa -- new freezer -- DVD player -- trip to NYC -- you catch my drift?
Sep. 25th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC)
I know, viele geld. (I think that's the phrase for "lots of money", isn't it?)
Sep. 25th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
In German, yes.
Sep. 25th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
Just because you're busy doesn't mean you have to be curt, Hedwig -- actually, it's close enough if you measnt it to be Dutch. 'Veel geld' = a lot of money.

Where did you pick up your Dutch, btw?
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