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Cars, guns, and book covers

To my utter surprise and amazement, I actually enjoyed yesterday's company outing. It's a pity I only learned to take my foot off the brake in the last heat, 'cause there's nothing quite as exhilarating as tearing round the bends at breakneck speed, skidding like mad, and still maintaining control of the wheel. Unfortunately, today I'm paying for it, as I can hardly move my arms for the pain in my muscles and shoulders! Because of my inability to let go of the brakes in the first two heats, I finished second to last in the afternoon's race.

I fared better in the laser game that followed; although by no means top scorer, only taking aim 281 times in the 15 minutes the game lasted, I ended up the most accurate marksman the day's organisers had ever seen (or so they said), with a hit percentage of 64. My colleagues stood in awe (or they could have been aghast, I really couldn't tell), and I flashed back to the day my fencing master told me I had to take special care stepping on to the mat, because -in his words- I was deadly. Personally, I just tend to think that I have good reflexes.

As I had expected, it did get quite late last night, and I went to bed without sorting through the post. I overslept this morning, called in sick, had a coffee and squee-ed when I came to a thick blue envelope containing a letter from a New York friend I hadn't been in touch with for ages. In it, she told me all the things that had been happening in her life over the past year and a half; and it felt wonderful to be reading between the lines that she's now in a much happier place than she was a year or two ago. She's amazingly talented (or I've always thought so), but didn't have enough confidence in herself then to make her dreams come true - but she writes that she hasn't forgotten about them and I get the distinct impression that this time, she will succeed in bringing them to fruition.

She's also very humorous; and she writes that these days she's needling people on the bus by putting fake book covers on the books she's reading, knowing that people will always try to see what you're reading. My friend is what you call a big woman, and she's noticed that people would rather stand on a crowded bus than sit down next to her, and so she's made this shiny, gaudy-coloured book cover complete with NYPL sticker proclaiming her current read to be Fat Is Contagious. How Sitting Next to a Fat Person Can Make YOU Fat by Kimberly Cox, Ph. D. She sent me one to show me, and it's hilarious.

I've just realised: she doesn't write what people's reactions are. So if you're in New York, and you see a woman riding a bus in midtown Manhattan reading a book about how fat is catching, please observe the other passengers' reactions, then run and tell me.

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hils
Sep. 20th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Booked my train tickets. I get into Milton Keynes at 4:25 on the Saturday and my train back is at 4:40 on the Sunday

*bites nails* Not long now
gamiila
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
Not long, indeed! I'm sure Cass and I can meet you at MK station then.

I'd better get organised myself...How does one go about booking trains, exactly? 'Cause I'm thinking that in order to get up to Manchester for the Tuesday night gig, it might be best to book in advance.
hils
Sep. 21st, 2004 12:19 am (UTC)
www.qjump.co.uk

That should sort you out :)
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)
And it did! I'm going to go up to Manchester in one of them tilting trains I saw on the news yesterday!
London to Manchester in just over two hours, can you believe it?
hils
Sep. 21st, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Very cool! I'm getting quite excited now
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
Me, too! Now comes the best bit: I can start worrying about what to wear...
hils
Sep. 21st, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
I was gonna ask you that! How casual are we all going? I don't want to get dressed up too smart if no one else is

At the moment I'm thinking of wearing my PotC top, a pair of black velvet trousers and my black platform boots

Just an idea at this stage

gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm thinking of wearing my PotC top, a pair of black velvet trousers and my black platform boots


Looks alright to me! The Collectormania website states that the dress code is 'smart casual' if you don't want to go the whole hog and come in fancy dress (it is a sci-fi party after all!), bus since I'm only interested in seeing CoRo, I'm going to go for casual myself. I'm fully expecting the guys to dress down for this event themselves!

At the moment, I'm not sure whether to wear my new gold-embroidered maroon skirt (but I don't know what to wear with it), net stockings and pointy wrap around heels; or my newest Esprit top with jeans and b/w ankle-boots.

Or...I could wear my nice woollen crocheted skirt of many colours with tassels along the hem, with my red suede slingbacks...

Or my nice new pink-striped grey slacks...

Or...


hils
Sep. 21st, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Hee!!! The crochet skirt sounds nice if you want a second opinon :)
gamiila
Sep. 22nd, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)
Good choice!

I've had it a good number of years, and I did snag it some time ago and will have to check the damage done, but it's one of those items of clothing you just can't say goodbye to. It's brown, purple, red and orange and its sheer gaudiness never fails to cheer me up when wearing it. OK -- into my suitcase it goes (along with all the other listed items)!

BTW - we're not staying in the other Travelodge. roissy0 has just communicated that she's counting on us to share her room right across from the stadium. Tee-hee! Means calove doesn't have to stick to water all night long!
hils
Sep. 22nd, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
Excellent. It's all coming together nicely. My train tickets arrived today so I'm good to go!
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