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Spring cleaning... in June. - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Spring cleaning... in June.
Friday is normally our film night, but we decided on a night in, a BBQ and a DVD. Unfortunately the weather decided that a BBQ was out, so indoors cooking it was. Misty made some "Nandos" style chicken, some 'slaw and stuffed mushrooms which were very nice! We tucked into starters of which I have no idea how to spell, and they were goooood!

We watched Impostor, which was almost as good as watching it the first time at the cinema... even knowing the final outcome. Misty watched the first part of the film before going online for a chat. I guess I'll never get her really excited about sci-fi unless it has Keanu in a lead role.

Saturday was the start of the mad cleaning spree that lasted most of the weekend. After sorting out my sisters finances, I took a quick trip to the hobby shop for an adapter for the tap in the garden. Our new hose has a metric thread, and the tap was probably made only a couple years after the great flood. My trip was only partially successful, there are no adapters for the size of thread on the tap, but I did manage to get a new tap! This meant some plumbing work would be required... so a quick call to dad was in order.

After finding out that dad was out all day I came to the horrific conclusion that I might have to do some DIY myself. As scary as this sounds I was comforted by the fact I could switch off the water supply to the tap outside without disrupting the rest of the houses water! This increased my confidence by a factor numbers are not enough to convey. This was short lived as I found I couldn't remove the old tap with the few tools I have. A trip to see dad when he returned home would be required.

After failing to fix the tap I started in the front room, while Misty cleared up the kitchen. By about mid afternoon it was decided that food was necessity, and the BBQ came out again. Burgers and sausages got the treatment with the rest of the 'slaw and southern beans. After eating enough food to feed a small armed division we sat in the garden in the shade.

It was during this time we decided the garden also needed a damn good tidy... the few plants that have decided to grow in the barren wasteland that is our patio have got entirely out of hand. There was no way I was tackling them with my bare hands ... garden gloves are required. A plan was drawn up: A quick trip to the 'rents for some tools (for the tap), then a walk to the supermarket for gardening gloves, then a walk to the pub for a swift ale. It seemed like a just reward for our days efforts.

The plan, like many others, was only partially successful. I did manage to get tools from dad (but they have remained unused!). We did walk to the supermarket, but they had nothing we required. We did walk to the pub, but after a rocky start (20 minute wait to be served) we stayed for the evening.

The "Good Intent" has a very high probability of becoming our local. Although the choice of beer is small, it's not too expensive and was remarkably trouble free. The jukebox has a varied selection, some of which are very good. When the bar staff had eventually turned up the service was also very good. I can see a few evenings being spent there.

After an in depth discussion about gender roles and body language we retired for the evening.

Sunday morning Misty was up early to go shopping with my sis. As she left I got up to go shopping at B&Q's. After a few modest purchases I was robbed of the best part of £60. I got an adjustable spanner (so I didn't need dad's spanners) and some gloves, a fork, and a tool box. I guess they will all last me a long time, so I can't complain much, but no way should that lot come to £60!

When I got back I fixed the tap in the garden. We now have a hose that works! Not that we need it any more, it's been pissing down for about 12 hours now. I then started on the back garden. Misty joined me shortly after, and we yanked up our unwanted growths from the patio and path. After a couple hours work in the heat we surveyed our efforts and saw that it was good. So we had breakfast.

After snoozing in front of the TV, we tried to complete the jigsaw puzzle that's been living under the sofa for the last couple weeks. another attempt at Nandos style chicken, and it was good! We watched a little more TV before retiring.

Some points of interest: Misty bought a few new CD's last week, one of which was Moby's 18. How can I have missed this guy? I know of a couple of the tracks, but only because I've caught bits of them on the radio or the TV. The reason I feel I’ve managed to miss this otherwise good artist is all the music industries fault. I'll explain: I don't listen to chart music any more because 99% of it is "pop". That's not pop as in popular, but pop as in bubblegum, manufactured, "aimed at 13 year olds", shit. The music industry keeps lamenting the fact that record sales are down but can't seem to understand that if you aim all your music output at 13 year olds you shouldn't complain that your album sales are low. Adults have the cash to buy the most music, not little children. Those little children are fickle SOB's that'll get to 20 and then hate all the "bands" the industry has been throwing at them. How can I find out about the 1 in a 1000 good artists out there if I'm not listening to chart shows or watching MTV? I have to get lucky and hope that the radio station I listen to will play them. A radio station aimed at my generation and older who's motto is conservative might not be conservative enough.

There's no middle ground. I guess I'm lucky because Misty brought some of these artists I've missed to my attention. I have to wonder at some of the other artists out there that I may never hear of. I have to hope that the music industry will finally wake up and start to *promote* good bands rather than try to *make* good bands.

Oh well ... I can dream can't I?

Current Mood: Glum

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tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: June 30th, 2003 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'll never get her really excited about sci-fi unless it has Keanu in a lead role.

Oi! That isn't true. Yes, he's cute, and yes, I've liked the Matrix films, but I don't think he's such a splendid actor and I don't like Matrix just 'cause he's in it.

The reason I didn't get excited about Impostor the second time around is that I've already seen it once & that spoils the plot twist. Some movies are just as good every time you watch them because there's more than just cool action & sting endings. Impostor isn't one of those films, imho, and a lot of sci-fi is like that. It's "Look at all the cool special effects we can do. Isn't this neat? Hey, here's an explosion!" There's not much character development & actual plot is kept at a bare minimum, and that's the stuff I like. Must I mention "Resident Evil" again? ;)

So there. heh.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: June 30th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Not seen Imposter ... may I borrow please? If it's region 2?
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 1st, 2003 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure what region it is - I bought quite a few home with me on our last trip state side... I'll check when I get home.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: July 1st, 2003 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
K hun .. but if you bought it in the states, more than likely region 1
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