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Tidying time - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Tidying time
I suppose it could be considered ironic that I spent a large portion of a Bank Holiday sorting and filing statements, payslips, cheques, etc. Still, a six-inch-high stack of paper went for recycling, and nearly everything else went in the filing cabinet, so I feel I achieved something useful.

I'm sure having to go through such huge piles of paper ought to teach me that I should just file things as I go along. However, given that it only took about an hour to file a heap of paper going back to June 2003, and doing all the filing in one go allowed me to get something useful done while watching the snooker, I can't really convince myself that it's a bad thing.

There are so many things I keep meaning to write about on LiveJournal. I think it's time for a poll, to ask my readership (dear readers!) what they want to read, out of the stuff that's currently wandering around in my head:

What shall I write about?

The problem of Stuff
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Built-in failure (or how not to drop out)
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Recent gigs (Alabama 3 on April 22nd; John Martyn on April 28th)
1(2.3%)
Learning how (not) to learn
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Cambridge is an anagram of Oxford, really
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SEX!
1(2.3%)
Why I know more poems about snow than about rain
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A personal FAQ (including "So what is it about badgers?" and "Look, I'm not being funny, but what happened to your arms?")
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Musings on monogamy (possibly another FAQ: "Doesn't your boyfriend mind when you CHEAT ON HIM with his full knowledge and consent?")
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Religion and speculative fiction
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The things I'm not allowed to talk about on LiveJournal
1(2.3%)


I can't guarantee I'll actually get round to writing about any of these, but I'd be interested to know what people choose.
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oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: May 4th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
a six-inch-high stack of paper went for recycling

Focus-Do-It-All or whatever they're called this week have a 9.99 shredder. We got one. It's FUN! OK it can only do 5 sheets at a time and you're not supposed to let it get hot by running it for more than 4 minutes continuously, but what do you want for a tenner?
j4 From: j4 Date: May 4th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
what do you want for a tenner?

A couple of CDs? A couple of paperbacks? Two or three items of clothing from a charity shop? New pair of cheap fun shoes? A badger? "Shoe Barbie" plus some extra Barbie accessories? An eyelet-punching tool? A couple of packs of propeller pencils, because I always seem to lose them?
ewx From: ewx Date: May 4th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

what do you want for a tenner?

Pet dalek!
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: May 4th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: what do you want for a tenner?

I was NOT trying to start a meme!
ewx From: ewx Date: May 4th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: what do you want for a tenner?

Don't care, wanna pet dalek!
d_floorlandmine From: d_floorlandmine Date: May 4th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: what do you want for a tenner?

Too late! [grin]
j4 From: j4 Date: May 4th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: what do you want for a tenner?

I think it's more of a meme if you don't try to start it...
julietk From: julietk Date: May 4th, 2004 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it wrong to be interested in hearing what you have to say about all the above?
d_floorlandmine From: d_floorlandmine Date: May 4th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
What she said! [grin]
reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: May 4th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll second that. I read for the way that you do it, not the what you do.
claerwen From: claerwen Date: May 4th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, so I was going to tick all the boxes, but then I read your next post, so I have helpfully ticked only four. I really want to know why, in the name of all that is holy, badgers, when you could have SHEEP?

And I didn't really know what you meant by three of the other things, so I ticked them because I thought that could be interesting.

Baa!
j4 From: j4 Date: May 4th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Badgers are intelligent and interesting and stripy and cool. Sheep are just meat-and-two-cardigans on legs. :)
claerwen From: claerwen Date: May 4th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh yes, stripes, hadn't thought of that. Stripy things are good.

However, I deplore your off-hand dismissal of cardigans.
nja From: nja Date: May 4th, 2004 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, more stuff about badgers. My little brother has never forgiven my parents, they took me and middle brother into the Dorset woods at midnight to sacrifice us to Beelzebub watch badgers. And we saw them.

Mum knitted me a badger when I was very little. Middle brother got a rat, ha ha. (Wind in the Willows - had little brother been alive he would have probably got a toad, ha ha ha).
From: rmc28 Date: May 4th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I ticked everything because it's you and you tend to be interesting, whatever you're writing about.
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: May 4th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
AOL. Your contributions are always worth reading, Jan.
But if it came to choosing just one of those things, well it would have to be a further explanation of the badger obsession. Just about beats the more conventional and salacious suggestions into second place.
Oh, and I heard good reports re John Martyn elsewhere, I take it that the old bugger was on form for the Cambridge gig. Good to hear Danny Thompson's there.
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