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I'm wasting all your time
So I was in the kitchen, making myself a cup of coffee, I call it the idiot drink, and decided to have one of the doughnuts that Anne had provided for her birthday, not that a birthday's anything to celebrate, ho ho, 21 again, another year closer to another birthday. And the man who was standing there whose name I probably still won't know when I shake the dust of this place from my shoes several months down the line said "Ooh, they're not good for you, you know," and I laughed and said "Well, ho ho, it'll cheer me up, and that's good for me," and did that slight breathy laugh that you do for laughing at your own jokes not because they're funny but to tag them as jokes because they're not funny and otherwise you might not notice and then it's straight into the valley of funny looks and sidling past in corridors. Then I tried to get out through the door with a cup of coffee in one hand and the doughnut slowly oozing jam in the other, arsing the door open with a huff of the hips and then catching it on a foot or an elbow or an oh as if it matters, and somehow the doorhandle swung into my back, so that I made an involuntary "ngh" sound from somewhere down in my belly, and then I worried for the whole way back to my desk that it had sounded as though I'd made a hoggy little "mmm" sound at the prospect of a big cheap sticky doughnut all scratchy with sugar and full of pink plastic jam. And that was my morning.

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livredor From: livredor Date: September 21st, 2005 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, you know, I'm glad that you pointed out that pleasure is good for you, even if you made a joke of it. I'm very annoyed with the concept that sugar and fat are sinful. Enjoying a cheap doughnut isn't "hoggy", and even if it were, so what? Grr, silly man. Being priggish about other people's eating habits isn't good for you either.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
But he was just saying it because you have to say something to make conversation when there's somebody else in the kitchen, and he'd almost certainly had a doughnut himself and didn't really think I shouldn't have one, and while being cheered up is a good thing and sugar has no moral value nobody's going to pretend that a doughnut has much in the way of nutritional content, and I wasn't worried that he'd think I was piggy, just self-conscious about making funny noises at people, and in fact more (as usual) self-conscious about the moment of self-consciousness and the endless différance in my head.
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Interestingly, if a flea could breathe as much as a man, it would inhale St Paul's Cathedral.

Are you still in Scotland? When do you get back? And have you really got pink hair, or is that a Photoshop job?
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
See you at the Junction if you do make it!

Pink hair... gwaaaan. You know you want to. :)
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Time to ring some changes?

You can have my job. They wouldn't care if you had pink hair. They probably wouldn't notice.
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: September 21st, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a man (so some people say, anyway), and I've never inhaled St Paul's Cathedral.
Though I did wake up with a funny taste in my mouth last Thursday...
truecatachresis From: truecatachresis Date: September 21st, 2005 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, doughnuts.
truecatachresis From: truecatachresis Date: September 21st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, you made me buy a doughnut at lunch time; I hope you feel guilty.

I nearly typed quilty there; would you have minded feeling quilty?
nja From: nja Date: September 21st, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went into town for lunch (paneer dhosa) and bought some carrot halwa to eat in my office. It is making me happy.

j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Carrot halva? Wow. Is that sweet, or savoury, or... what?

Do you think it would go well with Bovril?
nja From: nja Date: September 21st, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is (or was) very sweet. Semolina, carrot, cardamom, bits of almond, probably more clarified butter than I want to think about, and I'd guess some sugar (because carrot ain't that sweet on its own). I think there were a few raisins in there, too.

It might go well with Bovril. Bovril's veggie now, isn't it? Why isn't it just called Vril now? I demand answers!
addedentry From: addedentry Date: September 21st, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you know how marketing departments worry about undesirable associations.
nja From: nja Date: September 21st, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, the most boring fantasy novel ever (though in fairness I haven't read The Silmarillion). One of the few novels I have ever started and not finished.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: September 21st, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have laughed. Especially if the door twack had resulted in a direct hit with squirted doughnut jam.

Meanwhile, do you think that these people could be related?

LNR Hoiho

I think we should be told.
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 22nd, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe they are song lyrics, in search of a tune. Do you have any tunes handy?
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