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What I did at the weekend
Firstly, congrats to k425 and Rapunzel on the arrival of youngbloke! I was in the pub when hoiho texted to let me know, so apologies to k425 for what might have been (I can't remember!) a drunk and incoherent SMS...

Now, let's see, where did I get to? Ah, yes -- hoiho, sion_a and I went to see Waiting for Godot at the ADC on Thursday night. It was mostly very good; review to follow, if I remember.

I did another shift at Oxfam Books on Friday morning. Spent a lot of the time learning how to tell from the labels whether records are worth money or not -- Claire (experienced volunteer-type-person who knows a fair bit about records) was trying to teach Diana (deputy manager) how to do this, and I was initially just hovering and listening out of general interest (and lack of anything else to do), but I ended up getting very interested in it and doing a fair amount of the work.

After finishing at the shop I went for lunch with hoiho, and we then spent most of the afternoon drinking coffee and pottering around town together, before he finally really had to set off back to Scotland for another week. Lovely to spend the afternoon with him but sometimes I feel like we spend all our time saying goodbye to each other. <sigh>

As I was walking aimlessly back towards town, trying to shake the feeling that someone had switched off all the lights in my mind, an old lady who was clearly in some distress accosted me and begged me to help her -- she'd left her mother (who was over 90) sitting "on a metal bench somewhere" while she went to Sainsburys, but now couldn't remember where the bench in question was, except that she thought it was near Marks & Spencer. I walked back in that direction with her ("it's no problem, I'm going that way anyway", I half-lied -- well, I wasn't going anywhere in particular, might as well have been going that way as any other) while trying to keep her calm, and eventually, fortunately, she spotted her mother wandering around outside Superdrug.

I don't believe in Fate (though she may believe in me), but it seemed strangely ... serendipitous? provident? ... that this lady needed someone to help her find her way around physically at just the same moment when I needed something to give me a mental sense of direction.

Not that the sense of direction lasted long. I got home and paced fitfully around the house for a while, messed about online for a bit, before finally deciding that I couldn't face any of the parties I'd been invited to in Cambridge (apologies to all concerned), and I wasn't going to achieve anything other than making myself miserable if I either tried to go to them or stayed at home on my own, and instead I was going to go to Oxford to see barnacle and Kate, and hopefully sample the beer festival while there.

We were all too tired to go to the beer festival on Friday night, so instead we stayed up till the small hours of the morning talking. Hmmmm. There was lots of mooing, and lots of EAT YOU HEAD. I think you had to be there. Although if you had been, you'd have probably run away in terror.

Because I'd been so late in deciding to visit, J-P and Kate hadn't had a chance to sign out of working at Oxfam, so they went to work a shift there in the afternoon and I joined them. The Oxford bookshop is much bigger than the Cambridge one, and there's a much bigger and brighter team of volunteers; however, they welcomed me into their bookfilled bosom with open arms, and I spent a happy afternoon sorting books. And, of course, rescuing books. (The books in the pulping bin look at me, with their big eyes all full of pain... how can I leave them there to suffer and die?)

It was good to see Meriel again (even if she did double-take at me turning up in Oxford) and to finally meet Jeremy The Woman (she's a woman, she's called Jeremy... deal). Still not sure quite why beingjdc turned up there briefly, but he did, and certainly contributed to Meriel's general bewilderment.

After the shop closed, J-P and Kate and I wandered down to the beer festival, which was sadly depleted on the beer front by that point. Had a few nice-but-not-terribly-inspiring halves and chatted to Abi, Glyn, Ralph and Liz (whose LJ name I have now completely forgotten -- sorry Liz) before deciding to move on to the Wharf House, where I drank considerable quantities of lovely Archers Mild, and had bizarre conversations with lots of people. I'm afraid I was "ver', ver' drunk" by the time brrm joined us; I hope he wasn't too disappointed at the lack of coherent conversation. The pub's cloth-capped and dog-wielding regulars seemed a wee bit perplexed by the sudden influx of drunk goths and WOMEN, but they were very friendly nonetheless.

(I don't really remember getting back to J-P and Kate's... I dimly remember wanting a kebab while we were waiting for the bus, but that's about it. Still, we all got back safely somehow.)

Sunday was mostly spent talking, drinking tea, and eating lots of toast. Eventually I decided I'd better head back to Cambridge, but on the way back I decided to try to meet up with addedentry while crossing London. The Underground conspired against us but we eventually met up and went for coffee (praline mocha something-or-other with stacks of cream on top) at Starbucks, later proceeding to the Euston Flyer after meeting up with huskyteer and some of her furry friends. More conversation, and more beer. (This weekend, I are be mostly drinking: BEER.)

Got back to Cambridge very tired some time after 9pm, ate Chinese takeaway and watched HIGNFY with sion_a, then went pretty much straight to bed.

In work today. Tired, and wishing I didn't have to be here.
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huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: October 20th, 2003 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
In the interests of LJ cross-pollination, said friends were wardy and klepsydra.
triskellian From: triskellian Date: October 20th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
In the further interests of LJ cross-pollination, I'm Liz. <waves>
addedentry From: addedentry Date: October 20th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
The Taylorian has a copy of the books you rescued; the catalogue says "Paphos [i.e. Paris]" which makes them less exciting as examples of early printing in the Ottoman Empire, but no less exciting as Very Old Things.
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: October 20th, 2003 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
While we're on the subject I think Jeremy is cleanskies, though don't ask me how I know that.

I turned up because I was using Oxford as a giant park and ride for Stay Beautiful, via the beer festival. However I was turning up at a random time, and didn't know what anyone else I knew was doing.

While driving to a prime parking spot, I saw you and Kate walking up St. Giles. My infallible logic lead me to believe that you must be going to the Oxfam book. My walk to town from my parking spot took me via at least the other end of Little Clarendon Street, so I diverted.
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: October 20th, 2003 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
shop. there. bookshop.
imc From: imc Date: October 20th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
While we're on the subject I think Jeremy is cleanskies, though don't ask me how I know that.

It is, yes, though I'm not sure how I know that either. It's not strictly true to say that I have met Jeremy, though I have on several occasions seen her wandering around with damiancugley who was a colleague of mine at Comlab (well, ecslab actually) almost a decade ago. Interesting how LJ has a habit of popping up names from one's past. . .
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: October 20th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
It was not so many months ago (specifically, it would have been July) when I was at the above-mentioned klepsydra's house looking at comics produced by the above-mentioned cleanskies.

Mornington Two-and-a-half Degrees of Separation.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 20th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
klepsydra suggested that the reason they seemed familiar to me was that we were mutual friends of yours, though actually I think I've bumped into klepsydra elsewhere before.

This is becoming ridiculous, you know. :)
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: October 20th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
At some point it'll be time to do the LJ friends grapher again and it'll all just be one blob this time.

I would say Mornington Shagweb, but I remain derailed.
simonb From: simonb Date: October 20th, 2003 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Random thought from Thursday night - it could be a good idea to use a neophrene knee brace on your damage knee as it will help it to heal faster. Unfortunately I couldn't find the one I've got otherwise I'd have left it when I saw sion_a on Saturday :(
darcydodo From: darcydodo Date: October 20th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, how do you know Meriel? 'Cause I can't really think of any connection that I know about, apart from, evidently, Oxfam bookshop.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 21st, 2003 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
From St Aldates, and also because we were both friends of Victoria Rowley (who knew her from G&S).

There are only 1,000 people in the world, you know. :-)
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