I first thought it sounded like a case of “if you can’t beat them, join them”.
- You’ll have to listen to publicity for 90 seconds before starting your download
- The sound files will “auto-destroy” after 6 months
Hmmm… I wonder what they’ll come up with when this idea fails?
I had this absolutely brilliant idea today:
How about setting up a Home Cinema? I mean, all you need is a surround system (which we already have), a beamer and a large white wall….
So I went surfing….and found exactly what I was looking for!
A guy called Steve Jenkins spent nearly two years transforming his basement into a dream.
And as I am extremely family minded, I think I’ll do the same!
What did you say darling? Darling? Put that down! *Runs for cover*
Oh did I enjoy my Saturday morning!
Had to bring the “aupairmobile” back to the garage as, although I had been hoping that Pina would end up using it, by the time she finally manages to acquire a license the Earth’s crude oil reserves will probably have dried up!
There’s this thing about bringing a car to the garage, though: unless you request a colleague/neighbour’s time – “hi: as you probably have nothing better to do on a Saturday morning, how about…” – how do you get back from the garage, especially when it’s 45 minutes away?
The answer is simple:
Pina had actually planned the whole thing out for me:
- Train leaves at 10:17
- Change at Lenzburg
- Change at Turgi
- Change at Koblenz
- Home at 11:30, just in time to start revising French with Vic
I cunningly packed a new book and looked forward to the adventure!
The first part of the journey was uneventful: I gracefully lept from one train to the other, leaving behind a passenger desperately trying to convince these two beefy controllers that no, she didn’t know that only kids pay half price..
I had 10 minutes to spare in Turgi (until 10:59); so I deposited my derriÃ¨re on a bench and, basking in the morning sun, immersed myself in my book…….
I was pretty astonished when I suddenly heard church bells tolling at 11:00, and the look on my face upon seeing my train disappearing into the distance must have been priceless.
Nevertheless I’m a pretty stoical chap; so I went off to look up the next connection, carefully noted it’s departure time (yessss: another 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading) and repossessed my bench in the sun.
Needless to say: I was so engrossed in my novel that even the sound of a train wouldn’t have bothered me! Which it didn’t 30 minutes later….
Luckily enough Vic called me at 11:55 (“Dad, your train is arriving in 5 minutes; remember to get onto it this time!”) so I finally arrived home 2 hours and a quarter after having setted out.
Good book, though..
We nipped over to our local Pizzeria this afternoon to pick up some Cannellonis we had ordered.
Last time I was there, I had noticed that they were offering various dishes with Porcini, a fact I mentioned to Pina on the way there.
Her eyes immediately lit up and, upon entering the local, she made a bees-line towards the chef, turned on her deer’s eyes and initiated her (expected) tirade: “ooooh-I-noticed-you’ve-got-Porcinis-do-you-also-sell-them-seperately-oh-please-please-please”..
To our utter astonishment, “yes” was the answer, and for â‚¬20/kilo!!!!!
Must I add that a quick dump to the local compost revealed yet another crop of Zucchini flowers?
When we purchased our house two years ago, it came with a beautiful fig tree bearing one solitary fig.
Last year it sprouted a couple more (apparently fig trees are very sociable plants which enjoy seeing a human every now and then), but, due to climatical considerations, we didn’t really expect it to offer more than a decorative addition to our garden.
Maybe we gave up too prematurely, though: this is what we found today..
Yeaah! Only three more and everyone will get a taste!