Sat, Aug. 21st, 2010, 07:20 pm
We tried out a tandem today (me and R, and me and Alice (and some of the time just me)).
A Dawes Galaxy Twin, hired from http://www.stationcycles.co.uk
It was quite scary getting used to starting off on it, but overall considered a success.
Lunch at http://www.themissingsock.co.uk
which was good but took a long time to arrive - R's baked stuffed sweet potato might have been a mistake, as it was a very large sweet potato, which presumably took a long time to bake.
Fri, Aug. 20th, 2010, 01:59 pm
I think I'm going to need varifocals Real Soon Now. For reading fine print on things, or reading in low light, or looking closely at detailed maps or GPS screen on holiday, I'm peering over the top of my glasses so I can hold things closer.
Or contact lenses and reading glasses. Or more than one pair of glasses for different things. Or another possibility I haven't thought of.
(I wore hard gas permeable contact lenses for years, but gave up when I was losing tolerance for wearing them all day (with long commute partway though house moves). If I had to wear glasses part of the day, it was easier to just wear them full time. But lens technology has moved on in the around ten years since then, so going back to them might be an option. Varifocal contact lenses of a sort do exist, but I don't find the idea very convincing. But maybe they work better than I expect.)
Is there an option I've missed? Suggestions? Recommendations?
(Laser surgery to correct the basic short sight is an "eww, squick, I don't want anyone doing that to my eyes" option.)
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Charles Manson quotes (from here, both pages, with the words “Charles Manson” removed): Kurt Vonnegut.
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Unabomber’s Manifesto (from here): Mario Puzo.
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Wed, Jun. 16th, 2010, 08:29 am
Complaining about cleaning up mouse guts from the kitchen floor doesn't mean I want live mice released in the kitchen instead.
And the laundry basket might make an ideal hiding site for pouncing on your brother from, but not while it's half full of wet washing I am trying to hang on the line.
Wed, Jun. 2nd, 2010, 08:46 pm
Looked at a newish folding bike on ebay at work. Thought "must check that as soon as I get home". Completely forgot. It's not the bike I'd ideally like, but it was collection only, not too far away (Ipswich), and probably a bargain at the price it went for for.
Oh well. Back to dithering about the Cycle2Work tax avoidance scheme.