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A Survivor's Tale
Yesterday I handed in my entry for the 'One Book, Many Brisbanes' contest. Fortunately I'd thought to wrap it in plastic, because the storm that rolled in around 4pm yesterday was massive. Brief, but massive.

JB, Elizabeth, Pat, Sam and I were all waiting for a train at Taringa Station when a massive bolt of lightning struck something right behind us. It can't have been more than 500 meters to a kilometer away. The flash was so bright I thought someone had fired a camera into my eyes at close range, and the thunderclap that followed a split-second later was loud enough that we all cringed and grabbed our ears. My right ear was facing the blast and ached for an hour afterwards. Liz had been talking to me at the time and saw the bolt come down behind my head. I'm so sad I didn't get to see it!

I texted Joe, who replied that he'd heard the thunderbolt all the way out at Kenmore.

JB and I chatted about books until we reached the City, and parted ways at the Myer Centre. I ran across the square in the rain - has anyone else noticed how forbidding that gigantic Christmas tree looks when the weather is inclement? - and got my wad of paperwork handed in at the Customer Service Counter with nary a drop on it, and about a thousand drops on me.

And today I have the sniffles. I'd always thought that catching a cold (virus) from being cold (temperature) was a myth! Perhaps it's more that it's a hot day today and I'm allergic to something in the air. The weekend is set to be a scorcher; Joe and I are driving up to his parents' farm tonight and I expect to spend a good lot of time in the creek near their place on Saturday. Saturday night it's back to Brisbane to meet rahball and co; she's visiting from Sydney. She's told me to bring as many people as possible but I can't think of anyone who might be free on Saturday night at short notice! We're going to either 3 Monkeys or Pancake Manor.

I paid off my last personal debt this week. Unfortunately for my shiny new debt-free status, a good friend is selling her DSLR and I've always wanted one, ever since the days when I played with my grandfather's SLR, before age took it from me. I loved taking portraits with that thing. Having a point-and-shoot camera is redundant with Joe around, as his is always glued to his face, so I'd like something that I can just pull out now and then, on special occasions, so I can take portraits of baby Kyson or a photo of that violet flower that appears in the front yard now and then - something vivid and rich with depth-of-field.

So that's a temptation, especially as she's said I can pay in installments if I like. Hrmmmm...

Upcoming funtimes: a Wiikend with Damo and Hammond, the work Xmas party, and catching up with the scattered pieces of my family over Christmas.

Had dinner with Rose and her boy Kelvin at 3 Monkeys the other night during (another) raging storm; Kelvin's a nice guy and it was good fun as always. I think I'd like to make it a regular thing, really, depending on whether all parties are amenable. There's some dazzlingly good places to eat in West End and once we all settle in the conversation always flows well. :)

Last night I had an anxiety dream that my boss fired me because of my colourblindness. Then I had a dream where my mother and father spoke to each other, which in real life is something they haven't actually done for years. Not even a passing 'hello'. So that was bittersweet.

Too much marathonning of seasons of awesome shows on DVD lately (new Doctor Who, Trigun - which was a revelation, as I've never really LOVED an anime before - and Great Teacher Onizuka, with season two of Life On Mars to follow soonish), but I'd like to set aside a couple of nights per week for just walking around outside. Too much inactivity turns me into a slug.

Bought a writing book from Borders, recommended by Mark at work. It's excellent, focusing on the rhythm and poetry of writing - the icing on the cake of structure, good dialogue, strong scenes, and all the other more technical ingredients taught by the other books in my collection.

You know, life's been pretty damn good lately.
5 have fought ~ fight the power!
hammond From: hammond Date: December 5th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
You have Trigun?! That's on my list of anime's to watch.

Also, would be keen to come this weekend if I didn't already have plans. Oh wells.
tania From: tania Date: December 5th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I figured you'd be busy, which is a shame because you'd really like this guy! Same sort of matter-of-fact personality as you. :)

We have the entirety of Trigun on DVD. You can borrow it on the condition that we marathon it TOGETHER, because I actually missed most of the first couple of discs when Joe was watching it! Plus we haven't marathonned anything in forevers.

Oh my god, I just realised that Vash is way too much like... you.
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: December 5th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
lol the Stephen King writing book is great for laughs (and kind of for writing?)
rahball From: rahball Date: December 7th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oo, you naughty person, I'm a he, not a she!

Still, I forgives you as you are fun. :)
tania From: tania Date: December 7th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww sorry, I'm made of fail!
5 have fought ~ fight the power!