February 20th, 2002
It's a strange thing, a birthday. I don't feel like I'm ready to be 23 somehow although I couldn't tell you what I lack. According to work, I'm now old enough to start a pension but I still think of myself as a disorganised extravagant spendthrift (see recent entries on buying plans :) ). Can I stay like this (it's fun :) ) and still have a pension and other grown-up things?
What with my birthday and my bonus having arrived at about the same time, I find that I can afford to treat myself to some commercial electronics but I have a dither about what to get. So...it's poll time once again.
- A cd writer: This would be pretty cool and would be useful if I ever manage to get connected to the binaries newsgroups or if I get a digital camera but I'm not sure how much I'd use it initially
- A digital camera: This would be great and they're shiny and I could put my photos on my website (I'm sure you're all thrilled :) ). On the downside, I don't use my camera a lot atm - I tend to forget it's there. Possibly this would be less true with digital, but I'm not sure
- A scanner: I could digitise my current photos etc and move my scrapbook project to the web. Can't think of any obvious downsides to this one
- A DVD player: Would be cool. But I don't have any DVDs - I have a shit load of videos and I don't buy new ones that often.
In fact, it's painfully obvious that I don't need any of these things, I'm just seduced by their shinyness. Although, before I bought my visor I didn't think I'd get that much use out of it - I'd never really managed to keep an appointments diary properly before - and now it's one of my most essential bits of kit.[Poll #20076]
( Sadly, I'm the boring back door )
Go home early (early finish at the Ghost Town) and meet up with Alex and his parents so that we can have a birthday dinner at Pizza Express - very nice. They have bought me a bottle of wine for my birthday and seem concerned that it isn't something more - very sweet. We part and Alex and I head for the St Johns Auditorium to watch Thunderstorm - billed as the Chinese answer to Shakespeare performed by the Chinese drama society.
It's actually pretty good. I can see why they compare it to Shakespeare because some of the plot is a little far fetched and there's the whole tangled web of relationships previously unknown (like where twins dress up as the opposite sex and stuff in one of the plays and it's all very confusing and requires one of those unmasking scenes). There was a lot of hysteria and it actually also reminded us of Greek Tragedy - it's very Oedipus in places. That being said, I found it interesting and enjoyable and there were some excellent performances.
After which, we went to the pub where Alex and Mike planned their set for today and Jeremy was ill :(
2) Talk on the phone. You don't even have to be loud but look out of the window so that they can't make eye contact
3) Listen to a stereo. Preferably loud, but not essential. Most effective if you shut your eyes, giving the impression of being lost in the music.