September 22, 2020

Attempted to find a way to host this diary today, but ultimately felt that plain text files was the way to begin. Setting up a clean blog without a pile of crap on it or an absolutely terrible design isn’t easy nowadays. Eventually I changed my mind and threw up WordPress on one of my random domains instead, and so here we are.

Went into the office as we’re now all going on each Tuesday (and Tuesday only) but I forgot my office keys as I’m not used to carrying them anymore! Got let in, socialized with staff, and ended up going home again quite quickly via B&Q and then the local second hand book store and the music store.

At the book store, I met the proprietor who was a well dressed, well spoken man clearly with eclectic tastes. We spoke about books generally and I invited him to find me a book that was considered edgy in its time but would now merely seem comedic. I came away with Scoop by Evelyn Waugh which I shall begin soon.

I also purchased a book where someone visits the various areas announced in Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast. The bookshop owner seemed quite excited by this book and confessed that he has recordings of the Shipping Forecast on cassette tape at home.

At the music shop I didn’t buy music but DVDs and Blurays. Blurays for the kids and a few trashy DVDs for myself to watch when I want to get away from it all and sit on the landing with the only TV that actually has a DVD player. I picked up CKY2K, Reservoir Dogs, a documentary about the Gumball Rally and a few other things.

Toilet rolls appear to be subject to hoarding again as the idea of a second lockdown roll in. Given we somehow go through one a day, keeping on top of this is important in my household.

I’ve finally found a use for the ridiculously expensive Surface Book we bought – it makes a good stand for my MacBook Pro when it’s overheating as it wicks away the heat. I’ve realized this isn’t a great idea long term so I’ve purchased a block of aluminium off of eBay for £35.

Last year I purchased my father a National Geographic magazine membership and they’ve sent me my FINAL and VERY URGENT reminder to renew this in the form of a set of documents upon which they expect me to write my credit card details and return it to them in the post. They must be having a laugh. I’d renew online but I’m not sending my financial details in the post.

Dinner was a vegan burger and some potato waffles because most of the family were out at various dance classes.

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