Wednesday, 22 October 2008


I was simply writing a cheque, but after I'd written it, I sat there staring at it for a moment.

Forty pounds only.

I then had one of those bizarre moments where you're sure something is right, but it looks wrong. "Forty.  Forty.  Doesn't 'four' have a 'u' in it? But that is how you spell 'forty', isn't it."

I had to write them both down to check ;)

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Random Holiday Statistics

  • Holiday length: 15 days
  • Number of pictures & movies taken: 2,429 (excluding any on my phone, or of the flight home)
  • Total size of photos and movies taken: 8.76gigabytes (enough to fill two standard writable DVDs)
  • Number of times I used up both my camera battery and 2gb SD card within a single day and had to swap to spares: Two.
  • Total distance driven by me: 1,771 miles.
  • States visited: Three.
  • States visited that I had not visited before: Two.
  • Number of states “very-almost-but-not-quite” visited: Two.
  • Greatest number of beverages produced by the Coca-Cola Company drunk in one session: 48.
  • Total number of record-breaking escalators ridden: One.
  • Number of films that I took with me to watch: Six.
  • Of which, number watched: Zero.
  • Number of TV episodes that I took with me to watch: 63.
  • Of which, number watched: Zero.
  • Books completed: One.
  • Number of photos purchased following rides/events: Eight (six in one go, on a CD).
  • Number of towels bought: One.
  • Number of times fallen out of a raft: Zero.
  • Altitude as I write this: 9,443 metres (30,997 ft)
  • Boxes of teabags taken with me: Four.
  • Record number of steps a one-year-old could take by the end of my first week: Five.
  • Record number of steps the same one-year-old could take by the end of my second week: Twenty-five.
  • Total number of additional nights spent in the same hotel after the first night: One.
  • Money saved by buying a new 16gb blue iPod Nano in the US: £30.
  • Of which, amount saved by happening to buy it the day the US Bailout Plan was first rejected: £6.50.
  • Number of times gas bought: Four (I think)
  • Greatest single distance travelled in freefall: 16 stories.
  • Distance travelled on roller coasters: 20,673 feet (3.92 miles)

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Plastic Power

It's 3am. I'm in a hotel somewhere between the Smoky Mountains and Atlanta.

I got woken up by a plastic bag rustling. Don't know why it rustled, sure made me wake with a start though. Thought someone was in my room for a minute.

But I woke remembering what I was dreaming at the time...

I don't remember how the dream started, but I'm pretty sure it had some sort of plot. An incidental point was that I wanted a snack. Well, next thing I knew was that I was in a top-secret peanut manufacturing plant, surrounded by packets of peanuts.

I picked up two packets and legged it... Seemed to be able to get out too... Leaped out the first story window, onto the roof of a van, onto another van, and onto another, and then onto the floor. Turned a corner, as I could see the perimiter wall (it may have been desert on the other side, not sure), and wandered into an area that set a whole bunch of alarms off.

Immediately, two armed guards appeared. I put my hands to my head.

They gestured to the floor. I kept my arms to my head and got down onto my knees.

They fired a cannister of gas of some sort at me. That didn't really seem to do anything (plot-hole? :) )

They fired some other thing at me, which separated into four and each aimed at one hand or foot.

And it was about there I woke up.

And I have a strong sense of deja vue about the whole experience. Bizarre :) Wish I could remember the first half of the dream, I think that was slightly less surreal, and I'm sure it had an interesting 'plot' :)

Thought I'd write it down, as I don't often remember my dreams :)

Phew, right, well.. best get back to sleep :)