tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Trying to avoid running over cyclists

Yesterday we went to see Moon. Not to be confused with New Moon! Instead of sparkly vampires playing baseball and watching people sleep in a creepy way, we have a cast of anything-but-thousands (I counted seven actors) and a guy working for three years as sole operator of an energy-harvesting base on the moon, with only a robot named GERTY (played by the ever-convincing Kevin Spacey) for company. Near the end of his tour of duty, he starts to hallucinate, which causes him to prang his moon vehicle, and everything goes a bit haywire after that. It's worth seeing, makes you think, and is based on a good story with good acting instead of relying on action scenes and CGI to maintain interest. Also, it's haunting me. And it's on at the Penthouse right now, in the theatre that has COUCHES!

I thoroughly approve of couches in theatres.

Which means that as of today, my after-work times will be full of sheep until I catch up. No hooping for me tonight, sadly, I have a date with 9 woolies up the back of Horokiwi instead.

It also meant that there was actual dancing at the psy party, instead of lying in a corner waving my arms feebly and groaning in time to the music. Filthy Tomo has come a long way since I first heard him - he plays a really nice psy-technodub with loads of dirty dirty bass and it's just tasty. My only regret is that this time they didn't have a speaker set up outside because I would have liked to spend more time playing with my palm torches. Handfuls of fire yay!

Dear cyclists,

I appreciate that you are doing your bit for the environment. That's awesome. I also appreciate that the cycle lanes are not always perfect to ride on. However, there are times when they are the best choice - like where Old Hutt Rd forks onto Thorndon or Aotea Quay, for example. If you're in the cycle lane, you get to loop under the bridge and back onto Thorndon without ever having to get amongst the cars. If, like the guy this morning, you decide to cycle in the left lane, you need to be aware that most of the rush-hour cars will be wanting to fork left and if you want to go right, you'll probably have to cut someone off to do it, while you're going 25km/hr and the cars are going 60. The guy this morning signalled his intention to go right AS he swerved, forcing someone engaged in passing him to brake, swerve and almost-skid to avoid hitting him. Making rude gestures at the driver is probably not conducive to happy car-cycle relations, especially when the cyclist has an option to avoid the situation and the driver doesn't.

Please use the cycle lanes. Also, you'll be getting a bill for undie-cleaning.

Love, Tats.

We bought a vacuum cleaner. It has Super Suction Powers! In that you can see it lifting the carpet as you go, it's that sucky. We are most pleased with this developement. Also, it's nice that someone realised that an extra 3m of cable means you can reach the whole house from one power point. I approve.

Things I also approve of: The Kid's latest batch of friends-that-came-to-stay. They were pleasant, polite, engaged, and actually spoke to us. I liked them and they're welcome back. Whoah.
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