Thursday, September 11, 2008

5 Things About Thursday, 11th September 2008: The Sullenness Of Youth Edition

  • As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, it irks me when people take up seats on the bus with their bags. Today I pulled my usual I'm gonna sit there routine with a school kid taking up two seats, but the sullen little shit was not going to give up without a fight. He elbowed me in the ribs every time he turned the page of his book, and spread his legs as far open as he could without dislocating something. On one level I had to admire his tenacity.
  • I need to tidy my house. Srsly, in the cold light of morning this morning I thought to myself "too much detritus". (I have elements of neat freakery so it's not that bad, but let's not cloud the issue with facts. Plus, how much do we love the word "detritus"!?)
  • Courtesy of a birthday present, I have a $50 Borders voucher burning a hole in my pocket. Not for much longer, it's destined to get spent tonight. Am I ever happier than when I get to shop for free? I don't think so.
  • This is an event which happens to coincide with me not having anything to read at the moment. Truly the stars have aligned in my favour.
  • Techically the events of September 11 happened tomorrow here, our time, but it's still worth reflecting on all the people who lost their lives, but also continue to in a war that to my eyes anyway doesn't seem to have moved us very far forward in the 7 years since. 7 years!

5 comments:

thombeau said...

Few joys are as fleeting as a Borders gift voucher...

The Other Andrew said...

Ah, but they give so much! (Actually, a Kinokuniya voucher would be considered top tier but beggars can't be choosers, right?)

Ur-spo said...

what a joy that is; knowing you have money to spend on books!

Tom said...

I think there are three stages in life - one when you do the elbowing, two when you sit there and politely ignore it, and three when you turn round and lecture him and tell him not to do it again. Sometimes the very old regress to stage one and start elbowing again.

Enjoy the book token! :)

Brigid said...

Speaking of books, found this today and thought you may have found it of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/arts/design/10sendak.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Enjoy your new books, my dear.