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Subject:More from London
Time:07:35 am
Yesterday's theatre: Swimming With Sharks starring Christian Slater in the afternoon, Spamalot at night. Both were rather good, though the latter would have been somewhat better if I didn't dislike Monty Python as much as I do.

Photo_112307_001I've had two sightings of my book in the wild so far. The first I went looking for-- it was at Foyle's books on Charing Cross Road. The second was at a tiny little game shop in one of the stalls in Camden Town. I wasn't looking for it, but glanced up at a shelf and it jumped out at me. On a whim, I picked it up and turned to the proprietor. "I wrote this. Would you like it autographed?" I think she was even more delighted at the thought than I was.

I realized something today that should have been obvious. One of the reasons that I come over here for thanksgiving is that I can spend four days here and only take one day of vacation. I always fly out Wednesday evening and fly back Monday afternoon. However, theatres are always dark on Sundays. If I fly out Tuesday evening and back Sunday afternoon, I can stuff in another show... or maybe even two. Next year!

One of the things that I like about London is that it isn't lousy with Starbucks. I've walked miles and miles on this trip, most of it through hardcore tourist zones, and I've only seen four Starbucks the whole time. Three of them were in the west end, and the fourth was in Camden Town. Contrast this with the US, where you can barely walk two blocks without running into one, and it makes for a pleasant change.

Speaking of walking, I seem to have mildly mucked up my back by doing too much of it. This isn't the least bit surprising, but it sure is annoying. I bailed out of shopping in Camden early today so that I could come home and stretch my back. Also speaking of walking, I've discovered that I can get pretty much anywhere I want to go in the west end without consulting a map.

On the good news front, I've had remarkably good weather the whole time I've been here. Other than one light mist there's been no rain at all, and every day but one has been clear and sunny.

The exchange rate sucks deeply and profoundly.
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prock
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Time:2007-11-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
One of the things that I like about London is that it isn't lousy with Starbucks.

Sometimes I wish my pet peeve wasn't reading about other people's pet peeves.
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barts185
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Time:2007-11-25 05:15 pm (UTC)
1) If you dislike Monty Python so much, why would you go see Spamalot?

2) Why do you dislike Monty Python?!?

Make sure you check out the program (unless they did it differently in London, some funny stuff in the program).
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-25 09:17 pm (UTC)
(1) There were few choices, and I wanted to give it a chance.

(2) I find Monty Python to be largely unfunny. It may be that it's just not my style of humor, or quite possibly that I've had it all quoted incessantly to me before having seen it myself.

In London, programmes aren't free-- you have to buy them. I never do.
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barts185
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Time:2007-11-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
I can appreciate that having it quoted before seeing it would kill it.

http://xkcd.com/16/
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-25 05:26 pm (UTC)
I can go miles in Columbia without running into a Starbucks. And people say this is a backwards place to live.

-R
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drj0402
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Time:2007-11-25 06:15 pm (UTC)
Didn't the propreitor ask for some identification before you started scribbling in her books? :-)
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brec
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Time:2007-11-25 07:51 pm (UTC)
They're called Saint Arbucks over there, so you might have overlooked them.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-26 04:51 am (UTC)
Bite me. The exchange rate sucks rancid donkey dicks.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-26 05:12 am (UTC)
And I'm up because I'm flying out this afternoon, and I want to be as dead tired as possible when I get on the plane. Plus, I took a three-hour nap this afternoon, so I'm not as tired as I might normally be at this hour.

Today's shopping jaunt was really annoying. "OOh, I like that sweater. Wait... $90? I don't like it that much." Lather, rinse, repeat. For small ticket items like drinks and meals, I just pretended one dollar was one quid.
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loser_variable
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Time:2007-11-26 03:02 pm (UTC)
"I've had two sightings of my book in the wild so far."

That has to feel great. Congrats, I'll look for it -- I sux at backgammon based on my play vs. jellyfish.
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