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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
7:50 am
England Trip 5
My, it has been a long time since I've posted here, hasn't it? The trip I made to England last month rivaled even my first trip in satisfaction. Much thanks especially to tktiger and stu_ath for helping make the trip extra special.

Here is what I believe is a complete list of the places I visited this time. I still didn't have nearly enough time to visit everything I wanted to see

1) The Natural History Museum
2) The Victoria and Albert Museum
3) The British Museum
4) The London City Museum
5) The Tower of London
6) The HMS Belfast
7) The Cabinet War Rooms
8) The Golden Hind
9) The Clink Museum
10) The London Dungeon
11) Madame Tussaud's
12) Hyde Park
13) The London High Walk
14) The Southampton Walls
15) The Archeology Museum
16) Hampton Court Palace

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
3:05 pm
Twitter
I joined Twitter today. I have no intention of cross posting from there to here. Frankly, I don't really see the point of doing that. Anybody dying to know what I'm posting there would be over there, wouldn't they?

Current Mood: tired
Friday, February 6th, 2009
3:03 pm
The British Museum
I spent today in the British Museum. Very educational. Just about every room I visited was a room I had never seen before. I left the museum by a different door and managed to get misdirected on the way to the Russell Square tube station. I mistook Bedford Square for Russell Square. They do look a lot alike, especially in the dark. But Russell Square is quite a bit bigger than Bedford Square. So much so that the darkness is really no excuse for mistaking one for the other. It was the fact that Bedford Square is so much smaller that tipped me off. That and the fact that the Duke of Bedford's statue was missing. Which just begs the question, why is the Duke of Bedford's statue in Russell Square instead of Bedford Square?

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
7:35 pm
The Tower of London
I went to the Tower of London today. Too tired to really go into the details. Took 40 photos.

Primary Reading: The Rising Sun--Chapter 2
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: exhausted
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
8:10 pm
Daily Drivel
Primary Reading: None
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: exhausted
4:09 pm
Time Zones
LiveJournal is still using Eastern Standard Time to timestamp my posts even though I am now in Greenwich Mean Time and my computer is set to Greenwich Mean Time.

Current Mood: amused
4:07 pm
V&A
I spent today at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I had a good time and took lots of pictures. I did manage to duplicate one picture. It's hard to remember every picture you've taken, especially when years have gone by. There were a few things I wanted to photograph but couldn't because my camera's memory was full. I never seem to remember to buy memory sticks for the damn thing. So I'll be making another trip there to take a few more pictures. Two things I want to photograph in particular.

1) In the Korean exhibit there was a banner depicting an anthropomorphic tiger wearing armor and wielding a spear.

2) A life sized model of a tiger eating an 18th century British soldier. Apparently one of the maharajas didn't appreciate having the British Raj being imposed on him.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
7:44 pm
Daily Drivel
Primary Reading: The Rising Sun--Chapter 1
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: horny
2:35 pm
Natural History Museum
I spent the day at the Natural History Museum. Took lots of pictures.

Current Mood: sore
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
2:31 pm
Daily Drivel
No, there is no escape from the Daily Drivel. The fact that I post this Drivel even while on vacation just proves that I am warped and twisted enough to actually enjoy doing it.

Primary Reading: None
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: sore
2:27 pm
I Have Arrived
The hyena has landed.

Okay, so the post is a day late and a dollar short, but I was too tired to post yesterday. Especially since the Blizzard of '09 saw fit to close Heathrow, resulting in yours truly making his triumphant return to Britain in Cardiff instead of London. I must say that Welsh is a strange looking language...

Current Mood: sore
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
4:01 pm
Daily Drivel
One last dose of Drivel before I leave for the airport.

Primary Reading: The Battle of Britain--Chapter 6
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: Kitchen Sink
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: tired
1:42 pm
57
It's 57 degrees here right now! Unbelievable for February. At least now I know I don't have to worry about the weather interfering with my plans.

Current Mood: hopeful
11:39 am
Online Check In
In the past you used to be able to select your seat when you first booked a flight with British Airways. Now this is a privilege reserved for the ones in First Class. For the hoi polloi who travel in the cheap seats, the only way to pick your seat is to check in online.

I did that this morning. So I was able to choose most strategically valuable seat in the coach class, the one next to the emergency exit. Never underestimate the value of unimpeded access to the aisle!

Current Mood: satisfied
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
8:09 am
Red Letter Year
2009 has truly been a red letter year in one important respect, African Americans attaining leadership positions they have never held before. I saw in the newspaper that former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele has been chosen Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
8:00 am
Daily Drivel
Now would your day really be complete without a dose of my Daily Drivel?

Primary Reading: The Battle of Britain--Chapter 5
Music: Jethro Tull--Broadsword and the Beast
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: Swept and Mopped Kitchen and Bathroom floors
Secondary Reading: Neil Hanson's The Great Fire of London--Chapter 2
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: excited
Friday, January 30th, 2009
2:31 pm
Hold the Mail
I put in the hold mail request at the post office this morning.

Current Mood: tired
7:47 am
Daily Drivel
Primary Reading: The Battle of Britain--Chapter 4
Music: None
Cleaning Assignment: Laundry
Primary Computer Game: None
Secondary Reading: None
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
1:37 pm
Daily Drivel
Primary Reading: The Battle of Britain--Chapter 3
Music: None
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: Neil Hanson's The Great Fire of London--Chapter 1
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: blah
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
1:07 pm
Daily Drivel
Primary Reading: The Battle of Britain--Chapter 2
Music: Peter Gabriel--So
Primary Computer Game: None
Cleaning Assignment: None
Secondary Reading: Algis Budrys' Hard Landing--Chapters 22-26
Secondary Computer Game: None

Current Mood: annoyed
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