November 20th, 2005

krazy koati

Getting to be a rabbit with me

Sorry to be late, but I was off at Changi Airport picking up a houseguest, which makes for a lovely thematic bookend to the semester since it started off with having a houseguest for a few weeks. He's arrived safe and sound and just a little bit dazzled and unsure whether he's tired because of 24 hours on an airplane with only three hours of airplane-sleep or whether he's becoming more alert because it's the morning home time. (I vote for he's tired.) Already we've had fine introductory comedy routine bits like me showing where the glasses are (I keep them in the fridge, so I can enjoy cool drinks and not have to worry about ants crawling in them), where the water is (the water tap), and then where are the glasses? As I say, a day's travel will do that to a person.

Fortunately we don't have to be awake any particular time tomorrow, because I managed to break my alarm clock. I'm not rough on alarm clocks, you should know. I'm not one of those people who tosses it around or slams it hard or otherwise punishes it for doing precisely the job I set it to do. It's just the lever/button to press down, once to set the alarm to ring, a second time to keep it from ringing, broke last night and now it's stuck permanently in the ``on'' position. That wouldn't be too bad except it's a cheap travel alarm, so it'll go off every 12 hours unless I keep sliding the exact alarm time around, which I estimate I could put up with for half a day.

Also one of the fluorescent bulbs in my living room is breaking; at least, it's flickering on and off. So that'll be something to talk with maintenance about Monday, and I expect a pretty quick fix at that since it is just a bulb problem. Just everything happens when there's company over.

Trivia: By the end of 1977 testing on the Space Shuttle Main Engine had a cumulative engine run time of 13,507 seconds; the original plan was to have 38,000 seconds by that point. Source: Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981, T A Heppenheimer.

Currently Reading: The Longest Battle, Richard Hough.