I wasn't blogging ten years ago. There wasn't any Twitter either. But what if I had been? Here's what you missed.
Wow! The view from the top of the Empire State Building is amazing, but there's something missing downtown. Off to the big hole later. posted by diamondgeezer [11:45 AM May 1st, 2002]
Friday, May 03, 2002
Just back from the opening night of Spiderman! We saw it at Loew's Theatre on 42nd Street, on opening night, in the very city in which much of the movie was filmed. They gave us a questionnaire to fill in, and a free pencil, and I had nothing but good things to say afterwards. On the way home we took the Roosevelt Tramway, just like in the movie, but didn't end up dangling over the water being rescued by a superhero in spandex. Earlier on we did the Guggenheim, second time lucky after discovering it's closed on Thursdays, and had a pink lemonade in Central Park. I've taken lots of photos today. I'm using my cutting edge digital camera, which is nearly full but I can't download anything until I get back to London. Shame I'll lose all my photos in that hard drive blue screen of death in a few years time, but who needs visual memories anyway?
The plane's half empty but I still didn't get a window seat. Nearly managed 1hr sleep, but got woken by turbulence. Breakfast over Ireland. posted by diamondgeezer [05:30 AM May 5th, 2002]
Yay, Arsenal beat Manchester United to take the Cup and League double. It's par for the course, obviously. posted by diamondgeezer [10:03 PM May 8th, 2002]
Sunday, May 12, 2002
I hate barbecues. I hate them especially when I'm there at the start, at the time everyone was supposed to arrive, but nobody has. I got to help out moving the plastic furniture, because someone rightly worked out I'd be a liability at the grill. Then the briquettes ran out, which slowed down the cooking, and there was a lot of standing around nibbling crisps with people I don't know. Someone brought a German Shepherd puppy, which was interminably frisky, and far more interested in being sociable than I was. Eventually I risked a hotdog, but thought better of the charred chicken because I can't afford not to go to work tomorrow. At least there was a good view sat up the end of the garden by the summerhouse, looking down over Brighton and the Channel. Couldn't wait to get away. I hate barbecues.
Unimpressed by Attack of the Clones. A long love story with too many air chases and too little plot. But blessedly little Jar Jar. posted by diamondgeezer [09:47 PM May 16th, 2002]
I just signed up for this broadband thing. It had better be good. posted by diamondgeezer [07:10 PM May 23rd, 2002]
Friday, May 31, 2002
I took the day off specially. Sometime between eight and six, they said, but they couldn't be more specific than that. So I got up at the usual time, sneaked out to buy a paper before I didn't dare leave the house again, and waited. I'd finished reading it by nine, and nothing doing yet. If only I had a displacement activity, you know, maybe one of these new-fangled blog things, maybe that could have kept me busy. There was mild excitement when the doorbell went, but it was only the postman with something he didn't think I'd be in to sign for. At least I was around to watch the opening of the World Cup, although the opening ceremony was nauseating, and South Korea/Japan wasn't exactly a thriller to kick off with. By four I'd rung the depot to check my delivery was on the lorry, and it was, so I waited some more. Tidied a bit. Stuck the washing on. Paced up and down. And nothing. So at just before six I rang the depot again, only to get a recorded message saying they were now closed until Wednesday. Bloody Jubilee weekend, innit? I hope we never get another one.