Woke up with a fairly mild hangover this morning. Good night last night as I recall.
In the bunch of 10 or so e-mails I received this morning, I had one from a crowd called smoke4free who seem to specialise in selling tobacco seeds for personal cultivation. Can't see it catching on myself (although they claim for a A�20 investment, you get 500 seeds = 5000 cigarettes every year).
More rowing hassles with people not able to make things. Such is.
This afternoon's outing seems to be beset with problems, first of all Tom A can't make it, so I was taking his place. Then Denis notices that he's actually quite ill after last night and also won't be able to row. Things look bleak until Andy M knocks on my door and offers, without even prompting. Strange how these things always turn out ok.
Went to Howes Cycles and bought some new brake pads for my bicycle. I life expectancy has gone up by at least a few years (being able to stop before rolling into oncoming traffic is presumably a good thing, and one that insurance companies favour).
The meeting went surprising well. First and second boats are shaping up nicely, and about 13 or more people interested which may mean 4 boats, which would be good. Finished the racking proposal with Lauren and sent hundreds of e-mails about rowing. My first early morning of the term beings tomorrow (coaching the second boat) with another for my boat on Friday. It's surely worth it all though?
My progress review went fine. Did my first erg of the term, which was nice. Managed the first 2k in 7:00 which bodes well I guess.
Formal hall tonight should be fun, despite the fact I'm both tired after doing exercise and stiff from circuits yesterday.
I have been innundated with e-mails today asking about the obvious, but not to worry. I've had two from Cendant Mobility with a list of websites about Seattle. The new2usa site seems pretty good although rather slow. Particularly useful I thought was the Football basics page with some help for beginners on the in's and out's of American Football. One I must read I think.
I hear that a video entitled redgrave.mpg has been doing the rounds, so I figured it only right to include it here. I particularly like the unexpected coach at the end...
The busy days have begun. After an attrocious outing this morning, I finally managed to bring Kes into the world of college e-mail. An inevitable, although slightly dubious, development. Having just returned from an arduous 30 minute circuit session, I intend to sit down and waste some time with MSN Gaming Zone - Bejeweled, a strangely addictive little game.
Managed to achieve almost nothing last night. Slept on Lauren's futon which was so comfortable I enjoyed it until about 11am this morning. Just sorted through a barrage of e-mails, seems like I'm missing my DoS meeting today. Never mind, they never seem to mean much anyway. The usual rowing banter is there as well.
I was pleased last night to revive my Yepp MP3 player which has been sitting unused for a few months. A little bit of scripting on uroborus allows me to resample my tunes at a mono 64Kb/s rate so that you get over an hour of decent quality music. Why I never thought of that before I don't know.
DoS meeting went fine, although I seem to have been mixed up with someone who didn't hand any work in and had precious hope of getting a third (who?).
An excellent formal hall with very little to report unfortunately. Denis left early to retire to bed, otherwise, the bar was rather busy and entertaining. Garan is still yet to decide on his Microsoft job. There was a party going on at Edwina's rooms (a very spacious room, bigger than mine) but I wasn't too fused. Came back and listened to some music. Songs always seem to bring out the emotion lying just below the surface. Interesting that.
The burden of being captain once again weighs upon me. Why people don't read their e-mail is beyond my understanding. Certainly makes organising things more than a little difficult.
Frank's back and complaining of low quality food (cooked by himself). Rob gave me a demonstration of his 'rollers'. Quite why anyone chooses to cycle stationary when they could just as easily go for a ride is beyond me.