August 2002 Archives -

Rowing machine

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4 hours and 23 minutes, 10 expletives and a good dinner later, and my rowing machine is built.
Now for the hard part.

Wine/Box excuse

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The parents best excuse so far for popping down for a few bottles of wine: “Your dad and I are just popping down to the Co-op to get a few boxes for the house move…”

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There’s even less escape now – the purchase of is complete. Next step – do something MARVELLOUS with the subtle domain that is
Update: No, next step make the site work in Netscape. Why won’t that software just die?


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As I ventured into the little boys room this lunchtime at work, I noticed a great deal of struggling and puffing coming from a cubicle. I watched in growing astonishment, a crowd of eager-to-relieve-themselves comrades gathering behind me. “Is he alright?” whispered one. “He might have got stuck,” commented another. Suddenly, the flush sounded, and the door swung open. Slowly, with huge difficulty, out came Richard, a colleague of mine and fanatical biker. He was in a one-piece leather biker outfit, the top half of which was dangling around his waist, the hollow arms flailing around like some sort of octopus. A full 30 seconds later, he managed to pull and tug his way out of the cubicle, and looked surprised to find the entire office trying to hide their amusement. “Well,” he said with comic understatement, “that was easier said than done.” He waddled out of the bathroom to fits of laughter, and fell straight over one of his octopus arms.