November 29, 2013

Street Pastors, continued

 

I’m out on the street again tonight—Street Pastors.  The weather has warmed up a little—which is why we could handbell at the cottage yesterday evening, because the sitting room was not full of plants—and it’s GOING TO RAIN.  Either that or turn cold again.  Depends on who/what you read/listen to.*  I have my new battery-pack-operated heated waistcoat charged up and ready to go, and ordinary batteries for the socks and gloves poised for action . . . so it will probably rain.  I haven’t ordered my waterproof trousers yet.**

And . . . I think it’s going to become official that I don’t write a proper blog on SP nights.***  Maybe I’ll use it as an excuse to post the links I never get around to posting, because they’re too wonderful and I want to celebrate them properly, like this one, which most of you author-blog-following readers will have already seen, but for anyone who hasn’t†:

http://pcwrede.com/blog/my-writing-life-an-adventure/

. . . or because they’re too infuriatingly CONFIRMATORY of what you’ve known forever:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/sexism-swedish-cinemas-films-women

ARRRRRRRGH.  LOTR fails?  Am I surprised?  I am not surprised.††  But I’m not sure you can rate SHAWSHANK REBELLION down:  It’s laid in a men’s prison, for pity’s sake.  On the other hand, I’m appalled that all but one of the HARRY POTTERs fails.†††  What was Hermione doing all that time?  Not talking to girls, evidently.

Right.  Okay.  I have to go put a pair of dry jeans in a bag to take with me in case I need a change during the break.‡  Night-night.  Those of you so inclined, please pray for me.  We’re supposed to go out there radiating the Armour of God or what-have-you.  Also I can use all the help I can get chatting to strangers, even if I’m wearing the Armour of God.

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* One of my favourite things about the BBC weather site, which I have bookmarked, is the way the graphic at the top often says something different than the text at the bottom.  This feels like the real experience of English weather.

** Chiefly due to a failure to find enough info on line to be sure of trousers that are long enough in the inseam AND don’t make horrible slushing noises with every step.  You know they don’t give you any help with these crucial outfitting questions during the lengthy and arduous Street Pastors training.

*** Of which I have another one only next Friday, due to the inevitable stupidities of clashing schedules and the occasional inconvenient fifth Friday in a month.

† Thank you, b_twin

†† Yo, Jackson, you gonna mess with the story, how about you messed with that?

††† I know, I know.  I didn’t see them past the first one which nearly bored me to death.  But you know I’m hopeless.  I didn’t see RETURN OF THE KING either.

‡ You’ll have seen Blogmom’s post about her taking the forum off line to wrestle with elderly technology.  THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE NO FORUM TOMORROW FOR KES.  I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I LIVE FOR FORUM COMMENTS, ESPECIALLY FOR KES, SO WHILE I AM GOING TO BE A BIG PERSON AND POST IT ANYWAY^ PLEEEEEEEEASE SAVE ALL THOSE COMMENTS YOU WOULD HAVE MADE TILL THE FORUM GOES UP AGAIN.  ::wipes fevered brow::

^ Also, I assume if I didn’t, some of you would hunt me down and kill me.  You don’t want to do that, you know, I’m not quite finished at the far end where things are still Very Bad.

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