Friday, December 22, 2006

Bah, Hambug!


Alright.....we've been having very cold and foggy days here in the UK. So foggy that its causing chaos in most airports. Heathrow Airport is one of those that have been badly affected. But closer to home, its been causing problems to my bike. Just two nights ago, my bike broke down on the A4 as I made my way home from Bath to Bristol. I called the RAC (a motoring association, similar to the AA) for their roadside recovery and was told that I had to pay £106 on the spot to join their yearly memberships. I didn't have a choice so I joined and was told that a patrol would be with me in 40 mins.

After waiting 32 mins, I received another call telling me that the patrol had just been dispatched and should be with me in another 30 mins. So I waited.......and waited......and waited. After one hour had passed, I tried hailing some passing cars for help as my phone battery was running dangerously low. Only one kind soul stopped and offered his mobile phone to me. So I called the RAC again and explained my location to them........To cut a long story short, in the end, the RAC van turned up and towed my bike home. The RAC guy reckons its a faulty alternator (generator) and hence the battery was not getting charged up. The whole thing took 3 hours, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. And I was shivering from the cold and feeling extremely......unsociable. Just before he left, the RAC man wished me a Merry Christmas. Well.....what could I say?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Solo's Run

Han Solo: Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me.
Princess Leia: It's a wonder you're still alive.
[Pushing past Chewbacca]
Princess Leia: Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?
Han Solo: No reward is worth this.

That's right, I'm supposed to be Han Solo for my company's Christmas party. Unbelievable. Well, the party has a theme, and that is the 1970's. So most people are coming in flares and frilly shirts, like hippies. But my table has decided to do something special. We've decided to come as characters from movies made in the 70's. And that, unfortunately, includes Star Wars. So someone smart (Obi Wan) suggested that we all come as characters from the classic Star Wars film, and hence I was delegated the role of Han Solo, Captain of the Millenium Falcon, the fastest ship in the galaxy. Let me make this clear, I did not chose to be Han Solo, I was delegated the role as the other characters were already taken up. Given a choice, I would have prefered Chewbacca. Or one of the Jawa people. How the hell in Tatooine's moon am I supposed to pull this off, I don't know. May the force be with me.....

[after a successful rescue of Princess Leia]
Luke: So, what do you think of her, Han?
Han Solo: I'm tryin' not to, kid.
Luke: [sotto voce] Good.
Han Solo: [baiting him] Still, she's got a lot of spirit. I don't know, whaddya think? You think a princess and a guy like me...
Luke: [quickly] No.