Dec. 22nd, 2005

Gym Time

Dec. 22nd, 2005 09:44 am
I just noticed that I haven't been posting lately about getting along to the gym, compared to the daily bulleteins you were getting at the start of November. Well, the reason is good news, I guess, in that my exercise routine has become just that - part of my daily routine. I'm getting along at least once a day, Monday to Friday, and resting at the weekend.

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After mentioning on 's journal the other day that coffee houses are much more pleasant places to hang out in than pubs, and that Glasgow at least does have some that open later than Starbucks, I put my money where my mouth was last night.

I spent a very pleasant time in Bean Scene drank coffee, ate food, resisted the temptation to buy CDs and went home not smelling of smoke, and only a little bit wired from the caffeine. So, big recommendations for beanscene - it seems to be more based around a community vibe, with music on sale, good food, comfy chairs, and what seems to be a group of regulars, and open until 11 p.m. I'll certainly be using it more, and if anyone is coming to Glasgow that's where we'll be meeting instead of a smokey, smelly, stinky pub.

I wonder if I could get them to sell wine.

Gacked (is that a word?) from itchyfidget:

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?

Went to a Worldcon, was a Best Man, went to Africa

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I think so… I gave up drink for a month, and will probably do the same this January.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not so that I noticed…

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My aunt, at the shockingly early age of 45.

5. What countries did you visit?

Um, Morocco and Ireland. Paris was last December.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?

A porpoise. Or failing that, a purpose.

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

July 7th, I think. It was my sister’s 40th birthday, too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting my blood pressure down to normal, exercising regularly.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not acquiring a porpoise. Not winning the second pub quiz I’ve ever entered, thus blowing my 100% record.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Still diabetic, but seemingly well controlled this year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Gym membership.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My mate Bill, getting married and branching out in his authorial life.

Mike, who got home without Bill and I having to do an Escape From Moldova style raid (although he loses points for taking up smoking)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

No one, really, on the basis that no one can make you feel depressed. Appalled by people who think it would be a good idea to give the Tories a turn…

14. Where did most of your money go?

Petrol, books, meals out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Weddings, Dublin, Essaouira

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?

Cannonball. No, wait, that was 2004. Steal Away, by Ezio.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

This time last year was an extraordinary time… Let’s think, I’d just left London, so I was sad… Happier, then, I guess.

ii. thinner or fatter?

A bit thinner

iii. richer or poorer?

Overall richer, since this year has been about reducing debt, but in terms of money in my pocket about the same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Relaxing – just sitting on a sofa, with a glass of wine and my head in someone’s lap.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Travelling, working, worrying.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas Day in Newcastle, then Santa’s sleigh ride around Glasgow, then up to Argyle for New Year.

Where IS number 21?

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?

Yes. Every morning.

23. How many one-night stands?

Was it a leap year? No? 365…

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Another vote for Top Gear, but Dr Who was probably my favourite show.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Nope, don’t hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Serpent Tower by William King,
With a strong vote for Vellum by Hal Duncan
and River of Gods by Ian MacDonald

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Jackson Browne, eventually

28. What did you want and get?


Where IS number 29?

If number 29 is 'what did you want and not get?', to which the answer is obviously a porpoise.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

Loved The Fantastic Four and Batman Begins, but nothing this year really grabbed me.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

41, and I honestly can’t remember.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A porpoise.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?

A smaller waist size.

34. What kept you sane?


35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Keira Knightley

36. What political issue stirred you the most?


37. Who did you miss?

No one, my aim is true.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

None of them were new, they had all been around a while

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:

You should always have a plan.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

”Get down off your cross, we could use the wood.”
Tom Waits, Come On Up To The House.



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