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Darkness fell upon the city tonight for Earth Hour. Unlike the last two years, we decided to be lazy bastards and not travel to a distant vantage point to witness the darkness. Instead we just went next-door to the college where we usually watch the new year fireworks. The view of the city was limited, but we did notice some dimming.
We found a spot on the grass right beside one of the college buildings. It was apparently one of the dorms because we could hear the boys inside engaging in raucus behaviour the whole time we were there. At one point a group of boys emerged onto a nearby balcony and waved sparklers while shouting loud taunts at the younger boys, accusing them of engaging in a variety of depraved practices and lewd acts. They also had a red laser pointer which they shone on us from time to time.
Of course Yuko took pictures with one of her many huge cameras.
We ate a rice ball each and drank beer (which was probably in violation of the school rules).
Here is the comparison between Earth Hour and non-Earth Hour…
During the darkness we also took a few pictures of the sky. Here is a picture of the Southern Cross taken with Yuko’s camera…No comments
Today and yesterday have both been hot, and it’s much worse in Victoria, where fires are raging. The news this morning was grim indeed, with 25 deaths confirmed by the time I woke up. By evening it was 65.
I was concerned for Kintaro and Hanako (our fish) because previous Kintaros and Hanakos have sometimes not survived hot days. So I added some ice to their water a couple of times throughout the day. They did survive!
In the evening we went to the Red Chopstick with Mother. Yuko took her little computer and showed Mother some pictures.
My current six month contract is ending on February 24th and I am once again in the job market. I have an interview tomorrow afternoon, so tonight I did some ironing.
This morning I got up at 2.30am to watch George W. Bush stop being president. It was very exciting indeed. I watched until he was taken away in a helicopter and then I went back to sleep happy!
Meanwhile, a left-handed man who can say ‘nuclear’ was sworn in as president. Mother will be very happy about this as she believes that those in command of weapons of mass destruction should also know how to pronounce their names.
In the evening, Mother asked me to go to her house to carry a fan into her room. While I was there, Yuko called from Japan and I missed her call. This means I will be in trouble for not being home at 8pm!No comments