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Bits And Pieces [Oct. 18th, 2009|11:53 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz is giving away houseplants through Freecycle. A pair of guys came to pick some up while she was out yesterday afternoon. I think they were a couple. The younger one complimented me on my paintings and pentagram ring and showed me the lunar tattoo he has at the base of his spine. I said how we used to run a coven and he said he was wary of joining a group. I'd have liked to have sat them down and made them a cup of tea, but there's an etiquette about these encounters which rules they should be brief and businesslike.

The first decade of the 21st century is nearly over. The Guardian ran a heap of "summing-up" articles yesterday. I think, to borrow Auden's view of the 30s, it's been a "low, dishonest decade". How will it be remembered? As the Age of Bush most likely.

Still with the papers, there was an article in the Observer by Victoria Coren this morning excoriating Post Office management on the eve of the postal workers strike. I'm all for excoriating management, but I want to record- as an act of simple justice- that our postal service up here in the provinces isn't as degraded as hers appears to be. She doesn't know her postie, but I know mine, not by name, but well enough to wave to him on the street; he's a pleasant young guy with a penchant for shorts and sandals. Also the branch at the top of the road has not only had a recent makeover, but has taken to opening on a Tuesday afternoon, which it never used to do.

[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2009-10-18 12:32 pm (UTC)
What do we call this decade? The best term I heard, unfortunately two weeks ago , was the "naughties." But that doesn't fit. There was nothing "naughty" about the decade (the 90's, with Bill Clinton would better fit that term). At the end of the decade, I think a term I thought of at the beginning of the decade is more appropriate, the zeros.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-18 01:04 pm (UTC)
I call it the Noughties- which carries much the same meaning as the Zeros. This seems to have become standard usage in the British media.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-10-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
I call it the Aughts.

We complain that our local post office branch is only open Mon-Fri 9-5 and Sat 9-3. I guess we should stop complaining. Our mail carrier's name is Sean and we give him a little something every Christmas because he was so good about Mr. Darcy's efforts to claw through the security door and eat him alive. Also just because he's an all around nice guy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-18 06:32 pm (UTC)
Those are approximately the opening hours of our local post office too.
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