2003-10-26 08:23:51

This morning I dropped Riko off at the airport. His stay in Australia has come to an end. He chose to have dinner at The Three Monkeys, so Nigel and I have eaten there quite a few times in the last few weeks. Sylvie-Elsa came along too. It sounds like Riko really enjoyed his trip around Australia. He saw Cairns, Darwin, Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Alice Springs, Uluru, King’s Canyon and Sydney. He will stop over in Singapore for a couple of days before continuing to Germany. It was a pleasure having him as a housemate.

Yesterday Nigel and I went to see Finding Nemo at Indooroopilly. It was a very cute film. The animation was awesome. There was enough in the movie to keep adults entertained. In fact, there were some decidedly adult jokes that kids would not even have realised were jokes (at least, one would hope the kids didn’t understand the adult references, but who knows in this day and age). I’m not sure Finding Nemo is my favourite cartoon of recent times. Shrek takes a lot of beating.

Due to a severe pants shortage, I was forced to purchase a pair of jeans and a pair of drill pants. In the space of a few weeks, both my cargo pants and my casual dress pants obtained rips in exactly the same spot. Not sure what’s going on there. But anyway, the point is I couldn’t remain pantsless for too long, so I righted that situation yesterday. Not pantsless any more. I also bought a shirt for the hell of it.

On Thursday, after tutoring at Ipswich, I stopped off at Indooroopilly to investigate mobile phones and various mobile plans. I’ve set my sights on the Siemens M55, a nifty little phone. It’s probably overkill for my needs, but it looks cool, sounds cool and has lots of nice features. No Bluetooth, no IrDA, but to buy a phone with a colour screen as well as these features costs quite a bit more. The Nokia and Sony-Ericsson phones with similar features to the M55 are more expensive. I’ll be going with Vodafone ‘no plans’. It seems like by far and away the best deal considering the way I expect to use my phone. My resistance to the mobile phone era has finally caved in. I’ve been convinced to get a mobile phone by several people, over a long period of time, and by recent situations where a mobile phone would have come in handy.

My Penguin Classics collection has grown with the addition of Don Quixote by Cervantes, which I purchased while I was at Indooroopilly on Thursday. It was a toss up between a bunch of Thomas Hardy books, some Jane Austen novels and Madame Bovary by Flaubert. I guess it doesn’t really matter what order I read them in. They will all be read eventually if I get the chance. Perhaps I should buy the original Spanish version of Don Quixote, too. That would give me some Spanish practice while semester is out!