I don’t tend to write personal things here all that much any more, but I just wanted to say that I had an awesome weekend. It started off with a mate I haven’t talked to in years inviting me to go checkout the U brew it place in Hume that the Riot ACT tried out… That was great fun, with the mate putting on a great barbecue, and us producing about 200 liters of beer for bottling in a couple of weeks. I don’t think its cheaper than the beers that I would buy from the store, but when you factor in the social event, the barbie, and the fun of doing it yourself it was a great deal. Let me know if you’re interested in coming along next time.
Following on from that Catherine and I went and bought the road bike I have been eyeing off for the last week or so. Its a straight bar road bike, which makes it fast without having that bent over stance that I think looks so silly. Its a very fast bike, and I think my skill level is going to need to increase before I feel fully comfortable on it.
Then today was my birthday. I had a nice breakfast with half my family, checked out the ANU food coop, had a nice lunch at home with the rest of my family, and then got some chores done. I now have a fancy gray water tank in the yard, with an immersible pump. That was especially cool because it got it for a great price. Oh, and I got some really cool presents too, like new tools (I like tools), and three Clarkson books.
Overall, I had fun, got stuff done, and ended up with a great bike. I’m stoked.
This book is similar to the previous Bolo anthologies in that it is written by a number of different authors, but utilizes Laumer’s Concordiat universe. Contrary to another LibraryThing review, all of the stories on this book don’t occur on one planet. All but one of them occurs on Delas, and the final one is on another nearby Concordiat planet. However, all of these stories do revolve around engagements with one enemy, and follow on from each other. This is something which hasn’t occurred in other Bolo anthologies. I enjoyed this book, although it took longer to read than I would like because of other things happen in my life.
When leaving the US, I stayed in the Wild Palms Hotel. I selected it for three reasons: I’d stayed there before; it is part of the Joie De Vivre chain which I have had good experiences with before; and it was very cheap on Expedia ($77 compared to an average rate in the area of about $150). I learnt some interesting things I thought I’d share:
- The hotel is ok, just make sure you get an upstairs room. I was woken by mating elephants at 5am two days running because the floors are so thin. Be the mating elephant, not the victim of it! Once I moved to an upstairs room this probably went away.
- The executive rooms aren’t worth it. I got moved into one of these because of the noise problems. Its advantages was it was away form the road, had a bathrobe (really), and a LCD TV. I don’t watch TV much, so the extra cost if I was paying isn’t worth it.
- The cleaning service kept “short sheeting” the bed. By short sheeting I mean pulled the sheets up to make the top of the bed look impressive, but leaving the bottom couple of inches of the mattress uncovered. Lots of hotels do this, and I find it crazily annoying.
- The air conditioner was insanely loud. It was 38 when I was staying there, and every time the air conditioner kicked in I would be woken up by it.
- Its a lot further south than I realized. It took about 20 minutes to get to work if you took El Camino. Depending on traffic its probably much faster to go all the way to the 101 and then take that. The Lawrence Expressway looks like the best way to get to the 101 from the hotel.
So, overall this hotel was “ok”, apart from some minor annoyances. I’ll keep staying there so long as they’re cheap. If they’re not running a special, then you’re much better off staying further north.