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16 October 2011 @ 03:11 am
Life returns!  
Have sent the magazine to the printer, I may once again sleep and think of things that are not food, craft, health and beauty! HURRAH!

I sat down to do some edits for a friend last night (onto page 10, you know who you are!) and then went to bed with a notebook for a spot of old-school writing, at which point I began not the one Christmas story I need, but two. The first was a continuation of an earlier H/D and fine, the second leapt out of nowhere and was a Minerva McGonagall in WWII tale that was writing itself until I realised that I may have been Jossed by the new biographical details in Pottermore. Sure enough, she was allegedly born in 1935, which put paid to that one. JKR giveth, and she taketh away.

I was going to work on another Australian politics post, but the whole situation is so depressingly stupid that I am going to pretend it is not happening for a little while longer. In my fantasy world, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull and Carmel Tebbutt form a breakaway party of slightly workaholic over-achievers who generally believe in reasonable things and sweep all before them.

Instead, today I continued my month-long mission to find the perfect bike, only to end up back where I started. Nothing has made me feel love like the Velorbis models, and now it's only down to choosing between the Victoria Classic (black) and the Dannebrog (red). I suspect the black one will be less likely to be stolen. They're a bit exxy, but I do not drive and usually walk everywhere, so they're much, much cheaper than a car. Both have a lovely upright frame and are far more visible bikes than my mountain bike, so I am less likely to die, even in vile Sydney traffic. Took the Victoria Classic for a test ride today and it was astonishingly delightful. So much nicer to be riding out in the world than on a stationary bike in the gym.

Though I have cracked the gym biking trick: never look at the TVs, because they slow you down, only look at your readouts and calculate performance splits (if you are a competitive type, otherwise the TV is fine) or close your eyes and ride with the imaginary cycling partner of your choice. It's been Richard Armitage the last two weeks, he is immensely supportive and encouraging, and has long legs, so I have to work hard to keep up. I'm thinking it might be Robert Downey Junior next week, he can make wise cracks and point out that despite the sweat and occasional stitch, my foot has been about four times better than at any time in the last eight years since I started gyming, which bodes well for continued non-surgically assisted walking. I tried Imaginary Virginia Woolf, but she was only fun when talking about Orlando and Vita, and otherwise I found myself riding away from her at speed.

And I can lift boy-level weights with my legs again! Let us not discuss my arms, it's embarrassing.

Finally, HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY for the_gubette and dragonfly_lily, I hope that you both had utterly fabulous ones! Sorry about the tardiness, life has been happening to other people of late.
bk7brokemybrainbk7brokemybrain on October 15th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oooo! You ought to bike with Imaginary Conan O'Brien. His legs are about four feet long. *nods* Plus, he's very funny, snarky, and can sing you a song when you get bored.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I don't know anything like enough about him, only that he exists. I could ride with Imaginary Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart and have a great political debate ;-) But I'd go for Craig Ferguson if I were taking an American talk-show host on as an Imaginary Riding Partner, except that he'd probably say things like 'Well, that's a %@##$$-load of effort right there, clearly it's whisky time now!'
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on October 15th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Here the black would get stolen. I can*t believe the price though, and I know how expensive "sports gear" is.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
It's more expensive because it's import and designer, though having looked over the frame and build very closely, it is beautifully made and will last for ages without problems. My mountain bike was $1600 in 1995, so comparatively, these are cheap. Since I will never drive, I think it's OK to buy a costly bike.

And I think the red would get stolen faster here, though it would also be easier to spot if some bugger were riding off with it ... Must think harder!
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Emma: Bikeemmacmf on October 15th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Get the red bike, it's amazing!

And carry on with the Minerva story, who cares about little things like birth dates?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
They're both lovely. I wear a lot of red, though, so I might end up looking like a travelling tomato, though at the same time, it might be a bit more visible (have been run over multiple times cycling in this city). Aside from the colour, everything is the same, save that I could have the black tomorrow, while the next reds don't arrive until December.
Samantha-Hope: [MGG] magic trickthe_gubette on October 15th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I choose to celebrate my birthday the entire month, so you're well within the window of opportunity. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
An excellent solution! Yay!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on October 15th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
There's no reason you can't write the Minerva story - this is a magical universe we've got here! Of course there's a reason she had to use a Time Turner, and she did her best to avoid her child self.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
It relied on her knowing Albus Dumbledore, I think I was going off the previous fanon notion that she was born around WWI, and now it simply will not work. Unless I just willfully ignore her alleged birthdate ...
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wemysswemyss on October 15th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, my dear.
You lead such an exciting life. Far more than mine.

I live it through you, vicariously.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Ah, my dear.
Alas, I've rarely been so boring! Work, the gym and bike shopping is not that fascinating, alas. Though I did buy some nice art last month, but then failed to pick it up when the exhibition closed yesterday, in favour of test-riding the Victoria Classic. Next weekend ...

Fingers crossed Mr B and I can fit in a small spot of travel some time soon so I have amusing adventures to relay.
Vertelemmingvertelemming on October 15th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've been pretending Australian politics doesn't exist since about a month after we finally formed a government, when it became clear that it was going to be Business As Bloody Usual.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
It's just not the least bit fun. Even trying to guess which way Katter will go on an issue has lost its charm. Bah!
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on October 15th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
i love these sort of vintage bikes that are becoming popular again.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
They're really very comfortable, and now that they can make strong frames that weigh less than 20kg, they're more practical for urban life. I've ridden a lot of racing bikes and mountain bikes over the years, and they both lack a real presence on the road, while a city/vintage bike attracts attention, which I am hoping will lead to fewer near-death situations!
Blindmouseblindmouse on October 15th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Sure enough, she was allegedly born in 1935, which put paid to that one.

There's always Rolanda Hooch? She was allegedly in her late thirties when WII broke out. (Ahaha, things I researched while trying to find imaginary contemporaries for the Mitfords that one time.)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
It COULD work, I'll have to think ... I blame you for me picking up several bits of Mitfordiana lately, BTW. And now I've moved onto the lesser works of Stella Gibbons, too. At least it's all segueing beautifully with my ongoing Read Every Agatha Christie Project :-)
PKgirlthatsaidno on October 16th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Get the red one! Life is short and all that. :) I used to walk or use public transportation all the time when I lived in Istanbul, but as I am currently being forced to live in USA suburbs, I have no choice but to drive. :( Seriously, they don't even have sidewalks on some streets here. No wonder obesity is becoming a problem!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
I could never live in the US unless it was in New York or San Francisco, I just hate cars and refuse to be forced to use one.

And I do love the red, but they will have none in stock until December, and then, I think it might just say STEAL ME, so I am a bit torn. Also, I wear so much red that I might end up looking like a nose bleed ...
mayela_delarue: Innocentmayela_delarue on October 16th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)
Ooohohh... I might have to come and pick your bike research brain. I'd like something a bit like that but going to the bike shops has been proving hard to get them to show me bikes I actually want.

Oh and on the breakaway party, I'd be happy to support that party as long as Carmel leaves that dufus of a husband, Anthony Albanese. That man makes my skin crawl.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Reid bikes on Enmore Rd has one that is not dissimilar in styling, but much cheaper. It comes in fixie or single-speed (didn't check which) and, I think, three-speed, but is an elegant bike that seems to work well from the ones I've seen around town. The component parts are not as good as the Velorbis (which is worth the cost if you have the cash, and it's a divine ride), but they are solid and well put together.

There's a great Electra on sale at the big Bike Repairs shop in Marrickville, but it has the hippie-trippiest styling ever seen. Gazelle also does a gorgeous range, Velosophy over at Moore Park stocks them. Really lovely, and well priced – about twice as much as the Reid but under half the Velorbis.
Nennenenne on October 16th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
You should get the red one! It's so bright and cheerful.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 16th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
It is lovely, isn't it? But it won't be available until December, and I fear that it would be more likely to be stolen, as well as maybe causing an overload of red when ridden with my red-heavy wardrobe. Having said that, it's such a thing of beauty, maybe none of that matters ...
Pureblood Princessraitala on October 16th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats on getting the mag to bed! My conference went well and I managed quite a lot of meeting with friends, shopping and work in the time I had, so I'm pleased with myself. Amazing how much you can get done when you aren't drinking (I tend to be a bit in holiday mode when I am here).

Difficult choice on the bike front. How about turning a negative into a positive. It will get stolen, so firstly, get insurance for it, and secondly, get the black because you can have it now, then the red when it gets stolen, then the black when that gets stolen ... ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 18th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a great conference! And SEE! Sobriety isn't as dull as you and Ping made out :-P

I like your way of thinking. And have also decided that the black will go better with my wardrobe ;-)
Hot Wheels Hannahhmufson on October 17th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
well, if it were a car, I would say don't get the red
Because, allegedly, it's harder to pick out the brake lights against the red of the car. ALLEGEDLY. So if you're going to put one of those blinky lights on it, that might be something to think about.

I got a $100 schwinn upright boy's bike and ride it defiantly through the suburbs of Detroit. In heels. The odder you look, the more people will avoid hitting you. So +1 for the yarnbomb! idea.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 18th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: well, if it were a car, I would say don't get the red
HEE! It's as good a reason as any to go for all-purpose black :-)

And YES! Not being hit is my number one goal. I seriously cannot go through all that again!
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on October 18th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Your paragraph about gym-cycling partners sounds slightly psycho, but that makes me like you :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 18th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
It is a wee bit loopy, I admit, but so much better than looking at the TVs or noticing that I am old enough to be almost everyone's mum ;-)