Tuesday, November 30, 2004

This will be my last post as a 20-something, since tomorrow is my 30th... so here I am, observing this last day of youth. To be honest, I've been thinking of myself as 30 for the past six months, probably in some subconscious attempt to make the transition as gentle as possible.

But you know, life's good. New (quiet!) flat that we're slowly decorating to our tastes, and best of all, a gorgeous boyfriend who spoils me rotten. We've got lots planned for the next 4 days, which makes it more of a birthday mini-festival. Many of my friends are scattered far and wide though, so if you're inclined to raise a glass from afar, that would be lovely. If it's a peach bellini, well, that would be even more sexy. Chin chin!

Or as my dad would say, "á sveikatà" - the only Lithuanian vocabulary he passed on to me...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

I'm living in a state of exhaustion at the moment. Our new flat is a 5 minute walk from our current place, so since Saturday we've been spending every free moment going back and forth getting fragile items across or sorting necessities like putting up curtain rails. The owner took "unfurnished" literally...

The bf was saying last night he couldn't imagine what sort of state we'd be in if we'd decided to change neighbourhoods. I'm also thankful that we had all this time to gradually move in, even if it meant paying double rent this month. You'd have to be crazy or incredibly lucky to give a month's notice, find a decent place in time and move in one go.

So needless to say I'm looking forward to a small break from it all tomorrow night, when I'll be seeing Bent with Mike in Nottingham. (They're also playing in Manchester on Sunday 21st at Night & Day.)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

We went to see The Corporation last night. At well over 2 hours long, my butt was numb - and I found some of the other attendees a bit irritating (more on that later) but we came away feeling informed, horrified and yet hopeful. Worst bits - although there was much that shocked, it was the historical anecdotes that bothered me the most. Fanta was apparently created by Coca-Cola in Nazi Germany so they could continue to be profitable throughout the war, and they alleged that an IBM early computer and punch cards to log holocaust victims were supplied to Nazis by IBM in New York. I say alleged, but there was a photo of the head of IBM with Hitler which left little to the imagination.

Best bits: footage of Kathie Lee Gifford squirming during her sweatshop PR fiasco many years ago, even if the promised changes didn't last; and the water riots in Bolivia that ended privatization of a natural resource. Oh, and just laughing at some of the ridiculous quotes. Like (and I'm paraphrasing here) "You should have faith in corporations because they'll always be around... and if you don't, well, that's not good."

As for my issues with some of the the other moviegoers, well... I just think that you can accomplish and persuade more if you retain a sense of humour. A lot of people just seemed really uptight. Oh, and the guy next to me kept tutting and snorting, and at one point he gave the finger to someone on screen. Ooooh. Plus he brought his entire *supper* along and crunched through packets of very corporate crisps, bottled drinks and coleslaw for the first 45 minutes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Ah, it's bliss to have my office to myself for a day. Yes, we are now five staff plus all the volunteers instead of two, which has pros and cons when my office measures about 11' x 10'. Sometimes I have 5 or 6 people trying to work in here with me, which gets to me after a while as I'm definitely one of those people who needs their own space to recharge and get on with things.

I've got a lot on at the moment,what with the move (booked in for the day after I see Bent with Mike, erp!) as well as our office move later this year. And there's getting family xmas parcels in the post in time to Canada, and spending quality time shopping for presents for the bf.

Speaking of which, I've realised I haven't bought a single present for him in an actual store. It's not laziness, I just manage to find much more interesting things on t'internet...

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Someone's been honking their horn outside my office for the past 4 hours, and I'm really loving it. Oh yes.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

We've found a flat! I don't want to jinx it by saying too much though, so more later.

I was fascinated, though, by the pot-stirrers of fear otherwise known as rental agents. When I stopped by the office to drop off our forms (and shell out a ludicrous £160 for "processing") they were all sat in a long intimidating row. You're completely ignored at first and have to stand there like an idiot until someone finally decides to speak to you.

Also, snippet of a conversation:

"5 pm viewing, sure. You're booked in. But are you sure you don't want to go earlier? The 4 o'clock might decide to take it and you don't want them to get in there ahead of you..."

And so forth repeated to the 3 pm vs. 2 pm, stirring up insecurity and panic bidding to fill those flats asap.

They did the same thing to us, encouraging me to slap the fee onto plastic the second we'd agreed over the phone "to hold the property" (hang on, didn't they just accept our offer?) and suggesting I come in at 8:30 AM sharp to sign the papers "just in case". And you know what? No one else had put in an offer anyhow. Not that we didn't want to sort things quickly, but why the scare tactics?

Anyhow, at least we know to take it all with a grain of salt next time...