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Hey, where did my computering go?

First I had a visit from [info]therru on Saturday-Sunday, for a big wedding/baby/naming/xmas party -- at which the first snow started falling, what timing! It was very nice hanging out with therru, got to do that more often. Btw, thanks for the DVD, it arrived today!

Then on Monday and Tuesday I was out on the railroad again, this time between Uddevalla and Göteborg. Snow on the railroad cuttings, made it difficult to see, inspect and classify. And then it got dark at oh-too-early o'clock! But it was very picturesque around lake Hällungen.

Followed by a very nice Club Cosmos do, meeting at Lejontrappan for some glögg and waving huge tomtebloss around (cool, Jim!) and then dinner at The Golden Days. Mmmm yum.

Yesterday: road safety course all day. I almost fell asleep. The teacher has done this for a long time and was obviously a bit fed up with it so he kept telling stories about the real world. But hey, our study material?

Today, catching up on all the office stuff I haven't been able to do this week, so no surfing today either. But I did manage to get away early enough to look at a possible venue for this summer's SF convention. It was coooold, icy winds and more snow. Brrr.

Now I'll relax a bit and perhaps watch some more early "Sharpe" adventures. Stupid TV8 only showed the two latest movies so I had to go buy the stuff from the 90s at Movieline.
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Back from a wet day in the woods. I tagged along a hydro colleague as she checked groundwater levels in wells and pipes. Also looked at some rocks. Under one rock we found a nest of newts! Tiny little lizard feet!

On Saturday I was in the road tunnel leading onto the Tjörn bridges. Colleague R and I were there to inspect it and test rock stability. You do this with a scaling rod (skrotspett in Swedish), tapping it against the rock and listening to the sound it makes. If it goes "ding ding ding" it's OK. If it goes "bok" it's not OK. Sounds easy? Then you haven't tried lifting the scaling rod yet!

It was unusual working there, since it was a road tunnel on a road that had been closed for the night -- and it is situated right next to the biggest nightclub around, Stenungsbaden. This meant there were a lot of ppl walking, or crawling, through it on their way home after a wet Saturday night. Most of them walked straight on past us but some insisted on standing around and watching, or calling funny things at us, or trying to pick a fight. Drunk ppl display complete lack of self-preservation as rocks keep falling down from the tunnel roof. Oh dear.

We never have that sort of problem in railway tunnels!

Anyway, long night's work, which meant I totally missed ep 1 of "Sharpe's Challenge". I know [info]bracke is a fan of it so I was curious to try it out. Didn't miss it on Sunday though -- hey neat! Also, Sean Bean. After having watched "The Animated Mr Bean", haha.

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