19 June 2012

Some people might get some pleasure out of hate

Saw this quote today. Made me smile.

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous toy."

Friedrich Nietzsche.

Damn. I just want Danger and play, no women... ;)


Someone asked about the case the other night.

We haven't made any arrests yet. Someone was stabbed down in the tube system.

I hate working in the tube. It's normally hot down there, but late at night, once the trains have stopped running, it gets roasting. (the only way that air gets circulated in the London Underground is that the trains push the air around through the tunnels.)

And nowadays, that reminds me of the hours - days - we spent down there after the bombings. Working in the sweltering heat, trying to find evidence, body parts, any clue as to who did it. Any items belonging to the dead or injured. Anything out of the ordinary. Squeezing into tiny spaces, through gaps in the twisted wreckage. We were down there for so long you had no clue when you came out if it should be night or day. You couldn't drink enough water, the paper suits stuck to you the second you walked in, sweat running off you.

Obviously it was all worth it. But now, whenever I'm down there, that's what I think of. The chaos, but also the calm, where there should have been millions of people heading to work, through the rush hour, the sound of the trains whistling through far off tunnels. There was none of that.


Anyway, one more day of work, then I shall be taking John out on a date on Thursday.

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REReader said...

That's...a very good reason to not like working in the tube. I'm sorry you have that on you, L.

Not to worry about that quote--women don't make good toys, dangerous or otherwise. You stop at the right place... :)

And yay for dates!

pandabob said...

Danger is definitely the most dangerous toy to play with ;-)

Memories are a pain! Working down there has to be bad enough without memories as well :-(

Italy v England in the quarters, should be an interesting game ;-)

Anon Without A Name said...

After the bombings, I had so much respect for all the emergency service and other people who were working in the Tube. must've been hellish :-(

If you've got a dat enight with John on Thursday, sounds like you got a good chance of Danger and play :-p

And that's England through, top of the group... so they're playing Italy on Sunday.

Greg Lestrade said...

John just groaned when the commentator said it was England vs. Italia.

Anon Without A Name said...

You're not going to know what to do with yourself :-p

pandabob said...

it's a no lose situation really I would have thought? One will need cheering up and the other will be celebrating ;-)

Desert Wanderer said...

Lestrade, here's a story for you. Subordinate just came and told me he can't be at.a conference next month because he has a court date for a speeding ticket (83 in a 60). Then he came in later with a second ticket (70 in a 55) from the same day, an hour and twenty-two minutes later. His excuse was the first cop took half an hour and put him behind schedule, so he was trying to make up time.

Where was he going in such a hurry?
To visit someone in prison.

You can't make this stuff up!

Greg Lestrade said...

DW - I've had someone argue for hours about getting caught by two speed cameras - said he'd only broken the speed limit once, as he'd never slowed down - just got caught on both the cameras... swore the law was on his side.

The judge thought differently.

What's the punishment for speeding like there?

REReader said...

Depends on the state. In New York, it's between $45 and $600 for a first speeding ticket (depending on how fast the speeder was going), plus a moving violation fee, plus points on your license--there are more fees after someone's got 6 or more points. (And although it almost never happens, NYS law allows judges to impose up to 30 days jail time, depending on how fast a person is going.)

Desert Wanderer said...

Depends on where you are and who catches you (county sheriff vs. city cop vs. military cop). Different states/cities/counties have different fines, court times, procedures, etc. Going over 15 or 20 in most places is also considered "reckless driving" and carries a stiffer penalty. In the military, if you get too many tickets, you can also get separate "non-judicial punishment" in addition to the punishment from wherever you got caught.

Greg Lestrade said...

And how far does it go before you lose your licence?

Desert Wanderer said...

I know it sounds trite, but depends on the state you got your license from. In New York, for example, certain offenses lose a certain number of points (3 points for 1-10 MPH over the limit, etc.) up to 11 points. In Texas, six points in three years loses your license, with all moving violations worth two points and moving violations causing an accident worth three. So, essentially, there are about 60 different sets of laws, with some states/jurisdictions more lenient than others.

REReader said...

Again, it depends on the jurisdiction. In New York, if we're talking speeding as opposed to DWI or the like, a license is suspended when a driver accumulates 11 points, or 3 speeding violations within 18 months.

AftSO said...

Yup, and in Connecticut, if you pay your out of state tickets, they won't contribute to points on your license. I don't know how many other states that's true for.

Oh, and insurance rates are tied to points and history of moving violations, generally, though I'm sure the details of that also vary from state to state.

REReader said...

If it comes to that, traffic laws vary from state to state and from locality to locality--fr'instance, right on red is illegal in New York City, but legal just about everywhere else in the area.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah, yes, I forgot it wasn't just one law.

Desert Wanderer said...

Damn it, Lestrade. If this sticks in my head for the rest of the night, I'm blaming you.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah well, I've got the song the blog title is from in my head. You could have that instead.

Desert Wanderer said...

Yet another blog title I don't get. Youtube to the rescue! Diggin' that cheetah-print ascot.

pandabob said...

What song is it Greg? I've not been able to find this one.

Hope you get some good sleep tonight :-) and everyone else who was struggling today :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - Going Underground - The Jam. ;)

pandabob said...

Thanks :-) I should have found that!

ro said...

I love The Jam! Although your entry made me think of "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight". Weller looking very young there!

Good luck with the case.

Anonymous said...

I ride the train every day, and I know how hot the older stations can get. I bet its worse when they've decided to save electricity by turning off the fans.

Oddly enough, even though all my non-subway riding relations thought I should be nervous after the bombings in London, I wasn't. At least not until cops with bloused trousers and military weapons turned up on the platforms. THEY made me nervous, and I was really happy when enough people complained and they went back to having regular cops on their regular patrols. We still get the "See something say something" announcements all the time, but I can live with those.

rsf (who is gradually collecting a list of songs under the title "Lestrade recommends!")

AftSO said...

Which line, RSF? I've spent a lot of time on the red line for someone who has never actually lived in your fair city or its surroundings.

rabidsamfan said...

Blue and Red nowadays with smatterings of Green and Orange depending on which way I'm going, though I spent a lot of time on the Orange in the past. Mostly south of the Charles, though, day to day, although I've ventured northwards now and then for special occasions. I know the D line pretty well, but only on weekends.

I visited London years ago, when the map had a lot fewer stations on it. I look at it now and boggle.

rsf (PS, if you're going to be in the area next Monday you might want to check my LJ.)

A from NW(dropping by to say Hi!) said...

Argh, can someone explain to me why store-brought (i.e. Starbucks) coffee seems to keep me awake, while the coffee in the company's kitchenette seems to make me sleepier???

(I've made it past my probation period! And now I'm working overtime to meet a deadline. Yay! *desk* Sorry I haven't been around much!)

John, Greg - Have fun next week with your shiny bikes! =D

~A from NW (who is now going to imitate a sleepy!kitty)

AftSO said...

(*grin* Aha! Excellent! Sadly, I will not be out that way then, what with work and living 90 miles away and all.)

One of my sisters used to live on C and now lives on the north side of Red. I've been confronted by turkeys while walking to the trains on C! Turkeys! Stubborn critters.

AftSO said...

Sorry, that last was intended for RSF, sorry if it doesn't make much sense to anyone else. A from NW, I hope work and sleep both turn out well. (Careful with that Starbucks stuff, it's way more caffeinated than a lot of coffee, perhaps that's why other coffee doesn't wake you up anymore?)

Anonymous said...

AftSO, actually, I got a taker just after I mentioned it here, so all is good. I've seen turkeys from the D line, too, out on the golf range. I don't think I ever want to mess with a wild Turkey. Birds should not be bigger than small dogs.

AfNW, good luck with the deadline!

rsf

Anon Without A Name said...

AfNW - congratulations on passing your probation \o/

Lestrade - I'm kickstarting my day with a bit of The Jam, thanks :-)

Small Hobbit said...

AfNW congratulations on passing your probation and hope you manage to sleep once you've met your deadline.

Nameless, Lestrade, other badgers, if only they'd been called The Marmite ;)

REReader said...

AfNW--mazel tov on making it past probation!

SH--Jam works, too! More universally, too. :)

FYI, 5:15 is too early to be awake if one is taking a niece to the ballet at night. (It would definitely be Not Good to fall asleep in the middle!)

(It's supposed to reach 95F (35C) in NY today and tomorrow, that's a bit warm...)

Anonymous said...

RR -- NWS says it's going to be 98F in Boston. And the AC at my job isn't really working right yet.

It's too early in the summer for this.

rsf

(gah! Captcha is "stressp 120" I hope it's not predicting even worse!)

REReader said...

It really is, RSF!

(Just checked the NOAA forecast--they're now predicting 96 today, 98 tomorrow, and 93 Friday. And it's currently 87% humidity... *rushes to do laundry before turning on AC*)

pandabob said...

How's the day going Greg? I hope people are behaving themselves :-)

RR RSF it sounds like it's a good thing you have AC :-)

REReader said...

Ha, Anony! Well, it's summer (as of tonight, anyway)--it's supposed to be hot! :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Today is making tomorrow look even better than it already did.

REReader said...

That sounds distinctly Not Good--I'm sorry you're having a bad day, L.

John H. D. Watson said...

Are you still down in the tube?

Tomorrow will be great. :)

pandabob said...

That doesn't sound like a great day Greg but I'm sure tomorrow will be brilliant to make up for it ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

No, haven't been down there since that night. Can't get in the way of passengers.

Tomorrow will be brilliant. I'm going to ignore all phonecalls.

My useless brother has been arrested. Again. This time for driving with no licence, insurance etc. I give up.

John H. D. Watson said...

Oh no. I'm sorry, love. That's hard. Nicky called to tell you?

pandabob said...

Aren't families wonderful!!

Are you allowed to throw your phone in the river? ;-)

REReader said...

Ouch. :( I'm sorry, L.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah. She only found out because he had his bloody kids with him in the car.

John H. D. Watson said...

Oh god... Everyone's all right though? I hope?

Desert Wanderer said...

That's awful, Lestrade. Have a large espresso on the house. And some Twiglets.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, their mum - his ex is livid. They were a bit scared

pandabob said...

I recently discovered that my ex brother-in-law never had a licence to drive their car; he transported their kids, my kids, grandparents and lots of other people with no licence or insurance!! Worst bit is my sister knew!

I hope the kids are ok.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm sure she is, I would be too.

Greg Lestrade said...

Not the fathers day any of them were hoping for.

She doesn't want him to get custody of them anymore, but she sort of needs the help. Difficult situation.

I can't even phone him. I'd just go mad and.we'd argue and nothing would change.

John H. D. Watson said...

Could your mum talk to him, or would that be just as bad?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, she could. Who knows if he'll listen?

Sorry, been busy. You okay? Boy wonder okay? Enjoying the sunshine?

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah, good day. Just got home from the park. Sherlock says to tell you that he swung higher than he ever did before and 'definitely higher than anyone else there today...'

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad he enjoyed it.

I love you. Can't wait until tomorrow. Cinema and dinner sound okay? Haven't been to the flicks for ages.

John H. D. Watson said...

I love you too. Will you get to leave soon? Dinner and cinema sounds good. What do you want to see?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah. Now.

Avengers? You remind me of Hawkeye. Well, most super heroes, really...

John H. D. Watson said...

Sure. I'd ask if he has a ridiculous costume, but since he's a superhero I feel sure the answer is yes.

Anonymous said...

It's a brilliant film, you should totally go and see it!

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

He's the one who doesn't! Just shoots arrows. Like you did, right into my heart, Cupid ;)

REReader said...

Gosh, I literally don't remember the last movie I saw in a theater instead of from Netfilix! Sounds like fun. :)

Sherlock, your personal highest AND highest in the park is a noteworthy achievement, cool!

Anon Without A Name said...

Families, argh.

I really enjoyed Avengers, much more than I was expecting to. Joss Whedon does such good work. Which reminds me, Lestrade - did John ever get around to getting you to watch Firefly, once you realised it wasn't the thing about sparkly vampires?

Small Hobbit said...

I still expect to see John Steed and Purdey whenever anyone mentions the Avengers. Clearly I am living in a time wharp.

Small Hobbit said...

Which, equally clearly, I can't spell.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, I know what you mean.

Nameless - I did watch..err.. a bit. I admit it wasn't about sparkly vampires. It was reasonably entertaining. But not enough to make me watch more, obviously.

John H. D. Watson said...

Nameless - it's okay, I still plan on getting him a brown coat. He's already got the tight pants (both sorts).

Greg Lestrade said...

Vote, people - this is Hawkeye. You've all seen pics of Danger.

There are similarities, right?

http://www.goodgirlsgonegeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/hawkeye_in_the_avengers-wide.jpg

(And that's a not a very silly costume. Given some of them.)

John H. D. Watson said...

That's...almost practical, compared to, say, Captain America's costume. Still doesn't look like me though.

Greg Lestrade said...

I do not have tight pants! Snug boxers, maybe. I don't like tight things. I buy everything a size too big, if I can. Let the baggy clothes hide my baggy old body.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, admittedly, when I close my eyes he looks a lot more like you than in reality....

John H. D. Watson said...

You have a beautiful body. Come over here and hold it against me.

And that pair I got you for Valentine's Day are reasonably tight...

Greg Lestrade said...

Mmm. Well, you're the only one who (usually) gets to see it. Got Osteopath again tomorrow.

And I don't mind them being snug. It's the American sort of pants I don't like being tight.

John H. D. Watson said...

In the morning again?

There's that one pair of jeans... Granted, you don't wear them that often.

Greg Lestrade said...

Late morning.

The pair with the ripped knee? I don't think those are mine. I mean, they are now, but either they're not mine and I acquired them, or someone else bought them for me.

REReader said...

There are similarities, right?

I can see what you mean, yep. :)

John H. D. Watson said...

They look nice on you anyway.

I can come and meet you afterward, if I'm out of work by then?

Small Hobbit said...

Yes, I can see similarities. Although I would have thought Hawkeye would be more appropriate to the Doc's previous occupation.

Greg Lestrade said...

SH - very true!

Danger - that would be lovely. Something to think about when I'm being tortured - I mean, fixed...

Anonymous said...

Small Hobbit -- I'm so pleased you mentioned Purdey among your Avengers! But then you left out Gambit. :(

On the other hand, imagining Lestrade in 70's jeans is amusing me very much. Were they as tight in the UK as they were in the US?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't have 70s jeans!! Just...tighter than I would wish normal jeans.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha!

pandabob said...

tighter than I would wish normal jeans

they still sound quite interesting ;-)

I hope the appointment tomorrow is less tense and more helpful :-)

I'm going to the cinema tomorrow for the first time in two years :-) so excited!!

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't think I even had 70s jeans in the 70s... that would have been far too fashionable.

What are you seeing, Anonybob?

pandabob said...

some olympics based thing I think, I'm being treated and to be honest for very very rare sneaky child free time I'll watch anything ;-)

Anonymous said...

Is Sherlock going to the movie with you or will he stay home and make biscuits with Mrs. H?

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, I completely understand that.

If it's a British olympic film then it'll probably be one of the only gold medals we get ;)

I'm hoping that Avengers has been out for so long now that the place will be a bit emptier. Hate busy Cinemas.

Greg Lestrade said...

Anon - definitely staying with Mrs H! This is date night. No kids allowed ;)

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - you didn't really like Firefly? And there was me thinking you were a man of taste and discernment... But you're right about John and Hawkeye, definite resemblance :-)

John - Good luck getting L into a brown coat. Even better luck getting him out of those jeans :-)

pandabob said...

We're going at 11 in the morning while they're at school and nursery so I'm hoping for quiet but who knows! I suspect I would be happy to sit in the park (even if it's raining) if its too busy ;-)

REReader said...

I'm off to pick up my niece and take her to the ballet (Romeo and Juliet)--everything is beautiful at the ballet. :)

Have a lovely evening/night, all!

Anonymous said...

Well if Sherlock's going to be home, he might be interested in this, since he likes brains and music (over an hour):

http://worldsciencefestival.com/videos/notes_neurons_in_search_of_the_common_chorus

Although if he just wants to see the part that got me hooked its here (maybe 5 minutes):

http://worldsciencefestival.com/videos/the_power_of_the_pentatonic_scale

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - didn't say I didn't like it! Just that it didn't grab me enough to spend my free time (of which there isn't much) watching it.

If I get a few weeks off with nothing to do, maybe I'll get back into it.

pandabob said...

a few weeks with nothing to do? like that's ever going to happen ;-)

did you ever manage to book a holiday in?

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah. I said 'if'!

Holiday...no. I'll just run some days off together if I can, join John and the boys somewhere. If they ever pick a somewhere to go to...

pandabob said...

I'm going to be all mother like now sorry but you really need to book yourself a holiday, you work too hard a lot of the time and even if it's months from now you need something to look forward to :-) October half term might be good? as the olympics and such will be out of the way.

I hope John and the boys get away somewhere they need it as much as you do!

(being tied to school holidays sucks!!)

John H. D. Watson said...

We've talked about places! But if you can't go...

Small Hobbit said...

RR - hope you enjoyed the ballet. Was it the Prokofiev score?

Greg Lestrade said...

You should pick somewhere and book it, Danger. I'll fit something in, even if it's not the whole time. I can probably manage four or so days, and you guys could easily get away for ten days/two weeks. You'd have way too much fun to miss me much.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'd rather not.

Greg Lestrade said...

Right.

well...maybe at least we should book something to do close by for a few days? Like... a citybreak, or something? Somewhere in Europe, so only a few hours away by plane? I'll feel terrible if you and the boys are stuck here all summer just because of me.

pandabob said...

its hard work to go on your own John you're right but how are you going to fill all those weeks if you don't go away for some of it? you don't need to go far just somewhere different for a few days :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - that'd be nice. I'm sure there are plenty of places we could go for a few days. And I don't consider it being stuck here. I'd miss you.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'd miss you too.

Bed? I'm knackered.

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah, bed sounds good.

Anon Without A Name said...

To be fair, there's probably more interesting/cool stuff to do in Central London than there is in most towns in the country.

(Although I'm probably both biased and jealous; we never went on holiday when I was a kid, and these days London is my favoured citybreak)

Anonymous said...

It would probably be good for Sherlock and Mycroft to travel to places where they have to practice the languages they know besides English. Even if it's just for a tour, it's practice, to keep the neurons firing. (Can you tell I was at a lecture about the acquisition of language recently? Yeah, I thought so.)

rsf

Desert Wanderer said...

It would probably be good for Sherlock and Mycroft to travel to places where they have to practice the languages they know besides English

What, like America? ;)

Anonymous said...

*snerk* The discussion about pants might be interesting!

rsf

piplover said...

When I was in London with my family, my mom was talking to my sister's boyfriend, who is from England, and said something to the effect of "I always pack more pants than I have to." Meaning trousers, of course.

My sister and I couldn't stop laughing, though her boyfriend was much more diplomatic.

REReader said...

SH --yep, the Prokofiev score with the MacMillan choreography, ABT production at Lincoln Center, absolutely magical, I 'm so glad we saw it! (And this despite the fact that I managed to drop a pair of prescription glasses! However, they are in a hard case, and I'm pretty sure I know where I dropped them, so I'm hopeful of being able to retrieve them.)

REReader said...

Ooh, yes, DW, they should come to the US! They'd have free local tour guides all over the place! (Of course, it's a bit far for a few days' citybreak... :D)

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, Sherlock was up early, to plead to be allowed off school for my day off. And then to plead with John when he read some GPs are striking today. And then to plead for custard for breakfast...

Small Hobbit said...

RR - you have no idea how envious I am of you. I really should go to the ballet again. Glad you had a great time.

Small Hobbit said...

So, did he get the custard? One out of three wouldn't be too bad.

Doc - how about Eurostar? Less hassle than flying.

REReader said...

L--You gotta admire that never-say-die spirit!

And I hope your osteopath visit is going well...


SH--Oh, you should! (Thank you. :))

Anonymous said...

Speaking of travel, Matt has a new video up!

http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/

(or is that dangerous to show Sherlock?)

rsf ;D

Small Hobbit said...

My colleague's computer has now died, so we are currently sharing mine. I've kicked him off as it's lunchtime. We wait for the IT man to come on Monday!

Greg Lestrade said...

He didn't get custard, I made him an omlette.

And osteo... I thought it would be better. i would be better.

REReader said...

Mmmmm, omelettes... :)

I'm sorry the osteo wasn't easier. :( (Might it work better if you had someone with you?)

Anonymous said...

SH, that sounds very frustrating.
L - I was frustrated by how slowly my back got better too. But I made more progress when I did my home exercises and didn't overdo them. I kept swinging too far over to one side or the other. :p

How much harder are custards than chemistry experiments? Or is Sherlock still too short to reach the necessary accoutrements?

rsf

pandabob said...

better than what Greg? you've made good progress by going back at all, you're not going to be suddenly alright about it and your backs not going to be alright over night but both will get better with time :-)

I hope you have a good afternoon with John and that date night goes well :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - was it worse than last time?

Greg Lestrade said...

No. About the same. I just felt... I don't know, going there, I felt better about it. But once I was on the bed I just couldn't do anything to make myself relax. I mean, she's fine, but you can hear noises, around and I just couldn't ignore it. I just thought is be a bit better this week.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'd say it was a bit better if you felt better about it on the way over there. I know it's not as much as you were hoping for, but you have seemed less nervous about it than last time, and that's something.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, you're right. I was.

Don't have to go back for 3-4 weeks now. Although I'm not sure cross country biking comes under 'taking it easy'...

Have anyone moan to you about the strikes even.though you were at work?

John H. D. Watson said...

It'll be relaxing at least? Compared to work?

Not really. Too busy.

piplover said...

L, maybe you can wear headphones and listen to some music next time you go? I've found that's one of the things that lets me take my mind off things long enough for the docs to do what they have to do.

Rsf, thank you for the link! I love Matt's videos, and that new one is freaking awesome!

Desert Wanderer said...

The power's out in our building, and it was already 93F at 1130. The boss sent us home. It's like the opposite of a snow day. So tell me, Badgers, why do I feel vaugely guilty?

John H. D. Watson said...

I don't know, but if you're going to feel guilty anyway, maybe you should do it at the beach with a cold drink?

Greg Lestrade said...

As an expert on being guilty, if not feeling it, I agree. Feel guilty in comfort, at least.

REReader said...

That is a most excellent idea, John! (Do it, DW!)

It's 94F in NYC, heading up to 99F, according to the NWS...and here I am, hoping that I'll be running out into the teeth of it when the Lincoln Center lost & found department opens at 2:00!

Small Hobbit said...

DW - your guilt is because it's raining here (again) and I'm wearing a hoodie.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - I was looking for something on the last post and saw this again:

I was thinking about buying a flat this year...

I was so busy insisting I didn't want the kitchen sink for my bike that it passed me by... A flat? Not really?

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - I think John's right - feeling less nervous about going is a good step forward, even if you still couldn't relax properly once you were there. It's a lot of learned behaviour to unlearn, and any step forward is worth celebrating.

Have a wonderful date night, gents :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, really. Or a house.

Obviously one without a kitchen sink, now, as your bike will get that.

pandabob said...

now's the time if you've got the money Greg :-) not sure how you'd manage without a kitchen sink though ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

But...we have one? Not a house, but...

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, we don't, not really. Mrs H has one, we live in it.

Don't really mean for us, anyway. Not yet, at least, although it would be nice if we liked it.

Just thought, renting out my flat is going okay, and all the money's just piling up in the bank... might be a good investment. For our old age, sort of.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ah, all right.

Greg Lestrade said...

What did you think I meant? We should up sticks and move?

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - You do remember that it's traditional to discuss your plans for your old age with the person with whom you intend to grow old, right? :-)

(And this sort of planning for the future makes me want to go "awwwwwww")

John H. D. Watson said...

Sort of...yes? A house for investment purposes had not occurred to me.

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - the plan hadn't really got that far. More an idle thought than a plan.

Danger - well, we might not be here forever. The boys might kick us out, make it their bachelor pad...

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah. Just...hadn't really thought about it, I suppose.

Greg Lestrade said...

This cinema is... very empty.

I may not be able to behave...

pandabob said...

CCTV? night vision? ;-)

We had a huge screen all to ourselves this morning!

John H. D. Watson said...

If there's a quiz on this film later, I'm going to fail it.

REReader said...

There's more than one way to enjoy a movie, after all! :)

YAY! Lincoln Center's lost & found found my glasses and I have successfully retrieved them! (And I am willing to lay money that the temperature on the #1 train platform at 59th Street was well over 100F this afternoon. Possibly over 110F. Wow!)

KHolly said...

I do hope you've both remembered your clean shirts and socks. And which of you got to go outside and then knock on the door? We do want this to be a proper date after all.

Desert Wanderer said...

I may not be able to behave...

And this is different to every other day how?

Anonymous said...

Piplover - you're welcome. I love Matt's videos too. I'm just frustrated that he was in Cambridge and I missed it!

L- John, having been the third wheel in a few too many nearly empty theaters I must say that resistance appears to be utterly useless. Have a nice time!

RR - hooray for functional lost and found people!

91F officially here, which reminds me forcefully that the official Boston temperature is measured in the coolest part of the city...

rsf

REReader said...

KHolly--excellent questions, really excellent. Inquiring minds want to know. ;)

DW--Ha!!

RSF--I'm very appreciative. :) (And you are SO right about where they take official temps! Why do they do that?)

KHolly said...

RSF, for future reference, where is the coolest part of Boston?

EBSanon said...

The idea of you two having a night out together is lovely, you don't get enough time just the two of you! all parents/guardians need date nights especially such good ones.

Are you as good a landlord as you are a policeman or childcarer L? if so I think you should buy lots of houses because there are not enough good landlords about!!

Greg Lestrade said...

My boyfriend is very good at being very bad.

And we shall see you tomorrow ;)

(good film, by the way. I think.)

pandabob said...

you have no idea and don't pretend you do ;-)

'sleep' well

Anon Without A Name said...

Enjoy your early night :-)

ryo said...

Glad you guys enjoyed your date! Hope Sherlock had a fun time with Mrs. Hudson and that she's not too exhausted.

ryo

Desert Wanderer said...

Lancs Anon, is it a game of fish but not seals?

Anonymous said...

Kholly and RR, they take the official temperature at the airport, which in Boston means it's right near the ocean and whatever breeze is breezing. This, as far as I know, is because airport people are very interested in weather and would be collecting the information anyway, so the National Weather Service went to mostly airport data in something like the thirties. In places without airports it depends on who is collecting the info and passing it along. Generally town halls, hospitals, fire or police stations, afaik.

There was a time in the US when military doctors were responsible for the weather stations on bases. John, did anyone ever ask you to take the temperature of anything besides a patient?

(Cirque du Soleil tonight. Going to be a zombie tomorrow, but a happy zombie.)

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Well it was scorching in certain places in London last night ;)

Anonymous said...

DW,

I'm afraid it's not a game of fish,

It's a game of warder not prison
It's a game of redraw and redraft not edit
It's a game of join but not joint, joiner or joined

Hope those make it a bit clearer!

Lancs. Anon

Anonymous said...

I thought they had air-con in cinemas these days... :)

Lancs. Anon

A from NW (who needs a social life) said...

Greg - I'm glad it was scorching in certain ways in certain places in London last night. I hope you and John are both whistling to start your days ;)

rsf - I'm so jealous! I hope you had fun at Le Cirque! I always forget to bring ear plugs.

All - Stay cool! Stay hydrated!

Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone! I think the stress of the deadline is getting to me. I haven't been able to really sleep this week, even when my brain is exhausted from 8 hours of reading nothing but my second language. Then come 90-minute long conference calls that go from regulatory reports into technical discussions...in Mandarin. XD

~A from NW (who just needs to survive Friday)

Small Hobbit said...

AfNW - I am totally impressed with your abilities. Hope you manage to sleep well this weekend, just waking long enough to say "Hi" to us.

Staying cool isn't a problem here, except for a certain scorching couple ;) As for being hydrated - does standing outside qualify?

Desert Wanderer said...

Sounds like fun, rsf! Hope you have a great time.

AfNW, that sounds terribly painful. Have things smoothed out with your colleagues?

I have not been very successful in matters involving brainpower lately, Lancs Anon, but I'll keep thinking. (it's 3am, what else is there to do, eh?)

A from NW (who is off to bed) said...

SH - *blushes* Thanks; it's mainly a lot of guesswork and usage of an online Chinese-English dictionary. Unfortunately, Google Translate is gibberish when it comes to non-Indo-European languages. (It's good for a laugh, though.) I'm lucky that I grew up speaking Mandarin, but my verbal dictionary and my reading dictionary have yet to synch up...

DW - It's only painful in the sense of people not actually answering the questions they're asked. XD As for the whole thing with my colleagues...um, we'll see what happens next week. It's complicated. And awkward. And kind of "apparently, none of you realize that I'm resgining my job in 3 years" (Yeah, I, um, reached that conclusion before I finished probation.) Like I said, complicated. *desk*

~A from NW (who can't wait for Friday evening!)

REReader said...

That sounds lwonderful, RSF! (And also L. ;))

And that sound horrid, AfNW.

(Also up at 3:00 am, DW, what're we gonna do about it? )

Small Hobbit said...

RR - call ghostbusters? ;)

REReader said...

Ha!!

Anonymous said...

Lancs. Anon, I'm going to be headdesking a lot when I figure this one out, aren't I?

4:30 a.m. here, but I'm going back to bed. L- you've given me an earworm, thanks.

*wanders away humming "gonna be a hot time, in the old town, tonight..."

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

John and I need to have a talk about sharing.

He banned me from sharing his popcorn last night.

Not my fault the film was so absorbing I kept missing the container and landing my hand in his lap, was it? Or that I then needed to feel about a bit, trying to locate the popcorn... some people, eh?

Anonymous said...

I would have thought he'd be even more... generous... after that!

pandabob said...

Completely not your fault Greg. John you should be ashamed of your selfishness ;-)

Hope you are both having good days at work and aren't too tired after your date night ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Only tired in a good way.

Sitting through a boring meeting, thoughts rather...elsewhere.

Desert Wanderer said...

Imagining your own Dangerous toy?

REReader said...

I'm sure it's good to have something to think about during boring meetings.... ;D

(Dud you get any sleep, DW?)

pandabob said...

Do you have meetings all day or are you going to have to focus on something less Danger at some point?

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm out now! Trying to trace a suspect. And it's even stopped raining temporarily. :)

REReader said...

A good omen! Good luck and stay safe!

pandabob said...

I hope it stays dry for you :-)

Anonymous said...

So, having seen the movie, are you going to get John a bow and arrow?

Anon Without A Name said...

Honestly John, you're supposed to be setting a much better example than that :-p

Hope the rain's holding off for you, Lestrade.

Greg Lestrade said...

Going to get him the tight t-shirt too.

Rain is... off and on.

Danger, the silence is worrying. Sherlock hasn't burned the school down in protest at his second afternoon with his new teacher I hope?

Desert Wanderer said...

I'm out now! Trying to trace a suspect.

You know, I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure you're supposed to trace the victim in chalk, not the suspect. Although it would make it much easier if the suspect stayed long enough to get outlined, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

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Greg Lestrade said...

Um... thanks?

REReader said...

Hexadecimal again, huh?

pandabob said...

it took me a while to work that out anon but actually it's this :-)

01101000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01010011 01101000 01100101 01110010 01101100 01101111 01100011 01101011 00100000 01101000 01101111 01110111 00100000 01110111 01100001 01110011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01101110 01100101 01110111 00100000 01110100 01100101 01100001 01100011 01101000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110100 01101111 01100100 01100001 01111001 00111111 00100000 01001001 00100000 01101000 01101111 01110000 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110110 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100110 01110101 01101110 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01001010 01101111 01101000 01101110 00101110 00001101 00001010

I'm guessing you translated it to binary first?

Anonybob

Anonymous said...

6f 6f 70 73

REReader said...

(There are several ways to notate hex, Anony, I think you are both right.)

pandabob said...

the end of the sentence said 'encoded in binary' RR which it wasn't it was encoded in hex that's all I meant, what I put was the intended part of the sentence in binary :-)

anon seemed to agree it had been an error :-)

REReader said...

Ah. Either way! :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Having just done a blues and twos across London, I can safely say most drivers are idiots.

pandabob said...

that doesn't sound like fun :-( you heading out or on your way back?

hope you're heading home soon.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - sorry for the radio silence. It's been...a day.

Greg Lestrade said...

Hoping not to be too long, but won't get home on time tonight. Trying not to worry about John and Sherlock's silence...

Greg Lestrade said...

Hey you. You okay?

Anon Without A Name said...

I was just popping back to see if John had replied... you OK John?

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