I ran my third Copenhagen Half Marathon this past Sunday. - What a race! What started with blue skies and sun turned into thunderclouds, rain, lightning and hail by the time I made it to the finish line.
The final dash to the finish line was a slog in icy ankle deep water mixed with hail since the roads were flooded. This video captures what it was like: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJDM63FPMt/
And this is the finish line: https://twitter.com/hfallesen/status/
The water was deepest in the streets, so runners were crammed onto the sidewalks which were slightly less flooded. At some point, after I finished, two runners were injured due to lightening strike and a fallen electrical cable, so the race was immediately shut down for safety.
However, despite all the chaos at the end, I still managed to run a PR. My official time is listed as 1:46:24 (corrected from an earlier time I was given). I'm so happy. And so hungry.
Finally carved out some time and spoke to them, so that's now under control again. I think -- I'm not betting on anything until I see the next bill. But it feels under control, which has given me a bit of a mental restart on offline life generally. And the timing is really nice, too: it's Rosh HaShannah tonight, so a kind of new year starting again (or re-turning; the literally meaning of repentance). It's got me in just the right frame of mind.
A good and sweet year to those of you marking it, and a (hopefully) pleasantly chilly autumn evening to the rest of it.
Also: Here are some dolphins enjoying klezmer (Jewish jazz). It seems fitting.
✔ Count Dracula (1977)
✔ Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (TV 1968)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)
I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.
(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)
✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
✔ Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
I dyed my hair purple today. It's a very intense color, nice for this time of the year, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it.
I was also planning a nice long walk with the shelter dogs today, but first it started to rain, and then the rain turned into a thunderstorm, and of course my anxious dogs panicked at every rumbling thunder, so I couldn't do anything with them. I'll miss them while I'm away.
Enough procrastinating, I'll put the rest of my things in the suitcase now, and then I'll try to get some sleep before I leave.
HP Compaq dx2450 Microtower. I went to the support page for HP, and found the method for determining the type a particular model is.
So how did I find out? First, hit the plus sign around the Option 2 section. Their way didn’t work for me, and we never had HP Support Assistant in this computer, for whatever reason even back when it was still XP and would have had those original files. However, figure 1 mentions System Information. Typed in that, and the window that came up had everything, including a section for System Model. And there we have it.
Judging by this press release, it came out around April of 2008, if not earlier. Granted, my model was 32 bit, not the 64 bit they’re announcing. If that’s accurate, that means that the date I previously estimated is off by a few years. Should it make it another few months to 2018 prior to it being replaced, this one’s still going to have made it at least a decade. And should it still survive, we'll have it around as a spare, should its replacement have issues, or should Dad's laptop have problems down the line.
I've just been reading my entry for this time last year, when we had masses of Brownies - this time, for reasons I will explain below, we have far fewer to start with. We had 12 due to come back, and slightly to our surprise, 11 did - there's usually a few drop out over the summer. The only one who didn't come had been erratic last term - she has other activities after school, and her grandmother can't always get her to us. In addition she's probably only got one more term with us until she's 10, so they may have decided it's easier if she stops now.
Sadly, despite initial interest, we have no new offers of help, so we shall carry on. It seems to be a widespread problem. On the other hand, there are new girls wanting to join. We had two start yesterday - a third had found a place in another pack at a more suitable time. That's fair enough - we have a further seven (I think) who are old enough to join now and will be invited to start in a couple of week's time.
We played various games - our normal opening night activity. A number of the girls were very excitable, which meant I had to be stricter in enforcing the rules than I would normally be. With some of the Brownies' help I pointed out we have rules to make it safe to play (if half the runners go the opposite way round the circle from the other half, there will be an accident) and to make it fair to all. And, of course, there is the ultimate rule "If Screech Owl says you're out, you're out!"
We stacked in the cupboard all the goodies we got from collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers:
At the front is a ball (yet to be blown up) in the shape of a globe - handy for both games and when we talk about different countries. There's a stop watch; enough plant pots and saucers for everybody (either for growing seeds, or for table decorations); and two storage boxes (for pens, rubbers, etc).
Next week we're off to visit the local Police Headquarters. They can only take 15 girls at a time, which is why we restricted how many new Brownies could start at the beginning of term.
Basically, the update blocks all non-HP ink from functioning correctly. There weren’t that many from HP that I had included on my list just yet, thanks to everybody's recommendations and advice (thank you for it, by the way) along the lines of Canon, Epson, and Brother.
This merely narrows the field a little more for me.