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Fri Jun 30th, 2017


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08:19 pm - Oddities
There's a black horny bug-type insect that flies. I have no idea what it's called but it flies into my side bedroom on a regular basis and buzzes about the light. I stun it and drop it back out the window, and next night either it comes back again or one of its friends does.

I have lost my fuchsia bra. For a time I thought it was just masquerading as a pair of underpants, as the turquoise one was: or rather, tonight I washed the underpants instead of the bra; but I've been through the laundry basket and my chest of drawers and no. Not there. Granted, if one person living alone can lose two dozen single socks, I suppose she can lose a bra. But it's irksome nonetheless. Not as irksome as it might be: having shelled out for postage and price to get those things from China, I happened to compare them to the pink bra I bought at the dollar store several years back. Exactly the same.

One reason for wishing for a sig.oth is trying to apply Afterbite to those itchy mosquito bites in mid-back. Afterbite doesn't work as well as it did: I suspect the absence of 90% ammonia. Try ammonia instead and it works.

Three day weekend with rain forecast at least one of those days- tomorrow, the actual holiday. I have the three-vol compendium of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes and another book of Holmes pastiche. We shall see if I succeed, ever, in my much-dreamed-of pastime of 'sit on sofa and read.'
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From:incandescens
Date:July 1st, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
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In a look back at earlier days, it has struck me that Hu (in book 4) has strong traces of Fan Li from Woxin - or possibly what would happen if Fan Li didn't have a strong governing hand in control of him. But Qing Song was very definitely not Goujian.

(See what happens when you expose me to things!)
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From:flemmings
Date:July 1st, 2017 01:37 am (UTC)
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Influences are lovely things, coming to the surface years later all unexpected. I must refresh my memory of book 4. I think I see what you mean- what might happen if Fan Li were given his head, or at least, hadn't fallen under the baleful influence of that charmer, Goujian.
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From:incandescens
Date:July 2nd, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Precisely.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 1st, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the advice about ammonia! I'd have never guessed!
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From:flemmings
Date:July 1st, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC)
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In the old days you couldn't miss the ammonia smell of Afterbite. Mind, I haven't googled as to the advisability or not of putting ammonia straight on the skin. I fancy it's not, and you should use calamine instead.

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