I am ending the year with some administration. Paperwork long left lying about has been put to use, calls made and services amended. Among them is the change from 'TalkTalk' to 'BT Sport' so I can watch Scottish football legally and with a clearer picture than before.
The need to phone Mumbai to speak to someone who does not speak clear English is a nuisance no matter how well educated and willing they may be. Several times I failed to understand her speech, and she sounded irked by this, I know why as I often have that trouble with the folks here. Still all went through and within the next month bit 'TalkTalk' and 'BT' will work together to cut me off from the web for a long period of time! Quite when this will be I know not, but it will happen, won't it?
I have run several devices to clean up the laptop and it actually worked! Several things run faster and I suspect I have also mislaid one or two things on the way. I certainly pressed 'block' on one item when I meant to press 'allow' and now I canny unblock the thing! I can look at email when half the page is missing I suppose.
Now I note a new calendar lies awaiting my touch. This one has those old pictures with word balloons added, you know, "I want to open a joint bank account." "Who with?" "Whoever has lots of money." It is a woman asking by the way. Now I must go through this marking in all the birthdays, especially the ones I forgot last time. Checking carefully to see just how many of these scurvy knaves have given me two dates for their birthday. That has happened before.
This calendar is OK in many ways but has two irritating aspects. One is the unfortunate habit of beginning the week on a Monday, I always begin on Sunday. The other is the holidays, they are all US! Who needs to know about 'Independence Day?' Bah! However with the birthdays marked in I can now forget about them until the time.
The thing about birthdays is the demand to send a card. So when I can I buy a bundle of suitable cards and store them for the day. On the day naturally none of them fit the recipient. They are either all for girlies or all for men of action, the word 'action' need not be taken literally. So once again I trek round the three or four places to find
The citizens of Edinburgh will be well into their midwinter celebrations by this time, even though midnight is still hours away. Hogmany will be a big party for many and I suspect somewhere in Leith Mr S. is handing out the households cash via the bar of the 'Sarry Heid.' In this dark land the area quietens, until the fireworks at midnight that cause so must pain to the town's animals, then a few drunks will despoil the place but most will remain quiet, apart from the ones punching one another 'up the throat,' an activity that has become commonplace after closing time these days. The reason is simple, there are too few police now, the Tories have cut them and late night revels and punch ups are left to the idiots to sort themselves.
I am heading for bed come what may. In the past we went round folks houses having a drink and a party, today Hogmany appears more concerned with drink than party. The ability to drink without endangering yourself or others is noted less and less it seems to me. The 'First footing,' the whisky, the 'Black Bun' was all part of things then. It still is but it appears to me listening to folks that life has changed greatly in the last twenty years. The days of yore saw parties, conversation and much laughter, although the Latvian's amongst us could not half knock back vodka! Not me, then or now! I reckon that is the stuff that has kept them going well into their eighties. Ban it and they might disintegrate. The harder edge to the world has lost much at this time.
The outside world has gone strangely quiet. Few cars pass, no one walks, no talk, no cries from the brats in the park, nothing. They must be rushing home to watch sad TV or are filling the pubs, and few will 'first foot' as they have no idea what that is here. That reminds me, I musts secure that door...