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Wednesday, 13 April 2005

long weekends and "free" ipods

I'm really rather tired, and I was only working one day this week (that doesn't bode well for the rather busy working hours I've got stacked up at the end of the month). Still, it's now the beginning of a week off work, and I'm starting to unwind and relax a little.

The children had fun on the terrace yesterday afternoon - their first venture out there to play this year (can you believe it?) - with the dressing up box providing inspiration for a hat and shoe shop, and some rather strange choices of costume. It's great to be able to see the children growing up; Christopher can now work out the spelling for basic words, and Ella wanders around the house with clear messages for us all (when she's not shouting about getting "no" for an answer!)

Today, though, was a workday, and I was invited (the people originally intended to attend weren't on shift) to a "Focus Group" to discuss the results of a survey. To be honest, I'm not one for chuntering on for hours about stuff that'll probably never bear results, but for once I was almost glad I was there, as the team meeting (which I missed as a result) was an even more turgid, miserable affair. Many useful books and articles have been written about meetings, and clearly none of them were read by whoever was looking after this one!

I'm almost embarassed to admit that, at 8.30 this morning, I was nearly sucked into the free iPod plughole - a simple, attractive new implementation of the traditional pyramid scheme; commit to a free trial, convince five friends to do the same, and get a shiny new iPod for your trouble. This has resulted in emails pinging around the place asking for clicks and commitments, and it was one of these that I checked out and quickly realised the error of my ways. I don't think I'm greedy enough to manipulate my friends and relatives to such an end.

Bit of a maudlin entry - especially since I've got a few days off coming, and a trip to the Suffolk coast with Beth for our anniversary!

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Posted by james at April 13, 2005 9:59 PM

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