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19 March 2011 @ 03:18 am
My Interesting Week... (includes webcams, powertools, a police dog and fannish squee)
Interesting week...


My pub quiz team didn't quite manage our usual rout (beaten by 2 points, dammit), but we learned that in the next few weeks, the pub as a whole is taking part in a televised (a Sky channel? Via webcams and the internet, apparently?) quiz where our pub will compete against other pubs for a £1000 donation to a local charity of our choice.

Yay for charity, but eep! It's been 25 years since I first (and last) appeared on tv. I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to do it again. Possibly I will wear a big floppy hat and huge glasses and pretend I'm not me. (I'll be the one in the Batman teeshirt.) :D


11.28pm Set the alarm at work, lock the shop and come home.

01.10am Phone rings. It's the alarm company. (I am 5 minutes slow stroll away from work and nocturnal so I get to be keyholder and deal with stuff like:) The alarm hasn't gone off, they tell me, but the police are on site because a neighbour called to tell them she'd just seen someone kick in the bottom window of the door and climb in. Joy.

01.15am I arrive on scene to see two cops playing keepaway from the door. There is blood, they say, and it is fresh, so we have sent for a dog. We'll track them down and get them!

01.20am Dog arrives, with handler, and is soon off on the hunt. Later radio contact says they lost the trail. :(

01.25am I let myself and PC Parker into the shop and start cataloguing what's gone. Mostly it's cheap tobacco, cheap whisky, cheap vodka and cheap gin. They left the Smirnoff, the Absolut, the Famous Grouse, the Glenfiddich... (*weeps for the incompetency of it all*)

01.30am I try to call the 24/7 'Approved Glazier' number that is emblazoned on the shop windows inside and out for moments exactly like this. It doesn't connect. PC Parker tries and gets nothing. His switchboard tries and gets nothing. they google and find that the 0800 number we're trying is the only one listed - no landline or mobile number to be had. So, PC Parker gets the switchboard to call a service they use, who say they'll have someone there 'in about an hour'.

01:50am PC Parker finishes writing up my statement, gets me to sign it, and is off - leaving me to wait for someone (for whom I have no contact number!) to come and board up the gaping hole.

01.51am I realize I really need to pee.

03.18am A white, unmarked van pulls up outside. In it is a friendly little man with powertools and some not-quite-big-enough boards. There is measuring and sawing and about 5 seconds of drilling... and then there is charging up of the powertools and more sawing. Finally, there is more drilling. *\o/*

3.58am Set the alarm, lock the shop and come home.

4.01am PEE!


Win Round one of ae_ldws! I still have my last two drabbles to post - both winners in their respective weeks, yay! - but I'm still working on an extended version of Wk#8 (a High School AU Egg Baby Project fic...I KNOW!), so it will be a day or two before they go up.

In the meantime: I HAS A BANNER!

Bonus event: Saturday 01.21am: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed for The Dark Knight Rises! No idea who he'll end up playing, but they mentioned Deadshot in that article, who is half of my tiniest OTP to date. (I have 4 fics saved. FOUR!)

Now I want to see JGL as Deadshot and Tom Hardy as Catman - and here's why. :D

So, how has your week been?

katbcollkatbcoll on March 19th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Congrats on winning!

3.58am Set the alarm, lock the shop and come home.

4.01am PEE!


They were stupid enough to kick in a window in front of witnesses, of course they're not smart enough to steal the good stuff! *weeps with you* Bless PC Parker for getting that service out to board up the shop windows.
darkhavens: aslan [literati]darkhavens on March 19th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D

I was texting literati to keep myself occupied and she was highly amused to be receiving deep, meaningful messages like: I'm in the shop w the lights on. Still waiting. Focussing on not needing a pee. *focuses hard*

The trauma! :D

Not only were they dumb enough to leave the good booze, as one of them (there were two) stood up after crawling out of the shop with a basket full of goodies... he fell over, smashing a bottle of scotch, scattering packets of tobacco everywhere and crushing several packets of cigs. *snickers*

PC Parker was a gem.
saifai on March 19th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like an eventful week! Not sure I'd have lasted 2 hours waiting for a pee. LOL
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on March 19th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
It was a trial! *g*

I distracted myself by playing snake on my mobile phone left-handed (to make it more of a challenge *g*).
Maz: Dovethismaz on March 19th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
For once, I'm sorry I don't have Sky.
Your Wednesday was way more eventful than I would ever wish to experience. Plus, holding out for 2 hours? Just, no!
Congratulations on the win.
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

(I am actually quite chuffed to know that I can hold it for two hours if I really have to. I just hope I don't really have to again, not for a while at least. *g*)
kitty_poker1kitty_poker1 on March 19th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
Congrats on the win! And is that a distinct bulge I see in the trouser area in the banner? *snickers*

Ooh, ooh, which channel and what day and time? Enquiring minds wanna know (and watch).
darkhavens: aslan [literati]darkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hello, stranger! :D

Thank you! I... am quite happy to re-examine the trouser areas of both men in an attempt to either confirm or deny your accusations. Cos I'm good like that. :P

I don't know what channel or what time or even what week! Hopefully I will have more details after Monday's quiz. I shall report back!

*smooches and hugs*
reddwarf75reddwarf75 on March 19th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Utterly mundane and ordinary, thank god :) Hope u have a better weekend!
darkhavens: aslan [literati]darkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The weekend seems to be nice and quiet so far, though I have just realised I once again forgot to post new prompts at two of my comms - on Wednesday! *headdesk*
dancetomato on March 19th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You will post links to the video? (Hint: Yes.)

Eep on the storefront. Some people have no taste.

darkhavens: shoelace [me]darkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I despair of tasteless ruffians. They do clutter up the world. *g*

I will link or provide whatever access/info I manage to glean from the landlord on Monday evening. ♥
Kristintxrabbit on March 19th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)

If you do make it onto tv, you have to provide a link!!

My week has been filled with way too many kids. It's been wonderful.
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Your week sounds like it was much more fun than mine! *g*

I shall provide whatever info I manage to get out of the landlord, including a link if there is one. :D

tabaquitabaqui on March 19th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Heeeee! What an adventure you had. :)

And congratulations on winning the challenge! You deserved it.
*spins you*

darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on March 19th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thankee! *twirls and dips*

I take adventure where I find it. Thankfully, I don't find it too often. *g*
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: cls; destined [me]literati on March 19th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
*smishes* You poor baby. All that reading time, lost. I mean, how dare they really? ♥

YAY for the win! I'm also glad that I was able to pick yours out from the crowd without sweating bullets. *g*

Woo for JGL! You never know, he could very well be your Deadshot!
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on March 19th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Three hours of A/E time, gone! *weeps*

Thank you, Pookie!

The only problem with JGL as Deadshot is that THard is already Bane, so he can't be Catman too, except in my head and the made-up movie I am now casting in my head. :D
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: Inception Kicksuki_blue on March 21st, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
*claps* Congrats and that is a fine-looking banner. Tom's smile!! I can't wait for TDKR ro start filming. You know we're gonna have to hunt out footage and pics of them both filming.

Wow, that sounds like an eventful and tiring evening. Poor bladder!!!