...and a set of nicely weighted balls. - Grin with cat attached
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...and a set of nicely weighted balls. Sep. 17th, 2005 10:34 pm
Because, let's face it, any post featuring new juggling kit is going to sink at *some* point.

Seems that getting a decent night's sleep last night was in fact the right plan. Woke up at 9:30 - just in time to catch the tail end of ravenevermore's radio show, had a leisurely morning including taking a shower to *warm up*! (Yay! Cooler weather!) and headed out to Camden with valkyriekaren to meet daneel_olivaw. Extremely nice breakfast in the Camden Kitchen (anyone who says free range eggs don't taste better needs to stop drinking meths) - service was even a bit quicker than usual (it can tend to the glacial at times).

Shopping was relaxed enough, despite the usual crowds - picked up a decent pair of trousers for 25 quid, and dropped into the juggling shop in the stables. Decided to get a new set of juggling balls (as noted above) as my old set have fallen apart, and it's really good stress relief. However at some point I need to finally learn to juggle *4* rather than the 3 I've been on for 10 years... Picked up a leaflet for a circus group which might be able to help, unless anyone wants to volunteer?

Dropped into the Dev afterwards (against my better judgement) to discover the place has dramatically improved; the bar was clean, the cider was clear, the glasses properly washed, and (almost too much to accept) their was soap and a *working drier* in the men's loos.

Dinner was a less pleasant surprise though - tried the "Arizona" tex-mex place. Small portions, overpriced and mediocre. Don't bother. Still got that slight "not eaten enough" feeling now, but I'll take it to bed in a few...

From: cookwitch
Date: September 17th, 2005 - 09:56 pm (Link)
Wasn't it a gorgeously cool day today? I had to wear a cardigan! *beam*

Career choices

From: webcowgirl
Date: September 17th, 2005 - 10:35 pm (Link)
Why am I trying to get a job in software when clearly London needs me to open a good Tex-Mex restaurant? I'll do my tacos, mom's enchiladas, chips and salsa and ass-kicking margaritas ("guaranteed," or "filled with panty-removal liquid," will provide either story on request), and I'll have lines out the door.
From: fellcat
Date: September 18th, 2005 - 01:59 am (Link)
Mny real ciders are cloudy intentionally. I'm guessing that what you were drinking wasn't real cider though, as they tend to be a little hard to find.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: September 18th, 2005 - 10:36 am (Link)
Nah, the Dev serves Strongbow or Scrumpy Jack, both of which are of the 'clear and fizzy' persuasion.
From: wingedelf
Date: September 18th, 2005 - 05:31 am (Link)
However at some point I need to finally learn to juggle *4* rather than the 3 I've been on for 10 years.

It's going to be easier to go right from three to five. Even numbers take an entirely different approach- a cascade rather than a fountain (or is it the other way around?) Jumping to 5, you just increase the tempo of the throws appropriately.
From: dennyd
Date: September 18th, 2005 - 10:47 am (Link)
Odd is cascade, even is fountain.

To learn four, first learn to do two in each hand, both hands at once, staggering the throws. Then you can start crossing them between the hands once you've got that bit down.

Going straight to five is indeed easier. Not that I've ever managed it :)