View From a Hotel Window, 4/18/19: Heathrow

It’s a parking lot, not only in an entirely different country, but in an entirely different continent! And Heathrow Airport is in the background, which is actually cooler than it sounds.

I’m here for Ytterbium, this year’s Eastercon, where I am a Guest of Honor, and everything is lovely so far. The convention begins properly tomorrow — today we relax, get some sleep in and prepare for the weekend. Three cheers for a lovely spring day in the UK.

How are you? Please describe in words that do not include “redacted Mueller report” in any way, shape or form.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

29 replies on “View From a Hotel Window, 4/18/19: Heathrow”

Woooo! Welcome to the (sporadically) sunny UK, John! Picked an incredible weekend for it considering 5 days ago it was 6C/42F and sleeting.

You thinking of popping in on Pan Macmillan’s offices while you’re here? We’re only about an hour away on the tube……=0)

Wish I was going. Sadly, finance and time issues don’t allow for Eastercon this year.

I’m twiddling thumbs for the last 20 minutes of my working life, retirement here I come. A nice day too in Cambridge 75 miles or so north east of Heathrow…

Yesterday I made a split off my best honey bee colony into the hive where another colony died overwinter. Now I have to worry for several weeks about whether both halves (since I’m a bad beekeeper who doesn’t know where the old queen wound up) of the split got young enough brood to requeen themselves (which I couldn’t tell by looking, see bad beekeeper note above). And then I have to worry about will the drones be ready when the new queen is ready, and will the weather be warm and sunny then.

But I am gloriously fine, thanks for asking, because I got to mess with bees!

Otherwise I would be whiny-babying because you are off the ends of the earth, having fun without us.

I probably heard your plane land this morning as I only live about 5 miles from LHR. Hope the convention is fun! At least the weather is good for you – supposed to be warm and dry all weekend.

If that’s Slough… there’s a pub not too far away called ‘The Golden Cross’. Get there if you can, eat the meat pies if you can. Lamb and mint was a revelation. The proprietor was my mom-away-from-mom. Safe travels!

I’m playing hookey from work, with three weeks to go before retirement ;-) Need to do a bit of shopping for the weekend and may grab a bite out. Weather is dreary but I’m in the middle of a Star Wars marathon, and I have popcorn. Life is good!

My first trip to England I was amused to discover the natives called a Parking Lot, a Car Park. That seems more exotic and desirable for some reason, like where cars go to chase balls and have fun – not being left for hours of boredom. Many of the smaller car parks didn’t even have lines to park between, which led to some interesting configurations ;-)

I myself am out fishing bought a pole and licence for my 73rd birthday.
Living on the mountain is different.
The good part is to go anywhere
on the MT. is to go by the fishing hole.
Since I have Tomorrow off I go fishing.
Have yourself a great time😌🐺

I had my colonoscopy today, which I had to have because I turned 50. The doc found a couple of small polyps and removed them. In a week, I’ll learn whether they were cancerous, but it doesn’t sound like they will be.

Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in America. Get your colon checked when you turn 50. (This has been a public service announcement.)

I am tired and a bit grumpy, thanks for asking, after a day spent documenting a genuinely awful software application that I have to present next week. I didn’t build it, just have to market it, which is in many ways the worst of all possible worlds. But we’ll deal with it.

Sending hopes for a spectacularly wonderful, fun and rewarding convention to both you and your lovely spouse – I hope your weekend is surpassingly excellent! Safe travels and be well.

Hey, I remember that hotel! Dysprosium (because Eastercon 66) was there in ’15, at which we-all drank the Borough of Hillingdon clean out of beer.

Be careful about the ytterbium, though, seeing that it’s a noted skin and eye irritant. (Rather a lot worse than dysprosium.)

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