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Another Codeineified Headache


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Three vodka gimlets last night with Woodley, Helfenstein, and Michael Mitchell at Ivy’s. I am paying for it today.

We were having a postmortem about the massive bloodletting at work yesterday. Several of my favorites got the axe, and they are better off as a result. At least they should be. Kurt and I packed up Mr. Quyyum’s belongings in four large file boxes and a couple of smaller ones.

At Ivy’s I told Michael the tale of my criminal summons and upcoming arraignment, while Helfenstein baited me with carping comments. He’s heard the story before and treats it as a load of baloney.

Why are Bobo and I at loggerheads so often? Woodley has begun to notice this. I told him it’s because Bobo and I have each come to realize that the other has feet of clay.

Also asked Mitchell if he knew anything about mercenaries. He ought to. What was he learning to fly helicopters in South Africa for? I told him I needed information for the next (and very short, I hope) novel, ‘Mead Takes Command,’ a Waughish swindle of errors, partly set in Rhodesia in the 1970s. Mitchell told me to read Soldier of Fortune. Great. Thanks Michael. Good 1970s magazine. Never would have thought of it myself.

A beefy but genteel old Schweizer, gen. Franz, sat at my left at the bar, and chatted airily with me in French and German. My French and German felt very un-fluent, which was strange because I was slightly drunk. An odd experience…very much like being in a foreign country, alone, and ready to go home with anyone, just to ease my loneliness. Philip Diani, the Paris architect, nearly had his way with me a couple of times back in 2002 when I was in just this situation.

Went to bed at ten, woke before two with a yowling case of sinusitis. Gobbled codeine with ibuprofen or paracetamol for the next six hours, till I staggered into work wearing dark glasses and feeling like a thick wad of cotton wool.

Lay in bed reading Sisley Huddleston’s ‘France: The Tragic Years’ from 2 to 6am. It’s okay…I know the cast of characters well enough, so my eyes don’t totally glaze over. But the author is so dilatory– too many words, too few concrete images–I can imagine the book would be very hard going for the average person.

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    Postscript: I see I also fooled around with the database configuration of this blog on the night of the 15th. See previous post, below. I renamed the database table and it completely wiped out the content, but not the Nixon graphic. Hah! Fortunately I had backed up the old folder, so re-uploaded it. PLANNED MODIFICATIONS: I plan to move Present Tension to a different directory so its URL is ~/pt/ and to replace the header graphic with the my Darling still (Laurence Harvey, Julie Christie), 499 duotone. I will create a new CMS site for educationaltelevision.org, using the Nixon graphic and WordPress 1.5.


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