Weblog entries for May 2003


I am having the wrong conversation

A large portion of my life is spent having the same conversation with a series of strangers. For example, I have the same conversation every day with the bloke who cleans our office:

Him: "Can I…?"
Me: "Yeah."
Him: "Thanks."
Me: "Thanks."

Or the conversation I have with other people on the tube:

Me: "…"
Them: "…"

I also have the same conversation every time with the person on the checkout at Sainsbury's, which goes something like this:

Them: "Hello."
Me: "Hello."
Them: "Clubcard?"
Me: "No."
Them: "Cashback?"
Me: "No thanks."

But now Sainsbury's have started offering to pack your bags for you, I think they might have changed the script a bit. I don't know for sure, because I don't actually listen to what they're saying, I just know what bit comes next. I've got saying "hello, no, no" down to a fine art.

The last few times I've been, the people in front of me have packed their own bags, but when I've said hello the people on the checkout have started packing for me. I suspect they've changed the script so the first question is, "Would you like me to pack for you?"

Maybe I come across as being utterly helpless and incapable of remembering not to pack eggs under a load of tins. I'm not sure. But I certainly feel helpless, standing there with nothing to do while they pack for me.

Next time I go I'll say "No" first to see if it makes any difference. If it has any appreciable effect I'll let you know.


I am remaining calm

Today's the day Matrix Reloaded comes out in the UK. I'm going to see it this evening, at a 10pm showing. I hope I can manage to stay awake during the whole thing. :-)

I'm trying not to get too excited about it: I want to keep my expectations low so I won't be disappointed. I'm concerned that this and the third film will dilute the original film too much. It's possible that this is just a case of Hollywood trying to cash in on its previous success rather than leaving well alone and allowing the original film to stand on its own as a masterpiece of cinema.

I hope I'm proved wrong. For every Back To The Future 2 there is a Godfather 2, and for every Honey I Blew Up The Baby there is an Empire Strikes Back. Hopefully the Wachowski brothers will manage to hit the same high notes they reached four years ago.


I'll have to become a hermit

The Matrix Reloaded is coming out very soon. This means that the Internet is full of reviews, and therefore it's also full of plot spoilers.

In order to avoid seeing any more spoilers (I've already seen one biggie, which I'm not happy about) I'm going to be avoiding the entire Internet, as well as television, radio, newspapers and magazines, for the next six days.

I think the only way this is possible is for me to move to Cornwall. Of course, the fact that it has nice beaches is entirely coincidental.

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