Spent the day with cap’n John getting the boat ready for some real sailing – he has a mainsail. Unfortunately the ‘iron Topsail’ is currently broken, and beyond my knowledge to repair.

Out at 7:20am on the high school run for the first time in eighteen months.

“Wet snow likely on the higher Ozark Plateau tonight. Temperatures will be near freezing tonight. An additional one inch of slushy wet snow accumulations may be possible tonight on the plateau. Elsewhere, scattered rain showers tonight with some isolated flooding possible over the Eastern Ozarks.” NOAA.

I caught myself using the dreadful American pronunciation of the word herb tonight – ‘erb.

Something which should never happen, happened. Sorry about that. If you try again, maybe it will work.

Arrrgh! Or another reason to hate software … I could go on and on, but I’d probably burst a blood vessel and have a stroke. Instead I’ll go off and search the Internets for soothing images of sunsets and kittens.

Photograph of the Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept car by Bertone in the original orange livery.

Lancia Stratos HF Zero – I was a school kid when I discovered this jaw droppingly awesome car. It caught my imagination and made such an impression that forty years on, I still think it is one of the most stunning vehicles ever built. Video: 2 clips, ten-minute read, 2 pictures

Who knew? I Just stepped out into the garage for a pair of pliers. Darn it was chilly. 27°F (-3°C). Maybe I should have got dressed first?

There are times when I think: “to hell with it, is it worth struggling to be an imperfect perfectionist?”

Photograph of Gary Allman standing outside Blake lapthorn Tarlo Lyons Solicitors. Portsmouth UK. 2007

Solicitor – Today I had the first meeting about the divorce with my solicitor. There I was thinking I’d got some clarity in my life. In fact all I’ve done is stirred up all the muck and now I can’t see a thing.

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