Rainy Day…The First of Many

Today is my first very rainy day. It has rained on other days, but this is the first day that I had to go out and run errands in the rain. All-in-all it went okay, but I have to venture out for one more task.

I slept until about 11:00am–the first time that I’ve slept in since I arrived in Liverpool. Last night, I was out having some pints and it rained on me while I was walking home. I guess I felt run down after getting soaked, so I went along with my body’s need for rest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an easy night’s sleep.

I had two similar, but separate nightmares. The first was about moving out of my house in Norcross, and trying to get it sold. By the way, if you know anyone interested in a nice, big house in the suburbs of Atlanta, pass along this link to my house’s listing. The second nightmare had to do with being forced to move to another university. I don’t remember what it was all about, or where I was being made to go, but I know that I didn’t want to leave and that it was causing me a great amount of distress.

After getting up, I made my way to the English department. I asked Phil to send a FAX to the T-Mobile offices in the US so that they would waive my early cancellation fee on my cell phone contract back in the States. He helped me with that, and then I walked to the city centre. First, I stopped at a used bookshop that had a large SF collection that I had heard about. Then, I went to the Liverpool Public Library. Once there, I obtained a library card, and I checked out Greg Egan’s Diaspora. Next, I stopped by The Carphone Warehouse and the T-Mobile store to find out about their pay-as-you-go phone deals. I decided that I’m going to get a pre-paid SIM to go into my T-Mobile phone from back home. I may need to get it unlocked, but it will still be less expensive than buying a new phone outright. I also walked to the Virgin Mega Store to look at Tori Amos’ new collection called The Piano. The packaging looks like one and a half or two octaves of a keyboard. Inside, there are about six CDs worth of material and some other extras. It costs about £70, which is outside my price range.

Tonight, I’m going to the first meeting of the Liverpool Anime Society. There were some cute girls that were at their Activity Faire booth. I haven’t really met anyone outside of the SF program yet, so I’m hoping that this might lead to some new friendships and maybe more. We’ll see.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.