This is my brother-in-law John, skipping happily along a gravel face on the Otira Valley track, Arthur's Pass, NZ. I really like it just because I love gravel faces and walking along them (it's a bit of a thrill--they feel more vertical and unstable than they are), and because I think John's funny. :)
Thanks djohns and patty for checking out my blog, nice to meet both of you... Patty, right now I agree with you that I'd pick Jane Austen over U2 if I was stranded on a desert island. Theoretical quality aside, books would be more useful, in case I needed to light a fire, or send a message in a bottle, or something like that. Northanger Abbey is a good book. It's her first published novel, I think, or at least the one she wrote first, and at points it's kind of a parody of other novels. So not quite so serious as something like Mansfield Park or Persuasion (my personal favourite), but funny and readable and Nice.
I am considering applying for a job as a census collector from February to March. It seems like quite an amusing job to have but I can't figure out exactly why I should think that. I like censuses; the last time we had one here I was a lot younger and was really gutted because most of it was only for people aged 15 and above. I love filling out forms. It's a bit like my obsession with making lists, or perfect mix CDs.