I’ve been ill again since the middle of last week. I couldn’t even go to the department on Thursday and Friday because I was constantly coughing and sneezing. I’ve been having colds for more than two months now, it feels. Crap. I know that supposedly the fact that I had my tonsils removed a few years ago (due to the fault of a hightly incompetent doctor, thanks a lot) makes me an easier target for all kinds of colds but it’s never been as bad as this. I couldn’t sleep well, couldn’t really work and couldn’t go out.
The only thing I indulged in was Birgit’s birthday party. As she’s living in a flat with a rather small kitchen now, we let her serve the meal at our place. This was particularly fun as almost everybody who was present, was a flatmate of ours in out old flat at some time. Nice to see them again.
This also meant that we had to arrange for twelve people to sit and have dinner. Our kitchen is quite large so that wasn’t a problem but our table wasn’t up to the job. Fortunately our ex flatmate Philipp came. He’s selling stuff at flea markets and has portable tables in his truck. Which we used three metres of – giving a comfortably huge and nice table. Quite ugly and dirty, though. Which is when I made the mistake to offer some of my bed sheets as table cloths. They are white and look like table cloths (if they aren’t the same…). I was assured that washing them hot will get the inevitable food stains out…
And, well, they did make the table look nice but there are lots of curry stains left in them, which is quite ugly. (Any hints how to wash them out?). So that’s a bit crappy. There was a tomato soup which was good, an Indian main dish which was OK (which is probably as far as Indian food will ever go for me as I just don’t like the tastes). Luckily it wasn’t spicy as I wouldn’t have liked that either. And at the end there was a dessert which killed us.
Anyway, it was a nice party and while it isn’t professional to have dishes where no more than two plates look the same, nobody minded. It even made people feel ‘back at home’, reminding them of the times when we lived together.
On the curry stains, if you use tumeric in the dish the best way to get rid of the stain is U.V. light. I leave my stained stuff basking in the sun and after a while it’s photobleached.
re: the photo… is that some of that black and white film you’ve been talking about?
If you do start shooting black andc white, be sure to take a look at Photoshop’s duotones, tritones, and quadtones, which let you do some really neat things, on both the subtle and dramatic ends of the spectrum.
G: Too bad that it’s winter now and there’s no more sunshine. I tried buying some washing chemicals today but all the stuff I saw was somehow eco-friendly and didn’t have enough health warnings to give me the confidence it’s up to the job…
Dave: No that photo was actually a mistake. I used my flatmate’s rather nice digital camera and had forgotten it was still set to ‘manual’. Thus I got a severely underexposed image. Because I could still see the light on it I thought I’d give it a try anyway and played with it a bit (ahem, that refers to a single command in Graphic Converter…) and surprisingly got quite nice results, the almost black and white stuff you see.
This has the extra advantage that you don’t recognise anybody in the picture, so I didn’t have to ask people before putting the photo up.
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