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Kiran, Oyster, and scattered thoughts

How can Kiran have died? I was going to go to his talk next week in Toronto. I was looking forward to seeing him again. I moved to London and he was moving to Vancouver, but at least I had a chance to hug him goodbye before he moved cross-country. Having read about his death less than five minutes ago, it hasn't even begun to sink in. He was a fellow PhD student in my department. At least he died doing something he loved, rowing. He was an Olympic-level rower. (How can it be 'was'?)

The London Transport Oyster card is an RFID-embedded card which can hold weekly and monthly travelcard for the London transit network, and also a limited amount of money for pay-as-you-go. To pay on a trip by trip basis, it's necessary to touch the card in to the system at both the beginning and end of the trip. Since I lived on the Docklands Light Railway, which has no barriers to access, it's entirely too easy to forget to touch in and out every single time. Also, due to lack of barriers, even when I touch my card to the system, it won't know if I'm touching in and out. Which is to say, I managed to find myself touching in rather than out at the end of my travels last night, having missed out one touch somewhere along my five segment travels yesterday. I'll be so glad to be back on a month pass in a few weeks.

Can I bribe anyone vaguely in or near London to take me to Ikea in three weeks or so, i.e. when I'm back from my forthcoming travels? I can do weekends or weekdays. I'm particularly fond of bribing people with food.


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Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
oh dear, that is so sad, i'm sorry your friend died :(
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
I can't quite wrap my mind around it. He was one of the most fit and energetic, yet laid-back people I've ever met.
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Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
How on earth will I transport the other half of my watermelon then?

My original plan was to telephone Ikea and place my order over the phone, as I did in Toronto. But no where in the Ikea catalog does this look like an option. Still, they claim delivery can be arranged. Or, if transit becomes an issue, I can just wait for C. to return from the eastern hemisphere and we can rent a vehicle.

Thank you for the offer. It may well come in handy.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
If I'm still on client-site in three weeks, yeah, I'd be able to help you.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It'd be good to see you regardless. I'll investigate the order-by-phone method a little further first. If I can solve it that way after all, it'd be easiest.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Not much more I can say.

Re Ikea: I have no car but live very close to the one at Tottenham Hale. We could get meatballs! And I believe they do now deliver.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I would happily go to Ikea for the food. I've heard a great deal about it, and am quite curious now.

If, in fact, I can just order my goods by phone and have them show up without car-enabled lugging, I would much prefer it. I'll investigate further.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
I can't even comprehend the news about Kiran.


Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
*hugs tight*
Sep. 23rd, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. Selfishly, I'm concerned that he may be a friend's brother. Is the last name V__ R___? There are some odd similarities.

Very sorry, anyhow. It's always a terribly shock when somebody young and fit dies. There's a complete lack of psychological preparation.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to say that that's exactly the right Kiran. He'd moved back to Vancouver to be near his family while writing his dissertation. He collapsed at practice on Wednesday.
Sep. 24th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
What a small (and sad) world. I'm very sorry to hear it. His sister was one of my closest friends while we were growing up in Vancouver and I remember Kiran very well and with great fondness.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm also very sorry. It always takes a while for it to set in :-(

I'm going to IKEA myself this weekend, where I will most likely be eating their tasty (and inexpensive) food. But as I'm on the left coast of the wrong continent, I suppose my doing the driving won't help. Sorry.
Sep. 23rd, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
That is so, so sad. I'm truly sorry.

Sep. 23rd, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
*sympathy* I wish there was more I could say.
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