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Tuesday 23rd November 2004

Another day that added nothing to the sum of my life's achievements other than to confirm that I am dilatory.
Though at least I learnt a new word. It was dilatory. You probably don't know what it means, but it would be most amusing if you couldn't be bothered to look it up. Unfortunately you're going to have to look it up in order to understand how amusing my joke is and in doing so you have rendered the joke unamusing because you have bothered to look it up. Maybe I've given you enough of a clue now that you might understand it without a dictionary, but you know you'll never be quite sure unless you check. And if you already knew what dilatory means then you are a buffoon and don't deserve to be allowed to take part in the fun.
Finally late in the afternoon and still in my dressing gown I swung into action and did two important things that will help make my life easier and hopefully mean I get down to work properly tomorrow. I firstly uninstalled the poker game on my computer that I've been obsessively playing for the last few days and then I set about tidying up my desk and getting all my paperwork in order. I know I've written about doing this before and I am sure I said then that this time I was going to make sure that my desk and general affairs never got in such a mess again. I was wrong that time, but this time I am going to be organised forever and never let myself get into such a mess again. It was a tiny amelioration (so I learnt two words - best to keep the dictionary nearer the computer to save you having to go back and forth) which led to a slight easing of the opprobrium of earlier in the day.
But perhaps given my late burst of activity it would be a calumny to say that I remained dilatory and anyone who claims otherwise should be excoriated (not literally, only in the sense of strongly censured).
If anyone of erudition has better word power than me and can spot a misuse of one of the words I've learned today then do let me know. I am looking forward to your exegesis (not that I'm claiming to be numinous here - you can use that word about non-religious texts). I like to be empirical about these things and am at least ingenuous about my own limitations.
So I did some reading and played Scrabble as well.

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