Well the Sahara race has been cancelled. Apparently there were just not enough committed Bedouins to make it totally safe.
So Cate has to transfer her entry fee to another race in either China, Ecuador or Chile - or this same race next year - which will be held in Egypt.
So we will miss out on Petra but I will be going to Paris to see Molly and Gaston and Biggles and Cate will probably come with me.
For the last couple of days Stan the Man has been staying with us. I have not seen him for 28 years when we last worked together in Australia. He is now living in Washington because his wife is the CEO of an international company. She is a woman who we employed as a clerk when we were running currency trading operations.
He is now – like me – a man of some leisure so we compared notes about cooking and cleaning. He does not have to do litter so we could not discuss the finer points of that .
However - he did tell me about the iRobot Roomba which is a robot vacuum cleaner. He gave it such a ringing endorsement that I had to buy one immediately so I have ordered it from Amazon and it will be here Friday.
It roams around the house on its own – vacuuming as it goes. Then it returns to its base station and recharges itself. You can program it so that it will start at the time of your choosing and just cruise around until it is finished. I don‘t know how it knows when it has finished so I will keep a close eye on it.
The cats will love it. Stan the Man has a daughter with an iRobot and her cat rides around on it.
In the meantime I was fascinated to read that a leading United States think tank has published a piece posing the question ‘Is Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott the most incompetent leader of any industrialized democracy?’
Their answer was yes.
The piece argued that he was so shockingly incompetent that he had to go.
Perhaps he could come and join Congress.