|"Eris? Eris!? Who the f*** is Eris?!?"
||[Sep. 29th, 2008|11:34 pm]
Yeah, I've had an interesting day. I was hunting yeast nutrients for my slowly dying mead batch - I'm thinking of repitching some yeast after supercharging them on nutrients and energisers (you know, Red Bull for yeast, but without the wings hopefully).
Just for reference, if you look in the Dublin Golden Pages for home brewing supplies, they mention a bunch of shops called "The Health Store". One of them was in Tallaght ("Tallaght, tallaght... nah this is just getting old"), so I decided to head that way on Saturday. They were out of the stuff.
I woke up pretty early this morning for reasons best known to myself and decided that today would be a good day to go yeast hunting. So, I look up the other shops in the Golden Pages and head off to Blackrock of all places. I find the shop without any difficulties, and then ask if they have such a thing as yeast nutrient. Nope, and the attendant doesn't know how to look it up. Ok, so onto Dundrum shopping centre, and after a quick look around I satisfied myself that it didn't exist in that store either. I took that as a sign to look around Dundrum for a while. At about 4:20 I decided to pop in again, and just ask if they had anything like what I was looking for. The first attendant had no idea, but referred me onto a lovely woman who knew exactly what I was talking about and that, sadly, no there was none in that shop, but that there was some in other stores and it could be shipped over to them by the next day. In a move that sounds stupid now, but perfectly logical in my head at the time, I explained that it wasn't necessary, as Tallaght was actually handier for me. She then explained that she could arrange for it to be shipped from one of the other branches to Tallaght, where it would be waiting for me tomorrow. I think it's partially because I don't know exactly what I'm looking for until I see it that I don't want just one specific thing transferred over to a non-native branch. Anyway, I forewent explaining that, and asked what shops did have what I was looking for. For the record it's normally Tallaght, but also Bray, Swords and Blanchardstown. I just said that I was looking forward to an adventure (not that I hadn't been all over the place by that stage anyway) and headed off to Bray.
It was just a few minutes later that I remembered something that actually figures in my life, and that I tend to forget about at a moment's notice: Mercury is retrograde. I should mention that my parents arranged their marriage time and date just so they wouldn't get married during that period. They are astrological hippies and it shows. That said, there's a good reason for them to do that, because this is the time when the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. Mercury was traditionally seen as the one for communication and transport... and to a large degree planning. In other words, don't trust plans made during this time, or start an endeavour unless you want more work than you'd planned for to make it go right. I'm not saying it'll absolutely go wrong, but it'll more than likely cause you to exert more effort than you'd normally have to deal with. Also, conversations may take strange turns - not that they don't already in my family, but moreso.
It also doesn't help that one of the most popular comics mentions herself of the golden apple (really, I do tend to avoid using her name, even when it's too late, but the title was just too good to pass up) on this same day, which is just inviting trouble.
I've only just recently realised that Mercury is also one for transport, which would explain why the luas, although prompt, was slow, as was the train from Tara Street to Bray. Rush hour explains half of it, but it still doesn't explain why you could easily outwalk the train (which was actually intercity/commuter to Wexford) to Bray for most of its journey.
I arrived in the place at 6:10, which at this point didn't faze me. I knew the prospects of getting yeast food that day were doomed, but at least now I know the way tomorrow.
Of course, Mercury is still retrograde tomorrow (and will be until Oct 15, according to a site I just googled) but at least now I'm prepared. It explained a lot about today.
Now, given the long and winding explanation of my day and how it ties to astrology messing with plans, great and small, I wonder how much it will affect banks. Just think, it started Sept 24th and since then there have been bail-out plans and the like. How will they fare? Are they prepared enough? Of course, you can't really delay any of planning, but at the same time I wonder if anyone is saying to slow down and to be a bit more careful. There again, banks don't employ hippy astro-chart-reading soothsayers, but I wonder if it might be prudent for them?