My friend Chris phoned this afternoon to say he was passing through #. I said "Oh, that will be great. Do you have any idea of the date yet?" Turns out it was today.

Had a lovely few hours in the pub. The Sawtell wilderness years dropped away, and it was like we were just in the Auburn Hotel carrying on the conversation from yesterday, and building up the appetite for a kebab. Computer games, old television shows, Bertrand Russell, good pubs, Modern Monetary Theory, the horror of suburbia, stoicism, J.M. Keynes, etc., with a new lifestyle supplement on trying not to be fat and old.

I don't have many friends, but by God they are good ones. I'm very lucky.