Justice chapter 32 has gone to the betas and I'll be posting it next weekend. Fighting Stance chapter 3 is at 300 words. I've got about 1000 to 1300 to go.
Recently I made the mistake of buying a really nice, classy umbrella that matched my raincoat. It was only six bucks! It was really cool and I loved it for the short time I had it. Unfortunately, I should never have bought it because I absolutely cannot hang onto my umbrellas. I've left them in coffee shops and on buses and trains on multiple continents. In fact, even as I forked over my $6 for my latest umbrella, a little voice in the back of my head was warning me not to bother because I was only going to leave it in a coffee shop. And that's exactly what happened, less than 24 hours later.
Oh well, easy come, easy go. I don't know how much use I would have gotten out of it anyway. When I bought the umbrella, I think I temporarily forgot I'm a cyclist. Unlike my Japanese friends, I cannot ride a bike while holding an umbrella. My one attempt to do so resulted in my crashing into a fence. Since I go more or less everywhere by bike, rain or shine, my lifestyle doesn't really support umbrella-ownership. I usually just wear a hat and resign myself to getting wet. Another problem with umbrellas is that I don't like to have both hands full. If I'm walking, I usually have a purse over my shoulder and a shopping bag or laptop bag in one hand. Add an umbrella to the other hand, and suddenly I feel weighed down. It takes two hands to fold down an umbrella and then you still have to carry the damn thing and find a third hand with which to open doors or fumble in pockets for bus change. So, no more umbrellas for me, no matter how sophisticated or bargain-priced they are. I have a bright pink umbrella at home which I've managed to hang on to for a year, mainly because it has never been out of the house. I should just give it to someone.
If there's anyone out there who can remember to take their umbrellas with them when they leave coffee shops and restaurants, please tell me what your secret is. If umbrella manufacturers invented a 'smart' umbrella that beeped or sent me a message when I accidentally abandoned it somewhere, it would solve my problem!