For some reason (I forget why already) I need to get a picture of Superman onto my phone. So I go down to my local corner shop where, instead of the usual family member behind the counter there's my landlord, Mr V; I don't see anything unusual about this. I ask him to get me a picture of Supes. He fiddles with my phone, and while he's doing that, I mention that I'm going to the local college to see a comedian. When I offer to pay, Mr V waves it away and asks me to pick up 40 litres of oil from the comedian's manager while I'm there, and just to go to the guy's office and take it if he isn't there. I'm a bit dubious about this, but I agree, asking what kind of oil it is, machine oil, vegetable oil, etc. Mr V's English seems to desert him at this point, and he is unable or reluctant to elaborate.
At the college/theatre/hotel — my dream couldn't seem to decide on what it was — I wander around for a bit looking for the manager's office until I come across the comedian's room, where he's lying in bed reading a book. I don't know who the comedian is now; my brain is saying that he looked like Lou Abbott, but wasn't him. I ask him if he knows where his manager's office is. Abbott says that he'll be along in a bit, so I should sit down and wait for him, so I do, making conversation while I'm waiting.
At some point, I pick up Abbot's book and start leafing through it. It's a biography of the comedy duo. Abbott says that it's his manager's, and he was just looking through it, making some joke about how he needed to look up the details of his life so he could keep it straight. I find a bit on brickbat oil, which is apparently a reference to an old sketch.
Turning a few pages, I find some bank notes serving as a book mark: two tens and two fives, all in sterling. I remark to Abbott that that's a good way to lose money, and ponder aloud about taking it, remarking that if it had been in dollars I wouldn't bother. Abbott opines that his manager wouldn't miss it, making a crack about how he makes more money than Abbott does. In the end, I decide to take half, so that the manager won't lose his place.
For some reason, Abbott becomes Tom Baker, and we're now in a car, driving downtown to the shops. On a whim, I look up "oil" in the index of the book, and find an entry: oil, methods of persuading someone to pick up forty cans of, which is apparently a famous sketch of the comedy duo's. I figure that Mr V was actually making a reference to the sketch when he asked me to pick up the oil, and that he'd been confused when I hadn't played along. I thank Tom Baker/Lou Abbott for the lift, get out of the car, and then wake up.
Brickbat oil is purple, by the way.
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Photographer: John Chumack
Summary Authors: John Chumack; Jim Foster
While driving home to Ohio from the Washington, D.C. area in late October, I stopped at Sideling Hill in western Maryland to snap the autumn scene above -- my view is to the east. Vibrant reds and golds of sugar maples, scarlets and coppers of oaks, yellows of hickories, and bronzes of beeches lit up the landscape. Mid to late October is typically when the fall colors peak in the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Fog hanging in a distant valley accents this attention-getting scene. Photo taken on October 20, 2014.
Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D; Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Focal Length: 82mm; Aperture: f/7.1; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 100.
( Well, looks like the show found a way to address this... )
Winternight (MCU, 1200 wds) - Jane and Thor at an Asgardian autumn/day-of-the-dead festival (post-Thor 2).
waited long enough (MCU, 1400 wds) - Natasha-centric timestamp fic for Written in Blood and Bone.
Out of the Cold (MCU, 1600 wds) - My take on the "Steve and Bucky can't get warm after 70 years frozen" fic trope.
Wolf Run (White Collar, 2200 wds) - Another fic in the Peter-and-Diana-are-werewolves universe.
The rest of the (shorter) fics are linked from the original post.
Otherwise, 'tis a quiet night. We're too far out in the country to get trick-or-treaters (though I usually try to have candy on hand just in case, after a decade we've yet to get a single one, and this year I didn't bother). I have a glass of wine, and now I'm gonna work on this month's reward package for the Kismet Patreon backers.