On Sunday I had to call my mother for Mother's Day, since the customs of the tribe mean I would feel intensely guilty if I didn't. There wasn't a lot to say, as it's only a week since I called before, but since I generally have to repeat everything, that still takes awhile. M had to go through how wonderful it was to get flowers from my brother and his family, but all in all, not too bad. When M answered the phone, I greeted her in my best Indian call centre operator accent, and did well enough that M almost hung up on me. One has to get entertainment where one can. :-)
I messed around online, made Scrabble moves and wrote a bit of Pylon. Am in the middle slump, i.e. not sure of a good ending, feeling that there's too much standing around and talking heads, so I arranged for a sea serpent to eat a surf boat. Some rain was swept in this afternoon; it has now moved on, but there was enough to give everything in the garden a decent drink.
I've started to consider what things I may do when I get to Helsinki. I will have four days to tourist before the Worldcon starts, not including the afternoon/evening of arrival when I expect to not do much at all. There's the expected hop on/hop off bus, which can be combined with a ferry trip, plenty of museums, markets, the Finnish Parliament, the Botanical Gardens and the zoo. Since I figure my chances of seeing Finnish wildlife are probably fairly remote, the zoo is my best bet, and the same goes for most of the plant life found in the countryside, so the Botanical Gardens sound like they would be worth a visit. I also like the look of a tour called the Sustainable City tour, where they use the trams and buses to show you around.
One offering from the Worldcon peeps themselves is this trip to a nuclear power plant, which I include here for attendees not on Facebook. [Rob and Leece, looky here!] I thought (a) when else am I ever going to see one and (b) it's a longer tour outside Helsinki, so I'll get a look at the aforementioned countryside :-)
We're organising a visit to the Olkiluoto power station on Tuesday, 8 August, the day before officially begins. The trip starts at 8 am from Helsinki and return in the evening.
The tour of the site would be done by bus, as visitors aren't allowed into the reactor building for security reasons.
If you are interested in participating, please sign up or message pr5questions@.fi.
More info about visiting Olkiluoto here: