A maybe weekly round-up

Life

It’s been one of those weeks where I keep meaning to post but I never do. For no real reason. Other than. Well, like I said. No real reason. So what’s up? Here’s a quick run down…

  • You might have noticed (or not) that I’ve stopped posting my 365 photos. See there’s a reason for that. The reason being there might not be any photos. Carelessly forgot to take a photo one day. Once you skip one, it’s easy to skip others. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
  • Started a new job last week. I am officially an Email Specialist now. It’s all very exciting
  • Downside of my new job is that it’s in the city and I’m stuck with commuting on the tube. It’s not that bad. But it is hella expensive and more often than not, smelly. Ahhh… I did it for 5 years before. I can suck it up now!
  • And on the subject of commuting, it’s making me get back to reading. So hopefully I’ll get to finish The Magus soon.

That moment when you’re glad you’re in your car alone

Music

As you may well be fully aware by now, if you’re a reader of my blog, I drive to work. Every day. My mornings are spent listening to the Danny Wallace breakfast show on XFM and my evenings are spent listening some sort of Spotify playlist.

99% of the time it’ll be every single track I’ve starred in Spotify. It the easiest way to guarantee I’m listening to something I like on my, sometimes, painful commute home.

Anywho. Yesterday I’m quite happily listening to starred list. Everything from Flight of the Conchords to Nine Inch Nails via Metric and Foo Fighters (There’s always some Foo Fighters.) It’s not exactly a themed playlist, but I like the randomosity of it all.

So. Happily listening away when I get a real shock of what next song starts up. Jennifer Paige’s Crush. I kid you not. I can’t even remember starring this track, but clearly I did! Funny thing? Not once did I think about skipping the track. If a song ever comes up that I’m just not up for, I will quite happily press skip.

Not this time. I listened along and had a little bit of nostalgia. Back to when the song was first released and everyone cool at school was singing along to it.

So very glad to have been alone in the car when the song started. No embarrassing, “Oh my god, how did that get there?!”. The mad, panicked scramble begins to find the button to skip to the next track while simultaneously trying to avoid that OAP and woman with child.

If you ever find yourself in the car with me and this does star blaring through the speakers, feel free to poke fun at me. I think I’ve opened myself up to it here!

Heading into the city? Know the rules!

Thoughts

It’s a known fact here that I don’t commute to work on the tube or train. I drive. I complain about it plenty on here and on my Twitter. But for a good long while, I was a tube and train commuter. For the years I went to uni and when I worked in various different places in London. When you’re commuting on the underground there are some unwritten rules that I wish more people would be made aware of.

So, here I’m sharing some of those rules and some tips for you if you’re travelling on the tube or trains in any city, written by Kieran.

Here is his Tactical Guide to Optimal Tube Usage.

It contains important information such as knowing your team and your enemies, positioning yourself on the platform and how to conduct yourself while on the tube.

This isn’t just a funny look at the daily commute on London’s public transport system, these are the rules to follow. Memorise them and practice them!

The bane of my life

Life

I’ve been driving to work for just over 4 years. In all those 4 years I’ve been taking the A40 through to West London. In all those years The A40’s treated me well and badly and just plain nasty.

Plain nasty would be how it treated me this evening. Left work just after 5pm and I got home at about 7:45pm. It’s 13 miles! Thanks to some flooding, a lane was closed and the A40 turned into my worst nightmare.

I complain, bitch and moan but I’ll never ditch my car. It’s not that I don’t do public transport. I do. When it works properly. But I like my car, driving and a huge personal bubble travelling to and from work!

Rant over.