Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in South and East London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 98, Saturday 30th April until 6th May 2016.
I’m a sucker for anything free, who isn’t if there offered something for nothing most people would take it. My down fall is free magazines or newspapers. Every week I end up with a collection of free publications that I have stuff in my bag, most of them I only glance through.
Monday to Friday I rush through Croydon twice a day, either to get in to the office as early as possible, or at the end of the day to try and get the earliest train out of town. I try not to stop for anything; I walk as fast as I can without running, dodging people, prams or annoying school children playing football in the middle of a pedestrian shopping area.
All I am concentrating on my goal (the office or the train) it’s as if I don’t see anything other than my final destination. I even dodge pigeons who are minding their own business doing important pigeon things (I’m a pigeon fan and don’t want to disturb them).
However there is one thing I home in on, like a homing pigeon. That’s a person standing holding out a free magazine or newspaper. There are a couple of people that I have even started to say “hello”, “have a good weekend” or just “thank you”. In fact I usually end up with a couple of copies of the same free paper on the way home as I pass a couple of vendors. One of them a woman who looks so thin and fragile with a pained look on her face, as she stands holding her papers out to passing people. I feel the need to go over and take one from her while smiling as I pass which never seems to register with her. Further down the road outside the station is another woman handing out the same paper and you guessed it I take one from her as well.
One of the free magazines I pick up weekly is the NME (The New Musical Express) a magazine I subscribed to for more years than I care to admit to. I don’t want to think about all the money I must have spent on subscription fees over the years, and now it’s free. Of course it’s not the magazine it used to be, these days it’s really just adverts for gigs and new music with the odd interview scattered here and there. When I downsized a couple of years ago I found I had bags and boxes of issues going back years, I had to recycle most of them. I say most of them as I did squirrel away some special issues.
I am and have always been a hoarder I admit this, and have lived in places in the past which could have featured in one of those hording reality TV shows. These days I don’t collect stuff as I don’t have the room and I am trying to save money. I still however do have my storage full of sci-fi shit (collectables) which I have to go through as there is money amongst all that tatt.
As I said I am trying to save as much money as I can so that I can return to Mozziebeak. This week I applied to take part in medical experiments, I saw an ad and contacted them. Deep down I knew it was too good to be true and sure enough I didn’t qualify due to being on other medication. I quite liked the idea of earning money while on my back; having the flu for a couple of weeks really wouldn’t have mattered. The idea of being paid for lying on my back applied to me. There are other ways that a person can make money while on their back; trouble is I would have to pay the other person so that’s not really an option.
I wanted to be back in Mozziebeak in August, but I suspect this date is going to be pushed back now. Which is sad, but if it means I can save more money that would allow me to stay away longer then it will be worth it.
In other news….
I have trodden on 2 different men’s feet on while on a tube, one man looked in a lot of pain. I’m either a lot heavier than I thought or he was already in pain. I hope it’s the latter. Bought some new shoes, and of course they have ripped the skin off my heel after only one wear, must remember plasters. I’m having a “sticky mouse” problem at work, I regularly have to unplug it and plug in again.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: ”The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 19, eps 7). “Have I Got News For You”, (Season 51, eps 5). “Horizon: Ice Station Antarctica”, (2015/16 eps 8). “The Golden Girls”, (Season 2, eps 9 to 21). “Screen Queens” , (Season 1, eps 10 & 11). “Pointless Celebrities” , (Season 9, eps 5). “People Just Do Nothing”, (Season 2, eps 1 to 5). “Cosmonaut: How Russia Won The Space Race”. “How To Build: A Nuclear Submarine”. “Storyville: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer”, (2013/14). “Murder She Wrote”, (Season 4, eps 6). “Flowers”, (Season 1, eps 1 & 2).
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (30/04/16). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (04/05/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (05/05/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (29/04/16 7 & 02 to 05/05/16). “The Queer Life”, (Eps 83). “Morrissey”, “Birdy”, “Bloc Party”, Stereophonics”, “Oasis”, “Blur”, “Bowie”, “Happy Mondays”, “Stone Roses”, “Beatles”, “Pulp”, “Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine”, “The Sultans of Ping FC”, “Radiohead”.
Reading: “The Hitchhickers Guide To the Galaxy: Mostly Harmless”, by Douglas Adams, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.