Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and West London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 181 Saturday 2nd December until Friday 8th December 2017.
Happy bday this week to MOZ, SAZ & Helen on 3/12 and Nico on 5/12.
I have been back at work a week, apart from short periods over the years when I became a bed hogging scally I have continually worked since 1988/89. And of course it goes without saying I always had a warm welcoming smile on my face (in this paragraph admittedly there is a lie; I’ll let you guess what it is).
“Two free drinks for one mouth”.
Over 2017 shamefully I admit that my personal southern equatorial region has spread more than it should have. This last week travelling to and from work I have come to realise that the early morning / late afternoon madness of travelling around the capital is very much like an exercise routine. Of course I’d prefer to be in a swimming pool exercising every muscle including my brain trying to remember how many lengths completed. Or enjoying “classic “Top Gear” while pounding my already creaky knees on a treadmill.
“Bloody Rugby, that’s all i will say”.
From the moment my alarm sounds I’m using lots of energy. Speeding around the house desperately trying not to wake others who are sensibly still sleeping is using nervous energy. Rushing to the station taking huge steps like Neil Armstrong walking in the moons 1/6th gravity, is pushing my leg muscles to the limit. Travelling on various tubes and trains waiting on packed platforms keeping one eye on the clock and the other looking for the lights of the approaching next train. Once it has arrived my eye muscle are working overtime looking for an empty seat. Getting on a packed train is always challenging, especially if it’s standing room only hopefully the surrounding passengers will act as a cushion when the train suddenly comes to an unannounced stop, this exercises my arm and core muscles. One activity that really gets the blood pumping is running up multiple very long escalators at Waterloo. Once at my final destination there’s no rest, it’s another fast walk not stopping for anything. It has crossed my mind if I saw some money on the ground how big would the denomination have to be for me to stop. All of this rushing around twice a day must be using calories.
“Are these the prettiest cranes in the Capital”.
Maybe this is how I can make my millions, developing a workout routine involving travelling around capital twice a day in a hurry. However I should first finish the packet Doritos I’m eating while writing this ramble before others take up my exercise plan.
“Two views from lunch, i always seem to find myself near the loo. Please shut the door”.
The stress and pressure of the daily rat race is so unnatural. I hope I’m not like most of my fellow commuters whose faces are blank and emotionless. Who for the couple of hours during the morning and late afternoon appear to have lost all sense of common courtesy? Many of them act as if they only see “RED”.
“Hopefully this extra head will make me a little more sensible”.
I hate rush hour in the capital and remember with fondness my daily commute walking barefoot on the deserted beach of Tofo in Mozambique. I say deserted except for lots of crabs scuttling around and the odd fishermen. Sadly I never fully appreciated the peace and serenity at that time.
“Its cold, but pretty this December”.
It’s only been a week that I have been doing this long journey; I am still experimenting with different times and routes. One day I hope to find the perfect one which might allow some breathing time between trains, not worrying about getting a seat and constantly worry that the train I am on could be taken out of service at any time.
“Hey looking stylish…..”
And Now For Something Completely Different…..
If you have been reading this shiz for the last few weeks you will know that I have designed some cards. There very abstract and could be used for any occasion. Thanks to the lovely Aggy Fox (go to www.andykapadia.com for more information) the cards are available to buy.
“Three different card designs”.
If you are in the UK, one card is £2.50, three cards £6.00 or six cards £11.00 (with the three and six card packages you can have the same design or your choice) plus 2nd class postage 76p for each order. For international orders message me on Facebook at Dana Lucas or Misfitscully.
“Being very distracted while writing this shiz”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Angel”, (S1, ep 18 to ep 22)(S2, ep 1). “Click”, (TX 02/12/17). “Detectorist”, (S3, ep 5). “For The Love Of Spock”, (2016). “Have I Got News For You”, (S54, ep 8: TX 01/12/17)(ep 9: TX 08/12/17). “How To Build A robot”, (TX 29/11/17). “I’m A Celebrity…. Get Me Out Of Here!”, (S17, ep 14: TX 02/12/17)(ep 15: TX 03/12/17)(ep 16: TX 04/12/17)(ep 17: TX 05/12/17)(ep 18: TX 06/12/17)(ep 19: TX 07/12/17). “LWT (London Weekend Television), Construction of The LWT South Bank TV Centre”, (1972). “Laurel & Hardy: Country Hospital”, (1932): “Them Thar Hills”, (1934): “Tit For Tat”, (1935). “Man Down”, (S3, ep 6). “Robot Wars”, (S10, ep 6: TX 03/12/17). “Star Trek (Original Series)”, (S2, ep 19 to 26)(S3, ep 1 to ep 9). “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, (S5, ep 6). “Storyville: the Farthest, Voyagers Interstellar Journey”, (TX 30/11/17). “The Apprentice”, (S13, ep 10: TX 06/12/17). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”, (S3, ep 10: TX 06/12/17). “The Apprentice: Your Fired”, (S12, ep 10 TX 06/12/17). “The Golden Girls”, (S5, ep 7 to ep 21). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S22, ep 9). “The History Boys”, (2006). “The Last Leg”, (S12, ep 10: TX 01/12/17). “The League Of Gentlemen”, (S1, ep 5). “The Making Of Trial And Tribble ations (ST:DS9)”, (TX 04/11/96). “The Sex Robots Are Coming”, (TX 30/11/17). “Turkey With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1: TX 26/03/17)(ep 2: TX 02/04/17).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Anarchic Audio: Punny You Should Say That”, (ep 4, 17/10/17). “Craigslost (From Dazed And Convicted)”, (ep 122, 30/07/15)(ep 123, 19/12/15). “Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 22, 08/12/17). “Iain Lee Old Bits: Stephen Murdoch IT Helpline, 27/04/16”, (04/12/17): “Richard Herring, 06/06/17”, (05/12/17): “Facebook Babies, 13/01/17”, (06/12/17): “Will Stor”, 06/06/17”, (07/12/17). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 86, 03/12/17). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (07/12/17). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02/12, 08/12/17). “Murder Under The Midnight Sun”, (S1, ep 1: pt1, 13/05/17). “NASA Gravity Assist”, (ep 4, 06/12/17). “NASA In Silicon Valley”, (ep 70, 22/11/17)(ep 71, 07/12/17). “Pints And Puzzles”, (S1, ep 5, 11/12/16)(ep 6, 06/02/17). “The Aggy Fox Podcast”, (ep 24, 07/12/17). “The Mad Scientist Podcast”, (ep 33, 02/12/17). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 37, 07/12/17). “Young Free And Coupled”, (ep 22, 12/12/17). “Morrissey”, “Bear Naked Ladies”, “The Wombats”, “Belle And Sabastian”, “Tatu”, ”SIA”, “PJ Harvey”, “Artic Monkeys”, “Nirvana”.