Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, South West, North East London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 296 Saturday 15th until Friday 21st February 2020.
Happy 6th Bday to Jbomb on 21st
Travelling home from work I get on the tube at the start of the line, this means that I always get a seat. I don’t have OCD but do like to sit at the front behind the cab on the right-hand side. This way I can lean against the wall, veg out watching my tablet while keep track of the stations (there have been occasions when I have missed my stop and had to travel back). Most weekdays I manage to get that particular seat, on days when it’s already occupied, I actually feel a little robbed.
“Its an exercise honest, she said“.
Recently there has been competition for the best seat on the underground. There is a woman who does the exact same journey as me. We both get on at the same British Rail station then change 2 stops later for the tube. An hour and a half later we step off at the same stop. Either she’s, A/ a stalker. B/ a terrible spy or C/ just happens to travel the same journey as me. Next I’ll be seeing her at work, though I have checked and can’t see her on the same floor as myself.
“This looks like a 70s sci-fi horror about pod people”.
The women has spotted me (and is probably mentioning all of this in her blog) which mean at 17.00 weekdays I really am part of a race. We both board the mainline train at different doors on the same carriage because they line up perfectly with the entrance to the tube platforms at the interchange. It’s then a fast walk along the platform to the front of the tube train. One evening this week she was in front striding up the platform. I did the only thing I could, walk fast through the centre of the train to overtaking her so that my lardy ass landed on the well-worn threadbare material first. Once she caught up and sat opposite, I didn’t look at her directly just in case the lasers shooting from her eyes blind me!
“Strange place to store balls, on a roof”.
Thursday this week it was a score draw, because the tubes were delayed neither of us got the seat. From where I sat further down the carriage, I notice the challenger making herself comfortable in a strange seat. I am not a competitive person as a rule, but I have traveled home in that seat for over 2 years. If I have to rush like a mad woman to plant my oversize behind on the seat like a flag I will. Maybe I am a little OCD after all, I need to think about other aspects of life I like a certain way there must be a few.
“I could look at this screen saver all day”.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
The only time that the room I work in is quiet is when there is a two-minute silence for remembrance. I work in a very busy call centre; all around there are telephones ringing and people talking. With all that noise it can be difficult to concentrate, listening to the person on the other end, navigating various systems while trying to explain complex figures.
“A very proud Lego shuttle pilot”.
On Monday the phones died the room fell silent only for a fraction of a second but that was a moment to cherish. The problem wasn’t fixed for a full two hours, which everyone exploited. Most of my colleagues huddled in groups chatting, I sat at the desk listened to podcasts, writing a first draft of this ramble and re-watched last Sunday’s Doctor Who.
“Hiding behind his booty”.
Those couple of seconds of silence were golden. If I had my way everyone would have sat at their desks where they could have entertained themselves watching or listened to whatever they wanted, which would have resulted in the office remaining relatively quiet. All the chatting and laughing at times was louder than the busiest of day when the offices in chaotic. The few seconds of silence really had an effect on me. We are all bombarded with noise from every direction. Maybe I/we should turn off our devices now and then and just sit and listening to the silence.
“A B’day doodle stamp”.
And Now A Special Mention Of A Couple Of Calls This Week I Won’t Forget……
When I answered a call all I initially heard was very loud humming. Every time I came back to him after putting the man on hold while I looked up information he was still humming badly. I feared for anyone with him, because they might have been haemorrhaging uncontrollably from every orifice. At least I could turn the volume down or keep putting him on hold. It really was a horrendous sound!
“The window was filthy, honest”.
Needed to speak to a women’s husband, she asked me to hold because he was on the loo. After a minute when she kept repeating “don’t hang up”. The husband appeared after finishing his important business. Just listening to his slightly out of breath voice made me want to reach for the hand sanitiser and smear it all over myself
MOZ said with a giggle “my hands keep slipping”. She was struggling to open a bottle of wine.
“Writing this shiz at work, but distracted by new WHO”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Cheers”, (S8, ep 3 to ep 14). “Click”, (TX: 15/02/20). “Dialero”, (S1, ep 2 to ep 4). “Hidden”, (S2, ep 2). “Him & Her”, (S3, ep 4 to ep 7). “Inside No.9”, (S5, ep 3). “Last Tango In Halifax”, (S1, ep 6)(S2, ep 1 to ep 5). “Panorama: Amazon-What They Know About US”, (TX: 17/02/20). “Race The Tube – Can You Walk Faster Than The Central Line?”, (YouTube)(TX: 21/02/20). “Ragnarok”, (S1, ep 3). “Stacy Dooley: On The Psych Ward”, (TX: 19/02/20). “Star Trek: Picard”, (S1, ep 5). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S26, ep 18, TX: 14/02/20). “The Last Leg”, (S19, ep 5, TX: 14/02/20). “The Masked Singer (UK)”, (S1, ep 8, TX: 15/02/20). “The Pale Horse”, (S1, ep 1). “Top Gear”, (S28, ep 4, TX: 16/02/20).
Doctor Who Watched This Week:
“The Evil Of The Daleks”, (S4, Prod Code LL)(ep 2, TX: 27/05/67)(ep 3, TX: 03/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 4, TX: 10/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 5,TX: 17/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 24/06/67, LC Recon)(ep 7, TX: 01/07/67, LC Recon).
“Tomb Of The Cybermen”, (S5, Prod Code MM)(ep 1, TX: 02/09/67)(ep 2, TX 09/09/67)(ep 3, TX: 16/09/67)(ep 4, TX: 23/09/67)(BBC DVD Bonus, 14/01/02, “Intro: Morris Barry, Cybermen Extended Edition, Late Night Line-Up Special Effects (TX: 25/11/67), The Magic Of VIDfire”).
“The Abominable Snowmen”, (S5, Prod Code NN)(ep 1, TX: 30/09/67, LC Recon)(ep 2, TX: 07/10/67)(ep 3, TX: 14/10/67, LC recon)(ep 4, TX: 21/10/67, LC Recon)(ep 5, TX: 28/10/67, LC Recon)(ep 6, TX: 04/11/67)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro: Judy Marsh, Outtakes, The Legend Of The Yeti”,April 06) .
“The Ice Warriors”, (S5, Prod Code OO)(ep 1, TX: 11/11/67)(Loose Cannon, “Intro, Outro: Peter Barkworth” , Nov 04).
“The Unquiet Dead”, (S1/S27, ep 3, TX: 09/04/05).
“Father’s Day”, (S1/S27,ep 8, TX: 14/05/05).
“Arachnoids In The UK”, (S11/S37, ep 4, TX: 28/10/18).
“The Tsuranga Conundrum”, (S11/S37, ep 5, TX: 04/11/18).
“The Witchfinders”, (S11/S37, ep 8, TX: 25/11/18).
“Kerblam!”, (S11/S37, ep 7, TX: 18/11/18).
“The Haunting Of Villa Donati”, (S12/S38, ep 8, TX: 16/02/20).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Blood On The Tracks”, (S2, ep 2 & ep 3, 22/11/18). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (14/02, 17/02, 18/02, 19/02. 20/02/20). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 132, 21/02/20). “Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (15/02, 21/02/20). “Rule Of Three”, (S5, ep 3, 21/02/20). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 181, 16/02/20). “Strange Times”, (ep 335, 15/02/20). “The All New Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (16/02/20). “The Old Doctor Who Podcast”, (ep 90, 19/02/20). “The Nick Abbot Habit”, (16/02/20). “The Skewer: Podcast”, (BBC Radio 4)(S1,ep 6, pt 1 & pt 2: 17/02/20). “Walking The Dog With Emily Dean”, (ep 1, 31/03/17)(ep 5, 28/04/17)(ep 9, 03/08/17)(ep 39, 10/06/19). “What’s Your Problem? With Nick Abbot And Carol McGiffin”, (S1, ep 5, 16/02/20). “Woke Up!”, (S1, ep 6 (Archive Uncle Arthur,) 20/02/20)). “Morrissey”, “Billy Bragg”, “Mental As Anything”, “The Stone Roses”, “The Happy Mondays”, “Len”, “Muse”, “Smiths”, “Brandon Flowers”, “Deacon Blue”, “The Alarm”, “Bowie”, “Frankie Goes To Hollywood”, “Belle And Sebastian”, “Pixes”.