July 19th, 2004


Half an hour late

Rewind to last Tuesday…

I got in to work at almost exactly 9am. About half an hour later I looked at my watch to discover that it was blank, so I pressed the `light' button and it restarted from the point at which it had apparently stopped: 09:02. I not only neglected to put this right immediately, but also managed to forget that it had ever happened!

It was a slight surprise to me that CD Masters finished at 11:30, but I assumed that they had cut it short in order to schedule some special series of concerts or something - it has happened on previous occasions.

Having breakfasted quite early, I began to feel the need for lunch before 11am, but resisted as it felt far too early. Not long after 12, the recalculated exam results arrived from the Mathematical Institute - so I was busy incorporating them and printing out some results and lunch got delayed a bit further (though the immediate sense of need had passed by that time).

At about 1:10, just when I was about to get round to lunch, bopeepsheep phoned and asked if I wanted to say hello to her and smallclanger before they headed out to her parents' house [there was slightly more to it than that, but not much], so out I went. She mentioned something about catching the 2:30 bus, but it seemed a bit early for that.

I got to my lunch at about 2:15. But since we weren't going to have dinner until after getting home from the cinema, a late lunch wasn't a bad thing.

At 4:30 I got a phone call from bopeepsheep asking when I was planning to leave work. "Oh, 10 or 15 minutes" I said, thinking I would probably actually get away at 4:50 or so. This was received with not a little surprise. "But I thought you said the film was at 5:05!"

At which point you can imagine suitable special effects accompanying my being jogged (possibly by a big rubber band) back into the correct timezone.

I rushed out of work and we made it into the cinema by no later than about 5:10, while they were still showing the adverts which come before the trailers which precede the film - and it wasn't packed so we didn't have trouble finding reasonable seats. So it turned out OK in the end (and I didn't even need the use of Hermione's time device).

Random thought

The mind is apt to wander at times (especially during the journeys to and from work). This morning's random cogitation was this: I wonder how one comes to have a career in digging up roads. Are the hours and the pay any good? It occurred to me that I don't know anyone who visited the careers service at school or at university to be informed that they'd be just the sort of person who would have a long and satisfying career in digging roads up. Do they have job adverts in the paper? "Must have at least two years' experience in holding up a stop/go lollipop." "Ownership of a pneumatic drill not essential."…