On Monday decided that commuters should get a discount on their season ticket if they do something crazy. Not all the time or altogether, that would be daft but maybe each ticket could have a crazy day printed on it. On this day you would have to do something odd, wear something strange and just generally stand out. The world would be so much more fun and you would start every day with a smile. This is not just random thinking I know it for a fact. Thank you to the lady on the metro for coming to work on a hobby-horse today and leading the way.
Seriously, in the middle of the morning commute this lady was stroking a horse’s head on a stick. Sadly I got off before her but I was sorely tempted to stay on and see if she ‘rode’ it off. How can you be angry with the world when there are people like that in it? Perhaps we shouldn’t stop at commuters though. Would there be any wars if somebody turned up to the crisis talks wearing a pink stetson? Would big business meetings not be brightened when the coffee was brought in by a woman riding a hobby-horse?
Another observation from Monday’s travel was that some people use too many words. I see this all of the time in reports and letters but it was brought to the front of my mind by the departure board at St Pancreas. Apparently a portion of the sign was under test and this was indicated by it displaying the text “sign under test disregard all information”. Surely the test is just about illuminating pixels so why would they send fake information? The warning message took up the entire screen so it effectively made itself redundant. If one was to take it literally then you would disregard the message itself, you wouldn’t know it was under test but would it matter? If there was ‘information’ on the screen there would be no room for the message so nobody would be any the wiser. I was always taught that it is not the use of big words that makes you clever but the appropriate use of all words, was nobody else?
In other news the stand that I ordered for my new television has arrived at my friend who has kindly taken it in. It was considerate of him to suggest that the stand would look good with a vase of flowers on it, given the ineptitude of the delivery service. Having previously asked for the delivery to be put out I sent a request over the weekend to switch it to my friends address. The request to change delivery address has been ignored because the item must be delivered to the cardholder’s address, I wait with bated breath. Apparently the need to deliver to my address is part of the security issues with buying electronics on credit card.
I had no idea that electronics retail was awash with criminals, I had always considered them to be more interested in drugs, guns and prostitution. That there are arch criminals moving televisions around the country is quite a revelation but I think that it shows our criminals are not as bright as they once were. Surely it is far harder to smuggle a home cinema system than its value in cocaine? Are there ‘surround sound mules’ out there; actually that is an entertaining thought. The sheer inefficiency of the process must be off-putting to the criminal classes. I have seen drug deals on the television, they take mere seconds, to get a television delivered on the other hand seems to take weeks!