Far, far away

Well, why not, it makes for a good title, and it will be true in just over a week from now? it also gives away the song in the video, but thats old enough not to be recognised by all, I suspect?

Just a week from now, I will have left home, to start the journey to America. I know, I could do the Simon & Garfunkel song of that name, maybe I will the end of next week, or while I’m away, as its certainly what I do. Even more so, as this time I will be going on a Greyhound bus, for the first time, for the day trip to and from Buffalo. Yes, I’d rather do it by train if I had a choice, but that doesnt work schedule wise.

Oh, and no, no offers of a dinner companion as yet lol, shock horror!

Yes, the social rush is about to start, as after the week after next, I have the OMD concert in early May, and the trip to Ireland for cricket in June. Then all goes quiet until September, when it will be Kansas (somewhere, over the rainbow?), though I’m not sure of the full details on that one yet. I suspect that will be one of the matters discussed when I either see Kate when over there, or more likely, speak to her on the phone while there.

Only thing I hope for, is reasonable weather, could do with some of that. Oh, and the chance to catch up on sleep! Beyond that, some fun, and some due respect too.

The video, is only depressing in that I remember it coming out, and thats nearly 40 years ago now. Ah well… where I will be a week tomorrow

Dinner companion

Its funny, I so often get the same reaction when I tell people I’m going to the US on holiday, they ask who I’m going with, and then look surprised when I say I’m going on my own! I mean, its not like I have a partner, I dont have that many close friends, so what do they expect? The amount of times I get that funny look, and the comment of ‘Oh, you’re brave’ is nobodys business! And I know its down to that, because last September, when teaming up with Kate again, no one even blinked at the idea of meeting up with someone I mainly knew through an Internet forum, and if they knew what it related to lol…

Alright, it was the second year running, but I got the same reaction the previous year, when I certainly didnt know who I was meeting up with, just amuses me. In fact that worked really well for me, I had a companion most of the time, but also got some private time, which was nice. Yes, people have to remember, I’m used to my own company most of the time, so on holiday, at times, its nice to have the same thing. To be honest, the first time, I wasnt sure how it would work out, being used to doing my own thing, but Kate and I worked well together, and when she suggested doing the same thing a year later, I jumped at the chance. And maybe in September, we will do it again, though not in New England, as regular readers know. And before anyone says anything, thats down to her work, and time issues, and nothing more. Indeed, she’s talked of coming up to Rochester for part of the week I’m there, though given the distance involved, I think she’s crazy if she does. But it would be lovely to see her all the same.

To be honest, there is only one period of time on holiday that I dont like being solo, and thats mealtimes, principally dinner. I know, I should be used to eating alone, and indeed am, but there is a difference between doing it at home, and eating out. Its just nice, at that point, to have someone to talk to about things, however inane, and just relax over a drink and a meal.

So, just saying, if anyone is in the area, or knows someone in the Rochester area, who wants to have a meal, and a chat with me while over there, then feel free to ask, it would be fun. No, I dont want a date, or for it to be treated as a date, just good conversation over a meal, even at Dennys, or Applebees or the like, I live on a budget remember! No, I dont promise to wear a posh dress, or high heels, but I will dress suitably, and hopefully be someone interesting to talk, and eat with, nothing more. No cost, other than your own meal, unless you’re offering lol!

Only thing to remember, for you, or anyone you suggest this to, I dont drive, so unless its on good public transport, or somewhere very close to the Airport (yes, I’m staying nearby), I will need a chauffeur! Given the area and things, I’d love to talk Louise Brooks with someone, but could happily chat on most things if pushed.

No, I wont wait to find a dinner companion lol, somehow.

The video, well it fits in slightly with this, and also as a reference point to Margaret Thatcher’s death this week, as the groups name is related to the unemployment crisis of that era

Call centre amusement

Well yes, yesterday at work we had a moment that for me at least, was unintentional irony! Being Grand National day, in a betting related call centre, we had a sweepatake on the big race. Normally with these things, you draw a piece of paper, with a horses name written on it. Yesterday, we were reduced to numbers! Yes, just like a machine, we were mere numbers lol! Mind, there are many that would say that was quite apt for call centre workers somehow. I did make a joke about the silver suit and helmet with my number on it, but it went over my supervisors head lol!

No, my number wasnt a winning one, and for those who know me from my writing, and my old identity there, it wasnt number 8!

We might actually have even more fun there tomorrow, as we are changing email systems then, and given the chaos in the setting up process, I’m not expecting the changeover to be smooth. Unfortunately for this, I’m on the escalated desk tomorrow, so suspect I will get inundated with queries about it, though that is just as unlikely to have email service as anybody else. As I havent been on it for a few days, I have no idea if the trial run worked for it, or not, but given no one was able to send, or receive emails during that period, the trial run didnt tell people much anyway!

Fingers crossed, but…

Oh, and our call centre is nothing like the first one here, even if some of our shop staff might think otherwise. What we think of the intelligence levels of some of them, is pretty unrepeatable, though the word bimbo could easily come to mind with some!

On The Train To Georgia

No, they arent, I should think its safe to say they got there by plane, especially given there is no train station in Wichita nowadays, and hasnt been a passenger service since 1979, but there is an airport. Yes, I’m talking college basketball, the March Madness, and the craziness that is the rise, and rise, of the Wichita State Shockers team.

Seriously, if you’d told me that one of the 3 teams from Kansas would be in the final four, they’d have been the last one I expected to be there, but all the same…First time for very nearly 50 years, back in 1965 when they last reached it, and plane travel was a whole different world.

In fact, when they started out, they werent expected to get through the first round, being in the lower half of the seeding, if only just. And even winning their first game, all it meant was the number 1 seed, Gonzaga, next in their section. They won again, and kept winning, all the way through to the final four. What has to be remembered is that they arent from one of the big conferences, and were just meant to play their part, then leave it to the ‘big boys’ to win the title. Well, they might yet, as they have the powerhouse that is Louisville in the next round, the favourites from the very start, so that should be it. But, in a one off game, well, who knows…?

I know, Louise Brooks didnt really hide her dislike for Wichita folks in later years, but she lived there for a number of years, which is why they, and the other Kansas teams have a soft spot in my heart. Funnily enough, one of the other teams in the final four, Syracuse, are from the northern end of New York State, where of course, her life was lived to its end. As both are underdogs to make the final, they probably wont, but it would be fun to see it happen, all the same.

Anyway, given the finals are in Atlanta, Georgia, I couldnt resist using this as the video