February 24th, 2009

travel, commutting

Confessions of an Ex-Commuter

Yesterday I

  • Went to work

  • Went home for lunch (mainly because I could and it was a novel as a big book of fiction)

  • Went back to work

  • Went home for dinner

  • Went to rapper practice

  • Went to the pub

  • Went home to bed



Entirely on foot! hehe!

I get the impression I'm going to like living here. I wonder how long I can get away without needing any other form of transport. I suspect Exeter might be a bit of a walk on Friday, so I guess it won't be that long.

Switch on the radio on Sunday evening a caught part of analysis, which was all about our inate need to travel. One of the key things it covered was how commuting didn't generally bring with it the level of satisfaction that would generally be associated with the improvement to living environment associated with it. Couldn't help nodding in agreement there.
travel, commutting

Commuting

Following on from that last post, have a poll:

Poll #1354611 Commuting

Approximately, how many minutes does it take you to get to work?

Mean: 29.32 Median: 22.5 Std. Dev 18.11
0(0.0%)
0
1(4.5%)
5
1(4.5%)
10
0(0.0%)
15
2(9.1%)
20
7(31.8%)
25
4(18.2%)
30
1(4.5%)
35
0(0.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
45
1(4.5%)
50
0(0.0%)
55
1(4.5%)
60
4(18.2%)
65
0(0.0%)
70
0(0.0%)
75
0(0.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)

or

My commute takes longer than 90 minutes (please comment)
0(0.0%)

What is your main form of transport for this?

Walking
7(31.8%)
Bicycle/Unpowered private vehicle
6(27.3%)
Car/Motorbike/Powered private vehicle (inc Carshare)
5(22.7%)
Bus/Coach/Tram
1(4.5%)
Tube
0(0.0%)
Train
2(9.1%)
Plane
0(0.0%)
Space Rocket
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment)
1(4.5%)


This seems to remind me of Geography classes at school.

Perhaps next week I'll make another bicycle out of pipecleaners...
computer, internet, blogging

Offline-ish

At some point, once I'm properly back online, I'll catch up with reading my flist.

In the meantime, hello world, I've not forgotten you're out there and I still love you.

I'd offer *hugs*, but my arms aren't long enough.
monopoly, home, old kent road

Countdown to the Blackout

When I popped around to the flat on Friday evening to meet the inventory clerk, we thought for a minute that we were going to have to re-arrange because there didn't seem to be any electricity.

Turns out the place has a pay-as-you-go meter and once we found the key in the kitchen we got the power on.

I've spoken to the landlord and the electricity supplier and the meter is going to be changed next Monday.

This leaves me in a state of not knowing quite how much electricity I currently have (I'm sure the meter would tell me how much credit was in there, but I'm not sure that would help me figure out how long it would last me), so I'm now waiting to see if the lights go out between now and Monday.

Given that I have candles and a camping stove with plenty of gas, most of my electrical stuff (hifi, computer, etc) is still packed in boxes, there's very little in the fridge-freezer, it's not been cold enough to switch the heating on since I moved in and I'm away in Exeter Friday-Sunday, at what point does it just become not worth topping up if it runs out?

I guess I'm on silent running for the next few days to see how long I can make it last...