Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Grumpy old man

I am normally of a cheerful disposition but Monday was not a good day for me.

My doctor is never more than five minutes late but Monday he was half an hour late. I didn't complain as I was squeezed in at the last minute. Then I had to wait half an hour for the pathologist, normally less than ten minutes. I wasn't a happy bunny.

The day went worse.

Normally it is almost turn up and go at Flinders Street Station for a train to Footscray but I waited a while. So many people unmasked on the train when mask wearing is compulsory. The hottest looking tradie sat opposite me at Southern Cross Station wearing brief shorts and he made me feel faint, but he was unmasked and I hated him. I am not a great hater. I don't hate taxi drivers, tram drivers or bus drivers. I don't even hate the most stupid car drivers. 

But who I do hate is armoured van drivers. They think they are above any law and park illegally and block roads or whatever at their will. I was sitting having coffee on the street when one parked beside where I was sitting. They left their diesel vehicle idling away with the engine noise and fumes belching out right next to me, like one metre away. Pricks. I quickly finished my coffee and walked back to towards the station and the Armaguard Australia persons seemed be wandering aimlessly in the street mall. Why leave the vehicle idling, wasting fuel, polluting the air and annoying me?

Jesus. Normally again it is usually a few minutes wait for a train from Footscray, but I waited a while. The front carriage of a train from Footscray nicely matches the lift at the concourse at Flinders Street Station. Three of us entered the empty carriage and one bloke thought it was appropriate to play really loud rap music from a non visible sound system. I stood up and glared at him. He did not turn it down or better, off.

The culmination of the day's events by now had me in a foul mood. I changed to the second carriage and he opened the door for me and he knew very well why I was changing carriages. I said to him as I went through the door, 'I don't want to hear your effing crap music'. I waited for a knife to slip between my ribs, but it didn't happen. 

The second carriage was busier but I found a good seat and only had to put up with some young lass holding her phone at right angles to her face and using the phone speaker. I will never understand about that. You hold a phone to your ear, surely or use your earbuds.

Today was better. R had a medical test and was clear. We will be babysitting our 9 month old great niece for two hours in a couple of weeks. We are catching up with our Hairdresser Friend for her birthday on Saturday night. I have my first COVID vax today and I have mixed feeling about that. I am a little afraid of how I may react. 

But what really cheered me last night was watching the quite lovely Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds.  

34 comments:

  1. I have had days like that. Grumpy days. And sadly I bring them home with me. I try not to, but I do.
    Glad that the week is picking up and hope that your shot is free of any adverse reaction.
    And thank you for alerting me to that program which I will have to watch while himself is otherwise occupied, but watch it I will.

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    1. EC, thankfully I don't have many such days. The tv show is just great.

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  2. If you kept a Gratitude Journal, and I'm sure you don't, you'd have to write down the part about not being stabbed to death as you expected after criticizing that guy's preference in music.

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    1. Cynthia, I pick my marks. He didn't seem the stabbing type. I don't get it why he played music out loud.

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  3. I've had days like that. And yesterday was one. Just call me the Old Crank.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. I am not the only one then, Old Crank.

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  4. See, it was a good day after all!
    R's medical test was clear, you were vaxxed and you didn't get a knife through your ribs.

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    1. Rozzie, yeah. Things work out and I survive.

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  5. Some Days Sure Are Trying - Those Are The Days You Wonder Why I Even Got Out Of Bed - But Those Days Are The Days That Remind Us Of The Good Days - The Days When We Discover The Good In People - Go Team Human

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, there are so many really nice people in the world and I focused on one that was being a bit anti social. You are right.

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  6. I’m with ‘Rozzie’ - there was some good in the day....particularly the knife escape episode:).
    And look today the sun is shining.....and it’s a bit warmer and drier than earlier in the week!

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    1. Cathy, I always carry a hat pin to protect myself against a knife attack. Not a bad day today compared to yesterday.

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  7. Have you not heard of letting the air out of people's tyres? Sounds like that armoured van was a legitimate target!

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    1. Cro, I think you always have a knife on your person. I wish I had. I could just reached over the barrier and stabbed a tyre. My coffee teaspoon would not do the job.

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  8. I'm sorry you had such an awful day, but I have to wonder why the hot tradie was wearing shorts in this weather.
    I hope your test results are okay and that you feel better after the Vaccination spot stops aching. I also hope there are no ill after effects. Did you have the Astra-Zeneca?

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    1. River, half the tradies at least are still wearing shorts here. I don't mind at all. Yes, Astra. Six hours later, no affects, not even a sore arm. See how I wake up in the morning.

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  9. Late trains etc were always irritating, but have you noticed that your patience had reduced since covid started?

    Stuff that I didn't notice before, or did notice but shrugged off, now lingers in my mind :(

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    1. Hels, the trains weren't late. There was just a gap that there doesn't normally seem to happen. I can't blame COVID for my reduced patience. I am just getting older.

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  10. Yes my husband and I are both enjoying Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds too. You're right - the show is somehow soothing, reassuring, upbeat and positive. Just what we need right now.

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    1. I agree David, and thanks for the comment. It's amazing how older people's lives can be so improved.

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  11. How you will react ? That depends on you maybe you will feel 20 years younger who knows ? I never take public transport, they are always late or run once in an hour or they are on strike it's a catastrophe ! So if you will get more grumpy angry etc come to Brussels !

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    1. Gattina, our public transport isn't bad in the inner areas of our city. You've mentioned before about your public transport and I am still surprised that a first world European capital city doesn't do it well when so many Euro cities do it so well.

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  12. I rode the DC subway system for the first time in 13 months over the weekend, of the four trains, only two were late, none were crowded, two members of staff had their masks hanging down below their noses, the floors were filthy, all in all the service has improved.

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    1. Travel, not good enough with half the trains late. I saw today at the doctor's surgery, where they are very strict about mask wearing, one receptionist had his mask under his nose.

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  13. Sounds like you had a hurry up and wait day yesterday mixed in with other irritants. Glad today is better, that R's tests are clear and that you're getting your vaccine. Woot. Woot.

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    1. Sandra, irritants I suppose. Most days are not like that.

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  14. Oh my gosh what a fun way to start my day Andrew, reading about your bad day..you are hilarious and I am still hoping for a book in the future! Often when days begin badly they progressively get worse but I'm glad it ended well, and also that R got the all clear 💙

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    1. Thanks Grace. No book = no self incrimination.

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  15. There's a book in this: Andrew's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

    Some days are like that, even in Australia.

    That television program sounds like reality television that even I would enjoy!

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    1. Debby, a children's book so that it gives them something to look forward to in adulthood?

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  16. We all have days like that. I don't think I would have confronted the guy over the music. As you said, you never know what kind of reaction you might get.

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    1. Steve, famous last words perhaps but I've a lot of experience at picking my marks.

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  17. I too hate those people who while on public transport either talk loudly on their mobiles so that everyone knows their lives, or play loud music! I'm entitled to have the Covid vax but have been putting it off. I've also been watching "Old peoples homes for 4 year olds, and watched the first series last year. It's such an uplifting program.

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    1. Sami, of course I was a little apprehensive but day two, I am fine. Uplifting is a good word.

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