Train dilemmas

Hola. Hope you are well.

The train I get to work has been upgraded to a new modern one. Like a lot of things that get modernised, it’s caused me issues.

The older trains had 3 seats side by side and another 3 seats side by side facing, with a nice sized gap in between for leg room and bags. Because I generally get off the train before most of the other passengers I would sit on the seat nearest the aisle, regardless if the other 2 seats next to me were empty or not. This allowed me to get off without disturbing anyone.

With these new trains the seating is the more basic 2 seats next to each other and as I start my journey early in the route, when I get on there are invariably 2 free seats next to each other available. With the new layout, it looks weird to sit on the aisle seat, leaving the window seat free, so initially I’d sit on the window seat. Either the next stop or the stop after someone would come and sit next to me, only for me two stops later to get off, inconveniencing them just as they’ve settled.

My next ploy was to sit on the aisle seat, keeping the window seat free but this just meant I’d be on edge waiting for someone to come and want to sit next to me and then I’d have to turn me body round to let them in.

The best scenario is when someone is already in the window seat and I’m able to sit in the aisle seat, knowing I won’t have to disturb anyone, nor get disturbed. This however only works if the carriage is relatively full because to sit next to someone when there are free seats available is not what is done in polite society.

I know in terms of complaints against train companies it comes way behind trains not turning up, increasing fares and overcrowding, but at the very least you get to see another glimpse into my brain. Feel free to let me know of your public transport dilemmas. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @anunknowncomic

Cheers

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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Do you work in the same industry as your partner?

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On the last blog post I spoke about how I went to see Isy Suttie. Also at the gig and trying out some new material was Isy’s boyfriend, who is also a comedian.

I’m not sure I’d like it if ‘Her With One Part-time job’ was also a comedian because even if we didn’t set out to compare careers, it would be inevitable.

With ‘HWOPJ’ being more focussed than me when it comes to career/job stuff, I’m sure if she were a comedian she’d be writing a BBC sitcom, whilst I’d be doing… I’d be doing this.

Feel free to let me know if you work (have worked) in the same industry as your partner and how that is working out. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @anunknowncomic

Cheers

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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Anyone got tickets?

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Prong2 and I (3Prong Attack) went to see Isy Suttie perform at a local venue. Anyone who’s followed our career trajectory, (3Prong’s not Isy’s) will know that planning and forward thinking aren’t our strong points. Knowing this will mean it will come as no surprise that we hadn’t booked tickets in advance.

With it being a small venue and Isy being a popular comedian, it looked like we wouldn’t get. I don’t know if we had the look of people without tickets but a member of the audience approached us asking if we needed tickets as he had 2 spares.

So in a way it worked out for everyone, he’d planned ahead and was let down, whilst we’d done no planning yet still got into the show. When this story gets turned into a film, I’ll be interested to see who plays me.

Anyway, with this in mind I want to know when you’ve been forced to buy/acquire tickets off a fellow audience member (ie not a tout), especially if it’s for a small event, such as a child’s nativity or graduation. Or maybe it was you that had the spare ticket and had to go to some lengths to get rid of it. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @anunknowncomic.

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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A reflection on London living

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I’m not saying our flat is small but Her With One Part-time Job recently received as a birthday present a stand up mirror. As there was no obvious place to put it, talk (not by me) turned to re-arranging the whole bedroom. Call me old-fashioned but surely one slimline piece of furniture shouldn’t cause so much disruption.

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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