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coming unravelled & fraying round the edges - helen-louise
coming unravelled & fraying round the edges
I am in a foul mood for a large number of reasons. Today I taught two students, both of whom were frustrating enough for different reasons that I spent the whole lesson wanting to strangle them. Murder is still illegal. I think this sucks, and there should be an exception made for the willfully stupid.

Such as the idiot cyclists in Epsom. Every time I go there, I see at least one, and I'm sure it's not the same one. People riding a bicycle in winter after dark without lights (illegal) and wearing all dark clothing (stupid). Of course, they don't have cycle helmets either, or reflectors, or anything else sensible. Today's idiot cyclist was not only unlit and unprotected, but also cycling the wrong way round a one-way system (there is no cycle contraflow lane). He still does not beat the previous idiot's record, which was cycling the wrong way round a one-way system on the pavement.

I am also cold. So cold, and I can't get warm. All this rah rah lose weight, it's the greatest thing ever campaigning is all very well, but it doesn't warn you that after you lose the weight, you'll be fucking freezing all the time. Yesterday i sat in the front room wearing underwear, a vest, long-sleeved t-shirt, two cardigans (one hooded), long socks, slippers, leggings and a thick skirt, and the heating was on, and I was still so cold I could hardly type. Today, I am sitting on a jumper to stop the heat escaping from my arse into the sofa, rubbing my feet together constantly to create friction, and wearing gloves inside the house, and thus am almost warm enough to function. It is, apparently, 17.2 degrees C in here, which is cool, but not cold enough for me to feel this bad. Any crapness in my typing is due to the gloves.

It is also damp. My knees know it. The joints in my big toes know it. Someone on irc asks me twice a day if we have snow yet, and I reply "it's 3.2 degrees C outside" (or whatever it actually is at that moment). I wish it would snow - that would take the dampness out of the air and precipitate it on the ground. Instead, we have fog and smog and other such lovely droplets of water to make me ache and gather pollution.

Am somewhat nauseated by what is happening to "my" political party, and unsure who to blame for it. Don't really want to get into a debate, either, 'cos it'll turn into a flame war soon enough - I notice that all the people I expect to have an educated opinion on this have said very little in posts public enough for me to read.

And this week's Dykes To Watch Out For is positively terrifying.

Current Mood: cranky cranky

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johnckirk From: johnckirk Date: 6th January 2006 22:18 (UTC) (Link)

Bad cyclists

I think I can beat your record - I saw someone cycling after dark, wearing dark clothing (no helmet), on the wrong side of the road, coming out of a T-junction (so that traffic on the main road wouldn't see him coming) ... with someone else sitting on his handlebars (dressed the same way as him).

Fortunately I was able to swerve around them in time (on my motorbike), but I'm mainly glad because a collision would have been inconvenient for me; I'd have no sympathy for them if they got hit by someone else.
johnckirk From: johnckirk Date: 6th January 2006 22:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad cyclists

(Oh, and no lights on his bike either, in case that wasn't implicit.)
the_siobhan From: the_siobhan Date: 6th January 2006 22:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad cyclists

I nearly got run over by a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk - talking on a cellphone and smoking a cigarette.
baratron From: baratron Date: 6th January 2006 22:38 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad cyclists


You weren't in Epsom at the time, were you? ;)

Was the person sitting on the handlebars facing the right way, or backwards? I'm not sure which is stupider. I suppose backwards, because at least facing the right way, even if you're completely blocking the cyclist's view of the road, you can look out for threats yourself. Or something.

I wish I understood what makes people have so little regard for their own personal safety... *rolleyes*
johnckirk From: johnckirk Date: 6th January 2006 22:44 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad cyclists

Nah, this was in Aldgate :) The passenger was pointed forward (feet on the sides of the front wheel), but may have been looking back over his shoulder to talk to the rider (this was a few years ago, so I'm a bit hazy on the details).
barakta From: barakta Date: 7th January 2006 01:33 (UTC) (Link)
I've been shivering cold for the last 3 or 4 ddays. I'm wearing multiple layers like you and am in very warm rooms. In my case it's cos my balance is pissing off my nervous system which is dropping my blood pressure to stupid low in revenge. kimble said I was cold and clammy in sign class with a barely noticable very slow pulse.. I'm surprised I didn't fall over when I stood up ;(

I don't know if there's any way you can keep the room from being so cool by cheap and easy methods - we have cellophane stuff on our front room window, a small space heater for taking the edge off the heat and I've got some mini hot water bottles which are good... Oh You have one of those wheat bags? Could you microwave it and wrap it round you at all?... Sounds like you have low BP cos you're 'sedentary' and not breathing so well - wish I had better solutions....

Sending you warm thoughts, hot drinks and less humidity.
porcinea From: porcinea Date: 7th January 2006 09:37 (UTC) (Link)
I am also FREEZING right now.

Hats are my friend. Do you have an indoor hat? I find if I wear an outdoor hat, my head gets cranky 'cause the hat is too tight. Inside, there's no wind, so I can wear a much looser knitted cap, and keep the heat in.

Plus, I have 3 pairs of insulated boots, and I wear them instead of my slippers. I made fingerless mitts for the boy, but I haven't any for myself, yet.

Maybe we can huddle together, and shiver for warmth!
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