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Tea house of horror

The last few days have been nutty as the proverbial fruit cake and filled with personal horror.

WEDNESDAY - I accidentally headbutted a man in the groin on my way home on the Tube. It genuinely was an accident. He was standing in front of me thrusting his groin in a manner not wholly justified by the motion of the carriage. The Tube jerked along a piece of track and my head was thrown forward. Against his groin. On the plus side, he did move away from me. On the negative side, I think the other people in the carriage were giving me dodgy looks.

THURSDAY - I witnessed a dumb ass decide to mug a woman for her handbag not 10 feet from where a police van was parked up next to the road. He got 2 paces before a number of very large, very angry policemen burst out from the van to subdue him in a way commensurate with the crime. As they carted him off, the dumb ass was actually protesting that he hadn't done anything even though he was still carrying the woman's hand bag.

FRIDAY - a woman in ultra low rise jeans outside St Pancras station suffered the indignity of having said jeans slip off her bum, revealing that she'd chosen today to go commando. Not that she seemed too perturbed by this - opting instead to pause, hitch up the jeans and continue on with blithe indifference. The image is seared into my consciousness. Send brain bleach and psychiatric help.

Fortunately S. came around this evening to bring me sanity and a suggestion for a movie trip (Reds - I know it's probably awful but hey, it's Helen Mirren with a big ass gun), so I will actually be enjoying a social weekend for a change. I've also paid up my rent for another month so don't have to worry about that.

I need to get some more currency for the US trip and am having a bit of a flibble over whether to get some traveller's cheques as an emergency stash. The last time I went to the US, I had a devil of a job trying to cash cheques over $100 in value so a big part of me figures that it's not worth it. But then the cautious part of me isn't comfortable with taking everything in cash either and although I will have credit cards, the British companies do have a nasty habit of treating them as stolen even when warned in advance.

Suggestions? Thoughts? Bueller?

Have got John Carpenter's The Thing on and realise that for one of my favourite all time horror movies, I'd completely forgotten the beginning with the dog and the Norwegians. Am now worried that this is a sign of old age.

Am debating whether to pick up my M. R. James short story collection, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or Frankenstein as my Halloween read. To my utter shame, I haven't read any of them before.

Right. Bed.


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Oct. 30th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Don't bother with the travellers' checks. Plastic rules in the US. I'd check with your bank to see which US banks/ATMs will take your cash card. I've only had trouble once, in Canada, with some kind of weird ATM system. As long as I let my bank know in advance that I'd be traveling, all I had to know was what was my daily cash limit.
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I need to get some more currency for the US trip and am having a bit of a flibble over whether to get some traveller's cheques as an emergency stash.

I wouldn't. At the company I work for, when you win a cash prize it's often given in the form of American Express gift cheques, which are pretty much identical to the travellers' variety, and they are such a pain in the ass to use. Stick with plastic.

Also, I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable than wearing ultra-low-rise jeans with no underpants. That woman must have had a crotch of steel.
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
More and more places here don't even accept TC's. If you've got a credit card with emergency protection if the card is lost or stolen, it's probably the better bet.

Last time we were in the UK, we had trouble cashing even the £-sterling TC's we'd purchased before leaving. Fortunately, our Marine Midland and your Midland Bank had just rebranded themselves as HSBC, and my local ATM card spat out perfectly lovely 20-pound notes from a branch near Russell Square, debited directly from my account as if I were at home. (Sadly, if you're heading in the direction of the Mouse, the Bowtie isn't an option down there.)
Oct. 30th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
It may be worth contacting yr hotel to see if they cash travellers cheques. If they do, then don't forget to compare the exchange rates and "processing fees" that may also be applied to you plastic before making yr decision.
Oct. 30th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I'm in the no TC camp, we made it around the world for a year in 2002 without any, so you should be fine in 2010 in the US.
Oct. 30th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
I saw Reds last weekend, and for a movie with Bruce Willis in it, was actually quite good. Helen Mirren certainly did kick ass - although be aware she doesn't appear until about half way through.
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thursday kind of makes me laugh. Hah, take that, twerp.

Friday GAAAAAAAH. Reminds me of once in Tesco when I saw a young woman who'd embraced the fashion for jeans where the whole crotch & ass area is as hole-y as possible while still allowing the jeans to stay on (for fuck's sake, doesn't that get *cold?!?!*). Which is bad enough, except she was on her period and a bloody pad was very much in evidence. Yuck.

I really want to see Red. Helen Mirren with a big gun; really, what more needs to be said? Also I'm a closet Bruce Willis addict. don't judge me.

I agree with above comments. In the US, plastic is king and checks of any sort are now almost useless. Just make sure you know your daily limit for withdrawing cash and you'll have a much easier time.
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