What a way to start the day

Coming back from holiday and heading to work in the cold and snow is never easy. The last thing you need to find when catching up on your emails is this:


My favourite source of comic glee – Cyanide and Happiness – proclaiming me dead. I was tempted to run this post with the title “Rumours of my death..” but then I realised I’d be stepping on Steve Jobs’ current territory and I love Apple too much to do that. That’s right: I’m a mac trapped in a PC user.

So where have I been? I haven’t been ill, I’ve simply been off exploring the world and, as mentioned before, I try and keep away from the lure of the computer and social media while I’m away. You need to have a life in order to talk about it, right?

Crawling along the main road near my house that leads to a motor way is never fun, even without the snow. Mainly because it’s used by the school run and if I don’t time my departure from home just right, I get stuck in the traffic. Made worse today by an inconsiderate builders merchant and their ridiculous kerbside drop off in a hiab. It’s often while stuck in said traffic that I sit and as all the school children walk past I have to admit, I miss school.

Not so much the early mornings but when the only thing to worry about was getting last week’s geography homework done is surely favourable to worrying about sending off credit card payments on time.

The ‘working’ element of the day was so much better too. While I’m sure I created a stink and bitched about certain subjects, I’d be more than happy to finish up the day at 3;30 now and still have an hour for lunch. There was none of this time management concern either, it was done for us in neat little 50 minute chunks. It’s not like the English teacher burst into the Maths lesson with an urgent requirement for a one-off paragraph on Macbeth.

That’s another thing: teachers. They actually answered questions. Suddenly we’re expected to know the answers and finding them out is a damn site trickier than simply raising a hand and asking “what’s photosynthesis?”

It’s also a little strange that I didn’t appreciate P.E. True, in this weather nobody except complete and utter sadists would love to run around the rugby pitch, but now I actually want exercise and without the structured time-management the shcool timetable offered I have to fit it in around other activities whereas in school it was obligatory. Although I do think the gym with the iPod is preferable to cross-country running in the damp and teachers blowing whistles.

Friends, too. Back in school they were there all day with you and you could easily have a laugh. Now you have to schedule time and arrange meeting up.

Perhaps it’s the effect of winter, but I’m starting to think that certain people were right when they said I’d look back on my school days and miss them. These days there’s more fun involved in school. There’s all these learning academies where they focus more on fun and new technologies, it’s more about media studies, Business and ICT and sports sciences sixth form courses than learning about plant reproduction. Times are changing fast.

I can feel a rant / article coming on. Am I the only one that elements of being at school? Yeah there were some undesirable elements but it seemed like it was a whole lot easier back then.


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