Category Archives: Al Yankovic

Money for nothing, no service provided

Its always handy when somebody gives me the chance to be a grumpy old lady, and for once its not that idiot across the pond, with the orange face. Though yes, I could say something extremely rude about him at present, and his latest imbecilic ideas about Trans people, but lets not give his ego a boost by mentioning him. Hopefully, 2 weeks today, he gets a nasty surprise, as long as Russia dont fix another election for him.

No, lets have a snipe at another thing that is the bane of my life, First Buses. Fine, yesterday they weren’t aided by my back being in a really bad way, because of the weather and stuff, but they proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot, so lets try and bury them too.

Yesterday, a far too regular event happened, they put their fares up. Fair enough, there are things called inflation, but currently thats a lot less than the 5% that fares went up yesterday. The thing is, I wouldnt object to them raising fares, if the quality of service got raised too, but as was shown yesterday, its a one sided deal.

As I say, yesterday wasnt a lovely day weather wise, it was pretty cold, and my already sore back reacted to the cold weather like bees having their hive smashed to pieces by a hungry bear. Yes, not good.

So finally, about 2.20, after a couple of ‘not great’ calls, due to the pain being too intense to focus on work, I gave up on a bad deal, and decided to call it a day, and head home to rest up. The journey would normally take about 75-90 minutes or so, which is long enough, but had to be done. In truth, I probably would have paid out, and got a train instead (far smoother ride), but there werent any, engineering works! So it was bus, or rail replacement bus, so…

I finally got to the bus station at 3.07, as I had to stop to get a drink, to take some painkillers, to try and ease the pain in my back a bit. There is meant to be a bus to Huddersfield every 10 minutes. There should have been one at 3.10, but I never saw it. There should have been another at 3.20, again it never showed! The 3.30 finally showed at 3.32, and by the time everyone was on board a now overcrowded bus, we left about 3.36.

That bus is due into Huddersfield at 4.08. Actual arrival time, 4.23. No, not because of traffic, simply because there were dozens of people en route wanting to get on, given the lack of 2 buses before it. As quickly as I could (limited), I walked down for the bus home, due to leave town at 4.25, which again, never showed. The 4.35 finally turned up about 4.40 and I got indoors just after 5.00!

By which time the pain in my back was considerably off the scale, lol! Even now, 26 hours, and numerous painkillers later (I’ve taken more than normal today for a non working day), I’m still pretty sore. Now I’m not going to blame First Buses entirely for that, there’s been a bitter wind blowing most of the day, which doesnt help, but even so, they are definitely the main culprit.

As I said, if they provided a service that justified a fare increase, then fine, but they dont. Seemingly like most nowadays, all they care about are extra profits, and no service to customers. Its not hard to see why everyone knows them as ‘Worst Buses’ lets face it.

Oh for a flying saucer, or even more aptly at this time of year, maybe, a flying broomstick! At least I’d have reliable transport, and wouldnt mind paying for it. Fine, rant over. Now all I need is a spell to turn a certain US/Russian(?) wigged man into a frog, or a newt, and…? 😉

Right, video time. I cant imagine too many of my readers will remember this TV series, as its one from my childhood. But some will hopefully, and its Al Yankovic, so its crazy, so…

How much!

Seriously, I love most things American, especially the pretty much total acceptance that I am a woman over here, as opposed to the head bashing I occasionally do with some in my own country, plus the very odd idiot, as mentioned recently. I’ve no idea what the American equivalent of an anglophile is, but I’m one. Of course, if push came to shove re job interviews and things, would it still be the same? I’m inclined to think yes, if they think I’m a woman anyway, there is no chance of gender rejection, is there?

But the one thing I dont get, food portions! Seriously, I thought I was getting a meal for one, not a whole party! Fine, I know the British appetite is generally smaller anyway, and even by our standards, mine isnt large, but…I cant remember the last time I actually had 2 courses over here, other than when I cheated, and had a starter, and a dessert! Sunday, I got a large salad provided before the meal, but hey, the meal itself was as much as I would have wanted anyway, if not more! Last night, I didnt even get close with the Chinese meal, barely about halfway.

Regardless of cost, and to be honest, last night wasnt that expensive, its the waste that bugs me! The meal size might be fine if 1 of those American footballers turned up after a game, but an ordinary person like me, aargh! And fine, if some people do want that much, then consider a smaller portion option on the menu, for those of us who are never going to eat the ‘standard’ size meal. No, I know, things wont change, but no harm in asking.

The other moment of hilarity yesterday was looking at clothing at the shopping mall. Now you have to remember, much of my stuff is budget, charity shops, or markets. I do get some nice stuff that way, but hey, the price tag is nice, especially for us Yorkshire lasses with tight purses. But this mall was full of what I would term, nice shops, and were priced accordingly! I know, some people spend that much, or more in our country, but for me…Bring on Old Navy and the like over here lol!

Today should again be relatively quiet, I’m hoping at some point to get some writing done, which hopefully long term will boost the bank balance, or at least pay for the cover pic, and styling! Tomorrow Kate is planning to get me downtown to the Science Museum at least (about 15 miles), as she put it, by some means or other! No, I have no idea, as public transport around here is just awful, the first time I’ve found this in any largish American city I’ve visited. So no, I wont be moving here lol! Thursday is planned to go further afield, I’ve heard Washington mentioned as a possible, but lets wait and see. Again, no idea how we get there, but I’m sure Kate does.

The video, is in tribute to the food portions over here, though Michael Jackson might turn over in his grave at this. What can I say, Weird Al Yankovic is an acquired taste, but one I love