And fine, anyone that can work out tonight’s video song, without scrolling to the bottom of the page, I’m impressed. Both because the song is over 40 years old, and its not the title of the song! Yes, I bought the single, I really am that old!
You know how you’re doing a meaningless journey somewhere (in my case, to work), and you get a thought in your head, and you wonder… Yesterday morning, on the bus was one of them. Two children, I would guess one about 8, the other about 10 going into town, presumably to do some shopping before they go back to school.
Yes, set me thinking of me at their age (oh fine, I saw myself as a young girl, sue if you want to! 😛 ), and what I must have felt at that age of seeing a woman of my age, on the bus with them. No, my memory isnt that good, believe me, but I guess I would have thought how old she looked, and things like that. Of course, back then, life expectancy wasnt what it is today, I think it was about 72 for women, 70 for men, whereas now…60 is the new 50 lol!
Of course, I cant remember how most things were back then, lets face it, I’d be amazing if I could! Some of the silly things I do remember is that on train stations, the destination of the next train was on a long piece of wood, that the station staff inserted into a metal arm, and that was it. Nowadays everything is done digitally, almost automatically the previous train leaves. Holidays for the masses, going outside of the UK, unheard of, unless you took the ferry to Northern France, or the Channel Islands! Nowadays, just about everyone flies all around the world, whenever they wish, whereas it was something only the rich, or business people did back then. Of course, back then the planes were luxurious, even in standard class, whereas planes of today seem more like cattle class in comparison!
The other thing that stands out most for me, given the use made of them today is keeping in contact with others. Back then, if you went out for the day to school, to play with your friends, to go to work, or anything, you were out of contact until you got back home again! Nowadays, nearly everyone (yes, I’m a rebel lol) has a mobile/cell phone, and can be called at almost any minute of the day! Which is better, you tell me, but I must admit, I enjoy life without carrying a phone that I can be contacted on, at any time, greatly. I guess others would hate that now?
The other big change is media. When I was young, in the UK, there were 2 TV stations, and that was it! Then BBC2 came along, and we had a whole 3! Also, about that time, when I was about 10, in came color television. In truth, it was 1972 before I saw it, outside of a TV shop, and then only at a friends, whose family had been brought one, by a pop star relation of theirs, at the time. Yes, I got invited to see Top Of The Pops in color, and they were performing (well, miming at least) on the show. Now we have hundreds of channels on TV!
So yes, given that back then, I could never have imagined the world as it is today, there is no point me even trying to imagine what the world will be like when they’re my age, so I’m not even going to try! But one thing is for sure, assuming a pair of idiots havent blown the world to nuclear smithereens long before then, it will be very different to now!
Will I have left my mark? Somehow, now, I doubt it, but who can tell?
The other amusing moment that made me think today. I booked a hotel room for May on a website today. For some reason best known to the website, it booked me 2 rooms, instead of 1! So, I rang a UK freephone number, got connected to a US customer service center, who put me through to a hotel in Seattle! Well, near the airport, but close enough! 50 years ago, to call the US, you had to book a call days in advance, pay about £1 a minute (about £15 nowadays) to call the US, and there would be a time limit on the call! Whereas now…! Yes, hotel booking was all sorted out, just like that, on the other side of the world!
OK, video time. Have you worked it out, I doubt it. But I wont give up on you, if you havent, lol!
You know what, I’m prepared to admit it, all this job hunting lark has finally really got to me, just about, for now at least, reached breaking point, I guess? So far I’ve managed to resist the temptation of the one homeopathic anti depressant (St Johns Wort) tablet I’ve got up in my room, but thats more because of the length of time (as in years) that its been there, than anything else. And besides which, even if I thought it was safe to take (and I dont), I might need more than a one off, the way things are going at present.
And before anyone thinks I might do anything daft, I’m not planning on it, I guess I just need a bit of a sanity kick at present. And no, I’d rather not touch the pharmaceutical stuff, if I can help it. St Johns Wort worked fine all those years ago, and I’m sure it would be more than sufficient now, in all honesty. But…
Going back a couple of posts, I mentioned that if I got the job that started in November, I’d head off somewhere else for a month or so, just by myself, enjoy life, and all that? Hollywood probably, though as I say, a couple of other West Coast cities could tempt me. Boston, and Washington (area) also appeal, but sanity says that if I’m doing a 4 week trip, taking the long travel short blast out of the equation would be a shrewd move. Yes, Hollywood/ L.A will be strong favourite, regardless, but not yet committed yet, in more senses than one.
So yes, I’ve been calculating matters, given that if I’m going to do it, I need to start booking flights, and accommodation in the next couple of weeks or so, to make sure I get a reasonable deal. And given my personal questions to myself over my sanity re all this, I decided when I was walking up to draw my rent money today, that I’d set myself a date to have things at least to some degree sorted by, or I’d take that time out regardless. Given that my next visit to sign on, from that point would be the 21st (I have my quarterly review on Friday), it would mean I would have reached fait accompli by then, but I could probably get through. The next one after that, 4th September, I’d be beginning the process of signing off for my holiday anyway, so I suspect that wont be too intense an interrogation anyway. Besides, after that point, I couldnt job hunt too hard, wouldnt be here for calls, and interviews!
So guess what? I’ve got an interview in the morning! Only applied for it this morning, but I know this is fine in that sense, its British Gas! Mind, apart from the practice of getting through an interview with a job offer, as much as I can trace from their website, its a 6 week training period. 5 weeks tomorrow, the start of my holiday period, as I have to leave a couple of days beforehand to get the body, and hair in a decent state for the trip. So how that would play out (even assuming I get offered the job), no idea?
As for other things, no, I havent heard any more about the assessment on the 20th, but given thats still a fortnight away, I’m not chasing yet. There is one other thing I’m meant to be getting an interview for (supposedly plenty of jobs), I last heard on the 27th that they were interviewing at the beginning of August, but nothing has been emailed, or posted on their Facebook site yet. But that one, I suspect, wanting a sabbatical before starting, might not be out of the question! If they ever do it!
But yes, wouldnt it be irony, if just as I know I need, and am going to take a time out from the hunt, I get offered a job?
And so to the video. There is a distinct clue in the blog title, I might add