Friday, 7 September 2018
The problem with putting things off is that they eventually turn up. So this morning I was trapped by an ironing board as I had run out of shirts. This done to the accompaniment of 'Last of the Summer Wine' a programme that reminds me of several men of my acquaintance. The delight of finishing this chore was enhanced by the arrival of two books that popped through the door. I must remove that Amazon button. I did however manage to place these so far from me that I was able to continue work and forget all about them. Buying books is a habit that must end!
Duty done I sauntered off towards the town and made my way to the charity shops, this one in particular is always offering excellent books, and I happened to accidentally walk in the door as it was open. However the bad habit of mixing fiction with non-fiction that has appeared recently hinders searching as there is only so much of Victoria Hislop that I can take. A browse elsewhere in the shop left my money in my pocket though I was irked by others there with their habit of walking into me as if I did not exist, I blame the parents.
One thing I did reflect on was the two men I saw in the distance, one I wished to avoid as I did not wish to speak to him as I have not the four hours to waste, thus I moved the other way, the second man did likewise to avoid me! How strange to feel ever so slightly miffed at being ignored while ignoring another leaving him possibly miffed, if he actually noticed me. What a strange conflict there. Both are decent men, both are worth knowing and both would be acceptable at another time, this was not it. Yet I feel guilty re one and miffed re another. Stupid boy!
Here is an interesting thought. They knocked down the old clinic that once stood here and have almost finished building several tightly packed houses costing up to £340,000. A glance though the local house ads show that the white ones facing us are still available while the red brick to the right appear to have been purchased.
I wonder if the reason the most expensive homes on the block have not gone might be the fact they back onto the skatepark? Now skateparks tend to be where young folks gather, playing on bikes and skateboards during the day and gathering around to share drugs, and sometimes music, at night. Could it be that this might be said to be a problem when attempting to sell houses?
There has been some trouble here over the years, gang fights at first, drugs, yobs on motor scooters and now almost silence in the evenings for some reason. This years adolescents have not gathered to scream and shout late at night like previous groups have done, not as yet anyway but they will. Would you wish a house there?
The promised Indian summer is not arriving, tomorrow means rain from early on. No doubt cold, wet weather will soon be a constant and it is a week on Monday before my boiler gets fixed! Bah!