To do – May

People who follow my diary regularly may be wondering why the entries in the last few weeks have been so few and far between. I’ve been wondering why too, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that my life is not as funny now as it sometimes has been. That’s not to say I’m not having a good time, or not laughing and joking with my friends on a regular basis (like when we watched The Life Of Brian on Good Friday again this year).

Perhaps being now in a reasonably sensible job (lack of e-mail aside) I’m just not suffering enough? Next time do I need to take a crap job, and in any other way I can find, increase my suffering in the name of comedy?

I write this diary primarily for amusement. Yours and mine. It’s not so much a record of my life as a chance for me to describe some of the things that happen to me in a highly amusing manner. At least, I write it hoping it will be highly amusing. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.

So what have I been up to? Not quite the things I’ve planned to be up to, that’s for sure. At the start of April, when I knew I’d have a couple of weeks off work for recreation and general lazing, I wrote a list of things to do. "To do – April ", I optimistically called it. It wasn’t too over the top. Not the kind of list that would have kept a taskforce of two dozen highly skilled workaholics busy for two years. Only about a dozen items, each of which would take between a few minutes and few hours to complete.

My theory was that if I had a list of things to do, each time I found myself with a little spare time, I could look at the list and do one or more of them. I’m sure that a few years ago when I used to write such a list, I’d find myself polishing it off without too much effort.

Well, it’s now the thirty-fourth of April, AKA the fourth of May, and I’m just now remembering that it never really did work after all. Then, as now, the items sit on the list. A couple of them get ticked off, and I get really ticked off because I never seem to get around to doing the others.

Now, maybe if I just cross out "April", and put "May"…

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.