So apart from Sunday’s Big Clearout Episode I, what else did I do over the weekend?

I swear, I was going to go for a nice long bike ride. But, uhh, it was raining.

Actually I got caught in the rain on my bike last weekend, and it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t pouring down, but raining enough to get me moderately drenched. I was riding along towards home, wondering if the passing car drivers were looking on in awe thinking how butch I looked. I doubt it somehow… they were probably looking on in pity, thinking "poor stupid sod, why’s he out riding in the rain?"

I did do some shopping. Got a couple of new ties to add to my collection, to help balance the old ones I was purging. On sale too, woo hoo – gotta love the stocktake sale season! A year ago, I was working in the office three-ish days a week… now it’s five days a week, so I figure I need a reasonable variety of nice ties to wear. They may be the most functionally useless clothing item ever devised by humankind, but that’s no excuse for wearing a shabby tie.

And I did the usual supermarket run, cloth bag at the ready. One thing you have to watch out for with the cloth bags is the inexperienced checkout chick (or bloke). Come to think of it this applies whatever kind of bag you use. The inexperienced checkout operative person will try and pack the fruit at the bottom, tragically thrusting your fresh produce into the realm of squishiness. And they fail to pack the square stuff first and together, resulting in less than optimum use of available bag capacity. Oh dear.

Ah well, the bananas were only slightly squished.

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.