I have eschewed my normal option of working from home on a Friday, since my office is near to Paddington rail station, and I want to catch a train to Reading later to attend my friend Noj's stag do. Otherwise I'd have just had to come in past the office later anyway, so it seemed pointless to stay at home. Especially since my daughter is at home all this week owing to the childminder's holiday, which means I would have gotten little work done in any event.
That said, I think I'll miss her like crazy: she was especially sweet and well behaved yesterday. And, naturally, she's chosen this morning to re-enter a 'Daddy' phase, the morning when I'll be gone nearly the whole weekend. Oh, well: good luck wife!
Now, on to the travel extravaganza: the 17:15 tube from Edgware Road was a minute late arriving yesterday afternoon, and two minutes late by the time it got to Waterloo. However, I make no charge, since it did not cause me to miss my connecting train to Hersham. That train, believe it or not, arrive a whole minute early, so I need to refund TfL £2.50. I won't deny it's galling every time I have to do that, but I can always comfort myself in the knowledge that, while I've once or twice been deposited at my final destination one or two minutes early, I have never ended up there 10-15 minutes, or even one or two hours early. Whereas when it comes to delays, this blog is a testament to the fact that, while that's not usual, it's far from unheard of.
This morning, the train from Hersham to Waterloo arrived a minute late, but since that minute's delay was incurred before the train even reached Hersham (i.e. outside of TfL's sphere of influence) I will not make a charge. The connecting tube, however, was two minutes late, and the only reason I could deduce for this was a knock-on effect from the partially suspended, severely delayed Central Line, which was caused by a person under a train.
So altogether, Signal Failure's up another £2.50.
There's TfL-related news elsewhere in the world today but, frankly, it's boring. So I won't reproduce or summarise it here.
Likely to be no more updates now till next week. Have a good weekend everyone: enjoy the snow, and please don't speak too loudly to me on Monday morning, in case I'm still nursing a hangover...