Really normal navigation

24 Feb
As it’s Sunday it’ll be easier to write this. Sundays don’t count in Lent, and for Lent I am still vainly trying to give up sarcasm. It is not an easy feat. If you have become accustomed to conversing in the lowest form of wit, you don’t even notice you are doing it most of the time.
It’s interesting – not being sarcastic leaves you with basically three options – be honest and therefore really nice, be honest and therefore really horrible, or just shut up entirely.
Let’s just say there are some people I am having to avoid talking to on my own. Heaven forfend we should be nice to one another, or find that our friendship has only survived the years because sarcasm has prevented us from being bluntly horrible to each other…. Ahh, just kidding ;o) But it is rather humbling to have to painfully bite back a witty retort and actually become just a pleasant listener.
So yes, partly it was supposed to be a humbling thing, and partly it was to raise some money for Latin Link. My "sarcasm box", at 10p a time, has so far collected £3.50 for Arco Iris, the children’s home in Huaraz. It’s not a lot, but oooohhh Lent is young. Too young.
I’ve been feeling a little bereft of road trips, but made up for this today by Sim, Hannah and I getting in her car and deciding to find a lunch venue by tossing the "mystic coin" to decide whether to turn left or right at every junction. Simran told us this was always a great way to navigate yourself around the countryside to a nice pub on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. The coin took us to two pubs that had stopped serving, one that was far too expensive, one we had almost within our hungry grasp but which the coin forced us to turn left just before reaching, through Garsington twice, through another three villages even I had never heard of, and eventually to a completely empty Indian restaurant in Wheatley that was doing a Sunday buffet, where we sat down to onion bhajis at 3:15pm.
Actually, it was quite nice. 
I was left to reflect that if either Sim or myself had ever had a car during uni, we would have got into a lot of trouble.

4 Responses to “Really normal navigation”

  1. Anne Thomas 25/02/2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Mmmm.  The last time I recall Sim persuading me into a mystery afternoon car ride we went round in three circles and then the car broke down.  We had to be rescued by RAC.  Do contact me before undertaking any more of his crazy plans and I will tell you what REALLY happened! OVW

  2. Simon 27/02/2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Mum, I was honest with them before we went!  But the mystic coin served us well… in the end.Y’know, sweetheart, I have genuinely never been irritated by you.  You really are the martyr of our friendship ;-)Sx

  3. Jaime 21/03/2008 at 10:21 pm #

     no offence bt ur a geeeeeek!!!!

    gt out o it!!!!
    B cum a bit mre kul nt al dis stufffffffff da no 1 crez bout!!!!!!

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol
     (bt u dnt even no wat dat meanz!!!!!)


  4. mel 24/03/2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Awesome, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a genuine comment like that before.
    Sorry, lk dat b4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

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