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Taxis [Jan. 10th, 2008|12:47 am]
Just had the following conversation with a taxi driver:

Me: Can I go to Blackhorse Road, please?
Him: Near Tottenham? How did you end up here?
Me: No Victoria line. Buses would take ages and I have an 11-hour day tomorrow.
Him: An 11-hour day? So, when are you going to become a billionaire?
Me: *laughs hollowly*[1] Oh, I don't think that's very likely. I'm a librarian.
Him: A librarian?!! Oh, Jesus Christ.

After this edifying encounter he then explained to me how the only way we could save the planet was to work a 2-day week (hang on, not all of us are taxi drivers...admittedly I was IN the taxi at the time, but I don't think I cause that much more environmental damage by recycling books for an extra three days a week...) and told me his views on vegetarianism ("Not natural for chickens to lay eggs twice a day...chickens lay eggs ONCE a day, more than that's not natural.") When I said I was a vegetarian and bought free range organic eggs he said he "wished" he was a vegetarian. Yeah, well done there mate.

Journey cost me £25.

Worth it to see friends for once though.

Also, just seen The Golden Compass... Going to remain quiet on all the obvious ways in which it differed from (and was worse than) the book, but more importantly: Lord Asriel's research proposal was CRAP!! If I was Dean of an Oxford college there's no way I would have thrown away research funding on him, even if he did wear a convincingly professorlike lumpy tweed jacket.

[1] I've never actually heard anyone laugh hollowly in real life before. I was quite impressed with myself. It just sort of came out naturally.

[User Picture]From: wildeabandon
2008-01-10 12:58 am (UTC)


You're in London? Have you moved here without telling anyone, or are you just visiting? And if the latter, how long are you here for and do you have time for a drink/coffee/dinner?
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[User Picture]From: lzz
2008-01-10 07:27 am (UTC)

Re: !?!

Yes, I'm in London... I'm sure I facebooked it at the time but FB is so random on what it reports on its news feed. Sadly since arriving I have had virtually no time for anything except working, sleeping and being ill, due to a complex combination of circumstances, and sadly this looks set to continue at least until I've got my PhD proposal sorted... :(
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[User Picture]From: wildeabandon
2008-01-10 05:34 pm (UTC)

Re: !?!

I distinctly haven't got the hang of facebook, except for organising social events. Still, yay that you're here, although boo to having no time. What's the timetable for getting the PhD proposal sorted? I shall come and pester you again then ;>
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[User Picture]From: hilarityallen
2008-01-10 07:49 am (UTC)
You're alive! We haven't heard from you for ages!

(Are you sure you want to make a phd proposal?)
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[User Picture]From: lzz
2008-01-23 10:15 pm (UTC)
I am alive, I'm just working very, very hard and when I'm not working I am dying from working very, very hard. I'm as convinced that I want to make a phd proposal as everyone is when they first start a phd. (Hmmm).

You are also alive! How are things going?
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[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2008-01-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
I've never actually heard anyone laugh hollowly in real life before. I was quite impressed with myself. It just sort of came out naturally.

I think it's a skill that's worth cultivating.
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