What a couple of days. I got home last night to find my laptop had died. not a big worry as it’s not mine, it’s work’s. But this is my only work machine. No laptop… no internet in the office all day. Scary.
Anyways, I sussed it’s just the power supply that’s died (£50 inc courier delivery for a knock-off, £120 for a genuine Sony part) so another has been ordered and should be there for me tomorrow with any luck. This will allow me to keep tabs on you lot.
An early start was necessary this morning as I was off to Tamworth for a nice, simple server migration. I had to go via the office to check that someone else’s power supply worked on my lapotop (it did – thus proving that it was my PSU), so I set off around 7:30. This is early for me, I know it isn’t for some of you. My heart bleeds.
Broom down the M1. Broom, I say. *screech*
OK, that was Sheffield. It’s always crap. Past Sheffield. *BROOM* once more. Then *screech*.
Arse. Once big sodding queue from junction 31 to junction 23a. I didn’t get about 30 mph for the entire stretch. I was hoping to be on site for 10:00. I arrived at 11:20. Feck. And do you know what caused the slowdown? No? Well neither do I.
Nothing at all was mentioned on the radio. Only the M6 and M62 had problems as far as the people in London were concerned. No crap on the carriageway, no burning wrecks, no spillages, on corpses, no rampaging herds of wildebeest. Nowt.
I have a theory. The Government are trying to convince everyone to use our shiny wonderful rail service as it’s good for The Environment. And they’ve sunk billions of quid into it and they feel a little silly that it’s still shit. So, what they do every rush hour is send out groups of cars onto every motorway. Their job is simple – drive side by side and at 7:27… STOP.
They slam on their anchors. Stop still for 5 minutes so that everything starts to concertina behind them, then they bugger off leaving no trace. Due to the weight of traffic, this causes a huge queue with no obvious reason for it being there.
If I catch them, I’ll kill them, I swear. My average speed getting to site was 33mph. My average on the way back was over 60, but that’s because I beat their rush hour trap.
Well, job done and I’m home. I think I’ll sit and watch more Quantum Leap. Spooks is on at 9, Monkey Dust and 2DTV after that. Then I may remove my eyeballs to give them a rest.