November 1st 2010

I started the day by throwing back the bedclothes, shouting “It’s grand to be alive!” and running about in a frenzy of activity. Now, with my teeth cleaned, my hair brushed and my cheeriness at dangerously high levels I am sitting at the computer and preparing to blog.

Well, a blog can be many things, and if I want to start the day with a touch of fiction what is to stop me?

The truth, as regular readers may have guessed, is slightly different.

I actually started the day by peeling back the bedclothes and muttering “2.32 and my first trip to the bathroom.” This was followed by a couple more trips, a ten minute stint writing notes for a haibun idea and finally, by noticing that my clock said 7.47.

It seemed like an auspicious time to start the day, and as my night had already been fractured. I decided to get up. There wasn’t, to be fair, a lot of frenzy involved. Now, sitting at the computer with my teeth gleaming and my hair looking like I’ve just had a shock, I’m preparing to blog.

I currently have my levels of cheeriness under control and they are unlikely to pose a threat in the near future.

Do you sometimes wish you could write yourself a new life?

I was thinking this a couple of days ago when idly daydreaming of that elusive lottery win.

My first action on winning would be to rent cars and park them in front of the houses of people who have annoyed me with their inconsiderate parking in the past. In particularly annoying cases I may even fill them with concrete after parking them.

After that I move on to the good stuff, where I see myself as the anonymous benefactor to friends, neighbours, family and local charities. That often results in moral tangles about who to help and how best to do it, or if I should even try to help at all.

As an example – you give someone money to buy a decent house and bring their family up in a nice area with good schools. Do you make their decisions for them? Or do you just give them the money and set them loose. In five years time, after they have spent the money on drink and drugs and the kids are all in care how do you feel then? Or when a robot comes back from the future to kill you just before your big win because it turns out they used the money so well that they sent all their kids to Oxford University and they went on too rule the world in a despotic fashion? It could happen. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a documentary about it. Though it might just be that I fell asleep whilst watching Terminator. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell.

Tricky stuff, helping people. I may just buy a private island and live in sunshine for the rest of my life. I’d feel guilty about being selfish, but at least I won’t have ruined any lives.

Alternatively I could carry on buying a lottery ticket now and again and failing to win anything. As plans go, that one seems to be progressing quite well, and is definitely on target.

One person who seems to think I am already a lottery winner is my car insurance company. I’ve been nowhere this year, I’m way under the mileage I insure it for, and yet the cost seems to have leapt up. Again.


11 thoughts on “November 1st 2010

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Prices of many things have gone up significantly here. I think some of it is due to supply chain issues coupled with deregulation and some price gouging for good measure.

  2. tootlepedal

    I am waiting to have an interesting discussion with my car company.

    The trouble with the lottery win is that it has to be a really big one as a million pounds won’t even buy you a particularly big house these days.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I hope your discussion works out well. I’d be happy with a million, but agree you wouldn’t be able to get much for your money. I’ve just been looking at private islands and you don’t get much for £2,000,000. Ah well…

  3. Laurie Graves

    Oh, Quercus! Your supposed enthusiasm raised my hopes. On the other hand, it’s my guess that few people our age leap out of bed in breathless expectation of greeting the new day. I don’t know about you, but I would be afraid of hurting myself.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      🙂 I’ll take that as a tribute to my fiction writing skills. I have to be careful bout sudden movement and generally leave the leaping to Julia. She is eighteen months younger than me and much fitter.


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