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Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 09:40 am
Food is Hard to Come By in Slough

Last night Steve and I had to top up his pay-as-you-go cell phone and find a place to eat. We left the office at about 1830, which is a bit early for us to leave but not unreasonably so. We drove to Slough, where there was a Car Warehouse for him to top up at. To our considerable surprise, the Queensmere Shopping Centre was open, but all the shops therein were closed. We found an automatic Top Up machine, but it didn't interface with our network. Discouraged, we decided that we'd get something to eat on High Street and afterwards go to Tesco's to refilled his mobile phone.

High Street looked like a ghost town. It was 1915 in the evening, and we could not for love nor money find an open restaurant. The one establishment we found was a bar that didn't serve any dinner course. So off to Tesco's we went. There, we discovered that their facility didn't support refills of our network either, and we left empty-handed once again. Now we went back to the parking garage to find that the ground-floor paystation was out of order, and we spent the next 15 minutes trying to find a paystation we could actually pay at.

That night we ate in Windsor. The heat was quite oppressive all day yesterday, and our office has no air conditioning, so I was very glad to get back to my hotel room.

This morning, I woke up at 0545, living in a world of pain. My back from my neck to my lumbar was just ablaze with horrible, horrible, twisting pain, as if my back muscles had been clenched as hard as they could for hours. For about twenty minutes I tried in vain to go back to sleep, but when it was evident that wasn't happening, I took a 40-minute hot shower. That satiated the pain for about 15 minutes when it returned in force. I went down to breakfast and then on to work, but at 0926 I broke and took some Ibuprofen, but it does not appear to have had an effect thus far.

UPDATE: Back pain subsided abruptly at 1102. A pinched nerve, perhaps?

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Current Location: Maidenhead, England, UK

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purly
purly
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Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)

Ever wonder why the residents of a town called 'Maidenhead' all dissapear at 6:30pm?


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ultimatepsi
ultimatepsi
Kate Nineteen
Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)

Reminds you of Baltimore, doesn't it?

It is sad about the back pain, and I'm glad to hear it got better.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)

I keep on telling people that wireless communication just plain doesn't work.

Hope your back feels better... Muscle spasms (or whatever you had) and the like are just not fun.

And it's a little odd when reading your post for you to be discussing times that are "in the future"... How long did it take to get used to the time zone change?

How long did it take to get used to people speaking en-GB instead of en-US?


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)

The timezone change was pretty trivial -- I was awake for 30 hours straight, its true, but no worse than a particularly grueling overnight shift, and convienently, when I dropped out of it I was on normal time. We'll see how I do going the other way, but I expect it will be fine.

The difference in language is actually not very significant. British english and American english are converging quite rapidly it seems, but I suppose that's globalization for you. I even see about 5% of the cars on the road here have their steering wheels on the left.


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verrucaria
verrucaria
E. Z.
Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)

I even see about 5% of the cars on the road here have their steering wheels on the left.

Those should just be mainland tourists--or do they have Brit plates?


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rgfgompei
rgfgompei
Rachael
Tue, Jun. 13th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)

You are in London, go to some backwater Scottish village and see how similar the languages are. As for phones, I suggest the orange network. Never stopped at a place where I couldn't top-up. Good luck, hope to see you when you visit. If you have any idea when you'll have time please let me know because my aunt wants to monopolize that Sunday but I'm perfectly willing to blow her off for you, just need to know. Hugs and Kisses.


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