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Thursday, August 30th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Post office

Thursday, so before I set off for my gig I am going to do that tricky thing of fitting in errands before I go.  I say tricky because Sunderland is a strange place at 11am on a weekday (it is my home town, so don’t be making jokes about gene pools, I know what you are like).  No it is the length of queues at banks and post offices which are unpredictable and time variable. And I once stopped a shop lifter and had to give a statement to the police, which took hours.  I learnt my lesson from that day, and now I would simply work out a quick “cost versus my time” type calculation.  I am not sure how it would work, but if they were running out of a pound shop I probably wouldn’t bother.

So I am standing in the post office; there is a long queue, no worries, I will simply observe the queue and then I will have something to say in this blog.  It will be a quick queue anyway, as there are not many tartan shopping trolleys.

They say that age creeps up on you.  I can see why people feel the need to disguise their age (I am one of them I guess).  We buy clothing (after much deliberation) which takes a few years off and we don’t buy items which make us look older (tartan shopping trolleys being a good example).  Hence the expression 50 is the new 30.  I do wonder if this is true.  My wife has just bought me slippers, so maybe 50 is the new 80.

It is true; my wife has bought me slippers.  She (not having my ostrich approach to health) has actually read the detail in the letter that has come from the hospital, and it clearly stated (I missed it obviously) that I am to take my slippers (those will be the ones I don’t have then).  My wife has used her own approach to purchasing footwear and brought a few examples to try on.  I choose the first pair, no procrastination on that one.

This is a down side of age but the up side is, I qualify for cheap car insurance.  I wonder how old you have to be, before the insurers stop being “price friendly” to the older driver.  I guess it is the age when you go into a showroom and say “have you got a car with less mirrors? I don’t tend to use them these days”. 

Anyway, I am now at the front of the queue and with my Road Fund Tax paid, the lady asks me, if I shop around for my car insurance, because if I do, Peter will talk me through the Post Office’s deal.  I say, not normally to the shopping around question, and yes, as long as it doesn’t take too long and only if you are very competitive and therefore able to save me money, to the “talk through” bit. 

It takes a long time; how do people have the patience to shop around?  The questions just go on and on.  So much so, when he says, “has the car had any changes or improvements made on it, in the last year” I resist saying “well I did hoover the glove compartment”.

It turns out my present quote is actually cheaper than the Post Office deal by £230 and Peter says “shall I print out the quote or shall I send it to you by email?”, and “is there anything else I can help you with?

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Don performs as a wedding magician, corporate entertainer, and after dinner speaker at events throughout the country. London Magician, Manchester Magician, Liverpool Magician, Birmingham Magician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Magician, Magician Surrey, Edinburgh Magician, Oxford Magician, Bristol Magician, Magician Milton Keynes, Leicester Magician, Leeds Magician, Magician Kent.