7:55 – Get out of bed. For some reason this was difficult today.
8:10 – Sitting.
8:45 – Breakfast.
10:00 – Guitar practice: Primaries, Tiki and beginning to learn Afghanistan with Haru.
13:00 – Lunch.
14:10 – I call the Registry Office about bringing the date for the wedding forward.
First I have to explain all this to the receptionist on the main switchboard at the council, who it seems thinks she can cope with it all herself. This is worrying, as she seems to completely not understand the situation. Eventually she’s good enough to put me through to the right department.
They give us an appointment for the 16th of November, but I need to send (or take) them a letter confirming the change. This conversation was also confused and difficult.
I write the letter, but in order to print it I have to go downstairs and buy some paper for the printer. I think I’m buying the cheapest, but pick up the most expensive. There is some confusion.
Can you see a pattern emerging?
15:30 – I leave the flat. On the way to the bus stop I stop at a shop that used to sell travelcards, but am re-directed. At the correct shop I ask for an Oyster card, but am told I need a travelcard to buy it (I misunderstood what Haru told me about when she got hers). Again that familiar look from the guy behind the counter: the unmistakeable expression of someone who’s confronted by an idiot.
I get a one day bus pass from the machine, which isn’t confused at all.
16:10 – I reach the registry office ten minutes after it shuts and put the envelope through the door. I hope it’s the right door and the right department and, for that matter, the right letter.
I catch a bus going back towards the Elephant, get off to look around the pawn shop at the foot of Camberwell Road, then take buses into the centre of town.
It appears I’ve condemned myself to walking up Oxford Street. I go into the T-Mobile shop to ask about getting a SIM card for my old phone for Haru, but no one seems interested in serving me (unsurprisingly, really), so I walk up Oxford Street to go to Argos, but decide against buying anything there, and eventually just get the phone unlocked and buy a T-Mobile SIM card from a shop. There’s actually no need to get the phone unlocked. The guy behind the counter gives me that look. He still takes my money, though, I notice.
Still, the phone works, and if I did want to put a different SIM in it, I can, and the whole process cost less than any of the other processes I was thinking of, so what the heck.
I walk home, trying to avoid further encounters with individual people. The general horde is unavoidable.
I reach home at about 19:00, and Haru has made dinner, which includes vegetarian sausages and leftover chicken. There’s something about the incongruity I like, there.
After dinner, I wash up, then get milk for the tea and plain chocolate digestive biscuits.
And after that, we watch School of Rock on DVD. The combination I’d prefer (dubbed into Japanese with English subtitles) is sadly not available. There are situations in the film that I’m not unfamiliar with.
23:03 – Complete and post. Soon to bed.