Triangular

September 19th 2019

Today I really can’t figure out how I’m going to get to London tomorrow. So, I’m just going to keep typing out the options until I make a decision. I’m going to sleep as soon as I finish writing this, so I must decide something in the next 300 or so words.

Let’s weigh up the options:

1 – Drive to work, drive home, train to London, train home.

2 – Train to work, train to London, train home.

3 – Train to work, train to Bristol, get a lift to London, train home.

I think those are the three possible combinations, and they all have their positives and negatives, but first, some backstory.

Basically, I’m in London this weekend with some Uni mates for my birthday weekend (don’t ask me what I want, I haven’t thought about it). I’m going up tomorrow night after a day of work. But the work day is probably going to end in the pub because it’s the start of the Rugby World Cup. Ah who am I kidding. The work day is going to end in the pub because it’s a Friday.

Because of this, I’m tempted to get the train in to work tomorrow so that I can get drunk and not have to worry about driving home. I’ll then either get a train to Bristol where my mate will pick me up, or a train straight to London. One issue here is that, because I’m starting in Swindon, neither of those journeys are ‘return’ journeys. I could get away with coming back to Swindon, and then moving on to London from there, but that doesn’t really help me.

Because I need to get home from London on Sunday, it also means that I have an odd number of train journeys, which, considering a return journey costs the same as a single, is cash inefficient. You may think I could just get a lift back from my mate on Sunday, but I’m sticking around London for a while after everyone else leaves so that I can see my sister. This means I’ll definitely need at least one journey to/from London, so almost requires that a train to London is part of the solution. I guess that rules out option 3.

We’re getting somewhere.

Option 1 means I can’t drink at the pub. Option 2 means I have to waste money on an extra train journey. Option 2 means I can already be half cut by the time I get to London, option 1 means I’ll probably get into London a bit later than option 2.

I do actually have a shitload of work to do tomorrow, so perhaps I shouldn’t spend the afternoon in the pub. That said, I know me, and I know my boss, and I know that if my boss says we should go to the pub then I will find it almost impossible not to go to the pub.

Okay so I just had like a 15 minute break to think about it. I even called a friend for advice. I have no idea why I’m struggling so badly with this, but it’s mostly to do with the triangular nature of my journey. It’s north, then mostly, then back west.

Maybe my problem is that I’m thinking of them all as return journeys, rather than three or four single journeys. Or it could technically be two return journeys.

Okay fuck it this is ridiculous. I’m just going to drive to work tomorrow, come home, then get a return ticket train to London. It’s the cheapest and simplest way. So I’m not sure why it wasn’t the most obvious. It’s just a return journey to work. And then a return journey to London. I can do that.

Until tomorrow, that’s what I’ll do.

Jacn

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