I’ve been generally faffing the last week. Actually, it’s been quite a busy week, thinking about it. Last weekend seems a long time ago.
On monday we had cable installed. I have spent quite a lot of time playing with stuff this week to make stuff work on the network. I think I’ll write that up in the extended entry. Read it if you’re bothered, other stuff will be in the main entry.
On tuesday I had an interview with Travel West Midlands. I left early anticipating heavy traffic, but the journey went smoothly and I didn’t get lost this time. I then had to sit through a 2 hour briefing before doing a bit of a written test, which was pretty easy (I got full marks on the highway code section without revision).
Then I had to go out for a little drive in a minibus which went pretty smoothly. So assuming I had satisfactory references and passed the medical, I basically had a job. However, the terms and conditions are pretty binding.
* I had to agree to a block of 10 solid days training, plus the theory test and actual test, therefore I would have to miss some of the beginning of term
* I have to sign up for 2 years minimum, if I leave for any reason (including sacking) in the first year, I pay them Â£1000. Â£500 in the second year.
* I have to commit to at least 2 days a week.
Now, I initially agreed to that, and they rush booked me a medical for thursday morning. I got home and talked it over with Hannah and we thought I should do it. I then agonised over it all evening and talked to “carl”:http://carl.ebrey.net/ and decided against it. Basically, I can’t make that kind of commitment in my final year at uni.
So now I have to find a job. I’ve applied to Woolworths and Waterstones and I am now looking at some places in the Bullring and the job paper. I’ve got to make a concerted effort on Monday, I might have to go and talk to Sainsbury’s. At least I know when I should be able to work now. I’ve looked at the timetable for my chosen modules and changed them slightly so that I’ll have monday and wednesday completely free. Fits in nicely with being able to go to Tae Kwon-do on tuesday and thursday, too.
Today, Carl and Susie came down from Nottingham and we all went to the National Wedding Show at the NEC. It was all quite nice, and Hannah tried on a beautiful dress (it was only Â£1650!). We’ll have to try and find somewhere that’ll make something similar for a lot, lot less. We’ve also found someone who will make us our rings. I was surprised how reasonably priced it is to have them custom made. I’m going to go for a titanium ring. I don’t know about any symbolism of it being made of gold, but I reckon having a circular band that’s pretty much indestructable by normal means is symbolic enough of our love for each other. Forget tradition :-) We had a laugh at the catwalk show, which was actually highly entertaining and got fleeced for a couple of baked potatos in the food bit. Swines, I’m still bitter about that.
Anyway, then we met up with “jon”:http://www.jonmasters.org/ and legged it across town to see “susie’s”:http://susie.ebrey.net brother “mike bethel”:http://www.mikebethel.com/ performing as part of Birmingham Artsfest and bought his new album “Opaque”:http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mbethel (I’m sure he’ll be willing to sell you a copy if you can’t find it at your local record store, that link’s got some demos) and then went and had food at the nearest Wetherspoons before coming home. All in all a very civilised and pleasant day. We’ve got enough magazines, brochures and bumph to keep us going for a while, too :-)