The good thing about not going down to Brighton is that I don't have to suffer at the petrol-covered hands of major traffic jams. At least I didn't think I did. Obviously I was wrong.
I had to go into Ipswich yesterday to pay an American cheque (so that's a check then) into the bank, a journey which involves no main roads whatsoever. In fact I felt a smug sense of self-satisfaction as I drove under the Orwell Bridge, from where I could see that the traffic above was at a complete standstill. Until, that is, I rounded the corner and found that everything was being diverted off the A14 and onto my route into Ipswich, causing complete gridlock, and meaning I couldn't actually get into town at all. I wasn't happy.
Though obviously the family of Kevin Patterson, the lorry driver who hit a bridge and died, closing the A14 for ten hours, had quite a bad day too.
So I had to turn around and drive all the way to Manningtree instead, where they don't have a Marks & Spencers, meaning I couldn't get any extra strong tea bags, which was frankly a tragedy. As was the reaction of the woman in the bank when faced with my foreign cheque. She couldn't have looked more panicked if I'd handed her a note telling her to empty the safe. But fortunately, having watched her tear off the wrong section of my form, and type something into the computer for no apparent reason, I gave her a few reassuring glances, smiled cheerfully, and walked off to the sound of her calling a colleague for assistance.
So if I ever see that money, it'll be a miracle.
But anyway, one other thing while I'm here...
As anyone with a blog is likely to know, there's a section on the Blogger dashboard every time you log in, called 'Blogs of Note', which states "Feel like browsing? Here are some blogs we have noticed recently". A new addition to the list is one Jeremy Blachman, whose blog I've just had the pleasure of visiting. Having experienced this 'blog of note' for myself, perhaps someone could tell me precisely what is was that made Blogger notice him? I can only assume it was the large cheque he sent them.
Breaking news on Jeremy's site is that after three years of blogging, he's just posted his first photo. Which doesn't seem to work.* But never mind. To be honest, any one of the six (count them) blogs I link to on the left are more noteworthy. Oh, and that's another thing Jeremy doesn't have - links. But he's been getting 2,000 visitors a day since Blogger mentioned him, so why bother. I haven't had that many hits since I claimed to have pictures of Orlaith naked.
* Since writing that, the photo seems to have started working. So I take it all back. It clearly is a blog of note.