1000 Shades of Grey
Friday, September 22, 2006
Definitely worth it
Four and a half years ago, when I didn't even know what a blog was, I lived in London. At the time I did a job that required astonishingly little effort on my part, and paid me rather well, but didn't challenge or excite me.
So, with the support of my significant other, and a large bank loan, I quit my job, and enrolled on law conversion course.
Four years, two diplomas, countless exams, two years of proper work, less money than I was on before I jacked it all in, and I am delighted to say that you can now find my name using this search engine.
My job now challenges me, it forces me to engage my brain, and it pushes me in ways that no other job I've had has ever done. The bank still own most of my internal organs, and the fact that a small business adviser calls me occasionally to see how I'm getting on is something of a worry, but it was definitely worth it.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Buying a TV Licence
Five years ago today, my wife and I had walked from our new flat in Leytonstone in to Walthamstow to buy an aerial for our TV and a TV Licence.
As we walked from shop to shop, the news was slowly filtering through that the world had changed, and the defining moment of our generation was unfolding, as we walked the streets of East London.
Ultimately, we found ourselves sat in a pub, watching BBC news on the big screen, before making our way home to connect our TV, and call our parents to let them know how much we cared.
For my parents' generation, they all know where they were when they heard that John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been shot. For us, it's very much a case of knowing precisely where you were on Tuesday September 11 2001.
I was in Walthamstow, where were you?