Friday Jul 20, 2007

Triplet rescue

South east England is in the grip of a “Severe Weather Warning”. which is Met office speak for it could rain really really hard and there may be floods and if there are don't come running to us as we learnt our lesson back in '87 about not warning of high winds so if there is even a hint that things might be bad we going to tell you.

Anyway today's Severe Weather Warning was due to exceptionally heavy rain which could cause localized flooding. Odd I recall localized flooding this time last year. So I decided that if I could do my 10 O'clock on the phone I would work from home and not risk another drowning.

This all went well, my 10 O'clock got moved to 2 O'clock by one of the others and so I set about todays tasks from my nice dry office.

The rain came, it was very hard, the road flooded but I was dry.

Then at 12:30 the phone rang. It was my daughter asking if I could pick her up from school as “they have closed Kingston due to flooding and all the busses are cancelled”. I pointed out that the only way I would therefore be collecting her was by bike and she said she knew that, that was why she was calling me. I would have to be an idiot to drive, did I not know Kingston was closed?

So now I had been put in my place I hopped on the triplet for a ride through the flooded streets to Kingston. It was the usual kind of thing. The roads were grid locked, more drivers pulled over to let me past then pulled over to try and stop me passing (I just can't believe people do that, however I felt a deep sense of satisfaction as we rode home and past the same car that had tried to block me going into Kingston still in the same queue of traffic).

Kingston was indeed closed but on a bike as usual there was a way through so I collected my daughter went back through Kingston again and headed home past the queues of traffic and by now a steady stream of people walking.

Then as we crossed Hampton Court bridge, in the outside lane to turn right, the steering went very heavy and we had a puncture. That is the third on the triplet and means I need to get new tires. Thanks to this I only just got home for my 2 O'clock.

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