10 February 2005

Ferry or car?

7:45am first decision...

Ferry is 3 miles as the crow flies and involves a 1.5 mile drive to the village car park, 1200 paces up a windswept and crumbling Victorian pier (or a dangerous rattly pier train ride), 15 minutes pitching and rolling across Southampton Water on a glorified tug and a further 1000 paces to The Office. Cost £4.00

Car is 11 miles of first gear, stop/start queuing and frustration, parking at Leisure World Cinema and Club Complex then 1400 paces to The Office. Cost £6.00 (petrol £3.00/parking £3.00).

Car wins today, but only just. Cost is not a factor in the decision. The real choice comes down to comfort, personal space and traffic jams versus today's weather, hassle and unpredictable ferry delays. See, its a fine judgement each day.

CD player in the car versus MP3 player on the ferry. Oh, I won't go on...

Wrong choice today though. Transco had dug a giant pit in the A35 at Regents Park resulting in lane closures and gridlock. Managed to cross 3 lanes and hop off at Millbrook to skirt the roundabout as the flyover was at a standstill. Must have leap-frogged a few hundred places but the damage was already done. Journey of 11 miles took 65 minutes. Nice relaxing start to the day!

2 comments:

Jane said...

Ferry -always the ferry! The fact that you know the count of the paces is just too funny.

Perfect Virgo said...

A man of simple pleasures gets his fun where he can! Before I acquired a pedometer I actually counted the steps in my head. Best foot forward... one, two, three...