Friday, June 18, 2004

As written yesterday but not posted... And at last that is over. Seems we did rather well in carrying people - all three sites were full and there was a lot of patience shown by the people wanting to get home. The First started trickling out of the ground at 1045 and the last were dropped off at the car park just after midnight. We reckon P&R shifted about 6,000 of the 23,000 in attendance which is not bad all things considered. Just have to wait now and see if we get any complaints in (1 so far, it being an hour since I started writing this. But we did all we could, had up to 20 buses running around etc etc etc). Now I just have to find a way of getting shot of seven boxes of unused leaflets...

Yesterday I was on a disability awareness course. I'm not sure how it really related to public transport specifically but it was still interesting and useful in a general awareness of the issue kind of way. And it was nice to get away from the phone for a day. Of course I did still pop in to the office to check messages and the like after it finished (so still got a couple of calls in then as well) but nothing too strenuous.

Otherwise work has been lots of timetable playing for the area we are reviewing.
Not much to add to that today as yet. Grandma is up for the week with Ma & Pa so they all came round last night for a chat. She is much better than last time she was here but still not 100%. That's the one thing I am not looking forward to more than any other as the years pass by. Slower recovery times.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Oh, but I cannot wait for Wednesday to come and go. At least then I might get a rest from phone calls asking if we are doing special P&R services for the Elton John concert. OK, so then there will be calls about all the other concerts coming up but we might just get a day's breather if luck holds out. It doesn't seem to matter what I do to get the information out there, people still insist on calling instead. Even the ones who have found a leaflet call to see if it is correct. Fair does my head in. At least I am out of the office all day on Wednesday on a disability awareness course so won't have the biggest rush of questions.

Weekend was tolerable in the main. Weather was great but Joan was at work both days so I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. Lots of reading, ironing, shopping, sitting in the sun, putting up new trellis in the garden and stuff like that while she was out. Yesterday was Alexander's 18th Birthday (kind of scary) so we went up there for dinner and to dish out the presents. A good time was had by all, although Bhupen had to dash off after we'd been there an hour or so to go to work. Which is one of the things that has put me off ever changing to that job no matter how good the wages are. Unpredictable hours and night-shifts are not my cup of tea.

One thing I didn't do over the weekend though was to watch the Grand Prix. From Canada, which meant it was on while we were up at the birthday bash. But, no surprises, Michael S won. So I'm not too stressed at missing it.

Today back at the old grindstone. Having been away at conference for three days at the end of last week (and off again today) Chris did of course come in on Saturday. But only a few emails and not the ones I was expecting so perhaps I managed to get everything right last week! And so far we have two bids received for my first tender effort... Roll on Thursday when we can open them.