Today I left the office about 7 minutes early in the attempt to get the earlier train home.
I walked past my usual underground station and instead walked to the next one, thus avoiding a change of line and therefore saving time.
Im so bloody clever.
I entered Warren Street station and flashed the guard my paper ticket which meant he let me through the empty barrier and I didn’t have to queue with the Oyster zombies who get stopped by the barriers every 10 seconds, and who then touch and retouch their cards against the reader as if the words ‘Please seek assistance’ lit up in bright red somehow don’t apply to them; meanwhile the queue of shuffling undead behind them are getting increasingly hungry for more ‘braaaains!’, presumably for the twat at the front with the defective card.
So as I said, I sidestepped the masses and whizzed through.
I’m so bloody clever.
I nipped in front of a family of suitcases being pulled by imbeciles who clearly couldn’t drive them and did the quickstep down the left hand side of the escalator and onto the southbound northern line platform, where there was a train waiting to leave.
Now usually I would let it go, walk to the front of the empty platform and join the follow up train so I’m at the exit when I reach the busy Victoria platform at the end of my journey…because, well, I’m so bloody clever. However, as I’m in a hurry, I jump straight on as the train doors are closing with a master plan formulating in my ‘braaaains!’. At every stop I’m going to get off the train, walk down the platform and rejoin the train. This means I’ll still be at the exit when we reach Victoria.
I’m so bloody clever…and a bit smug.
At Oxford Circus I do exactly that and managed to move forward 3 carriages.
I’m seriously so bloody goddam clever.
(Why doesn’t everyone do this?)
We pulled into Green Park and I did the same again, only this time I made it to the front!
I’m so bloody cle….oh shit. I couldn’t get on. Too many people.
Shit shit shit.
Ok, the next one was in 2 minutes and there was only one person in front of me on the platform, so I’ll still get there quite quickly.
Ah, I was denied access on that one too.
I ended up missing the earlier train I was so desperate to catch and ended up on my usual service anyway.