Thursday, 24 February 2011

A View From Behind The Wheel

So what's it like being a milkman? To start with, you have to be the sort of person who can joyfully leap out of bed at 1.30am. Or, if not joyfully, at least be the sort who doesn't mind too much. I have also become expert at getting dressed in the dark, this being an essential skill if you have any sort of partner. An ability to move quietly, and to leave the house without slamming the front door, is also much appreciated.

Driving an electric float is an experience not to be missed! It's basically the same as an automatic car, only harder work. No brake servo or power steering, I'm afraid. Oh, and no stereo, heater, windscreen washer, proper windows, comfy seat, proper doors, carpet or acceleration either. They must have brakes, (I've never yet had to put my foot through the floor Fred Flintstone style), but you wouldn't know it! They are also heavy and built like tanks, and although they don't look much, they will go straight through any car. So, to any of you that may have been stuck behind one; yes we really do own the road!

The rest of it is pretty much as you may expect. Just delivering milk and various goods to customer's doorsteps. And occasionally getting wet. And cold. And bitten. I suppose it must suit me on some level - I've been doing it for fifteen years! It was great when the kids were small, I used to have every afternoon with them. Now they are old enough to have a key, we only see them when they want something; usually a shower, food or clean clothes. But that's a story for another time.........

And we have computers! Oh yes. Only the hand held sort, (I've been mistaken for a meter reader on several occasions), but a computer none the less. And you can order stuff on the interweb thingy, and have it delivered the next day! We've been dragged kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. Now, if we could only manage to cope with the twenty-first......


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Difficult First Blog..........

Well, if you're wondering what sort of stuff will appear on here, you and me both! Never done this before, so watch this space. I'm middle aged, so I have a tendency to rant about stuff; just the usual "it was different in my day" sort of thing! So it could be interesting, or it could be dire, we'll see........
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