Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I have a list, part 1

Like the header says, I have a list. On that list are things that I write down as possible subjects for blog posts. Most of what is on this list has been there for a while. That's not to say they are useless topics; more that they either need more research on my part or I'm not quite sure what to say.

Take the first item on the list, for example. It says "Scotland by bus". I simply don't think I can make a whole post out of this. My mum went to Scotland. By bus. It took 18 hours. The reason I thought this might be a good idea for a post is the following question that it brought to my mind: Why the hell would someone go to Scotland by bus, when it's going to take 18 bloody hours?

That was about as interesting as I thought the subject was ever going to get. But then my mum went somewhere else by bus, too. Spain. It took nearly two days, with a sleepover at Dijon, France. She said: "It was a very nice hotel, but if we go again, I think we'll fly."


Blogger Tanya said...

OH! I have a blog subject list too!!! I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

24 October, 2006 15:04  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i think that made quite a lovely little post... i'd go to scotland by bus or any other means of transportation if i could... always wanted to go :)

24 October, 2006 17:18  
Blogger Kate said...

I have a list too - some times I even work the ideas into draft posts, but they rarely get published.

24 October, 2006 17:47  
Blogger Red said...

I have the list too. I started it before I even started the blog, and the funny thing is that I hardly ever refer to it. Indeed, the list keeps growing, and I just can't seem to find the time to write about everything. Bue.

24 October, 2006 18:27  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

Geez * I know the roads here can get a bit basic north of Dundee but where did she go that took 18 hours? Or did the bus go via Wales?

As an Edinburgh resident I'd love to be able to say it is worth spending 18 hours in a bus for but I'd be lying. Is anywhere in the UK worth spending 18 hours in a bus for?

Far better to take the train or fly.

24 October, 2006 18:33  
Blogger Shep said...

I have 2 or three current/future blog titles that I repeat to myself like a mantra so I don't forget them. And then there's 2 or 3 I have as permanent backup.

Currently mantra-ing:
Why Won't Edmonds Leave Me The Fuck Alone?
Where Are We Going And Why Am I In This Handbasket?

Of course, if you do a themed week/month...it sorts itself out.

(when courting, I used to travel to Ireland and back from London on the coach...I got to spend less than 8 hours actually there with my dear partner, before I had to get on the coach and return. Did that every weekend for 3 months. I loved it.)

24 October, 2006 20:22  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

To Scotland? By bus? Not sure what to say. Therapy needed?

24 October, 2006 22:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you can cross that off your list! My mother did Scotland by train. When I asked why, she said she got to see more of the beautiful country side and always be near a bathroom.

25 October, 2006 01:56  
Blogger Tired Dad said...

Right you SWINE. You very nearly got me on the whole 'things you don't blog about' thing or whatever and I almost spilt my guts.

This I cannot resist, purely because I have a list that is 90% gibberish. Titles for future posts include:

'Pimpy says I am tend'

'Frightening girls'

'Crying Dan'

[note to above: I have no longer any recollection of who Dan is]

'Gaby. Washing machine on spin cycle'

[similar note: no idea now who Gaby is]

and my favourite:

'Mcdonalds & Australian. Swine.'

I have NO IDEA what any of these now refer to.

Any suggestions for posts that would match these headers would be welcome, as I have obviously lost all track of everything of any significance.

25 October, 2006 02:16  
Blogger Tired Dad said...


Jesus. If I do remember I hope you don't mind deleting the previous.

That's potentially 6 months worth of posts for me.

We don't all work from home.

25 October, 2006 02:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lists help me with my memory challenged-itis.

25 October, 2006 02:49  
Blogger Milla said...

Hey! I went to Edinburgh by bus! From Victoria Station to Edinburgh Station in about 11 hours. If you are skint like me, the British train fares are an impossibility.

I always write lists (shopping, work, presents, people etc), but for my blog I have never done so. I write every day what is in my mind (or heart) and about what I see, so it is generally quite random stuff.
*, if you make a list of things to write, wouldn't that take away some of the immediacy of writing a blog? Or perhaps I myself should have a list of things to write and make my own blog a bit more coherent (but I cannot imagine not being able to write rubbish 90% of the time like I do now).

25 October, 2006 13:22  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Wow, 18 hours - on a bus - aarrrgh. Especially in the U.S. But I bet you would see a lot of scenery and have plenty of time to read! She must be courageous!

25 October, 2006 13:46  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Heh heh that's very cute. I measure the time it takes for security and customs, for early approriate arrival to airport, plus the drive to the airports considered against sitting ina bus seat for a few hours. Going back and forth I often hop on a bus. I used to fly to Manhattan downtown Toronto to Newark all the time, it took about two hours. Not any more.

It took Stagg 8 hours to fly to Toronto last time. He paid three times what I paid to ride on the bus for 9 hours. But further than that...a plane...

Have you used the Chunnel much speaking of Paris on Red's blog....?

25 October, 2006 15:07  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

All: Can't share the list, sorry; some of the subject names will spoil the story should it ever appear!

Martino: I mean, you can get to Thailand in 18 hours; Hawaii too probably. I've never been to Scotland so I can't be too harsh, but I imagine it can't compete with those sort of locales.

Shep: Looking forward to some of those subjects appearing on your blog!

TD: Loving that list!

Brooklyn Frank: Hello. Yes, that's definitely true for me, too.

Milla: On your final point, yes, which is why I only ever turn to it when I don't have something more topical to write about, and therefore why the list has things on it from aaaages ago.

Candy: Not done the Chunnel often (that's such an unused word over here now, and it reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where they go to see a film called Chunnel); maybe about three return journeys.

25 October, 2006 15:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this topic still has potential. You could call it: My Sadomasochistic Mum: Bus Rides through Paradise

25 October, 2006 16:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do the blog subject list ting as well.

Man oh man...what has become of us? ;)


25 October, 2006 18:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the parental unit do scotland by bus about six times a year, go to the same places, do the same trips.
as i have asked, why the fuck don't they just move up there?
parents. can't beat em. pity.

26 October, 2006 09:25  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Lee: Good call!

Steve: We are new men. Or freaks. Haven't decided yet.

Cappy: They're a strange breed, aren't they?

26 October, 2006 10:26  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

18 hours travelling by bus has to be better than 18 hours travelling in a car driven by my father...who didn’t put much concern in stopping for pee breaks. luckily I had my brother to take my silent aggression out on and he, me. funny, now I remember those car trips with some fondness. not a lot of fondness, mind.

hmmm maybe I should start a blog list as well.


26 October, 2006 15:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

APP: Frankly, after 18 hours travelling by any mode of transport, you better damn well end up somewhere fucking special. And by special, I mean somewhere not in the same country, for starters. No? (And I know Scotland is not England, but in terms of Britain being united and all that bollocks, I'm sure you know what I mean.)

27 October, 2006 08:19  

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