Weeknotes: Mind The Gap — 31st July 2021
- I am writing weeknotes once more.
- Gosh it's been a little while. There is much we must discuss, dear reader! But all in good time.
- Please mind the gap.
- This weekend I finally broke the cycle of not-doing-very-much courtesy of the pandemic and it's siblings anxiety & social-isolation.
- Went kayaking with some friends this weekend. And had a picnic. It was nice.
- Making a boat go in a straight line [against water, and wind] is rather difficult, it turns out.
- Later met a friend for a drink. At a pub? (they still exist). Walked home. It was also nice.
- We both got hit on by someone who was very, very under the influence of something. That was not so nice.
- My body hurts from rowing, probably not helped by walking. This is a troubling sign.
- Actually, sorry, I lied, last weekend I celebrated a friend's birthday in Victoria park. That was the first thing I did in meatspace recently.
- Seeing people, meeting new ones (post-RAT), is pretty surreal honestly. I'm feeling a sense of enthused-trepidation about the whole thing.
- I believe that when the highlight of your weekend is "hanging tarpaulin between three trees just in case it rains"
you are entitled to experiencing whichever life-crisis you want.
- In definitely unrelated news, I am now experiencing a mid-20s crisis.
- Aka "the elephant in the room", or, "Alex, why did you stop writing weeknotes, and why did you slow down writing more generally?"
- The short-answer: I did not have much to say for a little bit. I broke the streak.
- Broken streaks are, as I'm sure you've learned from your past few failed attempts to learn German on Duolingo (c'mon let's be honest reader?), ironically very self-defeating!
- Our streaks play at loss-aversion. Why break that number which is reaching its high hundreds?
But ... What happens when we inevitably miss a day, and lose that number? Will that number ever climb back up? Is there even any point?
- Honestly I'm petrified of breaking my Apple-Health Activity streak. Or my Kindle streak.
- Real lesson here, is that keeping up a streak is a very weak form of motivation. I'm going to work on it.
Minding The Gap
- Okay, so this phrase is on my mind because I have been thinking about the London Underground a lot recently.
- It might just be me? But I used to legitimately dislike the sort-of outside stations like Faringdon. Now I really enjoy them?
- The concept of Kings Cross station being entirely underground seems quite unpleasant.
- That said why do we listen to grumpy Brits talking about gaps? I miss the tunes that play on the JR. Seseragi brings back memories.