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Saturday, 29 November 2003

Buy Silly Things

It's Buy Nothing day today.
I really wanted to make my stand against the consumerism bukkake* that is Crissmuss, but I woke this morning with the devil dancing across my forehead, and forgot the damn thing. #442.90 pence.

So far today, in reverse order, I've guiltily bought:

A sugary feast: a litre of Vanilla Coke, 8 packets of crisps, a 12 pack of chocolate bars, a chocolate cheesecake, and a box of Belgian chocolates. If I'm not going to drink to excess, I'm damn well going to overdo it in whatever other arena I can. The come-down alone was worth it. Cat food, washing powder and AA batteries, too, because I'm a boring practical bastard ............ #15.00
35 gallons of diesel fuel at the Jet garage in Leyton. No nibblies! How self-abnegating of me ....... #40.00
Two video tapes (and yet more Blockbuster's overdue fines) to watch at Duch's house, to put her off from making coal fires and telling me where to buy a flat .......... #8.00
Two tickets to see Mourning Becomes Electra, a four hour shocker of a Freudian re-write of Euripides' Oresteia, at the National Theatre, despite having no idea whether jatb can make that date or not, and for the superficially acceptable reason that it's had amazing reviews, but the real underlying reason that it's all sexual frustration and Helen Mirren's cleavage .............. #68.00
A car insurance policy, after I defaulted payment on two policies, simultaneously, in the last week. I dunno how anyone can fuck up their finances as thoroughly as I can. I only need one - why did I have two? And it's illegal to even park the damn car without any, so given I was double-covered, how the hell could I forget to pay either of them? ......... #220.00
A copy of the Grauniad, after the local radio station told me how disgusting it was that they publicised magic mushroom shops on their front page, and which I donated to the over-hyped fashionable cafe I read it in .......... #1.10
Two fried eggs on toast with bacon, a coffee, and a squeezily squeezed orange juice in a trendy Isle of Dogs converted church cafe, where people sip cappucinos, wear their metrosexual weekend casualwear, work on their novels, smoke a lot, and eye each other up .........#7.00
A new central locking system, door repair, and brake light for the car that gets broken into four times a month ........ #80.00
A number 369 bus ticket from Barking to Creekmouth in Dagenham, from a flirty but aged bus driver ....... #0.70pee
A takeaway americano coffee from the Barking station Costa Coffee concession, where the nice old French lady who serves me is beginning to treat me like a local, but who hasn't yet noticed that I can tell when she mutters in French to the coffee machine monkey that the other customers are bitches ....... #1.40
A tube ticket to Barking, from an overcrowded machine, which made me drop all my coins (well, okay, it didn't make me - not unless the thing is possessed, which it might well be) at 1.71 Kilometre End tube station, where I waved at Kat, who was busy working the bothersome fools / public who stalk the barriers, and shivered at the big yellow police sign informing you it's a 'Local Crime Hotspot' (think I don't know that? Tonight's Mastermind Contestant: Bethnal Green Nick; Specialist Subject: Stating the Bleedin Obvious. Stop commissioning stupid yellow signs that some Hoxton pillock will one day make into Art, and go catch the fuckers who keep burgling my car, willya?) ............ #1.70
Things I haven't Bought:
A house
Any proper food

[*tm Bitter Little Man]

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Updated: Sunday, 30 November 2003 2:46 AM GMT
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Saturday, 29 November 2003 - 3:46 PM GMT

Name: Lux
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Well... at least you didn't buy any useless mass-produced christmas-related crap.

Saturday, 29 November 2003 - 4:02 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Hmm.... I'm sure I can count Helen Mirren's cleavage at least tenuously in that category .... no?

Saturday, 29 November 2003 - 8:29 PM GMT

Name: sarah

Ahh, that explains why there was a brief 5 minute period at aprox. 11am when I wasn't serving anyone at my till.

#7 for eggs on toast? what? that's mad. Although I did once pay #11 for a cheeseburger in london.

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 2:27 AM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Yeah, it was daylight robbery. And they look down their noses at you and flash half their gut as they flounce off with your money. I wonder if cafes like that should have their own category - less of a greasy spoon, more of a snotty spoon.
The music was good, though.

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 2:31 AM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Actually, I thought #70 for two theatre tickets was worse. That's egg on toast for ten.

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 10:48 AM GMT

Name: ThePimpress
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the last Theatre experience for me was Les Mis i thin it was about the same cost. worked out to about $120 for 2 tickets so close to the same. but #7 for coffe is just mad i get a great latte here for like #2.50 or so.

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 1:29 PM GMT

Name: sarah

"snotty spoon" - what a class term for those sort of places. I may start using that.

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 3:43 PM GMT

Name: Joe

I don't know what to say. Very interesting. Have a wonderful day. :)

Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 7:44 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

#2.50!!!?????!!!!! That's more than the Ritz! Coffee in a pretentious place is #1.40. Perhaps you mean dollars.
Yeah, #7 was a lot, but it was a huge breakfast as well. I know if I'd gone further into Docklands it would have been a tenner for it.

Monday, 1 December 2003 - 4:36 AM GMT

Name: ThePimpress
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actually no it's #2.50 for a really large 4 shot espresso latte' where i go. it's a real pick me up, and seeing as it's the only place that i know of around here that has good latte' i'm sort of stuck for it.

Monday, 1 December 2003 - 7:24 AM GMT

Name: Vanessa

4 shot espresso? Wow. shudders
That would be some caffeine rush.

Monday, 1 December 2003 - 1:02 PM GMT

Name: ThePimpress
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yes it is i'm a total caffeine addict it's sad and thrilling all at the same time.

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