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Well, I can't say I wasn't warned

Since this current cold spell began about a week ago, I've been having trouble maintaining a nice even temperature in the flat. I'm not surprised, as the central heating system was put in long before I bought the place, in 1970; and the heating engineer that I employ to check it through once every so often tut-tutted quite ominously last time he was here in September. Over the years, he's been keeping it going by making a few judicial repairs that have required quite a creative use of materials and expertise on his part, but due to the fact that he's come to the end of his own private stock of obsoleted parts won't be able to continue doing that anymore. Frankly, he told me, the whole system needs to be ripped out and replaced. I told him I had lost my job and couldn't afford to go to the expense just now, so he did what he could and said I had better hope for a mild winter. Now that hope's gone out the window, and I'm sat at the computer wrapped in a blanket and my feet pressed up against the one radiator that seems to be giving off any heat at all.

Earlier in the week, by which I mean some time last week (honestly, all the days seem to roll into one when you're unemployed), I was sent on a motivational workshop by the Job Centre, and wasted two hours of my life listening to the most obvious and facile observations on the subject by someone who no doubt gets paid handsomely out of community funds to speak to the unemployed as if to an audience of retards. But, at least I got complimented on my shoes by quite a few people (I was wearing my pink, purple and blue floral pattern 2008 Irregular Choice oxfords). Of course, the trainer then had to warn me against ever wearing them to an interview...to which I retorted that it all rather depended on what position I would be interviewing for.

Also last week, my nephew Romeo came to the realisation that he no longer believes in Sinterklaas, and was subsequently rather shocked to discover that this means we won't be celebrating it as a family any longer. As his birthday is only a few days later, he worried that might have been cancelled as well, but luckily we managed to reassure him and now he's happy in the knowledge that whatever happens, there will be presents for him in December ;-)

This morning, I found out it's possible to link/import your blog to LinkedIn...for a while I was tempted, but then dismissed the idea as possibly the worst in the world.

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suze2000
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
You're the second person on my f-list who's got inadequate heating for the European Winter. I hope things change for you soon. :(
gamiila
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Woke up and there was snow on the ground this morning; quite thick snow, too. I don't think I've ever seen snow this early in winter! But yeah...thank God for the art foundation office, I say! I'm quite nice and warm in here for the time being.

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