No I’m not sorry even in the slightest for that pun. Between one library having streams of water pouring through the roof, and the one I was at today having no water because of a burst water main at the local pumping station it’s been an odd one.
The pumping station problem took out the water supply for most of West London and it’s still only just really getting back to normal. As you might imagine, loads of people immediately panic-bought all the bottled water they could find.
We set a watch on Twitter feeds and news aggregates so that we could answer locals’ questions about what was going on. We’re a library. Knowing things is what we do.
It did mean though that I’ve gone most of the day without coffee and am now in caffeine withdrawal. Yay.
I suppose the detox will do me good.
It’s been a busy couple of days. Work on Saturday was steady, with few problems bar some ongoing issues with the building that prompted me to leave irritated emails for Property Services to find when they got back after the weekend. We were short on staff, but kept our spirits up, managed to get a Pride display sorted, and generally had a good day.
Sunday saw me travelling down to Portsmouth to attend a masquerade event with Lady S. As I was meeting her from her work to head straight there, this meant that I walked the sunny streets of Cosham and Drayton suited and booted with a walking cane and wolfshead brooch on my lapel.
Compared to the people half-falling in arguments out of pubs, newsagents, and off-licences I was therefore a little overdressed and conspicuous. It led to some bemused frowns of concentration on some faces. If they could have seen inside my bag, with its masks, paddles, and assorted elements, those frowns would no doubt have been even more confused.
The event itself, on its second anniversary of running, was a lovely celebration of humour, friendships and general debauchery as you might expect, and we were both glad we’d pushed through nerves and tiredness to attend. It was a late night, all in all, but I knew I could catnap on the way home.
The one thing I hadn’t planned in was the torrential rain that hit while I was on the train home. It’s my own dumb fault for not reading weather warnings. All I can say is that walking from the station in a suit was a refreshing experience..!
And so back to work – a short but eventful day, and a body that I’m not sure if it’s aching from being in the rain, or from exertions!