Kindness of strangers

I was travelling back from Paris today, so I checked out of the hotel and headed towards the nearest Metro station to buy a ticket to CDG, actually I was contemplating only getting a ticket as far as Gard du Nord, dropping my bags there and doing a little sight seeing/shopping, when a local (we’ll, I assume he was local..) saw me stuck at the automatic ticket machine. He asked if I was going to the airport and showed me that I could buy a ticket that took me the whole way to CDG, I already knew this, but didn’t fancy trying to explain that I only wanted to go as far as Gard du Nord at this point, so I gratiously accepted his advice and proceeded to try and buy my ticket.

I had already decided to get rid of all my schrapnel (change..) by buying the ticket with all 20c & 50c coins I had gathered over the last week, so I started to pump them into the machine, when I get to 20 coins (almost what i needed to buy the ticket!) the bloody machine spat all my coins out, there is a 20 coin limit!

My friendly native was still watching over me and found my attempt to get rid of my change amusing, and then stood forward and paid for my ticket with his metro card, at which point I handed him all my change! I don’t know if he thought I was down to the change in my pocket and bought me my ticket, either way I got my ticket & got rid of the change!

The deed is done..

I have just left my job of the last 5+ years, we went out to Auntie Annies for beer & AM:PM for food to celebrate the occasion. Thank you to everybody who made the last 5 years interesting & enjoyable, it’s certainly been an experience! We endured the bursting bubble, the threat of redundancy, an MBO and many other things I’m sure. A double thanks to all those who turned up tonight and made my send off special, it really is much appreciated, even if you were all just there to make sure I really left this time (I tried to leave once before, in August 2001, it got as far as the card going round the office…but I was convinced other wise at the last moment!)

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Time for pasture new.

UPDATE: Jonny has posted some pictures here: http://www.jfrancey.com/cpg134/thumbnails.php?album=46