Almost 11 years ago, I was on the Northern Line, underground, heading south to work. The train was, as usual, near capacity as it was close to 9am. Suddenly the driver told us that we wouldn't be stopping at the next station as there had been some sort of power surge. Everyone groaned in the realisation that now we'd all be late for work. Shortly afterwards he apologised but said that we wouldn't be stopping at the next stop either. Cue more moaning. Later he announced that we wouldn't be stopping at the following stop either! People then began to smile in the disbelief of what was happening. What was going on? Were we all going to end up in Morden?!
Finally we stopped and were unloaded at London Bridge. Later I realised what had happened. It was 7/7 and I was one of the lucky ones.
I was not a fan of the Northern Line anyway. Sod this for a game of soldiers I thought, so I bought a bike. I enjoy exercising and this was the push I needed to do more of it. It's sod's law that within a few months I ended up in hospital for four days owing to a cycling accident on the way home. Thank my wife that I was wearing a helmet. Kind of ironic that I would have been better off staying on the tube...
Cycling from North London to the City is possible. Tiring and dangerous, but possible.
From Surrey it's not. So I've been a South West Trains captive for the last few years but as I worked at Moorgate I was able to walk to and from Waterloo and avoid the Tube. What a lovely way to wake up and wind down every day. Plus with an hour's walking every day I didn't have to do much more exercise.
Having recently moved to Canary Wharf, however, walking from Waterloo is no longer an option, so I'm back on the tube. Now I know the chances of being involved in a terror attack on the tube is less than winning the lottery but there's still that nagging thought. I was almost caught up in the last one so does that make my chances less likely? No I don't think so. I recently read about a guy who was in Boston when the bombs went off there, and in Paris and Brussels when the atrocities happened there. Personally I'd like to know where he is at all times so I can make sure I'm somewhere else....
My wife might have the view that when your time is up your time is up, but I don't.
I plan to be around for, well, forever. Although that may not, apparently, be realistic it's a good target and it's a target my kids want me to have.
All of the above makes the case for flexible working and working from or close to home even more appealing. My father used to work a 5-min drive from home and that, I must say, is a very attractive thought.
I could, of course, just move to Mousehole (real place in the deepest darkest Cornwall) as this place must be quite low down on the target list but for now, it looks like I'll just have to keep my eyes open and take my chances.