After the last post, I curled up in bed and whinged for a solid two days. I couldn't even bring myself to internet, so lucky for you, you avoided the unnecessary dramz about my imminent demise during that time.
As soon as I was recovered enough, I went out and had someone chop my hair into a long bob to give me something else to obsess over. I cut off a great whack of hair in 2010 and regretted it almost instantaneously, but this time I'm sticking with a cautious 'is this a thing an old person would do? but I think I like it' type line. Ask me again in a week when I've been unable to style it myself and thoroughly frustrated by Auckland's hair-unfriendly weather.
I don't even have a picture of it yet for you! You poor things, you're really missing out.
Oh, I know, I have a public transport parable for you! Listen, all ye mighty, but don't despair:
I caught the Inner Link bus from work to Ponsonby the other night and had that moment as soon as I sat down. You know the one, the moment where you think 'Good grief, of all the seats I might have picked, I've sat down next to the crazy guy' or 'No wonder this was the last seat available'. He was muttering away merrily to himself and taking up more than half the seat. In the vein of all confrontation-averse users of public transportation, I clutched my bag a little tighter and made no eye contact. We were in the seat just ahead of the bus's back door. 7 or 8 stops later, a woman made to get off with a load of supermarkets bags. She dropped something. My seat companion leapt up, leaned over the divider and helped her with her bags while she retrieved the errant item. He made a genial comment to me about how tough it is when you're carrying a lot, then excused himself politely so he could get off at the following stop.
So! No more immediate judgment from me based on someone's mutterings! I will restrict myself to quietly holding my breath when someone is in breach of widely acceptable hygiene standards from this moment on! (Gosh, that sounds kind of sarky but I genuinely felt bad for my snap assessment, I promise!)