Tales From the Bitface (Posts about driving)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:54 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssVenturing Out: A Status Report from Hackneyhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/19/venturing-out-a-status-report-from-hackney/Martin McCallion<p>I had cause to go to Westfield in Stratford the other day. It looked like this at about noon:</p> <p><a href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_3608-1-scaled.jpeg”><img src=”https://devilgate.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_3608-1-scaled.jpeg” class=”aligncenter size-full” alt=”IMG 3608” width=”1857” height=”1392” title=”IMG_3608.jpeg”></a></p> <p>The Levis shop was open. I was picking up some jeans that had been in for repair. That’s a good note for when this is all over, incidentally. If your Levis wear into holes or get torn, most of their shops offer a repair service now. They may have done for years; I only learned about it a month or so back. But it means that for significantly less than a new pair of jeans, I have <em>two</em> good-as-new pairs, including the ones which were <em>already</em> my favourites. One antidote to fast fashion.</p> <p>There was almost no-one around, and no-one was getting very close to anyone. In Lakeland I was able to get a refill (really, replacement) for one of our SodaStream CO<sub>2</sub> cylinders. But they didn’t have any new ones. It seems unlikely that those have been panic-bought, but <em>I</em> was thinking of getting an extra one in case it becomes hard to get replacements, so others might have been ahead of me.</p> <p>In and out within half an hour, and the parking was the least I’ve ever paid at Westfield: £3. I wouldn’t normally drive if I wasn’t buying much, but getting on the Overground would have been the opposite of social distancing.</p> <p>Or maybe not, if it had been as empty as the mall.</p> <p>But just yesterday I gave my daughter a lift to a friend’s house — same idea, avoid the bus — and up in Stamford Hill at around 4:30pm it was really busy with pedestrians. A lot of cars on the road, too. Maybe that was normal or less than, for that time on a Tuesday, though.</p> <p>Dropped into the wee Sainsbury’s on the way back. No fresh fruit or veg at all. Most tinned goods and bread gone — no toilet rolls, obviously — plenty of snacks and crisps, surprisingly. Either panic-buyers prefer healthy options, or Sainsbury’s are quicker at getting unhealthy supplies back.</p> <p>I have to confess to feeling a small amount of smugness at having stocked up over the last year or so. Brexit was the initial trigger, but I soon realised that having a supply of non-perishable items is actually pretty useful. If you can afford to buy a bit extra from time to time, and you’ve got the space to store it all, of course.</p> <p>On the other hand, meals are going to get dull really fast without a regular supply of fresh things.</p> <p>But if that’s the most we have to worry about, we’re doing better than many. I hope you are coping OK, dear reader.</p> coronaviruscovid-19drivingjeanslevismusingsainsbury’sshoppingwestfieldhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/19/venturing-out-a-status-report-from-hackney/Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:24:12 GMT