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The Success Token

Posted on 2005/11/17 06:54:12 (November 2005).

[Wednesday 16th November]
Today at the office was a stark contrast from the incredible frustration of the previous day. As is often the way of software (which I know now is a living entity and from time to time decides it hates me), today everything just suddenly started working with an air of "I don't know what all the fuss was about". At my previous company a colleague of mine used to talk about "the success token" in situations like this, and clearly the previous day somebody was hogging it greedily, whereas today it had been released for general use. I felt I could actually hold my head up amongst my fellow colleagues now, and began to think perhaps I am capable of doing this job after all.

As my colleague (who usually gives me a lift back to the hotel) needed to stay on late, I opted to get back under my own steam. I didn't execute this plan particularly well, and ended up waiting a very long time on a frosty night for a bus. Not a great idea given that I appear to have the beginnings of a cold (sore throat etc). Unfortunately this long wait in the cold seemed to spoil my recently improved mood somewhat.

I attempted to compensate for this upon getting back to the viccinity of my hotel by going out for some Indian food. I had a jolly nice sag aloo, and something with paneer, plus a glass of red wine which seemed somehow appropriate. After this I felt better again.

Food does seem to have a very strong effect on my mood. If I eat badly I can become very miserable indeed (for example the steak house two weeks prior), but eating well, like tonight, seems to be able to cheer me up no end.

The poppadoms at this place were grilled, not fried. This immediately reminded me of sitting in Mum's kitchen, which also put a smile on my face. It is a little bizarre to think that "exotic" food like Indian cuisine would serve to alleviate my home sickness!

Comment 1

Sorry but it's stronger than me...

You fel at home it's proper typical classic British food!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

As for food making me feel better I agree completely. It's another little life vest that I require every now and then...

Posted by Lox at 2005/11/17 08:36:40.

Comment 2

The previous entry is lacking a "because"...

Posted by Lox at 2005/11/17 09:39:45.

Comment 3

A nice culinary treat is always a good remedy to cheer you up. Perhaps the whole philosophy consists in three commandments: 1) Eat well. 2) Have a good laugh as often as possible. 3) make love (not compulsery but strongly advised).

Posted by Sheri at 2005/11/17 18:39:34.

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