Monday, October 22, 2007

Not Living Along the Central Line

There are pros and cons about living in the Buckinghamshire countryside and having to commute into London every day.

I took this picture at seven thirty this morning from my study. Other than changing its size for uploading, the photograph is unaltered. I don't recall a similar view from my flat Along the Central Line.

Definitely one of the pros of living in the country.

One of the cons is that I am almost at the stage of giving up on the idea of getting on the Central Line (eastbound) at Oxford Circus in the morning rush hour. It is a total pain and I usually end up letting at least one train go.

When I lived out at the Western extremities of the line, I had a simple rule- if I couldn't get a seat, I didn't get on. In more years than I care to think about, you could count on your fingers the number of times I let a train go, so as to not break my little rule.


Anne said...

I was commuting down the Uxbridge branch into work this morning when I was also presented with the beautiful sky. Ruislip might not be proper countryside, but one can still appreciate the similar view as we pass by the local parks.

I'm starting to see the cons of living on this side of London though... when I work all the way on Stratford group! I don't like having to fight my way through the crowds at Liverpool Street. :(

Central User said...

You are of course correct, but I am determined to find no reason to regret sometimes have to get up at stupid o'clock to go to early morning meetings out East.

I haven't yet had to make it early to Stratford since making the move- I used to grumble about the zillion stops on the Central Line, but I think the Jubilee gets a bit painful from Baker Street all the way to the end of the line.