The kids are back to school,
I guess they don't think it's cool,
After a month of playing the fool,
Now it's back to the whirlpool.
Today was the first day of school and after about a month of being able to leave the house a little later, and still avoid the traffic jam, everything is back to like what it was before. Cars with the parents and their little first day to school kids with their smartly pressed uniforms, clean shoes and new bags walking into the school grounds while their cars are parked along the road.
To avoid getting annoyed unneccesarily, I left the house 10 minutes earlier as I had to pass by three primary schools on my way to work. Secondary schools wouldn't have been so bad as the kids are older and will not necessarily have their parents in tow. I escaped the jam in the first two schools, but was slightly delayed in the third school as by then the parents cars had happily illegally parked at the side of the road reducing our two lane road to one and a half lanes. Of course there's nothing much you can do with one and a half lanes, so you move slowly to avoid any accidents.
Nevertheless, I ended up reaching work early. And although it means that from now onwards, road users will be even more rude and dare devilish, and the journey to and from work will be a bit more painful, it is kind of nice to get back into the groove of things, to get back a sense of normalcy that I feared had disappeared towards the end of the previous year.
Unrelated matters: I received an international text message spam (from Indonesia this time) inviting me to check out a hot dance by an Indonesian supermodel on my phone. Why?