Avoiding Charity Muggers

Flaming Charity Muggers!!

My wife and I took a leisurely walk to Southampton wednesday to make the most of the nice weather.

We hadn’t been in the city centre five minutes before a charity mugger or “Chugger” jumped us demanding a minute of our time for some unnamed charity.

We hurried past mumbling “no thank you” and ran straight into another one, who was holding out a leaflet expecting us to grab it and use it as a tool to initiate communication.

After narrowly escaping that one, we trained our eyes into the middle distance scouting for others, hopefully sporting distinctive jackets and clipboards.

I resented being forced to scan the crowds around us for the ever present charity muggers, and we needed to zig zag down the street to avoid more of them.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand these people are just doing their jobs and I know that they are apparently performing a great service for their charity of choice, I just believe they shouldn’t be allowed to jump you in the street, pouring out guilt trips and demanding your bank details.

The fact that some of these people are on commission and so do not have the charity’s best interests at heart is another reason to dislike their tactics.

After a nice walk around town and a brief stop in the park to rest our legs, we made our way home where I cracked out my copy of Grand Theft Auto 5 and spent an hour trying to install it, failing miserably as the install option didn’t appear on the dashboard.

My wife suggested that maybe I could try running the install disc and see if it installs automatically, (which I didn’t do thinking I knew better).

Turns out that once again she was spot on and her suggestion that I tried as a last resort worked a charm and soon I was playing the game!.

I will definitely have to listen to her advice sooner in the future! the game was even better considering the fact that I didn’t have to pay for it thanks to some trade ins I made!.

Well, time to do some writing before I go back to the Xbox!.

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Costa, Clothes and Friends

coffeeNot long been in after a busy day in town.

Today we met up with an old school friend of mine in one of the local Costa Coffees in Southampton.

It has been quite a while since we last saw each other, and in that time both of us got married!.

We all had a great time chatting about marriage, games and cats over an iced americano.

After we parted ways, agreeing to meet up again soon, Tracey and I visited Matalan to get her a new blouse, CEX and GAME to window shop (and yes, for me to look longingly at Grand Theft Auto 5!).

After that,we met up with a couple of other friends and went back to Costa for another Iced Coffee and a catch up!.

Finally, we went into the local Buyology store and bought two large boxes to start to store the contents of our kitchen in when it gets replaced (see here) and caused the shelf to collapse when we pulled the boxes out!.

So all in all, a productive and enjoyable day (even if we did scare the shop assistant half to death when the shelf collapsed!).