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Monday, April 17, 2006

To do nothing

So I took my camera with me on my long long train ride up north for another interview.
It was a lovely blue-skied day, and I yawned and blinked as I watched the sun rising over the station platform. My shoulders were aching, carrying my knapsack laden with forms, certificates and chocolate bars.

Finally, the train rumbled into the station, red and white striped on the outside and the inside smelling of coffee.

Across from me sat a brown-haired woman, reading from a large book that had "Open University" on the dust cover. She sipped slowly from a large can of Extra-Strong Lager. Sip. Sip. Sip. In 3 hours she had sipped through 6 cans of Extra-Strong Lager (purchased from the dining car of the train) and 3 bottles of Guinness (appeared from out of her handbag). It was only 9am by then.

There were tracks in the green fields where the tractors had trundled through. There were tracks in the trainyards where emptry carriages sat, yellow and uniform. There were tracks in my mind, my thoughts following them in a circle.

"Get it together. Get it together. Get it together."

I squeezed my eyes shut, and opened them and saw wagtails sitting and swinging on telephone wires, black-faced spring lambs prancing across a grassy knoll, an orange-jacketed man leaning on his broom and watching a squirrel, a group of candy coloured girls on candy coloured vespas, an old man sitting on a bench with his eyes shut, enjoying the sun.

The train pulled into my destination with a screech and a whistle. It was a ten minute walk to the hospital where I had my twenty minute interview and was back again on the train platform in less than an hour from my arrival.

An elderly man shifted in his seat, trying to get comfortable. He caught my eye and smiled. "The National Rail is supposed to have more money this year, but I never see it spent in this part of the country. This is like the land God forgot."

I watched as the train pulled away from the grey city, clouds gathering ominously over it. My mobile phone rang, and I listened as the medical staffing officer rabbitted on about "first reserve" and "sincere apologies".

The ride home was long and quiet.

4 Comments:

Blogger jadeite said...

:(

at least you're trying... :) keep going, God will send you the right posting! will be praying for you!

10:54 am  
Blogger tscd said...

jadeite: Thanks for the encouragement!

2:11 am  
Blogger Julie said...

I am sure someone will soon see what they are missing by not taking you on.

Good luck!

5:44 am  
Anonymous Lynn said...

hey keep on going, I am too looking for a job and I drove like 4 hrs to Cheshire, 2 hrs early for my interview and after a 45 mins interview back 6 hrs on the road and then get rejected 2 days later..oh well that is life...perserverance :)

7:16 pm  

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