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Punting preparation thoughts

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Had to laugh reading May's blog. As a persistent offender, I find that the only way to be on time for a punt is to take the whole day out and work from home, thus allowing myself time to change my mind about everything I'm wearing at least twice, shave the five o'clock shadow off again, plus a bit extra built in for disasters like the last cup of coffee on your shirt.

I have done a day's work and gone on from there but that's asking for trouble as work never runs so smoothly that you get out at the planned time. Then the tube runs late or badly and you get the first "where are you call". You are, of course, 70 feet under London so you don't get the call. Even with the best will in the world, a following wind and luck on my side, I am always late so imagine my surprise at being first to a meeting a few weeks ago and actually being the one to make that call:)

My wife is the opposite and will be ready an hour in advance for most things. She gets it from her father. On one occasion, going to meet his father in the country, he arrived at the terminus so early he caught the train before the one he had planned and turned up an hour early. His father was waiting for him.

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I have to set my clock 5 minutes ahead so I run (kind of) on time.

Disaster is imminent, someone's at the station and I've just spilled my coke over the bedsheets was yesterday.

5-10 minutes late is never really a problem, especially with crazy roads and unpredictable traffic in London, it's just 'one of those things'. Too much later may be a pain in my schedule though!

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Had 2 punts in London last week, first one near Marble Arch, train and tube, 3 changes on tube even stopped off at Earls Court for flowers, got there with 15 mins to spare. Second punt in S.Kens. train and tube direct, S.Kens a lot nearer. I left the house at the same time but got there with no time to spare and breathless, as opposed to being breathless when I leave. Trouble with train signals and congestion on the tube at Earls Court.

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Had to laugh reading May's blog. As a persistent offender, I find that the only way to be on time for a punt is to take the whole day out and work from home, thus allowing myself time to change my mind about everything I'm wearing at least twice, shave the five o'clock shadow off again, plus a bit extra built in for disasters like the last cup of coffee on your shirt.

I have done a day's work and gone on from there but that's asking for trouble as work never runs so smoothly that you get out at the planned time. Then the tube runs late or badly and you get the first "where are you call". You are, of course, 70 feet under London so you don't get the call. Even with the best will in the world, a following wind and luck on my side, I am always late so imagine my surprise at being first to a meeting a few weeks ago and actually being the one to make that call:)

My wife is the opposite and will be ready an hour in advance for most things. She gets it from her father. On one occasion, going to meet his father in the country, he arrived at the terminus so early he caught the train before the one he had planned and turned up an hour early. His father was waiting for him.

yes best is to have plenty of time beforehand. work days much more difficult but easier to hide the punting time. week-end is best if I can make the time available. if its a hotel outcall, choosing and booking the hotel takes time, I will arrange to bring my cds, laptop and speakers for some music, good massage oil [ which the girls seldom have for reasons I do not understand ] , fresh clothes and spares, organise the cash, get a bottle of wine/ sparkly, choose and agree everything with the lady-- jeez, I'm knackered already.!

most important thing is that time devoted to preparation ,also allows time to concentrate on the gig and therefore builds up the appetite.:)

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I will arrange to bring my cds, laptop and speakers for some music, good massage oil [ which the girls seldom have for reasons I do not understand ] , fresh clothes and spares, organise the cash, get a bottle of wine/ sparkly, choose and agree everything with the lady-- jeez, I'm knackered already.!

Jesus Christ - I thought I made it complicated but cds, speakers? I couldn't take that level of stress - what if I chose the wrong music ffs? - I would have to go and buy some more and still worry about it.

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Jesus Christ - I thought I made it complicated but cds, speakers? I couldn't take that level of stress - what if I chose the wrong music ffs? - I would have to go and buy some more and still worry about it.

you get out, what you put in--- I think !:)

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you get out, what you put in--- I think !:)

I agree with that;)

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What has amazed me a time or three is the shock horror sometimes caused by arriving 5 minutes early or late. Usually directly proportional to the difficulty of directions given.

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best laid plans and all that

book a appointment for 1 hours hence at parlour 40 minutes away.

go to bank. FUCK, the cash machine is bust

go to next bank. get cash.

Hmmm not enough diesel.

so turn up just on time after driving like a maniac.

grrrrrrr

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best laid plans and all that

book a appointment for 1 hours hence at parlour 40 minutes away.

go to bank. FUCK, the cash machine is bust

go to next bank. get cash.

Hmmm not enough diesel.

so turn up just on time after driving like a maniac.

grrrrrrr

Yeah, that sounds familiar Kink.:D

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Had to laugh reading May's blog. As a persistent offender, I find that the only way to be on time for a punt is to take the whole day out and work from home, thus allowing myself time to change my mind about everything I'm wearing at least twice, shave the five o'clock shadow off again, plus a bit extra built in for disasters like the last cup of coffee on your shirt.

I have done a day's work and gone on from there but that's asking for trouble as work never runs so smoothly that you get out at the planned time. Then the tube runs late or badly and you get the first "where are you call". You are, of course, 70 feet under London so you don't get the call. Even with the best will in the world, a following wind and luck on my side, I am always late so imagine my surprise at being first to a meeting a few weeks ago and actually being the one to make that call:)

My wife is the opposite and will be ready an hour in advance for most things. She gets it from her father. On one occasion, going to meet his father in the country, he arrived at the terminus so early he caught the train before the one he had planned and turned up an hour early. His father was waiting for him.

I always allow for the unexpected to occur which usually means i am early, so early earlier this year that i run my battery down and had to flag a car down to make the punt on time.

I ensure i have my own towel, soap, lube, condoms, tissues, wipes, underarm deodarant, spray deodarant, fresh breath spray, toothpaste, flossettes and water. My view is dont rely on others to provide these things although the overwhelming majority of ladies do provide most of these items.

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I tend to leave for the punt 4 days beforehand and then sleep rough on the streets in order not to be late.

I call 3 hours early and ask if the WG can let me in to use her shower etc and use the time wisely to spruce up, ignoring the ecstatic cries emanating from her boudoir and gargling sotto voce, so that at the appointed second I am bright and sparkling like a new pin!

Strangely enough, I have no regulars!

:D

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Yeah, that sounds familiar Kink.:D

Or the complete blinking opposite for me the other week, turn up with half an hour to spare. There are only so many times you can wander round the same neighbourhood. I even got out a tube stop early and walked the rest.

I got the early bug from my old boss. Used to work in promotions so it was good practice to turn up early to wrangle talent. I used to flap and be late for most things now I'm like the three little pigs at the fair.

My prep is mostly rechecking I've got the cash and handling my nerves. Trying to appear calm and collected while really I'm a snow globe on a spin dryer.

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best laid plans and all that

book a appointment for 1 hours hence at parlour 40 minutes away.

go to bank. FUCK, the cash machine is bust

go to next bank. get cash.

Hmmm not enough diesel.

so turn up just on time after driving like a maniac.

grrrrrrr

the story of my later punting years.

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I get in to such a flap if I am late even for silly things that I think I may have a hidden problem.....

I set my clock in the bedroom 20mins fast which annoys everyone and I always get the earlier train incase the one before is late......:D

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I get in to such a flap if I am late even for silly things that I think I may have a hidden problem.....

I set my clock in the bedroom 20mins fast which annoys everyone and I always get the earlier train incase the one before is late......:D

You dont use the middlesborough - whitby line then. there are only 4 a day!

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Or the complete blinking opposite for me the other week, turn up with half an hour to spare. There are only so many times you can wander round the same neighbourhood. I even got out a tube stop early and walked the rest.

I got the early bug from my old boss. Used to work in promotions so it was good practice to turn up early to wrangle talent. I used to flap and be late for most things now I'm like the three little pigs at the fair.

My prep is mostly rechecking I've got the cash and handling my nerves. Trying to appear calm and collected while really I'm a snow globe on a spin dryer.

Dont you get funny looks from the locals when you have walked round the block a couple of times. I must admit Ive seen a lot more of London since I started punting, its allmost a pedestrian version of the knowledge.

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you get out, what you put in--- I think !:D

Well it is attached :D

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I ensure i have my own towel, soap, lube, condoms, tissues, wipes, underarm deodarant, spray deodarant, fresh breath spray, toothpaste, flossettes and water. My view is dont rely on others to provide these things although the overwhelming majority of ladies do provide most of these items.

* sits and reflects on whether I'm taking this punting lark seriously enough * :D

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* sits and reflects on whether I'm taking this punting lark seriously enough * :D

Being an anorak with a bit of OCD thrown in i have to be prepared, and it has on ocassion paid off.:D;)

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I only bought a sat nav as I was sick of getting lost en route and turning up late.

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I ensure i have my own towel, soap, lube, condoms, tissues, wipes, underarm deodarant, spray deodarant, fresh breath spray, toothpaste, flossettes and water. My view is dont rely on others to provide these things although the overwhelming majority of ladies do provide most of these items.

Yes it's good to be prepaired - I have a small travel towel to mop my brow it gets steemy and avoid the excuse of a break of action. And yes Mr G sat nav for first time location is vital.:rolleyes:

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A ritual operation is put in place every time I see an escort, things like get there early and walk about the place to get to know the locality etc, whilst killing time.

Always catch the bus or train early in case the appointed one is late, or does not arrive.

Carry extra money in case you lose the first lot.

Write the adress down twice in case you loose the first piece of paper, even though you have allready checked it on google, and used the A-Z.

Make sure you have the perfect excuse to use in case you see anyone you know in the wrong area.

Then when the day comes of the appointment, you know what the procedure is, and having gone through the ritual at least twice, you are fairly confident you will survive the trip.

:rolleyes:

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Carry extra money in case you lose the first lot.

:D

Just butterfingers, or do you punt in Peckham?

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