Monday, March 7, 2011

Deliverance needed part II (The party)

So I went to London over the weekend. Loh a girlfriend from undergrad was throwing a party for her one year old Ka. Loh loves parties. If she could throw a party every month, she would.

I needed a trip to London like I needed a tooth drill.
But I knew (i)she would appreciate friends being there for her (ii) I still had leftover guilty conscience from missing her wedding (iii)It sounded like fun (iv)It was an opportunity to recruit her Nigerian women friends for my impending dissertation. (Hey, this is a shout out - if you know any Nigerian woman living in the UK, who is pregnant or was pregnant within 2009 till date and is willing to chat about her pregnancy, pls send me an email!).
Her house was filled with family members and guests who were sleeping over. At last count we were 14. 6 children and 8 adults. I had to sleep in the living room with another girlfriend S. She chose a half inflated air bed to sleep in (warning, if someone tells you its as comfy as a water-bed, punch em!). I slept on the sofa with a duvet cover.
I was woken up at 6am by a voice coming from somewhere in the house. A female voice saying her prayers very loud. The prayers lasted a good 60mins. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t sleep, I could only listen echoing her Amens. I have forgotten all about Nigerian pentecostal-type loud prayers…sigh.
7.25 am - Loh came downstairs with bleary eyes, complaining about the wake-up prayers. It seems Aunty Prayer was a newbie to Britain (36 hrs old in UK) so she is yet to acclimatize. lol. Talk about neighbors making a complaint to the police.

Kids, kids everywhere. Crying, asking pesky questions. Making a mess. Being kids.

9am - Loh and I corn-rowed her older daughter’s hair. Then beaded it. 2hrs. You don't want the stress of corn-rowing a fidgety 2.5 yr old’s hair. Suffice to say a pack of chocolate pacifiers finished.
11.30am - Dashed off for a brief Mass at the nearest church with Loh’s brother.
12.30pm - Back again.
12.40pm - Corn rowed Birthday girl’s hair. It was easier cause her hair was short.
1.00pm – Clear out the living rooms. One was for the kids. The other was for the men (Arsenal was playing Birmingham….)
1.20pm - Decorate! Decorate! Pump balloons, stickers, twinklers. A lot of pink and Minnie mouse thingies.
1.55pm - The food arrived – fried rice, jollof rice, egusi, pounded yam, nkwobi and pepper soup. Small chops a.k.a Nigerian style hordoeurves were there – puff puff, mini-meat pies, mini sausage rolls. Lotsa drinks of choice.
2pm - Party officially begins.
2.45pm - Guests start arriving
3.10pm  - S and I shower and dress - We should have just won uniforms cos we were the unofficial ushers....lol
5pm – It’s a full House. Note -that weird phenomena called Nigerian time. Where 2pm means one and a half hours later….
All in all, it was a great party. Birthday girl stayed happy-smiley all day...unlike her.
So the drama of the ticket began later in the evening. I had to return to Durham that Sunday night cause I had a not-to-be-missed class on Monday at 10am.
My train was for 9pm and it gets to Durham at 0.17am. I got it for 20.60pounds. Thank you EastCoast!
I discovered the absence of my railroad pouch containing said return tickets, my rail card, my oyster card at about 6pm. Search, search. Too many guests in the house. Especially the living room where I was convinced the pouch was.
Search, search
6.15pm - Discovered I was missing my flash drive pouch too.
Search search
7.45pm - Found flash drive pouch in Loh bro’s car.
8pm - I should have been on my way to Kings Cross station. But no pouch/ticket.
I thought to keep looking till 9. Maybe take the last train at 10pm which will get me to Durham at 1.50am.
9pm - No dice. More guests had left. Those left tried to help.
9.20pm - Loh’s hubby convinced me to sleep over saying “Everything looks better in the morn”.
10am - Clean and clear after party debris, more searching..
12am – after-party gist with Loh
2am - Bathed in readiness for travel. Slept
5.30am - Nope, It didn't look better in the morning. I gotta go.
5.54am - Off to Woodgreen station
6.03am - Asked the ticket guy about lost and found items. No luck. Bought tube tickets.
6.35am - At King’s cross
6.40am - Checked fast ticket to London – 147 pounds. Didn’t believe my eyes.
6.43am - Went to ticket guy to confirm – yes 147 pounds. With a railcard, 94 pounds. I didn't have 147 pounds. Nor did I have a rail card.
6.44am - Started crying
6.45am - Phone battery gave a croak and died as I tried to call Loh. No charger. No communication. No UK numbers known off hand.
6.50am - Off to Victoria Coach Station
7.15am – Check notice board. First Coach to Newcastle leaves at 9am. Arrives Newcastle - 7hrs after at 15.40. Price 44pounds.
I am definitely going to miss my not-to-be missed class, miss my assignment deadline, give myself some new backache and gotten 56 pounds poorer.
15.14pm – Coach actually drives past Durham. Wtf? And takes me to its scheduled stop 40 mins away in Newcastle. Sigh.
15.56pm - Arrive Newcastle
16.10pm – locate my nearest Bank branch
16.40pm – Take train to Durham
16.56pm - Durham, Durham
17.10pm  -Grocery shopping at Tesco wherein I misplace my ATM card :(.
18.15pm – Finally in my room
18.20pm – Plug in phone
18.40pm – Switch on phone
18.41 pm – msg from Loh – sent at 7.30am – ‘Call me when you get this. We’ve seen your railcard. Hurray!!!
18.55pm - (after smashing my head on the desk) I send a reply – where did you find it?
18.59pm  - Inside the duvet cover you slept in.

I hate myself.










18 comments:

  1. That suuuxxxxxxxxxxx! You were doing a good deed by going to the party and you know what they say....no good deed goes unpunished! You definitely need a vacation after your vacation definitely! I'm sorry it ended so tough. You're due some amazing luck now! I'm hoping it's in the form of a hot man!

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  2. hahahahhahahhahah! Ginger oooo! you need deliverance forreals :p
    atleast it was found. u reaally hv to hold unto these important items especially now u know it's easy to misplace stuff,lol
    u remember i misplaced a purse containing debit cards and rebate cards and raw cash totalling 1000 dollars and i went mad at the rail station, crying and beggin the metro officials to help me find my purse.
    never recovered it but i learnt my lesson after that day :)

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  3. oh no! how horrible.

    Sorry u had such a nasty experience trying to please/make-things-up-to a friend.

    God will give you reason for unending celebration soon.

    Cheers.

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  4. Nooooo! Weekend of horrors! And it started so well with a party!! OMG at 15:14. I bet you're glad all that is over!

    Adiya

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  5. Oh dear, what a horrid start to the week. So sorry, I hope the rest of your week pans out beautifully. Hugs xox

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  6. wow sorry to hear that. That horribly sucks. At least you helped your friend lolo with her daughter's birthday. Hope next weekend is better for you.

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  7. can imagine the annoyance...too bad. Hopefully this week would go well for you

    http://www.strategicchic.com

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  8. Oh Ginger! Sweetheart, I am so sorry. This is the worst thing I've heard in a long time. The frustration! The anxiety! And all for a party you really didn't want to go to in the first place. You deserve some good luck now, Baby!! Love, Mom

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    xx

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  10. Hi hon. I just gave you an award. Go to my blog to claim it xoxo

    Adiya
    http://thecornershopng.blogspot.com

    Yikes! Kitkat beat me to it! lol

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  11. Awwwww. That sucks major balls.Sorry to hear that.
    Wait why are we wanting to talk to ndi di ime? Hmmmm

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  12. I can't even begin to figure out which part of that adventure was my worst nightmare. Congratulations for even surviving.

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  13. Oh man, I really feel your pain...hope the rest of the week went well.

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  14. I have just tagged you in the One Lovely Blog Award. Check my blog to claim it
    http://www.strategicchic.com

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  15. Hmmm, gradually getting close to my 'record', ain't u? Ndo :)

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  16. Update everyone, I had a good week. Thanks to your good wishes. I've replaced the Debit card and my Railcard is on its way back to me.

    @Ifeanyi - Chukwu ekwekwala! dont hex me I beg..lol.

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  17. You really have been absent minded lately.....well all is well that ends well.

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