Lessons from my day:

if you find a 4 hour, unticketed, close-to-where-you-need-to-go park that seems too good to be true, it probably is;

no matter how long you stand in front of non-automatic doors they will not open themselves;

people who have been doing the same boring job for at least twenty years are bored and do not feel like helping you;

cornice trough is not easily dropped into a conversation;

you know when I was bleating about always coming second – yeah, well, coming second is better than not being placed – I tell you, these last two months I have had more rejections than I can count, though given current circumstances they don’t worry me all that much;

banks will think nothing of dishonouring your cheques even if you have been a customer of theirs for over twenty years, and they will charge you $30 for the privilege;

you can be too polite.

Also, today my grandfather is 92. I gave him Haigh’s ginger chocolates (dark and light – 100 grams of each) which leads me to another lesson – no matter how much you tell yourself you won’t be buying a chocolate frog for yourself, you will.