The Best Way to Waste Time. Ever.

Darlene over at Roses Over a Cottage Door posted a picture of a London Blue Plaque that her mate (?) made for her. Thankfully she also included the link to so I could waste um…I mean spend all morning making plaques for friends–most of which can’t be displayed here to protect the guilty.

So I decided to commemorate the time I spent living in London in 1992. I worked as a front desk clerk at the Sydney House Hotel in Chelsea, but I shared a room with three others and a kitchen with 27 others in the BUNAC Hostel on Store Street just off of Tottenham Court Road. It was just up the street from Senate House at the University of London and just a stone’s throw from Charing Cross Road.

I have no idea who the startled businessman is.

These glasses were pretty bad, even for 1992.
I look like the character that Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) plays in Extras.

16 thoughts on “The Best Way to Waste Time. Ever.

  1. Darlene December 9, 2009 / 11:35 am

    Thomas! You've done an amazing job and I'm so glad that you enjoyed making plaques for your friends. I'm going to make one for my locker at work and stick it in one of those magnetic frames. Can't wait to show my husband your creation!


  2. Stefanie December 9, 2009 / 11:41 am

    Very nice blue plaque! I was in London on vacation about 10 years ago and loved all those plaques.


  3. Ti December 9, 2009 / 12:00 pm

    I didn't laugh at all until I saw that Extras pic. Okay, you looked a little like him. I had some glasses like that too back then, but I prefer to block that out. You must have had a blast sharing a kitchen with 27 people.


  4. Amanda December 9, 2009 / 12:15 pm

    I think I need a blue plaque outside my office….Making one on lunch!


  5. Margaret Evans Porter December 9, 2009 / 12:55 pm

    Oh, you are an evil man, but I like you anyway. We're always on a Blue Plaque quest. Making my own will be a dangerous, dangerous hobby.

    But thanks, anyway, for the link and the inspiration!


  6. savidgereads December 9, 2009 / 1:39 pm

    What a delightful post and what a brilliant link for the blue plaques. I just made one fro my Gran she will be thrilled.


  7. mel u December 9, 2009 / 4:52 pm

    I just made a blue plaque link for my wife-really fun link-thanks-Started Cat's Eye Last night


  8. Thomas at My Porch December 9, 2009 / 9:16 pm

    Darlene: This could be hours of fun. Thank you for the post on your blog.

    Stefanie: Maybe it is time to make your own…

    Ti: Have you seen Extras? It is hilarious. Not only 27 people but quite the state of the art facility as well.

    Amanda: I want to see yours when you finish it.

    Margaret: You wear so many hats, you will have many to make.

    Simon: I hope she likes it.

    Mel: It has been years since I read Cat's Eye. I feel like I need to re-read all my Atwood.


  9. Lorin December 9, 2009 / 9:17 pm

    Ah, yes. I remember that haircut well. All the boys I had crushes on at the time had it.

    I've never seen the blue plaque, but I love the church sign generator. I have wasted quite a bit of time playing with that one.


  10. theliterarystew December 10, 2009 / 5:57 am

    What a fun post! Oh, yes I do remember all the guys having that hair-do but yeah those glasses are old-fashioned even for 1992! Must have been great to live in London for a time.


  11. Mary December 10, 2009 / 7:02 am

    Delurking to say that I was living in London at the very same time.

    But we didn't meet. I would remember those glasses!


  12. Thomas at My Porch December 10, 2009 / 10:08 am

    Lorin: I have seen the results of the church sign machine but have never played with it myself.

    LitStew and Mary: They were only my second pair of glasses. I think I bought them because I remembered them fondly from the 1980s–not realizing how out of style they were. The funny thing I got them right before I worked in England and got rid of them soon after I returned home. I am just glad I didn't realize how awful they were until I could afford a new pair. I am not sure what my NHS card would have gotten me while still in London.


  13. Nan December 10, 2009 / 12:59 pm

    Isn't that the coolest thing!
    By the way, I keep meaning to say that I am amazed at all you have read. And you still write your blog, and visit other blogs, and travel, and a million other things, I'm sure. Wow!


  14. Thomas at My Porch December 10, 2009 / 6:33 pm

    Nan: It is fun isn't it. As for my productivity, my secret is only working three days a week and having no kids. Next week I begin fulltime again. We will see what I manage then.


  15. novelinsights December 12, 2009 / 4:30 pm

    Oh wonderful, I want one now! You must have loved working so near to all those books on Charing Cross Road.


  16. Thomas at My Porch December 12, 2009 / 5:10 pm

    Novel Insights: Well I couldn't really afford to buy many. I did, however, buy my first Virago second hand at one of those stores (Vita Sackville-West's All Passions Spent)


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