... or memorising π (pi) to 100 decimal places.
It is Saturday 6th July! The fbbs are both taking the train London-wards.
Mrs fbb was off to a prayer and bible study day at Wimbledon, so a day return was the obvious answer. All fares quoted are after the old codgers card deduction.
Once he had said a fond farewell to "The Mrs", fbb would continue to the Metropolis to begin his planned jolly for the day, returning thence to join the good lady wife for a togetherness return journey.
And it was twice £16.15 all the way to Waterloo and back.
But, belay that order Mister. There are complications. fbb was intending to do a goodly chunk of bus travel and that would be FREE with his oap card. But then what happens if he needs to catch an Undergound train having been delayed bus-wise? Now that's a minimum of £4 a journey.
Then there was the London Victoria mystery.
Fortunately fbb went to Axminster the day before travel and saught solace from the nice Southwest Trains ticket barista.
It transpires that the twice £16.15 option had vanished into the ether, being tickets "on allocation". There is nothing obvious on the web site to tell you this. Because fbb had failed to book early enough the cheap option was now more expensive than the off peak day return. Had fbb booked far enough in advance his cheapo options would have been more cheapo.
Wotta lotta ry.
But, in the end, the stress and confusion was all pointless as the best option was the "normal" option; off peak day returns all round with travelcard add-on for fbb.
But just look at the list of Standard (no first class considered) fares once again:-
So why does the infernal machine churn out these irrelevances? Why can't we simply have the only fares that apply under the search criteria?
Or are the Railways secretly hoping that poor confused old aged pensioners will pay more than they need?
Let us rest our tortured souls and enjoy Axminster in the past; a spam-can and its train makes its way to Exeter, whist the dieselised Lyme Regis branch train waits for connecting passengers.
Tomorrow, fbb begins his London day in earnest.