Pause & Repeat

Anyone here picked a New Years resolution yet? Thought not. I mean, if you have, I’m not saying you’re wrong…just a bit old fashioned. It might be age talking here. Mine currently says “We’re not going to keep it anyway, so why bother? Let’s have Dry January instead!*”, and I can’t say I always enjoy the “We” bit.

The “We”** isn’t always right. Granted, it knows a lot, but sometimes you want to press “pause” because the “We” temporarily stopped making sense. Likewise, the “We” does not always agree with you.

Take my ever-growing collection of Portal merchandise, for example. It is for all intents and purposes a collection of toys***. And the “We” does not approve of toys. It approves of Joey Essex, and of thick-rimmed glasses that can transform any man into the surreal upper-class avatar of Milhouse Van Houten, but toys? Grow up.

This is not a complaint, however. This sort of judgement is how the individual discerns itself from the “We”. Just as the “We” snorts at my occasional delight in running around with a lit-up piece of plastic, it offers sympathy when the bus doesn’t run on time. It laughs at cat videos. It cheers at a football match. It sings in a drunken nightclub.

In a way, I rather like the “We”. This year more than ever. And it’s getting to the point where a lot of things will change, for HH and me both, which is perhaps why I’ve managed to write an entire post that doesn’t move on with the actual story. Fact is I’m uncertain about where I’ll be writing from, in a year or so.

The “We”, I think, agrees. It’s time for a brave new world this year- Time Lords/Time Anomalies included. The “We”, for now, seems rather comforting.

Whatever the hell that means,


*Dry January is when you stop drinking alcohol for the entirety of January. Unless it’s a special occasion/a weekend/some-other-excuse-that-you-previously-reserved-for-breaking-the New-Year’s-resolution. As with Movember, it is a fairly pointless subject most of us, because it depends purely on whether you fancy it or not at any given time during those four weeks.

**Not to be mistaken for the Wii, because that gets enough stick from self-entitled “mature gamers” as it is…

***Anyone who collects this kind of thing and tells you otherwise is kidding themselves. No matter much intellectual capacity has been harnessed in order to create such things, you own them mostly because they look cool.


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