Monday, September 20, 2010

Pulling One's Self Up by the Bootstraps

The term boot when referring to computers is short for the bootstrap process. The concept of starting out with nothing and at the end of it getting a fully functional computer. (It was thought to be as easy as being able to pick yourself up off the floor as pulling hard enough on the straps of your boots.)
I feel like I am going through the same process in moving to London. They do not want anyone to arrive at student housing until Saturday. Since I am arriving Saturday night it gives me one day to become familiar with a completely new area where I don't know any of the store chains to buy the things I need that won't fit in my two suitcases before school starts on Monday. Then I learned that the Subway workers are going on strike that day. Luckily one of my pieces of luggage is a folding bike.
I thought to create a list of the things that are most important that first day, and what I have been using that I am currently taking for granted. The stuff that I will need to start with is so I can wake up the next morning for school. I hate eating fast food but spending all my time buying plates and pans isn't a good use of time. Really the top thing on the list is SIM card for my phone. With the built in GPS it will do the best job of making sure I don't get lost. From there it is bedding and toiletries. I also need to get a power adapter for my clock (It is the only thing that plugs in that I can not just use a plug adapter for.)
I figure that during the first week I can visit charity shops (I figure I might as well get in the habit of using new terms.) and fill out my kitchen needs. It is still up in the air if I will succeed or spectacularly fail (I would consider getting lost in the latter category) but that will need to be in a future post.

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