Walking home today from dropping my son at school, it suddenly started to rain very hard. I hadn’t got far to go and I upped my pace to get home as quickly as possible. Until that is I ran into someone’s inconsiderate reversing.
Our road is reasonably busy as it’s an access road for the surrounding side roads. At certain times of day it can be difficult to get out of the drive especially if you are reversing. Some people drive onto their drives and others reverse on, I guess it’s personal preference. I don’t generally have any strong views on what anyone else does, but I tend to drive on as I find it less hassle (I don’t often need to drive during rush hour).
A lady up the road was reversing onto her drive, even though I was already in sight. She’d been looking out for other cars, but hadn’t considered pedestrians. I got wetter while I waited. There was no apology. I can get that she might have missed seeing me to begin with, but in my brightly coloured coat there was no missing me later. The apology was missing though.
I was not impressed, but it got me thinking on the subject. It can be difficult to avoid splashing through puddles in the car. It’s ok if the road is quiet and there’s plenty of room, but sometimes you have to go through the puddle because of oncoming traffic and sometimes you can’t slow down in time not to send up a big splash. As a pedestrian I tend to walk as far from the kerb as possible in wet weather, but it’s becoming more of an issue as our roads fall into a greater state of disrepair because of council budget cuts. Road maintenance is not top priority.
I’ve been playing Snatch over the last few days and to be honest I’m about to delete it from my phone. It’s been a big disappointment.
I joined up in the hope of earning some great rewards, but to be honest there hasn’t been anything that you couldn’t easily get elsewhere. I had a free month’s NOW TV membership (with quite a short closing date) and a £5 to spend at Prezzy Box, but these are hardly exclusive deals and £5 is nothing really. There are apparently bigger prizes on offer, but I suspect there aren’t many of those around. Mostly what I have won is coins and gems which I can use in the game. To be honest this wouldn’t have been a deal breaker if I had enjoyed the game.
Another annoying thing is having your parcels snatched. Now I appreciate that is part of the game and I fully expect to have a few parcels snatched here and there, but when someone decides it would be ‘fun’ to clean you out of parcels, it’s frankly a bit irritating. It’s also annoying, and borderline picking on someone really, if you take parcel after parcel off one individual, one after the other in a few minutes. There are ways to defend yourself, but they cost a lot of coins generally so it isn’t always feasible to do. It’s put me right off playing as I think there are a couple of natural bullies in my area. Obviously, it isn’t in their interests to put off other local players, but I don’t know if that point has occurred to them. Well they will just have to find someone new to snatch parcels off in future, but I don’t suppose new users will stick around for long either.
Snatch seems like a great concept, but it’s not really working out in practice for me.