As many of you know, for the last 5 years I have been a self-employed taxi driver . About a month ago, during the really hot weather, my alternator burnt out, cooking the engine at the same time. The engine had been running rough for a while anyway so it was only a matter of time before it gave up the ghost. Fortunately for me I was in my drive when it happened and not out on the road somewhere. As the repair would not have been cost effective, the car was sold for scrap. This left me without a car and an income. In a funny way, the timing couldn't have been better. My annual licences would have been due for renewal at the end of this month. By breaking down when I did I saved myself an unnecessary expense. Today I started a new job. It's only part time hours for now but there is always a chance the job will "evolve" in time. A change of job means a change in routine. For the last 5 years I have been able to potter pretty much as and when I felt the inclination. From now on my opportunities will be limited to mornings and weekends. That will take a lot of getting used to as I'm not by all accounts a morning person. With the advent of darker evenings and cooler temperatures, the mornings will be the ideal time to get jobs done. As long as I pace myself I'm sure it's something I could get used to. Happy Days. G.