Very Important Poll Results - in now! - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 27th, 2013
08:48 am - Very Important Poll Results - in now!
So it turns out our recycling wasn't collected because the truck goes past at 6:30am and the generic pamphlet on the council website says 'must be out by 8am'. I put ours out at 7am. *sigh* So I guess this means this fortnight's recycling will go in the landfill. At least now we know?
Oh, and we're not allowed to put it out before 8pm the night before either. I'm still waiting to hear back about whether putting a rock on the lid to stop it blowing open will make them not pick it up (since they insist the lid be closed or they won't pick it up and we must also face it in a particular direction - in our case into the wind - or they won't pick it up). This stuff really annoys me, so Dr Wheel has stepped up and offered to deal with the rubbish so that I don't tear my hair out and turn into one of those people who writes Strongly Worded Letters to the Wellingtonian.
He is a nice man. <3
Turns out 24 people answered the questions in my poll, and there was a clear winner among those as to what constitutes normal Saturday morning behaviour. I'm sure you'll be shocked to know that it was sleeping in.
16 of the 24 respondents do this regularly.
18 of the 24 respondents think 'normal people' do this regularly.
In terms of their own behaviour, the next most popular was 'none of the above' with 5 votes, followed by 'walking in the green belt' with 4. Only one person takes their dog to the beach on a Saturday, and nobody goes to Saturday morning sports.
However, it is interesting to note that my friends clearly do not see themselves as normal, as the voting for What Normal People Do Regularly turned out quite differently (apart from the sleeping in thing). My friends seem to think that normal behaviour constitutes (in descending order of likelihood):
Walking in the green belt - 8 votes
Taking the dog to the beach - 7 votes
Saturday morning sports - 6 votes
None of the above - 6 votes.
Now, I know that a lot of the respondents are not Wellingtonians. In fact, just over half of the respondents are not from Wellington. However, I think it's probably safe to say that this idea of 'what normal people do' is more of a perception than a reality. OK I know this is a small and self-selected group of people who read my LJ and therefore not necessarily representative of the wider population, but I think it's pretty telling that a whole lot of people are making the assumption that the behaviours listed are things that other people do and that that behaviour is 'normal'. It makes me wonder if Mr Ponter (he of the original statement) is also assuming that that's what normal people do, and that in reality the only thing most of us really have in common is wanting to sleep in sometimes.
VOTE FOR ME, I WILL BRING IN MANDATORY SLEEP-INS!
Except, I can't sleep in. Lately I've been waking up between 3:30am and 5am. This morning I managed to go back to sleep till 5:30 which was quite nice, but usually I'm ready to be up and at 'em long before the sun. It's not as if I'm waking up tired and being all BLAHUGHGRUMBLEWTFTIMEISIT, I am *awake* and ready to get up and full of pep and stuff. Which is damned annoying because nobody else is, and it'd be mean to start prodding Dr Wheel at that hour and going ENTERTAIN ME! So instead I fidget till a more reasonable hour, which I have deemed to be 5:30. And then I get up and mooch around till everyone else starts to move.
I am glad daylight savings starts this weekend. At least then I'll be getting up at 6:30, right?