As I’ve said before, being a parent is often like fighting for a seat on a RyanAir flight. Sometimes it’s a school concert and parents arrive an hour early to dump their coats over an entire row to claim their seats. Sometimes parents are baking brownies and delivering them to the people in charge of the acceptance queue for the best school in town.
I am currently waiting in a line to sign my kid up for piano. For one day in August, at 8am, the Stockholm Culture Schools open their internet line to sign up for a spot in one of their classes. These are after-school activities like sports, drama, arts and music. Sure, there are other places you can find these after-school activities, but only the Culture School offers them for just $30 for the entire semester.
For parents, this is like trying to buy concert tickets to the most popular band in town for the same amount of money.
So many parents are waiting to sign up that there is a countdown on the website until 8am. Once 8am arrives, you receive a random place in line and wait. My place in line after it being open for 31 seconds? Number 1449.
Looks like my kid is going to spend his year playing the kazoo.
Jacket for sale – $10.
Message from Woman: I’m interested. I’d like to try it on.
Me: Ok, here’s my address. (I write address).
Woman: I’ll get back to you tomorrow.
— next day —
Woman: Is the jacket still there?
Woman: Can we meet at the Central Station?
Me: No. The jacket is at my house. At the address I gave you. I’m not going into town.
Me: If you want to come to my house tomorrow, sure.
— 2 days later —
Woman: Will you be near Central Station during the week? (No mention of not showing up the day before.)
Me: Fine. I can be there today at 1pm.
— 12:30 pm —
Woman: I can’t come today. Someone at my job is sick.
Me: Ok. I have someone else who wants the jacket anyway.
— 1pm —
Woman: Are you here at the Central Station?
I have to read a lot of online magazines for my job. So many of them are the same. Then I start thinking about writing my own online magazine. Much like a blog I guess.
What would I call it to get people’s attention? The Awesome Gossip Report.
Top stories: Just awesome stuff, like how I heard the building I work in has giant nutra-rats living in the basement. Or how to turn a character on RollerCoaster Tycoon into a Monster Truck and roll over customers.
I’d give the latest in “Keeping up with the kids.” The top trends in 1st – 4th grade. This week it’s “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a new game to play outside called “Blood Potato,” and Digimon is making a comeback.
In food news, cucumbers are really cheap this week. And “How to NOT make dry lasagne.”
What am I missing? Not much more than these other online magazines I see. I guess I need annoying advertising on the side. Maybe I can at least get AWESOME sponsors like “bacon bowl” or “Hamburger bed.”
You’d subscribe, right?