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No money, go walking

The true value of something is revealed when you don't have it. In other words, you don't know what you're missing until you don't have it. Sounds like common sense.

Rushing out of the house today, I took a different bag - one which did not contain my wallet.

The consequence of this was that I had to walk long distances. Without money or a map, I had to rely on my instincts.

And my instinct was not too good in this hot and humid weather.

Bad timing. Wrong exit. Not being able to get hold of those waiting for me. Getting tired. All these contributed to my arriving one and a half hours late.

"Why didn't you take a cab?" asked my father who was both irritated and worried.

"I had no money," I said lamely.

"Why didn't you take your wallet?"

"I was in a rush."

"Why were you in a rush?"

"Because I forgot my brain."

27July 2001

at Tower Bridge with father
Father and I at Shad Thames near Tower Bridge in London.