Valentines Day Getaway

Murphy’s Original Law-If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.
Murphy’s Law-If anything can go wrong — it will.
Murphy’s First Corollary-Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
Murphy’s Second Corollary-It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
Quantized Revision of Murphy’s Law-Everything goes wrong all at once.
Murphy’s Constant-Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.
The Murphy Philosophy¬†Smile… tomorrow will be worse.


  1. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the first one to go wrong.
    Corollary – If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
  2. If several things that could have gone wrong have not gone wrong, it would have been ultimately beneficial for them to have gone wrong.
  3. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
  4. If anything can’t go wrong, it will anyway.
  5. If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  6. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  7. Everything takes longer than you think.
  8. You never find a lost article until you replace it.
  9. If nobody uses it, there’s a reason.
  10. You get the most of what you need the least.
  11. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
  12. Mother nature is a bitch.

The law that will get you whenever, wherever, regardless of the situation. Holiday and travelling are no exception. Actually, I’m beginning to think that they’re specialty cases where the probability exponentially increases.

Why do I bring this up? A last minute trip booked to Bedford for Valentines Day weekend started going wrong before we even managed to get out of London. Surprise surprise. I booked a hotel and car the night before, with plans to leave right after work yesterday. I had Joe booked as the driver, so he could pick the car up before I got home and we could leave right away. Well, I’ve learned my lesson with that one now. The entire booking, payment, and everything had to be under his name, or Hertz wouldn’t let him pick up the car. And you have to have your passport in addition to the 2 other kinds of ID he brought with him. And we both had to be drivers, even though I wasn’t driving. Just because my name was on the credit card. Because that makes sense…

4 hours later, 2 trips to Hertz for Joe, and one trip to meet him there for me, we had a car and were headed home to get our things and go. Finally, outside of London by 11pm. Not ideal, but hey, we made it. Arriving at the Park Inn Hotel in Bradford, we made our way back to the car park. But, as we turned the car around the corner, we hear a load hissing noise. Uh oh. You guessed it- flat tyre. This just isn’t our day.

Getting to reception at the hotel, they didn’t seem very receptive or friendly, but then again it was 1am and I wouldn’t be too cheerful working that shift either. Not to mention that it said online there was free parking (¬£5/day), and the wifi only allows one person at 512mb/s. And I forgot how slow that is with current websites. Apparently we’re still in the dark ages when you leave the Greater London area.

But, we’re here. Away from reality for a few days. Finally.