Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Phear my leet 'knowing where houses are' skillz

Whilst delivering Lib-Dem leaflets in the drizzle a Taxi driver appeared and asked if I knew where 'number 16' was. One of the numbers is missing so I thought he might have been looking for that (though I think it is number 17). I'm looking for 16 Blah Drive he replied. This isn't Blah Drive, I said, 16 Blah Drive is on the left off the main road but the house faces forward. He looked dubious, for the reason that people often seem to think I'm a deranged manic which I've never quite seen, any more than I understand why air-crew (but only air-crew) mistake me for a woman [this hasn't happened for a while, I have obviously lost my girlish good looks].
Also, of course, the flats have an entrance onto Blah Drive but have addresses in what I always think of as being Cunnilingus Close but isn't, quite. The flats are numbered contiguously with the houses i.e. 1 to 10 are houses, 11 to 30 are flats (though one flat has its own front door rather than communal entrances and one doesn't exist) and 31 to 75 or thereabouts are houses.
Conversely, there are houses that face Blah Drive which have numbers on Blah Drive though you get to them via side roads, in a couple of cases you have to go quite a way into the side road to get to them, but they face Blah Drive so they have numbers on it seems to be the rule. Also, whilst all the side roads have houses numbered consecutively round the side roads, the houses on the the main road are scrupulously numbered with even ones on one side (and possibly odd ones on the other, though those too can only be got to by going deep into another side road).
Also, one of the roads has no 40 but has a 39A. There is a factoid that 40 is unlucky in China as well as 4, so maybe that's why.

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