WHAT DO WE WANT? NEW FRIENDS!
Say what you will about Irish Water, but they know how to bring people together. The anti-water crusade brought a whole new class of person out on the street. Now it’s possible to meet a protester who won’t start crying when someone says, “Good news, I’ve found you a job”. So get out there, find a cause and find a friend.
You’ ll need to get your hands on an old-age pensioner. (If you’re not one yourself.) All that trekking around the country for marches and stuff can start to add up. Unless you score a companion pass with some oldie on the free travel. (If you are wondering why an OAP needs a travel buddy, you have obviously never seen one of them trying to navigate the automatic ticket barrier at Heuston Station.)
This companion scheme allows you to travel all over the country for free. It shouldn’t be hard to find a willing oldie. Research shows that old people will travel anywhere for a day out, as long as you promise to get them home in time for Nationwide. So make sure you get your scheduling right.
Let’s face it, your dad isn’t going to go with you. It doesn’t matter if he 100pc agrees with your new cause. Dad will still say, “What are you doing hanging around with that crowd?” That’s just the kind of guy he is.
So, chances are, mammy is going to be your protest buddy. One minute, you are enjoying a political rant with the person in the seat opposite. The next minute, you’re listening as mammy tells said person, “I told him it would be more in his line to get a girlfriend, but he said he’d rather get involved in this and make some new friends because he’s fierce lonely, god help us.” You might want to have a plan for that.