Sometimes life can get a little too comfortably routine and pedestrian. That is where teenagers come in very handy. In fact, there's no doubt they were invented to kick routine firmly in the pants and challenge the status quo.
And so it was that last Tuesday evening, we found ourselves pootling down the motorway with two teens occupying the back seats, destined for Bristol. The purpose of their visit was to see underground American art-rock music artist Yves Tumor. Ours was principally to operate as a taxi service (the train was just too pricey and unreliable), but we love an excuse to visit Bristol.
Using the fantastic parking app Just Park, we parked in a quiet residential street not far from Temple Meads train station - which would have cost us £19.50 - for just over £7.00.
Relying on Google Maps, we took the most direct route to find the music venue, The Marble Factory. The most direct route it may have been, but it was patchily lit and at times felt as though we had strayed onto a film set created for a "gritty, urban" brief.
We parted company from our good samaritan tour guide and headed inside an inviting looking Pizzeria not far from the Old Vic Theatre.
Inside, the walls were decorated with decades of Old Vic theatre posters. There was pizza by the slice and a good selection of beers by the local Left Handed Giant Brewery. I opted for the vegan pizzas and honestly thought there had been a mix up with the ingredients; the cheese was that good.
Hunger sated, we reluctantly left the warmth of our cosy corner and decided to head back towards Temple Bar. The temperature was now plummeting and we wanted to be as close to the Marble Factory as possible when Mr Tumor had finished his set.
By now, some of the eateries close the King Street were closing for business.