This is probably going to sound a bit (...OK, more than a bit) sad. But one of the little things I always liked about living round here is the number plates.
(Oh god, everyone's going to stop reading at that, aren't they?)
(Oh well. Keep on writing Beth!)
You remember before they changed in 2000, the location of registration was marked by the two letters at the end? One of the combinations for round here was CN. This meant that one of the highlights of my day was (still is, if I'm honest) spotting chemical formulae in car registration plates. Specifically KCN and HCN - potassium cyanide and hydrogen cyanide respectively.
As time passes, there are fewer of these cars around, so seeing one makes me happier.
But! We're now up to 61 on number plates. And while this doesn't lend itself to a precise chemical formula... if I see a car bought during this six months that starts with the letters NA and then has 61? That's close enough to NaCl for me to get all excited.
Yes. Salt. That formula? Will make my day.
I did a Chemistry A Level but that was over 15 years ago now. I have no idea why random chemical formulae make me so happy, all this time on.
Is there anything about the place you live (Newcastle or elsewhere) that makes you similarly happy??