Yesterday was suitably grim but another day dawns and we move on. Life needs to be lived. As son puts it

Even you Dad are allowed to have some fun.

I’ve scheduled that in my diary for an afternoon in March 2024. The same can’t be said of our dog. His diary is overbooked with the joys of life. We could all learn from that approach.

Not sure his cuddly toy cat is enjoying life so much at this precise moment. It’s a sign of affection – honest.

A public service announcement has started on the radio which comes from our so called Government. It is telling people and businesses to prepare for Brexit on the 31st October. That’s a laugh as our Monty Python Gumby Leaders couldn’t even prepare a cup of tea. I suspect prepare means stockpile water, food and medicines. Our dog has started stockpiling toys.

So faced with a mountain of work, a misfiring laptop and more helpful advice from the Government I did the only sensible thing. Go for a run. Yes I know I’m not supposed to run for another few months but bugger it. A few minutes later I’m running over the autumnal fields. Coming in the other direction was a group of ramblers. Must have been about 20 of them. I wasn’t planning on saying hello to each one of them so I opted for one shouted hello. Unfortunately at the very moment I slipped and shouted s**t. After that faux pas I ended up saying sorry and hello twenty times.

A bit later I came to a fence. Do I climb it or do I be a pillock and jump it. Mr Pillock it is then. Amazingly the body cleared the fence unfortunately the shorts didn’t. Ripped asunder. Suddenly the run became very air conditioned. Better head back down the back lane – bound to be empty. Can you imagine how thrilled I was to reintroduce myself to the party of 20 ramblers coming in the other direction. It was chilly so they wouldn’t have seen much. Wouldn’t have seen much at the best of times really. Anyway I ran past them with a running gait best described as a duck waddle.

So life continues. We move on. Somedays we will be sad but we owe it to those not here to live.

79 thoughts on “Live

      1. I would have gotten a laugh and a smile out of the situation. I am your sort of clumsy and had similar accidents while trying to jump over a gate. But I was way younger then!

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  1. Memories: I used to go commando, loved the feeling od freedom. Until one day I was playing a rather important game of table tennis (ping pong) against a very quick opponent in a public place. There was a bit on money on the line. He hit a spike that ticked the edge, and the only possibility I had of returning it was doing the splits. I got it, but my pants split right up the crotch. If I forfeited the game I forfeited the prize, so I continued on, with a lot of oohs aahs and laughter from the females in the audience. The game lasted another 10 minutes before I scored the winning point, mainly because my opponent was laughing his head off with the crowd. First thing I did when I got the prize money was to run to the nearest store, and bought a new pair of jeans, and a pair of undershorts. I never went commando again. Nor did I ever return to that sports venue.
    I can laugh at it now, but at the time my face was red!
    Jumping fences, Gary? Hope you jump higher next time.

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  2. I was just thinking only last night that it’s been much too long since we saw ‘The Captain’. Thanks for fixing that one up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was going to ask (from earlier posts) if you had ever been on a creative writing course – now i think you should be running one! This was such an enjoyable read, had me smiling then laughing (with you, not at you – honest ๐Ÿคž) from start to almost to the end.

    As the voice of reason here, i am compelled to point out that you are not as young as you used to be – so go easy on the fence jumping – OK?

    Do listen to your dog – gather your toys and keep them close for the upcoming apocalypse!

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  3. OMG you need to write a book man. Your presentation and self deprecating sense of humor is awesome. I know (yes I have done many a thing maybe one day I will tell you about my attempt to fly) how one feels in the midst of the moment but looking back it is easy to see the humor. You would sell a ton. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. ๐Ÿคฃ Reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I came out of a store, and parked next to my car was a car with a couple of really awesome-looking dudes (yes, back then I was young enough and could see well enough to notice). So, since the driver’s-side window was down in my car, I decided to be super-cool and jump into the car through the window like they used to do on the t.v. show “The Dukes of Hazzard”. Long story short, inevitably I landed *splat* on the pavement, looked up only to see the awesome-looking dudes laughing so hard they could barely breathe. ๐Ÿคฃ

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      1. My last one was sold for scrap for $40, but the guy said he only had $20 on him and he’d come back with the rest later that day. That was 2 years ago, and I’m still waiting for him to come back. Perhaps he forgot the address? I was just happy to get the thing out of my parking space!

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