Just Sitting Here Lissnin
That’s just what I’m doing folks. Sittin here lissnin to some sounds. The sounds in particular belong to one of my fave metal bands. Monster Magnet. If you haven’t yet listened to them and you like metal, give them a try. You might just be that wee bit surprised. Now we have moved onto another fave band of my earlier years. Very loud, very heavy. They can only be Blue Cheer. This can go on forever. You mght have guessed by now that I am lissnin to my iPod as I type this gack. I had started this yesterday but I got about half way down the page and lost the bleddy thing. I hadn’t been saving as I was going along. Silly fecker that I am. While i now lissin to a bit of John Lee Hooker I will decide what gack to put down next. You may find that by reading this you will realise that i don’t only lissin to The Rolling Stones.
As I sit here looking around me I see a totally different room surrounding me. The decorators have done a fine job. I can now appreciate in more detail the difference in me doing the job in four weeks and them doing the same job in three days. (although the way I do things is the expert way) Now that we are back in the main part of the house (Pavlov’s Dog has just come on, not enough of their music played these days) we decided to move some things around a bit just for a change. Well, it has all worked out just dandy. I have been moved from one corner of the room to the opposite corner. This suita me just fine. I now have all my toys beside me. I have my iPod DABS radio docking station / I have my mobile phone charging beside me / I have my own light on my bookcase which has my Kindle upon it / I have my digital camera in the drawer beside me along with all my other chargers / I am more or less out of the draught and to top it all off, I have my laptop right beside me. All I really need to complete everything would be a kettle and tea / coffee stuff beside me. (oh, and some sort of recepticle to relieve myself in ) and i would never have to move. Unless some fecker comes cold calling at my door. (Rory Gallagher has just finished, who’s coming on now? It says ‘unknown artist’ but it actually is ‘Little Charlie & The Nightcats’ Sony mustn’t have heard of him) Coming back to cold callers. I know they are only doing a job but could they please do it somewhere else instead of disturbing me. Do they not know who I am?
At least with cold callers on the phone, which I have beside me, I can say ‘no thanks’ and cut them off before they start their sales sphiel. I might even get rid of my land line as I hardly ever use it now thanks to mobiles and Skype etc. Some music came on there and I didn’t recognise it until after the intro. As soon as the guy started singing I knew straight away who it was. Keef. Now that is some sounds that I haven’t heard often enough. Talking of music, my sales of my Rolling Stones collection came to a stop before Christmas due to the weather conditions and the backlog in the Post Office etc. I was doing very well thankyou up until then. I need to get started up again as I want to go on another cruise after the wedding of the year takes place. No, I don’t mean Will & Kate. I mean my daughter and future son-in-law to be. Up to now all i seem to have done for the arrangements is to pay for stuff that I either am not allowed to see yet or won’t be ready until the actual day of the wedding. I am now lissnin to The Velvet Underground & Nico. Takes me back a long time. I remeber seeing Lou Reed up in Belfast one night and then seeing John Cale on another night. I wonder if they remember seeing me. Maybe they don’t know who I am. It is actually possible that not everyone knows who I am, but not really probable.
After I finish this blog I will sit here and think for a while. Think about what I am going to do next. This will take up enough of my time to make it too late to actually do anything. It will now be tomorrow before it will be practical enough to do anything. By then I am sure something else will have entered my mind that will take priority. (if not then I will just do something different anyway) It’s amazing how much time can pass by whilst thinking. It’s also hard work. My wife is always saying I don’t do things around the house. Well, I do, it just takes time to think about the best way to go about things in the first place.
Before I do sit and think for a while I suppose I better get that wee job done that I thought about for the past three days. I don’t want to upset anyone after all. I will leave you with the gentle sounds of John Lee Hooker.
Don’t forget to write your own gack. It’s what I live for
Posted :: Friday 1/28/2011 11:11:00 AM
I Must Have Been In A Pub
Yes, I must have spent most of my adult life in a pub or club of some description. Whilst clearing out stuff and bits and pieces in readiness for the decorators arriving on Monday morning i came across so many photographs of my (as in solo) travels around this planet of ours. There are pics of me (and friends) in Canadian pubs / clubs and pics of me in London pubs / clubs and pics of me in ‘merican places as well. I am sure if I look hard enough I will find more pics of me in Maltese pubs / clubs and Spanish pubs / clubs. Judging by the angle of some of these pics we were rightly indeed. There are some people in the pics that I remember but can’t for the life of me put a name to the faces. I do remember having a good time though. Those were the days. I can’t remember the last time i was in a pub since I stopped drinking alcohohl. (It’s not the same going in and ordering a tonic water)
Another thing that has been taking up some, if not a lot of my time, recently is the bangorlocal web site. As this is the first month of the year I always try to get as many events for the year onto our events page. Some of this is easy to come by but there are some people out there who just don’t want to give out any info on what their organisation is doing. It’s a big secret. No one needs to know what’s going on here. Go away. Anyway, there are ways of getting the info but I am not going to tell anyone as I want people to look up the info on our site as it’s the best site on Bangor anyway. Isn’t it?
Coming back to the decorating business. The only reason we have decorators coming in is because I have strict instructions from my wife and my daughter that I am no longer allowed to do such jobs around the house because of my heart problems. I really enjoyed doing those sorts of jobs. Not any more now. The cost involved of bringing the professionals in isn’t too bad but when I think about it if i were to add up all the decorating i have done over our married life I have saved us a whole shed load of dosh. All the more for the wife to spend on clothes & shoes & handbags!!!
In between the last paragraph and this one I have been out doing the weekly shop (this has actually become the fortnightly shop since the kids have left home) and had a two hour nap to boot. I now feel refreshed but for the life of me I can’t think of what to write about, hence the info. My mind has gone blank on me. Is this just me getting older or am I losing it? Talking about getting older while we were out shopping I bumped into (or rather walked past as I couldn’t think of his name at the time) Billy Harrison. Who is Billy Harrison i hear you all ask. Well, I’ll tell you. Billy is the man responsible for that all time classic hit song ‘Gloria’ that Van morrison took the credit for. Billy was in the original group Them with Van the Man and when the song was being put together it was Billy who did most of the work and not Van Morrison or so he told me one night in (a) pub somewhere. He has got so old looking. That is why, I think, I didn’t recognise him straight away. By the time I remembered who he was he was gone. I went looking for him just to say ‘hello, how are you?’ Maybe next time, eh.
I have to go now to get things prepared for our dinner. Tonight we are having a light dish of home made mackeral pate on toast. Mmmmmmm. (I’ve been told fish is good for my heart especially the oily ones) I do try, really I do, to eat as much fish as possible but sometimes it isn’t easy especially when I have no appetitie.
Off I go now. Any comments on any of this gack, and I do mean gack, please leave the et the usual spot. For newcomers to this blog all you have to do is scroll back up to the top and click on the title. Follow the instuctions. It’s as easy as that.
Posted :: Friday 1/14/2011 12:15:00 PM
Let’s See What the NY Brings
As I sit here writing this gack for you lot to ponder over i am wondering what the New Year is going to bring for me / us.
The most important issue is of course me staying healthy so that I can walk my daughter down the aisle on July 23rd at 2.00PM. After that I can be sick again. (sick joke there)(you can laugh or cringe, whichever) So that will be July taken care of. Let’s see if I can work out the rest of the year with significant events. I do know for a fact that last year over a period of 12 months I had 65 medical type appointments and at least 8 weeks in hospital stays. This is now the 2nd of January and I have managed to keep away from my second home to date. Enough of that.
Think happy. For January my most important issue is (thinking hard here) (still thinking) ah! I know. Seeing as I was presented with a Kindle at Christmas by my dear darling wife my aim is to get as many unread books at the best possible price during the Amazon sale. I have already found a couple of books that I have wanted to read for some time now but never could be bothered to buy the book for £0.00. Now, is that a deal or what? For February I know what we are doing. A long time ago we bought tickets to go and see Jason Manford up in Belfast. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him try Googling his name. I am sure there must be something pertaining to his comic wit somewhere on the net. Looking forward to that one. We always make a night of it when we go to a show up in Belfast. It might even mean a trip to the Gourmet Burger Bar for a Kiwi Burger! I will also be getting measured for my suit for the Wedding of the Decade.
March of course is a good month. It is my son’s birthday month, but more importantly, it is my birthday month as well. It is also my brother’s birthday month. It’s strange that all the males in my family have their birthdays in March. Something must have happened the previous June on all 3 occasions. Can’t think for the life of me. Come April, if things go to plan, I might be near the end of the selling of my Rolling Stones Collection. Up to now (well Xmas Eve) I have managed to raise quite a nice little nest egg with the proceeds (which has all been invested in tax free accounts elsewhere) I am due to restart selleing very soon. April might run on into May. Who knows?
No doubt by the time May has arrived there will be great, great excitement with the upcoming said much talked about Wedding. My wallet will no doubt be pretty much empty, as well as my bank account (but my tax free savings will be left untouched. That’s being put away for a very, very rainy day when wifey and I are in our winter years) Anyway, to the happy stuff. By this month we will know , hopefully, who is coming and who is not coming to the wedding reception. It is by this time that I would like to know firm numbers so that I can pay the caterers and let them get on with things. This is my timetable, but it is my daughter’s wedding so things will change.
June sees the arrival of my daughters bestest besty mate from good ole ‘merica. She is coming over to be one of the Bridesmaids. It has been fun trying on a virtual Bridesmaid dress from over here. I am sure there will need to be some adjustments made somewhere. No doubt by this time there will have been tears / tantrums and stamping of feet and not just by my daughter. I can tantrum just as much as anyone else. I have to get to work on my wedding speech by this time. Has anyone any really good embarassing jokes to tell by the Father of the Bride? If so please let me know.
July is the month. The biggest month of my daughter’s life / my life / my wife’s life. I do wonder what the house will be like with just my wife and I and (hopefully still) the dogs living in it. I think that i have covered all the happy events (that I know of) to date. No doubt there will be many others that i can’t predict but I certainly hope they far outweigh the bad events in my life. I think, all in all, 2011 is going to be a better year than 2010. What you all say?
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HNY to you all
Posted :: Sunday 1/2/2011 8:07:00 AM