Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in …………..Surrey, Croydon, North London, Essex.
Week 47 (or Week 10 of the new adventure), Saturday 9th May until Friday 15th May 2015.
This week I have been doing my impression of super villain Bane (from the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”). The last couple of weeks cycling to work I have been a little smogged by the occasional car/lorry/bus. When I was in Mozzibeak I hardly ever had to use my Ventolin inhaler (I took a case load of them with me, I left most of them in Tofo to save weight on the return journey). In the last 10 weeks I haven’t had to use them very often. But in the last couple of weeks since I have been cycling there have been times when I have felt a little chocked by the deposits coming out of the exhaust pipes of my fellow road users. I made the decision to get a face mask, on a normal day I don’t actually see anyone wearing one, it would appear that cyclist in leafy surrey don’t really need them.
MOZ my friend came up with the idea of a mask used in building and construction, it looks like a Hospital mask with a small filter in the front. Within a few minutes my face is hot and sweaty and generally uncomfortable. There are occasions when some of my breath seeps out of the top and fogs up my sun glasses, how I wish there were windscreen wipers on my sunnies. The very thin elastic strap I pull over my large head won’t last long so I will have to get a few more. Now and then other apart from the latex/plastic smell I do get a whiff of combustion engine but it doesn’t last long. My worry is that even though I’m not getting a large puff of pollution the small amount that gets in does seem to linger, so the mask has its pros and cons. One of the major pros is that when I’m climbing a hill and pulling faces looking like a loon no one can see this as my stylish mask covers everything up. No wonder masked super villains appear to always be angry because there masks are tight, hot and sweaty.
Talking of super villains, this week I paid for another month of storage. When I packed up my life last year I got rid of so much giving lots to charity shops (I panicked when asked about all the belongings I was off loading, I said a person died….oops). I did a number of car boot sales and visited the dump a lot (I really enjoy visiting the dump). I was still left with box after box of Sci-Fi shit, things I have collected over my lifetime. I have a 47 page catalogue/list a complete breakdown of what’s in every box and crate. I also took pictures of everything so now I somehow need to try to match up the pics with the description, no easy task. I am a hoarder, I like to think I’m a collector but deep down I know I’m a hoarder. I did sell some stuff at auction last year and made some nice money. There is stuff that could be classed as shit and thrown away, but I also know that there are things that are worth money. I have Sci-Fi bits and bobs from the 60s to the 00s and there are definitely some that are worth a pretty penny it’s just getting organised. A new Sci-Fi comic shop has opened near me so I’m hoping to get them interested in some of the magazines and comics that I have (I actually need to meet up with a dear friend Claire who kindly collected a few magazines for me while I was away, so I am still hording sorry collecting).
I won’t make squillions of pounds but there is money in that 30 square meters of Sci-Fi shit. There are things that I will never part with such as my full size cardboard cut-out of Mulder and Scully from the X-Files or my Red and Blue Star Wars trading cards from 1977 I collected as a 8 year old. Then there’s my R2D2 collection, I really love R2. There are also a few models of super villains proudly wearing their face masks. I’ll have to visit the storage and have a look at how super villains make wearing a wearing so cool.
End of another week. Celebrity spotted this week at Kenwood House, Baron Bragg or Melvin to us common folk. Lovely time strolling around North London with MOZ and Rachel, consumed lots of ice cream and coffee and cake. I got extended at Croydon Council. Another appointment with my sexy dentist, yes I’m sad. Got locked out of the house after cycling 10 miles in the rain and a little tipsy, slept in the porch its official I’m a Hobo…..
The Mid-Life Crisis cont…..
This week I have been watching: “Graham Norton” (Season 17, eps 6), “Have I Got news For You” (Season 49, eps 6), “Thunderbirds are Go” (Season 1, eps 6), “Atlantis” (Season 2, eps 11), “Ballot Monkeys” (eps 3, 4 & 5), “It Follows”, “The Badadook”, “Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe”, “The Sky at Night”, “Bugsplat” (eps 1), “Tatau” (Season 1, eps 5 & 6), “Sherlock” (Season 1, eps 2 & Season 3, eps 1), “Sappho: Love & Life on Lesbos with Margaret Mountford”, “Shark” (eps 2), “Murder in Successville” (Season 1, eps 2 Bunch of Cults), “W1A” (Season 2, eps 4)
This week I have mainly been listening to, “Morrissey”, “Smiths”, “Velvet Underground”, “Jake Bugg”.
Reading on Kindle……“A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.