Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and West London & Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 195 Saturday 10thuntil Friday 16thMarch 2018.
This last week i celebrated Leo the Lion’s 3rd Bday and Mothers Day.
734 days ago on 12 March 2016 I left Mozambique to return to the UK, I thought I would be back in Tofo within a few months. That was based on seeing other people who came and went regularly. But I have a problem that doesn’t seem to affect them, money, those people tended to have money behind them or were able to get help with cash easily.
“Thanks SAZ and Tim for a lovely meal”.
When I arrived in the UK I really thought that I would return by the end of summer 2016. However within a few days of being in London it became clear that this was not going to happen. Over the last 734 days my return has been pushed further and further back, due to periods of unemployment, low paid work and debt from just paying bills.
“Someone had, had a long tough day, all cuddled up on the tube”.
At this time I am in a financial better state than last year. If i continue to work hard I firmly believe that by the end of February 2019 I will return. There are a number of projects that I have been working on for years that “could” help me, I HAVE to get off my lardy behind and do things which will help me to return to that paradise beside the Indian Ocean. When I relax I picture myself walking along Tofino beach watching crabs running into the surf, birds feeding and the odd fisherman trying to earn a living.
“Signs of spring all over”.
Most days I think about Tofo, the people I met and know, the places I saw and the emotions I felt. These thoughts have kept me going when stuck on the tube or in the office doing something I dislike, these happy thought’s will get me through the next year. I am in contact with people in Tofo hopefully they will welcome me back and conversations will pick up as if I only saw them a couple of days ago. Over the last 2 years I have looked at “so called” easy way of earning money but none of them came to anything or of course they were a con. One thing that was drummed in to me as a kid is that if I want something I have to work and earn it. If I am totally honest, I am very fed up about my situation but I only have myself to blame for mistakes and choices made over the years.
“Found a small origami X-wing fighter on the tube”.
As I write this it’s raining in West London, this is the start of a very busy period at work which won’t be fun. But thinking about Tofo and the wonderful people who live there always makes me smile. Tofo and Mozambique has a special place in my heart.
“Yes i enjoyed every crumb”.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
“And the winner is……”.
Last weekend I lost another bowling session with my friends “Lunge” and “Calamity”. “Lunge” retained her crown as champion with help from her powerful bowling arm aided by her lunging aim. “Calamity’s” technique is to take the ball right up to the line you’re not supposed to cross before letting go, which serves her well. While I shuffle about in front of the lane for 10 minutes working out the perfect trajectory then hoping for the best. I would probably do better with my eyes closed. Our lane was taken out of action a couple of times due to a backlog of bowls, though I suspect that “Lunge” had a friend hidden in the darkness moving the pins around to help her.
“And in second and last place”.
I am not competitive, I’ll try my best but I don’t care where I come. Being a lifelong member of the loser club I expect to appear low on any score sheet. Towards the end of our session there was a family in the next. While looking for the blue bowl I had been using from the start, a small boy from the family said I should use a pink one that he pointed at. It was a little lighter, with smaller holes that my sausage fingers didn’t really fit in. But I didn’t want to say no to the little chap, so used it. That ball was great, the last few rounds (throws) my aim was better and I hit a number of pins. I am really pleased I took his advice, who said children talk rubbish. Must remember for next time what ball i need to take “Lunge’s” crown. Also I need to employ my nephews and niece to scurry around the back of the lanes to move pins around and divert other players balls and attention. One day I will be a winner…..
“Though i was in the lead for a couple of seconds, a moment of pride”.
“Is this what people use to escape from the area”.
Fun fact of the week that told to me. Avocado (the word) means testicle, it comes from a Nahuatl Aztec Indian word “ahuacatl”. That will bring a smile every time I cut one up.
“Writing this shiz”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Click: Short Edition”, (TX: 10/03/18). “Click: Long Edition”, (TX: 10/03/18). “Damned”, (S2, ep 5). “Extra Gear”, (S3, ep 3, TX 11/03/18). “Not Going Out”, (S9, ep 2). “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, (S5, ep 3 to ep 26)(S6, ep 1 to ep 12). “Star Trek: TNG”, (S3, ep 18). “The Archiveoloists”, (S1, ep 4). “The Golden Girls”, (S7, ep 1 to ep 4). “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU4C”, (S1, ep 2, TX: 13/03/18). “The Last Leg”, (S13, ep 7, TX: 09/03/18). “The Last Leg: Paralympic Special”, (S13, ep 8, TX: 11/03/18). “This Country”, (S2, ep 3). “Top Gear”, (S25, ep 3, TX 11/03/18). “Troy Fall Of A City”, (S1, ep 4). “Will & Grace”, (S9, ep 10).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Brian Gitten’s And Friends”, (ep 9,23/11/16)(ep 12, 10/01/17)(ep 13, 29/01/17). “Chasing Earhart”, (ep 13, 13/12/17)(ep 20, 17/12/17)(ep 32, 10/03/18). “Don’t Quit Your Daycast”, (ep 19, 27/07/12). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (13/03/18). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (08/03, 09/03, 12/03, 13/03/18). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 94, 14/03/18). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (15/03/18). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (10/03, 16/03/18). “NASA: In Silicon Valley”, (ep 81, 9/03/18)(ep 82, 15/03/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 80, 09/03/18). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 67, 10/03/18). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 46, 15/03/18). “Young Free And Coupled Conversations”, (001, 12/03/18). “Morrissey”, “Tiffany”, “KT Tunstal”, “Berlin”, “Nirvana”, “Hole”.
I’ve been out for a while but I’m back and still love reading about you xx
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One day you shall go back, yes, you shall go back. Until then there must be no tears, no anxiety. Just go forward and trust in your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.
George – the 43rd Doctor.
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I can always trust on you Doctor to have good advise. Em, any chance you could drop me off there in your box when ready. I’ll clean the swimming pool filter and prune your cloister bell garden. Seriously thanks mate xx