Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Surrey, East and West London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 197 Saturday 24thuntil Friday 30thMarch 2018.
Last weekend the clocks went forward, I always feel robbed losing a precious hour of sleep. At this time of the year there are a lot pleasant signs that spring has sprung. Daffodils bobbing in the breeze. The increased number of birds in my sister’s garden looking for food, but disappointed because the bird feeder has been emptied due to regular visits by a huge pigeon (I do love a pigeon, this particular one is a magnificent looking specimen) that squeezes itself into the feeder and eats everything. Brighter mornings always help when getting up before sparrow fart.
“Daff’s always make me smile”.
There is however another sign that spring has sprung, one that I don’t want to see. This week I have seen a number of people wearing flip flops and Crocs. I wear flip flops in summer, though this year might be different as they on a “banned dress code” list at work. Not sure they deserve to be regarded as footwear enemy number one in an office environment (keep reading for that culprit). Walking around in flip flops in late March when the weather is still very changeable (this week there has been a lot of rain) doesn’t look right. Plus the feet I have been seen have been covered up all winter and need a little loving care before they are let loose on the world.
“Taken in the rain, but still pretty”.
At least even the cheapest pair of flip flops looks a million times better than Crocs. Those huge lumps of plastic definitely deserve the title of footwear which should be on everyone’s banned list. Knowing my office it’s probably acceptable to wear lumps of molded plastic with Swiss cheese style holes all-over it. For full disclosure a number of relatives swear by their Crocs, which is great that they enjoy them, but there not for me. I am certainly not fashionable, there are many things that I have worn and still wear which the “fashion police” could put me away for many years without parole. But Crocs (in my opinion) really shouldn’t be seen in public. There perfect for a factory or gardening but they really shouldn’t be seen on the street. One woman this week had decorated hers with small “Star Wars” badges to make them look more respectable. Even me, a huge “Star Wars” had to look away with sadness. There is only one use for a pair of Crocs, give it to a dog as a chew toys. If you don’t have a dog then give it to friends, they will love you for ever.
“One of the few mornings this week when it wasn’t raining”.
Spring has sprung. A couple of weeks ago most people in the capital were wrapped up as if they were living in the arctic. Looking out of the window as I write its pouring with rain, the thought of people slipping and sliding in flip flops or squelching about in Crocs does actually make me feel a little ill. Feet are important I realise, but there strange and a little ugly. Maybe we could all just cover up for everyone’s sake at least that would get rid of the large unsightly wedges of plastic with holes in that I am seeing, this could only be a good thing.
“After this lovely sight i was trapped in a office for 8 hrs”.
And Now For Something Completely Different……
Have you ever seen a ghost? At my sisters a couple of days ago, I was in bed dozing when suddenly I felt very a chill passed over me. Opening my eyes I was alone, I say this as my nephew or niece have a habit of standing watching me. No one was there.
“Making sure i get every drop of soup out of the can. And having fun during a power cut”.
Over the years there have been events that I can’t explain. Such as seeing a pillow raise up a few inches, turning over before lowering again. The telescopic ariel on a radio/CD (yes this was a very long time ago) music centre which was totally straight, but ended up bent in too. There was no one upstairs and nothing fell on it. I have friends who have seen people or heard a person who they found was not really there which can only be described as a ghost.
“Enjoying a drink or three”.
I went downstairs to see my sister and her family; and was excited and ready to tell her about my strange experience. When she said with concern, “I didn’t wake you did I”. My sister had crept in the room while I was asleep; the chilling feeling was her closing the door. There was a wave of disappointment that I hadn’t experience something unexplained. I’ve watched “Tales of the Unexpected”, “The Twilight Zone” and of course “The X-Files” and am constantly waiting for something really strange and unexplained to happen to me. I’m a dreamer and can wait.
“Moon spotting on two different early evenings”.
I robbed myself of my latest “free” bucket from a large corporate coffee shop because I got my dates mixed up. That “free” drink cost me a lot. Not impressed with myself.
“All smiles after a visit to the charity shop. I had to fight to keep that small TARDIS”.
Found myself robbed by my 4 year old nephew. Jbomb I discovered had my Oyster and cash card in his pocket. Was he planning on visiting his aunty MOZ. If you’re reading this Jbomb in the future maybe you can answer that question.
“I’m pleased to report we were all excited to meet a movie superstar in Surrey”.
Happy Eaters, hope you stuff yourself with as much chocolate as I plan to.
“Writing this shiz, and not distracted at all”.
My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“Click”, (TX: 24/03/18). “Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic”, (TX: 22/03/18). “Damned”, (S2, ep 6). “Extra Gear”, (S3, ep 5, TX: 25/03/18). “Guardians of The Galaxy”, (2014). “Nativity”, (2009). “Not Going Out”, (S9, ep 4). “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience”, (S8, ep 1, TX: 22/03/18)(ep 2, 29/03/18). “Star Trek (DS9)”, (S7, ep 18 to ep 25 pt 1 & 2). “Star Trek (TNG)”, (S3, ep 21). “Star Trek (VOY)”, (S1, ep 1 pt 1 & 2)(S2, ep 1 to 4). “Stranger Than Fiction”, (2006). “The Birdcage”, (1996). “The Great Celebrity Bake Off For SU4C”, (S1, ep 4, TX: 27/03/18). “The Last Leg”, (S13, ep 10, TX: 23/03/18). “This Country”, (S2, ep 5). “Top Gear”, (S25, ep 5, TX: 25/03/18). “Wannabe”, (S1, ep 1 & ep 2). “Will & Grace”, (S9, ep 12).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Angelos And Barry Podcast”, (27/02/18)(27/03/18). “Brian Gitten’s And Friends”, (ep 10, 05/12/16)(ep 11, 21/12/16). “Chasing Earhart”, (ep 35??, 25/03/18). “Don’t Quit Your Daycast”, (ep 21, 07/08/12). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (28/03/18). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 65, 20/03/17)(ep 66, 29/03/17). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (29/03/18). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (24/03, 30/03/18). “NASA: Houston We Have A Podcast”, (ep 38, 30/03/18). “NASA: In Silicon Valley”, (29/08/16)(17/08/17)(ep 83, 23/03/18)(ep 84, 30/03/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 82, 23/03/18). “Strange Times”, (ep 253, The Rigid Fist #37, 23/03/18). “The Rabbit Hole”, (ep 48, 29/03/18). “Morrissey”, “Lorde”, LCD Soundsystem”, Elbow”, “Vangelis”, “Altered Images”, “The Cure”, “The Manic Street Preachers”.