Resting

Authors Note: I’ve been humming and hawwing over posting this for a week or so now, figured I’d post it and see if that affected my mood. It’s not an end, just a break, a hiatus if you will. A chance to refocus, recharge, reconsider. I’ll be back in a week or so. Maybe more, maybe less, but right now I need one less thing to think about and this is the obvious one to drop. Obvious, not easiest. And for family and friends, it’s OK, it’s not THAT bad. I’m making sure it doesn’t get that far (you know what I mean!). TTFN then, take care, catch up with you all later. Gordon

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Barcelona

Do you ever feel a tad detached? Quite frequently things go on that I never hear about. This is on all levels, from global events to work gossip. I AM the last to know. It doesn’t bother me on the whole, but it does puzzle me. (I think) I’m an OK guy. I chat with people, ask after people and generally follow most rules of society. Yet still I never really break across THAT line, never fully feel that I’ve made it into the inner sanctum of knowledge afforded to those “in the know”. I also know that this is complete tosh and that everyone feels like this to a degree and most of what I THINK I don’t know …

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Rethunk

OK, for all you people who take photos. How do you do it? I mean, what motivates you to do it? I brought my camera to work today, walked around at lunchtime and took all of two photos. Both were rubbish. I think I need to go on a course. A photo composition course, a ‘how to decide what to take a photo of’ course, a ‘stop being embarassed and take another photo dammit!’ course. Unless anyone else has any suggestions? In other news (well MY other news)… emmm… hang on, I’m sure I had a life kicking around somewhere… bugger… must’ve slipped down the back of the sofa when I wasn’t looking…

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MBA

So a friend/work colleague is doing his MBA. Part of it requires a look at corporate culture. He sent round a short questionnaire to some people, including me, and we got together today to discuss it. I was quite amazed, if I’m honest, that we all said similar things, and after about 30 minutes we all started to broaden our view as well. By the end of it we were even admitting some of the guilt for low morale, bad communication etc etc (and rightly so of course). I’ve been told that once a company gets to a certain size it loses that ‘team’ feel. As the size of our company has fluctuated around small to ‘mid’ sized over the …

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Real life

I post a lot of frippery and nonsense on here. I mean really, do any of you lot really care that I’ve got a new boiler? However, every now and then something happens that resets your viewpoint. I got an email (or two) from my friends in Twickenham. Turns out that Laura had walked home, past the green, a mere ten minutes before the body was found. And with that, reality comes crashing down and everything else seems a little more insignificant.

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Collision

Da Vinci Code – Mona Lisa ~ Munch stolen. And I’ve just had the following books delivered:London Fields – Martin Amis ~ Murders in Twickenham (friends live there).Leaving Home – Garrison Keillor ~ Laura flies out to Australia today.Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges ~ Emmmm… not sure yet, but it must mean something… Funny old world. Ain’t it.

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Irish Coffee

Well just about survived the weekend. Saturday was a sad farewell to Laura, before rushing from her leaving party – where most people from work turned up between 9-9.30pm, I was sure it said it started at 8! – to head to Louise’s cousins for a family night with my in-laws as the star guests.. or whatever excuse we used this time. I should’ve known better. I had plans for Sunday, but they didn’t include drinking until 4am. Still, we had a nice Sunday lunch with my family before nipping round the rest of the Dumbarton based brethren then heading home with the sole aim of lying on the sofa and watching whatever the Olympics dictated. I managed THAT bit. …

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Gold

Well done to all the medal winners at the Olympics. And a special mention to Matthew Pinsent, ya big cry baby. Boiler fitted, control unit figured out but only after walking up at 6.15 this morning, sweaty and hot, and realising the heating was on! Started tidying up, and we’ve decided on what we are going to do in the hole left in the wall.. ohh yeah, there were gonna be photos: Big Ugly Gas Fire Big Ugly Hole in Wall Anyway, a brief trip to B&Q and IKEA last night (where we managed to escape having only spent about £20) and we are just about set. Well aside from what colour the new fireplace (piece?) will be. More on …

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Coming up

Well the new boiler installation is almost done. New radiator is in the spare room (office), new valves on all the radiators, hot water tank gone from back bedroom, back boiler and ghastly fireplace gone from living room. Which has left a big hole in the wall. Now, I should point out that I’m not the best D.I.Y. person, although generally is a confidence thing. Once I get into it I’m usually OK. However this will be the biggest job I’ll have done (I think) so I’m a bit apprehensive. We’ve decided to use the idea of an inset gas fire, but without the gas fire bit. So it’ll be an inset, a thin, small surround and will probably be …

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Perfunctory

So much to blog about, so little motivation. Olympics, music, etiquette, photography… the list grows, overwhelming the desire. Of course it could be because I’ve just finished a portion of shredded chilli beef and boiled rice, in what the new(ish) Thursday ritual of a Chinese takeaway for lunch. Now, would anyone REALLY notice if I crawled under my desk for a snooze?

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