So here we are and a drought of blog posts as my life has ground to a halt and now mainly consists of running and being in bed early at weekends so I don’t succumb the the temptation of the evil grog. Add to that no white bread and being on a calorie controlled diet January can be summed up as boring as shite. But with such evil as above comes the yin and yang. I have dropped nearly a stone this month and feel much better in health and in mind. I state now I still prefer the sausage roll and Desperados filled days of 2017. I was going to put myself up as some Barry Bethell type hero for my diet shenanigans without the need to get on the Slimfast but it seems Barry disgraced himself and fell from “Diet King” to “Nonce King” I only have one good piece of diet advice and that is always keep your fat clothes as you will always slip back into them.
Last night was our annual darts tournament. First played for in the year 2000 when I still lived with my nan and as a 26 year old we had loads of time on our hands and the tournament went on for weeks in my nans back room with Microsoft Excel used for scoring. Due to the commitments of now 40 year olds with wives and kids doing our heads in we had fallen behind a bit as darts rooms had now been converted into play rooms and free time ever shrinking but now we have Rileys in town we are on the road to catching up and last night even was the 2016 version. Times have changed and two boards now on the go each with their own iPad for electronic fingertip scoring system ! After a five year battle Mrs Fay finally let me put a dart board up in the kitchen which was the same living room that the first tournament in 2000 was held in having now been knocked through. Would the practice help ? Well 7 of us started and it was a league stage with us playing each other once. Things started well and I topped the group being unbeaten in my 6 matches (Best of 2 legs so a draw possible) The champ Kev looking for his 6th title on the run scraped into the semi finals. The semi final started well as I went one set up but I blew it and Moses came back to beat me 2-1. All eyes on the final and the champ was rarely troubled and won three sets to nil to make it 6 on the run and equal my 6 victories in total. With tournaments planned for May and September we will ba back on track in January 2019 which will be the 20th anniversary of The Eileen Roper Trophy (Named after my nan) You know you are getting old when the lads darts tournament becomes 20 years old !!!
So having just the one bottle of water playing darts and for the record I deffo play better darts somewhere in the 4-6 pints zone I got the 11.30 train home from Liverpool Central having no interest to go with a couple of the lads into town. Walking through town through the drunken noise and walking past lots of flesh on show despite the chilly January night it was a surreal experience getting the train home. As the young offload at Liverpool Central coming into town at 11.30 to start their night here was a sober 44 year old me with my plastic bag filled with my darts pouch and a trophy I hadn’t won. Being sober I didn’t even feel the need to hit The Lobster Pot (My body is a temple) I got in just after 12 and Mrs Fay was in the kitchen with a posse of school mums. The noise they made seems like they had been sucking on helium filled balloons. Sadly one of the school mums died on Thursday after a battle with cancer. She was a lovely woman who shared the same political beliefs as me so we got on very well. She leaves behind a daughter the same age as my eldest (13) and her fella is a lovely man as well. All deaths are sad but one of a person around the same age of you hits home. So I complain about a self inflicted dry January, boring January, depressing January but its life that is precious and we must soak up every moment being as happy as we can.
So I was on the Ice Skating run this morning.
Question to 13 year old.
“Who is Noel Gallagher ?”
(A) I think I know him.
(Q2) “What band was he in ?”
(A) Can’t remember but I have heard of them
(Q3) “Did you like his new album”
(A) Don’t know had one earphone in listening to my tunes.
Today’s ice skating tales. Maybe not as big as you think Mr Gallagher ?
Just a reminder I am running The London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd and running to raise monies for Millstead School I have set up a Just Giving page
Many thanks to those who have donated and if you can it really does held on those bastard 20 mile plus training runs oh and the 13.1 mile run last Sunday in the wind, rain, hail, sleet and even snow !
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