I will be away for around ten days from Monday 21st September as me and my good lady Mrs PM are flying off to the United States to visit Boston and Cape Cod. This will be my seventh trip to America but my first Boston.
If you happen to be in Boston or Cape Cod for the next ten days or so and see a dark blonde Englishman looking lost, looking confused in a car as he tries to get used to driving a car on the wrong side of the road again and sporting a short crazy haircut then it could be me, so please say hello. I will probably be in a bar at some point enjoying a bottle of Sam Adams.
And guess what? This is just the start of my invasion of America; Mrs PM’s dad has persuaded us to go on holiday with him next year to the west coast of America and Canada, taking in Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle and Alaska (amongst others). I really hope that I don’t bump into Sarah Palin.
So, dear American readers – you therefore have to suffer me twice in the space of nine months.
In the meantime, I thought I let you learn just a little bit more about me by answering 50 silly questions that I shamelessly stole from somebody else’s blog.
I didn’t steal their answers by the way.
See you in ten days:
1. What year was the best year of your life?
Probably 1984, my final year at university. The music of that year was excellent and I somehow managed to acquire an honours degree, a job and a girlfriend. Weird stuff happens sometimes.
2. One animal or insect that Noah should have left off the ark?
Wasps – without question. I hate the bloody things. I always have and I always will. Give me the power to wipe out one creature on this planet and these yellow and black buggers will cease to be.
3. Do you make a wish before blowing out your birthday candles?
I don’t blow out birthday candles any more. There are so many of them, that the cake would be a fire hazard and in these crazy days of excessive health and safety I would most likely be arrested for breach of a stupid rule; either that or pushing the birthday cake into the face of a health and safety officer.
4. Do you generally open your bills on the day that you receive them?
Yes. But then I ignore them for as long as I can.
5. How many pillows are on your bed?
One for me (one of those foam things that helps me sleep without cricking my neck) and two for Mrs PM. That makes three (I told you I was clever enough to add up).
6. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie.
7. What is the most dominate colour in your wardrobe?
8. Have you ever seen a ghost?
Possibly. Shortly after my dad died, I could have sworn that he was in my room. I woke up in the middle of the night and it was freezing cold (bear in mind this was August) and I couldn’t move. I then heard a voice in my head that said “It’s only me, Dave”. I have been spooked by it ever since – though it could have been a dream.
9. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus?
If I was forced to I would choose a carnival
10. Favourite meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
11. Your favourite fictional animal?
12. Have you ever flown first-class?
No. I’ve flown Business Class a couple of times (having crawled to the airline staff for an upgrade) but never managed to get beyond that.
13. Would you go on a reality show?
Most people who appear on reality TV shows are total arses who want to be famous for doing absolutely nothing. So the answer is no.
14. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
Definitely optimistic about the future.
15. Pancakes or waffles?
If I have to choose, I’ll go for waffles.
16. If you could own a home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would own a house on or near to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. If I had the money to buy such a house I would almost certainly relocate there too.
17. Your favourite Soup of the Day?
Chicken and mushroom.
18. What site is a must see for all visitors to your city?
Manchester’s not exactly a tourist destination but there are many interesting things to see. I would probably go for the Museum of Science and Industry, simply because it is so interesting that you can spend an entire day in there.
19. Can you recommend a good restaurant in your city?
My favourite restaurant in Manchester is the Yang Sing, a superb Chinese restaurant.
20. You go to the zoo; What is the one animal that you want to see?
Lions; I love them but they scare the hell out of me.
21. Potatoes, rice, or pasta; Which is your favourite?
22. What is the best movie that you've seen this year?
23. One of your favourite books when you were a child?
My granddad bought me a book called “Every Child’s Answer Book” because I was a painfully inquisitive child. It had answers to questions like “What is the largest number?” and “Why is the sky blue”. I think he did it go get some peace.
24. What in your life are you most grateful for?
Mrs PM and my two wonderful sons.
25. You are home alone and use the bathroom; do you close the door?
Of course – otherwise one of the cats will stroll in and laugh at me.
26. What is your favourite small appliance?
27. Salty snacks or sweet treats?
28. Are you usually a little early, a little late, or right on time?
It depends. If I’m meeting somebody in a pub for example, I’m usually about five to ten minutes late. If it is a movie or something like that I will be very early.
29. What is the most daring thing that you have ever done?
Taken on my fear of heights head on and climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. My fear of heights won. I will never do anything that stupid ever again.
30. Have you ever met someone famous? If yes, name one.
I’ve met Richard O’Brien, author of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
31. What was one of your favourite games as a child?
32. At what age have you looked your best?
I’ve never looked my best but I’ve looked the least unattractive when I was in my mid thirties, just before middle age started to set in, causing everything to start drooping. It’s all downhill from now on (quite literally).
33. One person that never fails to make you laugh?
34. What was the first music that you ever bought?
Fanfare for the Common Man by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
35. If you could change one thing about your family life when you were a child, what would it be?
I would have loved a brother. I was outnumbered as a child by my two younger sisters. A brother would have levelled the playing field.
36. What is the one thing that you cook that always receives compliments?
I’m not a good cook at all (despite what Mrs PM says), but I can whip up a decent pasta dish.
37. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news?
Usually the BBC (both TV news and the web site).
38. In the last calendar year, how many people have you told that you love them?
39. Who received your first kiss?
A girl called Brid. I was five or six years old.
40. The single most important quality in a mate?
Intelligence. An air-headed bimbo would be nice to look at but I need decent conversation and, frankly, the intricacies of soap opera plots would not be sufficient.
41. What do you value most in a relationship?
Humour. Mrs PM makes me laugh and I make he laugh too. The problem is that she actually means to make me laugh whereas I do it by accident.
42. Do you believe that you have a soulmate? If yes, have you already met?
Yes – Mrs PM.
43. Do you consider yourself well organized?
Not totally, but I’m getting there. My war against procrastination is in its early days and I am improving as a result.
44. On average, how many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Once in the morning to see what awful state my hair is in and then once after I have beaten it into submission. And probably once more before I go to bed.
45. Did you ever make a prank phone call?
Yes. I rang up a taxi firm and sent a taxi to a stranger’s house – just for the hell of it. I was sixteen and stupid.
46. What one quality do you seek in a friend?
Fun. You have to be able to have a laugh with a mate. I struggle with people who are too serious.
47. Have you ever killed an animal?
Yes – lots of wasps. Do I feel guilty? Not a chance!
48. When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actor. I would still have a go if the opportunity arose (though I would struggle with my fear of public speaking).
49. Do you believe in an afterlife?
Tough one. I’m a Roman Catholic and as such, I was indoctrinated by the concept of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. I would like to believe that when we shuffle off this mortal coil, we drift away somewhere and live happily ever after. However, having a scientific mind, the idea of life after death is impossible to prove so I am therefore depending on the teachings of religion and faith. So the answer is really “I hope so” – though the thought of spending time in Purgatory repenting for my sins doesn’t feel like it would be a pleasant experience.
50. What would you like to accomplish with the remaining years of your life?