Sunday, 20 October 2019


After another weekend away, I can return to Sunday Stealing.

I was in Barcelona for a university reunion. We’ve gone international now. So what do we have this week? Firsts?

Let’s dive right in.

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

The first thing I thought was “What an ugly old bastard!” This was closely followed by “How can my hair get itself in such an unholy mess?” Finally, “I really need to put on my glasses before I look in the mirror!”

2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life?

The first one I recall was a two week holiday to the south coast of England, to a resort called Brighton. If you are British you will know all about the place. If not, then it is a pleasant seaside town that has changed over the years. I haven’t been since I was a child but I would love to pop back sometime.

3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see?

A pint of skimmed milk.

4. Tell us about your first kiss OR your last first date.

I will tell you about my first kiss. I was about 7 years old and at school. It was raining outside during a break so we all had to stay indoors rather than running around like lunatics outside.  I was sitting at my desk next to an Irish girl of the same age. We were very good friends and were reading books together. We stacked them up so that nobody could see us. I don’t really know who instigated it but we just found ourselves in a tiny embrace. I still remember it well – I’m sure she does too.

5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?

I would stay on planet earth because there is no air in space. I’m scared of heights so I wouldn’t fly too high. I would probably go somewhere with an amazing view armed with my camera and take thousands of photographs.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?

Close the door.

7. What is the first thing you ever said to your firstborn?

I remember it well. I said “Hello!”.

8. What is the last thing you heard about your first love?

I can’t remember who my first love was so I will revisit the Irish girl from question 4. I went to a wedding in the 1980s in Knutsford and met a guy from my home town of Walsall. It turned out that he knew her brother and a little later he mentioned my name to him. Her brother then asked the first kiss whether she remembered me. And she did! Not only that, she asked about me I heard that she was a nurse in the south of England somewhere.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?

I think I’ve answered this before. I would create rock music so that I had some entertainment while I created the rest of the world.

10. What is the first song in your IPOD or song list?

Hang on – I shall switch it on and hit play on shuffle.

Here it is.

Disappointed by Nine Inch Nails:

11. What is the first tangible thing you lost that you could never find again?

I rarely lose things. The one thing I remember is a set of keys way back in the 1980’s and I only remember that because I was absolutely furious with myself (as I always am when I lose something).

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?

I do not have a favourite First Lady.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.

Here it is.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?

On Friday I went for my usual lunchtime walk and when I got back to the office, I discovered that one of my fingers was covered in blood. I had somehow managed to acquire a tiny cut. A plaster soon sorted it out.

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?

No because it is clearly American football you are talking about (or as I like to call it Rugby for wimps). 


Stacy said...

I have to tell you, sadly, that putting your glasses on before that first look in the morning really doesn't help. lol

Thank you, for also pointing out that we'd die flapping around out there in space without air. I'm not sure we'd even make it all the way out of the upper reaches of our own atmosphere.

Of all the things we'd create, I like the idea of music so we could listen to it while we work.

Happy Sunday!

The Gal Herself said...

Pssst! I don't like football, either. Please don't turn me in!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Stacey,

I agree about the glasses - it bringseverything into sharp focus - which isn't pleasant.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi The Gal Herself,

I like football (soccer if you are American) - but not American football. We don't play it over her much.




Annie said...

Life looks much better without any glasses I think.
I don't care for football either no matter which version it is or what nation plays it.

Elephant's Child said...

I prefer not to put on my glasses before looking at myself. It lets me keep some illusions...

Bev Sykes said...

"Rugby for wimps" is a perfect description. The first time I saw a rugby game I was appalled at how coddled our football players are!

I'm enjoying reading people's first entries.

River said...

#1: I need more sleep. Every morning during hayfever season, I tell my mirror image I need more sleep as I look at my slitty eyes surrounded by puffy skin. Some days I actually go back to bed after taking more antihistamine.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Ann,

I can barely see without mine. Life certainly looks more blurry.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

My hair is so wild normally that I can still see it despite my glasses! And it short too - so how can it be wild? I simply do not know!




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

I've played Rugby - it is no fun at all unless you like breathing mud!




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

Oh dear. I suffer from hay fever too but in recent years it is nowhere near as bad. There are some good things about growing old I suppose.