Sunday, 6 September 2020

Personal Development

Welcome to sunny South Manchester on day 167 of the lockdown (or not depending on your viewpoint). We are still under additional restrictions in the city and it feels a bit like Groundhog Week, with everything repeating every single seven day period. 

At least the football season is starting.

Shall we answer some silly questions? I think so (courtesy of Sunday Stealing as usual). 

1. A person I like and why I like them

Is this a person I know or a famous person? I shall assume it is a person I know. 

I went to university with a great group of people and am still in touch with quite a few. One in particular, I shall call him Wally to protect the guilty, is a great lad. He was best man at my wedding and the reason is that he has a really dry sense of humour and is also one of the cleverest people I know. He and I have been friends for 38 years and, although he lives in London, we still stay in touch and meet up for a university reunion every year – except this year sadly. He is a funny guy and we share the same outlook on life. In fact, my very first trip abroad was with him to Amsterdam and the Oktoberfest in Munich where we got into some scrapes, including almost being indoctrinated by Scientologists. 

2. A famous person I’ve been compared to.

In terms of looks, I have been compared to The Proclaimers, a Scottish pop band from Scotland, Jerry Springer and Joe 90. It’s the blond hair and glasses you see. My hair is no longer blonde really – it has darkened over the years and there are flecks of grey on the sides – but that doesn’t stop people. 

On one occasion I was out with some guys from Mrs PM’s workplace and one of them, like me, has blond hair and glasses and a drunk guy wobbled up to us and shouted “It’s the Proclaimers! Give us a song lads!”

Here are The Proclaimers in case you are wondering with a picture of me beside them for comparison (it was taken a few years ago). 


I don’t have a Scottish accent so I don’t think I would fit into the band. Here they are performing.


3. Best thing that happened to me this week
Absolutely nothing of note has happened to me this week. It is Sunday and only the start of the week.
4. Weird things I do when I’m alone.
I sing very badly to songs in my music collection and if it is a very good rock song I may even stand up and play the air guitar.
I have conversations with Poppy, our one remaining cat. She thinks I am a nutcase.
I write garbage in the name of freewriting.
5. How I’d spend $10,000
That’s easy – I would travel to a place I haven’t been to before – that is assuming we are not still in the clutches of a virus.
6. My last night out in detail
It was Mrs PM’s birthday celebrations a couple of weeks ago. Mrs PM had planned three celebrations but because of the restrictions we were limited to just the two of us rather than friends and family. She had booked a table in a pub in Manchester city centre called The Refuge for pre-meal drinks but she had to reduce the numbers to just the two of us. It’s a very nice restaurant and bar in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.


After the Refuge we walked a short distance to a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant called Sapporo and, as is typical in Manchester, it chose that moment to absolutely pour down with rain. I had not brought an umbrella and got absolutely drenched, causing some amusement for our fellow socially distanced diners.

It was a very pleasant evening.
7. Something that makes me sad when I think about it.
The current state of politics in the United Kingdom. We have a clown for a Prime Minister, we have left the European Union and are in the process of utterly ruining what was a perfectly wonderful country. And the latest thing that the Clown has done is to appoint the homophobic misogynist former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, as a trade adviser. He was massively unpopular down under and now we have to suffer him too. I despair I really do. 
8. Something I’m currently worrying about
Apart from the pandemic? Well after the pandemic has done its best to destroy the economy, Brexit rears it’s ugly head again when the transition period ends at the end of the year. The stupid stubbornness of our Clown Prime Minister means that this deadline will not shift even though there is a pandemic and all the signs point to us crashing out without a deal, which will further destroy the economy and render us a bloody laughing stock.
How has it come to this?
9. Something I do without realizing.
Ranting. I am making a supreme effort to try to see the funny side of things instead of ranting about them but it is hard, dear reader, when there is nothing to laugh at. See my answers to (7) and (8).
10. A drunken story
On a university reunion in Barcelona last year, on the first night we had rather a lot of beers and when I got back to the hotel, I noticed a glass wall with a bar the other side and sitting next to the glass wall on the other side was a table full of women who were posing for a photograph. I walked up to the wall and tried to photobomb it. They found that amusing until I got Wally (see question 1) to take a photo of me next to the wall with the women photobombing my photograph. I tried gesticulating and they just thought I was a crazed lunatic. 
When I woke up next morning I looked at my phone and wondered why there was a photograph of me looking like an insane Joe 90 puppet next to a glass wall with the curtain drawn on the other side. 
Yes – that’s right. They had drawn a curtain so that they didn’t have to see the drunken fool on the other side. Wally reminded me of my antics and they rest of my mates simply laughed at my expense for the rest of the day.
I am 57 years old – not 18! You wouldn’t think that would you?
11. Something I regret
Having a photograph taken of me in a hotel in Barcelona next to a glass wall.
12. 5 things within touching distance.
A laptop, a mug full of steaming hot tea, a pile of CDs, a window, a hat.
13. Something I’ve lied about
I don’t tell lies because Mrs PM can spot them a mile off. She refers to my “lying voice” and “my lying face”. 
14. Lyrics that apply to my current mood
Because of this pandemic …
I believe I can see the future
'Cause I repeat the same routine
I think I used to have a purpose
But then again, that might have been a dream
This is from the song “Every Day is Exactly the Same” by Nine Inch Nails. Here it is in its full glory.


15. My longest relationship
That would be with Mrs PM of course. 

20 comments:

Lori said...

Your evening with Mrs. PM sounds wonderful! Very fancy. I don't get out much. I can't even remember the last time I was out at night. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

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Bev Sykes said...

your #7 and #8 could have been written, mostly about the US. Grrr.

Kwizgiver said...

I hope Mrs. PM wasn't too disappointed in how her birthday celebration had to change. I'm a big fan of birthday celebrations.

Elephant's Child said...

I thoroughly enjoy your Sunday posts.
I am very, very sorry for you in having Mr Rabbit in a senior and powerful role. I am not sorry he is no longer in my country but that will never stop him voicing his opinions. He belongs to a small category of people who, if ever I agree with them about anything, I immediately go back to first principles to see where I went wrong.
And I talk to the cat too. He sometimes answers me as well.

CountryDew said...

I have never really heard a Nine Inch Nails song but then I recorded one of their songs myself and posted it Friday. The version I heard was not from Nine Inch Nails, it was from Johnny Cash, but in researching the song I discovered it was originally a Nine Inch Nails song. I don't even know why I am telling you that. I loved your drunken glass wall story. And both of our countries are in deep, deep shit.

zippiknits.....sometimes said...

This first song is one that I dance to, when I have a chance. LOVE IT!

That is a very nice restaurant. I'm glad you got out for a change of scenery, even though not the numbers you wanted to have.
Your drinking story is hilarious!

RANT ALERT! I think the Politicos have just absolutely gone Starkers! I'm at the end of my life, and I so wanted to not leave a world like this to the kids. Honestly thought we'd already learned some long, terrible lessons.

How did it come to this? Education is so degraded. Manners... the fire that's burning in the mountains behind our city is being overrun by people flying drones and lining up along the fire lines to get photos with their enormous 4,000 milometer lenses, and getting in the way of people trying to fight the fires and evacuate animals and people.

Mevely317 said...

Love Mrs. PM's choice of venue. The Refuge looks like a place I'd enjoy spending time. So what if you amused the other diners by arriving soaking wet? They're probably envious of your ability to enjoy yourselves in spite of the circumstances.

Pandora Behr said...

Ah PM. you've been bestowed with Tony Abbott to help you with trade. What have you done to deserve that?

The world is in a sorry state at the moment. As an optimist and a dreamer, I hope things will come out for the better.

We can only hope.

Pand

The Gal Herself said...

Do you think your cat would miss it if your conversations suddenly stopped? (I suspect so.)

Your comments about your PM sadly reminded me of our POTUS. How did the world ever get here?

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I'm gonna be 500 miles is a great song.

God bless.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

We don't get out much either - it was just her special birthday so we had to make an effort. The lockdown restrictions are limiting us somewhat.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

Oh yes - I know the US is suffering under their current regime of insanity.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Kwizgiver,

She was happy enough - not deliriously but it was better than nothing at all.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

Abbott will be attacked if he says the wrong thing - be sure of that. ALthough the Clown seems to have got away with murder.

Poppy the Cat talks back and sometimes initiates the conversation.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

It was a bit of a suprise when Johhny Cash recorded "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. I don't think they could believe it either. It is a sad song but then most Nine Inch Nails songs are fuelled by anger and sadness. Its the way they are.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Zippiknits,

The youth of today will sort it out I hope. I know that most of them hate the Clown we have in charge and will soon hopfully show it. He is in way above his head and thriving only in his "personality" which is that of a bumbling buffoon. People are now seeing the real deal hopefully.

The fire situation sounds bloody awful.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Mevely317,

I wasn't the only one who was drenched. I didn't care - I soon dried off. It is a great little place.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Pand,

Next we'll have Trump playing some part. The Orange Goblin loves Scotland and I can imagine the cretin popping over when he gets booted out of office and then trying to suck up to our Clown.

Madness!

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Gal Herself,

She would miss it. She loves it when I pop in to see her.

Don't get me started on your POTUS - I despair.

:o)

Cheers

PM

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Victor,

I like it too - plus some of their other stuff. How can you not?

:o)

Cheers

PM