Saturday 16 September 2023

Pinterest Part Five

Welcome to a cloudy but rain free South Manchester. The heat of last week has almost gone but there is still a little left to make it a reasonably pleasant day. Sadly, the garden furniture will have to be put away later today in preparation for more autumnal weather as we descend inexorably towards my least favourite season, winter. 

I’m not too bothered really; I get a final taste of summer next week in Sicily.

Shall we answer some silly questions from Sunday Stealing

1. What is your favourite book?

I don’t really have a favourite book, if I’m honest. There are several novels that I have really enjoyed (and that I have mentioned previously on this blog) but there isn’t one that sticks out as my number one.

Maybe when I have written my own novel, I will elevate that to be my favourite book.

2. Are you afraid of the dark?

I used to be afraid of the dark as a kid, but only when I had watched a horror film or read a horror story. It was a transient thing and the longest I had the fear was when I saw The Exorcist – which made me sleep with a small light on for two or three days. I was 19 years old at the time too – what an idiot I was.

More recently I watched two films that reminded me of that feeling. The first was Paranormal Activity which really spooked me – but I was fine when I went to bed. The second was a Spanish horror movie called REC, which I watched alone in the house on a Saturday night at 9pm in winter (Mrs PM was away visiting her mum) with all the lights out - to try to get into the atmosphere of the film. That did make me a little spooked as you might expect so I switched the light on when it had finished. Thankfully I was fine. 

3. Are you mean?

Ah – is this “mean” as in unpleasant or “mean” as in tight-fisted? I’ll answer both.

Mean (unpleasant) – I like to think that I am the opposite of mean. I hate it when I upset people, even people that I am not particularly fond of. I am not a “people pleaser” per se, as I will stand my ground even if it pisses people off. And I love to make people smile or laugh. It makes me feel good when that happens.

Mean (tight-fisted) – Definitely not. I have found that some people who are quite wealthy are quite miserly, their mantra being “there’s a reason why I am wealthy – I don’t spend my money!”. The way I see it, certainly at my age, you can’t take it with you when you shuffle off this mortal coil, so why not enjoy it? That doesn’t mean that I will just blow it all like a lunatic without thinking of Mrs or the kids. Nevertheless I am not going to let it sit in a bank when I can spend it on travelling and other fun things. And I will always be one of the first at the bar when I go to the pub, rather than sitting back (like some people I have known).

4. Is cheating ever OK?

Not really. I think if you cheat in an exam, you are fooling and hurting yourself because ultimately it will come back and bite you on the arse.

5. Can you keep white shoes white?

I don’t wear white shoes these days because you can't keep them white. Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s it was quite fashionable to have white trainers (sneakers if you are American) and it was a bugger to keep them clean. I had to buy a white polish of sorts and paint them every so often to try to remove black scuff marks. And it didn’t work. I once had a trendy pair of white shoes in the 1980’s and they were even worse to keep clean, which meant that I only wore them on special occasions. I’m happy with other colours these days.

6. Are you currently bored?

On the contrary. I am very busy at the moment and I don’t have time to be bored. I am very busy at work. We are having the back room, hall and stairs decorated and in preparation I am going through my stuff and trying to be ruthless with it. I am not a hoarder but I do have hoarding tendencies and it is quite difficult. We have had the loft boarded up and made accessible as a storage space so I have been up and down there in recent works, storing my stuff in storage boxes. I have almost finished and it has been fun and cathartic. Mrs PM is happy because there is less clutter in the house and she hasn’t crossed the line telling me what I have to get rid of. In fact, it turns out that she has hoarding tendencies too. “I’m not throwing that away,” she says. “It’s sentimental!” – “Exactly,” I reply. 

I am therefore keeping most of my junk – which isn’t really junk – just sentimental stuff. 

Sorry for the tangent but there is a lot of other stuff to do too – so I am definitely not bored at all. 

7. Would you change your name?

Definitely not. I love the name, Dave. My middle name is George and I used to hate it. Bizarrely I have come to like it in the past few years. My dad’s name was George so it is a kind of reminder of him.

8. Do you like the subway?

I love the subway. 

You get to see a lot of interesting people and it can be fun to just watch them going about their daily business. If I lived in London I would travel everywhere on the Tube.

In London, people tend not to talk to other people. I don’t really know why. This means that when you are travelling alone on the Tube you just see people staring into space or just reading their phones or books.

 In Manchester we have a light railway system called Metrolink and strangers sometimes do speak to each other. 

If you can read the Metrolink map, you will some great Mancunian place names that still make me chuckle, like Crumpsall and Besses o’ th’ Barn. 

9. Who’s the last person you had a deep conversation with?

It was probably Mrs PM and it was probably about the house. 

10. Dumbest lie you’ve ever told?

I tell jokey lies all the time to try to make people laugh. I don’t recall any absolute whoppers or even any stupid ones. Ah – perhaps in my early days as a Roman Catholic. Let me explain.

When you are a Catholic you are supposed to go to church regularly and confess your sins to the priest. I remember when I was forced to do this by peer pressure (mostly from my mum), I would sit and wait for the priest to call me in. 

And then I would lies through my teeth to the man.

“Bless me father for I have sinned. It’s been two weeks since my last confession.” – LIE – it had been at least a month.

“I have broken my sister’s doll.” – LIE – I couldn’t think of anything naughty that I had done.

“I have told lies.” – TRUTH – I’ve been lying since I have been in this confessional box. I always used to make that the last confession because I figured that if I confessed to telling lies then the priest could absolve me of the lies I told when I entered the confessional box.

He would them tell me that as a penance I would have to say the Hail Mary ten times and the Our Father ten times. I would say each one once and then go home – and I would never confess the fact that I had not said my penance last time I was there. 

What a naughty boy I was. And so was comedian Dave Allen.

I dread to think how long I would be in the confessional box were I to go now.

11. Do you sleep with your door open or closed?

We close the door to stop the cats from waking us up at three o’clock in the morning.

12. Favourite month?

Probably June because it means summer is here and we usually go abroad during that month.

13. Dark, milk, or white chocolate?

Definitely dark chocolate. White chocolate is an unnatural abomination that should not exist.

14. Tea or coffee?

Definitely tea. I do like coffee though and I drink it once or twice a week on average. Usually when I go abroad I choose coffee because tea in any place apart from the UK and Australia is like dishwater.

15. Night or day?

Both. I would love to be able to stay awake 24 hours a day but sadly I can’t. 


Bev Sykes said...

Your confession story is very similar to mine--including confessing to lying at the end so you'll be forgiven for the lies you just told!

Elephant's Child said...

I am with you on dark chocolate. And tea. I love the smell of coffee but can sadly no longer drink it.
Summer is my least favourite month and if the early signs are to be believed then we are in for a very hot and dry one.

River said...

#2 no- never have been.
#4 never, using a thesaurus for crossword clues doesn't count does it?
#7 I've thought about it in the past but what would I choose?
#11 open, the cat sleeps with me anyway and the room gets too stuffy with the doors closed.

Lisa said...

As always, I enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your answers! Have a great day!

Roger Owen Green said...

I love your lies. We Protestants have missed out!

Kwizgiver said...

The comedy clips you posted are spot on!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

I was late responding to and publishing comments - sorry. It's a good thing I guess. If I were to go now I would do the same.

"I have used bad language occasionally and I have told loads of lies. Can I go now?"




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

Freshly brewed coffee smell divine, doesn't it?




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

HA ha - yes - using a thesaurus for a crossword puzzle is something I do - so I am a cheat!




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lisa,

Thank you very much.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Roger,

Protestants I know are amazed that I have been to confession. It's been a while though.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Kwizgiver,

Dave Allen was a great comedian.




TenTas said...

I love dark, milk AND white chocolate. It may be an abomination to you, but a white lindor ball, slowly sucked as I'm sitting on the couch watching some outdoor experts slowly starve in Alaska on 'Alone' is heaven on a stick!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Gday Kath,

I love Lindor but not the white ones. Mrs PM loves white chocolate too.


Cheers PM