Monday, July 27, 2009

Home from Home

13.15 PDX On Time
10.10 EWR 1 hr40mins Late
12.55 LHR Missed
Been on a trip to some far flung places.
Saw wide open spaces and bustling towns.
Queued up a bit.

Had a great time, just like in the movies.


Monday, July 06, 2009

" whiskey and gin"

8.38 On Time
Red wine, Guinness, vodka, gin (in error), sloe gin, white wine.
By rights the consequences should be dire.
Improbably nothing is amiss.


It was.

A lovely, quiet, cool walk home.

The streets were deserted, but for us and the nurses.

The State That I Am In - Belle & Sebastian
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - Postal Service
Until The Night - Billy Joel


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

17.41 On Time
It seems unlikely, but I'm sure I know it to be true, that from the window of a National Express Coach pulling into Leeds coach station in 1982 I saw a billboard advert for John Player Special with the slogan "Black Up North".

In my head, right on cue, came the line: "the Northern Lights are in my eyes, they guide me back to you…"

My throat tightened, my eyes burned. Like the billboard almost said I was 'Back Up North.' There are some places you just know you were meant to be, and others where you will never thrive. Although I was still a good hour away from home, once that song started playing in my head I knew that, for a little while at least, I was safe.

They told me they were happy if I was happy, and then undermined it by saying I didn't have to go back if I didn't want to. Walking away, after that weekend, was the most difficult thing I've ever done.

My Mum told me, years later, she'd always felt she should've stopped me.

Of course, she wouldn't have been able to.

Northern Lights - Renaissance

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8.38 On Time
I'm a perfectionist.
If I do something I don't want it to be the best that I can do, I want it to be the best that anyone can do.

It's why I never do anything.

You're The Best Thing - Style Council
You Can Do Better Than Me - Death Cab For Cutie
My Very Best - Elbow
Best Imitation Of Myself - Ben Folds Five


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