the boy is at Leeds Festival this weekend.
he will see Muse tonight (his favourite band). or The Hunna, a new fave. or both. i dunno.
he and his friends went and saw the Pigeon Detectives last night on my recommendation.
he loved em. says he was in the mosh pit.
i WAS tempted to tell him who to see today, but HE needs to decide, not me.
i am missing him like mad, worried that he is ok, jealous that he is there with his mates and not me, and not looking forward to being at Oakwell without him tomorrow. sounds daft, but feels like i am losing him. spent so long on nights and missed so much that the time we HAVE spent doing stuff, especially these last 16 months, seems to have been so shor and gone by so fast.
that is my fault, not his, and i know that i could have also probably made a bit more effort, but thats too late now.
it’s little things like coming home this monday and NOT watching Game Of Thronesat half four, before his mum gets in and disturbs us, because his girlfriend was here. don’t get me wrong, she is wonderful and i am glad he has her and that happiness in his life, but we’ve ALWAYS done it!
anyhoo, i can’t wait to see him monday and hear all his tales from the weekend. maybe over a drink.
it is with a heavy heart and bitter-sweet emotions i have to announce that, as from 7am saturday 2nd april i will no longer be employed at what i have always refered to as “the paid job”.
i’ve never NOT said i work for tesco, just never made a big deal of it. i am not ashamed of working for them. i won’t deny that some of the decisions of the company are at odds with my politics, but i much prefer to keep work and home/social/political life totally exclusive. now i am nothing near daft enough to think that such issues that cause upset are decided at store level. so as such, morally i have no issue working for them. that and the fact that i have for nigh on TWENTY EIGHT YEARS, since i was a nipper.
anyway, back to the point.
as you may have seen recently in the news, around 75 or so stores are to cease 24 hour trading. unfortunately ours is on that list. as such, my job role is no more. i have been offered other position in our store and at other stores, but sadly no full time positions are available at this time. (like most retailers these days it seems full time jobs don’t exist).
another option was redundancy.
now with 28 years behind me as well as my age you can imagine the package offered was very decent. for all the constant slagging off the company gets, in the main, they DO know how to treat staff. they looked after me fourteen years ago when i had my accident and was off for 12 months.
myself and The Enemy have spent the last few weeks talking it all through (talking about bugger all else to be fair) and we decided that redundancy was the way to go. and so it is. i have six weeks left. then for the first time since leaving school i will be jobless.
i have plans. i won’t become a man of leisure just yet. but i AM having a good few weeks off. going to spend the quality time with The Enemy and Boy that i have missed by being on nights for the last 10 years, and get used to daylight again. also crack on with the handful of poems i have started and stalled on. maybe even finally learn to play my melodica (and if allowed, buy a trombone and learn that)
so there you have it. it’s official now and i wanted you all to know. if i have seemed distant and not entirely fun in the last month, this may go some way to explaining it. i apologise to anyone who may feel i have been ignoring them, i swear i meant nothing personal by it. also apologise for the lack of radio shows. that too shall be addressed very soon.
anyone who needs a loyal, trustworthy, fun employee from may onwards, speak up. i’ll be available.
for now though, i’ll end by saying thank you to tesco for employing me for almost three decades, the many friends that i have made along the way and the decent customers who managed to NOT insult or threaten me.
now my bearded dragon, Stumpy, is six months old on sunday, and he is a lively bugger. for an animal known to spend the greater part of a day basking, he does some running about. Pogona Parkour!
and he eats Locust. loves them. nowt pleases him more than to put the tub in, take the lid off and let him chase them round his viv, chomping away. they’re about 1″-2″ long, colourful and quite cute
Stumpy and a hopper.
the boy’s, Spike, is 11 weeks older, considerably bigger (they grow at different rates) and also eats locust. only HIS are adult ones. about 2″-4″ long. big, brown, and with wings. and they crunch when he has them.
Spike’spawn of satan
Spike is a lazy sod. won’t run about. never has. but i thought, if he has summat to run after…..
so i put a full tub of 6 adult hoppers in his viv, took the lid off, quickly shut the door and watched. yeah…. watched.
i watched ALL SIX jump.straight into the bushes. Spike just sat there.
now as i said, Stumpy sized bugs i can scoop up with my hands no worries. but not Spike’s. lord no! so there i was, shifting bits of greenery like a fat David Bellamy, jumping like a schoolgirl when one hopped and screeching if one landed on me. trying to grab them one at a time and dangle them in front of the lazy git.
i finally managed it, put all the viv decorations back and sat back relieved.
i’m sorry Stumpy, but you’re sticking with the smaller ones. at least you like to chase em.
to every one i have met.
and all of you i’m yet to know
to everyone who’s been taken away.
we’re so sad to see you go.
as we say goodbye to twenty fifteen
and enter this fresh year.
its ok to leave whats been,
and start this one, slate clear.
here’s to a great year to you all.
love from Me, The Enemy & The Boy.
The Boy has taken Barnsley, i have taken the mighty Leeds United.
we’ve played 5 league games each so far. he has won more than me.
no suprise there then.
much gnashing of teeth, tantrums, bad language and sulking too. the boy has been ok.
i have a week off. it is half term and i have a week off with The Boy.
we intend to have a fifa 13 tournament. once he cleans his room.
it took him over an hour to get dressed today, so i am guessing we’ll be kicking off around 5pm.
The Enemy has thursday and friday off.
on friday we’re off to see my mate. not seen her since her birthday last year.
The enemy has never met her, so it will be good to get them together. we helped each other through some pretty shitty times last year. been too long.
in other news, i have a kindle fire hd. in fact i am writing this post on it. pretty cool huh?
that’s all for now. talk soon.