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Of gigs and beer and loosing a wife (again). - The Paranoid Android
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Of gigs and beer and loosing a wife (again).
Well... it's been a while again hasn't it?

There are a couple of reasons for this... I am a man of habit, and I usually write here during "lunch time" at work... because I'm sat at a desk and the PC is there and the chances of me doing so at home where I have the distractions of games and DVD's and cats - well it's small. Recently access to LJ from work has been a bit limited (in the same way that a man with no heart is a bit dead) so that's my main excuse. The other, minor, excuse would be I have been a little busy. Too busy to take 20 minutes out of my day to type up how busy I am. Really.

Most of the busy is work related. Yet another project deadline whooshing past. Yet another mad scramble to cover my arse. I swear it's not all my fault... but I am likely to get a large slice of the blame. Sucks to be the lowest common denominator.

Some of the busy *has* been non work related... and I'd like to make a record of some of that.

I've been reliving the past... some bits I wasn't actually around for the first time!

On Friday the 6th June I saw the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band with my Dad at the Astoria. They were fantastic! Ade Edmondson joined them for the whole show, playing trumpet and singing... and Phill Jupitus arrived just in time to perform the final encore - Canyons of your mind. I'm not sure Dad knew what to expect... they are a crazy bunch!

On Thursday the 19th June I saw Yazoo with Misty at the Hammersmith Apollo. Oh my - what a night! I was instantly transported back 25 years. 'Alf' still has it... her voice, if anything, has improved over the years and she really belted the songs out. Vince, half hidden behind his technology, was the synth wizard I remembered him as. They played almost every song they released in their short career as Yazoo... encoring with Only You (their first single and hit). I am reminded just how much I loved Yazoo... and they've been put in almost constant rotation on the iPod since the gig.

This prompted a search for my Yazoo CD's to make copies for Misty (I have the "Best of" ripped on my PC - but not the two original albums) which resulted in failure... so I downloaded the 25 year box set which I presented to Misty on one over her many "I'm Leaving London" gatherings. It was a pleasant surprise to find out she had purchased the physical boxed set for me as a leaving present! They say great minds think alike! :)

Misty's leaving gathering started early afternoon on the 21st. We all met up in the Round Table and eventually moved on to China Town for a meal followed by a souless pub for more drinks (but no proper beer) followed by a club for still more drinks and some surprisingly good music! My age got the best of me... and for other reasons we all decided that home was a good direction to be heading in.

Getting home from central London after about 11:30 is a serious business... it involves the magic known as The Night Bus, which, if you have seen any of the Harry Potter films, you'll know are not quite of this world. Unlike the Harry Potter ones - they do not quite get you to your destination in the blink of an eye - even a rheumatic one - and some hours after I left the club I was leaving the bus a good 15 minute walk away from my house at an ungodly hour of the morning. Luckily I had Misty on the phone to help keep me from curling up in a ball on the side of the road and sleeping until the rest of the world came alive again... just as she had kept me from curling up in a ball and sleeping on the bus for most of the journey home.

Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) - Sunday was something of a non event for me... I woke up in just about enough time to pop into see Mum (for Sunday lunch) and headed home to sleep after a stay just long enough for it to not seem too rude!

On Thursday the 26th there was a leaving bash for two of the assistants (PAs) of the Finance department.

"Finance leaving do"s are the things of legend. No one can drink like an accountant can it would seem... and those associated with accountants get sucked into the madness. I've been working with accountants for the best part of 20 years now - I know the score. Booking the day off after a bash is usually considered bad form (misery loves company) but I had agreed to help Misty move some of her stuff into my spare room on the Friday... so I had a good excuse! The night started well enough - the "girls" had bought a couple buckets of bottled beer and enough wine to give a rhino a hangover for a week. A few beers in, a heart to heart with the "Pink One", learning something new about a couple co-workers, I left the bottled beers for the young ones and moved on to Guiness. This was probably a good move, if a little late, as I was almost human the next day! One of the assistants has the reputation of enjoying her drink a little too much... and had brought along her daughter to make sure she got home okay at the end of the night. It was with a certain amount of irony that at the end of the night she (the assistant) and I were half carrying her daughter to the taxi rank. Like mother like daughter I guess.

Friday Misty and I popped in to see the 'rents for a quick "goodbye before I go to America" from Misty. Mum was chuffed muchly.

Friday evening I went to see The Searchers at Grays Thameside Theatre with my Dad and Jim and Diana who have recently announced their engagement! The original plan was for Jim's parents and Diana's parents to join then... but first Diana's parents couldn't make it (Jim offered the tickets to Dad and I) - then Jim's grandma passed away so his mum wasn't in the right state of mind to go - so just the four of us went.

It was a good show - they played a mix of their hits and covers of the time. Frank Allen (who doesn't look his 64 years!) chatted with the crowd as if he knew them all (and I suspect he actually did know most of the front row!) and verbally sparred with John McNally (who does look his 67 years - but still sounds pretty good for it!)

Sunday I saw Misty off at the airport. It was reminiscent of old times when we lived opposite side of the Atlantic. It also felt like I was loosing her again.

It's strange, we've not really seen that much of each other since we split up (for the obvious reasons) except the last couple of weeks (perhaps a month) when we've seen each other quite a lot. I've been reminded of why I fell in love with her... and also why it would never work out between us. I hope she finds what she's looking for... no matter where it is.

As a parting gift Misty gave me the Yazoo boxed set with a DVD of videos and documentaries which I watched a bit of last night. She also gave me her ticket for the Counting Crows which is another full circle... she took me to a counting crows concert in the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach as a birthday gift back in 2002.

I'm sure our paths will cross some more... and I hope we will remain good friends.

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wan1 From: wan1 Date: July 1st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Loosing a wife.....

.... maybe! Gaining a special friend? Most definitely!

Huggles you. xx
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 6th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
This made me cry, you horrible git. xx
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 6th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Wah? :(

I never meant to make you cry.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 7th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
It was very kind, and I appreciated it a lot. Thank you. x
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 8th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
(You're more than welcome) x

I was just saying it how I see it...
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 8th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Speaking of gigs, did you see that Elbow are playing a few gigs in London? And that they're all sold out? *sniffle*
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 9th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not going to like me very much, but I saw they was playing and bought a ticket.

I'm seeing them at the Roundhouse on 13th Oct.
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