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Old timers and singing. - The Paranoid Android
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Old timers and singing.
A couple months ago I was chatting via email with an ex-employee of Bank-I-Work-At (BIWA). We were bemoaning the fact that no-one ever organises nights out... so I organised a night out. I picked last Thursday because it should be a quiet time of the month/year... but nothing ever goes quite to plan.

Even though my timing clashed with a "happy hour" (with free beer) at BIWA, and getting the consolidated statutory accounts ready there were a lot of people who turned up to the pub. I got to catch up with my namesake and found out that he's also going to see The Streets. A damn good night all round really.

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There are nights when you really need to chat (and these seem to be more likely after a beer!)... and Thursday was one of those nights. Luckily (for who I'm not entirely sure?!) Misty is 5 hours behind so we had a nice long chat about the state of the world. We also worked out some details about my trip there this autumn.

Friday was busy and it didn't help that I was still a little delicate from the previous evening! I was Good™ and went straight home from work and got an early night.

Saturday I cleared some of the living room. All my DVDs and some of the CDs are now boxed/crated.

Saturday evening Leon, Sis and I went to The Albert for some karaoke goodness. It was Leon's last free Saturday before he heads off to Sweden so we made it a Leon tribute night. Pete announced to the pub that Leon was a Thai lady-boy bride and would be heading off to Thailand so it is perhaps just as well this will be his last visit there. I was bullied convinced to sing Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I am not sure I was any good - but Sis has tried to convince me it was okay.

Sis was on top form. The three girls who sit in "our" seats shall forever more be known as "weight watchers" from now on. She also sang beautifully as she always does.

Leon was in "danger" mode... after Pete's announcement it didn't seem to matter what Leon did - there's only so much embarrassment to be had! He sang a bunch of songs he'd never tried before.

Leon and I left the pub in the small hours. Not only could I not walk past the dodgy burger van at Romford station; I went back for second helpings! This was severely regretted on Sunday morning when I thought one of my cats had snuck into my bedroom during the night and crapped in my mouth.

My stupidity didn't stop at gastronomic suicide - when we finally got home (about 02:00ish) I had a pressing need to play Guitar Hero. After a couple of failed attempts on the hard level, I progressed my bassist's career on Medium until 04:30ish. Daylight was already streaming through the gap in the curtains when I crawled up the stairs and into bed.

Sunday I went to the parental abode for Dinner. Dad and I caught the last part of the Grand Prix and after dinner we started series three of West Wing.

There was not, at any time during those 4 days, any Wowing done. This is perhaps as shocking, if not more, to me as it is to you.

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tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: June 23rd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
haha. I hope he at least sang "An Innocent Man." ;)

And well done you for trying the Snow Patrol. I was wondering...
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: June 23rd, 2009 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
That would have been fab... but the one he really went out on a limb with was a Kings of Leon one!

We out again this Friday and he says the last song he will sing is "Leaving on a Jet Plane" which should be amusing.

He is still trying to bully me into singing songs I just know I will mess up!

We got Pete to sing some Garth Brooks - Ain't going down (till the sun comes up) which he now sings about 50% faster than it was supposed to be sang at. (It takes about one and a half minutes to finish the song!) That always reminds me of one of our many nights out there :)

... and what was you wondering?

Edited at 2009-06-23 10:53 am (UTC)
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: June 24th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering whether you'd be brave & sing it. :P

Speaking of pleasantly dodgy songs that remind me of nights at the Albert--I caught myself singing "Build Me Up Buttercup" to Isobel yesterday.

We should put together a CD of deliciously dodgy Albert tunes. Though I'm not really sure I could stomach that much Neil Diamond & Abba.

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