07-31-09 · 8:44 pm
“Moved into spare room”
Wow…. I must have argued with myself and got thrown out?
Actually, I this was part of my necessary ‘teenage remodeling’ years. It is CERTAINLY something that my Dad remembers with a little bit of horror.
He reminded himself of it – and then me – when, last year, I told him I had finally finished painting “the bloody dining room” here at our house in Newport.
The room took me ten times longer than I felt it should have done for the simple reason that my wife & I chose a deep red paint colour for the walls. Anyone who has done painting will know that dark colours never quite look right after just a couple of coats, and thus require several more to give them the depth and strength they deserve.
Thus, my dining room became “that bloody dining room”, just as – I’m sure – my bedroom became “that bloody bedroom” for him in 1973.
The reason being that I chose…. wait for it… a deep purple for two of the walls.
He should have been happy I wasn’t into Black Sabbath!
07-30-09 · 8:43 pm
“Found chain” / “Got official o’level certificate”
I think this goes down as an official “good day” for me in 1973.
Not only did I find the elusive identity bracelet, but I also collected the official certificate proving I had already passed my Maths O-Level a year earlier than many of my peers.
In an occurrence that I still find “curious” after all these years, a neighbours kid claimed he found the bracelet in some hedges or other up near the Fox & Hounds pub. He saw the name on the back, associated it with me and got his folks to bring it to us. He was rewarded.
However, I have no idea why it would have been found up near the pub – no, really, I don’t! – and I suspect instead some kind of mischievous foul play.
36 years later I know where the chain is, but haven’t got a clue where the certificate might be. I wonder if I could even get a replacement in the highly unlikely event I would need one?
07-29-09 · 8:40 pm
“Went to Hi-Fi exhibition in E’Leigh”
In a run of synaptual successes, I can also remember this exhibition… although – naturally – nothing whatsoever specific about it.
It was held on the badminton courts at Fleming Park Sports Centre, dealers laying their wares out on a series of tables and/or having sizeable marquee-style displays.
I’ve often wondered if this kind of exhibition actually does dealers any good. I can see something big like the (for instance) London Earls Court exhibitions having an impact on what people buy… but a little regional set-up like this?
I can’t say I remember anything on show having an influence on what I eventually bought – remember I was in the market for some new ‘whammy’ equipment – but after 36 years you surely can’t have expected me to.
07-28-09 · 8:36 pm
“Had a look for chain at school – could not find it – damn!”
I do remember that this lost chain saga really dominated my thoughts back then.
Maybe its why I went to church yesterday?
Considering the “damn!” however, maybe not?
07-27-09 · 8:34 pm
“Went to C in morn”
On this occasion the much-maligned “C”-word refers to “church”
Something that is as alien to me now as never being grumpy.
07-26-09 · 8:31 pm
“At work all day. Came home and played with organ”
07-25-09 · 8:28 pm
“Think I might have lost chain at school. Hope not”
Oh man… I DO remember this!
(Pauses for readership to sit up and suddenly take notice)
I had a silver identity bracelet, given to me by my folks. It was engraved on the inside and outside and I wore it pretty constantly.
It did have a tricky – and somewhat poorly-designed – clasp though. It used to get caught on the sleeves of whatever I was wearing, something which doubtless contributed to me mislaying the chain somehow.
07-24-09 · 8:26 pm
“Went wiv Dad to thing at school – quite interesting although very borin'”
Sometimes my diary entries can be VERY frustrating 36 years later.
What do you mean “Join the club“?