Monthly Archives: June 2012

Age & Direction

I found a grey hair today.

It’s not the first, and I doubt it’ll be the last. For some reason though, this one has got to me. It feels a bit like the straw that broke the camel’s back.

I know billions & billions of people have been here before, and billions will be afterwards. I also know that everyone feels old sometimes and that with one exception, there’s always someone older than you.

On a side note… World’s oldest man is Jiroemon Kimura of Japan. Here’s the Daily Telegraph coverage of his 115th Birthday.

Lately though, I’m beginning to feel increasingly old.

Whether it’s the impending 3-0, or the fact it is starting to take me 48 hours or more to recover from a night out, lately everything feels run down and run out. Many things that used to appeal to me in the past have began to bug me. Life is beginning to feel positively claustrophobic & uninspiring.

I’ll need to look into this. Maybe it’s time to do an audit of my life, decide what I want, where I am and where I’m going.

This needs to change…

NB: Interestingly, the average age in the UK in 2010 was actually 40.5. So there’s still a long way to go yet.

Sobriety and an alcohol dependent society.

It’s been a long few months. There’s no point denying it.

Today is aiming to be the third consecutive day without beer

When I say that it’s been 2 days since I last had a beer, people laugh like I’m overplaying something, but if you look at the facts, it honestly isn’t something to ignore. Three consecutive weekends away in France, Vienna & Bournemouth, each more drink fuelled than the last. I can’t name the last time I went two days without beer & subsequently the last time I was this sober.

Now before anyone makes a suggestion, let’s set the facts straight, I am NOT an alcoholic. I don’t feel a craving the second I wake to drink heavily. Frank Skinner the Comedian, for example, used to wake & then drink a bottle of whatever spirit he could find. That’s not me.

What IS true however is that even the smallest drop of alcohol can affect the system. In a city like London where the entire culture is based around alcohol, you really are going to struggle not to drink. I know people who might have only 1 or 2 beers in a night, BUT they’ll do that every single night. At some point, they must surely realise that never fully sobering. It takes 1 hour for every unit to leave your system. So 2 bottles of 5% lager will take 10 hours. If you drink 6 or more pints, effectively you’re always topping up.

For my part, I feel a bit like Father Jack in the TV Sitcom “Father Ted” when the last of the alcohol leaves his system & he states “Oh God, tell me I’m not still on that bloody island!”

I seem to have woken this morning to a quite frankly disgusting bedroom, brought on by weeks (months?) of neglect & a suit jacket bought a few weeks ago with insanely long sleeves.

Not quite sure it ended up this way, but it’s time to sort things out.

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