Sunday Malaise ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
9/4/2005 7:04 am

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Sunday Malaise ...

I woke up today, dear reader, feeling a little grumpy (and no wisecracks about abuse of fairytale dwarves, if you please!).

I pottered around a little, ate a little (I don't care what anyone says, ham and mustard sandwiches make a fine breakfast) read a little, showered, read a few blogs ... but still felt moody. I grabbed my first coffee of the day and sat down at the PC to visit the chatrooms.

Two friends were talking about the pleasures of riding and it took me back to holidays in Cornwall when I sat astride a well-mannered (and, it seemed, very tall) horse, trying to learn how to match its rhythyms, while my friends took off across the fields at top speed on their own fine beasts. It was the only time I've ever been to Cornwall and been able to peer above the hedges!

I've always been a city boy but that doesn't mean that I don't like chances to enjoy the countryside, time to slow down, to take off my watch and immerse myself in the eternal Now, absorbing the beauty that Nature, in its infinite wisdom, has endowed us with.

Outside the sun was shining. It was time to take my moods outside too.

"Outside" meant into Croydon, hardly a rural landscape - but it was nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my body as I walked and to gaze at the townscape, in its own way (and, perhaps, particularly to the photographer's eye) possessed of its own interest.

Then temptation beckoned and I gave in: into Yates' for a drink in the beer garden. "Garden" is an interesting name for an area of concrete and decking, surrounded by walls on all sides, with metal tables and chairs and a solitary, rather sad-looking palm in one corner ... but it was good. The walls kept the noise to a minimum, the sun shone down and in this oasis of peace and calm, with my pint of cold, refreshing cider and Terry Pratchett's "Night Watch", just for this moment I could believe that all was well with the world.


Note: The Yates' staff seemed to have been chosen to fit a particular profile: all female, late teens or early twenties, around the same height ( say 5'4" ), slim and curvaceous with company T-shirts that showed off a large area of midriff. I noted this purely on an intellectual level, naturally, as I wondered what exactly the selection criteria were. Do they ever employ male bar staff? If so, do they have to wear equally short and revealing T-shirts? I may have to go back to carry out further research ...

starlight_runner 39F

9/4/2005 10:26 am

returning to check out the male bar staff.rofl
u are so gay, u are u are, u are so gay u are.

kisses to the gay but o so Quiet about it one.


Ana_6973 43F

9/4/2005 12:24 pm

So would this mean they are the equivelent of say a Hooters here in the States?

By the way, if you want to check out equipment from PES in person, Regulations in Londan carries our products. 17A St Albans, Islington Green. And I have worked for them too long if I can rattle off an address in the UK from memory.


~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/4/2005 1:54 pm

Ana ... Thanks for that, ma'am ... but I've been there already As for Hooters ... I know them from my visits stateside but as far as I'm aware explicit employment policies like that would be illegal over here (I'm amazed Hooters gets away with it).

Starlight ... Why do I suspect you're missing the point deliberately?

AlbertPrince 57M

9/5/2005 9:00 am

No dwarf jokes - Some mornings I wake up grumpy, other mornings I let her sleep!

GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3042 posts
9/5/2005 11:48 am

Croydon !!"Outside" meant into Croydon, hardly a rural landscape"

you are only a few mins drive from Sanderstead , the Purley Downs, indeed the whole Surrey Downs are wonderfull, this time of year.

Oh how I remember Sundays on the Downs, when my children were young, sometimes we went off to Caterham, lots of woods there, as a child , my Dad knew all the deserted places where you could find wild strawberries , blackberries, and rasberries.
Visited again , on my own, two years ago, after my Dad's funeral, my way of handling things , still no people around , and all the berry bushes full of fruit , and overgrown.

Sorry to ramble on , forgot it's your blogg, not mine

regards GBC

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/5/2005 12:08 pm

GBC ... You're quite right: Surrey has some gorgeous spots and I love 'em ... and there are several decent clumps of green within easy walking distance of my flat. What you have above is an edited version of my day, though: I had a couple of things I had to pick up in Croydon which rather determined my direction!

Feel free to ramble here anytime you like, though ... and I shall ramble through the Surrey countryside

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