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Just how many different ways will internet pharmaceutical companies find to spell the word "viagra" to beat my anti-spamming measures???

HANGING LUAS
My car badly needed a service, so I wanted to leave it in to Carroll & Kinsella in Walkinstown where I first bought it. They have moved to the Ballymount Road, so I took the excuse to try the new "Luas" line into town on my way home; I got it to Connolly station then got the DART back here. It also gave me an excuse to listen to the new U2 album "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" properly and I am officially a fan. Hopefully my 95Golf is good for a little while longer, I will find out in a matter of hours.

TWIN DUTCH RATHER THAN DOUBLE
One of Jason's selling points on the upcoming weekend in Amsterdam was the fact that we would be able to get accommodation for round €15 per night. Some internet research proved this to be true, but only in a shared hostel with up to ten other people. My 35 years o…

incroyable mais vrai

I've been known once or thrice to get on my high horse about Disney movies, but I gotta admit, this one knocks me clean outta my saddle! The only thing "credible" about "The Incredibles" is the predictable tight family unit around which the plot is based. The rest lives up to the flick's title on a rollercoaster ride that's not to be missed. Go see it, we just did. Even bring the kids if you have to. Toy Story 2, Shmoy Shmory Shmoo!!!

walk of shame

Went for a walk with the kids just now, up to the Shell station at the top of Booterstown Avenue. We go every Sunday when weather permits, for a bit of exercise and to buy their "Sunday sweets". Today when I got to the counter with them and our shopping, I realized I didn't have my wallet. On top of everything, the girl at the till was a cute blonde chick!!! The kids had to offer me their own pocket money, I just about made up the change, and overall looked like a complete fool, and we then looked around the shop for the wallet which I remembered only AFTER we went gave up and went outside I actually left at home, and not ten minutes earlier had put in my breast jacket pocket so I wouldnt have to bring the wallet!

It was not my first scatter-brained episode, and definitely not my last. Naturally I assume that both the cashier and the mother who was with her kids behind me thought I must have been some sort of drunk separated dad out with his kids on a Sunday morni…

neo-condoleeza

Making someone like Condoleeza Rice the Secretary of State of the USA would be like putting Pro-Life campaigner in charge of Abortion clinics. God help us all. At least there's enough of the rational global thinking 49% of Americans in important places to get those real pictures of the behaviour of US soldiers in Iraq to the general public.

derby o' thrills

The Spurs v Arsenal "local derby" match today did not disappoint the fans. My boys somehow managed the rare achievement of scoring four goals at home and still losing 4-5. The only silver lining was that I had a €5 bet on Spurs captain Ledley King scoring with a header which he did, winning me €85. But five defeats in the last six Premiership games does not make a pretty picture for Spurs.

LAGGIN WIT DA BLOGGIN
There hasn't been much to report lately, hence the gaps in entries. I've been doing a lot of work on the 1000 word project though; I now have 14 of the planned 50 chapters done. Plans for tonight involve going to a pub downtown called Ba Misu to hook up with a crowd of Sandra's work mates.

glowing report

The kids had their parent teacher meetings this morning, Ruth and I both went, and it was all good. They both seem to be settling into their new schools nicely. As always with these meetings, I didn't see many other fathers there.

KOP THIS ONE
Spurs drew Liverpool at home in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, won't be easy, but at least we avoided the tricky threesome of Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal.


keane to progress

Spurs won, 3-0, with Robbie Keane getting two of them. I was a bit annoyed at the new coach for substituting him with half an hour left, only because I had a bet on him to get a hat trick which would have won me €180!!! I'll take the win though, and look forward to the big one against Arsenal on Saturday.


text of despair

I just got a text from Sandra which read : "I will have to go can not deal with it any more its killing me I feel like I'm going to break down". She is being driven demented by her job which usually entails being faced with a long queue of patients and coping with elderly people who are either profoundly deaf or profoundly ignorant, if not both. She has been having nightmares recently which involve her doing immense damage to herself, like scratching at her legs. She rang me earlier this morning and told me she will see a doctor on Friday, and obviously since been stressed out further in work. I wish there was something I could do for her myself.

JOL TO EARN HIS SPURS?
As predicted, Spurs named assistant Marin Jol as their coach last night, and he kicks off tonight with a crucial Carling Cup match against Burnley. It's a make or break type of game and it's live on Sky. Not sure I'll be able to watch.

willo the wisp

I had heard about an exciting new Irish player from Dublin bursting onto the Premiership scene at Manchester City by the name of "Willo" Flood, and was moved to watch their derby game with Man United today to see what he was like. Before the game the Sky Sports cameras were trained as always on the tunnel leading onto the pitch to observe the two teams standing in line before beginning their march outdoors. Immediately I spotted him, not having seen him before. Emerging behind the tall frame of City keeper David James was a scrawny skinny pasty white skinned red haired lad who proved my powers of observation by turning his back briefly to reveal his name Flood and number 44. Why am I writing about this? (a) it was funny at the time cos he stood out like a sore thumb, and (b) I immediately came up with the title. The teams drew 0-0, Flood played ok. Spurs lost their 5th out of 6 yesterday and are in turmoil.

cutting the grass...final act

She took him back, and is out with him tonight. Well fancy that. If you wonder what I'm on about, read the post "cutting the grass that's greener" below, it's quite a story.
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THREE AMIGOS

From left to right...Suzie (who's boyfriend was caught face licking), Bernie, and Sandra.

no magical mystery

Got another comment on my writing, this time on the sister blog which has 1000-word pieces on various aspects of my life to date. "Thanks for the interesting narrative. I found it (you?) bit lacking in magic; but honest, interesting and eloquent." I know exactly what he means by the magic thing, I actually thought that myself when I was posting it. I feel it's improtant to go for quantity rather than quality and hope the quality eventually sorts itself out. I heard something on the radio about a "November Novel Challenge" where they suggested prospective writers have a go at a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. For my Stories Worth A Thousand Words, this of course would mean 50 chapters. I set myself a goal to have them all done by Christmas instead, or at least to try and do one a day.

SOUL DESTROYING
Poor Sandra is extremely unhappy where she works right now, which is in the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital downtown. They have her making appointments with t…

election vigil

11:30pm
No results in as yet. There seems to have been a high turnout, which supposedly favours Kerry. I have Sky News on, waiting for the BBC’s commercial free coverage to start at midnight. I have made a tentative resolution not to visit the USA again until Bush is out of the White House.

12:30am
[based on projections Bush 39 Kerry 3 so far]
Ohio has just been declared “too close to call”, not a surprise there as it’s a crucial “swing state”, but interestingly Virginia is the same, having been a Bush win in 2000. The two networks I am watching have all their experts banging on, with the Democrat friendly BBC (Beat Bush’s Campaign) on one side, and SKY (Send Kerry Yonder) on the other. The early projection lead for Bush was expected with the big states like California and New York bound to drag Kerry back into the race.

1:30am
[based on projections Bush 94 Kerry 78 so far]
Only the safe states have declared so far, still nothing for Ohio. I’m starting to nod off for long perio…

voter anarchy

Today is polling day in my country of birth. It fascinates me how a nation that prides it self on democratic principles can have a voting system that is anything but fully representative. Electoral college? I don't care what the intentions of the founding fathers may have been; what the Americans of today are left with is a format whereby the duopoly of political parties get to greatly minimise their campaign spending by simply concentrating on the so-called "swing" states, leaving over half the population of the country constantly ignored by the prospective candidates right up to polling day. I read an article about possible change in the "middle ground" states, with apparently Colorado leading the campaign to have these states award all of their electoral college votes to the winner of the NATIONAL popular vote, rather than that of within its own state. I would be fully in favour of this. Should ten or more states agree to do it, the donkeys and the el…

shaggy dog story

Well, I slept on it. Still in a quandry. The evidence doesn't add up, she's just not that stupid. If she is, then what am I letting myself in for. She says she came back from the toilet and stood in the wrong place for half an hour. She has been in that pub dozens of times. There's a guy Michael that has been chasing her, and I have a theory that she saw him there and was afraid to have me see him because I would think she went there on purpose to meet him. Truth is, I probably would have thought that, cos I'm a serious paranoid android. So what now???? Tonight I am committed to dinner in her mum's house, then bringing her dog Jesse to Sandra's animal grooming class to be used as a guinea pig. I need to go through with that, and see how I feel when I'm with her. Then I think I should stay away from her until Friday, when we usually do something. I don't need this bullshit, torn between fear I'm being made a fool of and a fear that I'…