A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...strangle (9.12.2005, 08:23 UTC)
This is a song about a man,Who takes the life of another,An act that enrages society so much,They choose to take his life in return. Whether the song is writtenFrom the point of view of the man,Or from that of the society which punishes the man,Is up to you. Can you feel my fingersAs they're slowly squeezingHow the moment lingersThough I'm only teasing How I'd love to see you dead... If you look up evilIn the dictionaryThere's a picture of youLooking so contrary How I'd love to see you ...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...finding mom (part two) (7.12.2005, 10:32 UTC)
(i) THE STORY SO FAR(ii) HER SIDE OF THE STORY(iii) MY STRATEGYThis is the third in my seven-part series of Wednesday posts on my latest attempt to establish something of an understanding with my mother, who will be arriving here to Dublin from San Francisco next Tuesday.Hopefully the fact that it will have taken me three long essays just to set the stage before her arrival will serve as an illustration of what a daunting prospect her visit is for me.The trouble with putting a difficult confront...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (5.12.2005, 08:06 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH…• PROGRESS : On Thursday we had our “Thirst Fursday Christmas Bash” which included a slap up Thai meal so I had two pigouts in the last week which added back five pounds. Still, I’m confident that having no junk yesterday plus a week back to normal should get me down again.• HOLLY : Meet the new member of Sandra’s family – she and her brother got this...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...game seven - it's why we watch sports!!! (4.12.2005, 13:27 UTC)
[For the time being, Sundays will be reserved for sports posts here at A Bit O' Pampering. To show how happy I am to see the NHL back in action after a year of strikes and lock-outs, I've chosen republish this piece I did for a writing course a year ago.] Zednik gets stuck in against the old enemyI was browsing through the TV guide before going to bed one evening when something caught my eye. Live from Boston Garden at midnight, an ice hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canad...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...don't mention the blogs (2.12.2005, 11:36 UTC)
I went out with the “Thirst Fursday” crowd last night for a few beers, a Thai meal, a few bottles of wine, and a few more beers. Soon after arriving, B** E****** turns to me and says : “Listen – we are DEFINITELY not going to talk about blogs tonight, ok?” Ten minutes later, he turns to me and says, “Now I KNOW we’re not going to talk about blogs, but I just want to say I’m really enjoying reading Mike Todd’s blog!” A bit later...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...finding mom (part two) (30.11.2005, 16:21 UTC)
(ii) HER SIDE OF THE STORY This is the second in my seven part series of Wednesday posts which revolves around the latest stage of my quest to establish a dialogue with my mother, who is due to arrive here in Dublin from San Francisco on December 13th. I find myself caught in two minds when approaching this topic. Part of me wants to be rational and make a concerted effort to appreciate her point of view. The rest of me wants to be the angry victim of a litany of neglect. I’ll do...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (28.11.2005, 10:20 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH…• PROGRESS : Every four weeks we leave out a “green bin” to be collected which is full of cardboard and newspapers for recycling. I noticed the latest one was half as full as it normally is. Why is that? No pizza boxes! Two more pounds gone, making it 23 in six weeks.• PICTURE : I had to change my “bitesize” pic because apparently the website from which I g...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...those who can't? (25.11.2005, 16:48 UTC)
Once upon a yesteryear I wanted to be an English teacher. The trouble with aspiring to certain professions at a young age is that your perceptions are usually too far removed from reality for your choice to be an informed one. Having said that, when I was in 6th Year [American equivalent = high school senior] my dean was so impressed with the way I organized a pool tournament for my peers in the rec room that he actually took me aside and told me that if I ever wanted somewhere to train...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...finding mom (part two) (23.11.2005, 12:26 UTC)
(i) THE STORY SO FAR One of my primary New Year’s Resolutions for 2005 was to at least try to reach some sort of understanding with my mother. For those of you that haven’t read my blog extensively, I was semi-separated from her at a young age when my grandparents first chose to take on the task of raising me and eventually decided to move all the way from California to Ireland back in 1977. Since then Maura has always been in the background, paying occasional visits, but i...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (21.11.2005, 08:32 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH…• PROGRESS : Though there was only a drop of two pounds this week, I’d be happy with that for the next while, and then I’d expect it to level off. 21lbs in 5 weeks ain’t too shabby overall. Thanks again to Sandra for keeping me on track.• CONGRATS : …to my friend and regular reader Conor whose wife is expecting their first baby next summer. He chose to info...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...more like “shame & blame” (18.11.2005, 12:13 UTC)
White phosphorus being used over Fallujah. Though its illuminatory function cannot be questioned, I don’t get how the lighted area can be guaranteed not to also affect civilians [source - BBC.com] When you take into account the fact I am a self-confessed pacifist, you will understand I barely have to open my mouth on the recent “white phosphorus” debate and you would pretty much have an idea where my views would lie. In fact, before I utter a word I can hear the ...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...aw, how cuuute!!! (16.11.2005, 15:47 UTC)
Let’s face it – not many people enjoy being patronized, I certainly don’t. In case you don’t know what being patronized means, it’s when somebody automatically assumes… Oops. Seriously, though – just what is it that gets our dander up when somebody talks down to us? Ok, of course it is an affront to our dignity first and foremost, particularly when the perpetrator is someone we consider to be a peer, but in my opinion it goes much deeper than th...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (14.11.2005, 11:49 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH… • PROGRESS : It just goes to show how you can use your blog to motivate yourself. I said I’d shed more pounds by this week and lo and behold, another five pounds gone. Not sure what my target weight is just yet, but here’s hoping the trend will continue for now. • COMPLETION : Thank you all again for following my “1000 Words On…&#8221...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...stories worth a thousand words #50 (11.11.2005, 07:59 UTC)
A WARTS 'N ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ORDINARY GUY 1000 WORDS ON...NEW YEAR’S DAY 2005 Written: January 1, 2005 It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believeMaybe this year will be better than the lastI can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myselfTo hold on to these moments as they pass(Counting Crows) I was fumbling through my bag for deodorant this morning when I came across half a joint leftover from my recent trip to Amsterdam wi...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...why we blog (10.11.2005, 09:43 UTC)
Shaggy VII > Shan Sometimes, we blog because we have a humourous incident to share. Sometimes, it’s because we feel strongly about something going on in the world and we appreciate the chance to rant without interruption. Sometimes, it’s just because we haven’t written for a long time. Once in a while, I come across a post which leaves me amazed at having discovered a whole new meaningful way of utilizing this wonderful creation. I have to award the Sev...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (8.11.2005, 12:24 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH… • PROGRESS : Honeymoon period is over for my diet it seems – last week saw no weight lost, but on the plus side no weight gained. I think I probably had a beer too many over the weekend which would account for this. There will definitely be a loss next week.. • MOTHER : I have made it no secret here that my mother and I have had a difference or six lat...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...stories worth a thousand words #49 (6.11.2005, 08:27 UTC)
A WARTS 'N ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ORDINARY GUY 1000 WORDS ON...BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS Not the most appealing image is it? Written: October 26, 2004 One week from today, voters in the United States of America will decide who is to lead their country for the next four years. To my knowledge no presidential race has been as tightly contested and as clearly polarized as this one, between the incumbent George W Bush and Senator John Kerry. At time of writing it is highly li...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...while we (5.11.2005, 13:57 UTC)
While we fly to the skyDo we stop to think and wonder why?And while we fight day and nightDo we really know what’s wrong and right?For while we argue and while we lieA newborn baby starts to cry Is the Band Aid dream still happeningOr was it all just an eighties thing?For while we sing tills they ringWe have to pricetag everything!And while we haggle and while we buyOne more decade passes by! Food not bombs, love not moneyHomes not parking lots; Do you think it’s funnyThat w...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...tell us something we don't know (4.11.2005, 19:52 UTC)
Here's a handy blogging tip for you all. Should you ever enter with an arrangement with a group of friends that you meet up on the first Thursday of every month for a few sociable beverages, you are advised not to inform them that you have a blog of your own. The reason for this, as I discovered last night, is that you find your have precious little to say for yourself. "Yeah, so I've been on this diet, and so far I've lost..." "Fifteen pounds! Yeah, I read that on Monday, well done!" "Er, y...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...retro blogging (3.11.2005, 12:30 UTC)
Here's another new feature I'm taking for a test drive. On the first Thursday of each month, I'll republish a post from at least twelve months before. This first selection comes from October '04 and it was the first time I tried to make my posts anyway interesting, having finally broken away from the "well, this is what happened to me today" genre of blogging. Think I'm filling up space by re-hashing old material? Hey - if talk shows and sit-coms can do it, so can I. tale of the tape ...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...stories worth a thousand words #48 (1.11.2005, 11:03 UTC)
A WARTS 'N ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ORDINARY GUY 1000 WORDS ON...MY FIANCÉE The Unitarian Church at St Stephens Green, Dublin, where we plan to be married in August, 2006. Written: December 5, 2004 It had only been a couple of weeks since I had made the painful move from the marital home in Clondalkin back to Booterstown. Earlier that summer, my grandfather had been accepted for full-time care at the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, and his wife was in the midst of a two-w...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (31.10.2005, 20:51 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH… • JESSIE : Ten years ago when my fiancée was still living at home they got a golden retriever puppy. Sadly, Jessie had to be put down last week, as the poor thing was in a lot of pain. It made for a rough weekend for all the family. • PROGRESS : On the good news front, Sunday’s weigh in shows a loss of – drumroll – FIFTEEN POUNDS in tw...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...play-penance (29.10.2005, 14:03 UTC)
A lot of fathers go to great lengths to squirm out of their parental responsibilites – according to the Reuters Oddly Enough files, over in Sweden they’ve closed off one of the more sure-fire escape routes…Dads may be able to keep babies behind barsSweden's prison service may allow babies to live in prison with their fathers, putting men on an equal footing with women in prison parenting, a prison service official said Thursday."It would be a possibility for men, but only in ra...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...stories worth a thousand words #47 (27.10.2005, 17:00 UTC)
A WARTS 'N ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ORDINARY GUY 1000 WORDS ON...THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Irish soccer fans are known all over the world [for good reasons] Written: December 15, 2004 [Since I wrote this, much has happened, little has changed IMHO] “And we have an email here from JL Pagano which reads: ‘The only photograph we want to see would be one of Dr Paisley and Mr McGuinness outside Stormont ready to go in and govern the north’; many would say, Mr D...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...feel so small (26.10.2005, 11:05 UTC)
When I look at pictures of my familyI cannot help but hold my head up highBut then the fact that self-doubt keeps on nagging meHolds me back and it makes me wonder why If it wasn’t for my loved ones I would see no hope at allCos I feel so small When I read back over human historyI cannot help but be amazedBut then the fact that much is still a mysteryHolds me back and has me counting down my days I’d gladly sell my soul if I had a place to set my stallAnd I feel so small Mayb...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (24.10.2005, 12:26 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH…• PROGRESS : In the first six days of my health regime, I lost all of TEN pounds. Granted, I pigged out the weekend before starting so there was a lot to lose, but I’m all about accentuating the positives these days, so the party line is “so far so good”.• CONCLUDING : I’m coming close to the end of my series of 1000 word essays on my life to date. Since I ...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...stories worth a thousand words #46 (22.10.2005, 09:21 UTC)
A WARTS 'N ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ORDINARY GUY 1000 WORDS ON...MY DRIVING TEST The sticker Irish learner drivers must display on their cars till they pass their test. The funny thing about our test here is, if you fail it, you can still drive home. Written: December 5, 2004 If I had wanted to, I could have requested a cancellation when I sent in my application for my driving test in December 2002, and sat the test within about six weeks. Instead, like many other big de...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...a story with a twist or two (20.10.2005, 09:32 UTC)
It was Monday, March 28th, 2005. It was “Easter Monday”, and thus a national holiday here in Ireland. My fiancée Sandra and I went for a walk down Dun Laoghaire pier, then got the DART train back to Blackrock where we stopped in a pub called O’Rourkes for lunch and a few drinks. A friend of hers joined us with her boyfriend for a while before they had to go home. As afternoon turned to evening, we decided to go into downtown Dublin and see what was happening there...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...i think i'm in heaven (19.10.2005, 13:10 UTC)
Where can I be? I recognise itThough I’ve never been here beforeThere’s beauty all roundAnd I can’t feel inhibitions anymore I can talk to everybodyCos they know meThere’s happy facesAs far as I can see And all I know is the world and I feel fine And I think I’m in heavenIt’s either that or I’m dreaming Fear, pain, sorrow, angerAnguish, despair, prejudice, hatredIgnorance, murderIgnorance, war I can’t find those in the dictionaries here And ...
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A BIT O' PAMPERING AND THE ODD SHAG ...bitesize bullets (18.10.2005, 00:27 UTC)
TEN TOPICS…NO PARTICULAR ORDER…ONE MAN’S OPINIONS…FIFTY WORD LIMIT ON EACH… • DEPRESSING : Boy, yesterday’s post sure was hard to publish. I came that close to deleting it several times. What stopped me was my own tag-line for the essays of “warts n all”. Reading it now helps me understand the situation a lot better. Sorry to get all dark and depressing, folks. • DIET : On an upbeat note, I’ve come to a deal ...
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