September 26, 2005
After many heated conversations with the londoners, about who was the god of golf, it was decided to have a golf match. To the winner would go the bragging rights and the losers would have to mow the lawn of the winner in their mother's sunday best.
First order of action was chosing the venue. After factoring in that I am incapable of navagating my way out of a paper bag it was decided that Nat and Rob would make the long haul up from London to the leafy county of Surrey. So the venue was my choice I chose a testy 9 hole par 3 with lots of water.
The first challenge of the day was getting there (anyone who has been to Surrey knows that it is a county bountious in windy roads and insane drivers). With Nathaniel hard on the tail of my car (he claimed to be slipstreaming) we raced over to Wildwood golf course.
The opening hole was a challenging par 3 with a bunker short of the green and water all down the right. After hitting a perfect 9-iron straight over the green (I swear the wind died down) it was Nathaniel's turn. He stood up full of confidence and addressed the ball, he then claims he took a series of "practise" swings; he eventually resorted to chipping the ball in the direction of the gree (in the broad sense). Rob now stepped up and hit 2 majestic 7-irons into the water on the right. It was going to be a long afternoon.
The next hole had water up to, and to the left of, the green I hit it to a few feet and Nathaniel, not wanting to bring water into play, adopted a special tactic.
The third was a simple short par 3. On the fourth Rob came into his own and struck a 7-iron to 2 feet and then missed the put.
It all seemed to go my way from then as my golf game held together and the home match was won relatively easily; now I have the away match to look forward to.
September 15, 2005
September 14, 2005
Just a quick comment to see if anyone else is impressed by google earth. You just have to put in an address anywhere in the world and it will find it. I recon a few generations later and google earth will be able to show pictures of houses.
Still very amusing.
1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
2. Movie nudity is virtually always female.
3. You know stuff about tanks.
4. A 5-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
5. Monday Night Football
6. You donít have to monitor your friendsísex lives.
7. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.
8. You can open all your own jars.
9. Old friends donít give you crap if youíve lost or gained weight.
10. Dry cleaners and haircutters donít rob you blind.
11. When clicking through the channels, you donít have to stall on every
shot of someone crying.
12. Your ass is never a factor in a job interview.
13. All your orgasms are real.
14. A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex.
15. Guys in hockey masks donít attack you.
16. You donít have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.
17. You understand why 'Stripes' is funny.
18. You can go to the bathroom without a support group.
19. Your last name stays put.
20. You can leave a hotel bed unmade.
21. When your work is criticized, you donít have to panic that everyone
secretly hates you.
22. You can kill your own food.
23. The garage is all yours.
24. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
25. You see the humour in 'Terms of Endearment'.
26. Nobody secretly wonders if you swallow.
27. You never have to clean the toilet.
28. You can be showered and ready in 10 minutes.
29. Sex means never worrying about your reputation.
30. Wedding plans take care of themselves.
31. If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be
32. Your underwear is $10 for a three pack.
33. The National College Cheerleading Championship.
34. None of your co-workers have the power to make you cry.
35. You donít have to shave below the neck.
36. You donít have to curl up to a hairy ass every night.
37. If you are 34 and single nobody notices.
38. You can write your name in the snow.
39. You can get into a nontrivial pissing contest.
40. Everything on your face stays its original colour.
41. Chocolate is just another snack.
42. You can be president.
43. You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger seat.
44. Flowers fix everything.
45. You never have to worry about other peopleís feelings.
46. You get to think about sex 90% of your waking hours.
47. You can wear a white shirt to a water park.
48. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
49. You can eat a banana in a hardware store.
50. You can say anything and not worry about what people think.
51. Foreplay is optional.
52. Michael Bolton doesnít live in your universe.
53. Nobody stops telling a good dirty joke when you walk into the room.
54. You can whip your shirt off on a hot day.
55. You donít have to clean your apartment if the meter reader is coming.
56. You never feel compelled to stop a pal from getting laid.
57. Car mechanics tell the truth.
58. You donít give a ratís ass if someone notices your new haircut.
59. You can watch a game in silence with your buddy for hours without even
thinking 'he must be mad at me'.
60. The world is your urinal.
61. You never misconstrue innocuous statements to mean your lover is about
to leave you.
62. You get to jump up and slap stuff.
63. Hot wax never comes near your pubic area.
64. One mood, all the time.
65. You can admire Clint Eastwood without starving yourself to look like
66. You never have to drive to another gas station because this one is just
67. You know at least 20 ways to open a beer bottle.
68. You can sit with your knees apart no matter what you are wearing.
69. Same work, more pay.
70. Gray hair and wrinkles add character.
71. You donít have to leave the room to make an emergency crotch adjustment.
72. Wedding dress $2000, Tux rental $100.
73. You donít care if someone is talking behind your back.
74. With 400 million sperm per shot you could double the earthís population
in 75 tries, at least in theory.
75. You donít mooch off othersí desserts.
76. If you retain water, itís in a canteen.
77. The remote is yours and yours alone.
78. People never glance at your chest when you are talking to them.
79. ESPNís sports centre.
80. You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.
81. Bachelor parties whomp ass over bridal showers.
82. You have a normal and healthy relationship with your mother.
83. You can buy condoms without the shopkeeper imagining you naked.
84. You neednít pretend youíre 'freshening up' to go to the bathroom.
85. If you donít call your buddy when you say you will, he wonít tell your
friends youíve changed.
86. Someday you will be a dirty old man.
87. You can rationalize any behaviour with the handy phrase 'Fuck it'.
88. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you might
become lifelong buddies.
89. Princess Diís death was almost just another obituary.
90. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.
91. You never have to miss a sexual opportunity because you are not in the
92. You think the idea of punting a small dog is funny.
93. If something mechanical doesnít work, you can bash it with a hammer and
throw it across the room.
94. New shoes donít cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
95. Porn movies are designed with you in mind.
96. You donít have to remember everyoneís birthdays and anniversaries.
97. Not liking a person doesnít preclude having great sex with them.
98. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with 'So Ö notice anything
100. There is always a game on somewhere.
It's great being a straight guy…
June 08, 2005
June 07, 2005
Being an engineer I do like doing things with my hands… sometimes I like to build contraptions that, despite following instructions meticulously, never quite seem to work as predicted.
In this case however it isn't my fault. The car I am currently building, a Nitro racer, is part of a kit, and is build up over months; as new parts are sent mensually.
However there is far too much backtracking between issues and it is getting rather frustrating.
Just thought, since I now have a blog, I am entitled to my own little rant every now and then.
Just like to thank Chris for his comment. And would like to point out that the speakers at the front of the stage pack quite a punch. I swear i still can't hear properly out of my right ear. And i'm now listeneing to the Levellers.
I also would like this opportunity to say Hi to all the beige people out there.
HAHA I have decided i would like to adopt the word beige although magnolia could be appealing, though decidedly less catchy
Well it started off in a fun way. Up at the crack of dawn to be on the road for the unearthly hour that is 5:30am. We sped down to Luton and had a very quick run.. or at least it seemed quick when you sleep through it. After a early phone call from rach making sure i didn't kill myself on holiday.
We flew out to Alicante and stayed at a very nice hostel called the Orange House
On the first day we went to a good rock face, about 15mins away by car, called sella. This is where I did my first ever sport climbing lead. It was a truly terrifying experience the moment you get above your clip you realise that the rope is below you and if you fall you are going to fall several metres. You then focus on your holds and footing , and no matter what you do, they always seem to be getting more slippery, or, are smaller than you first thought.
The rest of the trip is a whirlwind of climbing experiences and amusing drunken nights with great mornings after. Notably i managed to Flash lead a nice 6C+ and lead a 7A which is my best outdoors at the moment.
So a great trip was a great success i particularly enjoyed Ghandia, a great place with lots of powerful low clmbs as well as a great climb up a hole which you could invert yourself in on the way down.
I would like to thank…
Our cars driver for his speedy driving (surpassing the speed limit with considerable ease) which meant we were first to the rock and first back to the single cooker. HAHA
Thanks Trandy for the projectile vomit off the top bunk. Finishing that bottle of vodka was a truly monumental effort. I don't have a picture but this was a monster 3 litre gone in one night.
Ta to Jack who climbed with me; leading up the problems so that i could then do them on top-rope (i'm such a pansy)
Finally i'd like to applaud rich who was the first resident at the orange house to need to be air lifted off the mountain. You are a filmstar as some of the other residents at the orange house cracked out the videocameras to film the rescue ( I would also like to point out that once rich got back climbing after several months off it only took him abut a week to break his foot.)
So when's the next one..