Tuesday, 22 January 2008

My tin of Heinz is still intact


So there I was, a simple lad from the simple country hamlet of Belfast, lost and alone in the big city. I had a few pounds in my pocket (forgot to get money changed, d'oh), a song in my head, and a dream in my heart, oh and a serious need for caffeine. I was only an hour and a half early for my meeting I still cannot talk about with a person I still cannot name. I say only but I do like to be early for such things.

I walked out on to Grafton Street and my mind went blank. Could I remember where I was supposed to be going for my meeting? Could I fuckity! My mind buzzed with the names of hotels, most of which were fictional, unless there is a Crossroads Motel in Dublin, and the rest were in Belfast. So I did what anybody would do in such a situation, I rolled a smoke. This was more challenging than usual due to the wind that was being funneled up Grafton Street, most of which was centred on my rolling papers. Smoke rolled I began to think clearly, and cough a little. The John Gresham, that's where I was meant to be in an hour a 25 minutes. And I knew where it was. Which was nice.

But that's all your getting. My beans must stay firmly in the can for a wee while yet....

I've been tagged by K8 the GR8 and English Mum. It's the same MEME thingy so that helps. I don't usually tag back, I was always the kid who didn't want to play thus ruined it for everyone. Well tennis is a stupid fucking game anyway. But I will be tagging this time. And where do these MEME's come from? Is there like a MEME generator somewhere or is there some sort of committee that comes up with them? I need to know! I might just start my own! Ha!

Rules
Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given here (family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like).
Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.


Family, no chance! Hello Pandora what's in that lovely box? I don't think so. But here are some stories about my other family. Raul the chef, Eddie the lover of ladies, and The Management.

Friend, ah friends! Don't you just love them?! This story is about three friends, one agreed to get hitched, one actually got hitched, and the other got ditched......by me.....

Yourself, me? My favourite subject, and if you missed it the first time here are 49 things about me....

Your Love, my Little Miss Manuel, my left and right (and she's always right). Without her I would fall down more and laugh less. What else you want me to write honey? Is that it? Hehehehe. This story isn't specifically about her but it is her favourite, Keef and the ladies of Seville!

Anything I like, really? Ok! Whilst perusing the archive I found this gem from the old days when I was the only reader. Mothers Day and St Patrick's Day fell on the same weekend last year and the consequences where arse splittingly funny, and I mean that.....

The fickle finger of blog MEME fate lands on you....Raging Server, and you Flirty Something, and you as well Benders Better Brother, and not forgetting you Gimme, and finally oh lets see who could it be................Nick! Mwahahahahahahaha!

30 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

ellie said...

Hahaha, I have just posted re divorce and read this on your blog ...

Why is divorce so expensive?
Cos it's worth it!

I shall bear this in mind. Thanks!

Manuel said...

Ellie: it's funny cos it's true.....I'll pop over in the morning....I'm so freaking tired now.....

Medbh said...

Rolling a ciggie in the wind?
What a rock star you are, Manuel.
Hope all went well!

K8 the Gr8 said...

Double tagged?! Whoops! Fair play for the follow through tho!

So what did you do with your spare hour and a half? Did you visit a museum? Did you climb the spire and sit on it? Did you piss in the Liffey?

These are all things I heavily advise my French students to do.

Manuel said...

Medbh: doubly better than I hoped.....

K8: I wandered down Henry Street and back up again.....oh the joy! I amused myself with the price of everything...crikey!

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

I'd forgotten about you being an erstwhile Ullapudlian. What in God's name was your father thinking taking you up there? Did he hate you at all?

Great post.

Nick said...

Tagged? You swine, you. Well, I'll see what I can do.

English Mum said...

Sorry about the meme. Mind you, if I'd never tagged you, I'd never have read your list about yourself and been laughing one minute and feeling very sad the next. Fab.

English Mum said...

Oh, and when can we expect any bean spillage?? x

Caro said...

It's a book deal, isn't it? I can feel it in my waters...

Manuel said...

Sam: Ah Ullapool.....gave me an appreciation of all the little things......like snow ploughs, and whiskey, and sheep farming....happy days....

Nick: sorry....

English Mum: awh shucks......spillage in about 4 weeks....all being well.....

Manuel said...

Caro: Book deal? Hahahahaha yeah there is a 2 for £20 deal on in waterstones.....

Gypsy said...

We have to wait 4 WEEKS for spillage....Gawd Manuel, that's a bit cruel isn't it?

I loved reading all those old posts of yours and that list of 49 things was very enlightening for a new reader like me. I even welled up a couple of times....:(

dave said...

4 weeks? FFS Manuel!

We all know that you're opening your school for waiters on Grafton St anyway, so you may as well just confirm it.

Conan Drumm said...

Aha, that WAS you with xxxxxx xxxxx in the Gresham. Being interviewed, or so it seemed. Spill!

Manuel said...

gypsy: good thing come to those who wait...and as I'm a waiter....thanks btw

dave: rumbled! damn it

conan: how you doing? keep guessing!

sheepworrier said...

You were down auditioning for Big Brother, you friggin philistine!

upset waitress said...

I don't think it's funny you teasing us like that. WHo is it dammit? Spill it. What's the big deal? Spill it all over the floor. You know you want to.

How I feel about memes "yawn...."

OneForTheRoad said...

I'm intrigued...

Margarida said...

Do all waiters in Ireland write as well as you do? ;)

Native Minnow said...

You're really a spy, aren't you? Meeting a person who can't be named at a secret location. You're lucky you didn't end up with Pulonium (sp?) 210 in your drink.

The Little Cheese said...

Aha! Just when I come out of hibernation, you cleverly repost 49 things about you. I feel like I know you all over again Snr Manuel.

I was, too, a goth but decided the crimping machine and hairspray would suffice. I still just about have my hair, and my Sisters of Mercy vinyls!

bendersbetterbrother said...

That's the first one of those I've done. Probably the last. Just sayin, like.


Why do you have to visit a clinic in Dublin anyway? And if you scratch you'll only draw attention to it. Hope it clears up.

Manuel said...

Sheepo: saw you there too, scared of the competition eh....

Upset: you will be the last person I tell....out of badness too

OFTR: you should be...

Margarida: Welcome....no....just me....hehehehe

Minnow: I was wondering why I was glowing last night...

The Little Cheese: you wanna sell any of that? I'm after the Alice ep if you are.....they were the happiest days eh.....and to know me is to love me....

BBB: oh there'll be more....mark my words....and memes too

Ribeye of your Dreams said...

Oh yes, you most definitely busted my meme cherry, Manuel. I've never done one, except for like once on myspace.

RagingServer.com

The Little Cheese said...

Sorry Manuel, not selling. I don't have a record players anymore but I can still sniff the vinyl and remember what it used to be like, man...

Old Knudsen said...

Dublin is amazing but scary, I got a local guide as I couldn't speak the lingo.Get yer beans out lad.

Queen Of Clean said...

Ooh I know! I know!...it's a job interview, you're gonna move upstairs and drink coffee all day, am I right??

Manuel said...

ribeye: it's not as painful as you first think...

Old K: you'd love my saucy beans too....

Queen: never ever ever.....I have respect for myself......

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