Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A scanner darkly.

The trip down wasn't as fraught as I had expected. Damp on the roads but nothing by way of rain, or sleet, or snow, not yet. That came last night and I woke up to a flurry.

I love this town. I get slagged off for my frequent visits, sometimes alone, at times with others. But it does something to me. I get groans at its mention from those who refuse to come, as though its visiting would offer me an unassailable lead.

This is the only place where a Super Valu sign can give me pangs of nostalgia, of thoughts racing and possibilities, of peace. Those same pangs proving rare these days. It's the first thing you see off the bus. You see.

It's been a bit cold to walk down by the bay so far, I forgot a scarf and I never own gloves. I don't like their feel.

I did slip in and out of one or two pubs, took a drink here and there and sat in the darkest corners I could find.

Not that it mattered, there's nobody here to see me. It's very quiet, whatever pictures you may have of a tourist spot - overrun by Americans and Chinese and returning nationals - can be dispelled right now. Not the time for it. It's deserted.

On two forays out last evening I counted eight people passing on the streets, all local, all saying hello to the cold looking lad in the dark grey coat, scanning around for a fire and a pint.

I have nothing to do here but write and walk and eat and drink and think.

18 comments:

narocroc said...

Writing, walking, eating, drinking and thinking. Sounds excellent. Just don't do them all at the same time, bound to be some spillage!

Radge said...

No chance of that boss, I'm shit at multi-tasking.

RedLeeroy said...

In my head your a rotoscoped figure getting the glad eye from the locals. Look at yer man, all modern techniques n such.

Radge said...

Red - I can safely say that's in your head only.

adogwoof said...

Have some fun with a Dingle sheep...

Dot-Com said...

Haven't been to Dingle in much too long. Nor had the chance to just chill for a few days. I need a holiday :-) Hope you're having a good time!

Terence McDanger said...

Write and walk and drink and eat and think.

I bet you can poo and walk at the same time, like the horse of a man you are.

Susan said...

You and I are on a similar page these days, going back to old places with room to experience it. Lucky us! But I haven't written a damn thing!

Can I slap Terence for the poo reference on such a lovely post?

Radge said...

AG - One thing I still have to strike off my list.

Dot - I am, thanks.

Terence - A few more stouts and we'll see. Where e'er you be let your...

Susan - I'd say yes but he'd enjoy it, the masochistic hoor that he is. Oh, and I got lazy and substituted the writing for reading, so we're still on the same page so to speak.

Anonymous said...

D^*&*E. Supervalu! Eight people! You will not be working for Bord Failte anytime soon.

And I will never go near that place. Never. It makes me a better person than you.

Radge said...

Anonymous - You can take your asterikseses and shove them somewhere biblical. But I'm glad I made an impression.

adogwoof said...

are you enjoying a bit of fleece now?

hope said...

I'm just happy for you that you've slipped the chains of a desk for a while. Do what makes you happy...but don't look to this crowd for bail money should the choices be um...not good. ;)

Holemaster said...

Nice place D&^%$E. I told my wittiest ever joke in a pubbler there. I can't remember it though. It was a one play only I guess.

swiss said...

yeah i bet your scanner was dark around the 118th minute.

Radge said...

AG - Enjoying a bit of typing now.

Hope - You're my first call. Watch out.

Holemaster - Try to remember, I need a laugh.

Swiss - MOST darkly. Groan. Still, now we can concentrate on... fooling ourselves...

Darragh said...

Radge, are you a culchie?

I thought reading that you meant Blessington in Wicklow.

Radge said...

Darragh - I'm an accidental culchie. Have lived in Dublin all my life but the folks moved to Limerick when I was sixteen.