Monday, September 07, 2009

In a green raincoat

I thumb through your CDs while you stand at the worktop, your worktop, doing something to asparagus.

Rod Stewart.
The Beatles.
Simon And Garfunkel.
Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Emmylou Harris.
Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks.
Joe Dolan.

I smile.

"That's not mine, that's..." you trail off without looking over and I get up to prowl around your living space. I knock my leg off the table and a plant falls over somewhere else in the room. Behind me.

Disoriented, I examine your books. No Marian Keyes. No Cathy Kelly. No easy reads, just dictionaries and old covers, some travel books and journals. Folders and files and biographies of ordinary people who did remarkable things.

I see the picture of you with your dad when you were...

"I was six, I think," you say without my asking. "That's my favourite one of the two of us."

There are no other pictures, just the things that, in their own curious way, have led to you standing there with a plain white tea-towel, looking at me looking at your life, mischief in your eyes and calling me nosey.

"Make yourself useful," you hand me the wine.

We sit, I pour, we eat. I have to ask.

"Joe Dolan?"

"Shut up."

15 comments:

mapstew said...

'Oh me, oh my'!

adogwoof said...

the snail was coated in sand

Conan Drumm said...

Rod Stewart.
The Beatles.
Simon And Garfunkel.
Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Emmylou Harris.
Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks.
Joe Dolan.

It's c. 1987, Marian Keyes is a hard-drinking Irish emigrant waiting tables in London, dreaming of being a writer.

Holemaster said...

Is she such a good looking woman?

Great post Radge.

Radge said...

Conan - She liked her hooch, did Marian.

Holemaster - Thanks, and I think Mapstew said it best.

Maxi Cane said...

Joe Dolan's a dealbreaker in my book.

Does she have nice toes? That might save her.

Trust me on these things.

Radge said...

Maxi - You're a celebrity now. Your word is gospel.

swiss said...

who is joe dolan?

Radge said...

Deceased Irish showband singer.

Red Leeroy said...

Did she say she has to work in the morning but you replied that you didn't and went to sleep in the bath?

Radge said...

Never the bath on a second date, Red. My granny taught me that.

Maimie said...

Sounds like someone I know Radge. Remember what they say - you look for someone like your ......
Any chance of meeting her? Joe Dolan- very impressed!!!!

swiss said...

i put my limited knowledge of irish music to the test with google fight.
joe dolan gets an asskicking by daniel o'donnell
the housewives favourite then goes on to sinead o'connor a proper bitchslapping
and then gets into some pensioner beating by taking on van morrison

but even o'donnell and the un-natural forces behind are no match for the behemoth that is u2

i couldn't stand that. i tried numerous combinations to beat them - what does boner do, type his own name in all day, endlessly? - so in the end i had to resort to jesus who put down some proper biblical style violence.

a slow day? yes it was.

Radge said...

Swiss - I have no idea what the devil you're on about.

swiss said...

http://www.googlefight.com/

ah, the hours of wasted time.....