Wednesday, December 01, 2010

32

Snapshots of a birthday.

Her arrival at the apartment, the same time as a hamper from Elmo. The finest cheeses available to humanity, here and now, crackers and biscuits and smoked salmon and ham. Her with a suitcase ("You needn't worry, I'm not moving in!") and stuff for the day that she'd taken off work. My back turned towards the making of coffee and back around for more presents.

The DART out to Dún Laoghaire, switching seats so she could be seaside.

Two pairs of cold hands walking along the pier, two lunatics out in the weather. Her mother wouldn't have let her if she knew. Sitting on the benches when we reached the end, the waves coming to catch us out.

Stumbling on the footpath, her worried face. "I'm fine, not a bother."

The Queen's pub in Dalkey and our own private cranny, an overposh lounge girl who spoke of smowked salmon and tomat-ow soup, two barely stifled laughs and the VH1 Christmas Countdown. No Shakin' Stevens.

"What are you looking at?"

A text from Fitzbollix, finding Leffe in the fridge.

A medicinal Hoegaarden, a shower, a fix up, a clean shirt and out again.

Pichet and a seat by the window, looking back and looking forward, remembering my cock-up on the first first date and all the stuff that managed to happen anyway.

"You."

Coffee in a throwback hotel, earlier in the day, and a covered up pool table.

The corner snug in The Stag's Head and a toast to the end of Movember, the barman Pat doing his best Clark Gable and not quite managing the effect.

Sleepiness, hers, and headblogging, mine.

20 comments:

This Limbo said...

Love it. You leave out the words in all the right places Radge. It's the true gift of writing. Knowing what needs to be said, and what says itself.

Kitty Cat said...

Really lovely, Radge. Sounds like a splendid birthday indeed.

Radge said...

Regina - Coming from yourself, that's a great thing. Thanks!

Kitty Cat - It was full of spledidity.

Holemaster said...

Good for you Radge.

Hestiasheart said...

Just lovely Radge, warmed my heart on a snowy day :)

Radge said...

Thanks folks! HH - I also recommend whiskey. Jameson of.

shiny said...

You write good blog..

Radge said...

Well, she gives good birthday.

Kath Lockett said...

Perfectly observed, perfectly written. I'm in awe Radge and wish you - and the rest of 32 - all the best.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

Beautiful :)

Rosie said...

belated happy birthday, Radge. may you wear it as well as you write it.

Radge said...

Kath - Thanks a lot...

Green of Eye - Ah jaysus...

Rosie - I wear it hungoverly, so very hungoverly!

Annie said...

Love it. And happy birthday Radgelicious.

But I want to see pics of Movember or it never happened.

Radge said...

Oh I never Movembered. I saw Andrew's Chopper effort and knew I couldn't compete.

I did grow a very half arsed beard but that was just laziness.

Therese Cox said...

Astrologically speaking, you're a Radgeatarius, which means you can expect a swell year full of more snobby cheese, surprise Belgian beers, and heartwarming seaside moments in inclement weather. Mercury in your house of headblogging bodes well for your writing in the upcoming year. Lovey-dovey planet Venus is all up in yo' face.

Best wishes to you and happy #32.

Radge said...

That was like an Ampersand Seven blog inside my blog - love it!

Andrew said...

And a very, very belated happy birthday from me, Radge. Thoroughly enjoyed this post, you really captured something.

Radge said...

Lovely to get a double birthday greeting from the Chancing Expositionses! Thanks a lot Andrew, much appreciated.

Sarah Gostrangely said...

Headbloggin', radge. Love it! Happy birthday man :)we're almost three years to the day apart! glad to hear your stories and esp bout her stories...:)

Radge said...

Annie's responsible for the term headblogging, Sarah, can't claim credit! Thanks a lot, good to see you back around these parts. Sure you might regale us with a post one of these days, nudge nudge etc...