I had an exceptionally good day yesterday. It was the West of Scotland Gurkha Curry Lunch, which is always good fun, as I am the organiser, and I get lots of my pals to cough up for tickets. Anyway, we raised about the same amount as last year, which I was quite pleased about. Raising money has never been harder.
The best thing, though , is the excellent grub. We get a Gurkha Chef to come up from the south ( together with a piper) and he produces such delicious food that everyone has second helpings. Pud is always a bit school daysy - yesterday it was fruit salad and three flavours of ice cream, which, because of the general age of the participants, went down a storm.Normally quite sedate dowagers waxed lyrical about Buffy in the Fourth when she had FIVE helpings of Frog Spawn with tinned peaches. And Miss Speckles had had an absolute fit!!
Some of those attending came back for tea, so by the time it was all squared away, it was late-on, and I didn't have long to wait for the Sopranos.
I don't know if you follow this programme, but the premise is that the Don, Tony Soprano, is getting help from a psychiatrist, and daren't tell anyone.
But the really nice thing is he is a normal family man, subject to all the insecurities and pressures that men approaching middle age feel. He had his 47th birthday,
last night, and his ( extremely obese) brother in law managed to lay him out.He opined that his wife would no longer love him as he was descending into decrepitude. Needless to say, as all little boys do, he got his own back.
It does raise a point, though. The assembled Ms.Lear's are of the opinion that I am 12, when in reality, today is a birthday which, I suppose, either puts me into old age, or certainly finished off my middle age. I have never felt anything other than about 20. It's only the whitening hair and increasingly frequent Senior Moments that tell a different story.
I'm sure these feelings of being less physically strong have much to do with men and their Middle Life Crises. I can't say I had one, or feel as if I'm liable to have one, but then, I've always kept my brain active and been up for new experiences. If you want to do something, do it. If you want to buy something, buy it. If you don't you'll always regret it.
And you may have noticed on my profile that doing as little as possible is one of my objects in life.
I think I can fairly say I've managed that so far.