I have been doing a bit of painting.
Not your arty farty dabbing splodges of oil paint on canvas, but the real thing – whacking great cans of emulsion, four inch brushes, ladders, the works.
Yesterday it was time to tackle the kitchen end of the room. It's many years since it was last painted and the white walls were looking a bit seedy. I put it down to all the smoke from burnt fries, overenthusiastic use of the oven and the like.
Now the other end of the room is home to my little sound system, and I like a drop of music while working. Having set up the ladder, stirred the paint, kicked out the dog and cleaned the cobwebs off the walls, it was time to select some music. For no reason other than personal preference, I selected Dire Straits, racked up the volume [and the bass] and let fly.
Now everything was fine. The lads were doing their bit on the stereo and I was doing my bit at the top of the ladder. A good rapid beat leads to swift brush strokes so I was really hammering through the work.
I should have realised I was heading into trouble when they played "Calling Elvis". It is a rapid beat piece and I started foot-tapping. Foot-tapping is not to be recommended when at the top of the ladder and a couple of times I damn near fell off.
Then they played "Money for Nothing".
For those of you not familiar with "Money for Nothing" it starts off with a pleasant little cacophony with vocals and a smidgin of drumming. Then Mark Knopfler just has to show off with a bit of real tight hard guitar.
Maybe I'm too old for playing air guitar?
Definitely air guitar is not advised if you are at the top of a ladder with a loaded paint brush in one hand and a can of emulsion in the other.
Gravity decided to join into the equation.
Luckily the floor is polished hardwood and it only took an hour or two to clean it. My clothes were old and needed to be replaced anyway. The dog wasn't too happy at being hosed down in the garden either [server her right for sneaking back into the kitchen]. Sadly I don't think the kitchen table will ever be the same.
I have to finish the painting today.
I think I'll put on Mozart instead.