Just another day in Paradise
This is one of those days I could do without.
A couple of days ago our Penny developed a cough. Nothing serious – just an occasional hack but after her last episode it’s a cause for mild concern. I decided that if she coughed again I might contact the vet today.
But then other things started to pile up.
Last night our central heating started to misbehave. I gave it a kick and it fired up again. This morning it has given up on me altogether. The fucking pump is making weird noises and is flashing warning lights so I have a sneaking feeling the bearings have worn out. Fuck!
A lack of central heating doesn’t bother me that much as it’s very mild today. Unfortunately Herself lives in a different climate to me and she is now experiencing Arctic conditions apparently, and is moaning about the lack of heating.
I phoned my Heating Genius but just got his answering service. He hasn’t phoned back yet so I may have a go at dismantling the pump myself, if only I can find my lump hammer and chisel.
I don’t really feel like playing around outside though as I have also developed a sore throat, cough and a dose of the hot-and-colds. I may have picked up some virus or other in my travels which doesn’t help. I may yet join Penny at the vet’s.
I hear our little island isn’t feeling too well either. Apart from having my coffee break banned I can no longer have any visitors. Not one sinner is allowed across the threshold, though that may not apply to Heating Geniuses [if I can contact him]. I went down to the village earlier anyway. The place is like a morgue.
Good news from all over. You have my sympathy, sir. Hope Penny and yourself heals up soon.
I like your "info-graphic" of the island by the way. Pretty much says it all?
That graphic is remarkably close to the current status. As far as the gubmint is concerned the North is fucked; the South is heading that way; the East [and in particular, Dublin] is decidedly dodgy and the West had better watch itself.
"Like a morgue", eh? I'll have you know I managed a very cheerful department (although not so much for the clients) under the NHS, despite the best efforts of our management…
I won't make any smart-arsed comments here. The temptation for black humour is just too high.
You resisted any unworthy impulse to suggest "People must've been dying to get in there", for which you have my gratitude…
Get well soon – all of you (you, Penny and the heating)!
Your good wishes have at least worked on the heating. It started working again after I gave it another wallop with the hammer.
Nothing better than a good wallop here and there 😉
County Clare seems okay for the moment. We're off to town tomorrow, so will report back then.
Actually, for reasons that totally baffle me, Clare is high on the list. The only local explanation is all those tourists arriving via Shannon. Again, for some strange reason, Wicklow is currently the safest place to hang out [as the modern idiom has it].
I see from your map that your country has been reunited. Now we can stop paying for your newest 6 counties. Thank you !!
It is only united enough to scream about their infection rates or to include them in weather forecasts. Keep on paying!
(Puts on market trader's voice) Look , if you take the six counties, we will give you a Boris and a Keir for free. Now I can't say fairer than that . And any two members of the royal family
Only if you take the entire contents of our Dáil plus Daniel O'Donnell.