Quick! Give me something to calm me down! I can’t cope with the excitement – the surprise – and the fear! (Not to mention the exclamation marks!)
First it was Buzz Aldrin – I encountered him through work today.
Buzz Aldrin. THE Buzz Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin!
So he talked about that a bit. But I have to admit I was thinking the whole time – but what about space, the rocket, THE MOON!!! We did get on to that.
Anyway – that was the excitement.
Next came the shock.
I was having a quiet pint (Doombar – the Rebellion was off – temporarily I hope) when a bloke accosted me to say: “I’ve bought your book online.”
A feeling of surprise and contentment came over me – like the face-reddening warmth from an open fire when you come inside from the cold. He quickly followed up with: “But don’t get excited – I haven’t read it yet.”
Well, I would have done if I hadn’t been in a rush to pick up some girls from the Monday evening youth club. However, if I ever see him again…
But – finally – I forgot to mention the fear.
While picking up Top Girl from school, a gorgeous sweet-talking mother invited me to join a group performing at the Christmas concert. “I hear you’re very good on the guitar,” said she. “You can accompany us .”
I was too distracted and confused wondering where on earth she’d got the idea about my guitar skills to realise that I had been smoothly recruited.
But hey – no worries – I just have to learn the guitar.
Can’t be that difficult, can it? And it’s ages to Christmas, isn’t it? What could possibly go wrong?
To help calm me down – and in honour of Buzz – here’s a lovely lost band called Watercress I used to see in Belfast and their song Spacegirl. (Takes 20 secs or so to get going.)